SPOTLIGHT ON A CAP BUSINESS CLUB MEMBER
Featuring Miranda Jenkins from Skills to Go
I hope that you enjoy reading and pick up some useful ideas and tips
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SPOTLIGHT ON A CAP BUSINESS CLUB MEMBER.
YOUR NAME? - Miranda Jenkins
NAME OF YOUR BUSINESS? - Skills to Go & my recently launched online business, Business Skills Studio!!
WEBSITE ADDRESS? – www.skillstogo.co.uk & www.businessskillsstudio.com
WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE YOUR CURRENT BUSINESS? – I was working part-time as a Skills Adviser for Business Link where I worked with hundreds of new and growing small businesses.
WHAT MADE YOU START YOUR CURRENT BUSINESS? – I was increasingly being asked if I could provide training and development privately outside my Business Link role. Designing and delivering learning opportunities in order to boost the performance of people in the workplace was something I loved – and being able to run my business flexibly around my boys was so much better than being at someone else’s beck and call!
WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES? – Well , finding time for hobbies can be really hard! I aim to exercise several times a week and I currently go to yoga, pilates & kettlebell classes, and cycle with a group of friends whenever I can!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MOVIE? – I’ve got several, but if I had to choose one…..it would have to be A Beautiful Mind. A little corny, I know, but the themes around unlocking the brilliance that lies within us all and finding the way to be our best and make a massive difference, is something very close to my heart.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MEAL? - Anything that doesn’t involve carbs! (ha ha – I am carb avoiding at the moment and it is suiting me brilliantly!)
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE UK HOLIDAY DESTINATION? – Pembrokeshire, in particular St. David’s. I love those massive skies, the rugged coastline and the unspoilt open space.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE HOLIDAY DESTINATION ABROAD? – I’ve had some amazing holidays and a stand-out one would have to be the Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Once seen, never forgotten.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE TV PROGRAMME? – I’m easily pleased with a bit of Gogglebox (my guilty pleasure) or Bake Off. I also love to get into a good drama series.
YOUR FAVOURITE SONG? – I’ve go so many I can’t choose. Anything by Coldplay will keep me smiling, although ‘Fix You’ always brings a tear to my eye….
WHAT DO YOU MOST ENJOY ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS? – The variety of people I work with and support – and the difference I can make in people’s lives, businesses and work.
IF YOU HAD A MAGIC WAND WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS? – I’d have an instant team behind me who all understood what I was trying to achieve and who could use their skills to help me achieve it!
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 5 YEARS TIME? – Increasing the amount of people I work with ‘at distance’ using webinars, membership programmes and e-learning. Building the brand of Business Skills Studio to be a ‘go-to’ community of support & resources for entrepreneurs. In five year’s time I aim to have a number of Adeptio strategic business development groups formed to add to the one that I established this year. In five years time it would also be my aim to have fully integrated my new ‘multiple Braining’ skill set into all my work so that I can help my clients to even better performance by optimising their multiple intelligences! Phew!
DO YOU HAVE ANY USEFUL TIPS OR IDEAS THAT YOU COULD SHARE WITH THE OTHER CAP MEMBERS? – Lift your head up from the day to day of running your business and ask the question ‘why I am doing this and what is the difference I want to make?’
HOW HAS CAP BUSINESS CLUBS HELPED YOU IN YOUR BUSINESS? – The support, encouragement and friendship I’ve gained from the other CAP members keeps me smiling, happy and motivated! That once a week check-in for an hour makes an enormous difference when you work alone.
Thank you Miranda for spending some time answering these questions
- it's greatly appreciated.
"I have been a member of Adeptio – the business forum run by Miranda Jenkins since February. We meet every six weeks in Ross for four hours, where we consider strategies to help develop and build our individual businesses. It is an intense morning, made up of discussions, small group work and scenarios to consider. We set goals that we want to achieve for the next time we meet and are completely accountable if we do not reach our targets. I have found this way of working fully advantageous and I have made notable progress in the last nine months, since becoming a member. The impact Miranda’s style of coaching has made on my business has been incredible. Miranda is an approachable coach, always happy to listen to ideas and worries and always offers support, advice and strategies to put into place. I have gained so much confidence since joining Adeptio.
I cannot recommend Miranda highly enough. If you would like to know more about Adeptio, then why not come along to a free taster session? You have nothing lose….and perhaps, lots to gain. - Rachel Shilston
I have recently completed a Business Start up Course ‘Dean Entrepreneurs’ taught by Miranda Jenkins. Miranda made the course enjoyable and easy to understand. She ensured that the group had time to bond in the first few sessions, which encouraged peer support, this is continuing after the course has finished.
I attended the course out of necessity to change my career, but thoroughly enjoyed the course and felt supported all the way through by Miranda and my peers. Miranda ensured that everyone in the group needs were meet and encouraged the learners to ask questions if they need further clarity on a subject.
Miranda was organised and thorough, her approach to delivering the course was step by step, which enabled us to complete each unit of the course as we went along. Her feedback on marked assignments was helpful and went far beyond just ensuring that we passed the course, but offered information and suggestions that helped me personally, to bring my vision to life. What was also very helpful was that Miranda acted as a mentor and was in contact with us in-between the classroom sessions forwarding further information, suggestions and support. As the course progressed Miranda also provided us with information on progression and further development opportunities.
I looked forward to the sessions each week and would highly recommend Miranda as a tutor, mentor and coach. - Louisa D
Miranda, and Skills to Go have proved an invaluable spring board for my fledgling business. I had some ideas about how I wanted to go about setting up my online shop but very little knowledge about how to join up the necessary prerequisites in order that my business has the sound foundations it needs for success. Miranda has a real talent for explanation and seemingly endless patience, she manages the candidates in a way that allows their own ideas and skills to blossom whilst providing excellent support for those areas that we may find difficult. Her teaching style is animated and thought provoking and her ability to pitch learning intentions at just the right level are a demonstration of her experience and commitment to this type of life long learning.
Miranda is also a great example of networking at its best and constantly strives to connect people with others whom she has met when she feels such a pairing could be mutually beneficial.
It has been a real pleasure to engage with Miranda on this course and I wish her continued success looking forward to the future. - Vick L
If ever you need someone to talk to about Business advice, help or direction, Miranda is the person to speak too! Her Business knowledge is second to none and I would not hesitate to recommend Miranda to anyone. Thank you so much for your help! - Andy R
I have had the pleasure of working with Miranda for the past 3 months and during this time have really benefitted from her advice, assistance, business knowledge and friendship. Miranda is inspirational in passing on her business knowledge and I’ve come away from our sessions feeling rejuvenated and excited. As a business mentor Miranda is exceptional and I hope to be able to continue working with her in the future. - Sue W
"I'm a recent design Graduate and I wanted to start my own business and wasn't sure where to begin. I signed up with one of Mirandas' Entrepreneur Plus courses for 8 weeks and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Mirandas' friendly and relaxed approach to teaching and mentoring made it easy to learn and now I feel confident in pursuing my business idea. "- Anne-Marie
Miranda has a real empathy with people, one that is constructive and is backed with a wealth of knowledge and experience. She is an excellent teacher, who prepares and considers her lesson plans with great care and has the ability to deliver in such a way that makes learning fun. Just as it should be. I am happy to endorse her as a tutor, mentor or business coach. -Laura L
Skills to Go’s Business Start-up Programme provides the necessary knowledge for anyone wanting to go self-employed. The information provided not only by online resources but by Miranda's own personal experience adds value to each lesson.
By completing the course it has give me both the skills and confidence to go self-employed and be successful. -Michael Butler
Thank you very much for an inspiring presentation. The day before I’d agreed to chair a panel session at London’s Olympia (which I did yesterday). Your comments about fear of judgment were incredibly empowering and reassured me I’d made the right decision in “just going for it” and saying yes to the invitation – so thank you! - Catherine E
“As a small business owner, what can I say about Miranda's teaching abilities? I signed up for a 12 week business programme with her and wasn’t sure if it would be good use of my time. Well - it has been, for these reasons. Let's start with the fact that her enthusiasm is contagious. No matter what stage you're at with your business, she is full of helpful advice and never patronising. She genuinely wants to help people succeed and she has the tools and connections to do so. Several people advised me to go on her Entrepreneurs Plus course. I was unsure at first, as it is fairly intensive and involved a lot of analysis of my business, but once we got going it was a pleasure, rather than a chore. It has taught me so many things I would never have discovered for myself. Go on any of her workshops or courses if you get the chance! Working with Miranda has made a big difference to me and my business.” Becca C