My Work and Personal Life

My Work Life

I left Bury Grammar School at 16 and spent the next 36 years training as, qualifying as and practising as a Chartered Accountant. An opportunity arose for me to have a career change after my accountancy firm was merged into a national business.

Do you believe in fate? I do. 2 years before I left my accountancy career I was training as a trainer with the Dale Carnegie Organisation. This was simply to be a hobby not knowing I was going to leave accountancy some short time later.

As a result of the merger I set up a presentation and training business in 2000. As an accountant it seems I was extremely good at attracting clients but realised most professional people, whilst great at the technical aspect of the job struggled with marketing selling and promotion. So I recognised a huge gap in the market for people to become more confident and effective networkers in the professional and financial communities. In the mid ’noughties’ when budgets reduced dramatically I had to find new markets and these have turned out to be the not-for-profit and academic worlds.

Since 2000 I would like to think I have established myself as a leading UK provider of professional development training, having presented to over 80,000 people Europe-wide. After all ‘I’ve been Kintished’ seems to have taken on as a phrase well-known to people who have heard my presentations.

My Personal Life

This is my family! 3 kids all married and 7 grandchildren

I love hiking

I work hard keeping fit, hate, but regularly go to the gym.

I love the arts, mainly cinema and the theatre.

But (don’t tell Mrs K ) I love presenting whenever I can!

Business Networking

The Survival Guide

Topics include:

    Part 1: Before the event

  1. The Invitation
  2. Your LinkedIn Profile (and how it fits into networking)
  3. How to prepare for the event
  4. Part 2: During the event

  5. What to do on arrival
  6. How to break the ice
  7. How to move on
  8. Dealing with groups
  9. Managing rejection
  10. Building relationships
  11. Asking business questions
  12. How to move forward
  13. Part 3: After the event / following up

  14. Reviewing your new connections
  15. Reconnecting by phone
  16. Using LinkedIn to create more business and career opportunities
  17. Meeting again
  18. Maintaining relationships
  19. Part 4: Final words

  20. Why networking matters
  21. Understanding how to network with the opposite sex
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