Tuesday, 21 January 2014


Proving the adage that everyone has a book inside them, three West Berkshire businesswomen from an entrepreneurial coaching group have had their work published in the last two months.

The three new authors, Liisa Henriksson-Macaulay from Newbury, Carolyne Wahlen from Goring and Carolyn Whitehouse from Andover, were all inspired to complete their books after attending Success Groups, organised by motivational coaching firm Bigger Brighter Bolder.

Run by George Swift and Tracey Miller, Success Groups are bi-monthly meetings for like-minded entrepreneurs to meet, set goals and spur each other on. Goals range from increasing turnover and revenue to finding new clients. Many also cite the desire to write a book, but need encouragement to get started.

Liisa Henriksson-Macaulay is a music educator who has written “The Music Miracle: The Scientific Secret to Unlocking Your Child's Full Potential”. Already drawing praise for its trailblazing approach to linking music with development, the work describes the importance of music on academic success, IQ and social skills. "The book's endorsements vary from the professorial - Professor David J Hargreaves wrote the book's foreword, - to the musical, with stars such as Blur's Alex James endorsing the Finnish-born Berkshire author's book.

She said: “I dreamed about writing this book for years, as I kept learning of more and more studies on the benefits of music learning for children. However, sitting down and actually getting it done required a leap of faith. The Success Group sessions kept me on track and the members were encouraging to me from the start - something that is absolutely essential to keep you from getting disheartened when taking on a long project with no guarantees of where it may lead. I absolutely recommend Success Groups to anyone who wants to do anything new, big or both."

Carolyne Wahlen, an HR specialist, has written “Keeping you out of the rough”, which advises golf clubs and other small businesses on how to handle staff issues without spending a fortune or ending up in a tribunal.

She said: “The decision to work on my book was a bolt from the blue. I needed to establish my credibility in my market place and realised that writing a guide on firing staff was a good place to start as that’s the most common question I get asked when I speak to organisations.

“The deadline I set myself was really short; just two months from idea to physical book in hand. George encourages us to do an activity daily, rather than aiming for a huge goal which just overwhelms. So I aimed to write just 50 words a day, every day, the point being, that if I had sat down at the computer and started typing, then it would be easy to keep going. If I was overwhelmed by the words I needed to type, I would never find the time to even write 50 words. Thanks to the encouragement of George and Tracey, I wrote 22,000 words and finished the book in my summer holiday.”

Carolyn Whitehouse has written a book called “Be bold, be free, be beautiful”. She said: “My book is absolutely a result of BBB. It was only through their coaching and support that it has happened. I had been thinking of writing a book for over 10 years but didn't know my topic. Thanks to BBB my topic eventually became clear, in the direction of helping female entrepreneurs to expand their ideas of what's possible in their businesses. With support from the group, it has taken me 10 months to write and research.”

George Swift from Bigger Brighter Bolder added: “We are exceptionally proud of Carolyne, Liisa and Carolyn who are very talented businesswomen and very happy that Success Groups provided the impetuous, motivation and discipline to make it happen. This is a great start to the year and we're already expecting more books and even greater successes to come from our Success Group members."


Picture caption: From left: George Swift and Tracey Miller from Bigger Brighter Bolder with Carolyn Whitehouse, Carolyne Wahlen and Liisa Henrikkson-Mcauley.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Bigger Brighter Bolder's kick off event for 2014

The Chequers Hotel, Newbury, played host last week to motivational coaching firm Bigger Brighter Bolder’s kick-off event for 2014.

Forty West Berkshire entrepreneurs, all members of BBB’s Success Groups, attended the interactive workshop run by BBB directors George Swift and Tracey Miller. Success groups are a meeting place for businessmen and women to share success stories, overcome any doubts, blocks or fears and to motivate each other to even greater heights of success. The kick-off event allowed members to network and get mentored on how develop themselves as business owners while setting out plans for the year ahead.

George Swift said: “This high-energy event was a great kick-start to what is going to be an amazing year and we were thrilled with the buzz in the room."

Thursday, 9 January 2014


The Athena Network, West Berkshire, is launching a new networking event for local businesswomen.

The first ‘Cappuccino Connections’ event will take place from 10am to 12pm on Friday, 24th January at Strada, Newbury Market Place.

Debbie Miles, regional director of The Athena Network said: “This will be a great opportunity for local business women to mix informally and benefit from the experience of top class speakers. This month, personal development coach Lis Allen, will be talking on effective communication in public speaking.”

Strada is offering two for one drinks at this event. There is a small fee of £5 for non-Athena Network members.