Celebrating Your Progress
Whether you are acknowledging an anniversary or just saying thank you, your message should make your customers feel great about ever choosing to use your brand– Sam Onigbanjo
Today, I want to rave about two amazing ladies, members of my Mastermind Group for Entrepreneurs!
Shola Alabi, Education expert, with two Education centres. One in London and the other in Essex.
A couple of Sundays ago, Shola was the Keynote speaker at an Education Conference at the Bromley Court Hotel. Normally an hour-long session with one speaker is enough to send you to sleep unless you have the phenomenal gift of connecting with your audience and you ooze of passion. Shola Alabi fits this description, in fact, she had her audience eating out of her hand as the clock moved from 60 to 100 minutes with more questions still coming for her! So, you can imagine how eager her audience were to hear the next thing from her. Shola used a combination of strategies I coach my entrepreneurs on; one of them being mastering the art of storytelling, as this is an emotive way of winning the hearts of your audience.
There are three reasons why I am raving about Shola Alabi.
She is an expert and helps parents fulfil educational dreams for their children.
Shola has developed a dedicated hub for busy parents who need to stay ahead of their children’s educational and behaviour and
Yes, this phenomenal lady is a member of my Mastermind Group, and I am super proud of her.
(So, whatever way you are supporting your children with their Education, this lady will help make things better.)
The other lady, who is also a member of my Mastermind Group that I am boasting about today is Amara Kanu.
If you are on Instagram, then you might have seen her profile. She is a fitness and energy expert and coaches many women around the world on getting their health and fitness in order.
What makes Amara, a lady to boast about is her tenacious focus on success. If you want to lose; yes I mean to lose a bet, then bet against Amara rising to any challenge you set her!
I understand she deleted the word “Cant” from her dictionary, so everything is possible in her world.
Amara held her debut event two weeks ago in Covent Garden, Central London to a sold out room. As I watched her address her audience, I was filled with awe because all of the speaking techniques I had taught her were executed flawlessly. A brilliant student always graduates from level to level.
Amara, has me raving and it’s true simply because:
She is deaf to the word “Can’t.”
She practises till you have to move her goal post.
Yes, she is a member of my mastermind group.
(Amara, is the go-to person for Health and Fitness, watch one of her free videos on Instagram @akhealthy)
There is so much more I can share about these two ladies, but I think it’s best I invite you to one of our open house events so you can understand the type of entrepreneurs these powerhouse ladies are.
Do, you want this type of progress?
Watch out for my invitation soon. or click on the link below!
It’s Sam Onigbanjo,
Your Business Success Strategist and Coach
I am always learning, reading, attending seminars listening to my coaches and releasing my creativity for my clients. Today, I want to share with you why mastery in storytelling is imperative.
Why we tell, a story has a great effect on “How” we tell a story. As a Strategist, I know that telling a story to a prospect is important because I want my prospect to experience safe and trustworthy emotions when it comes to my brand. ( I am sure you would want your prospects to feel the same right?)It is also because I want the prospect to recognise my authority, authenticity and experience in the area. So internally they can react by, feeling safe, convinced and convicted that buying into my service is the right thing for them to do to Improve their life and future chances.
I would like you ( I would love you) to tell a story for the same and even more reasons. A great story is always simple, authentic, easy to understand and in a language and communication mode easily understood, digested and acted on by the intended recipients.
Last week Thursday, two members of my mastermind group Amara Kanu and Anne Ogunlesi, told their stories to a sold out room at The Solid Woman conference, Trafalgar Square.
These ladies told their stories in a simple, authentic, emotive, truthful and valid way. They also made their audience the centre of the story and spoke to them like royalty.
If you were to ask Amara or Anne about their success, they would start with their “Why” and how they used their “Why” to share emotive stories.
Needless to say when they asked the audience to give them their contact details, willingly they did, and with it a number of media interviews, requests for further paid speaking engagements and to round it of (only as a master of storytelling can do), the whole room of their free will stood up and gave a rousing, tearful ovation.
I have some tips that I would love to give you. If you would like this, just connect with me here https://www.facebook.com/groups/GBPBusinessclub/edit and I’ll get them across to you.
I have a few questions for you:
- Would you too like to have a pre-organised opportunity to speak to a responsive audience in a sold-out venue in Trafalgar Square?
- Would you like to be paid for this?
- Would you like to develop a business model that keeps you getting paid?
- Would you like to belong to a network of very successful business owners?
If you answered YES to any of the above, then you need to master the art of authentic STORY-TELLING, that comes straight from the heart, but delivered with a winning formula.
If you have any other questions, head over to my Facebook group here https://www.facebook.com/groups/GBPBusinessclub/edit/ and ask, and I will respond to you.
I wish you freedom in your thoughts this week, the freedom to be you and the audacity to live YOU even in the face of critics, and doom day seers
Your Business Strategist
PS: I want to share three videos with you on how to make storytelling work for your business. Join me here and say hi and I will fire them across to you one at a time: https://www.facebook.com/groups/GBPBusinessclub/edit/
- A website or landing page
- An ad (digital or print)
- An idea for a business that you want to flesh out or build or know if viable
- A video you need to film
- A lead generation technique (help getting one started or help fine tuning it)
- How to get your first client/customer
- Where to find your ideal customers and clients
- Facebook Advertising help
- Email marketing
- Lead magnet or opt-in strategy
- Finding partners and affiliates
- Creating content (generating ideas, systems or promotional strategies)
- Mindset, focus and productivity
- Goal setting or planning your long-term vision
You are invited to the first Men’s Big Business Breakfast of 2017
Theme : Catapulting your business higher in 2017
Sam Onigbanjo, The Host and Conveyor, will be sharing on how to effectively communicate any message you have in a personal, professional or Business capacity. Remember 69% of the average Human’s life is spent communicating with others verbally, through social media, in person, or in writing. If you are going to learn one new skill in 2017, then it has to be how to improve your Effective Communication.
Amara Kanu, Architect and Fitness guru, will be sharing on how to keep your energy high. Without excellent health and energy, you are a step closer to the grave. Amara will share practical tips on how to keep in top form and peak energy for your daily activities in Business and your social life.
Dr Charlie Easmon, MD of YES Excellent health care, at Business resident of 1, Harley-street will share on how not to do Business if you really want to be successful in 2017.
“The Men’s Business Breakfast is a quarterly Business breakfast where Men can come together in a relaxed environment and discuss issues over a hot full buffet breakfast”-Sam Onigbanjo
Date : Saturday the 11th of February 2017
Venue: ESQ Bar at 805 Restaurant, Old kent Rd SE15
Entry is free but the hot African buffet breakfast and drinks is £20 per delegate
Register here for Free entry goo.gl/T7EQV1
How to reposition and change your perception in 2017.
You can’t control how people perceive you – but you can control your image, position and associations.
Ever heard of Ying-Yang? Ok let’s tweak it a bit and instead of watching the time let’s become “Clock builders”. Yes-I’ve read Built To Last and I love it!
So, before we go any further with this conversation, rule number one is:
This is easy in this Social Media age. Watch how many people open your newsletters, add you on social media, attend your speaking engagements, like/comment or retweet your thoughts. All of these can “change how people perceive you”. When done in the right way, it can result in a new set of perceptions for you.
If you have attended my courses or my Mastermind Coaching group or read my articles or newsletters on Effective Communication, you will find the common trend. Perceptions are created by assessments and even when people hear what you tell them, they hear what they want to hear – based on what they have heard, made up, feel, or believe. This is a mix of truths, fact, fiction and influences.
With that in the background, here is a quick outline of how you can go about your task:
1. Change the conversations:
If you are switching from being an employee to a business owner, then your conversations have to move towards leadership/forecasting and growth.
2. Change who you are having conversations with:
Your old network already has a biased opinion (good or bad)about who you are and what they should bring to the table for you. Change the scene.
3. Reframe the earlier experience:
Re-inventing yourself is compulsory, you need to accept and leverage your old experience and use as your resource of connections, networks and marketplace for the new you. Your actions will reframe you – same person but different business attire.
4. Be an action-oriented person. Let your results introduce you:
The evidence of your work will be the fastest tool to aid with rebranding you in the minds of people. No matter what you know, the proof and belief are always in the pudding. In my book titled “37 Business Thoughts”, I say that “Being the best means nothing, except the world, can evidence this.”
5. Persistence and consistency:
With persistence and consistency, no matter how long people have known you, your bullish new attitude will convert the most sceptic of old time friends or associates who aligned you with a particular way of business or life. Your ability to continue will define the new you – 37 Business Thoughts.
6. Invest to yield returns:
Invest in yourself as much as possible; because your acumen, awareness and ability to deliver will determine what level of returns you will attract. Whatever you do, please do not “Save” money by doing tasks you can outsource to “Fiverr” or some expert who will deliver in a fraction of the time it will take you.
Utilise the 80/20 principle. So no matter how daunting this new position seems as long as you lean on your improved strengths they will yield a higher return for you.
Last but not the least:
7. Self Confidence
In my coaching series on this singular point, I teach how self-belief and confidence are crucial to holding you to your new image. “Hold on to your self-confidence, if you hold on tight to this despite any challenges, this attitude will bring you a high reward. In this case a New Perception. ”
Till next time,
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If anyone tells you, Black Men can’t achieve much…tell them to sit down fast!
Saturday, the 19th of November 2016, was the date for the Men’s Big Business Breakfast, organised by Business Leader Sam Onigbanjo. Held at ESQ Bar Old kent Road London, part of the 805 Restaurant Chain.
By 9.45am there was a gathering of men, prompt for the 10 am start.
The first Speaker on the Monday was Mr Stephen Mwale, MD of Simply Accounts; he shared points that every and any serious business man/woman would need to keep money and stay within the Law. Two key things he mentioned that stood out to me were (1) Remain honest in your finance and taxation, a healthy balance sheet will help you in the future to attract cheap funding. (2) If you have children aged 16 and above, you can save so much more money if you own your own business.
The second speaker was, Pumela Salela, Country Head, Brand South Africa in the UK, she opened up her speech with a gift bearing exercise to all attendees, then she proceeded in sharing some of the extraordinary opportunities that South Africa offers to any Interested business person. An area that Interested me in her speech was the Allied –Agriculture sector, which she pointed out was a no-brainer for anyone interested. She shared her contact details with all delegates.
The third speaker, Pax Knight, focused on a Key “Business” topic which was keeping the Honey in your relationships. His speech was received with excitement and controversy. While we heard from a gentleman in the audience, who had been married and divorced three times, another man who spent more time in academic holding three master’s degrees and another Man who doubted if it was possible to marry and stay married. Needless to say at this junction the two ladies who dared to attend the Men’s Business Breakfast were asked for their views, supported by two other men who indicated they had been married for 20 and 26 years and still happy.
The Men’s Business breakfast has not finished with the topic of Honey in your relationships.
What stood out to me most in his session was when this speaker (Pax Knight) was asked about a relationship shutting down like an aeroplane losing all its engines, the question posed being when was the best time to parachute out before the crash. Pax Knight an aircraft engineer and pilot replied “ What you don’t know is that a plane is built and designed to glide if the engines shut off. So I left there thinking don’t parachute out of a relationship, Glide!
The fourth speaker, was Amara Kanu, Architect and fitness guru, she kept her speech simple and dovetailed the session before. She shared on positive Energy, and her physical appearance had some men whispering “I need to send my wife/partner to her”What stood out to me in her speech was when you keep yourself fit and healthy you will always be more prepared for an enjoyable sex life with your partner.
The Last speaker Architect Emeka Okoye, Flew in from Nigeria and shared one simple message, the opportunity to invest and buy real estate in Ibeju-Lekki, very close to Dangote’s new refinery the largest in the world. The opportunity part of a massive real estate opportunity in Lagos, Nigeria is one not to be missed.
The Men’s Big Business breakfast is organised and hosted by Sam Onigbanjo, Sam is the Author of 37 Business thoughts and an exemplary Business leader and Coach. With numerous success stories emerging from his coaching programs. Featured on CNBC News and Virgin Entrepreneur, Sam Onigbanjo is indeed The Coach for Business leaders.
If you would like to know more about this business network and its services email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Saturday 15th of October 2016, raising money for such a serious issue as girl child abuse and poverty was done in a fabulous new way. In an atmosphere filled with beautiful and stylish ladies and gentlemen. These Issues were brought to the attention over 100 guests at the Marriot Hotel in Norwich.
The Day started off with the Founder Caroline Akorita being Interviewed by BBC Norwich about the Fashionmixer charity event.
Later that evening the event commenced with The 1st Speaker Evangelist Kalonga sharing on how she caught HIV through forced intercourse but fortunately has been able to live with it for more than 18 years.
The Keynote speaker for the night Muzvare Betty Makoni shared her story, passion and love for the girl child and why the organization was established, with her were one of her first graduating students who went on to mentor her younger sister.
Entertainment on the night was a truly angelic voice Gemma La voce, who sang and moved the entire audience with the depth and power of her voice.
DJ Mind d Gap, stole the show as he had everyone glued to the dance floor displaying world class DJ skills and flawlessly mixing both current and old school music to the sheer the delight of his audience.
Founder of Fashion Mixer Events, Caroline Akorita who is also an active member of Great Business Platforms Mastermind coaching group, was elated with the engagement, the people and most especially with the auction and raffle the participation was phenomenal.
To top it up, some ladies in the house decided to auction a 60-second plank to raise further money, led by the amazing Coco AKA Ms. Positive.
When asked how he found the night Mr. Bims Akingbade said “Normally at a fundraiser he nods off. However, this was the first fundraiser he stayed awake and participated and enjoyed.”
DJ Mind the Gap Said ” When the DJ is this excited about the night how will the audience feel.”
Thanks to all the donors and supported by this year’s event, Including Mr. Steve Mwale of Simply Accounts, Mr. Bim Akingbade of Link up Property and the amazing ladies who made sure everything auctioned was bought for a premium price.
Comperes and Auctioneers on the night Sam Onigbanjo and Seye Aina
Great Business Platforms coaching mastermind group helps entrepreneurs meet their goals through higher productivity, increased market share and better business models and Sustained Impact
The Men’s Business Breakfast is back!
On Saturday the 19th of November 2016, Sam Onigbanjo will be hosting the next Men’s Business Breakfast.
The morning promises to be lively, interact, controversial and a lot of fun, similar to the last breakfast which received had over 900 live viewers via Facebook .
Topics over this breakfast meeting will include
Show me the money:
Steve Mwale is MD, Simply Accounting a professionally qualified fellow of the chartered certified accountants with over 15 years experience. My experience has been vast. I have worked in practice, investment banking and now own my practice which I started from scratch for nearly seven years. The name of the practice is Simply Accounts. Besides that, I have had other businesses in recruitment and procurement. My focus is to help small and medium-sized businesses to realise their potential swiftly.
I have outside interests such as golf, traveling, paragliding, bangy jumping, reading, movies and mounting climbing.
How to Share honey with our ladies:
Pax Knight (The Code) is an Aircraft Engineer and Consultant with a master’s degree in management and the author of the friendship code. He is not only passionate about aviation but also about relationships and the state of our society.
The delicious breakfast will be made by 805 Restaurants.
The Host Sam Onigbanjo, is an advocate for Pan-Africanism, he believes that the true value in Africa lies in people and leadership. Sam, is delighted to host this business and leadership breakfast as a time of refreshing for men.
The event is sponsored by Simply Accounts www.simplyaccounts.com
Venue: ESQ Bar at 805 Restaurant, Old kent road London SE15
Date: Saturday the 19th November 2016
Time : 10am
Entry: Sponsored by Simply Accounts but Breakfast is £20 per head for a full African buffet served by 805 Restaurant. For tickets click here https://goo.gl/LSBDcZ
For more Information email Sam@greatbusinessplatforms.com or get your ticket via this link https://goo.gl/LSBDcZ
Nigerian Entrepreneurs Arise: Africa Expo 2016 is here
‘As sure as the spring will follow the winter, prosperity and economic growth will follow recession’. These are the words of US businessman, Bo Bennett. They are words, which should chime like sweet music to the ears of any entrepreneurial Nigerian. This is because the Nigerian recession, Brexit and other economic weaknesses and threats can lead to opportunities to start or grow successful Africa-linked businesses.
Currently the UK is seeing a huge rise in entrepreneurship. The number of starts-ups in the UK has risen year-on-year since 2011 with no signs of abating. Last year there were 608,110 businesses started in the UK compared to 581,173 in 2014 and 526,447 in 2013.
The reasons for this are numerous, although economic hardship is said to be one of the biggest factors. Many people in the UK are now facing salary deflation, increasing living costs and job insecurity. Faced with all of these challenges it is no wonder more and more people want to take their destiny into their own hands.
Yet for every person who actually starts a business there are many more people with the same ambition who have yet to make that first step. This is particularly true within the British African community, where aspirations to start a business are higher than in other groups yet the actual business start-up rate remains relatively low.
If you are thinking of starting a business why not take the first step by attending the Africa Expo 2016. Africa Expo 2016 is an event designed to ignite the entrepreneur’s passion for Africa-linked business and maximise the opportunities that the current economic climate presents. Africa-Expo 2016 is aimed at aspiring entrepreneurs of any background who are keen to launch business or social enterprises in the UK or Africa.
The event will include:
o Information sessions and presentations from expert speakers
o The BIG panel debate on enterprise, Africa and Brexit
o An African Fashion Show
Attendees will hear first hand from entrepreneurs who have launched successful businesses in the UK or Africa. And most importantly be given vital information about how they can turn their own business dreams into a reality.
The Expo will include exciting presentations from expert speakers and entrepreneurs on:
o Launching a business in Africa
o Social enterprise
o Working in Africa
o How to start a fashion business
Guest Speakers at the Africa Expo include Nigerian British fashion designer Elizabeth Eldimaa, Tech entrepreneur Corbyn Munnik who successfully launched a product into the Nigerian mobile market and Grace Olugbodi a serial entrepreneur.
Date: Saturday 22nd October 2016-10-05
Time: 11am – 5.30pm
Location: Islington Assembly Halls
To get your ticket and stay updated about the event, please visit Africaexpo.co.uk or visit Africa_expo.eventbite.co.uk
805 restaurant launches training, job placement and Job project
Thursday 8th of September 2016
The Managing Director of 805 Restaurant, Mr Emmanuel James, proudly broke the news of 805 restaurants doing its part to make Southwark a great place to work.
The flagship restaurant on Old Kent Road was founded in 2000 and has grown from a dream to an International brand with several staff worldwide.
The night was exciting and started off with networking as many business leaders and dignitaries arrived to join in the launch of this project.
The first speaker was Counsellor Michael Situ, (Lead for Business and Employment) for the London Borough of Southwark. Cllr Situ started off the launch of the program by stating why the introduction of the community training program was a significant initiative within the borough of Southwark. He thanked 805 and commended the restaurant for creating such a program that helps to train and employ Southwark residents.
The second speaker was, from the Nigerian high commission, Head of Welfare, Education and Consular, Mrs Folake Abdulrasaq. She congratulated the owner of 805 on the success of his restaurant and said she was happy to see a Nigerian business within the UK actively engaging and adding value to the wider Uk society.
The keynote speaker and founder of 805 restaurants, Mr Frederick James, described why the initiative was important to him and gave stories about his desire to always help the community and ensure to give back. He essentially stated that the program would enable people to be trained up and help individuals build the necessary life and work skills.
The 805 community training and job project were designed and developed for 805 restaurants by Sam Onigbanjo, CEO of Great Business Platforms. Mr Onigbanjo also hosted the event as the MC on the night.
After the networking and speeches, 805 restaurants hosted its guests to a brilliant buffet.