She Owns Success: How To Build a Successful PR Business While Being Your Authentic Self

I was recently interviewed by Antonette Oloo for her podcast channel “She Owns Success” in which I spoke about my PR business journey and the lessons that I have learnt along the way. The interview was a great opportunity for me to take stock and also to share some of the very real challenges and breakthroughs I have had a long the way. PR is a fascinating industry to be part of and quite often it is misunderstood, so this was a great chance to set the record straight and also enlighten listeners.

Here were some of my nuggets:

There are certain places where unless you can grow a really thick skin and build a support network, it can be tough! 

The world will tell you that you are not good enough, especially as a woman in business. We see that with the gender pay gap and the ethnic pay gap as well. 

Know that who you are is important and know that you can have a fantastic business and career being who you are authentically

Find beauty, even when it can be dark and even when you are going to be tired. 

This was such a fun interview to take part in and I hope I left listeners with some insightful messages.  Listen to the episode here:

How To Build a Successful PR Business While Being Your Authentic Self

How To Run a Successful Hair Salon Business

How To Run a Successful Hair Salon Business - Salon ABV- Ronke Lawal

In this insightful interview I meet Abbey Osho and we discuss how to run a successful hair salon like her business, Salon ABV and what others can learn from her business journey. In this video we cover tips for salon growth, PR and marketing, customer services, finance, offering a quality service and more. I really enjoyed speaking with Abbey, whose warm nature and honest answers ensured that this was a really useful interview which I am sure many will learn from.

Abbey Osho is a formidable award-winning hair entrepreneur with a thriving hair business in South East England. For years she had a successful career as a housing practitioner but knew that it was not her life’s calling. In 2003 she moved to Dartford, Kent an area with little to no services for ethnic minority communities at the time and was inspired by the gap in the market. In 2010 Abbey opened her first Hair salon Salon ABV. The business has been featured by Black Beauty & Hair magazine, Blackhair magazine, Brownbeautytalk online magazine and MelaninMindsoul Blog. Salon ABV has won Chemical Treatment of the year 2014 & kids haircare of the year 2016 at the NoScrunchie Good Afro Salon awards which is a reflection of the level of customer care that the business has developed over the years. The salon regularly hosts hair and wig care seminars and workshops and is becoming a central hub for Afro/Mixed race and curly textured hair in South East England and beyond. Salon ABV is also registered as a L’Oreal Professional salon.

This video was made by Visuals by LollyComms.

Tune Into My Interview On The Ladybrille Podcast

LBW 052: RONKE LAWAL, UK PUBLICIST & LADYBRILLE WOMAN OF THE MONTH MAY 2017

Tune into The Ladybrille Podcast to listen to my podcast interview with Uduak Oduok, Founder of Ladybrille Magazine: http://ladybrillemag.com/ronkelawal/

The ‘Ladybrille Woman of the Month’ is a podcast feature on Ladybrillemag.com that celebrates women who empower themselves and others through their contributions and actions in their local and international communities. These women are intelligent, courageous, confident, and innovative. They strive for balance in their personal lives (whether emotionally, mentally, and spiritually), are persistent, and when they fall, they get right back up. These women honor and stand in their truths. They are business and community leaders, visionaries, trailblazers and game changers. They are our sisters, aunties, mothers, friends and so much more.