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Living in a new world – Days at home (11)

Ok. Friday.

The 2 pm zoom call for year 4 was great again. Less excitement this time but that’s ok too. Homework seems to be few and far between, holidays next week. Maybe we reduce the amount of updates, all depends what we are up to.

I only have a few days in my contract left. On the positive side of things that means more time for the family. And yesterday we went for an amazing walk. It also means I can work on my own projects, filming my online course etc. There is so much I want to do and get done. I am always busy. But yes, the walks with the family, the time with the boys, is great. And maybe this is a huge opportunity.

I see positive things. And things will always work out.

Of course, if you are looking for a contractor or a mindfulness trainer or a coach, let me know: www.ballueder.com

If you don’t, please enjoy the photos from last night’s walk. It’s quiet out there. It’s nice out there.

Stay safe and have a good weekend.

Life is happening in the fast lane!

Yes, you might be surprised to find another update from me in quick succession. But life is happening so quickly, I want to make sure people know what I am up to. Also, I discovered my love for writing again! It’s not long until the summer holidays, and a well deserved break. Some of you might be thinking that I took some time off since leaving my last project, but far from it. I have been very very busy.

I took some new headshots, or should say my wife did. Hope you like them. Here is another favourite of mine, in the garden with my Buddha 🙂 Volker and the Buddha

Actually, when you are working on projects, you know when those come to an end. Sometimes you hope they get extended or last longer, and sometimes you are glad they don’t. So what have I done in the last few weeks?

I have been busy doing what I wanted to do for the past 20 years: It is easy in a way to set up a coaching business, as all you need to do is “to coach” 🙂 However, the key of being a good coach, is to position yourself and get references. There are people I have been coaching for almost 10 years, and others I have coached over the last couple of years. Given numerous qualifications and self studies, paired with my podcast and book on productivity, I have plenty of tools and experience to coach you. Soon, I hope to finalise the process and share my exact positioning with you. Focus here is key!

Whilst I am working on that side of the business, I am still in need of money. We all have our bills to pay. No project ever ends with a big payout, or a golden ticket. So I do what I do best and pitch myself to companies that want to build a presence in the UK or Europe, and need help to position their company, build initial sales, and grow their company, need business development. So if you are looking for some interim support, or a contractor/consultant to come in and give you a hand with sales, marketing or business development, corporate strategy, please let me know!

As for my own consulting business, I help Venture Capitalists (VC), Private Equity (PE) companies, HWI (High Worth Individuals), Fund Managers etc. to coach and consult with their start-ups and scale-ups.

I am a trusted pan European advisor to tech companies for positioning and strategic market development.

So that’s another way of how you can hire me. I have done that for many years, and I am very good at it, understanding the wider ecosystem, and where the tech fits. And as a VC or investors, you just don’t have enough time to do it all.

Thank you for your time reading this.

Needless to say that if you read this, liked what you read, and can think of anyone needing my gifts or talents, or you know of someone I should speak to, please reach out to me.

Personal Update – June 2019

Hi folks,

I haven’t posted for a while, but want to continue with my blog on a quarterly basis to give people updates what I am up to. Hence, this is my quarterly update for you 🙂

After leaving my latest project 4 weeks ago, I have now concluded to work for myself. For the past 3 years, and those following me know that, I have gone through redundancies due to acquisitions in the industry and worked on projects. I enjoy being involved in those projects, and quite frankly believe that I am born to work on consulting projects, helping others to achieve their goals. It lead to me deciding that the best way forward is for me to focus on this kind of work moving forward.

At the same time, I have been contemplating for many years to become a full time business and executive coach, mentor and trusted advisor. Whilst this is straight forward, given my qualifications and validation through years of experience in this field and my business experience, this area is a lot bigger in terms of positioning compared to digital marketing.

Volker Ballueder

I am on a fact finding mission, in terms of where I will focus the business. However, it is clear from my experience that I know how to position companies, how to grow companies, and can help people to understand how technology works and what technology can do for companies. Carving this out for owner managers or businesses executives and making it work, has been a passion for me for many years.

So without going into too much detail in this post, I will be working with businesses to help them grow….revealing the how and why in the forthcoming weeks. Very exciting, yet of course scary times.

In the meantime I work with some clients already, from a small business owner to a career mover. Hence, if you feel that there is a conversation to be had, or someone you know needs a business, career or life coach, please be in touch.

Also, I can reveal that I am close to publishing my 2nd book. After publishing my book on productivity a couple of years ago, it is time to reveal my book on success, based on the podcast which is going from strength to strength. I already started recording for season 3 which is going live from late August 2019.

Please subscribe to my blog and updates, so you won’t miss out any official launches and further updates in the forthcoming weeks.

Thanks for the ongoing support, all help and insights are greatly appreciated.

Best regards,
Volker

Update in pictures

I thought I relax your eyes from reading about my life with some lovely pictures 🙂

Now, let me explain all of them a bit:

1) That is the first dead mouse our lovely kittens brought home.

2) You remember we are renovating. We managed to paint half the stairs today, so fingers crossed we finish them tomorrow.

3) Our strawberries and real Scottish Thistle.

4) I was writing about my veggies a couple times before, they are growing like mad now.

5) Back last summer we planted wine. It is coming along fine now. Along with the dill next to it and I can spot a ginger tail 🙂

6) and 7) is a view over our “end of garden fence” to show you what it looks like. Allotments in Beckenham.

8) My wife Jenny…..in front of our wee house and with a wee man inside her 😉

9) This is our dining room. We finally turned it 90 degrees and removed the old dirty Ikea carpet we got for our old flat.