You can imagine her surprise & excitement when I explained what I did! 😁
So naturally we spent a long time discussing her business, what she was doing now, where she wanted to take it etc.
Clearly a talented and committed young woman her tech confusion, fears of marketing, lack of understanding of sales funnels, email marketing etc are the same concerns and fears so many of my community have had over the years.
The same concerns & fears I had when I started out in 2010.
So we set about taking some immediate action.
She said she had wanted to make a video of her new soon to be launched eyelash product while in the Maldives, but fear of looking crap in front of the camera has held her back.
Within an hour I’d sent her marching back to her room to get her products and we were sat on a beautiful beach sofa videoing her demonstrating her new product with a backdrop of a white sandy beach & crystal clear waters.
Is it the best video in the world? No.
Is it good enough to start getting her message out? Yes.
Will people love her slight shyness! Yes.
Did we get it done? Hell Yes! 😁
Here’s a clip.
So impressed was I with her attitude & enthusiasm and after meeting Geetika in Jaipur who wanted to take her husbands cooking business online I found myself with no other choice.
I am going to launch a new, updated & comprehensive training course on how to build a lifestyle business.
It will be a nuts & bolts course including selling digital products, services & physical products.
So we’re supposed to be in Sri Lanka right now but unfortunately after the recent horrific events we felt it best to change our travel plans and extend our stay in India for a couple of days.
So we added a day in Madurai and a day and a half in Kochi.
However, I have to be honest we’re not getting any younger (my sister is 8 years older than me), and our trip to date has been full on, and so after a hot morning visiting various temples in Madurai, we spent the rest of our time there chilling by the pool!
(It had to be done).
But the Meenakshi Temple was well worth the visit as was the Gandhi Museum outlining the history of Indian Independence.
Gosh us Brits have got a lot to answer for in this world. 😞
While chillaxing at the hotel though we were not alone & were privy to some wonderful dance displays from our beautiful friends.
What a great way to relax and let the day go by! 😁
I’m not going to lie, I had a very distinct preconceived idea of what India was going to be like.
Many of my friends & colleagues have travelled through India and almost all gave the impression of a chaotic, dirty, stomach bug inducing place, that you either loved or hated.
The bit they missed out is that it’s an absolutely huge country with very different cities and places throughout.
New Delhi is big, spacious & very British.
Old Delhi is busy, bustling & full of life
Jaipur was beautiful once but us in desperate need of investment
Varanasi is spiritual, magical & chaotic all at the same time
Madurai is rural, far less touristy with the most beautiful temples
And they’re are only the places we have seen. There are many more towns and cities that will have their own vibe.
However it’s no dirtier or more chaotic than Bangkok in Thailand, parts of Vietnam, Myanmar, Borneo or even some parts of London!
In fact for the most part it’s pretty modern & a lot more Western than I expected.
You can’t love or hate it as a whole because there are so many differences across the country,
I wouldn’t go back to Jaipur, nor Madurai, but Delhi & Varanasi are definitely on my return list.
The most important thing though is now when I’m taking to someone from India, whether they be Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist or Muslim, I have a greater understanding for who they are, what the history of their country is, where they live, how they might have grown up etc.
Any fear I may have had of the cultural differences between us is eradicated through travelling here and seeing it for myself.
The only way to get rid of fear, intolerance & hatred is for people to come face to face with those they do not understand and realise we are all the same.
Different backgrounds, upbringings & beliefs, but essentially all the same.
To travel is to increase understanding, tolerance & love.