7 reasons why coffee with business works!


So this week is UK Coffee Week, and it got me thinking…. when did we all get so stuck on coffee shops? I remember as a teenager going out to meet friends and making a “pot of tea” last for hours for 4 of us and we wasted the hours between school finishing and home time and talking about how we would rule the world and of course the boys!  But I can’t remember what we did or where we went in our 20s. It wasn’t the pub – so where was it?

It really wasn’t until the late 1990s that coffeehouses were ‘re-invented’ by companies such as Starbucks, Coffee Republic and Costa Coffee – and the revolution of skinny lattes, cappuccino and espresso became part of our every day language.

Now as a small business owner and the rise of the entrepreneur, and the solopreneur the cafe or coffee shop is where we hold our business meetings, our catch ups, our networking and our lives. We run into friends, hold meetings and plan our futures. My business expense receipts are crammed with coffee receipts – thank goodness my “coffee life” is a tax deductible expense. So why does it work so well?

  1. Meeting in cafes means you have a more informal exchange and stay relatively uninterrupted.
  2. It can provide a relaxed environment perfect for getting work done
  3. Meeting in cafes means you have a more informal exchange and stay relatively uninterrupted.
  4. The wifi is usually great!
  5. This can help ease creative block as well as helping to get to know people better.
  6. Being a solopreneur can be lonely and block creative process, getting out and engaging can really support increase in your productivity.
  7. Finally you don’t have to host in your home and it works as an interim plan before you’re ready to take on expensive office space!

My favourite coffee shop for my business meetings is Bakesmiths in Bristol, UK  https://bakesmiths.co.uk/ If you’re ever in Bristol you should try it – its fabulous!

Hey you don’t have to drink coffee, find something you love and HEALTH WARNING if you eat cake everyday then your waist will get bigger!

I’m a business coach and my website is https://www.lindadaviescarr.com/ take a look and see how I do my business over coffee!



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5 things a busy business women needs to outsource immediately!

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Did you know its National Gardening Week this week, can I tell you how much I really hate gardening! I’m just not good at it, I do not have green fingers and to be truthful it bores me! However I do love it looks when its done, tidy, neat and pretty.

It doesn’t help that the puppy we are solicalising for the charity Dogs for Good  https://www.dogsforgood.org/ has dug up the lawn and despite the fact that I have filled it in with loose top soil he thinks its great fun to undo my hole-filling labouring!

So I outsource it to people who are better at it than me, more efficient and more talented. I pay them. It allows me to focus on what I’m good at, and although the gardener costs me £17 per hour, I know that I can earn more than £17 per month – significantly more. More importantly I know by getting them to do it – I’m less stressed and more productive!

So my favourite piece of business advice ( I have a few)

“Do what you do and outsource the rest”

It’s hard being a busy business woman, mix in a couple of children, ageing parents, a pet or two and you’re talking STRESS STRESS STRESS!

So its important that there is balance, and no I can’t fix that here – check out another blog. But I can help you with 5 things to outsource straight away that won’t break the bank:

  1. Cleaning
  2. Ironing
  3. Gardening
  4. Food shopping
  5. Social Media

I worked in Bangalore, India for a while about 10 years ago and I was really interested in the viewpoint that a household would employ numerous people to help with the many tasks of managing the household, someone to cook, clean, clean the car etc – they took the view that it helped support many people and added to their household income, share the work, share the love, share the wealth!  So in a similar method, increase your productivity by outsourcing the stuff you can. Look for local people in your area who advertise these services. Help yourself to be more efficient and help them to increase their income – share the wealth and max your productivity. Don’t hide your brilliance behind the chores…

Finally if you’re sitting there thinking that I’m mad and you can’t afford to.




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How to let go of the fear of fucking up!

lindadaviescarr-33It’s quite common you know. I know we all think we are special and we are, we really are. BUT many many people are fearful of failure. So try and understand why you feel the way you do.

Many of us are afraid of failing, at least some of the time. But fear of failure (also called “atychiphobia”) is when we allow that fear to stop us doing the things that can move us forward to achieve our goals. Its overwhelming, its paralysing and it does not serve us! Fear of failure can be linked to many causes.

Simply put, awareness does help. Self aweareness is critical and you can use the acronym AWARE which stands for:

A: Accept the anxiety. Don’t try to fight it.

W: Watch the anxiety. Just watch it and when you notice it, scale your level of fear and start to breathe longer on the out-breath.

A: Stands for ‘Act normally’. …

R: Repeat the above steps in your mind if necessary.

E: Expect the best.

Every entrepreneur I know is afraid of failure. It’s human nature. When we go outside of our comfort zone, we feel scared. As entrepreneurs, our identity, ego and our business are so wrapped up in what we are doing, that when things do not go as we expect, we can literally feel overwhelmed, paralysed and so scared.

So learn how to use failure to your advantage, rather than dreading it.  Here are five proven strategies to move through your fear of failure:

Reframe Your Goals

First, reframe failure by shifting your goals.  Expand your goal to include learning something new and you will never technically “fail” because there is always something to be learned. Instead of “earn £10,000 this sales period,” reframe your goal to include “Learn something new about how to successfully launch a product”. You can still target £10,000 in revenue, while at the same time anchoring yourself to the goal of learning something of value about launching a new product. This way, you cannot “fail” because regardless of the outcome, you are bound to learn something of value.

Visualise Obstacles

Positive thinking alone is not enough. Research has shown that the best outcomes are created when we balance positive thinking with visualising the future obstacles and struggles we will encounter.

Think of a situation in which you are afraid of failure.  Visualize yourself now hitting an obstacle, allow yourself to feel the fear, and then see yourself moving forward.  Next, spend a few minutes planning how to overcome whatever obstacles may stand in your way. Then see yourself succeeding despite these obstacles.

Uncover Your Story

When we take failure very personally, we are always – always – associating the failure with a bigger story about ourselves. We are taking the failure to mean “I am not good enough”, “I will never be successful as an entrepreneur”, “My team is awful”, “My boss is a nightmare” etc.

When you feel trouble by a failure, ask yourself “ What is the belief I have about this situation?”  See if you can uncover the massive and  exaggerated story you are telling yourself about this particular failure.  Separate the story from the facts.

Once you uncover the story, notice that it is just that. A story. And see if you can re-write it by creating a more positive response such as  “I’m willing to take risks, I learn from my mistakes and move on.”

Ask Three Powerful Questions

The best response to perceived failure is to ask oneself these three powerful questions:

1)   What did I learn from this situation?

2)   How can I grow as a person from this experience?

3)   What are three positive things I can take from this situation?

Some people are tuned into the negative so find it easy to list all the epic failures, some focus on the positives and have trained themselves to only focus on the positives. So preserve with the exercise – it’s all about training your mind.

Finally, ask yourself what would you do if you had no fear?




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You can’t manifest a great business!

lindadaviescarr-75So that’s the first lesson – ‘things’ do not bring happiness. The second lesson I learned is that if you don’t feel good, there’s no point to it. As feeling good is all we really truly want to be and to have.

A great business takes hard work, dedication, consistent action and a whole lot of courage. So get your grit on and go to work on your self and your business!

I started my business career in the 1980’s  – I loved it. I was brought up on a diet on hard work and respect. No one ever suggested we go to work on ourselves, the simple equation was work harder. The people I knew with their own businesses worked such long hours, they smoked they drank – wow look how far we have all come!

BUT you can’t flippin manifest yourself a great business. It takes work! Hard work and there are not short cuts. By all means use manifesting to help, to heighten your focus, to be clear about your intention, to help you unblock and unlock the negative self talk.

In order to manifest what you want in your life you need to FEEL GOOD in the first place. Like attracts like. It doesn’t really matter how, but the key is to enter the good vibration without an ulterior motive. When you don’t have something and you really want it, you’re so focused on wanting it, that the focus is also on the complete lack of having it, which of course feels horrible. When you say ‘I’m going to start feeling good because I want that house’… the feeling is false because you don’t have the house so you get pulled back. ‘I want that car so I’m going to start feeling good’… ‘oh but I don’t have the car!’ Disappointment starts and you’re pulled right back again.

To feel good you’ve got to be in it without wanting. So this year, do the stuff that makes your heart sing… if coaching makes your heart sing go do that, if dancing makes your heart sing, go do that, if helping others makes your heart sing, go do that! Just make sure you stay in the heightened sense of happiness. 

When you’re in that high vibe, you’re happy, you’re grateful, you’re feeling good and you’re authentically ‘acting as if’ and then the house, the car will be with you BUT you’ll also have so much more. 

As we all know happiness does not lie in the material things, it lies within this very moment. That doesn’t mean you should not ‘want’ these other things, go ahead… just don’t make it your primary motive. Make feeling good right now your primary motivation and watch as all the things you ever wanted flow into your world. Let go of the outcome and focus on feeling amazing!

You can drive the success of your business when YOU are feeling great!



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6 benefits an entrepreneur can enjoy by hiring a business coach


As a successful entrepreneur, you probably know exactly what you want and how to get it. You are driven, determined and a self-starter. So if you have all these great qualities, why would you need a coach? As it turns out, there are more than a few benefits of hiring a business coach.

When you decided to become and entrepreneur, you started with amazing dreams of how fantastic the future would be. You would stop trading time for money. No one explained to you how hard it was going to be did they?


I met Amy Oldfield of Empowered Fitness http://www.efitbristol.co.uk/ for a coffee last week and whilst getting to know each other she shared with me her experience with a PT specific coach.

“I started off on a coaching programme which cost me £2,000 for 90 days. I got great results, so over a year later I then invested in the current programme I’m on. Which is £900 per month, which I have been on for 15 months. I was only earning £4,000 a month at the time.”

Amy was committed to grow her business and committed to business coaching which represented 25% of her turnover. WOW – now that’s commitment. Now 4 years on she is an award-winning personal trainer, she’s reaping the rewards of her investment,  and is planning opening another gym location.


I met with a new business coaching client only this morning and she told me that following her first strategy session last month, her turnover had increased by £1000, 50% since we last met, and she had only implemented a fraction of what we discussed. She’s thrilled and I’m super proud 🙂 

So back to the 6 benefits you can enjoy as an entrepreneur

1. Be clear and on purpose.

When you decide to become an entrepreneur, you start with great dreams and aspirations of growing a business, hoping to achieve great things. As time passes you get drawn into the minutia and the drama, you get so busy running the day-to-day you forget or worst of all, don’t make time for the strategy! It is hard running your own business. It can overwhelm the best of us!  Working with a coach will help you raise your head from the day-to-day business drama, and take time to sit back and look at the bigger picture. Your coach will get you to start thinking about the future, where do you see yourself and your business, and get you to take action and act on this vision, by developing a winning strategy that you can execute with confidence


2. Figure out what success looks like for you.

Your goals, your successA good coach will help you define what success looks like and help you frame your thinking. Remember that success is not necessarily measured only in financial terms.  Set a range of strategic success, I always used to use the KISS list – key indicators of strategic success, but make them your own, they need to facilitate an emotional reaction – if your business “why” makes you cry – it’s absolutely the correct measure.

3. Ensure accountability.

A business coach will not only push you and challenge you to do and achieve your best, but will also hold you accountable for your actions. It’s easy to procrastinate – a great coach will call you out, hold you accountable and hold your toes to the fire. They’ll be able to differentiate fear of something new versus just feeling uncomfortable about a new way forward and a new direction.


4. Understanding & support

It’s lonely being self-employed, so its great to have someone to talk to who isn’t your partner or your best mate. You need an unbiased sounding board who has your interest at heart but who will also challenge your thinking. They will support you in highlighting your “best bits” and identify and help you work on the areas of challenge.

Often entrepreneurs need to project their best image – all of the time. It can be exhausting and puts a great deal of pressure to be “on it” 24/7, combined with the need to be present on social media – it is a lot of pressure and stops the real person with the real weakness acknowledging and working on those areas that need work, development and support. In a coaching relationship it is a confidential, no judgement setting. Opening up and releasing your issues, worries, your “fear list” is cathartic and enlightening.

Once you are consciously conscious of your areas of development, what triggers your emotions and your reactions,  managing yourself and your stress levels is simpler.


5. Support to get done whatever it takes!

To be successful and get to where you haven’t been before is what defines the success of the entrepreneur. A great coach will motivate and encourage you, you’ll be 10 feet tall and bullet proof! They’ll also point out what needs work and improving, remember they are your cheerleader not your critic. Getting to grip with the tough stuff means going to work on yourself, often on the areas that haven’t been tackled before. Its tough, it challenging and it is most definitely worth it.


6. Develop your thinking and gain a new perspective.

When you are stuck in the hamster wheel that is running and growing a business, you may often feel stuck, unchallenged and in need new direction. The right business coach will help you gain perspective of your current situation and will provide you with alternative approaches and a different perspective. To be successful you need to do what others are not willing to do, so you need to  S T R E T C H  your thinking.

I love the quote by Albert Einstein who said:

“Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking we used when creating them.”

A great business coach will challenge your thinking hold your toes to the fire and encourage you to stretch yourself further than you would have done on your own!




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Got what it takes to be a business athlete


World class athletes report they fulfil over 90% of their potential, however non-athletes in senior positions in business typically report they fulfil around 40%. This is a shocking statistic and yet the principles and practices used in sport can be easily adapted and transferred to the business world. So many sports professionals go on to become motivational speakers – that isn’t just a coincidence!

Businesses with business athletes often have a high-performance culture,  one with consistently higher business performance with clear vision, goal-setting, metrics for measurement. We can all train to be stronger business athletes for ourselves and our businesses.

So if you could achieve a greater rate of success you’d want to know more, wouldn’t you?

I know an elite athlete and her focus is always on success, on how to improve. She trains her body for optimal performance, she spends hours learning how to fuel her body for maximum performance and she works on her mindset to ensure her approach to succeeding – she has a crystal clear vision and she goes to work on it every single day.

When I trained for the London Marathon 2012 – I know, don’t laugh!! Well I worked with a coach – she was and is amazing. We did some physical training, I had a plan, I had homework runs, but mainly we worked on the “head stuff.” She told me that about 3 weeks before the race, when people asked me whether I would finish my answer would change for a panicked answer to a cool, calm answer of course. It worked, just as she had said it would and she was right. It’s not a coincidence that when I left her every Tuesday morning at 10am, in would walk Olympic swimmers to also train with her. She taught me vision, to have a focus and passion – and I have taken this into my business life.

VISION – Athletes learn how to visualise their success, and once you can envision it, you can achieve it. The rest is a brilliant combination of passion and focus.

FOCUS – Athletes learn to tune out the noise of self-doubt, fear and the roar of the crowd in order to accomplish their task. Focus enables you to succeed when you have prepared for that moment, and the opportunity finally presents itself.

PASSION – Athletes have a passion for what they do, it’s the passion that supports the long hours, the epic failures on the route to success and its the passion that gets you up again after falling 100 times over

Business women often tend to play small and internalise failure, what that means is when we fail we think “I am a failure” rather than I need to try a different way. This way is to develop a winning mindset, have a clear vision, a laser focus and a passion for your business that keeps you going. I love the Michael Jordan quote above, it summarises the committment, the sheer determination and the attitude of an athlete.

“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” Vince Lombardi

So as a business athlete, go to work on yourself, remember it is a mindset shift that you need and it is a sheer bloody determination, and a steely vision, focus and a deep-rooted passion for success. So go and work on your business athleticism.



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Intention + Action = Results


Commit yourself to be #allin to what you want, see it, feel it, know that it will be and watch what happens.  It  does not magically happen but your change of mindset impacts your actions, your actions become more focused, focused on what you wanted, which results in:

Intention + Action = Results  ❤️

Many people have intention, all of us want results, but it is few who take action, seize the day and take action. ACTION is what separates the talkers from the doers – so what are you? Me, I’m a professional do-er. I get stuff done. Procrastination causes me so much more stress, as the thought of doing it is so much more stressful than actually doing it. Procrastination is so paralysing, it actually causes me emotional discomfort.

“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”
Leonardo Da Vinci

So set your intention, start small with the intention or goal setting, set 3 and definitely no more than 6 goals and go to work. Take great pleasure in ticking them off when they’re done. I’d really recommend writing them down on old-fashioned pen and paper, there is something so much more satisfying about ticking them off, versus clicking a button on a list app!

Reframe your language, delete “should” from your vocabulary. Choose to do and complete something rather than should do something! Focus on the “how” as opposed to the “if” and you will find taking action becomes simpler!

It also creates and supports a positive attitude and it will help support your action taking.



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9 tips to be a networking superstar!

Here’s my 9 tried and tested tips to be a networking superstar! Enjoy!


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Here’s the pdf: Masterfixer 9 tips networking superstar



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5 tips to get luckier in business



I and totally with Thomas Jefferson on this subject…

I am a great believer in luck. The harder I work the luckier I am. Thomas Jefferson.

It’s about hard work, but it is mixed with opportunity and being in the right place at the right time.  So I found this really cool calculation to get luckier….


Preparation + attitude + opportunity + action = luck


So how lucky do you want to be?

So, here is my checklist for taking your hard work and turning it into luck:

  1. Make great connections, lots of them, and keep track of them. People do business with people they know, like and trust, so get out from behind your lap top and get social. Also LinkedIn has a Tags feature, and it’s a great tool for keeping control of large sets of connections.
  2. Recognise the brilliance in the flexibility. It’s critical to have a firm foundations in your business, but you also need to stay open to new ideas and original thoughts; don’t mentally block yourself into a set and  specific business plan.
  3. Create the opportunities and meet people, discuss collaborations, make offers and discuss ideas. Talk with as many people who are relevant to your business as possible – collaborators, potential customers, partners and competitors—and listen to what they have to say. Pick their brains and find out what they know.
  4. Do take action. To turn your luck into success do the preparation, have the right attitude, create the opportunity or respond to the opportunity presents, act responsibly, act BOLDLY with conviction, act quickly but, most importantly TAKE ACTION nothing else happens  this, so seize the F**** diem!
  5. Be confident be believable and get the job done. Confidence comes from knowledge, experience and hard work, but you’ve also got to be willing to meet your challenges head-on.

Luck does exist in business, but is a skillfully put together list of opportunities and there is an element of being in the right place at the right time. The “luck” element is connecting with the right people. The “luck” is recognising the opportunities when they arise and seizing them with everything you have!  So, luck may have an element of coincidence, but it takes hard work, intelligence and most of all courage to take the action to make the luck a reality.

So go forth and get lucky…



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8 marketing tips to get you more clients

Everyone needs clients. FACT! Whether you are producing or selling a product or you are providing we all needs clients, someone who wants what we have.

Ok so you’ve heard about the law of attraction and you’ve read about the law of supply and demand. What about the client attraction laws?

Start ups need clients and they’ll usually take any clients.Mid level businesses need more clients and more money, because now they’re not a start up and they have overheads and stuff to pay for.

Established successful businesses need fewer higher paying clients. But how does it all start? How does the start up get the first clients, the mid level get more and the established clients get their much needed VIP clients?

If getting clients was easy then marketers would be out of business.

Tip 1 Get out of the house.

If you’re reading this and you have a home based business and maybe you’re in your comfies or even your PJs, and you’re furiously posting on social media – STOP right now. Get up get dressed, put on your make up and get out of the front door and talk to real people TODAY. Yes REAL people and have a conversation with as many people as you can, but more importantly talk to 3 people about your business straight away – you will be gobsmacked the positive impact it will have on your clients, your income, your confidence and your stress levels,

Tip 2

Go and make some new friends.

Step away from the computer and go and meet new people. Join a club, take up a sport and talk to everyone, be the person that people want to talk to. Maybe go to the same coffee shop every day, so people get used to seeing you and remember to SMILE, not just have your head down in your lap top or book without making any eye contact with anyone. Make some new friends.

Do your research – where do you ideal clients hang out? Then make a plan, don’t overthink it and go and hang out at those places. It might be the library, a book club, an exhibition, a workshop, a coffee shop, the mall, a conference – go and be with your tribe.

Tip 3

Be present on social media.

You need to be present on social media, but you need to provide value. Don’t be a stalker, who watches everything and lurks in the shadows, make a positive contribution in every group and forum you are in – every single day. WARNING – set the timer for 30 minute slots, ideally 3 times a day and stick to the timer as social media is like a black hole for time management – you will lose hours if you are not conciosuly aware of your time.

Use technolofy to scheule some static post, to save you time and make it look like you’re posting interesting stuff and use your personal time slots for engagement.

Building followers and friends on social media is a long term strategy. So get involved, voice your opinion, offer advice, provide guidance and get involved. Work on your engagement and remember you MUST be consistent.

Tip 4

Be available and on task.

Set your time boundaries and stick to them, an set up automation for the “out of hours” contacts.

If you’re a start up you’ll be tempted to spend every waking hour on your business – it doesn’t work, you’ll be exhausted and burn out and you will end up resenting your business. So be clear about your time boundaries, when, where and how much you are willing to work. No one would expect you to be available 24/7.

Tip 5

Communicate succinctly.

Be able to communicate all the important details of your business in 30 seconds or less is critical. We’re all super busy and there is so much competition, you need to be able to succinctly tell people about your business quickly. Practice talking about it, record yourself, so it in the mirror and hone your skills. It’s all about making the right impression quickly. If you’re a bore your potential client will look elsewhere.

Tip 6

Be solution focused

See solutions to their issues. Your potential clients have some level of pain with their business; they are actively looking for solutions. So think outside the box, be future and forward thinking. Be empathetic and seek to understand their issues and always bring the conversation back to solution focused. Offer dynamic, positive frameworks and suggestions, be creative and suggest blue-sky thinking – that’s’ what they need a fresh set of eyes on their business issues.


Tip 7

Ask for referrals.

Again, people like to do business with people they know like and trust, so if a person they trust has recommended you then you have an 85% better chance of securing that person as a client. BOOM!

Tip 8

The fortune is in the follow up.

Did you know that 48% of people don’t follow up! What a tragic waste of all that hard work and effort. So build your self a simple follow up process and go to work. Remember to contact they a minimum of 12 times. Yes 12 times!!

So get your ASK into gear and get talking to people.

I’d love to know what you think…



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