Winner of 11 business and community awards, featured in 200+ media titles, named as one of the most influential people in PR 2009-2015

Looking at 2012 – January 2013

Posted on 30th January 13'

Here we are at the end of January already! I know I’m not the only one who’s wondering where the days have gone.

For me, the whole of January is an opportunity to take stock of the previous year. Of course I’m also busy planning for the year ahead, working and dealing with day to day business. But the end of this month gives me an even clearer picture of 2012 and all that happened.

As ever there can be low points during a year that can test your resolve and distort the best made plans.

  • Competition – we saw a definite increase in competitors in the marketplace, agencies doing what we do and offering similar services. This just goes to show that our services are needed and we’ll continue to do what we do so well!
  • The economy. No surprise to anyone that the state of the economy impacted our business as it did to most. It’s never an ideal situation and not one you can easily change, but fortunately we’re weathering the storm.
  • ‘Me time’. This is definitely a ‘must do better’ area. I fully advocate a good work/life balance and the importance of taking time out to relax and ‘not work’ but last year I wasn’t able to take my own advice as much as I’d have liked. Many, many long days and working harder to maintain levels (as a result of the tough economic situation) meant I wasn’t able to start work on my next book or take that great holiday I’d planned.

But I’m happy to say that last year, the high points overshadowed the low.

  • We celebrated TEN YEARS IN BUSINESS!! Yes Rich Visions is ten years old and I am very proud of that. Proud we made it this far, are in great shape and looking forward to another ten (and then some!).
  • I added two awards to my collection. The ‘Business Woman of the Year’ award and the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ award from the Women for Africa organisation.
  • For the fifth consecutive year I was included in PR Week’s PowerBook as one of the most influential people in PR.
  • I had the opportunity to speak at the huge Business 2012 event at the O2 alongside Richard Branson.
  • 2012 saw the launch of Diva Visions, my premier business club for women. It’s become a great platform for businesswomen to connect, have questions answered, share ideas and socialise.

So that was 2012 for me (the short version!).

I’m grateful for it all and am really looking forward to what’s in store this year.