Mike Turner

Mike Turner

Director, Music Bus

Summary

Should an online profile just be a resume of all the "jobs" you've had over the years or should it reveal a little more of the individual you're likely to meet in person? If you listen to three experts, chances are you'll get five different opinions, so just for the record here's a bit of both. 

Like most entrepreneurs I have a chequered history from School Disco Organiser to Punk Rock Promoter (whilst I was studying for a business studies degree) followed by Jeans Shop Assistant, Manager, Group Manager and Buyer before venturing into the wholesale fashion business as a Sales Rep, Sales Manager, National Manager, Brand Manager & Designer. Along the way I honed my entrepreneurial skills with event organizing, T Shirt printing and sunglass wholesaling being three enterprises that immediately spring to mind. 

In 1991 I left the world of full time employment and set up as a jeans designer and manufacturer making fashion clothing for the likes of Next, River Island, French Connection and Reiss before getting involved in my own retail business in 1993 with what are now fashionably known as "Pop Up Shops" opening more than 30 stores across the south of England before a car crash put an untimely end to my retail career. After a forced break of four years to get myself quite literally back on my feet I started meddling with my wife's Kids Music Business which we have subsequently turned into a unique new licensing opportunity for mums and are rolling out worldwide.

Along the way I joined Ecademy, discovered I'd been "networking" all my life when I thought I was just talking to people and partying and developed a love of online communication or "Social Networking", perhaps you've heard of it? If you had to define the way in which I earn a living I am a "Constant Networker" Digital Coach and Event Organiser with a huge interest in ensuring that Music Bus (my wife's business) goes global. 

On a more personal note I am the proud father of 5 fabulous daughters who do their very best between them to give me grey hair but at the same time keep me very young. I'm actively involved in my local community, still run school discos but nowadays as a PTA Vice Chairman with a self imposed responsibility for organising social events (did I mention I'm a bit of a party animal?) When I get time I enjoy walking, mountain biking (although there aren't many mountains in Sussex) and am failing miserably at fighting off middle aged spread.

I'm a consummate reader, self educator and lifelong learner. I blog about everything from Business, to Random Acts Of Kindness, Digital Thinking, Child Development, Humour and Technology and I have an insatiable curiosity for new people, new things and new ideas.

Ecademy in general and Blackstar in particular provided me with the opportunity to meet with some fantastic people some of whom I now do business with and many that I consider my closest friends as well as business colleagues.  

I love meeting new people, I'm pretty good at putting them together with others and enjoy seeing partnerships formed, new ventures begun and existing ones enhanced. My wealth profile rates me primarily as a star (no surprise there) although I love expressing my creative self and my favourite pastime has to be starting fires under people and getting ideas off the ground.

My friends would describe me as being outgoing, loyal, reliable and someone who always seems to be in the middle of things! Here below are a few nice things that some of my business network have to say, but don't take their word for it. If you really want to know what makes me tick, what I'm like in person or how I can be of help to you and your business pick up the phone (07943 866973), send me an email(doctormick@gmail.com), text or tweet @michaelturner and get in touch. I'm fortunate enough to have inherited my grandfather's love of communication and natural inquisitiveness and I genuinely look forward to hearing from you.

To all those lovely people who have been kind enough to say a few words I have only one thing to say...

The cheque's in the post… ;) 

"Mike is a great guy, just what it says on the tin! I cannot recommend him highly enough - If he cant do "it" he will find someone who can. He is genuine, reliable, thoughtful and full of inspired ideas!" Lizzi Vandorpe

"Mike is an amazing man with a heart of gold, a spirit of steel and a mind sharp as any I have met before." Vicki (The Property Mermaid) Wusche

"Instantly welcoming and open and has remained a true inspiration to me since." Dinah Liversidge

"He is a great guy, very supportive, fun and full of stories. He's good to have on your team!" Laura Morgan

"Mike has been encouraging, acted quickly to help me, and inspired me to action!" David Scarlett BlackStar

"The all round voice of common sense and a down-right good guy. Someone that's definitely worth knowing" Clare Evans

I'm sure they must have been talking about someone else but please get in touch to find out. If nothing else I enjoy a good natter and always have time for a coffee and chat. I look forward to hearing from you

Thank you for reading this far, now go and do something useful :) 

Have a great day

Mike

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Twitter: @michaelturner
Facebook: Profile
Skype: miketurner121
Google+: Profile
Website URL: http://www.musicbus.com
Blog URL: http://www.doctormick.com
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Tim O'Donnell

"Mike is persistent. He sticks at it through thick and thin and remembers you even if you haven't connected for a long time."

Nick Wallington

"You could not ask for a better person. I have had the pleasure of meeting with Mike several times now and each time from the beginning he was happy to engage and treated me as a long life friend. I also met with Mike to discuss business and he offered sound advice in a clear concise manner and always focused on me and my needs. I felt at ease and wanted to continue our meeting which had already gone on for three hours. Truly a pleasure. He really knows his stuff and i would definitely recommend him. Thanks Mike"

Tracey Finlay

"I met Mike earlier this week and what a lovely, intelligent man he is! He's a natural giver, is full of fantastic insights and has taught me so much in just one meeting. If there's one person you should connect with on ecademy it's Mike! Thanks Mike. I owe you big time! Tracey"

Penny Power

"When you first meet Mike you like him. He is one of those guys that makes you feel special and enables you to share your thoughts and visions. Over time you will grow a deeper fondness for him due to his commitment to you and his belief in the good things in life. Mike is the most perfect networker. Fun, interesting, open and very supportive. Now as a Digital Coach and a Boardroom Chairman in Brighton, Mike is showing how much he can help businesses grow. His commitment to others is wonderful and I always look forward to the days when I know I am seeing Mike, from both a business and a social point of view. Thank you Mike for being a really special part of the Ecademy Community and for all you do for others."

Liz Harwood

"Mike is a great guy, just what it says on the tin! I cannot recommend him highly enough - If he cant do "it" he will find someone who can. He is genuine, reliable, thoughtful and full of inspired ideas! I met Mike on the Ecademy Digital Coach Programme, we spent a few inspiring days together, and a very interesting dinner! Mike - you're a gem! "

Vicki (The Property Mermaid) Wusche

"Mike is an amazing man with a heart of gold, a spirit of steel and a mind sharp as any I have met before. Working with him yesterday at my first Boardroom - I was able to see and hear him in action, his questions are to the heart of the matter, insightful and pertinent. I both fear and relish the thought of working with him - as a coach I can see that he will hold you accountable and hold more mirrors to you than you can possbility imagine but will emerge will be a clear plan for success. I look forward to working with you again in the near future :)"

Dinah Liversidge

"I was lucky enough to meet Mike last year at my first Blackstar Boardroom event. He was instantly welcoming and open and has remained a true inspiration to me since. Every interaction has been positive and supportive and he is generous with his knowledge and time. I consider it a privilege to know him and would not hesitate to recommend him. Dinah"

Demos Flouri

"I have known Mike, little over a year now. What a kind, generous and thoughtful person he is. I am not only privileged but also proud to be part of his network. Demos "

Tom Evans

"There are some very special souls in Ecademy and Mike is one of them. A true spirit on a human journey."

Benn Abdy-Collins

"Mike ran the virtual table at my first BlackStar activity and meeting. As the novice, I needed a little more understanding and Mike kindly delivered it. I watched as he led the table with consideration and allowed the activity to follow its neccesary course. The result of his enabling the process was a practical and successful collaboration that we all benefitted from. As I enjoyed his making me feel valued and included, I have spent some time in contact with Mike and find him a sincere and kind giver. It is a real pleasure to find another person who shares a commitment to community and a passion for kindness dedicated to helping people feel appreciated. He is one special gem that walks the talk of being the server and developer of others. Thanks Mike, I really appreciate you!"

Milton Rodrigues

"Big Mike Turner is one of the most honest and generous people here on ECADEMY ! A big heart & a great Networker ! A lovely Family Man. Highly Recommended...one to connect to definitely ! "

A Andrea Turcsanyi HELPS!

"Dear Honest welcome to my fast growing group, with you I'm also stronger! I'm very happy to see you in my network! See you in Budapest, Hungary - heart of Europe! I will be very happy if you come! In Hungary you won't be hungry! Pls don't forget about my reliable help! I'm the person who can help you to get hotelroom, transfer, city tour, programms. Happy new year! Andrea Turcsányi http://www.flythensmile.com http://www.twinstravel.info "

Robert WoW De Souza

"I am truly glad to be part of Mike's network. She is a giver as many of my good friends have confirmed. He is blessed with many gifts and loves to make a difference to peoples lives. I look forward to meeting him and wish Mike every success."

Clare Evans

"Thanks Mike - the all round voice of common sense and a down-right good guy. Someone that's definitely worth knowing."

Brian Davis

"Mike sounds like a groovy guy. Same hairstyle as yours sincerely, and his wife's Magic Bus idea is ace. Can't wait to work together. "

Garry Pierrepont

"I rate Mike good, because he wrote such an interesting reply to my "surfing" of his profile!"

Laura Morgan

"I had an amazing weekend at a seminar recently and spent a lot of time with Mike. He is a great guy, very supportive, fun and full of stories. He's good to have on your team! "

Tom Evans

"I can recommend you connect with Mike - he's not quite so scary now the mohican has gone. I met him at a book launch this week and instantly got on. Looking forward to doing great things together Mike"

Deanna Derbyshire

"Mike responded immediately when I made an urgent request for help - thanks Mike for your support, appreciated and pleased to be connected. Deanna"

David Willis

"Mike put me in touch with the right people when I needed them - thanks Mike"

Catherine De Wulf

"Mike is a very sympathetic person who has been encouraging me to be a real proactive RGH-member - I did follow your advice and I'm glad I did! Thank you Mike - I'm very happy to be connected with you and I hope we stay in touch. Catherine"

David Scarlett

"I'm a new boy to the Red Hand Gang. Mike has been encouraging, acted quickly to help me, and inspired me to action! Thanks Mike DaveS"

Christian H. Leeb

"i like people who live in networks christian"

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