I booked my tickets for the Mum’s Enterprise Roadshow ages ago and was really looking forward
to it. When the day finally came on Saturday I wasn’t disappointed. The event was aimed at Mums who were either looking for flexible work, considering starting their own business or had a business they wanted to grow. For me it was great to spend a day just focussing on my business.
There were lots of stands where Mums could talk to people who could support them to fulfill their potential but what I was really interested in was the workshops. I attended Adia PR’s session on getting free PR for your business. I got some great ideas on identifying where I would benefit from getting press coverage and how to approach people to get it. I then went to Hannah Martin, from The Talanted Ladies Club’s workshop on writing and one page business plan and was so inspired I stayed for her session on How to charge for your services.
The thing that surprised me the most was the networking. I listened to Debbie Gilbert from networking group, “Mums UnLtd” and even if I never attend a networking group, the excercise of introducing your business in one minute really helped me focus on what was at the core of my business. Then it was time for the speed networking session. In person networking still scares me but I felt that I really shouldn’t miss the opportunity to let all these Mums know about my business so I decided to give it ago and, guess what? I loved it! With my one minute introduction I was able to confidently tell everyone what I do and it was so interesting hearing about what everyone else did.
Finally I attended the Q & A panel with Hannah Martin, Debbie Gilbert and Katharine Tate AKA The Food Teacher. I think everyone was a bit too in awe to ask many questions but Kath Melandri, who was hosting, did a great job of provoking interesting discussion. One of her questions was about confidence, such a big issue when taking the leap in to self employment. Hannah Martin described how when she was young she was so shy that she couldn’t bring herself to ring the bell on the bus and had to wait till someone else did to get off. Having seen her deliver two excellent workshops, totally off the cuff, this seemed hard to believe. She described how at night she went to sleep with a video playing in her mind of the sort of person she wanted to be and, eventually, she became that person. I love that it’s possible to make so much change to your life and, to quote Hannah, once you push the boundaries of your life they don’t shrink back.
I also have to mention the food, pastries in the morning, a fantastic buffet for lunch then what I can only describe as a cake buffet in the afternoon, we were very well fed! We also recieved the fantastic “Enterprisers Handbook”. It had all the details of what was going on, details on the exhibitors and space for making notes.
I came away from the day full of enthusiasm for my business and where I can take it. Lindsey and Lucy are hoping to run more roadshows in the future and if you get the chance to go, I would absolutely recommend it.
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