Something Great wasn’t Easy

Earlier this week I gave a talk as part of the excellent Heroes of Mobile event in Leeds.

The talk was called ‘Nothing Great is Easy’ and provided lessons for business learnt from open water [particularly channel] swimming.

Photo by Lizzie Jordan of Yello Story

It seemed to be well received and to go well – it’s often hard to tell when you’re stood at the front of the room, but there were lots of interested questions from the group.

Thanks to Helen for inviting me, to Lloyd for facilitating the sessions and to aql for sponsoring it. The day finished with a Swedish Beers event, so some memories are a little hazy!

Now for more book writing!

 

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Nothing Great is Easy

I’ve been quiet on here recently, but lots has been happening behind the scenes. Some of that is now bursting out and it’s going to start with me giving a talk in Leeds next week.

I’ll be talking about the lessons for running your own business that can be learned from open water swimming. If you’re in Leeds on Tuesday at 2pm, you can sign up here – Nothing Great is Easy.

It will be part of the excellent Heroes of Mobile as it ventures up north. There are lots of other great talks, app demos and of course, Swedish Beers drinks in the evening.

Hopefully I’ll see you in Leeds.

Present for Xmas 2015

So now that Xmas is over it’s time to take stock and plan for 2015.

For those training for big sporting events, it’s now time to plan the training schedule and think forward to the rewards (rather than thinking about how cold it will be when you get up before the rest of the house). If you’re in business then you are probably planning your goals for 2015 and how you will achieve them.

You might even have got some presents from Santa to help you with this.

If you didn’t, you could buy yourself a present for Xmas 2015* that would help with both sporting and business targets, planning and successes. The book I’m writing will help you with all of this and you can pre-order your copy here: http://www.sponsume.com/project/open-business

Go on, treat yourself.

*At this stage I can’t guarantee publication by Xmas 2015.

Hellespont, Here I Come

One of my target swims for next year is Hellespont, which is the famous swim in Turkey in which you cross from the European continent to the Asian continent.

Photo blatantly stolen from the SwimTrek website.

Photo blatantly stolen from the SwimTrek website.

It’s a swim that has always captured my imagination as an iconic international swim. It is also a great place to meet international swimmers and to see if they can share some of the experiences that I have with regards to the links between open water swimming and business – or perhaps even more usefully, learn from their different experiences.

So I’m delighted to say that I’ve booked the swim for next August already.

I’ve booked to go with the excellent SwimTrek (I did their Long Distance Training camp in April of this year), so I know that all the organisation will be second to none. Most importantly I know that I’ll have a place in the event itself – which, with it being in Turkey was always going to be difficult for me to organise the logistics of.

As SwimTrek describes the trip:

“One of the busiest shipping lanes in the world is closed to traffic for the annual ‘Victory Day’ race between two continents as you swim from Europe to Asia. This is a unique opportunity to swim across the Dardanelles. Entries are strictly limited so be quick to secure a place on this memorable event.

The Hellespont is steeped in mythology. Leander would swim nightly to his beloved Hero across this stretch of water. However, we will make the crossing by day and won’t have to rely on Hero’s torch to guide the way! The poet, Lord Byron became the first known person to swim the Hellespont in 1810.”

I’ll tell you more about it along the way…

Open for Sponsorship

No matter what happens with the crowdfunding project for my book, I will be doing a lot of swimming next year. I will also be doing a lot of blogging.

I accept that I probably won’t win many trophies and will never be the best swimmer, but actually because of that I am probably more of a true representation of the ‘average’ open water swimmer.

I’m a member of the British Long Distance Swimming Association (BLDSA) and will be attending as many of their events as possible. I’m also a member of the awesome virtual team TeamBear and will be meeting, cheering and supporting as many of them as possible.

I’m active on social media – my personal blog has nearly 200 followers and I have over 1,800 followers on Twitter.

On top of all of that, I still plan to write the book no matter what happens with the crowdfunding.

Based on all of that, I think I’m a pretty good potential advocate for any swimming brand – or more to the point, why don’t you sponsor me?

If you manufacture goggles, trunks, towels, swim hats, robes, nutrition (although I can be a bit picky as I’m on a gluten-free diet), bags or any other swimming-related stuff, then please get in touch – or just go to the crowdfunding site and sign up as a sponsor. I’ll love you lots, wear your kit, tell everyone I meet how great you are and blog about it too ๐Ÿ™‚

Sponsor – Mobile Industry Review

As I’ve mentioned, I’m crowdfunding for my book about business and swimming. Crowdfunding means that you offer ‘rewards’ in return for funds. What this means for individuals is that they can pre-order a copy of the book and at the same time help to fund the research and writing stages of it.

However, one of the rewards on offer is to become a sponsor and be mentioned here (and also in the published book if you like).

So a MASSIVE thank you to Ewan of Mobile Industry Review for signing up as a sponsor. There are more details about the site below, or here on the Sponsors page, but please do check out the website onย http://www.mobileindustryreview.com/

And if you want to be a sponsor, please check out the crowdfunding page – http://www.sponsume.com/project/open-business

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Mobile Industry Review

Mobile Industry Review

Mobile Industry Review is a daily service providing news and opinion to over 250,000 mobile industry executives and fanatics around the world. We provide a mix of news, original content and opinion across the mobile and wireless industries.

The site, started on the 26th of January 2006, is the brainchild of mobile fanatic, Ewan MacLeod. Originally called SMS Text News because the focus was on text messaging. However, the site now covers a wide range of mobile spheres relevant to the executive and mobile fan, mostly with an eye on the end consumer โ€” and so is called Mobile Industry Review.

http://www.mobileindustryreview.com/

 

A Great Swimming Season

As well as considering how open water swimming applies to business, I do also sometimes just swim. This year I’ve actually swum quite a lot. Yesterday I did a quick summary of the season on my personal blog. I’m reposting it here.

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The open water season is over – or at least it is for me, I don’t swim in lakes and seas when it gets proper cold. So it’s time to look back on the season and see how it’s gone and what I’ve achieved.

I could write a lot of words about this – but I think this photo is a great summary.

The season's haul

From the back, left to right we have:

– Windermere certificate and swim hat – a tough, tough swim for me, but still another 10.5 miles under my belt and I can start to see it as more of a learning experience now.

– Colwick Park certificate and swim hat – the first event of the season and I can’t say I enjoyed the swim (probably due to poor nutrition), but it was a lovely and local day for me.

– Coniston certificate and swim hat – I always like Coniston, it’s just a beautiful swim.

Wykeham Lakes certificate (x2) and swim hat – a 5km swim, followed a little later by a 1km swim, hence the two certificates.

– SwimTrek hat – provided as part of the Long Distance Training course I did with them in April in Mallorca. A great, GREAT trip and I met some amazing swimmers.

– 100% swimming hat – provided by Paul of 100% swimming as we sat and chatted one day at Activities Away.

– French pebble – probably my most treasured swimming possession. A memento of the channel relay I did in July and although I didn’t collect the pebble myself, I will do one day.

Not a bad season all told.

50 shades of…

… crowdfunding.

There are 50 (fifty) days left on my crowdfunding project.

That seemed like a significant milestone – one worth writing a blog post about. The project is timed to close on New Year’s Day 2015, which gives people time to realise that the one thing that was missing from their Xmas stocking was a great business book that drew on lessons from open water swimming, and that they should fund one so they could have it by next Xmas.

However, although there are 50 days left I’d love it if you could back me before the turkey and presents take over. If you are thinking about it then please do sign up now, as momentum can help to bring even more people in.

Thank you.

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Visit the crowdfunding page here – http://www.sponsume.com/project/open-business

Sponsor – BillMobile

As I’ve mentioned, I’m crowdfunding for my book about business and swimming. Crowdfunding means that you offer ‘rewards’ in return for funds. What this means for individuals is that they can pre-order a copy of the book and at the same time help to fund the research and writing stages of it.

However, one of the rewards on offer is to become a sponsor and be mentioned here (and also in the published book if you like).

So a MASSIVE thank you to BillMobile for signing up as a sponsor. There are more details about them below, or here on the Sponsors page, but please do check out the website on http://billmobile.com/.

And if you want to be a sponsor, please check out the crowdfunding page – http://www.sponsume.com/project/open-business

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BillMobile

BillMobile is a new service bringing the benefits of mobile billing to a new audience of online merchants, owned and operated by mobile payment pioneers ImpulsePay.

With direct connections to all the UKโ€™s mobile network operators (EE, O2, Three and Vodafone) ImpulsePay process tens of thousands of transactions each month. Virgin Trains, CrossCountry Trains, SecureTrust Bank and 192.com are just some of the companies using ImpulsePay to increase their revenues.

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