Monthly Archives: December 2014

I Connect

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Review of Get up talks held on Nov 22nd
Talk by: Vanessa Vallely
Written by: Lola Hakeem-Habeeb

Where can you find inspirational women?

The answer to that question is at Get up Talks. I found myself at Get up Talks because I feel that now is the time to get up and take action to become successful in life! No more excuses!

Vanessa Valley spoke of her work experiences and what motivated her to start her own successful business. Vanessa is a recognised expert in person-to-person business networking, online branding and motivational speaking. She is the founder of; a network which has over 300,000 members helping women to connect and grow personally and professionally.

She spoke of the challenges she faced during her journey to success. Vanessa’s story began in a block of flats in Hackney and despite the opinions of her teachers who believed that she would not amount to anything she was able to get a job in a bank after leaving school. Her career involved a job as project analyst and also COO, she has also launched 2 successful businesses in less than 6 years.

Vanessa did not allow the negative views of others to hinder her success. She said ‘sometimes the opinions of others is just noise’.

It may be friends and family who express their opinion with the aim of trying to help, but sometimes they underestimate your strengths and abilities so may say things like ‘that idea won’t work for you, it’s not you’. Vanessa spoke about knowing your vision and knowing who you are in order to build confidence and have faith in your ability.

Hearing the experiences that have brought Vanessa to her success has certainly made me even more motivated to get up and start living a fulfilling life now!

I Count

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Review of Get up talks held on Nov 22nd
Talk by: Pastor Bimbo Fola-Alade
Written by: Bimpe Onyekwelu

The iCount session was taken by Pastor Bimbo Fola-Alade, the Family Life Pastor at Trinity Chapel, a seasoned teacher of scripture, author and Christian counsellor. “iCount”, the aptly named session was a wisdom-packed and timeless elucidation of the subject of “Purpose”. Essentially, in this session, the speaker tactfully educated us on certain key factors of “Purpose”; which are the ” Discovery, Development and Deployment” of purpose.
She began by putting up pictures of some iconic characters of our time, and asked us to mention what came to mind on hearing their names; that is, what they are popularly known for (if at all we knew who they were). Amongst these were;
• Martha Stewart- The American businesswoman, writer, and television personality is famous for being an accomplished homemaker
• Mother Theresa- The Roman Catholic Religious Sister and missionary is known for her charity, missionary and humanitarian work
• Hillary Clinton- (The wife of Bill Clinton) former First Lady of the United States, U.S Secretary of State, U.S. Senator, is known for Leadership roles.
• Sonya Carson- The mother of Ben Carson – is known for raising Ben Carson, who is credited with being the first surgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins joined at the head).
• Michelle Obama- The wife of the current President of the United States, Barack Obama, and the first African-American First Lady of the US is particularly known for her position of influence.
These women discovered their unique purpose and have made their lives count. We also can do the same!

At this juncture, it became crystal clear what the session was about; “Purpose is that “unique thing” you were created to do, which makes you “count”. Everybody has a purpose. Do you know yours?” No doubt, at this point, the questions on the heart of most, would have been, “So, what is my unique purpose- that “thing” I am created for? What comes to the mind of others when they look at me? How do I discover my purpose? How do I count”? Thankfully, Pastor Bimbo didn’t leave her now curious listeners hanging in a state of bewilderment. She proceeded to tell us the various ways we could discover our purpose.
With the belief that God is the creator of us all, and the understanding that He creates nothing without a purpose in mind, we learn that purpose is mostly discovered in and through God. Purpose, she said, is discovered or uncovered to you through;
• What you Hear- divine instruction; what God has told you to do.
• What you See- A vision (divine or heart-felt); a picture given by God, a long standing picture in your minds-eye which you dream of fulfilling.
• A Cause, Interest or something you are Burdened with.
• Your Experiences in life.

Once our purpose becomes unveiled to us, we are to develop and fulfil it. To develop it, we must learn to recognize and seize opportunities to express the gifts and passions within us. It is as we take advantage of the opportunities we are presented with, however little, and stay ardently focused and committed, that we are prepared, sharpened and perfected in readiness for bigger platforms and greater influence. Moreover, how we fulfil purpose, is often determined by the following;
• Your gift and Talents & skills:
that thing or things that come naturally or easily to you
the things you’ve been celebrated or commended on
Your personality and character: For instance, intrinsic qualities such as passion and boldness steer us in the direction of our purpose, as we see exemplified in the lives and work of people like Sir Bob Geldof

These are attributes that give expression to what God has put in our hearts, which when put to good use, aid in the fulfilment of our purpose.

She finally enlightened us on the enriching and significant benefits of fulfilling our purpose in life.
• Self Actualization- we become all that we were created to be.
• Inspiration to others- we become a source of inspiration to others around us
• Benefit to mankind- we add value, enrich, and bring about the betterment of humanity as a whole.
• A gift to God- Fulfilling purpose is our gift back to God, by fully manifesting the riches of the glory of the inheritance He has deposited in us, His saints.

Throughout this raptly engaging session, Pastor Bimbo’s unbroken theme and unspoken question to her attentive listeners was primarily, “What on earth are you here for?” “You count for something…find out what it is and do it”. As she concluded, we were encouraged to bring into harmony, “the what”, “the how” and the “get going” of our purpose. In other words, as a matter of importance, we were urged, in a most compelling manner, to discover, develop and deploy our purpose on earth, not only for the sake of personal fulfilment and establishment of oneself as a person, but also for the benefit of humanity, and to the ultimate glory of God our creator.

I can

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Review of Get up talks held on Nov 22nd

Talk by: Ronke Lawal

Written by  Dawn Duval-Macsporran
BeVivacious Nutritional Consultancy

I found the I Can workshop very inspiring and motivating. I found most useful hearing about the facilitator’s and other people in the audiences’ life stories. I could relate to their personal situations and how they had persevered in spite of the circumstances in their lives at one point or another that they found themselves in.

I still feel very positive since attending the event. The day after the workshop I made a huge list of all the urgent things I needed to do. I have now nearly achieved them all. The talk gave me exactly the motivation I needed at the time to believe in myself and that I could achieve whatever I wanted.
It was particularly rewarding also helping others in the audience if they felt stuck that there was no way forward. We were all helping each other with examples or contacts we knew to help motivate the other person to break down any barriers. The atmosphere was very supportive, encouraging and effectively managed.
I would recommend the Get Up Talks on a Saturday even though initially it was a struggle for me to get out of bed! Now that I’ve been to one of these talks I wouldn’t hesitate next time. Several of us stayed networking long after the event had closed. I also managed to get a couple of new leads for my own business.

I would like to thank the organisers who did a brilliant job; it was a productive day with enough time in each workshop and with the whole group at the beginning and the end.

Many thanks!