About a girl….

Back in the days when Queen Elizabeth II was new to the throne, The Beatles were still at school and John F Kennedy was still alive; a little girl was growing up in the English seaside town of Scarborough. Her dad was a successful butcher in the town. He was successful, not only because he sold good quality meat, but because he also knew about communication. He was what we refer to as ‘a character’ – He knew the names of all his customers, what they liked and what they were doing in their lives. He would engage them in friendly banter and provide social contact as well as meat. Her mum was a teacher at a local school where she worked with slow learners helping them to master the mysteries of reading. She got great results because she hid the learning in little games and activities she invented that made the learning fun and entertaining. The little girl also had an uncle who became like a father when her own dad sadly died when she was only 15. Her uncle was a doctor and a ‘larger than life’ Scotsman, whose healing skills went well beyond the administration of medicine. He too, knew the power of communicating with people.

Her school days were challenging at times because, by her own admission, she wasn’t the prettiest girl in the class. She wasn’t the smartest either (although she did pretty well) and being tall, skinny and rather awkward, she was definitely challenged at sports and physical activities that required good co-ordination. But she discovered (possibly because of those difficult times) that her talent was that she could make people laugh. Even her teachers admitted to surprise when a (hilarious) piece of her work was passed around the staff room. Until then, they had considered her to be just a very quiet, serious little girl – how little were they aware? It’s a talent that she has continued to develop ever since.

As the little girl grew up, her mum wanted her to follow tradition and become a teacher. She duly went to teacher-training college but, when she had to complete her teaching practise at a rather rough city school, she hated it and her teaching career became stillborn. Our young woman pursued an alternative career in Human Resources, working for a number of companies in different industries where she discovered the exciting world of corporate business. She also became aware that she had, in fact, inherited her mum’s love of teaching and her dad’s talent as a raconteur and entertainer as well as his aptitude for business. She naturally progressed to incorporate these talents inherited from both her parents.

Her dad’s entrepreneurial spirit lived on and she started her own training and coaching business and established a very creditable reputation and a number of blue chip clients to her credit. This was achieved by a combination of hard work, long hours and a very strong sense of justice and ethics. One of her long time clients and associates said to her: “We keep coming back to you for help, because in all the time I’ve known you, you’ve never let me down” - another said, “Margaret is one of the few people I know, who, when she says she is going to do something, will actually do it!”