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A testimonial – Over 80% of new business in 2015 came via Athena, directly and indirectly!

I joined Athena almost two years ago for the second time. I am a marketing consultant in the High Wycombe group.  Since joining, my business has grown greatly through referrals and new business from the ladies in the room as well as fellow members of other groups and their own contacts too. Over 80% of […]

What could Athena do for your business?

“I can’t believe how busy I am as a result of Athena, it’s just fantastic.” Joanne Howe, Creative Copywriter What a great testimonial from Jo – being a member of Athena really does bring you a wealth of new business, new connections and new ideas for your business. To find out more about how Athena […]

Networking Nuggets!

Networking is one of the most powerful, effective and exciting ways to grow our businesses and yet most people do it rather badly or not at all! I have worked with and talked to many outwardly very professional and confident people who share a common fear of the whole networking experience! For most of them, the […]

Fire Up Your Flow Factor

“People in flow recognise and celebrate their uniqueness and with that recognition comes a magnetic energy which is totally irresistible” I use the word ‘recognise’ deliberately as it comes from the Latin word ‘reconnoistre’ and means to ‘know again’. Living in flow starts with getting to know yourself all over again. That may sound strange […]

Welcome to West Chilterns Athena Website

This is our Regional Website where you can see news from your local groups, members stories and testimonials, forthcoming events,networking and business tips and so much more. Looking forward to sharing with you all

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Emma Rundle

From stoic philosophy to networking virgins – and everything in between…

Aylesbury Athena’s May meeting was an emotional affair. We spared a thought for the victims of the recent mindless violence in Manchester and I chaired the meeting along the theme of ‘stoic’. This word is often used to describe people caught up in a disaster or life-changing event of some kind and it is also […]

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Time for my next challenge….

  A blog from the Athena Tring meeting Wednesday 10th May 2017 Joanne Howe, Creative Copywriter, member and Chair of Athena Tring   So, I’m now five months into chairing the Tring meeting, and just as I’m starting to get comfortable in my new role, I’m faced with another challenge. Each month, I have the security of […]

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Supportive, hard working, friendly and warm….Athena Aylesbury

Blog by Athena Aylesbury Chair, Emma Rundle, Melting Pot Creations The Aylesbury thena ladies have many attributes. They are supportive, hard working, friendly and warm. They embrace the ethos of Athena – welcoming training, supporting each other and looking for ways to collaborate. They are also, on occasion, as mad as March hares. The latest […]

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Up the revolution!

For the second month running, the Aylesbury Athena meeting welcomed several visitors. Perhaps this reflects recent statistics on female entrepreneurs: A YouGov poll in January of this year discovered that 44% of women want to set up a business to turn their hobbies or interests into their career. Consider, also, that 52% of women want […]

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The art of storytelling – guest blog

The art of storytelling– Emma Rundle, Melting Pot Creations (February 2017) Evolution has wired our brain for storytelling. It creates a chemistry in us and means that people are far more likely to be ‘persuaded’. Stories are 22 times more likely to be remembered than facts and figures. And that makes it a ‘must do’ […]

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New Year, New Goals

On a dull and foggy January day, the Aylesbury Athena ladies came together for their first meeting of 2017. Warm and vibrant personalities counteracted the best attempts of the weather, and the focus was on goals for the coming year. The meeting had a fabulous energy, as ever, and this was added to by four […]

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Facing Fears

  Tring meeting Wednesday 11th January 2017 Joanne Howe, Creative Copywriter, member of Athena Tring Well that came around quickly!   If you read my last blog, you’ll remember my shock at being asked to chair the Athena Tring group. That was two months ago and I now have the first meeting under my belt. So […]

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Athena Gets Festive

‘Twas the 1st of December and all through the region Ladies were preparing to welcome the season With a ‘do’ to remember: networking in frocks With glitter and baubles, and, errr…geese, a whole flock!             The occasion was annual, the atmosphere warm A smorgasbord of professions, entrepreneurialism the norm! The […]

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Business and the inner mind

The usually tranquil surroundings of Hartwell House were treated to their monthly injection of energy this week, with the arrival of the Aylesbury Athena ladies. As usual, the energy was warm and the welcome for our new visitors and visiting guests, even warmer. I opened the meeting with news of how the business world is […]

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The power of the mind

Joanne Howe, Creative Copywriter, member of Athena Tring   It’s not as though I need any reminding, but each month when I leave The Greyhound pub in Wiggington buzzing with energy (and that’s just on iced water), I know that I am part of something incredibly powerful and quite special. I joined the Tring group […]

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Laurie Spicer

I have gained so much from being an Athena member, much more than I had ever anticipated. Not only has my business truly sky rocketed because of the connections I have made, but for once in my career I am paying attention to my personal development as well.
Thank you Sylvia for all you do, your enthusiasm is infectious and your passion for connecting people is amazing.
I joined Athena for business but I stay because it feeds my soul.
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“Athena has rocked my world! Athena is the full package – contacts, fun, supportive, motivating, training and development, inspiring, and a respect for each other. I love how I have been able to help others. Most importantly Athena has played a huge part in the growth of me and my family!”

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“Belonging to Athena has been tremendous for me. I have now been a member for 2 years and it continues to inspire, challenge and motivate me.


Through Athena I have become part of a supportive and dynamic business community, developed strategic partnerships with other members, identified a range of suppliers who I work with, and of course most importantly of all I’ve grown my business significantly.


I have developed marketing campaigns for a number of members, and through Athena I established a connection with a member who is now a significant ongoing client, earning me thousands of pounds over the last 18 months.


I’ve been challenged and stimulated at the Regional and National Athena Conferences and of course enjoyed turkey dinner and entertainment at the fabulous Christmas lunches!


My friends and family laugh when they ask me about a new contact I’ve made, or someone else I’m raving about “Of course I know her from Athena” they hear time and again.


My Athena journey has been amazing and I can’t wait for the next chapter.”

 

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Unleash Marketing and Tring Athena member

 

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