About Allison

Hi, I’m Allison Mitchell,  the UK’s leading authority on Manic Mums. I write about them, I speak about them and I train them. My mission in life is to create calm from chaos in the demanding life of the 21st century mum.

How do I do it? Now I don’t claim to know everything, but over the years I’ve discovered a few things that work and I love sharing them. It all began back in 2004, when I was a bit of a Manic Mum myself. That was when I started thinking that it’d be great if mums got some training in how to get things done.  I don’t know about you, but I was fed up of getting to the end of every day feeling frazzled and like I’d achieved nothing. Sound familiar? So, that got me thinking. What would it be like if I used the techniques that executives get taught in the work place to get myself organised and in control? I mean, I’d spent my whole career in Management Consultancy and Training. I’d got an MA in the stuff, there must be something I could apply! Now I have to admit, it’s not what I discussed with school the careers advisor, but could I have a future in management development for mums!? Could it make a difference? Well, I thought, there’s only one way to find out and I decided to road test what I knew from the world of training and development. So, here’s what happened next. My house became an experimental station for management techniques. I looked at them all. If they work in a corporate why not the kitchen, if they’re good enough for the boardroom why not the (kid’s) bedroom?

Motivation and reward, time management, team building, you name it I tried it out.

And guess what? It worked. I started to see real differences in me and my family. So, by now it’s 2005 and I was so excited I started shouting about what I was doing. Yes, I took the bull by the horns and went out there and shared what I’d learnt. I had interest from TV companies. You can watch the first filming I did for a Pilot show Discovery Channel were making called Mums On The Move in the Paparazzi section . After delivering a speech at the House of Lords (now that’s a story for another day!!) I was approached by Hay House, yes a proper publisher. They wanted me to write a book about what I was doing. Before I knew it my first books, ‘Time Management for Manic Mums’ and the ‘Manic Mums Guide to Magnificent Parenting’ were in the pipeline. At around about the same time I got interested in what makes successful Mumprenurs and ExecuMums and I was asked to write a series of success exercises in a book called ‘Making It Women Entrepreneurs Reveal their secrets of Success’. Now, that was exciting, interviewing some of the UK’s top business women to find out what they do that makes them successful and developing success exercises so anyone can learn to do what they do. Anyway, In 2006 ‘Time Management for Manic Mums’ was published and it went to number 1 on the Amazon parenting bestseller list that very day.  OK,  I’m not JK Rowling, but I can’t tell you how excited I was. As a mum of three having my first book published internationally was an amazing feeling. It was translated into numerous languages and followed by the publication of ‘The Manic Mums Guide to Magnificent Parenting’ and ‘Making It Women Entrepreneurs Revel their Secrets of Success’ in September 2008. Here I am at meet the author

It’s all been a bit of a whirlwind, but I now spend my time working to help mums create calm from chaos. So instead of getting to the end of the day feeling like you’ve been dragged through a bush backwards you feel calm and in control, like you’ve actually achieved something. Now, I don’t know about you but that’s the kind of day I like to have. As I always I don’t have all the answers, being a mum is a demanding job, and we’ve got to be realistic, haven’t we, because not every day is going to be Utopia, but through the manic mums website, my books, blog, Tips2yourinbox, seminars and key notes I want to share what I’ve done over the past 5 years with all the manic mums out there. I’ve worked with all sorts of companies and with all sorts of mums. Because I’ve become too busy, unfortunately, I’m not able to offer one to one coaching any more and do more work through my website with companies and via workshops and key note speaking. Anyway, I hope that gives you an overview of me and what I’m about. To keep in touch sign up for my ‘Mumday Motivations’, little dollops of inspiration and practical tips delivered to your inbox on Mondays. I’ve recently dragged myself into the 21st Century and am a social net worker, so maybe you’ll follow me on twitter and facebook too. Thanks for reading, best wishes

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