Well it doesn’t seem five minutes since I was writing to you in September – where does the time go?
I have been kept very busy (as always) during the last month but there has been time for a bit of fun too. We had to clear the attic so that new insulation could be installed and it’s amazing what you find! One special discovery was a Beatles lampshade from the mid 60’s which turned out to be a good earner – we put it on EBay and sold it to an American for £360!!! Some other finds then went along to a local car boot sale where we netted another £170 and spent some of the joint proceeds on a new fridge-freezer (our old one ate electricity so we have done a little bit to improve our carbon footprint!). We also fitted in a trip to see our son in
We had lunch at the Potters Club again in
I’ve had 2 theatrical visits this month, both to the local Concordia Theatre in
I told you last month that I had quite a lot of speaking to do in September and it was all very enjoyable. I started off at Access 2 Business (http://www.access2buiness.co.uk/ ) in
Towards the end of the month I packed up 30 of my period costume dolls and set off to speak for an hour to the Stratford Ladies Luncheon Club at the Falcon Hotel. I didn’t realise that their would be 110 of them! Despite the fact that the room we were in didn’t have room for a separate table, and part of the audience was behind me and juggling the microphone was impossible, they enjoyed it very much and I hope to offer them something else in the future. I just had time to draw breath before presenting the same talk on “The Changing Shape of Fashion” (a light-heated look at what amazing things women have done in the name of fashion) to the Avon Group of the W.I. at Swinfield. There were about 50 here and we enjoyed a lovely buffet at the end of the evening to complete a very busy day.
In the middle of the month I was privileged to be asked to adjudicate the Speech & Drama entries in the West Midlands Championship of the British and International Federation of Festivals at Pershore, Worcs. Together with my colleague, Rosemary Graham, I sat on a panel with music and dance judges to decide the best of the best in a concert of winners from throughout the
There was a trip to
Surprisingly I found myself on Radio Leicester for the second time in a month last Sunday. I was asked by presenter, Karl Cooper, who had heard me on Monica Winfield’s show previously. Originally we were going to talk about improving the confidence of women when they’ve been at home for several years bringing up their children. However, he managed to get my famous ex-student, Graeme Hawley (John Stape from Coronation ~Street) on the phone to talk about his interesting forthcoming story-line so it ended up being a 3-way chat.
I’ve been networking busily as usual this month at my weekly business Networking Club at Broughton Astley (www.businessnetworkingclubs.co.uk ) and I attended the 1st anniversary meeting of the Federation of Small Businesses at the Greyhound Inn, Lutterworth (the food is fantastic!). Finally I went to a Switched-on-Biz event in the Jewellery Quarter,
Well, if you’ve been reading my blog for the last couple of months you’ll know that it was the big day on 24 September when I had my first open Voice Workshop at the Marriot Hotel,
“A very enjoyable course, really nicely presented”
Will definitely help with any public speaking I may have”
Mark Scarrett, Stugess Hutchinson Accountants
“A very useful with plenty of tips that I can use as an advocate in court – voice projection and control of my voice will also assist with confidence when speaking to large groups”
Gemma Cole, Mander Cruickshank Solicitors
“So much useful information. Just the breathing exercise made it worthwhile. The difference it made in my voice volume was amazing”
“Walking through the basic steps allows and offers a grounded understanding that anyone can apply to their own industry. It’s a fantastic start for me”
Paul Lees, Legends International
“Very interactive, easy to understand with highly effective communication methods”
“I really enjoyed the day, a great balance of learning and practising”
Theresa Thornton, Clearskies Consultancy
So, if you want to really understand your voice and how it can help you grow your business contact Priscilla now to book your place on 12 November.
Tip of the month:
Only 70% of your message is found in words. The other 93% is a combination of body language and voice. It pays to have the knowledge which will make the difference.
I hope you all have a productive and unstressful month.
See you in November!
And don’t forget
Speak Wisely, Speak well, Speak Loud & Clear!
Tel: 01455 230317