Podcast Series: Getting To Know You

We’ve launched a new podcast series called ‘Getting to Know You!’

Podcasts have been the saviour over the pandemic, offering entertainment, companionship and the source of rare new content that can be responsibly created while social distancing.

We say ‘Hello’ to well-known industry personalities and business owners in a new podcast series named ‘Getting to Know You’.

The inspiration for the new podcast was born knowing that the events and hospitality sectors have a wealth of business expertise, businesses and individuals have diversified in the face of adversity, innovating every day and new entrepreneurs emerging , each with interesting stories to tell.  As we’re missing making valued connections at face-to-face meetings, networking events and exhibitions we decided to podcast conversations with our industry colleagues where we delve deeper to find out more about them personally; their story, the impact the pandemic has had and future aspirations. 

We are excited to provide a new source of inspirational business content, the hope being that industry colleagues will listen in, creating a sense of community and conversation at a time when many are still furloughed, maybe feeling isolated and just missing professional interaction.

Each episode we will be chatting to associates from across different aspects of the events and hospitality sectors, about their businesses, how they started them, the highs and lows, and what their plans are for the future. Keen to gain opinion, inspiration and advise as well as little light-hearted fun and positivity, offering companionship and support at this critical time.

It’s an opportunity to grab a coffee and some time out to listen in to a brand-new episode every week and join the conversation by sending in any burning questions for our guests in advance.

The podcast is available on Apple Podcasts or Buzzsprout.

Episode 1 Helen Saxton

Helen Saxton

In our first episode we welcome Helen Saxton of Teams Unpuzzled and discover what spiked her interest enough to pursue a career in Murder Mystery and how sacking Santa was part of the journey! Intrigued? Grab a coffee and join the conversation.

Episode 2 Lyndsey Taylor & Sarah Spreckley

Lyndsey Taylor & Sarah Spreckley

Our second episode welcomes Lyndsey Taylor, Park Lane Events and Sarah Spreckley, Total Location Confidence, both boutique venue finding agency owners. Grab a coffee and join the conversation for their thoughts on staying positive through the challenges of the pandemic and home schooling!

Episode 3 Sarah Fountain

A commercially savvy, customer focused and versatile HR professional with over 25 years experience specialising in the hospitality sector. Director of ODF Consulting and an accredited Insights Discovery Licensed Practitioner we discover what colour defines Sarah, what has driven her career and success and how she thrives on helping teams perform to their best ability even through a pandemic!

Episode 4 Paul Colston

Award-winning Managing Editor specialising in the meetings and events industry, Russia and Eastern Europe. Responsible for editorial content across monthly Mash Media titles Exhibition World and Conference & Meetings World and their websites. Paul tells us about his journey, experiences and describes how market best practise could speed up the industry recovery.

Episode 5 Michelle Rees & Kate Bullard

Michelle Rees & Kate Bullard
Eventprofslive Network

Michelle and Kate, creators of Eventprofslive, established in 2015 – between them  have 20 years of experience of the corporate events world so know what corporate Event Managers are looking for in venues, suppliers and of course, networking.

Kate is an Event Manager for an international law firm.  Kate has a passion for events, social media, and networking and Michelle  is Head of Events for a technology enabled learning platform that connects top professionals with experts.  Michelle has a passion for social media, speaking and of course all things events. 

Join the conversation to learn about their career journeys, and the inspiration behind Eventprofslive .

Episode 6 Julie Kent MBE

Julie Kent MBE is an experienced Trustee with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organisation managing events, teams & fundraising and awarded an MBE in the Queens Birthday Honours list in October 2020.
Named as one of the 50 Greatest Women in Gloucestershire, Top 100 Women in the West and recently gained the Most Outstanding Woman in the Charitable Sector in the West.
Just retired from being a Housemistress at Dean Close for over 20 years and a teacher at Dean Close for 30 years. Good with communication in all forms, with people of all ages and with varying academic and personal needs.

Episode 7 Peter Ducker

Peter has been a proud member of the Institute of Hospitality throughout his career, and now leads it at Chief Executive.  

Peter shares his career journey, inspiration and passion for promoting professionalism through lifelong learning, working with hospitality educators around the world and having the opportunity to meet and support so many members. 

Join the conversation and find out what the future has in store for Peter.

Episode 8

Catch up with Amanda Baker and Kate Plowright of Selling Savvy.

Selling Savvy, working with reactive sales teams to deliver regular interactive training workshops specialising in increasing sales revenue and conversion rates specifically within hospitality and events businesses. We find out about Amanda and Kate’s careers, inspiration, continued motivation and their plans for business growth going forward.

Coming Soon

Kate Plowright and Amanda Baker, Selling Savvy

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