We had the good fortune of connecting with Henriette Danel and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Henriette, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Let me put it this way… Have you ever walked into your kitchen and decided: Today I’m going to bake a cake, put a chicken in the oven, make some pancakes, oh and a big pot of curry and you know what, I’ll also make an apple pie while I’m at it…
Now, my guess is that you wouldn’t do this in your kitchen, right? I mean just think of all the ingredients you’ll need, the mess it will create. And not to mention the overwhelm and the fact that everything would need to turn out edible at the same time.
So, no you wouldn’t do this in your kitchen, but why do you do this in your business?
As business owners, we feel that we need to do everything to become more visible and attract more clients.
If you want to make a success, it’s about finding out what’s aligned with you that will give you the results. And once you know what this recipe is, you focus on it and use it again and again.
This is exactly what helped me create success in my own business.
It’s about finding what is right for you and only focusing on what brings you results… and it won’t be everything, that I promise.
What should our readers know about your business?
I’m a Strategic Business Coach and work with Female Entrepreneurs to help them Attract More Clients Continuously.
I always joke and say that I was “plucked from the bush” because even though I live in London England, I’m originally from a small town in South Africa. Coming from a small town, I had big dreams of travelling the world and doing incredible things.
This led me to North Carolina, USA where I got an opportunity to work as an Au Pair and thereafter I moved to London England. I was hooked on travelling and discovering more about the world.
Since the age of 13, I always knew I’d have my own business one day. So, after working for 15 years in the Interior Design Industry in the UK, I made the decision to start my own business as a Business Coach.
I knew my strengths and in particular, I knew that what sets me apart is my unique ability to take anything complicated, dissect it and put it back together in such a way that is easy for others to understand and implement.
While working full time, I started my Coaching Business on the side to test the waters before fully committing to my decision. And then one day, I did it… I quit my job and went full time into my Coaching Business.
There’s one thing that nobody tells you when you decide to start a business, and this is that when you sign up to become a business owner or entrepreneur, you actually really just sign up for a lot of self-development.
This business that you’re starting isn’t just something that you can be proud of and that could make your financial dreams come true. You’ve got to go down the route of discovering more about yourself, your skills, strengths and capabilities. This is what makes you unique and once you learn this, only then can you implement it in your business, thus making your business unique.
Personally, for me, I knew what my strengths were. But what I also realised is that I had still so much more to learn about ME. And this will continue to be an ongoing journey till the end of my days.
So, this realisation reminded me that I don’t need to worry about what others were thinking of me. Because I don’t even know myself fully yet, I’m still learning and discovering more about my own potentials. And why am I comparing myself to others when I’m still developing as an individual?
My business developed at a rapid rate and even though there were times when I felt that I’m not making any progress, I hung on to my dream and the fact that I needed to prove to myself that I’m capable of anything.
Today I get to work with incredible women in business and meet people from all over the world. Sharing, collaborating and learning every day is worth more to me than all the pennies in the world.
My motto is: “Nothing will happen, unless I make it happen.” So, never give your power to someone else and take control of your own life. Make things happen and also remember to celebrate your achievements.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Oh wow, if my best friend were to come and visit me in London… we would definitely need more than a week!
I think the most iconic thing to do in London is to go on a Red Bus Tour. This is a must, because effectively you get to see so much more from Big Ben, the London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Parliament, Tower Bridge and Oxford Street (just to name a few).
After the bus tour, I’ll definitely take my friend to The Ritz for an English Afternoon Tea – the traditional way.
Later that week we’ll take a drive to Bath and discover the Roman Baths and hot springs. From there we’ll take a trip to Stonehenge and make a detour via the New Forest Park where the wild horses roam the forest. We’ll stop off along the coast for a Seafood lunch and travel back up to London.
We’ll arrange another day trip to London, but this time we’ll go in style via a helicopter ride and view London from above. The day will be completed with a dinner in the sky, from inside The Shard.
On the final day, we’ll take a picnic to Kensington Palace and enjoy the afternoon sun in the Palace Gardens.
We might also find a few hours somewhere to go to a Spa and just get pampered!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My journey started when I fell in love with what Amy Porterfield had to share on her podcast. In turn, it led me to learn from other amazing Entrepreneurs such as Marie Forleo, James Wedmore, Dean Graziosi, Dr Joe Dispenza, Stu McLaren and Carrie Green (just to name a few)
This led me to mentors and coaches all over the world, always expanding my knowledge and having fun at the same time on this journey.
But my biggest supporter has to be my husband. He’s been there for me to celebrate the milestones and listen through the tough times – we all need someone who supports us, no matter what.
With this, all my clients from all over the world have been fabulous. They all are unique and inspire me so much. Not just do I feel I can guide them, but equally I get to learn from them also. I love them all so much and feel fortunate to have met each and every one of them.
Images by Jane Cox Photography