1:1 Coaching, The Pretty Box London

Anila Ahmed founded luxury gift box company The Pretty Box in 2016 and came to me looking for some direction. The areas she wanted to focus on were as follows:

How to create a proven social media strategy?
How to build a following?
How to build a blog to support the business?

When a client comes to me with clear goals, it makes it a lot easier to tailor the session. We looked at primarily at Instagram. The session included tips on how to grow brand awareness and content inspiration (Including Instagram & Blog ideas). Another area we covered extensively is how to use Instagram Stories for brands. We also spent a little time looking at the website content and best practice.

Anilas’ feedback is below:

‘I found the 1to1 session really helpful, it gave me much needed clarity, motivation and a plan of action going forward.  There is so much to do when running your own business, Renu really helped me to prioritise what to focus on.  Thanks so much will definitely be recommending your sessions to others.’

About 1:1 Coaching

Each session and content is tailored around the individuals needs giving a really bespoke service. I cover a number of Digital Marketing services including Social Media, Blog Inspiration, Content Planning, SEO and Marketing Strategy. All content is received by the business so they can refer back to it at anytime and they are sent a clear action plan to help them prioritise. The sessions have been created to be affordable with maximum value. Whether its a skype call you need or face to face interaction, why not get in touch. Contact me on info@renuravalia.com to find out more.

Inspired Coaching – The story so far…

Last week I completed my sixth Social Media Coaching session. The main digital channels I have been covering are websites, blogs, Facebook and Instagram (Soon to move on to LinkedIn).

To summarise, I work with small businesses and independents to help create digital marketing strategies to grow their businesses online. Ultimately, I train, advise and inspire!

Being a creative I thrive from variety so creating unique content for different businesses on a regular basis really excites me, not only am I achieving one my main passions of helping small businesses but I am also learning by the minute (Learning is very important to my personal growth). Although each session is very different, they all have one thing in common, they’re empowering!

When I first started my career after studying psychology at university, I worked in schools teaching children with disabilities via small group sessions and 1:1s in the classroom. The satisfaction I got from empowering others was something I never forgot and I am so happy to be able to return to this but this time being able to incorporate my 9 years of digital marketing experience.

Starting a new business I believe is very much a journey, so watch this space to see where this one goes…

Social Media Work(Fun)shop

Last week I hosted my first Social Media Workshop in Leicester, to be honest, it was more like a Funshop as it really didn’t feel like work and I got the impression everyone who attended felt the same. The feedback was really positive with everyone commenting on how they found it very positive and beneficial to their business (Testimonials to follow).

The Attendees 

The attendees of this intimate session, came from a variety of businesses from different industries. This included:

  • Food – A manager from a local Leicester based pub
  • Design – The owner of a Wedding Stationary Company – See Testimonial
  • Beauty – A beauty and skin care brand owner – See Testimonial
  • Property – The owner of a property inventory business

The Workshop Content 

The relaxed and interactive workshop covered various topics all based on the businesses individual needs, this included:

  • Social Media Best Practice – What are the best channels for your business. How often should you be posting. What shouldn’t you be doing on Social Media.
  • Content Planning – How can you save time planning your social media activity. How can you stop feeling overwhelmed by Social Media.
  • How to grow your following – What techniques could you be adopting to grow your following organically.
  • Content Inspiration – Inspiration for your business on what you could be posting across your channels.

Bespoke Social Media Workshops in Leicester 

Each workshop is targeted specifically at small businesses and independents who want to grow their brand. The content is written based on the businesses needs so each course outline will vary depending on the group. Following the session, each person gets an email consultation specific to their business. The sessions are small and intimate with a maximum of 6 businesses attending to ensure maximum value. As budgets can be tight, the sessions are set at an affordable price.

The next workshop will take place in Leicester on Wednesday 26th September. The 2 hour session will be from 6:30 – 8:30. To book your place or find out more contact me on: renuravalia@gmail.com 

3 things that supported my journey from employed to self-employed

It’s been two weeks since I officially became self employed following my passion to help small businesses and independent business owners grow online, however the intention has been with me for some time. My goals for 2018 involved two things, self development and business and everything I have been doing this year has focussed around these. It takes a strong mind and a lot of courage to take a leap from employment to self employment, the look on some peoples faces when I told them I was leaving my comfortable job to work for myself was a real picture, in fact it wish I could have framed it for motivation, actually very few people could understand why I would want to take such a ‘risky’ jump. Being aware of peoples reservations, working on my mindset became even more of a necessity to me, so I started reading books, watching videos and basically psyching myself up, I guess kind of preparing myself for the shift. There have been some things that have really helped me on my journey, here I share 3 of them, if your contemplating taking the leap, I hope they’ll help you too.

1.Mindset Coaching with Uma Kangai

Other people affect us a lot, they question us and make us think like something isn’t possible (even when you know deep down it is), so I started working with a coach, regular sessions that dealt with all my fears and anxieties about leaving the ‘safe’ place, encouragement to journal, delve deeper and mainly shift my mindset. Having a coach for support when you are about to go through a major change in your life is massively important and really helps you to stop getting in your own way. My coach is actually based in Bali which is even more inspiring.

2. Books – The Go Giver & The Universe has your back

There are 2 books that have really given me clarity during this period. The first is called ‘The Go Giver’ by Bob Burg & John David Mann – a great book about a man who craves success and goes on a journey guided by short lessons that help open him up to the power of giving. This book was actually given to me by a friend 2 years ago, I believe this was part of his ‘Go Giving’. The second book is called ‘The Universe has your back” by Gabby Bernstein (New York Times Bestselling author), this book has literally become by bible teaching me to trust, believe, let go and have faith.

3.  Carrie Green – Programming your mind for success

I started the year watching a lot of motivational videos which was great for me as it really helped me to get pumped about leaving my job, its actually just what I needed. I also really enjoy watching Ted Talks, I even said that one day, I would love to speak at one myself #watchthisspace The below talk is by Carrie Green (Founder of the Female Entrepreneur Association), the talk hit such a chord that I bought her book (She means business) and although I haven’t yet read it, buying the book meant you could also sign up for a really resourceful Facebook Group which has added a lot of value to me. You can find the video below.


1:1 Coaching: Ruby & Fi, Leicester

Thursday last week, I conducted my first Social Media Coaching Session with Hetal from Ruby & Fi – Events with Style 

Hetal had a number of challenges she wanted to address including help with content ideas for her blog and rules around posting on Social Media Channels especially Facebook & Instagram. I spent time preparing a handout giving her lots of advice and tips which we worked through, the session was really relaxed and also included a little tutorial on how she could be using more Facebook and Instagram stories to market herself and the business.

You can read her view on the session here

About 1:1 Coaching

Each session and content is tailored around the individuals needs giving a really bespoke service. I cover a number of Digital Marketing services including Social Media, Blog Inspiration, Content Planning, SEO and Marketing Strategy. All content is received by the business so they can refer back to it at anytime and they are sent a clear action plan to help them prioritise. The sessions have been created to be affordable with maximum value. Whether its a skype call you need or face to face interaction, why not get in touch. Contact me on info@renuravalia.com to find out more.

Content Ideas: Events

Whether you’re attending an event, hosting one or just taking part as a bystander, events act as really great content and should definitely be included as a blog post on your website (as well as stories & posts on your social channels). The easiest way to explain how to do this is by sharing an event I went to myself, hopefully inspiring you to create something similar.

Blog Post: The Body Shop Blogger Event

I set up my Instagram alter ago @thoughtsfashionlifestyle back in 2016 when I lived in London. If I have to be honest, I wanted a place where I could post every aspect of my life including lots of photos of myself (without feeling vain).

As I get closer to leaving my full time job, I am seeking out more and more blogger opportunities so I can grow my following. Yesterday I was invited to my first blogger event in Leicester hosted by The Body Shop aka Highcross_beautybloggers in the Highcross Centre.

The event started at 6pm and on arrival we were given the itinerary for the evening and were invited to explore the store. I haven’t shopped at The Body Shop for many years but was pretty excited by the variety of products they had on offer especially the Ramadan gift sets, its so refreshing to see brands catering for all festivities.

Leiecster Blogger

We were then split into 2 groups and met some of the team who went through new products. The demo started with Drops of Youth range, the formulation is made of three plant stem cells: edelweiss from the Italian Alps, criste marine and sea holly from the Brittany Coast. The combination of creams, washes and lotions has been created to tackle early signs of ageing, which so many of us worry about nowadays.


Then we headed over to the make up area to look at the latest products in the world of Body Shop Make up. I particularly loved the face mists available in four different yummy flavours. The Honey Bronze Drops of Sun also really caught my eye, I love the idea of being able to bled your moisturiser with these drops to maintain a holiday glow (even when its mid winter).

Face Mist

The final demo was of the new Body Yogurts, fast absorbing and suitable for all skin types with a really nice texture, and can be applied straight on to damp skin and apparently lasts 48 hours!


Overall, a lovely evening and a great chance to sample some new products, get some beauty and skincare advice, meet some fellow Leicester influencers and I even left with a personalised goody bag. Win Win is what I say! Thanks Body Shop Leicester, look forward to lots more of events!


Interested in getting more Content Ideas for your blog? Read my post: 5 Things you didn’t know…

Content Ideas: 5 things you didn’t know…

The second part of my Content Ideas (For your blog) series is focussed on the goal of drawing your customer closer to you. A really good way to do this is by helping them get to know the brand better, this will help to build a stronger connection and acts as a really interesting read, it’s also content that will be very unique to you. Finally, it gives you something to talk about and can act as a great way to build a variety of Social Media posts that will help bulk up your Social Media plan.

To help you understand what this kind of Blog Post would look like, I have done an example below.  In this case, as I am the brand, my 5 things will revolve around getting to know me.

Blog Post: 5 Things you didn’t know about Renu Ravalia

  1. I am a middle child and I have 2 sisters, one is based in London and the other in Nigeria. Therefore, I have visited Nigeria twice and I absolutely loved it!
  2. I used to write content for online fashion magazines FashionBeans and Push It. I would love to get back in the Fashion Writing and this is one of my goals for 2018.
  3. Although I work in Digital Marketing now, I actually studied psychology and spent my early career working for non profit organisations. To this day, human behaviour still fascinates me.
  4. I meditate daily, twice a day. Meditation is a massively important part of my daily routine, as is spirituality.
  5. My favourite food in the whole world is Chinese and more specifically Dim Sum, I could eat a Char Sui Pork Bun any time of the day. (although traditionally Dim Sum is only served at lunch time)

Tip: Don’t forget this is a good opportunity to also use a selection of key words related to your product/service to improve your SEO.