Don’t you just love working with lovely people? I am so lucky. I run a business for women where I get to choose who works with me! I’m very pleased to be able to share some of those lovely people with you and find out how they came to be on the team. This month I’m spotlighting Tracey McEachran who has had an interesting career. Next month I’ll be talking to our first ever US trainer, Laura Mansfield.
Jane: Tracey, what was your first job?
The first 8 years of my career I worked as a window-dresser earning £4,800 per year. The pay was so low that in order to have a social life and buy a car I topped up my wages through holding down two other jobs. Being a Barmaid and double-glazing lead generator, which entailed telephone canvassing, door knocking and working in a showroom. All of which prepared me for my career with Cadbury’s. In 1988 I joined Cadbury’s as a merchandiser and within a year I had doubled my salary.
I had a great career at Cadbury moving through from junior to senior sales and into marketing, but after 19 years I needed new challenges. I had a long held ambition to gain a degree, so in 2007 I embarked on a BA (Hons) in Photography at the university of Portsmouth. After finishing the degree I went straight on to complete an MA in photography, graduating from The London University of Arts in 2012. Once I completed my studies I was asked by a former Cadbury’s colleague to join a small team of associate trainers to deliver sales and negotiation workshops. This work also involved coaching. Never one to do things by halves I embarked on a coaching course at Henley Business School. In January 2015 I took the decision to set up my own Business. Curious Minds Consulting was born.
What did you want to be when you ‘grew up’?
When I was 11 I wanted to be an occupational therapist, much to the upset of my maths teacher who thought I should follow in her foot-steps. I think I was drawn to that job because I loved art and helping people. So I guess while I am not an occupational therapist I am doing the things that drew me to that job: Being creative with my photography and helping others to reach their full potential through my training and coaching.
Do you have a favourite quote?
My favourite quote is a little melancholy quote from Sir Winston Churchill:
“the definition of success is the ability to move from one failure to another without loss of enthusiasm”
It captures my feelings that every failure brings you a step closer to success. Learn to embrace failures and you will achieve success!
Who inspires you?
What has inspired me without a doubt are the women in my life. My mother and my grandmothers all worked so hard to provide for their families; they worked below their potential because of their gender and social status. They had no time or energy to speak up and fight for women’s rights; they accepted the status quo like so many of their generation. That is why I am so happy to run RenewYou courses working with women to help them achieve positive changes from within; it all starts with self-belief and strong self-awareness.
Posted on December 1st, 2015 by Jane