NEWS

  • A 36-YEAR OLD MANTRA CHANGES: ‘FOR THEM’ BECOMES ‘FOR US’
    1 August 2017 | Paul Dunn
    For 36 years, before I start speaking on stage, I’ve said the phrase ‘For Them’ over and over to make it clear to every cell in my body that the upcoming presentation is not about me. It is, I thought, for them.
    It is so much a part of me that ‘for them’ it was even my password on my Mac. And I’d even written part of a book ‘Better Business, Better Life, Better World’ about it.
    Saying ‘For Them’ got me centred; it got me thinking about others. It got me focused on the audience and making them the hero. And sometimes it even formed part of the opening story of the presentation.
    But 3 weeks ago it all changed.
    I watched a short 3-minute Danish film. It’s a powerful film about acceptance, about diversity and the simple fact that we all are one.
    And instantly I changed my mantra. It’s no longer ‘For Them, For Them, For Them, For Them’. Now, it’s ‘for us, for us, for us, for us.’
    It feels SO much better too. Somehow it’s not me isolated from ‘them’. Somehow it’s not putting me above ‘them’ (I never realized that could have been an outcome.)
    I realized that I’m part of the learning that's going on doing the presentation. I’m seeing and hearing reactions. I’m constantly learning at every moment.
    So now it is very much about and for us. Not me above the audience, but me with the audience.
    Again, it feels so much better. And yes, I’ve changed my password too!
  • HOW DO YOU EXPERIENCE VIRTUAL REALITY?
    27 July 2017 | Jon Masters
    For many, Augmented and Virtual reality are scenes from Star Trek. Whilst newspaper can print sensationalist headlines sometimes about the future, what does it really have in store, how is it changing?
    Technologist and Visionary Jon Masters joins Manchester Entrepreneur Social and Fast Forward Summit 2017 London, to share his knowledge and expertise. From writing computer programs at 10 on a Sinclair ZX81, to delivering engineering programs on Smart Cities, Jon has always had a hand in crafting the future.
    The height of the computing revolution gave Jon the boost he needed at a young age and after considerable time as a Systems Architect at Siemens UK Jon set up Visyonr ( http://www.visyonr.io) in 2015, a company dedicated to building Augmented Reality solutions in conjunction with Microsoft HoloLens platform.
    Today, Jon’s vision has evolved even more and he has partnered with Global Technology Entrepreneur Chandresh Pala to create YouGo.World ( http://www.visyonr.io), a platform designed to bring people from across the world together using the power of VR and AR technology.
    Jon’s vision for the future is that through the use of AR and VR, he can help to create businesses and social projects that bring together diverse groups of people, all sharing their knowledge and experience without boundaries.
    “I believe diversity and shared learning is what drives innovation and progress” says Jon.
    At Fast Forward Summit 2017 London you will experience it for yourself with live demonstrations of various platforms and VR equipment that will shape the technology landscape over the next 10 years.
  • DISCOVER YOUR BODY TYPE FOR A PERSONAL PATH TO HEALTH AND WELLBEING
    21 July 2017 | Jo Formosa
    According to 5000-year old Indian Ayurvedic philosophy, there are three different body types – vata, pitta and kapha – with everyone falling into one main category, which largely defines physical build, eating habits and even vulnerability to certain illnesses.
    When you visit an Ayurvedic doctor/ practitioner they will generally go through a series of questions to help work out your dominant body type. Questions might include: personality traits, where you would like to live and the temperature you prefer, the speed in how you do things.
    They would also look at the structure of your bones, facial features and feel your pulse. There are 360 different pulse combinations to discover your imbalance and your state of health – an Ayurvedic practitioner can also pick up issues in your pulse before an illness actually develops.
    Understanding the qualities of these different body types, or dosha, can help you choose which foods to eat, how much exercise you need, the type of lifestyle best suited to you and even diseases you might be prone to.
    If you’ve got kapha tendencies and continue to eat a diet rich in sugary foods you might end up on a collision course for developing type 2 diabetes – understanding your body type gives you the roadmap to the best possible health.
    We each contain varying proportions of each dosha generally one or two in dominance. Our naturally dominant body type does not signify imbalance, but rather how – or who – we are in our most healthy, balanced state.
    Here’s a guide to work out your dominant dosha:
    VATA
    Body image – changeable and much less stereotyped than the other two groups, and this variability in size, shape, mood and action is a trademark. They often have dry skin, can be hungry at unusual times of the day or night, tend to have irregular sleeping patters and walk and talk quickly.
    Exercise – mental and physical energy comes in bursts and they love excitement and change, best to focus on grounding exercises like yoga, walking, bicycling and dancing.
    Eat – warm, moist and grounding foods such as avocado, whole milk, ghee, root vegetables and cooked grains. Avoid drying foods like popcorn, crackers, coffee and nicotine as well as too much raw food.
    Look out for – becoming depressed, anxious or experiencing constipation, arthritis, confusion, flatulence and bloating.
    Famous vata – Adrien Brody, Kate Moss, Christy Turlington, Kate Hudson, Gwyneth Paltrow.
    PITTA
    Body image – type A personalities with trademark bright red hair and florid face along with a strong tendency towards ambition, boldness, passion, sharpness and intelligence; there’ll be frustrated, impatient and argumentative if there’s an imbalance. They are usually average weight and height and dislike when a meal is late. When in balance, they have a face that glows with happiness and are warm, ardent and loving.
    Exercise – strong drive and tend to like challenging, competitive sports – they like to win and enjoy skiing, hiking, tennis and mountain climbing.
    Eat – grapes, melons berries, zucchini, cucumber, broccoli, beetroot, rice and egg whites
    Look out for – over-eating and drinking, spicy food, fever, rashes and ulcers.
    Famous pitta – Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Daniel Craig.
    KAPHA
    Body image – well-built and powerful, they have heavy frames; skinny is not a healthy goal. Tend to wake up slowly, lie in bed a long time, which is not good for them, and need a coffee once up. In balance, they are serene and have a happy and peaceful view of the world.
    Exercise – long distance running, aerobics, dance, soccer and rowing; anything to get them moving, they need variety as very adaptable.
    Eat – plenty of fruits and vegetables and avoid heavy foods like cheese, cow’s milk, beef, lamb and sweet.
    Look out for – fluid retention, low metabolism, poor digestion, weight gain and fatigue.
    Famous kapha – Oprah Winfrey, Jack Nicholson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez.
    Ayurvedic and Chinese medical practitioner and Fast Forward Summit speaker Jo Formosa, together with internationally-acclaimed wealth expert, Roger Hamilton, have taken the body type profiling system to another level in creating a world first personalised health system, Health Dynamics, which groups the three dominant Ayurvedic body type combinations into 10 different profiles. This is combined with eight wealth profiles, meaning you can be one of 80 combinations – giving you your own personal path to health and wealth in one snapshot.
    To learn more about this revolutionary personal path to health attend Jo’s workshop at Fast Forward Summit and visit www.healthdynamics360.com
  • THE RISE OF THE MICRO BUSINESS BY PENNY POWER
    27 July 2017 | Jon Masters
    95% of the UK’s Business population is a Micro Business. In fact 75% of those are sole traders. They focus their lives on independence, creativity, customer care and their work-life integration.
    The European Commission defines a micro-business as one which has fewer than ten employees and a turnover or balance sheet total of less than €2 million. Three hundred thousand people a year start a business in the UK.
    Making this leap can sometimes be forced, or other times, calculated and planned. Recently I did a talk in Camberley, Surrey. A lady walked up to me and said “listening to you is the first time in 20 years I have felt like a businesswoman”. I asked her what she did and she humbly replied saying she was a Seem Mistress. Clearly she runs a business, she buys, sells, markets and has to run her accounts, paying tax and managing her books. A huge responsibility and she should feel like a businesswomen.
    I am now 53 and for the past 3 years I have felt like a businesswomen. This means I have spent 17 years in my own businesses not feeling like one. The difference for me was when I took control of the cash, the accounts, the cash flow, used cloud based accounting applications and I made a decision about the people I would work with and the dream I held. I now longer want to bring someone in as a CEO of my ideas. I am the right person for the job I need to do; and that job is to build The Business Cafe.
    Since I started as a ‘business owner’ in 1998 I have feared my lack of skills around finance, this has been a period of development for me. Now I love a cash flow spreadsheet, feeling the flow of money through the business. When we have self esteem, a sense of belonging, self worth and understand our value to others, we are then able to build our financial wealth. But in a world of tiny companies and sole traders those emotional needs are hard to find. Loneliness in business is commonplace, and can make us doubt our value and our skills.
    The Business Cafe is many things to many people, but the thing we all hold in common is ‘Friendships First”. The greatest asset we have in ourselves and in business is the ability to build trust. Friendship achieves that; as a friend we care, we open up, we show vulnerabilities and we unconditionally support each other’s dreams. Who we are becomes more important than what we are in a world when trust is eroded.
    On the 28th October 2013 walking home I stopped into Cafe Nero and saw a busy place, with people just like me, laptop open. I looked around and tried to engage in conversation and realised that this was worse than talking to someone on a tube or in a lift. I began to feel isolated and lonely, While sitting there, finishing my coffee I began writing, it started like this “Imagine if I was sitting in a business cafe, and all around me were people just like me, mothers, fathers, people who would love to make all their business in the town they lived, but didn’t know how to meet and find people, imagine there was a culture of friendship and this cafe was open for me to pop into during my gaps in time….”. So there it was, the dream was born.
    We now have a model that allows us to open The Business Cafe in every town across the UK (and beyond). The ingredients for opening are simple. The Business Cafe needs to be wanted and owned by the local business community. Not seen as a disrupter or as a brand coming in. Locally, people know what is needed, who should be involved and the best properties. So far we have enquiries from Local Council Authorities, Colleges, private individuals and a group that would like to set up a crowd fund to own it between hundred of local business people.
    If you are interested in learning more please contact Penny at Penny.power@thebusinesscafe.co.uk or visit thebusinesscafe.co.uk
  • DO YOU WANT TO WORK AND TRAVEL AROUND THE WORLD?
    10 July 2017 | Fast Forward Summit Team
    At each Fast Forward Summit around the world we have 4 carefully chosen experts who discuss one of the 10 future waves. Natalie Sisson is a New Zealand entrepreneur and adventurer who currently lives on her dream lifestyle property and the rest of the time out of her suitcase, travelling the world, running her business and going on adventures.
    She established The Suitcase Entrepreneur back in 2009 with a mission to ensure 1 million entrepreneurs create freedom in business and adventure in life by 2020. Huffington Post named her one of 50 Must Follow Women Entrepreneurs in 2017. And this year she started her Quest for Freedom podcast and blog to discover how to find and create true freedom and share those learnings.
    If you want to be a fellow freedomist watch Natalie and Roger discuss the ever changing landscape of being a freedom entrepreneur at Fast Forward Summit 2017 Auckland held in July this year or visit nataliesission.com
  • CHANGE YOUR MINDSET AND GROW YOUR BUSINESS.
    15 July 2017 | Fast Forward Summit Team
    Recently in 2016, The United Nations came up with 17 key goals to be addressed and worked upon to make the world a better place.
    We have seen successful entrepreneurs like Richard Branson and Bill Gates rise up to assist the United Nations by taking on initiatives to address more than one of these goals.
    Over the past 10 years, entrepreneurs have been connecting and collaborating more and more, and because of this, have seen tremendous growth in their business with this approach.
    Futurist and a Social Entrepreneur - Roger James Hamilton has brought these two initiatives together to create the The Fast Forward Summit series.
    Designed to bring entrepreneurs under one roof and help them grow their businesses by contributing to the goals of the United Nations and creating an incredible community of support and collaboration.
    Over 4 days of power packed action, business owners and entrepreneurs will walk away with a different mindset and changed way of looking at their business. They will learn about the latest tech resources and tools to help them evolve their team and grow their business.
    The Fast Forward Summit world tour is dedicated to helping business owners change their mindset and create more success in their business. Check out some of the success stories here from alumni of Fast Forward.
    Roger Hamilton is the founder of the Entrepreneurs Institute, Wealth Dynamics, Talent Dynamics, and Genius U – The world’s leading e-learning platform for entrepreneurs, with over 800,000 active entrepreneurs.
    We would love to meet you there. To be part of the four days of action packed events. Take action, just click here now and book your seats. There is limited seating available so we do encourage you to secure your spot today.
    We look forward to meeting you at Fast Forward Summit 2017 London.
    See you there!