Thank you @tallpaulnorman for teaching me what counts
Copy of the email I just sent my first real boss…. Freelance business skills, attitude and approaches that count
I was discussing today with my beautiful wife in my beautiful home much of a good start I got in business….
Today, I run my own business successfully and love the entrepreneurial spirit. I first got that from you. Your 21yr-old start-up story impressed me from the outset.
From Nomen UK, I learnt what a good, bad and absent manager was …you were one of those 🙂
I learnt the importance of marketing in general, but more specifically the impact of brand. Today, my brand is clear, my internet presence is consistent and I’m managing (non-employees) well.
I learnt consultancy skills by your side. I learnt how to ask questions, listen and get a feeling for client situation and values in order to create something commercially viable.
I got my first taste of presentation skills – I now speak at conferences for Belgian learning networks, government and other…
I learnt independence and creativity. I learnt project management skills. I learnt to work with different people from different cultures, different backgrounds, ages and preferences.
I learnt how to facilitate brainstorming sessions (admittedly by being thrown in at the deep end) and the all important power of WhatIf?! questions that serve me just as well today.
…. and by the way, as I said at the start: I discussed all this wife my beautiful wife in my beautiful home. I met her in Rotterdam, sent by you. We “developed our collaboration” in Brussels and you allowed me to leave early Friday and come late Monday at a time when flexi-time was not a standard ….and don’t forget your flexibility with the office phonebill 😉
And so, my friend: Thank you!
If you are not crying yet, let me know and I’ll send you pictures of Etoile’s kittens when they are born next week 😉