Which one first? Colour or style?

April 5th, 2015 by Kim Bolsover

“Dear Kim, I’ve spent ages looking at your website – probably about two years! I have always wanted to work with colour and style and fashion and I’ve looked at every course available. If I was in the UK, I would ask for a one-to-one with you because I will have lots of questions and I want you to answer them for me.

Should I do your Ladies Style course first? I’m sure I read somewhere where you said to start with colour but I don’t remember why.

Can you outline what help I will get from you. I want to know everything you know! How long will that take (ha, ha!)” Griselda

Dear Griselda,

If you have always wanted to work with colour & style then what on earth is stopping you?

This so relates to my own epiphany that I’m in the middle of (it’s ongoing, so it’s taking some keeping up with right now).

I realised that I have been living my life and running my business to suit what I thought others wanted. What a load of baloney that has proved to be! One of my mastermind colleagues kept telling me,

“You’re lying to yourself, Kim. That’s not what you should be doing. Do it for yourself.”

So, whose life are you living?

Your own?

Or are you ‘doing a daft Kim’? and trying to be who you think others want you to be?

It’s all a myth, you know.

2015 is a time for new beginnings for all of us.

So start doing what you want.

You say you’ve always wanted to work with colour & style and then asking me which course to start with. So it’s clear that you are not living your dream or your perfect lifestyle right now.

And that is a tumultuous tragedy.

My advice is,

“Just do it!”

Look at all the courses available and follow your gut instinct.

You know that with me you will get my personal support

With every training course I offer 6 months’ personal email support but the only reason I wouldn’t answer an email after that is when I’m six feet under!

Plus you get 24/7 access to our FaceBook group which is exclusively for consultants who have trained with me. There’s some fabulous conversations going on in there right now and I dip in and out on a regular basis.

So you will alway have my help – unless FaceBook goes out of business, of course, and we have our online forum as a back-up anyway!

Where to start?

Always, always start with colour.

You can design an outfit for your client down to the tiniest detail:

  • The jacket collar must be 3.459875 millimetres below your left ear
  • The belt must be worn 16.23 millimetres below your right bosom
  • The skirt must have the zip 17.8987686 millimetres to the right of your spinal column
  • and all the other detailed rubbish that some consultants churn out…

Yet still the first thing your client will ask you is “Yes, but what colour do I buy?”

Colour is the first thing we see, especially when shopping for clothes. So you will be giving your clients major valuable information about how to look fabulous for ever and a day.

Everyone wants to know their colours!

But not everyone wants the style stuff.

Probably because they are expecting to have to strip off and all that garbage – not with my training, I can assure you!

But the main reason is that colour is fun.

You can get to know a lot more about your client when you and she are having fun together.

It can be very uncomfortable for a client who has never met you before to have to start talking about their body shape, weight, and all the wobbly bits they don’t like. Leave that until you both know each other better; until she trusts you!

And when you start with colour, you might discover that you want to stick with just colour and never move on to styling.

I made a fabulous living for 17 years offering just colour services alone.

I designed all my courses to be modular

You just pick the one you want and then try any of the others when you’re good and ready.

This makes it more affordable too.

By the time you’ve had a few paying colour clients, you’ll then be able to invest in Advanced Colour or Ladies Style or Wardrobe & Shopping or whatever else takes your fancy.

But for goodness sakes, Griselda, just get on with it!

There are people out there waiting for you to take the next step. Don’t you dare disappoint them – or yourself!

And remember,

I’m here to help you every step of the way.

Can’t wait!

A promise to keep you focused

March 14th, 2015 by Kim Bolsover

Once upon a time, hundreds of years ago, I was invited to the inaugural meeting

of the UK Northern Group of what was then The Federation of Image Consultants (TFIC).

I remember grumbling to myself as I drove up the motorway to Leeds that morning in 1985, wondering why on earth I had given up half of my weekend to ‘learn more about’ something I hadn’t the remotest interest in joining.

But that day I was also introduced to a revolutionary concept of colour-coded products that totally changed my future as a business owner.

But this story isn’t about me.

This is about Petunia, the image consultant who had telephoned to invite me to this event.

Petunia and I had never met before that day. For a couple of years, she had been buying my pre-printed colour and style workbooks for her own image clients. She told me this story much later.

Back home that same day, Petunia tried to fathom out a way to find the money to invest in a starter pack of the colour-coded products.

It was years later that I discovered that Petunia didn’t have a bean as she’d just got divorced and had enough on her plate trying to keep a roof over her head!

She’d had to borrow the petrol money to drive to Leeds and, having never worked during her 20+ years of marriage, had no idea how she would survive the next week, never mind find the money to invest in a business opportunity!

Most people would have just given up and gone home.

But not Petunia.

She had made up her mind that this was what she really, truly wanted to do.

So she ruddy well made it happen!

She borrowed a wonderful friend’s credit card to buy the starter kit and promised to pay her back within the month.

Even before the kit had left the warehouse, Petunia had already set up 6 appointments to present these colour-coded products to friends and family.

The kit arrived, Petunia pored over the contents, learned all the training materials off by heart, practised madly and, quaking in her boots, packed everything in her car on six separate occasions over the next 4 weeks and earned enough commission to pay back every single penny that she’d borrowed from her friend.

Exactly as she had promised.

There’s nothing like making a promise like that to keep you focused

So when I hear people tell me, “I really don’t have the money for a training course right now” then I know their need or desire to become an image consultant just can’t be strong enough.

Because if it was, then they would absolutely find a way.

Petunia didn’t get any company training until after she’d completed her first 6 appointments. There wasn’t time.

She needed to put bread on the table right there and then. So she got busy, hustling for business, learning what she could about the products by herself and on the phone, sharing her dreams and aspirations with anyone who would listen, and offering a fun experience and a fabulous service to her clients.

At each of those first 6 appointments, she booked a at least 2 more. From the next 12, she booked a load more, and lots of her clients then wanted her colour and style services too.

Within a matter of weeks, Petunia was earning all the money she needed to pay the bills and could now pick and choose when she worked and how far from home she would be prepared to travel in the future.

How did she do it?

  1. Petunia made one big decision with a huge goal attached to it – to get that starter kit and sell enough products to pay her friend back within one month
  2. Petunia then took well-thought-out action – she booked her first 6 appointments before she had even received her starter kit

That meant she absolutely had to deliver on two fronts

  1. she could not possibly let her clients down so she had to fulfill the appointments she’d already made, and
  2. she had to make enough sales to repay the loan

When you set goals for yourself like this, and you take the action needed to achieve those goals, you just cannot fail

So how much do you really want to become an image consultant or stylist?

What are you actually prepared to do to make it happen?

And if you don’t do what it takes right now, how much longer are you going to wait?

Just think how quickly you could recoup your investment.

  • Sharon from the UK did my Colour Analysis training in a in a Box program a few years ago and had her first full-paying client three weeks later
  • Liz from Australia borrowed the money from a family member and was able to pay back the lot within 10 weeks
  • Just 6 clients could do this for you
  • You may prefer to double that to start with, so that you can build your confidence, but even if you could only handle one client a week, you could still be in profit within 3 months

Is it time for you to make a big decision?

If it is, are you prepared to back it up with a massive amount of well-planned action too?

If you know deep down that it’s time to stop faffing around playing small and to fulfil your potential in the world of image on planet Earth, then take a good long look at my brand-new Ultimate Business Training Program 2015