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The Learning Curve Podcast | Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East.

Nicholla Henderson Hall, talks to Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East. Speaking with ladies in the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Egypt, Oman and Jordan we ask them to share their entrepreneurial journey. How they faced success and challenges in their own business, what advise and direction they offer up to more women keen to start their own business or expand their current business and where they see themselves as their businesses evolve. We are based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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Dec 21, 2016

The Learning Curve Podcast - THE Podcast for Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East.

Health is the new Wealth.  This is a phrase that I've heard a lot recently. Many of us are recognising the need to upgrade our lifestyle with cleaner eating, more nutrient rich foods, more exercise, a better work/life balance and a positive mindset.  These are the corner stones of a happy and fulfilled life.  But.... we know that this is also difficult to achieve. We live such busy, stressful lives with work and family committments, food on the go, driving from point to point and a real sedentary lifestyle that it is often hard to see the 'corner stones' of life that you want, clearly.  But here is where my next guest has a solution for you!

Meet Gillian she is an inspirational health practitioner, entrepreneur, facilitator, manager and motivator.  She's the lady behind a new revolution in internet wellness and fitness called 'Strippedin6'.  Stripped in 6 is a health and fitness company based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. In a partnership with Vogue Fitness, one of the fittest teams in the world at the 2016 CrossFit Games, they have developed a system of nutrition and exercise aimed at making you fitter and healthier so that you can love your life.

She has spent her whole career in the sports industry and now its her mission to build a thriving ecommerce business focus on improving your fitness and health. It's a space where you can strip themselves of weight, insecurities, myths, stuck habits and behaviours and help feel more in control of your lives.

Gillian is an ambitious, driven and a solution based person. Her presence and energy is striking and I believe her vision and mission to help us all bring fitness back into our lives will be accomplished.  In this episode she shares her story from starting out at 18 years old doing aerobic classes, to speaking at the UK's House of Parliament on the changing needs of the sports industry to where she is today - an fitness entrepreneur with intrinsic motivation to keep learning. 

Her platform launches January 2017 and she's ready for you.  If health is the new wealth then please go and meet your new wealth manager. 

Dec 12, 2016

The Learning Curve Podcast - THE Podcast for Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East.

The thought of an uncluttered life with less stuff does sound awesome. Think of the benefits of it, less to clean, less to organise, a home or office system that benfits all, and ultimately the opportunity of time back in your space again.  However, the actual process of decluttering journey does feel a bit painful, time consuming, some feel anxious just thinking about it and some think, 'my house will always feel cluttered.  However, the decluttering journey doesn’t need to be as painful as some make it out to be. Get yourself a declutter professional. Someone who can walk into a room and just see how things could decluttered and reorganised.  

Today's guest is exactly that. Meet Shelina. A lawyer by proffession she took the plunge into entrepreneurship and turned her instinct and passion for decluttering.  She helps her clients feel empowered and in control of their homes and offices. She helps them work through their primary spaces and find organisational solutions that make their lifes easier and spaces are more streamlined.  

Freedom, lightness, space and freshness is what Shelina will bring to your home or office everytime.  She will leave you with a smile even if the process of decluttering has been painful.  Have a listen to her journey from corporate lawyer to professional organiser and how her experiences of being an entrepreneur have been. If you want a declutter day at your home or office then don't forget to contact her for help.  She also writes a blog where she shares awesome tips and resources you can use

Dec 5, 2016

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Her own adversity has made her so super aware of her own mental and phyisical being that Serene is an excellent teacher to help you push through your own personal barriers and mental restrictions we put on ourselves.  Believe me, when I say a conversation with this girl will pull you out of any 'bad day' you are having and give you that nudge to stop feeling sorry for yourself.  

Listen to Serene story and you will understand why I say that.  She's so motivating, so empathetic, so  engaged with the human spirit that I sat there lost in her conversations and at points lost where I was on my question sheet.  

Her life has been tough. She's seen cancer twice and she's only 36. She was anorexic as a young girl.  She endured self hatred and a negative family dynamic and she says she was a bully. She's been busy.

Within all of this her journey has seen her have her own mental battles to accept her past and open her eyes to a powerful and rich future.  

I initially felt really sorry for her.  What a lot for one person to go through in such a short period of time but she doesn't want my sympathy, she doesn't want the sadness, she wants energy, motivation, happiness and in her words....'suck it up buttercup......'

I thoroughly enjoyed my chat with Serene - she made me feel empowered, she made me feel I could do anything and reminded me that my dreams are my gifts to myself and I should always strive for them.

Thank you Serene for sharing your story and letting us take a mini tour of your life and the lessons you have learnt.  Stay beautiful. 

Listen to more amazing women entrepreneurs of the Middle East here.

Nov 7, 2016

I remember when I started my first Facebook Group back in 2010.  I couldn't decide if I should have done a group or a Fan Page. I remember researching trying to change my group to a fan page and couldn't do it unless I started again!  anyway... 6.5 years on I'm glad I didn't.  That group I created called 'Muscat - Where can I find' (MWCIF) is now over 44,000 big and its purpose is to help people find what they are looking for in Muscat.  simple!  Since then that group concept has been replicated in a number of cities and probably by members in cities I don't even know about.  

I love Facebook Groups. I think they are just great spaces to build relationships, find answers, share with a community and feel connected.  I'm part of many Facebook Groups myself and they too have helped me learn, grow, test and discover so much new stuff I may have not have found. I love it when I find someone who has asked a similar question - it reminds me that I'm not alone.

Facebook groups can support your business objectives and can be the right choice for your business.  They are open spaces and I believe today they can create more traction than what Facebook Fan pages can because your audience choose you and identify with your key group objectives as something that could benefit them.  We all know our organic reach of our Facebook posts are really low and if we want traction we need to pay for Facebook Ads that help generate leads or sales.  This is where I think the power of Facebook Groups could come in useful for your business and maybe save you some money along the way too. So here are my 5 ways Facebook Groups can support your business objectives.  

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Oct 31, 2016

The Learning Curve Podcast - THE Podcast for Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East.

Salma and Veronique are the women behind 'The Pathway Project' a Dubai based business focused on Executive Leadership and Career Development Coaching.

Salma started The Pathway Project in 2012 and Veronique joined in 2014. They were friends first and joined forces to form a strong and dynamic partnership. Finding and choosing a business partner can be a difficult assessment but in this episode we explore their partnership to find out what worked and how they deal with difficult patches.

We also explore their unique business focus.  Both women have a passion and drive to transform individuals to performance to their highest potential by getting them to connect back to their purpose and their why within an organisation.  They are about creating courageous conversations and help people make the right decisions about their career future.

Cultural intelligence is another area they focus on.  They help individuals, businesses and large organisation become more culturally aware and we take a look at this in this episode too.  In the UAE it is not uncommon to have many different nationalities working with each other and this characteristics is going global.  Salma and Veronique themselves are products of growing up, living and working in different parts of the world so they understand the importance of connecting with people from other cultures and finding ways for them to use their differences to make a difference.

This was a very warm, open and in some areas a funny conversations taking a deeper look at their business, their accomplishments, their weaknesses and where they want to take their business next.  A big thank you to Salma and Veronique for allowing us to tap into their lessons learnt and share their knowledge and wisdom.  

More Women Entrepreneurial Episodes here

Oct 25, 2016

Most of us today are knowledge seekers.  We are in the pursuit of bettering ourselves. We want to empower ourselves so we can grow, make better decisions and ultimately live a lifestyle we dream off.  As people we are constantly in a pattern of learning. New life chapters start everyday and each come with a new invisible heading with a collection of invisible bullet points under it.  Unfortunately life isn't like a laid out curriculum, though sometimes I wish that it was, so I can tick it off as read, learnt and apply. Anyway.. the point being is we are knowledge seekers and these days we have many ways in which to collect that knowledge.  We can read, watch videos or listen to podcast!!  And this is what this podcast/blo is about because if you are a knowledge sharer and want to add value to your business then podcasting could be your way of streaming up to date audio knowledge to your clients and prospects.

Read more via the blog at www.thelearningcurvepodcast/blog

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Oct 11, 2016

Andreas Ekstrom is a Swedish journalist, TED Fellow, author and digital futurist.  He has written a bestselling book about Google – and has since been a leading commentator on all things digital around the world.  His focus is on educating us on working towards digital equality and bringing back the human element back into our digital lives.  He wants us to be aware of how we marry people, people behaviour, digital information and technology to achieve our goals but also how this influences our decision making.  Our discussion today focuses on 'digital influence and digital equality.  I'm asked Andreas to help us become more aware of the power the big digital players have on our lives.

Andreas is coming to Dubai on October 30th for an event with MENA Speakers who are a Dubai based business, run by my Business colleague, Saana Azzam.  MENA Speakers is the leading speakers agency in Dubai. They provide highly experienced and professional public speakers with the motive to educates, engages and empowers the audience.  Saana got in touch with me recently about this really interesting discussion that Andreas is bringing to Dubai and at their event entitled 'The Google Code - Demystifying the Digital Power Players'.  I was naturally intrigued because like many of us Google is my go to search engine and I blindly accept what google shares and tells.  Having watched his TED talks, I was quite shocked by my own thinking as I thought i was quite rational and mindful of my own prospective on the digital influence so I asked Andreas to join me and answer some questions so we can become more mindful of our relationship with these big players.

Oct 3, 2016

The Learning Curve Podcast - THE Podcast for Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East.

Lesley Lyle is a Applied Positivity Psychologist and the Director of Positive Psychology Learning.  

Remember the movie - 'Inside Out' - the movie looks at the human emotions and how they impact our decision making.  Lesley has spent her career helping people find ways to be happier and recognising when they are happy.  Happiness does always seem like such a difficult feeling to acquire particularly when we are wrapped in stress and anxiety on a daily basis. 

In this episode we talk about what happiness looks like, how it feels and how we can work to harness that emotion.  The Learning Curve Podcast interviews many women entrepreneurs over the last 18 months and happiness is always something they strive for.  Lesley shares that we should seek happiness in all that we do and not leave it for the 'BIG' chapter changing moments in our life.


We also learn about Lesley's own challenges and her accomplishments that have helped her become the person she is today and are the makings of the person she is choosing to become.

In this podcast we learn more about the energy behind Lesley, where her passion for happiness and inspiring others come from and if she ever doubted herself too.

This is her starting her entrepreneurial journey and learning curve story.

Sep 5, 2016

The Learning Curve Podcast - THE Podcast for Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East.

Urooj Kamran Azmi is a senior at Northwestern University’s campus in Qatar, majoring in Communication with a Civic Engagement certificate. Urooj has a passion for film making and community development. 

Her dream role is to be a social entrepreneur and work with minority groups and disadvantage communities and encourage them to use the power of media to help them grow, be inspired and success.  She loves to produce powerful and story telling content which get to the heart of a matter. She's wants to get behind the 'why' of many opinions and pull them all together into film pieces that digs deep and shares the true story behind the people in the story.  

At 22 she has achieved so much and next year when she graduates from North Western University she wants to go back to Pakistan and start driving the key stories she wants the world to hear.  Right now her passion is her education. She loving being educated in something she is truly passionate about. For her, her classes inspire her and create the themes she wants to film and create content for.

In this podcast we learn more about the energy behind Urooj - where her love for film making comes from, if she has ever doubted her passion and why she loves a controversial subject.

This is her starting her entrepreneurial journey and learning curve story.

Aug 30, 2016

In this short soundbite episode we get an idea of where Sahiqa gets her entrepreneurial spirit.  To listen to the full audio episode directly - use this link: http://goo.gl/TfksYI

Alternatively check out her webpage on our website: http://goo.gl/V1Gygz

 

Sahiqa Bennett

Founder of Searchie and Searchie

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