1/ Please tell us what is a typical business day for you?
A typical business day for me will involve either seeing clients locally or in the City of london for a number of issues from stress and anxiety, emotional problems, fears, phobias, weight loss and stopping unwanted habits. When not with clients I may be writing or researching other techniques and methods. My best days are when I am holding workshops or training programmes which is what I actually enjoy doing the most.
2/ What made you start the business and what steps did you take to start operating as a business?
It sounds cliche but I wanted to make a difference. I suffered from stress and hypnotherapy helped me turns things around at a low point in my life. The biggest step for me was to walk away from a career that financially had been very rewarding. I decided to transition my career from doing what I was doing, which was trading metals and consultancy work to becoming a self employed hypnotist. I got my first qualifications while still working in my existing job and made the transition that way. That does have its downside however.
3/ What would you say has been your greatest accomplishment in the business world to date?
I have had some notable successes in consulting work, but my recent approval to be the first OMNI Hypnosis Training Center® provider in the UK on a personal and professional level is my greatestaccomplishment so far. Gerald Kein who founded OMNI in 1979, is considered by many, including me to be the best hypnotherapist out there. I am very honoured that he and his successor Hans Wipf picked me to bring OMNI live classes to the UK.
4/ What has been your biggest challenge in business so far?
My biggest challenge was transitioning from an amazingly well paid job, to jumping into the unknown. I found that it ended up being counterproductive to both old and new as it just split my focus to the point that neither areas of work were getting the attention they need. Apart from one regular consulting contract I focus entirely on change work and training now.
5/What are your future plans for the business?
I want to expand my client waiting list to the point that I need to hire more therapists, hopefully that I’ve trained through my OMNI classes, which I also intend to really push over the next two years. I have also outlined a book which will hopefully be fleshed out in 2016 and maybe do some work with 2inspire too!
6/If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently?
I think I would study the really successful therapists, coaches and instructors to see what they were doing that set them apart from the rest and copy it. I wasted a lot of time doing too much by trial and error and not enough exploring what was already proven to work. As mentioned before as well, I would have a little more conviction and a little more self belief and throw myself into the job where my passion lay.
7/ What’s the best compliment you could receive in business?
That I made the difference in someone’s life. Whether it was to get them out of a hole they were in, or to inspire them in some way. Jerry Kein, who I mentioned earlier said that if you have changed just one person’s life; help them turn a corner, lift them from depression etc. then your life has been worthwhile. It may not get you your own private jet (unless you’re Tony Robbins!) but it will help you sleep better at night and give your life much more meaning.
8) Why is it so important to inspire the next generation to follow their dreams?
Because to be fair they don’t have much to inspire them elsewhere. They do not have many quality role models of note so their lives are dictated by materialistic incentives. I worked in a job where the more rewarding it got the more miserable I became. There is nothing wrong with what I did in my old career as a commodity trader, but I wasn’t passionate about it in the way that I am now. If you can do something you want to do and you have enough passion about it and you enjoy and believe in the service you are providing or the product you are selling, I really believe with enough focus you will ultimately be much happier.
9/ What advice would you give to somebody who wants to start a business in your industry?
Be trained by the OMNI Hypnosis Training Center® of London - its the best training in becoming a hypnotherapist!!
10/What or who inspires you in business and why?
Self belief in people (as long as it’s not delusional), people who may have got dealt a crap hand but excel themselves in life. Also those that contribute beyond themselves give us all much needed perspective sometimes.
11/What is your favourite inspirational quote?
‘Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes’ - Jim Carrey
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