Hats off to Melanie Bryan, Why Not Change, http://www.whynotchange.co.uk/ for organising an incredible event on 28th October. This was a whole day of events at Cranage Hall, with 250 women in attendance. Not only was it an informative day with seminars from Melanie, herself as Why Not Tender, with her workshop ‘want to know a secret? You too can win Public Sector Contracts!’ but I also won a chocolate pumpkin, courtesy of Slater Heelis!
Other workshops I attended…
At the ‘stop kissing frogs’ workshop with Carmen Parkinson, Referrals Institute, I found a frog under my chair and was pulled out to the front and my referrals network was interrogated. I also attended ‘Find your Business Diamonds’, MMU Centre for Enterprise, and ‘is your business fit enough to thrive?’ Jane Stephens, Janus Business Solutions, which armed me with a handful of nuggets which will keep my business on track and growing.
At Wendy Bower’s http://sobusinesssolutions.co.uk/ workshop. I was informed that when a woman starts out in business, she usually uses £3,000 of her own money to get started. Whereas a man typically borrows £20,000. Women are usually more cautious, risk aware and consequently tend to grow slowly but have a higher chance of success.
Another snippet I will relish came via Jacqueline Wilson, Cheshire East Council ‘a woman is like a tea bag, you never know how strong she is until she’s in hot water’ Eleanor Roosevelt
But one of the most successful workshops was ‘style yourself confident and stop making do’ Nicola Cupples, My Style Companion, (as pictured) which proves how important image is, and the confidence it can bring. Here’s a handy précis of what she said, in fact I’ve already been through my wardrobe. http://www.lady.co.uk/be_your_own_personal_stylist
Which leads me to think how important is your office, premises or home in how you function and how you present yourself to the outside world. Me thinks next year, I should be running an architecture workshop….making effective use of the space you’ve got, or how colours can effect your mood or how to separate work from life when home working or how to make your home work better for you.