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Having worked as an interpreter/translator, HR Manager and in recent years as a self-employed artist, writer and creativity coach, Marion Barnett felt that the Get Mentoring scheme was a great way to use the full breadth and depth of her experience. And when she was put in touch with textile and mixed media artist Dominique Clark by IOEE member and Business Skills Clinic founder Chris Leighton, the two found that they gelled almost instantly.


Dominique
“Our work is very similar in some respects and we’ve found that our personalities fit well together, so it was a good match for both of us. I run a business called TextileSpirit, selling handmade greetings cards, scarves, gadget cases, wall art and Spirit People – which are semi-abstract textile pieces. All of my products are intended to offer customers completely unique gifts that express their personalities. I knew that a mentor could provide guidance and support in identifying areas in need of improvement as well as new opportunities for the business.”

Marion
“We arranged to meet at an art gallery not long after I had completed my Introduction to Enterprise Mentoring course in Kings Lynn and things developed from there. We’ve met formally on three occasions since May and been in regular contact over the phone and email. Basically, we have spent our time exploring the options Dominique has for taking her business forward and this has led to her exploring alternative products and markets.”

Dominique
“The sessions have been quite concentrated and we tend to use mind maps to put what we have discussed down on paper. This helps me to action the relevant points. One of the results has been using social media, blogging and my website more effectively to engage customers.”

Marion
“I like working in a positive, developmental way with people. Working as an artist and a writer is quite a solitary existence and I miss the contact with others, which is why I get a lot of satisfaction from mentoring. It has been great to see Dominique grow in confidence and make clear decisions about her future in the short time we’ve been working together.”

With plenty of positives already taken from their mentoring experience, what do Marion and Dominique foresee in the future?

Dominique
“A local company has been very helpful in supporting new businesses, so I intend to run textiles and art workshops there as well as putting on a sale in the run up to Christmas. TextileSpirit is taking up all of my time at the moment, but you never know, I might find time to take on a mentee of my own at some point in the future.”

Marion
“I love working with artists and other creative people, and mentoring Dominique has definitely encouraged me to mentor more in the future. I like to help people realise they have the knowledge and experience they need to become successful in business. I’ve already written a book on the subject called “Finding Your Creative Focus” and I’ve got a second book in the pipeline, too.”

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