Unmute Relationship & Regain Control

Unmute Relationship & Regain Control

Unmute Relationship & Regain Control

In this episode Ivy.i covers the aspect of unmuting relationship & regaining control, by reconnecting with families, businesses, and communities by trusting one another with the power of storytelling and mapping out our emotions so we can profit and heal communities, businesses, and families by default with the power of communication.

How to communicate:

By practising the act of being mindful in business & relationships, be kind, polite and playful but communicate your feelings along the way with clarity and precision.

Practice the act of Communication, steps & tips 

  1. Speak slowly (means that we allow the other person to express themselves, slowing the reaction and response)
  2. Begin slowly (granting access to you and information)
  3. Listen to yourself (body, mind, soul, and intuition and sensorial access to self and information given in an environment)
  4. Listen to others (what they are saying and not saying)
  5. Practice silence as a part of speech (there is power in pause and silence)
  6. Be brief (long enough to cover the subject but long enough to create interest, just like a woman’s skirt)
  7. Be aware of body language (due to cultural navigation antics, some people are animated, others not, avoid the misconception of a trait)
  8. Practice the act of sharing space (giving another person the space to convey their own though and contribution to the conversation or dialogue, not self-dominating that can be passive as egocentric and obnoxious.)

Ivy Barreto (Ivy.i )- is mostly known as a (Business Relationship Architect)

Ivy.i is a Developer, Certified International Coach, Emotional Geographer, Speaker, and Strategist Consultant. A community-driven individual who believes that “your life is like building a dream home”, a member of the Association of Black Coaches and Founder of Hugs Consultancy, a Relationship Healing and Business Accountability Hub, with the mission to empower women and communities through coaching and healing pain for transformational empowerment.

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How To Prioritize Your Most Important Interests: Balancing Business And Family Responsibility

How To Prioritize Your Most Important Interests: Balancing Business And Family Responsibility

Do you feel like you’re constantly pulled in different directions? Do you feel like you can’t seem to find enough hours in the day to get everything done? You’re not alone. Many people struggle with balancing their business and family responsibilities. In this blog post we will discuss some tips for prioritizing your most important interests and creating a balance that works for you.

  1. Understand How These Aspects Are Interdependent

The first step is to understand that your business and family responsibilities are not separate entities – they are interdependent. Just as your family depends on you to provide for them, your business also depends on you to keep it running smoothly. If one area starts to suffer, the other will likely follow suit. This is why it’s so important to find a balance that works for you.

Some people find that they are able to focus more on their business when their family life is stable, and vice versa. Others may find that they need to dedicate more time to one area to keep the other afloat. There is no right or wrong answer – it all depends on your individual situation.

  1. Your Business Interests Keep Your Family Ahead In Life

Your business is what provides for your family – it puts food on the table and a roof over your head. Without it, your family would likely suffer. As mentioned in the section above, it’s so important to maintain a healthy balance between business and family responsibilities.

As a business parent, it is vital to put your best foot forward to secure sufficient resources for your loved ones. Here are a few tips you can use to ensure you have enough stable business flowing in:

  • Project A Credible Brand: A credible business projects strength, stability, and reliability to clients. This is essential when it comes to securing new contracts or clients. This means working on your website to polish your look, using an online virtual mailbox to provide an official address, or providing credible references on past work.
  • Diversify Your Income Streams: Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Diversifying your income streams will help to ensure that you have a steady flow of cash coming in, even if one area of your business slows down.
  • Market Extensively: Having too much work and not enough time to complete it is a good problem to have. To maintain a healthy cash flow, you need to ensure that your pipeline is full. This means marketing your business extensively and always looking for new opportunities.

What are other tactics you use to ensure a stable inflow of cash? There are no wrong or right answers, and most insights can add value.

  1. Work Hard And Play Hard

You’ve heard the saying “work hard, play hard” – and for a good reason. Being able to compartmentalize your work and family time is important for maintaining a healthy balance. When you’re at work, focus on work and put your family responsibilities to the back of your mind. When you’re at home, focus on your family and leave work at the office.

It can be difficult to switch off from work when you have young children at home, but it’s important to try. Spending quality time with your family will help to create a strong foundation for your children and will give you the energy you need to focus on work when you need to.

Some people find it helpful to set regular “office hours” – for example, from Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm. They focus solely on work during these hours and try not to let anything else interfere. Once office hours are over, they can then focus on their family and personal life.

Remember that you are not alone in this struggle. There are many other business parents out there who are trying to find the right balance between work and family responsibilities. Take the time to assess your situation and determine what works best for you. And don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.

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Thinking About Having An Office Revamp? These Tips Will Help

Thinking About Having An Office Revamp? These Tips Will Help

What colour scheme do you want?

It is important to think about how much of an effect the colour scheme has on a business. People who do this need to think about a lot of things. In terms of colour schemes, you should think about how much of a difference this can make in the office. There are many ways to change the colour in a room to make it brighter and more relaxing to work.  This might mean going outside the box a little.

Can you make more space? 

One of the best things you can do to improve the office environment is to try to make more space where you can. There are many things that help the company move forward, and this is important from a practical point of view. Because there is more space, people are not always on top of each other. This makes a big difference. It makes it easier for your employees to do their jobs, and the working day can go on with a fair amount of peace. Make sure you get this right!

Can you make it more practical?

Because practicality is so important in the layout and design of the office, this is also true. There are so many ways to make it better and change things. This is why you need to do all that you can! You need to think about having enough power points, desk space, and storage. It is easy to forget how important a lot of these things are. By making the office more practical, you will also make it more productive, which will make things better for the whole business in the long run.

Can you add more light?

Light is vital in a workplace. Natural light is the best – so big clear windows letting plenty of sunlight in should always be your first choice if possible. Of course, this is not always feasible. In this case, commercial electrical contractors should carefully install high-quality lighting that mimics daylight to help your employees see better and feel better. 

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Are You Ready To Be An Entrepreneur?

Are You Ready To Be An Entrepreneur?

There is nothing easy about quitting a job, but when it’s a job you hate, you need an angle to work on once you’re done with the job. Knowing that you have business ideas and wishes will help you to decide whether you are ready to own your own business, but are you really ready to go into business yourself? Walking away from a career you’ll love is hard, but starting a career in a business you want to be in will really make a difference.

Owning your destiny requires you to have a range of skills to help you to understand how to make your way in an entrepreneurial world. It should be fuelled by passion and excitement, but if you don’t have the right skills you might find it hard. You can learn all that you need to know with the help of AnthonyTedd.com, and we have an infographic to explain it at the end of this!

When you grow in your career, you carry over your skills that you learned and you can enhance them and work on them more in the future. You need to be ready to be in charge of your own business, and that means working with experts to help you to know whether it’s the right move for you. There will be a lot of weighing out pros and cons, and below, we’ve put together an infographic detailing the skills you need to be in charge of a business and run it well.

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3 Common But Damaging Business Mistakes

3 Common But Damaging Business Mistakes

In this blog post, we are going to talk about business mistakes! No, you’re not getting told off for your wrongdoings – we’re simply going to look at some of the common business blunders so that we can then put them right.


It does not matter whether you are buying new computers for everyone in the office or you need a push button switch for your business, quality is always the most important factor. This is not where you should be cutting corners at your company. Now would be an excellent time to assess your relationships with suppliers to determine if improvements can be made.

Another example of where businesses are going wrong when it comes to their equipment is with maintenance. You need to have a dedicated maintenance schedule and you need to stick to it. If you don’t, not only can it end up costing you money, but you could find yourself on the wrong end of a personal injury claim.


There are many benefits associated with leaflet distribution, from increased recognition to enhancing customer loyalty. However, you will only reap these rewards if your campaign is effective. There are lots of various factors that need to be taken into consideration, from the design of the leaflet to where you are going to distribute them. It only takes one error for your marketing campaign to fall flat.

One mistake a lot of companies make when it comes to leaflet distribution is ineffective audience targeting. One of the great benefits of print marketing is the fact that it gives you the opportunity to target your campaign, however, you need to make sure you are targeting your campaign in the right direction. This does not simply relate to where you physically drop off the leaflets, but it also relates to the design of the leaflet too. Does it resonate with your target audience? If not, your response rates will not be as high as you had hoped.


A great name is essential, but many business owners get it wrong. To start with, it’s your business name so don’t ask everyone you know to come up with something. When it comes to small business advice, your loved ones may not be experts. In the end, even if you don’t like any of the names, you may feel as though you have to pick one and that can lead to bad feeling from the people you didn’t choose. A better way to do it is to ask just a very small number of people who are key to the business itself. If there is no one but you, you will need to decide for yourself.

The name of your business needs to say something about what it does, but the fad for joining two words together and coming up with a new one is over, so try to avoid that method. One essential aspect of knowing how to be successful in business is to be up to date with what’s happening in the business world. Using an old fashioned way of coming up with a name will prove you aren’t. Despite that, you shouldn’t use common, everyday words either; you don’t want to get lost in a list of businesses. You want to stand out.

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Optimising systems for sustainable growth

Optimising systems for sustainable growth

Is the back end of your business a hot mess?

Or are you OPTIMISING SYSTEMS for sustainable growth

Diana Lidstone, marketing & business growth strategist, shares her story about how she went from being an overwhelmed business owner & parent to being an overjoyed, profitable business leader!

Her tips include:
• How to set your non-negotiables
• How as a business owner, if you want to reclaim time and run an efficient business, you need systems, automation and a support team.
• 8 suggested ‘systems’ for building sustainable growth

Here’s what she means:

A system contains
Processes – the what
The step by step sequence of activities
This might be an SOP or a checklist

Tools – the where
The specific software, apps or products used
These might include an email software such as MailerLite

People – the who
The individuals or roles accountable for each step of the process
This might include a bookkeeper or a virtual assistant.

Strategies – the how & why
The tactics, tips or techniques you use to achieve the target outcome
This might be how all these systems work together to achieve your definition of success.

Diana shares her recommendations for 4 essential systems you need to keep your business running like a well oiled machine, plus 4 others you might consider … all depending on your specific business!

What can you optimise in your business so you can #worklessearnmore?
Diana Lidstone, Biz GROW Master

After three decades in business and working globally with coaches, consultants, and other service-based experts, Diana Lidstone has gathered rock-solid wisdom and advice that has helped thousands of entrepreneurs and professionals accelerate growth and explode profits. Her work embodies #worklessearnmore!

As the creator of the Grow-meter and The Marketing Proficiency Effect, and as best-selling author of Shift into Rich: Navigate the 9 Roadblocks to Small Business Success, Diana’s signature GROW Equation transforms frazzled, overworked business owners into profitable, overjoyed CEOs. Her new podcast, The GROW Equation Business Podcast, contains tips, strategies & interviews to help you grow your profits, your free time and your joy!

Diana and her husband love boating in the Thousand Islands, Canada. She is often found walking her dog and drinking champagne (not at the same time)!

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3 Ways to Have More Successful Employees

3 Ways to Have More Successful Employees

When it comes to managing your staff, you have a lot of decisions to make. Who gets hired? What tasks should they be performing? How often do they need to meet? And, of course, the biggest question of all: how can you make your team more successful? Working with employees requires you to adopt a different mindset than you would for a stand-alone business venture. Instead of asking yourself how you can optimize your business to give you the most success possible, you have to ask yourself how you can optimize your team to give your employees their fair share of success.

Instead of operating from a place of fear and doubt, you have to operate from a place of trust. You have to trust that your team is aligned with your company’s mission and, more importantly, trust that you know what you’re doing. If you’re not, chances are your employees aren’t, either. Getting employees to buy into your company’s culture and mission isn’t easy. But it’s essential if your company is going to succeed. When employees buy into a company’s culture and mission, they’re more likely to stay on board and succeed at their jobs. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to cultivate a workplace that will have employees buying into your company and its mission. Here are three ways that you can have more successful employees.

Good Communication

If you want your employees to feel like they can come to you with any question, concern, or idea, you’ve got to be able to communicate effectively with them. This means not only having the skills to solve any problem that may arise but also having the skills to communicate with your employees. Good communication skills go far beyond just reading off a list of standardized answers. Instead, they’re a set of skills that allow you to communicate with your employees in a way that will help them make more informed decisions.

Good communication skills have a significant impact on employee retention. With the labour market being as it is right now, it will be increasingly difficult to find employees who want to stick around if they feel they’re not being heard. It’s especially important if your company is small enough that your employees are the ones who know the majority of the business inside and out.

Proper Training

Training isn’t just something that happens once employees are on the job. It’s something that happens every day, on everything that your employees need to do their jobs. For some companies, this might mean a company-wide meeting every morning where everyone learns their goals for the day. For others, it might mean a quick email reminder at the beginning of the day. For most, though, it means training. Training is one of the most effective ways to have more success with your employees.

There are a few reasons for this. First, training helps your employees understand what you expect from them. When employees have a better understanding of what you expect from them and what you value, they’re more likely to be successful. Second, training helps your employees understand what you know about your industry. This is especially important if your company is operating in a space that requires a specific skill set. Finally, training gives your employees the tools they need to succeed at their job. Some training is very critical to operating a business, such as cybersecurity awareness training, because this can affect the overall safety and security of your company’s secure information.

A Clear Company Mission

While great communication and proper training are essential to cultivating a thriving workforce, they are only a small piece of the puzzle when it comes to employee success. An even bigger piece is cultivating a workplace where your employees know exactly what your company’s mission is. This may seem like an obvious point, but it’s worth stating. If your company’s mission is unclear, your employees aren’t going to know what they’re working towards.

The good news is that cultivating a workplace where your employees know what your company’s mission is is easier than you think. The best way to do this is to keep your mission in mind at all times. It doesn’t matter if you’re having a meeting with your team, attending a conference with your clients, or sitting in a meeting with your investors – you need to keep your mission in mind at all times. This doesn’t mean having a meeting every single day where you spout your mission from the rooftops. You just need to make sure that you’re thinking about your mission when doing anything that could be a potential source of inspiration for your mission.


The best way to have more successful employees is by cultivating a culture of good communication, proper training, and a clear company mission. When employees feel that they can communicate with their managers and feel that they can work in teams, they’re more likely to succeed. And when employees have success, they’re more likely to stay on board and succeed again. These are just three ways that you can have more success with your employees. With the right culture and the right tools, you can foster a workplace environment that will help your team to succeed. When employees thrive, your company will be that much more successful.

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Easy Ways To Upgrade Your Home Office

Easy Ways To Upgrade Your Home Office

When you work remotely, your home office can have a huge impact on your potential for success. Failing to create the most functional, productive and well-equipped office space can cause you to maintain lower standards while losing time and likely encountering issues along the way, so it’s vital that you can take the time to upgrade your home office if you want to stand a chance of thriving. Fortunately, learning how to revamp and maximise your home office doesn’t have to be as difficult as you might expect, as there are simple steps that you can follow to create the perfect space in no time at all. Read on to find out more!

Choose A Suitable Colour Scheme

First and foremost, you’re going to need to settle on a suitable colour scheme that promotes focus and concentration. You might be surprised to find out that colours can have an enormous impact on the way that you feel and subsequently act, as certain shades can distract you and slow you down (like red or black) whereas others can inspire balance and motivation (like blue, yellow or green). Of course you don’t need to go overboard and paint your entire home office blue, yellow or green, just use small accents to set the tone and ensure the right shades are present in the room.

Get The Best PC Setup

Your PC is likely one of the most important features of your home office set up, so you simply can’t afford to make the mistake of attempting to use an outdated and underperforming model that doesn’t meet your needs. With each year that passes new models and accessories pop up onto the market, each boasting more advanced features than the one before. If you’re trying to use a PC or any accessories from as little as 4-5 years ago, then you could be holding yourself back quite dramatically without even really knowing. Even your keycaps can benefit from an upgrade every now and then, so you need to take the time to establish the best tech setup to get the most out of your home office.

Invest In A Comfy Chair

If your home office chair is uncomfortable and causes you to feel all manner of aches and pains after a day at work, then this can have a serious impact on your attitude towards your job as a whole. Eventually you’ll begin to dread the thought of having to sit in such a place all day, and you’ll no doubt be distracted by the aches and pains that you experience. Making the decision to invest in a comfy chair can transform your home office space into a welcoming, inviting room that you can actually enjoy spending time in, making your shift feel that little bit less daunting.

Learning how to easily upgrade your home office space has never been such a simple task when you can take the time to utilise some of the creative ideas detailed above!

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The Benefits of VoIP

The Benefits of VoIP

When you are considering new technology, hardware, or software into your business – you need to know that the benefits will always outweigh the cost.

Voice over IP, or VoIP, allows anyone to place a call over the internet. This can revolutionise how small businesses are able to communicate with clients – and it is great for internal communication too.

So what are the real advantages of VoIP, and why should you consider it?


Traditional telephone systems can be expensive, whereas VoIP is inherently more cost-effective.

Rather than needing a telephone connection and hardware – all you need is an internet connection and VoIP engineers.

It is one of the most cost-effective ways to offer clients multiple ways to communicate without the commitment to a telephone line contract.


There are multiple ways that a VoIP system is flexible and great for business. The first is that a VoIP system can be built to meet the requirements of your business. While one of the limits is bandwidth, you can discuss your capabilities with your provider to get the right solution.

The other way that VoIP systems are flexible is that as your business grows, you can add extra users and lines to accommodate your needs.

The scalability of VoIP is a benefit. Since VoIP phone systems make calls via the internet, adding more customers is simple.

You don’t have to set up additional lines; instead, you add phones and licences as needed. VoIP has the advantage of being scalable to meet your present and future needs.


Anywhere you go, your system can go with you. In the modern working environment, remote working is becoming more common. A VoIP system means that you can keep your mobile number private while still taking calls from your clients when you need to.

If you want to travel a lot, then a VoIP system makes the most sense for your business communication needs.


In an increasingly digital world, the call quality has increased to the point that the PSTN and ISDN services are no longer meeting requirements. They do not offer the quality or volume that is needed.

Implementing VoIP is one of the ways that you can future-proof your business and not get stuck looking for alternatives when the ‘switch off’ does happen.

Any business that isn’t already using VoIP will be impacted by this change.


If your business is already at the stage where conferencing calls are a common occurrence, then VoIP systems make these easier to manage. Many of the features you need for conference calls are native to VoIP systems, so you won’t end up paying extra for these services.

Although it is always worth checking if your package has conference capabilities – and if they will cost extra.

Additional features

It’s not just the call and video capabilities that VoIP offers. There are a plethora of additional features like contact lists, voice to text mail to multiple parties, voicemail, virtual numbers, and more.

VoIP systems offer an effective way to improve how you manage your business communications and can support you as you grow.

Communication with clients might be one of the things you are considering as you prepare to switch your side hustle into a fully-fledged business. Here are some other considerations: Turning a Side Hustle Into a Business – Parents in Biz.

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Finding Ways To Set Your Business Apart From The Rest

Finding Ways To Set Your Business Apart From The Rest

When it comes to starting and running a business, there is one thing that is more important than anything else: standing out from the competition. If you can find ways to set your business apart from the rest, you will be much more likely to succeed. The following blog will discuss some of the best ways to do just that. It will also provide some tips on staying ahead of the competition, even as they try to imitate your success!

1) Find Your Niche

The first step to setting your business apart from the rest is to find your niche. What is it that you do better than anyone else? What can you offer that no one else can? When you know the answer to these questions, you can begin to market yourself as the go-to expert in your field. This will help you attract more customers and clients, as well as higher-paying ones.

There are a few ways to go about finding your niche. First, take a look at your competition and see what they are doing well and what they could be doing better. Then, think about what unique skills or knowledge you have that could be of value to others. Finally, consider what needs or problems your target market has that you could help them solve.

2) Start A Community Platform

Another great way to set your business apart is to start a community platform. This could be an online forum, a social media group, a platform from Disciple Media or even a physical space where like-minded people can gather and connect. This will help you attract more customers, but it will also give you a chance to build relationships with them.

When starting a community platform, it is essential to make sure that it is focused on your niche. This will help you attract the right kind of people and keep the conversations relevant. It is also important to moderate the community to remain positive and constructive. Finally, consider ways to monetize the platform so that it benefits your business and its members.

3) Offer Something Unique

Another great way to set your business apart is to offer something unique. This could be a new product or service, a different way of doing things, or even just a more personal touch. Whatever it is, make sure that it is something that your target market will appreciate and find valuable.

When offering something unique, it is essential to make sure that it is relevant to your niche. Otherwise, you run the risk of turning off potential customers. It is also essential to ensure that whatever you are offering is of high quality and add value to your customer’s life. Finally, don’t forget to promote your unique offering so that people know about it!

In conclusion, setting your business apart from the rest is essential to its success. By finding your niche, starting a community platform, and offering something unique, you can give yourself a competitive edge. Just remember to always focus on quality and value, and you will be sure to attract the attention of potential customers!

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