From Donegal to La Rochelle and back again, with 2 near-death experiences thrown in!- Meet Alison Roux on The Coffee at Eleven Show S2, Ep3

Alison Roux (nee Little) nearly died. Twice. Once, post-elective surgery, the second time giving birth to her beautiful son, Luca. She told all on The Coffee at Eleven Show.

How she grew up in idyllic Donegal, was kicked out of secondary school before she even started, met the love of her life in France, started her online business and  how she is now planning to return to Donegal with her family – apparently Johann, her French husband, thinks Donegal is Ireland’s best kept secret because as well as the stunning scenery, each time he as visited, the sun has been splitting the stones! He can’t wait for the move… should we tell him? Nah. You’re right.

Folks, I invite you to stick on the kettle, grab a coffee and meet Alison Roux. I promise you’ll enjoy it.

  1. Meet Alison and hear her COVID take-away on YouTube (5 mins)
  2. Listen to her COVID take-away on Spotify (5 mins)
  3. or, read the transcript below (Links to the full interview on YouTube and Spotify provided at the end)

Yours Truly: Ladies and gentlemen, you are more than welcome to another episode, episode three, season two of The Coffee at 11 Show. Delighted to have you here, and thank you for being here on this beautiful Friday. Brought to you by Wig-Wam Mastermind Coaching.

Like in particular to welcome our guest here this morning, Zooming in all the way from La Rochelle in sunny France, and it is Alison Roux. Alison, please say hello. Cheers us with your coffee mug. Thank you.

Alison Roux: Good morning, everyone.  (then she repeats this and more perfect French!)

Yours Truly: Oh, and so it begins, and so it begins. The gauntlet has been thrown down. All right. I’m not even going to go there. You are more than welcome. More than welcome, Alison.

Folks, let me just tell you a little bit about Alison before we bring the lady in herself. Alison Roux, R-O-U-X, lovely French second name. [Don Roman 00:00:56] Consultants is her business. She says her business is a sales agency. Personally, she says she, “works with coaches and consultants who have online businesses with marketing funnels in place who simply outsource their sales function to me.” Basically, she’s a closer. Doesn’t look like a heavy arm closer, but she’s a sales closer.

“For 2021, the hope is to expand the business to be a small sales agency where clients come to me when they have a sales and/or business development requirement, and I provide them with a freelance professional who can meet their requirement.” Sounds fantastic. How long established? One year, and she says, “And what a year to start.” She says she’s, “a solopreneur at present, but hoping the agency will get on its feet early in ’21.” And knowing Alison, that’s more than a hope, that will absolutely happen. Looking forward to it.

Tell us a little bit about yourself, Alison. She says, “I’m a Donegal girl who’s been living and working in France for the past 12 years. I’ve worked in sales throughout my professional career, and a good chunk of that was in the recruitment sector, where one of the things I enjoyed most was having a real impact on people’s lives. Finding the right career path is so important after all. However, after having a much awaited baby,” and we all met Luca, and we might meet him this morning, “the traditional corporate life of long days, traveling for work, and constant pressures was no longer compatible with my personal life.”

Here’s where it gets very interesting. “I’d also had a life-threatening health scare in 2013, and both Lucca and I had life-threatening emergencies during his delivery.” Wow, wow. “So I appreciate better than most that life is precious and not to be wasted.” So true. “So I left my job,” she says, “married the love of my life, Johann, moved house to somewhere more suitable for a small family and then started to set up my business at the end of 2019.” She says, “Although I’ve pivoted from recruitment, I’ve stayed in the sales field and that’s where my expertise is, and I enjoy it,” blah, blah, blah.

However she says, “I wanted to continue to get that feel-good factor,” love this, “from working with services who have a positive impact on other people’s lives, and that’s partly why I chose to work with online coaches and consultants. It’s a very supportive and positive environment to be in, and I love it.”

Then something nobody knows about you. Wait until you hear this, right? I’m looking forward to picking up this one, Alison. She says, “At 13, I managed to get thrown out of a school before even being accepted into it.” I think that beats you, Sarah Ward. I think that beats you. Yes, it does. All right. Good stuff.

Alison Roux, it’s been a great pleasure having you on The Coffee at 11 Show today, and thank you for that. We’re going to go to Q&A from the floor with Princess Shelley in just a moment. But before we do, I’d like to ask you one last question. That is, what are you taking with you from COVID? What are you not going to let go of that you found in COVID? Thanks, Alison.

Alison Roux:So what am I taking with me from COVID? A few things, to be honest. It’s obviously been a difficult time for a lot of people, and there’ve been a lot of challenges; but I would say on the whole, my experience of COVID has been positive.

From a professional point of view, it has allowed me to pivot, and I’ve seen so many businesses pivot and find ways to keep their businesses afloat and stay positive and keep going. I think that’s been amazing. I think seeing people being resourceful that way has been exceptional. So that’s been a positive from a COVID perspective, despite the difficult times that people are going through. They’ve really dug deep, I think, and made the most of a bad situation.

From a personal point of view, I think the solidarity. Everybody looking out for one another has been heartwarming, really. We’ve learnt to look after our neighbors. We’ve made sure that we’re checking in with people that we maybe don’t see as often. I think that we’ve had a bit of a difficult reminder that we do need to look after one another. We don’t get a million chances to be with people. When we don’t have those chances available to us with isolation and with confinement, then we really do need to make the most of them and make sure we keep in touch, and COVID has been a bit of a harsh reminder of that as well, but nonetheless, the better out in people. So COVID to me has been tricky enough, but positive on the whole. So that’s what I’m keeping with me from COVID.”


To find out more about Alison’s fascinating journey including check out some of these links below

Watch the Full Interview on YouTube: (inc. getting kicked out of school and some near-death experiences)

Listen to Full Interview on Spotify:

Connect with Alison on LinkedIn:

Come back next week for another peek into the café and ‘The Coffee at Eleven Show” brought to you by WIG-WAM Global

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