Hi, I'm Alan and thanks for visiting - So what's it all about? I'm the author of 4 books, with the most recent one 'FANTASTIC' reaching No 2 in the best seller charts. I believe that whatever you do, whether its in work or life, just being 'good' is simply not enough anymore. Good is the new 'nice'! I don't want to be a good parent, husband, friend - I want to be a fantastic one. In business it's not even about 'want' - you NEED to BE Fantastic to stand out from the crowd today.

PS. The reason I always put 'BE' in caps is because that's the secret - people are setting goals to be Fantastic, dreaming of it every day, writing it down, planning it - even sending it out to the universe - but the key to it all is ACTION! Don't just talk Fantastic, BE Fantastic!!
Alan Austin-Smith

A GLASS OF WINE WITH ICONS IN NEW YORK!

In 2012 I spent a wonderful few days staying with the amazing Vivienne Mackinder at her lovely home in the Hamptons, New York. We were doing some filming for her brilliant online channel - Hair Designer TV as well as spending some great evenings putting the world - and in particular the salon world - to rights!

On one of these evenings we were joined by Nicholas French and his lovely wife Carole for dinner. Nicholas is such a talented hairdresser with an amazing history. His father was Freddie French - often referred to as the first celebrity hairdresser - if you want to know more about Nick and his father this is a great article here: Nicholas French - Hair Artist Supreme

So there we were the Brits in New York - it was fab engaging with icons such as Vivienne and Nick although slightly sad as I sat there thinking that here are two such inspirational British hairdressers who have conquered America, but would not be known to so many younger hairdressers back home :(

Vivienne has won the North American hairdresser of the year 7 times, plus been awarded the lifetime achievement honour, whilst Nick - amongst his many awards - has won the North American Avant Garde award 4 times, been invited to perform at the Alternative Hair Show in London 10 times as well as being one of the top celebrity stylists in America with a client list to die for!

So there I was enjoying the food, wine and conversation when all of a sudden Vivienne jumps up and says - we mustn't waste this moment! Before we knew it she had set up the cameras in her studio around the work table and we were having an impromptu round table!!

It was 5 years ago - you can tell I knew I was going over to be filmed (crash diet haha) and it's strange to hear me talking about Angelo Seminara as the new boy on the block :) but anyway, I thought you might like to see it - please also check out Vivienne's site whilst you are there - it's a wonderfully creative resource and here is a link to the Nicholas French site: nicholasfrench.com

Have fun - hope you enjoy it x

The video is here:
An evening with Vivienne Mackinder, Nicholas French and Alan Austin-Smith

PS - It's better in full screen mode!




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10 HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE SHARE WHAT THEY LEARNT FROM REJECTION!

Just posted this story in my BE Fantastic magazine

10 Highly Successful People on the Times They Got Rejected 

Have seen so many of these over the years, Walt Disney, Colonel Sanders, The Beatles etc. Great to see some new ones here - remember what Thomas Edison said; "What you call failure I call success - I was successful at finding out it didn't work that way!!"

Check it out here: BEFantasticMagazine 

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BE A RAINBOW IN SOMEONES CLOUD TODAY!


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HOW FANTASTIC BOSSES BUILD TRUST AND EMPATHY (and How Bad Bosses Destroy It)

Check this great article out in my BE Fantastic FlipBoard Magazine here...

http://bit.ly/BEFantasticMagazine


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BE Fantastic - The 4 C's


























The 4 C's of BEing Fantastic

Creativity

Is It Working? No! Then what needs to change?
In a fast changing world what worked yesterday may not work tomorrow. Creative thinking and adaptability are possibly the most important skills to be developed today.

Communication 

You can’t do it on your own - you need your customers to becomes fans - you need your colleagues to be in your team and you need positive relationships with family and friends as your foundations - Fantastic communication is key!

Confidence

Its all about action - it will always be about action — so why do so many people not do it? There are many reasons - but most of all is a lack of confidence and belief. Take control and blast through the fears.

Consistency

It's not just about taking action though - you have to keep on taking action! Consistency, Focus and Self Discipline are the keys here as well as making great use of the time we have available to us.

I am running Be Fantastic in London on the 18th September - a great day that ANYONE will benefit from - yourself and your team but also anyone not connected to the salon industry as all the content will be generic - simply helping us all to be more fantastic at everything we do both at work and at home - Have fun, Alan x

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THE FANTASTIC REVOLUTION







The Fantastic Revolution is literally a revolution.

When you look at the 7 characteristics of Fantastic People with each one giving energy to the next, it is easy to see how it works:

PASSION
It all starts with being passionate about what you want to achieve and why you want to achieve it.

CREATE
Then you have to be creative in how you are going to achieve it.

DELIGHT
You will need help - you need customers to love you, colleagues and partners to be committed and support from family and friends.

PERFORMER
Now it’s time for action - you will need the confidence to take the action required.

ALIVE INSIDE
But you have to keep taking that action - you will have to be self-motivated to keep the discipline needed.

ALWAYS LEARNING
You have to be learning all the time as everything will have changed in a short time.

FUN
And finally, you have to enjoy it, otherwise you will never make it happen - that enjoyment fuels the passion - which loops us around to begin the revolution again.

Being Fantastic is self perpetuating when you get it right!

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80% OF THE SALON BUSINESS IS BREAKING EVEN OR WORSE!!


80% OF THE SALON BUSINESS IS BREAKING EVEN OR WORSE!!

I have spent over 30 years working closely with salon businesses from the iconic brands through to the small salon with 3 staff and you start to see common factors - unfortunately one of the biggest is that in recent years it's becoming increasingly difficult to be profitable in this business.
   
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What's worse is that many salon owners don't even realise it - just because your accounts say you made a profit, just because you paid tax on it, doesn't mean you are a profitable business - why? 
   
Because salon owner salary is not in the P&L if you are a sole trader/partnership and the majority is probably being taken as dividend if you are a limited company.

This gives a completely false understanding of how profitable your business is! 

If you then factor in that many salon owners aren't paying themselves a fair wage for the job they are doing, then it gets even more scary!!
   
I love this business - it's been my family for over 40 years now and I see salons and stylists that are achieving wonderful success from it - well paid hairdressers and profitable businesses - it's time for a revolution - a FANTASTIC revolution...

IT'S TIME TO GET THE PASSION AND PROFIT BACK!

Check out my FREE Salon Profit Formula Programme here - 3 videos that I guarantee will make you look at your business differently and kick start you in a new journey - a journey that with so many salon success stories to back it up I can guarantee will make a difference. 
  
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PS. This is only available for a limited period - please act NOW!

Have Fun, Alan x
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DO YOU LOOK LIKE A BUSINESS 5 YEARS IN THE FUTURE OR 5 YEARS IN THE PAST?

I saw a tweet from Vala Afshar which just highlighted something I keep saying to anyone who sits in my audience.

Do you look like a business 5 years in the future or one 5 years in the past.

The world moves so fast today we have to be creative and innovative all the time - what's next - has to be a key focus of your business strategy

It's no good just having a strategy or plan today - it has to be a REVOLUTIONARY strategy!

So what was in this tweet that motivated me to write this post?

Stuff that didn't exist over 10 years ago...! I've added a few to the original list - can you? Add them in the comments!


iPhone
iPad Kindle 4G Uber Airbnb Android Spotify Pinterest Instagram Snapchat WhatsApp
Tinder
Uber
Tumblr
Dropbox
Fitbit
Touch screen phones
Apple Store
LCD Flatscreens

and one not quite in the 10 year list but only misses by 18 months amazingly...

You Tube!!

A bit of fun but - WOW - that's how fast the world is moving today - look at our own industry - Sophia Hilton's business - Not Another Salon is less than 2 years old!!

However what I love about how she is growing her business is that she isn't just an Instagram sensation - the strategy and structure she has in place is the reason why she is rocking it.

As always so many look at people like Sophia and assume it's easy - it never is!

Hard work, passion, innovation, creativity, strategy and structure unfortunately can't guarantee success, but I can guarantee that without them any success you might have will not have longevity.

We DO live in a world where you can have your 15 minutes fame quite easily (boy did Andy Warhol know what he was talking about all those years ago!) but to turn it into anything worthwhile needs you to operate very differently.

I call it the loose/tight paradox - in this loose, creative, fast moving world we have to have have structure - albeit different to what we had in the past - great leadership, and a committed passionate team around us - none of that happens by accident!!

So, if you want to start thinking about how to reshape your business to look like a business 5 years in the future, then it starts with getting the foundations right - then the innovation and creativity will flourish.

Have fun, Alan x

PS: Sophia and I are sharing a stage in July - Stand Out From The Crowd in Dublin - 18th July 2017





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5 MINUTES WITH THE 'FANTASTIC' SOPHIA HILTON - OWNER AND FOUNDER OF NOT ANOTHER SALON - LONDON


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IS IT TIME TO TAKE THE 'FLY TEST'?

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ARE YOU REPEATING BEHAVIOURS THAT ARE GETTING YOU... NOWHERE!?


If it’s to be – it’s up to me

This is such a cliché – I normally try and avoid the more obvious ones but this one is so true it made it’s way into my book.There are so many people who are not achieving what they want and have every excuse or reason under the sun why. But how many times do we feel humbled by people who are starting off with less than us, or with greater challenges than we have, but are still achieving great things.

To be fantastic, we have to start looking at ourselves. It’s the foundation of the success pyramid – take responsibility. It is important that you understand the difference between responsibility and blame, or fault. Of course sometimes you are taking responsibility for the blame – “it was my fault.” But there is a difference between the two.

Many people say to me that their ‘boss’ doesn’t respect them, doesn't communicate well, or doesn’t have any time for them. Or I hear that their partner in life doesn't give them the love and affection that they would like. Often these people are saying it’s not my fault. Maybe it isn't but my question is always the same: “Do you want it to change?” If the answer is yes, then it is your responsibility to do something about it, even if it’s not your fault.

If you want change, change something.

The fly test

Picture a sunny day. You’re in the kitchen and the back door is open. A fly flies into your kitchen and as it buzzes around, it sees through the window – blue sky, trees and grass. That’s what I'm looking for it thinks, and heads straight for it.

Now you may be surprised to know that flies have no perception of glass! SMACK! It must be quite a shock. However, the fly seems to recover quite well and continues buzzing around until again, it sees through the window – blue sky, trees and grass and SMACK! They don’t learn too well these flies. In fact it will carry on doing this for hours if you let it.


The fly keeps repeating the behaviour that is getting it nowhere. If only it would just go in a different direction, it would achieve the desired result – the back door is open!

So that’s the fly test – repeating a behaviour that is getting us nowhere, over and over and over again. We all need to take a fly test sometimes in our life. How many people do you know that want changes in their life but are not prepared to change anything? People who want to stop smoking, but continue to put cigarettes in their mouth.

People who want to lose weight, but continue to eat too much. People who want to get fit, but don’t go to the gym. People who want to save money, but continue to spend more than they earn. If you want change, change something. Fantastic people understand that they have to take responsibility.

There are people standing beside the road of life with their thumb out waiting to be taken to where they want to go, whilst others are already driving there!
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