For this month’s member story we caught up with Nazli Yüceloğlu, NLP practitioner, life coach and Hackney Wick local. We asked Nazli how her experiences of growing her business, pivoting during Covid and being part of the Echo network.
Hi Nazli, Tell us a bit about yourself and your business?
Nazlı Yüceloğlu, founder of life editing coach. I am a life/ business coach and NLP ( neuro-linguistic programming) practitioner for more than 10 years. I also teach mindfulness and meditation. I moved to London 4 years ago from Turkey.
Where are you based – what drew you to the area?
I’m based in Hackney, Hackney Wick. I like the creative, cosy, friendly vibe of the neighbourhood. It was a total coincidence at first and after 6 months living here, I fell in love with the area and stayed. I feel supported and part of a community in Hackney Wick.
The Covid-19 crisis has had a big impact on small businesses. Have you had to make any drastic changes due to the crisis, and what have been key learning moments for you going forward in 2021?
Of course, it has affected me and my business too. My sessions and workshops were mostly face-to-face and changing them online sessions and workshops was challenging. An online session requires more focus and a different set of people reading skill. Also for me, the most challenging part was uncertainty.
It felt like for a few months we were all stuck in purgatory waiting for this to stop to move on our ‘normal’ lives. Eventually, we all accepted that we need to adapt. The key learning for me is the acceptance of uncertainty and building my work around it.
You’re a long-time Echo member and you’ve seen us and the community grow since 2014. How did you first hear about Echo and what attracted you to join?
I heard about Echo through a friend/neighbour. She is an Echo member and she shared her experience and talked highly about Echo and people who work in the organisation. I wanted to see what it is all about and if I could benefit from it – so I signed up.
You’ve attended a few of our Echo Breakfast Socials and we’re always happy to see you there. How have you experienced them so far?
I’ve really enjoyed them. I’ve met some amazing people and hearing other people’s stories about how they deal with the problems that we all face – it was really inspiring.
What are you offering on the Echo marketplace at the moment?
What are you hoping to get out of being an Echo member and the network?
Echo is a great platform to meet with local business owners, share experiences and learn from your peers who are going through the same challenges as you are.
Are you working on something new or exciting behind the scenes?
Yes, I started to create positivity and meditation boxes. They have little tools to help you stay positive and help your meditation practice.
What do you love to do in your spare time when you’re not working on your business?
I spend most of my spare time with my dog Alfie. I’ve also incorporated meditating, yoga and running in to my daily routine. Other things I like to do in my spare time are organising book and film clubs.
What was the last thing that inspired you?
It is not the last thing, but my all-time favourite inspiration is one of my favourite books – Momo by Micheal Ende.