Who can resist shopping and cake?

Shopping and cake. These are two of my favourite things. Are they yours? If you like shopping or cake, or both, come and join me at my “Celebrating 40 Years of Arbonne” event! It’s on from 7pm to 9pm on Monday the 16th of March at Wet Led (Church Street, Macclesfield) and everyone’s welcome to come along.

At the event I’ll be showcasing some of the award-winning products created by Arbonne. So, if you fancy some pampering, come along! I’ll be able to show you some of the fabulous skincare cleansers, toners, moisturisers and creams to smooth out wrinkles and make your skin glow radiantly.

We can talk about the latest make-up trends, which colours are popular this season, and how to wear different types of make-up during the day and how to add special effects for evenings out.

I’ve noticed the Arbonne moisturising lip balms are extremely popular at this time of the year when it’s still cold outside. The soothing moisture lip balm with sustainable shea butter can be used on its own, or because it’s clear in colour, it can be used as a base layer to protect your lips before a coat of lipstick. Having chapped lips can be awkward for eating and speaking and this deceptively simple product can ease painful lips and boost your confidence.

Arbonne is a pioneer in plant-based, 100% vegan, cruelty-free products, created from sustainable sources and backed by both scientific and clinical research. I am proud to be a brand ambassador for this amazing company with its holistic values to improve the skin, body and mind, inside and outside.

I mentioned cake at the beginning and there will be plenty of cake at Wet Led on the 16th of March. Lots of cake and lots of drinks as well! I’m hoping the evening will be filled with fun and laughter, chatting about everything from family to holidays, stories of adventures and most of all, bringing people together.

I hope anyone who arrives as a stranger will leave as a friend. My event “Celebrating 40 Years of Arbonne” is open to everyone however please confirm you’re coming (very important for cake supplies!) using the contact details below.

Celebrating 40 years of Arbonne – Hosted by Rachael Chiverton

Venue: Wet Led, Church Street, Macclesfield

Date: Monday 16th March

Time: 7pm to 9pm

Please comment here if you can come along, or please give me a call on 07756 772950. If there are any Arbonne products you would like to purchase on the evening, please let me know on or by Friday 13th of March. Any products can be ordered on the night for prompt delivery.

Give Yourself A Confidence Boost With Clear And Healthy Skin

How many party invitations have you turned down because you weren’t happy with the way you looked? Have you ever hidden your face away from the camera or asked friends to remove photos of you from Facebook or Instagram?

It happens more often than you might think. Everywhere we look, especially online, many people paint a perfect picture of reality. They might add filters or change the lighting, doing anything and everything to make the photo look acceptable in their eyes. In extreme cases you might not recognise someone in real life from the persona they have created and cultivated online.

Clear Range - no more hiding your face
Clear Range – no more hiding your face

In behind the scenes, there’s often a deep-rooted desire to be accepted. There’s a widely believed perception that if you have the perfect face, perfect skin, it will somehow change things. But, in reality, it all comes down to how you feel about yourself and that’s something you do have control over.

Gaining confidence over your appearance is something everyone can achieve. It starts from within, taking care of yourself and being mindful of your health and nutrition. It doesn’t mean ditching all the takeaways and fast food, but instead making informed choices and having a variety of food each day.

The results will show in your skin and it’s always good to have a glow from making healthy choices. Instead of dry skin, blocked pores, breakouts, discolouration and a washed-out feeling, choosing products from the Clear Future Collection will help restore a healthy balance to your skin. You’ll have the confidence to stand tall and pose for photos without worrying about how you look.

As an Arbonne Independent Consultant I really enjoy helping people develop confidence in themselves. It’s a breakthrough when someone contacts me to say they feel better about themselves simply by making small changes to their lifestyle and appearance.

Having “bad skin” isn’t an unsolvable problem. It can take time and perseverance, but with five high performance natural solutions in the Clear Future Collection, it’s possible to have super smooth skin that’s clear and glowing. These highly recommended products are powered by acne-fighting salicylic acid and botanicals to help calm and soothe your skin.

According to Arbonne’s research, after 3 days 76% of participants noticed a visible improvement in skin redness. After 1 week, 79% of participants noticed a reduction in acne blemishes and after just 4 weeks 91% of participants reported that they would recommend Clear Future to their friends and family.

If you would like to know more about the five skin-healing, confidence boosting products, please contact me to chat about how these can fit into your lifestyle and make a big difference to how you see yourself.

I can show you results from using the Deep Pore Acne Cleanser, Corrective Acne Treatment Pads, Mattifying Acne Treatment Lotion, Intensive Acne Spot Treatment and Soothing Overnight Mask and how they can help you too. Please give me a call on 07756 772950 and I’ll help you gain the confidence to stand at the front of your next group photo.

How to Spend More Time with Your Sweetheart on Valentine’s Day

On Friday the 14th of February 2020 it’s Valentine’s Day. Since Roman times, this date has been set aside as a worldwide marker for romance. Love it or hate it, the 14th of February is the day when couples publicly and privately celebrate their friendship and relationship with each other. It’s become a tradition for both men and women to exchange cards and gifts to show their true love for each other.

This leads to the question of how do you express true love in a gift? What does true love look like?

Pampering for him or her
Pampering for him or her

How much does it cost? You might even argue if true love costs nothing, why do we buy gifts?

The answer to this lies in the fact that we are busy people and don’t always take the time to appreciate those we love as much as we would like. We’re busy being parents, grandparents, running businesses, commuting, cooking, keeping the house tidy and much more. Even living under the same roof doesn’t guarantee quality time together.

But, in reality, it only takes a little preparation if you would like to spend more time with your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day. Instead of stopping at the garage on your way home to queue up for last-minute flowers, chocolates or wine, I can help you to plan ahead. I can help you save time buying presents, so you can spend more time with your sweetheart.

If you’re not sure what to buy and don’t want to get it wrong, let me help you to select a thoughtful and memorable gift he or she will appreciate. Please contact me to chat about their likes and dislikes and I will find the perfect gift. You can choose whether the gift is delivered to your door, or to their office if you want it to be a surprise.

Gifts for men are becoming as popular as gifts for women. Why should ladies be the only ones to receive the champagne and chocolates? Online surveys suggest 4 out of 5 Britons will buy their loved one a gift for Valentine’s Day with the average spend of around £30, slightly higher for men buying for women than women buying for men.

As an Arbonne Independent Consultant, I love this time of year. It means I can chat with my clients, men and women, about the latest make-up and skincare products they may wish to buy for their husband, wife, partner, girlfriend or boyfriend. There’s lots of choice and sensational gifts to suit every budget.

Valentine’s Day is also the perfect occasion to treat yourself to something new. For ladies, it might be a new lipstick, eyeshadow or bronzer. For men, it could be a grooming kit tailored with luxury products, ideal for whether you’re clean-shaven or bearded. Buying a soothing foot-pampering kit is a not-so-subtle hint that you’d like your feet massaged. Doesn’t that sound perfectly romantic?

From setting the mood with scented candles, to foot pampering, to stylish make-up for a glamorous date night, I can deliver the special ingredients you need for a great time together. There’s still time to contact me to find out more about the romantic gifts you can choose for your true love. I may not be Cupid, but I can give you great ideas for romantic Valentine’s Day true love gifts.

You can find out more by messaging me or calling 07756 772950. Valentine’s Day is the 14th of February and there’s still time to have your romantic parcels delivered in time.

How becoming an Arbonne Independent Consultant helped me achieve more in my life.

We’re all looking for ways to get fitter and stay healthier, especially at this time of year when post-Christmas coughs and colds are everywhere around us. In previous years, it felt as though every germ, bug and lurgy was waiting around the corner trying to ambush me. But not anymore. There’s been a small but significant difference which I’d like to share with you.

You may have already heard of Arbonne and you may already be using their products. But if you haven’t, then please let me explain how this company has transformed my life in the last few months.

B Corporation Flourishing after 40 years
B Corporation Flourishing after 40 years

To start at the beginning, Arbonne is a world-leader in skincare, bath and body, nutrition and hair products used by men, women and children all around the world. You may already be using their products in your daily skincare routine. You may keep a fizz stick in your handbag to beat the mid-afternoon energy slump or have an Arbonne scented candle burning while you relax in the bath.

But if you haven’t heard of Arbonne, then please let me explain how I got involved and the genuine difference Arbonne has made for me. Put simply, I owe my involvement in becoming an Arbonne Independent Consultant to Vivien Hamilton, a lady I connected with online via LinkedIn, then met in person when I invited her to a 4Networking meeting.

Vivien’s company, Life Transformed with Arbonne, is a hugely successful business centred around providing Arbonne solutions to customers with different needs. From setting up Life Transformed with Arbonne to provide a flexible income after having children, Vivien now has a team of 28 people, including me.

I listened to Vivien’s story and learned how she was looking for an opportunity to have an income that would give her and her family choices in life and time together. These are things I wanted to achieve too, and I am sure there are many people in the same situation.

We chat most days via WhatsApp and Vivien drops in ideas to promote the gluten-free, 100% vegan certified products, in easy to achieve activities, such as running a pop-up shop, like the one I ran just before Christmas at Wet Led in Macclesfield.

I also talk about the sustainably sourced Arbonne products at the business networking meetings I attend. Over the last few months it has been interesting seeing people’s reactions to the different products I can offer. Some people are sceptical, and others can see the real-world benefits from changing to a holistic approach to beauty, health and wellbeing in their daily lives.

I asked Vivien for a quote to share in this blog about how she sees my role in her team and how I can grow with Arbonne to develop my business. This is what she said:

I think Rachael will be really successful, she takes action and is very organised. She follows through on everything she says she will do. I can see her building her own team in the future and helping others succeed too.” – Vivien Hamilton, Life Transformed with Arbonne.

My aim is to share the knowledge I have gained in health, beauty and nutrition to help others. I have seen great results through friends and colleagues who have more energy and more vibrancy after changing to using Arbonne products. For my business clients, I can recommend Arbonne products as gifts for key clients and employee rewards.

There are many opportunities for me to promote Arbonne products as they can be used by all of us, old or young, male or female. I am grateful to have met Vivien Hamilton and to have discovered the philosophy embracing the connection between a healthier mind and a stronger body.

If you would like to know more about Arbonne and the products designed to improve your quality of life, please contact me either by emailing rachael@rachaelchiverton.co.uk or by telephoning 07756 772950. I will work with you to make small changes that will make a big difference.

How to take your existing business skills successfully into different ventures and different markets.

Having a “job for life” is something that’s rare in today’s world. Changes in the economy, general uncertainty and advances in technology are some of the reasons why “safe jobs” in many traditional industries are changing. New jobs are often advertised as zero hours contracts, shift work, or temporary assignments.

This shift in corporate thinking has filtered down to local businesses and I’m sure it has prompted a surge in both men and women taking on self-employment to create a secondary income. It’s not uncommon to meet someone employed in one job who also runs their own business as a side-line to bring in some extra cash.

This has lots of different rewards and many people carve out a lucrative income and flexible, family-friendly lifestyle, by working for themselves following tried and trusted methods. Instead of being seen as a supplementary income, with the right organisation and attitude, the sky is the limit. What may have started out as a side-line or hobby can become a primary source of income for many people.

Arbonne the power to transform lives
Arbonne the power to transform lives

I’m talking about my work as an Arbonne Independent Consultant through which I have discovered a way to complement my existing work and extend the range of products and services I can offer my clients. I am able to use my business skills in accounting, customer service, organisation and administration, to put together ideas and strategies to help individuals and business owners alike.

If you’ve heard of Arbonne, you’ll know the principles behind this world-leader in nutrition, skincare, bath, body and hair products. But, there’s more. Through using the products myself I was invited to join an Arbonne team. This was the launchpad for me to use my existing business skills to organise events and showcase the products to potential customers.

Then to prove Arbonne is an excellent opportunity for men and women to be involved, I introduced my friend Jon Smythe from Smooth Design to the range of products and discussed the potential for running events together.

Jon Smythe - independant Consultant Arbonne
Jon Smythe – independant Consultant Arbonne

Jon’s background in graphic design enables him to create powerful, eye-catching images for his clients. He also has many years of experience in network marketing, successfully promoting a range of healthcare products to an audience in the UK and abroad. With consumer interest shifting, Jon agreed to try the Arbonne products for himself.

Then following our conversations, Jon was impressed with the products and the company ethos enough to become an Arbonne Independent Consultant himself, switching from the healthcare products he had previously promoted and transferring his skills to the new market.

I asked Jon for a quote to share in this blog about how I’ve helped him transfer from promoting his previous products across to Arbonne and join the team with me. This is what he said:

I first met Rachael when she was known as “The Contracts Lady”, helping business owners with their legal documents and terms and conditions. Rachael is extraordinary as an accountability partner. It’s what she’s best at. She’s efficient and organised and will help you achieve anything you need to do, when you need to do it. Whatever I say to Rachael I need done she will make sure I get it done.” – Jon Smythe, Smooth Designs.

Through our individual work and regular collaborations creating pop-up shops and other events, Jon and I are pleased to see the impact of Arbonne products, such as the fizz sticks and skin creams, being used on a daily basis by new and existing customers.

I find talking about the benefits between a healthy body and a healthy mind are so intrinsically linked that you cannot have one without the other. I am organising several events this year and looking for people to join me, either to try the products or to hear more about the lifestyle benefits.

If you would like to know more about the sustainably sourced, gluten-free, 100% vegan certified products in the Arbonne range, including the popular fizz sticks that beat the afternoon energy slump, please contact me either by emailing rachael@rachaelchiverton.co.uk or by telephoning 07756 772950. Together we can make a big difference using your existing skills in different markets.

Does Social Media Make A Difference To Your Business?

It’s hard to remember a time when social media, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc., was just used for social interactions. You’d post a photo of your dinner, or your cat, you might keep a journal, or share a joke. Your online friends were people you knew well, people you went to school with or who lived in the same town. Social media was a smaller pool of information with a limited reach and audience.

However, studies carried out in 2019 suggest there are 3.48 billion people using social media on mobile devices with a growth of 297 million users, a year-on-year addition of over 10%. That’s a lot of people you could put your message in front of and social media is now an integral part of most businesses marketing strategies.

It's easy to stop social media overload

For many people, social media is also an essential part of everyday life. Checking for new activity and commenting on recent posts is probably one of the first things many business owners do each day, along with making a cup of coffee and checking emails. You don’t even need to be in the office to do this as social media platforms are available 24×7 on your smartphone and tablet.

If this sounds strange, just consider these key reasons why business owners need social media:

  1. You have access to an instant global audience across multiple platforms.
  2. You can connect directly with potential customers using targeted marketing.
  3. Social media can influence whether people buy your products and services or not.

Going back to the idea of posting a photo of your dinner on social media, if this is done from a business perspective, it can have a substantial impact on the person viewing the post. If, for example, your business is in the fitness industry, a photo of a healthy meal along with a motivational message or special offer could prompt an enquiry from someone. This could lead to them buying a product, visiting your gym, or trying your health programme. All from a photo of your dinner.

Other examples include videos of car journeys to advertise car manufacturers, garages, taxi firms and travel companies. Before and after photos are popular with business owners demonstrating how their hair, make-up and skin care products can transform your look and your confidence. We are very receptive to visual stories and these are extremely successful ways to market almost any product or service.

Social media is an invitation to interact with people from anywhere in the world. If you can post regular, interesting, educational, informative, or simply fun messages, you’ll soon attract a loyal following of people keen to hear what you have to say next.

This is the key to becoming visible online. If you think of the 3.48 billion people online, it can be daunting to start thinking how you can stand out and how you can attract new customers. Simply by delivering regular posts targeted to users on via Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram, you can maximise the impact of your marketing budget.

This is where I can help. If you’re stuck thinking what to write or worried people won’t see what you’ve posted, I can help. I’ve recently launched a new service called “A Post A Day” designed to take away the stress of creating content and scheduling it across the social media platforms.

So, if you’d like to get your message in front of as many people as possible, please give me a call on 07756 772950 or visit http://getfocus.guru/a-post-a-day and let’s get started.

Merry Christmas And End Of The Year Reflections

Over the last twelve months I’ve covered many different topics through the Focus Guru and RachaelChiverton blogs. Some of the blogs have been written to address common questions I’m asked about business and contracts and others have been about mindset, creating habits and making the best use of time.

End of year reflection, what have you achieved
End of year reflection, what have you achieved

Here is a re-cap of everything I’ve covered, from my Communications and Cashflow Workshop with James Perryman, to the business skills we can learn from our pets.

I’ve had some lovely feedback from clients in different sectors who are gaining huge benefits from the improved time management and streamlined processes I have helped to implement.

If I can help you or your staff with any business related issue, please contact me either by emailing rachael@rachaelchiverton.co.uk or by telephoning 07756 772950. I offer a free 15 minute consultation and will work with you to make small changes that make a big difference.

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Thank you for sharing this year with me. As 2019 draws to a close, I hope to continue working with you, developing new strategies, boosting your social media presence, creating new habits and being accountable with sticking to them, writing your contracts and enhancing your processes and productivity. Let’s make 2020 your best year yet!

How To Schedule Your Social Media So You Can Spend More Time Doing What You Want

Social media is arguably the most powerful way to transmit your message around the world in seconds. From the moment you think it, you can type it, speak it, video it and within the blink of an eye your message is online for anyone to read, listen to or watch.

It's easy to stop social media overload
It’s easy to stop social media overload

If you want to be seen, social media is a great way to publish news about yourself and your business. Writing a post about taking on a new employee, launching a new product, or attending an event, are popular messages to broadcast.

As soon as your post is online, your message is instantly available to people in your circle of friends and connections. Using relaxed privacy settings, friends of friends can view your posts and, if you choose, your message can be broadcast to the world at large.

But, keep in mind your posts aren’t the only posts on the Internet. How will someone see your news above your competitor’s news? Why would someone want to follow your company? How will it benefit them?

If you want to be remembered, it’s important to keep posting new items, new stories and new news that your viewers can absorb. It takes time to remember someone and even longer if there are lots of things to remember at once.

With the quantity of information online, to be remembered takes consistent effort to keep your message at the front of people’s minds.

It’s no longer enough to post once a month as your message will be seen by several people, then pushed further down in their memory as new content from other people supersedes your message. Even posting once a week is having a limited effect for many businesses.

Building up a loyal following takes time and each time you post, the content must add value to the reader, the listener or the watcher. It must inform or entertain. Or both. You may remember the last video clip you watched, or the last Live you watched. Or, as quickly as you watched it, the content perhaps made you think or laugh, and then it was forgotten.

So, the consistency of posting then becomes important. Creating a post a day across different platforms is the consistent way to keep your message at the top of people’s minds. If they need a window cleaner, they’ll think of you. If they need a new car, they’ll think of you. Or an accountant, web designer, solicitor etc. they will think of you. Social media is available for every type of business.

If you don’t think you have enough news to share or are concerned people may find what you do boring, this isn’t the case. There is always something to write. It could relate to trending news, or an anniversary, or to something that’s happened in your working day. Your daily post could mention upcoming events, promotions, awards, functions, legislation changes, motivational quotes.

Anything that could be of value to your audience is worth posting.

But creating content isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. This is where I can help you with the writing and scheduling of your social media to free up your time for the things you want to do. Creating interesting, quality content and scheduling the consistent release of new news and information is a simple way to add lasting value to your social media presence.

Launching this month, I am happy to share my new service called “A Post A Day” which is available to individuals and business owners who want to enhance their social media presence with consistent quality posts every day.

For more information and details about signing up for a trial, please visit https://getfocus.guru/a-post-a-day or call me on 07756 772950 and I can answer any questions about this exciting new service available for your business.

How to look after yourself and your business in the Christmas party season

December is a great time of the year for social get-togethers and work parties. Lots of people relax, let their hair down, and there’s a party atmosphere that lasts for most of the month. I always have the feeling of closure as the year ends and lots of anticipation to see what’s next.

Many of my clients have their planned work-dos, office parties, meals out and in-office celebrations. If you have a partner who works in an office or has a team get-together, then you may have double the number of invitations to indulge in the festive spirit.

And talking of spirits, and wine, and beer, this month is renowned for excess. Lots to eat. Lots to drink. Late nights. Lots of socialising and partygoing. These indulgences can have a huge toll on our health and wellbeing, sometimes without us realising. The effect on our body and mind can be slow going, things taking longer, clouded thinking and poor decision making.

But, just like a winter cold, these symptoms can be treated without missing out on the fun.

4 Steps Hangover Kit Cure
4 Steps Hangover Kit Cure

I can recommend four things which will help your after-party hangover and keep you feeling fresh and fit to cope with your end-of-year workload.

  1. Complete Hydration

When drinking alcohol your body needs to rehydrate to clear that fuzzy, sludgy feeling that makes everything seem more difficult than usual. Complete Hydration is a product filled with electrolytes to support rehydration and make you feel normal again!

  1. Fizz Sticks

I love these and use them nearly every day to boost my health and wellbeing. Each fizz stick is packed with antioxidants, ginseng, vitamin B and natural caffeine. These help with improving your mental alertness and reducing fatigue.

  1. Rescue and Renew Detox Soap

Who can resist relaxing in a warm bath to ease away troubles? These quick-dissolving sea salt crystals contain grapefruit, orange, lavender, rosemary and ginger oil and are perfect for unwinding after talking and dancing all evening.

  1. Bio-Hydria Herbal Infusion Drink

As if these ideas weren’t enough to revitalise you, there are more ways you can stay hydrated, relaxed and focussed. Instead of relying on traditional tea and coffee, these hydrating teabags filled with chamomile, rosemary and wild thyme, are designed to give you a natural boost throughout the day.

While you’re looking after yourself and making sure you’re feeling 100%, this will naturally help your business to run smoothly, which in turn can lower your stress levels, which in turn keeps you on a healthy track for success in 2020.

If you want more time and more energy and more choice, take the time to look after yourself even more than usual during the party season.

If you would like to find out more about these “hangover cures” please get in touch on 07756 772950 or call into my pop-up shop next Thursday (19th December 2019) at the Wet Led Bar in Church Street, Macclesfield. Next Thursday is also the last posting day if you would like to order energy products to be delivered in time for Christmas. Please see my online shop at www.rachaelchiverton.arbonne.com for exciting Christmas gift ideas for friends and family.

Relax and Buy Your Christmas Gifts at the Wet Led Pop Up Shop

Are you finding Christmas shopping a little bit stressful? Or are you guilty of putting it off altogether? Don’t worry, you’re not alone and I have the perfect solution for you!

Many people spend more money on Christmas gifts and activities in December than they spend in all of the other months combined. This could be to do with buying something for everyone all at once, rather than staggering purchases throughout the year. It could be to do with the constant TV advertising reminding us the holidays are coming. Then there’s the peer pressure to have the latest gadgets and technology.

With this in mind, wouldn’t it be nice to relax and buy everything you need in a friendly, no-pressure atmosphere? To say, “Cheers to Christmas”, raise a glass with your friends and get some Christmas presents purchased at the same time?

If this sounds like a great idea and you’re in the Macclesfield area, come and join me at the Wet Led pop-up shopping experience on Thursday the 19th of December. I’ll be there with my pop-up shop and I know you’ll find top quality gifts at great prices. You can even have a drink in your hand while you browse.

I’ll have some of my favourite gifts on sale including the “Pampermint Foot Care Gift Set”, “Mulled Cider Hand Care Duo” and a “Hangover Cure Party Season First Aid Kit” which promises five steps to a better morning after!

All of the gifts in my pop-up shop are formulated from quality natural ingredients and are sustainably sourced. They are plant based, cruelty-free gifts and don’t contain artificial colours or fragrances. From pocket money stocking fillers to full beauty sets and pamper packs the range of gifts is sure to catch your eye.

Did I mention you can enjoy a drink while browsing? Whether you prefer a winter-warming whisky, a cold beer, a traditional glass of Glühwein or a cup of coffee, you’ll be able to relax and get into the Christmas shopping spirit, without leaving the bar.

The pop-up shop is open on Thursday the 19th of December from 5pm to 6.30pm at the Wet Led bar in Church Street, Macclesfield. This is a free event and everyone’s welcome. For more information please contact me on 07756 772950.