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Over the last couple of months I have been putting together the queen of all business plans in a bid to become one of Britain’s newest entrepreneurs. I have also been playing email tennis with a very kind-hearted successful businessman with a nose for an interesting opportunity and the patience of a saint (lots of theological references here for some odd reason!), I don’t know what I would have done without said Business Angel (he really is an angel).

I knew that the idea for my business was sound and original, that my services would be welcomed and appreciated, and that i’m not scared of hard work, but i’ve spent nearly eighteen years making money for others and this was all new to me. I have a sound corporate background working in a variety of positions and sectors, I knew that I could do this … or could I? I have spent so long being protected under the shield of a large organisation, suddenly I would need to protect myself.

Confidence, or a lack of it, began to attack me for the first time in my life. What if I couldn’t get anybody to deal with me? What if my great ideas and creativity weren’t so great after all? Blah Blah Blah. I no longer had a Director to pat me on the back and tell me how great I was, I was REALLY alone. I told my wonderful business angel and he kindly rounded up all of my stray confidence and put it calmly back where it should be, “YOU CAN do this!!!”

I didn’t have a great deal of cash to invest in this venture but I had an abundance of enthusiasm and a resourceful disposition. Oh and a ton of determination. I had my experience and contacts and wonderful friends. I CAN do this!!!

Because I am over thirty and don’t live in a developing area, I couldn’t get any funding or financial help. So much for the Conservative government desperately needing entrepreneurs! Ha! I had to do this on my own. Scary. Where do I start?

Business Link was my first point of call, helpful to a point … though the website is an excellent resource www.businesslink.gov.uk/bdotg/action/home .

Business Link then referred me to Business Enterprise Support (BES), they assigned me a Business Support Rep, Pascal, very helpful chap. I attended a one day training event then I was on my own. I still had questions and so The Chamber of Commerce was next. I made an appointment with the senior business advisor for my area and took in all of my documentation and business plan. This was an excellent meeting and filled me with confidence that I was making the right decision. I was actually doing this… YIPPEEEE!

I have now designed all of the literature for my business, designed and produced a basic website, and purchased all of my stationary. I have found the perfect office to work from and I have networked my wee butt off. I have gained my first clients; the launch of a new bar, Passion Cocktail and Tapas Bar Fazeley, and I have arranged a number of seminars for a Story Consultant / published author, David Baboulene across the UK.

http://passionfazeley.co.uk/

http://www.baboulene.com/

I can’t tell you how good it feels to be your own boss. I feel like I have powerful wings that are carrying me skyward without limits. I can do anything I put mind to. After my soul destroying 2010, I never thought that I would get to where I am today. It’s taken a lot of hard work and determination (and a few sleepless nights) but i’ve done it. I’m under no illusions that this is going to be easy and i’m learning every day, but it’s worth it.

My writing continues, though in smaller chunks of time, and I have every intention of continuing with this blog so please stick with me. I’ll keep you all posted of how my journey progresses.

http://www.kiriehansen.co.uk/

 

 

 

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Persistent Writer is proud to be part of The King Whisperers by Kerwin Swint Blog Tour.

If you follow along you will also have the chance to win a free hardcover copy of the book by looking for the secret word on each of the blog entries and putting them all together to form the give-away phrase. Look to the very bottom of this post for the next word in this series. Two more copies will be raffled as part of the GoodReads author program. You may also join the Q&A with Kerwin Swint Group to discuss the King Whisperers (including questions from the official book club guide), the author, and his previous works.

You can learn even more about the author by visiting the tour page or by reading Novel Publicity;” our twitterview with him“.

Below please enjoy the book trailer for The King Whisperers and the review of this amazing book.

*Don’t forget to scroll all the way down to get the next word in the secret give-away phrase!

When Emlyn (Chand, Novel Publicity) first contacted me with regards to reading and reviewing The King Whisperers for my blog, I have to admit I was somewhat excited. We British love our history, and the more we know about the great leaders of our times the better. At the time of the Empire under the reign of Queen Victoria, the British were known for their somewhat “Machiavellian” approach to leadership themselves.

Having recently been on a trip to Cuba I was particularly interested in the section on Che Guevara (pg 193, The Icon: Ernesto “Che” Guevara) and Kerwin did not disappoint. I learned so much from The King Whisperers that I had not read in any other text. For instance; did you know that Che Guevara wrote a book called, The Motorcycle Diaries? You may have known about this and the subsequent movie, but I certainly did not.

Also, who knew that Dick Cheney was so “Machiavellian”? Ahem.

The writing style and language used by Kerwin is far from the boring, academic and historical style that I have previously read in similar non-fiction works. This book is as exciting as Dan Brown, though instead of conspiracy, it is filled with the most amazing facts and true stories of power, leadership and control.

The “King Whisperers” are sectioned into ten archetypal groups: Machiavellians, Empire Builders, Kingmakers, Spies, Silver-Tongued Devils, Generals, Rebels, the Truly Evil, Fixers, and Schemers. Each category is explained before telling the individual stories of the four to seven examples of characters detailed.

These are not all stories of corruption, evil and terror, there are some amazing tales contained within this beautifully put together tome of true leadership; sometimes never recognised.

I have my personal favourites of course, as will all of you, but the pages on the spies of our times enthralled me the most.

This book is unputdownable (I don’t care if this is not a real word!). Kerwin has a real talent of conveying non-fiction in a format that makes it as exciting as fiction. There is an extensive bibliography at the end of the book for further reading if you so wish.

I look forward to reading more!

I rate this book 5 star


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Give-Away Phrase:

The PERSISTENTWRITER secret word for the book give-away is KERWIN. Learn more about the give-away and enter to win 1 of 3 copies on the official King Whisperers blog tour page.

http://youtu.be/cC9-vbJRZto – Visit here to enjoy the exciting trailer for The King Whisperers.

For more information, please go to: http://www.novelpublicity.com/tour/

Tour Notes

Please vote for my blog in the traffic-breaker poll for this tour. The blogger with the most votes wins a free promotional twitterview and a special winner’s badge. I want that to be me! You can vote in the poll by visiting http://www.novelpublicity.com/kerwin-swints-the-king-whisperer-tour/ The official King Whisperers blog tour page and scrolling all the way to the bottom.

And don’t forget to stop by the http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/46446.Q_A_with_Kerwin_Swint And the Kerwin Swint Group to discuss the King Whisperers (including questions from the official book club guide, the author, and his previous works.