Just take ten – again!

It wouldn’t be Sunday without Girls Around Town, would it?

And it wouldn’t be Girls Around Town without all the great guests who join June every weekend to share their stories, both personal and professional…

So if you’re wondering who’s up next, the good news is it’s none other than the inimitable Cathie Babbington, who’ll be on the phone to the studio just after 11.10am to do precisely that.

She’ll have one or two more top tips from her book 10 Minutes A Day With Coach Cath, designed to make it simple, easy and stress-free to use social media to raise the profile of any business using any platform in – yes, you guessed it! – just 10 minutes a day!

Fortunately Cathie and June will have a bit longer than that for their on air chat so there’ll be time too for her to offer up a few of the practical work from home ideas highlighted in her latest newsletter.

Whether it’s baking or child care, becoming an Airbnb host or a virtual assistant – or even offering a mobile laundry service – she’s got plenty of suggestions, some of them pretty obvious and easy to start straight away, others you might not have thought about that might be just what you need to find your mojo again.

And that’s not all…

Talking to June a few days ago, she dropped a hint about a brand new venture of her own, which just goes to show that she practices what she preaches!

Make sure you’re tuned in to 107.8FM or listening online to find out whether some of her suggestions might work for you.

And exactly what it is that Cathie herself will be up to next!

Just take ten!

Can you really improve your business in just 10 minutes a day?

According to Cathie Babbington, yes you can – and she’ll be joining June on the next Girls Around Town to explain how…

A commercially minded, experienced and successful business owner and coach who gets results with practical and easy to implement solutions, Cathie makes a welcome return to the show on Sunday 8 November.

On the phone to the studio from 11.20am, she’ll be sharing some of the hints and tips to be found her new book, out soon and the first in a series called 10 Minutes A Day With Coach Cath that she’s planning to publish.

Based on the concept of incremental changes adding up to big improvements, this one’s all about social media marketing.

“Ten minutes a day, invested in anything adds up to 70 minutes a week, that’s more than an hour of something that builds your business,” she says. “Over a month, that’s four and half hours or half a working day focusing on a specific area of business improvement.”

Tune in to 107.8FM or listen online to catch up with Cathie – the book she’ll be talking about might be inviting you to spend just 10 minutes a day with her but a week on Sunday you’ll get to spend at least 20 with Coach Cath!!

Bringing artists into view

Their studios may be closed to the public right now but artists across Nottinghamshire will still be welcoming ‘visitors’ throughout May and June, thanks to a special initiative designed to bring Open Studios 2020 to the county ‘virtually’.

“Of course it is no longer possible to run Open Studios in its usual format this year,” said Michael Trueman, co-ordinator of the initiative. “However, the creative community is the best at keeping morale high when times are rough, not only for the wider public but for ourselves too.

“Hence we have decided to use the online and digital opportunities available to continue to fulfil our mission of ‘bringing artists into view’.”

OS Notts will be sharing virtual studio tours and videos of artists’ work in progress on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and on a dedicated YouTube channel. There will also be opportunities to meet participating artists on social media and a new Meet the Artist section on the OS website.

Linked photographic exhibitions showing artists and makers at work that would normally be held in libraries across the county courtesy of  Inspire: Culture, Learning and Libraries will also take place online.

Links to the exhibition, which launches on Friday 24 April, will be posted on social media and on the OS website. For the third year running, the photographs have been taken by Neil Pledger and curated by Lucianna Gallucci.

And don’t forget to keep an eye on the Girls Around Town social media feeds for regular updates about this year’s Open Studios…

Photographs by Neil Pledger