10 Things That Ballet Taught Me About Business.

In the motor trade we get sent on training courses quite a lot. No matter where we are, or what we are learning about, we always have to go through this embarrassing ritual of introducing ourselves and stating a fact that no one else knows. Of course no one knows anything about me so sometimes I just make something up. I once told the room I was once a page 3 model and then held in my laughter as they tried to stare at my chest with their peripheral vision. (The vast majority of men are not very good at this.)

Most of the time, however, I am aware that I am going to meet these people again. Like a lot of trades, the motor industry is a bit incestuous and someone always knows someone else, so I tend to go with the usual: I have a grade 8 in ballet.

After a little while, it got me thinking that actually my training to be a dancer stood me in good stead for the business world. So here are 10 things that ballet taught me about business.

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The first two weeks as a Nissan Innovation Specialist

I’m still in the Automotive trade but this is different. I’m still in the showroom but I do have an office now.

Nissan are heavily investing in altering the showroom dynamic and I’m delighted to be one of the first to ‘pioneer’ this challenge.

As you can see it is still very male dominated…

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We are the first 15 out of a growing team of 50 ‘Innovation Specialists’ to join the UK dealer network. We are not sales people, yes you’ve heard me right, the majority of us are from a sales background but we are providing education without the sales pressure in the showroom.

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10 Life Lessons a Car Showroom has taught me.

How does a Car Dealership relate to real life?

January 3rd marked the year anniversary of my showroom opening.

I started working for the company before this but it was just a building site then (I documented it’s progress here: http://lifestyleseatbrighton.wordpress.com).

The New Year, 2013, saw me thrust into the limelight of the sales environment on my own, fresh from the protective shield of University. My boss was very supportive but I had no idea what was ahead of me.

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An Update: On me

It’s been since Christmas time since I wrote on here… my only excuse is that I have been working very hard.

I’m now reaching the 9th month of my time in car sales for Lifestyle SEAT and I’m based in Brighton. 9 months sounds like a long time but I’m still learning.. slowly but surely.

I’ve continued on my fitness, albeit, a lot less intense than the extreme adventure that I was on. My most challenging aspect is making sure I eat enough. Anyone who has worked in a showroom will understand the time pressures and how reluctant most sales people are to leave for a break. I’m getting there!

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Finishing my fitness training; What do I look like now?

I have had a huge break from blogging about my fitness, I moved house and life became a little bit more mental.

I actually officially moved from my home of 19 years on the same day I finished the 8 week course. I was a bit emotional so it’s taken until now for me to able to reflect on my experiences.

It’s been completely life changing. I will never think of my body or my mental and physical ability in the same light. From waking up at 5am to bench pressing, I achieved the impossible (for me anyway!).

My body has never been happier. This has taught me about my wheat and oil intolerance and how to control it. Going out for food can still be a bit stressful for me but I’m managing it. Although I’ve been treating myself a bit more (it is Christmas after all!) I feel that I have a diet plan that works for me, a little bit less protein…

Enough of my emotional rambling now, let me show you the difference. It might not look as dramatic as those before-and-after ‘weight watcher’ 20 stone-loss people, but for me it feels that big. I can’t thank Tim enough for how much happier he has made me. I have worked so hard but he has worked even harder. Without a doubt he has changed my life, I now truly believe that Australians are all slightly crazy!

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The Jessica Ennis six-pack ambition: The Final Phase (pictures so far!).

So we’re now into the final part of the training. I can see the end and I’m so happy with what has been achieved so far.

I’m not 100% certain how much weight I’ve lost but hopefully these pictures can show you the difference in how I feel:

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Who should be responsible for educating people about food?

Whilst doing this body challenge the subject of food is a huge part of my life.

I am coming to terms with how little I know about nutrition- I’m still learning! But if it wasn’t for Tim and this course then I know I would still be doing all the wrong things and wondering why I wasn’t losing weight.

So many people think they are eating well but when we actually take a second to look at the label we can have a very horrifying moment realising we are very wrong.

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Sprint Training is a BITCH

This week I have experienced ‘the wall’.

No this does not mean that I have found out how to brick-lay, I have found my mental and physical wall in the form of sprint training.

I have never felt anything like that moment when there is nothing left in your muscles any more! The first session was quite an amazing setting too. Shoreham beach, at half 6 in the morning on the board walk. Looking out to sea there was an enormous American styled thunderstorm, to the right Worthing was coming to life and to the left we could see Brighton Pier lighting up.

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Phase 2 begins. Endorphins and struggling with ‘days off’

So today, Wednesday, is my ‘off’ day.

When I say ‘off’ I mean I am grumpy, unsociable and tired.

I don’t have work and I don’t have exercise and no matter how much I sleep I constantly feel shattered. It’s exactly like people say,

“energy creates energy”

Also this keeps running around my head about endorphins:

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Why have I decided to get fit? Update: the 2nd week.

Apologies for the delay in blogging. I started a new job this week and the hours have been very tough on me, physically but more mentally!

Everyday I get up at 5, get to the workout for an hour, shower and get ready at Tim’s and then drive straight to work. (In case you were wondering I am a Trainee Car Sales Executive for Lifestyle SEAT! The dealership in Brighton hasn’t actually opened yet so I’m training at Lifestyle Ford in Horsham. Pop in if you’re local! But this isn’t what I’m blogging about here!)

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