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Never Stop Asking Questions

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Never Stop Asking Questions

Children are often berated for asking annoying questions. Why is the sky blue? What does that day? How does that work? At 45 years old, I discovered that asking the right question made a massive impact on a situation. Four months ago, while my Dad was in Pembury Hospital after being shipped off by blue light a few weeks before, I received a phone call from a Doctor on the ward. When I picked up the call I thought it was going to be the physiotherapy department organising his discharge home visit, instead it was a time stopping moment I will...

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Changes Happen…

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Changes Happen…

Thankfully I am not afraid of change which is just as well considering I have totally turned my world upside down in the last 10 months. From Magazine Editor to running pop up bars at food and drink Festivals and playing around with potatoes with the intention of publishing a cookery book based loosely on one written by my Mum in 1989. (The Great Potato Cookbook). This all sounds like fun right? Well it is, but there is also another motivation behind these changes… In May 2017 my Dad was taken to Hospital leaving me to take care of my...

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Presenting with Purpose Workshops

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Professional presenting isn’t just about standing up on a stage in front of a room full of people, it’s about getting your message across in a competent way and in a way that your audience is likely to respond to you. Sounds simple? Presenting is a skill, like most others that can be learnt, enhanced and developed. So what’s the BEST way to do this? By getting out there and practicing! Whether you are required to; Present at a networking event Deliver a peer to peer presentation Pitch to a client Host or facilitate meetings...

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WIB Wednesday on Blab

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WIB Wednesday on Blab

If you haven’t yet delved into the exciting world of live streaming in the form of Blab then you are missing out on something AMAZING. This new platform, (currently still in BETA stage) is one of the most ‘social’ platforms for ‘social media’ currently available. In brief, Blab is a live streaming platform where up to four people can join in the conversation at the same time. It’s a combination of Periscope, Google Hangouts and Meerkat! Viewers who aren’t taking part in the live conversation can leave...

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Sword Swallowing

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Sword Swallowing

Opening the 2015 Kent Women in Business Awards is one night that I am unlikely to forget in a hurry! Sword swallowing?, magic tricks? Yes it’s all in there….It was fun learning some new skills, but I definitely need to polish up if I am going to use them again in the future..

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Hosting KITA 2015

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Hosting KITA 2015

As I made my first entrance in to the room in ‘character’ at the fourth Kent Independent Traders Awards I was struck by the party atmosphere that had spread out across the room. Having organised the table plan, I knew that people were there on their own and were thrown in to a group of other finalists, yet there was no sense of this as people were engaging with each other right from the start. I admit, dressing up as Del Boy from Only Fools and Horses was something I was looking forward to, the look on people’s faces was a...

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When a Hobby Becomes Something More

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When a Hobby Becomes Something More

It’s funny what life can throw at you. Mine has been thrown an opportunity to turn a hobby in to something much more productive while still making it enjoyable. In 1989 my Mum, Jennifer, wrote ‘The Great Potato Cookbook’ which was reprinted  bunch of times in different languages. I was 17 when it was published by Search Press based in Tunbridge Wells. I remember being so proud of her as she did it all while working a full time job and raising her family. In 2011, she suffered a stroke which left the right side of her body...

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World of Potatoes

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World of Potatoes

Back in 1989 my Mum published a cookery book, ‘The great Potato Cookbook’ while she was working for an Independent Publishing House in Kent, Search Press. I remember being so proud of her for putting it all together while having a demanding full time job and not to mention, demanding children. The book has been re-printed numerous times and in numerous different languages. In 2011 my Mum suffered a massive stroke which left her paralysed down her right side. For the past four years she has shown an amazing sense of spirit and...

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My Mother’s Daughter…

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My Mother’s Daughter…

In 2011, March 17th/18th, during the night my personal life changed forever. My Mum, the most vibrant and influential person in my life suffered a major stroke that rendered her paralysed down her right side. In the space of a few short hours she went from being able to tell me off for being stubborn to not being able to move or speak at all. In the months/years that followed we worked together on her speech, I knew from the look in her eyes that she was understanding most of what was going on around her. We also had to face that it was...

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Business Perspective in Kent

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As founder of three prestigious Award Ceremonies in Kent I have a privileged view of business across this thriving county.  From those starting out to those who are established or people who are climbing the career ladder. As a member of The Institute of Directors, (IOD)  the Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Small Businesses, (FSB) I have invaluable support at my fingertips to help grow my own business. This kind of support is priceless but it isn’t just the benefits that each organisation offer to members, it’s the...

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