A couple of things happened recently that sparked me into writing something about mental health in the workplace. I didn’t know what the reaction would be. I didn’t even know if the editors at The Buyer would even want to publish it. But huge thanks to them for running it, and huge thanks to everyone who’s contributed to the chat ever since. The response has been brilliant. Here’s my Buyer piece in all it’s glory…
Afternoon all. Hope the day’s treating you all well so far. I’ve been out and about trying to get back into my running routine despite the fact it’s knocking on 0 degrees outside at the minute. All the accounting I was talking about last week is soooo nearly there now that I can live like a normal human being again and come out of the cave that is my office.
I’ve been thinking recently about ways of getting the 20h33 brand out there to people. What I’m after being is an old school wine broker. I want my clients to be happy to ring me up and have a natter about what they’re after. I want them to know me, I want them to trust me, and that’s where my efforts need to lie at the minute. So if you’re looking to get to know your punters, where better to start than close to home?
I know, funny day for the week to start isn’t it? Well given that I work all weekend I thought it might be a good idea to take at least one day off a week to stop myself from going completely nuts. Tuesdays it is, so Wednesday is my new Monday. Hope it’s not going to mess anyone up!
This week it’s all going to be about my first session with a market stall at the Primrose Market. The ups and downs over the day were a massive learning experience. I’ll let you know how I got on.
I’m also in the process of finalising some business plans for a couple of projects in 2016. My first fully fledged business plans at that. All fun and games and once again, everyday is a school day. I’ll be chatting about how crash courses in accountancy and bottles of wine go pretty well together.
I also had a couple of occasions last week where I had to put up with a couple of wine Know-It-Alls. I’ll be talking about the usual guff that people come out with and how I manage to let it go…eventually.
I’ll finish off with a post about my final semester of the WSET Diploma. What am I looking forward to and what the road blocks are at the minute.
Hope you all have great weeks
One of the weirdest things for me about working for 20h33 is being a salesman. I’ve never been a salesman. It was arguably the biggest reason (amoungst others) I was never great at my old job as a bond trader. My attitude was that we had sales guys to do that job for us. Wasn’t til much later that I realized you palm off those tasks at your own peril, and by that time maybe I was too set in my ways about how I did things to change. So trying to get out there infront of people and get them to try and buy our wines is pretty new to me!
Busy time at the minute with 20h33, with a mixture of wine dinners and sales for Christmas. But it’s definitely a good busy, so I’m definitely not complaining! I’m sure everyone’s gearing down into the year end at the minute, and why not eh? This year’s flown by for me, and I’m now giving it the old “can you believe it’s December already?” Starting to sound worryingly middle aged about it all!!
I work as a Bordeaux wine guy. I’m never quite sure what to say about it. Am I a broker, or a retailer, or whatever? I’m not sure, but effectively what I do is sell wine from all over Bordeaux to private customers. That’s not just the expensive reds, I’m talking about the whites, the rosés, and the bubbles too. But naturally, for Bordeaux at least, it’s the top end reds that hold people’s attention.
From someone who came from a big corporate business, it’s a big shock to the system to all of a sudden be working in a company of 2 people. I guess this is less of a thing about the wine industry, and more about working for a start up. There is quick literally never a day where you achieve all you want to!