Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in personal development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Henrietta Bond, Founder & Coach of Absolute Clarity, located in Halifax, West Yorkshire, England, UK.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

I am a communications coach, consultant, and trainer. My work is all about supporting people to bring out the best in themselves by improving the way they interact with others, motivate others and handle challenging conversations and situations.

Tell us about yourself

My working life began in Public Relations, and I ran a couple of press offices. From there, I started giving interviews to the media on behalf of clients and then began training other people to give interviews. After that, people started asking me to deliver training on a range of related communications issues. I then went on to train as a professional coach and achieved my certification. What motivates me is that I absolutely love seeing other people grasp new ideas and turn them into something that motivates and inspires them.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

For me, it was about finally finding the niche that suited me and where I feel that I truly belong and can make a unique contribution to my clients. I may be a coach, but that doesn't mean I haven't suffered from impostor syndrome from time to time!

What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?

I've always been interested in many different things and have often been pulled in a variety of different directions - particularly when it comes to building a brand and an identity. It took me a long time to learn what to say no to and what to give all my energies to.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Some people excel at being team players, and some people have the vision and skills to lead the team - so know which one you are before you think of setting up your own business.
  2. Spend time developing your leadership style. Being good at something doesn't mean you will naturally know how to bring out the best in those who are working for you.
  3. Focus on developing great communication skills - especially around negotiation and finding ways to achieve win-win situations wherever possible. You need these not only with your own staff but with customers, suppliers, and every one your business comes into contact with.

Where can people find you and your business?


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