Unmasking Imposter Syndrome

I recently held an International Women’s Day panel discussion event, which was packed with famous faces. A collection of exceptionally talented females sat alongside me. Professional commentators, media spokespeople, and women at the very top of their game.  Despite their outward appearances of achievement and capability, as we talked on stage it became apparent that most of them at one …

What Makes an Entrepreneur Successful

In the landscape of entrepreneurialism, success is often defined by how much money a person has made or how famous they have become. Rich lists such as that published in The Times each year play into the mindset that success is always equal to financial gain or celebrity status. While financial returns can be a major factor in defining what …

is AI a threat or a benefit to the hospitality industry

Is AI a Threat or Benefit to the Hospitality Industry

In recent years, the hospitality industry has been witnessing innovation and transformation like never before, with the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI). From personalised guest experiences to streamlined operational processes, AI has become a powerful force in reshaping the way hotels, restaurants, and other businesses in the hospitality sector operate. So, it’s something that I have been looking at with …

Is Valentine’s Day A Boost for Hospitality?

Is the most romantic day of the year a keeper? Or is it time for the hospitality industry to end a tired relationship and move on to a new format? Is Valentine’s Day A Boost for Hospitality? Or more trouble than it’s worth? Firstly, I’ve never really been one for romantic trysts, well, not in such a commercialised sense. Valentine’s …

tips for planning the perfect panel discussion

Tips for Planning the Perfect Panel Discussion

In my work as a motivational speaker, panel discussions are something I’m frequently asked to take part in – acting both as host and contributor.  In my work as an event planner, I frequently orgnaise them. Which is why I want to share my thoughts and tips for planning the perfect panel discussion at an event. And also how to …

When Your Name is Your Business: Building a Personal Brand

In the digital age, building and establishing a personal brand has become increasingly vital for professionals across industries. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, influencer, freelancer, or corporate professional, your name can become synonymous with your business. Your personal brand is the impression others have of you, incorporating your expertise, values, and unique qualities. And sometimes, your name itself can be the …

This Christmas, It’s All About Corporate Family Events!

If you’re a regular reader of Meeting & Incentive Travel, an insightful trade title for the corporate events industry, you may have seen my opinion piece this month on corporate Christmas parties.  The sentiment behind the article? That, in order to be more sensitive to world events and the current economic climate, corporate Christmas parties have evolved in 2023. My …

Celebrating Neurodiversity in the Workplace

In today’s workplace, diversity and inclusion have become central values for businesses to thrive and innovate. In recent years, I’d argue there has been progress in promoting gender, racial, and ethnic diversity; although we still have a way to go. But for me, it’s equally important to recognise another diversity issue. I’ll admit, its something that has only recently come …

How To Maximise the Opportunity of The King’s Coronation

The King’s Coronation on 6th May is set to boost the UK economy by up to £1billion according to some experts. And although royal events such as the Platinum Jubilee were blamed by some for a shrinking economy (extra bank holidays equals fewer working days), for some sectors, namely hospitality and tourism, an upturn in business is surely a given. …

How to Make Your Catering Business Stand Out

The hospitality sector is fiercely competitive, there’s no doubt about that. In Manchester alone there are dozens of catering businesses, with more springing up almost daily. As an event planner and hospitality consultant, I have worked with many of the best catering businesses in the world. So, I have learnt that when it comes to the question of how to …