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My Year in Athena – the journey so far!! – Jo Baldwin-Trott

Jo Baldwin-TrottTo say I dragged my heals along to my first Athena networking meeting would be a huge understatement!

Having qualified as a Colour, Style and Cosmetic Consultant 4 years previously (although had not committed any real time to developing a business) I really didn’t believe my friend who had talked me into visiting; that it would be “worth my while”. But I am so glad she did!

Although I initially found the format daunting and couldn’t quite work out why there was so much fuss over this ‘Monthly Minute’ as I had alot of experience presenting and for alot longer than a minute, I was very struck and impressed by the warmth, generosity and genuine consideration and care which members had for each other. By the time the ‘Let’s Talk Business’ section was in full flow and I had enjoyed the informative and interesting training, I was hooked! I joined at the end of the meeting and my business has gone from strength to strength since.

Surrounded by such expertise, support and often free advice I have been able to develop my USP; products; marketing strategy; social media and most of all gained so much more confidence and self-belief which has brought in more and more clients and caused my turnover to triple within 12 months. I still have a very long way to go but with the support from Athena and the wonderful members from my group I feel so positive and excited about my business and it’s future.

Two other points I have learnt from being a member of this wonderful network are: you can never think too big, having seen how some businesses have expanded and grown from a one woman band to employing many; and also the importance of support – which comes in many forms and which I feel very fortunate to have received from Athena members on a personal level as well as for my business.

Jo Baldwin-Trott
Colour First – Colour, Style and Cosmetics Consultancy – The Ultimate Personal Styling Experience
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What Athena Members Say …

Nicky Fitzmaurice

"Athena Networking has been the making of me! I have made more friends and learnt more about business tools and networking strategy in the last year than I ever thought possible. Athena’s focus on training members to be the best that they can be, whilst in a supportive and nurturing environment, gave me the confidence to learn and grow which in turn allowed my business to do the same. It is this, that is the heart of Athena. No hard sell amongst the members, we encourage one another to help where we can. I always come away from a meeting inspired and bubbling with ideas on how to grow my business. It’s a fabulous way to live, learn and grow. Nicky Fitzmaurice

Selena Ludick

“The Athena network can be distinguished from any other networking group I attend. Its structure and form mean that members who attend are committed and dedicated to proactive networking which on turn achieves tangible results.  This benefits me and my firm,  in just a two  hour monthly meeting I have the opportunity to talk to other business women about me, my business and what I need and how I can be helped.  The environment for delivering this is focused and professional. As a result referrals are made and recommendations given which, for me achieves increased clients and in turn builds greater contacts.  As a busy business women Athena also provides a forum to connect with other business women on a social / friendship basis so “all work and no play does not make this Jill a dull girl” Athena motivates me, strengthens my vision, equips and endorses me but most of all provides the fuel every business women needs to keep raising her game and stepping up to the mark.”

Rosie Mortimer

Working mostly on my own, I really appreciate the positive camaraderie of the Athena women. Whatever need or concern one has, there is always someone able, and enthusiastically willing, to help with good advice. I find the interaction tremendously stimulating and enjoyable - and highly instructive. A wonderful group to see regularly, with excellent opportunities to meet other interesting and skilled women at training days. Thank you Athena!


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