Well-being start-up Ruth Pearson blogs on a fabulous year of learning and new comfort zones – A Redbridge good news story

ruth-pearsonLast September, I decided to have a career break from teaching to venture into the business world, well outside my comfort zone. I attended the Business Show in December 2015. As I pitched my business idea in a speed networking event, I began to realise I had more skills, than I had previously given myself credit for. I realised the skills taught in education gave me a stepping stone in the business world. I thought to myself, if business skills were taught in schools more, then students would value their education better.

Whilst exhibiting in another show, I was introduced to the Workplace Wellbeing Charter. The more I researched about the charter, I realised I had the skills needed to train as a verifier. I have now established a business Listening to Your Voice Ltd in this field. I am about to be listed with the Mayor of London.  My aim for the end of September, after the final bit of training, will be to work with educational establishments, and other businesses, to help them improve the wellbeing of staff.

Looking after their staff would:

  • Increase productivity,
  • Improve communication,
  • Create a better work-life balance, and
  • Deliver a happier work environment.

My greatest achievement this last year, has been the skills I have learn as a television presenter and broadcaster for The Great British Good News Show. In the show, I am the education correspondent. The aim of this show is to bring communities together and to celebrate good things which are happening locally. I listening-to-your-voice-logohave had the privilege to interview a young carer and talk about the difference he makes in the life of his mum. He was the first person to be placed in our Hall of Fame. My own personal story launches the show and I share how despite my own personal challenges, I have impacted the lives of others in a positive way.

I never knew I had all of these skills within me. I took the brave move to step out of my comfort zone and to try something new. You too may want to step out of your comfort zone, but do not know where to start. There is help available, both locally and nationally. All you need to do is ask. I am glad I did. Your local libraries are a good place to start and of course here in Redbridge Sophia Hubs support groups for start- ups and small businesses.

Now if people ask me what I do I reply, “I am a well-being coach, trainer, motivational speaker, author and television presenter.” This September, I’m glad to say it’s not back to the school term for me. 🙂

Ruth Pearson



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