Alison Blackler has run 2minds for nearly 10 years now. She has been described as a transformational mind coach by a radio presenter and this title has stuck. Her passion is people and their potential. In her work, she brings the best out of people, supports businesses to drive towards employee engagement and leaders and managers to have skills to navigate round the softer skills of communication.
What’s the secret to your success?
I am honest, open and authentic. I walk my talk and feel fully connected with what I do. My journey has had its ups and downs, and this enables me to connect with people. I am passionate about what I do and my message I send is that I genuinely believe that everyone has the resources within themselves and that things can change.
What in your life has influenced you the most and why?
I am inspired regularly by people’s courage, resilience and determination. In my work people come nearer their vulnerability and this drive and motivates me and my work.
If I was to pick one influencer, I would say my hero is the late Dr Wayne Dyer who I have followed for years. He may be unknown to others outside the field of personal development although his message is clear, authentic and inspirational.
What do you do for fun?
I enjoy the outdoors, exercise, and dancing to name a few. I like sharing experiences and ideas with other people. I am a big animal lover and have a mini menagerie at home. I am adventurous and outgoing so will give most things a go.
What’s the best bit of business advice you’ve been given?
Believing that you can. When I was training in Neuro Linguistic Programming over 10 years ago, my tutor encouraged me to ‘belief in myself’ and ‘make it happen’. I subsequently left the NHS after 24 years to set up 2minds so you can imagine the massive change that was. I have created a successful business and one that helps others to be courageous and believe.
What is the biggest challenge in your industry right now?
What we know now about the neuroscience gives us a tangible approach to people understanding behaviours and yet convincing business leaders to be open and curious about it is a challenge. While it supports teams to be high performing and is accessible for all to understand, businesses are reluctant to take the plunge. I think time is a factor in this and businesses often think they don’t have the time or space to invest in the softer skills of communication and engagement.
Tell us about the most memorable client or customer that you have interacted with during your years in business?
The ones who are open to trying something different and pushing themselves out of their comfort zone. I ran an ‘away day’ for a Procurement team for one of the major supermarket chains and they were very sceptical and cynical. By the mid-morning break, I had them intrigued and curious.
How do keep motivated in your business?
I have natural drive. I like to get up and get going. I use the tools that I work with and encourage others to use. I focus on how I want something to go, how I need to be to get that and I am always happy to ask for guidance or support when needed. I also think having the right people around you is important.
What do you most enjoy about running your business?
I like the autonomy and variety of my work. I can find myself working with individuals, in businesses both small and large, prisons, schools and the public sector. I am lucky to be meeting new people and finding out about them. I am fortunate that I love what I do.
What’s your next big project?
I have been writing a book on and off for the last 6 years. It is currently at the typesetters, so getting that published will probably be one of my biggest achievements yet. It is about how your mind works, why we behave like we do and what we can do to make life more fulfilling. Watch this space!