Take 5 with Kelsey Ramsden

This week started with a smashed cell phone, which put me behind the eight ball work wise. But I decided to honour my commitment to attend a breakfast meeting with Mompreneurs London on Thursday – and it was well worth the effort.

This month’s speaker was Canadian businesswoman Kelsey Ramsden.

Kelsey Ramsden

Canadian business maven Kelsey Ramsden was this month’s featured speaker.

This mother of three was named Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneur by Profit and Chatelaine magazines in 2012 & 2013. She has founded and run everything from a construction company to a monthly play subscription service, holds an MBA from the Ivey School of Business, and is an in-demand business coach and speaker. And that’s the extreme Coles Notes version of her resumé.

See why I went?

Instead of simply presenting a prepared talk, Kelsey took questions from the audience. She answered with a refreshing mix of candor, humour and no BS honesty.

My journalism ears pricked up. Instead of taking conventional notes, I began to jot down newsworthy quotes.

In no particular order, here are my top five takeaways from Kelsey Ramsden:

On the biggest lesson learned as a business woman:
“Check your ego”

On developing a marketing strategy: 
“Move the closest people closer to the line.”

On selecting an online marketing platform:
“Human interaction converts best.”

On launching a speaking career:
“Learning how to speak is a different skill set from having something to say.”

On time management:
“To find time, steal it from somewhere else. The world will not end if your laundry does not get done.”

Words of wisdom for the week ahead!

What is the best business advice you’ve ever received? 

Nicole Laidler is passionate about helping people achieve success by helping them share their stories with the world. See what she’s been up to at Spilled Ink Writing & Wordsmithing. 

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Wanted: Canada’s London Culture Blogger

All eyes will be on London, Ontario for the World Figure Skating Championships this March, and Canada’s London is looking for bloggers to share our city with the world. Four themes are up for grabs: alive with innovation, alive with culture, alive with flavour, and alive with movement.

As the editor of London’s The Beat – Arts in London magazine, and a long-time London gal, I’ve got my share of opinions on the local cultural scene.

Covent Garden Market

Canada’s London has its own Covent Garden Market.

First, let’s state the obvious – Canada’s London doesn’t have anything approaching the international stature of Royal Albert Hall, the Tate Modern, or Drury Lane, and you’ll only find opera at our Covent Garden Market during Festa Italiana.

We’re best known for our good schools, good hospitals, good parks, and short commutes. But Londoners willing to look beyond their comfortable suburban existence will tell you that this is also a town teeming with creativity, almost in spite of its official self.

Here’s the truth as I see it: London’s culture is hiding in plain sight, too often overlooked by visitors and under-appreciated by locals.

Stained Glass

London’s culture is often overlooked.

Our ‘creative class’ is scattered throughout the city’s neighbourhoods, its members more preoccupied with the work of art than with the art of self-promotion.

Shining some light on our local talent is one of the main reasons I jumped at the opportunity to become part of The Beat back in 2009. And we’re in no danger of running out of stories to tell!

Good Hands

“Good Hands” commemorates The Tolpuddle Martyrs – English labour activists who settled in London.

Whoever is chosen as London’s official culture blogger will run into the inevitable challenge of presenting a balanced vision of what makes the London art scene tick. With only 18 posts, some difficult decisions will have to be made.

My advice would be to focus on the people – past and present – behind the exciting and innovative visual art, theatre, music, dance and words percolating just below London’s respectable veneer.

Rhino

What’s the story behind Museum London’s Rhino?

What people, places or projects would be on your must-cover cultural list?

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