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Sevenoaks Business Networking Lunch

Business Networking With Like-Minded Women Entrepreneurs - Just Like You!

Bookings by Friday 1 December

Our Sevenoaks Business Women's Networking Lunch meets at Otto's Coffee House & Kitchen
located in a charming 16th century Grade II listed building.
This ensures our networking lunch is a special treat - so good, you won't believe it's business as well!!!

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Venue directions

Otto's
37 High Street,
Sevenoaks, TN13 1JD

At the 1230 TWC Business Women's Networking Lunch you can expect great conversation, a speaker on an aspect of business, and a great lunch.

Meeting on the 1st Monday of each month

Your Host

Susi Gillespie Family Law

Meet your Host
Susi Gillespie

Susi Gillespie is a results driven family lawyer with more than 10 years’ experience. Susi worked in a Legal 500 regional firm from qualification until 2016 and has now joined Thomas Mansfield upon them opening their doors to Family Law clients. Susi is a trained Collaborative Lawyer which means that she is able to offer her clients an alternative method of dispute resolution from the traditional adversarial approach. Collaborative Law provides a means of achieving family led solutions in a non- confrontational way by agreement and discussion in several client/lawyer meetings. . Susi is also a keen advocate and has Higher Rights of Audience for those cases that (now exceptionally) cannot be kept away from the court arena.

In 2010 – 2015 Chambers and Partners UK recognised Susi as a ‘Notable Practitioner’ and latterly as an ‘Associate to Watch’ praising her for her ‘enthusiasm and straightforward attitude’.

As well as being a member of Resolution, Susi also sits on the regional Resolution Committee and on the central Committee for Cohabitation and Equalities.

Can't make this month's lunch? Book in for the next one here!

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How did you meet?

Since we met, or rather were introduced, I’ve been asked this question several times. I’m just back from the “Make It Happen17” Conference - a celebration of International Women’s Day - in Marbella, that I collaborate on with this lady. Who is this you’re asking and how did you meet? As my family has been known to say – let’s have the short version!!

Connection

OK, some time back Steve Clarke thought this lady and I should have a chat, as both of us work with and support other businesswomen, so he introduced us over Twitter; busy as ever, the Tweet was missed over in Spain. A few days later, Annabel Kaye also thought this lady and I should chat, so she did a Twitter intro and bingo, this time we connected!

That is, with Ali Meehan of Costa Women fame – a social and business network of women in Spain. At the time, Ali was helping another entrepreneur with his conference and as a result I was invited to speak in Spain – at that point I became an international speaker! Gosh that venue was so hot, air-con not working.


What happened then....

Moving on… Ali and I decided we must “do something” together which would benefit the members of both our organisations… Flight prices escalated then, but in 2015 the first celebration of International Women’s Day with CostaWomen and 1230 TWC took place in the Andalucía Lab. An attractive, brilliant Government owned building in the heart of Malaga - conference room, helpful AVA staff, and atrium for the stands at our disposal.

So there it is, that’s how Ali and I met, and the rest as they say is history.

CostaWomen
1230 The Women's Company
Make It Happen

Cardinal Sin & Speednetworking!

I suppose it’s a bit like Father Christmas….. "He’s making a list, he’s checking it twice"… and that’s where the similarity stops, with me that is.

For every event, we/I have a check list:

  • Perspex stands - A4 and A5
  • Balloons
  • Roller bannersx 2 1230 TWC
  • Blue Tack
  • Brown tape

And so it goes on… and this gets checked as the items are brought out and as they are assembled prior to loading a vehicle/leaving the office

Except for my recent trip to the Make It Happen Conference in Marbella, Spain.



I
forgot
my
hooter!!!

business networking

I won’t bore you with the reasons why this happened, but it was an essential item for me to run the speednetworking session at the Make It Happen Conference.

On arriving at my hotel I set off in hot pursuit of a replacement (“hot” being the operative word, since it was an 80o day) - not even unpacking my case - no time, as it was just 2.5 hrs to the networking party that evening, and the Conference was the following day with 7.30 am start!!!!

toddler bicycle

Thinks…. There’s a primary school nearby, I wonder if they have a bicycle with said horn on that I could borrow? Just for a day. Seemed inspirational! Now you need to know that my Spanish is non-existent… well, I can say “please” and “thank you” and order chicken and chips – that’s just about it, oh and sparkling water.

I will leave it to your imagination as to how the conversation went with the teaching staff, suffice to say I came away empty handed, and they wondering who this totally insane English woman was!

So a quick phone call to Ali for shop suggestions, 1 hour later proved unfruitful. Must have lost some weight though in the hot running around - so a positive there! Dear Patrick (Ali’s OH) came to the rescue and saved the day with a choice of 2 hooters.

And I think you can say that the Speednetworking was a success!

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Toot Toot!

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Death to the Elevator Pitch – Networking

with thanks to Charlotte Wibberley for tongue in cheek suggested title.

“Do I really have to stand up and give a 1 minute talk?” Let’s come back to that question, and answer.

Over the years, I’ve written many articles/blogs about the benefits of networking – not bad for someone who was dragged screaming and shouting to her first business women’s networking event, eh?!

One great opportunity at networking events is that most offer you the chance to stand up and speak to a supportive – please notice that word “supportive” – audience. None better is a female audience. Women are natural networkers and connectors. I enjoy nothing better than attending the various 1230 TWC group meetings and being able to learn and connect across them all.

Don’t only attend those events that don’t provide this opportunity just because they don’t provide the opportunity to stand up and speak!

1230 TWC wasn’t started with great intent. It started as a need for me to make contacts to grow my IT Training company. I was a virgin networker, observing others making those so vital connections. Build trusting business relationships – please note that word too - “relationships”. Awesome to see. But sooo awful to see was the SELLING!

The other thing we do well but sometimes ignore is to collaborate. Don’t look for milestones of hindrance, especially, don’t be concerned with “competitors” in “your” market place. There’s always something to learn and scope to explore opportunities to work together.

I digress!

sales

Some time ago I asked on Facebook what the word “pitch” implied/meant to the (business) readers. An emphatic “SALES/SELLING” came back, which they hated with a vengeance! So not only do we have – “I can’t possibly stand up and talk” but we also have SELLING!!! in our faces.
Are they part and parcel of the same issue?

According to Wikipedia:

An elevator pitch, elevator speech or elevator statement is a short sales pitch – there it is, “sales”.

Sales, selling – these are big turn-offs for many who might consider attending networking events. They don’t want to be sold to, neither do they want to sell.

Let’s be realistic. We’re in business to sell our products, our services. Networking allows us the opportunity to do this in a less “in yer face” way and much more.

So to answer the question “Do I really have to stand up and give a 1 minute talk?” No, you don’t. But why waste this chance to let everyone there know why they should come to you as opposed to your next-door neighbour. Again realistically, you’re unlikely to be able to talk to everyone individually, but they can then come to you and your expertise!

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11 points to remember about your 1 minute talk:

1) Planning is key

2) That includes practicing in the bathroom – yes, say it out LOUD.

a. Get used to the sound of your voice, and time yourself accordingly.

b. Remember 1 minute for example, is the maximum amount of time. If you can get your message over in less – congratulations! A definite no, no is to take liberties and overrun your maximum time.

3) You are in a supportive environment - everyone willing you to succeed

4) Demonstrate your expertise in your subject

5) Use humour, props – something that makes you memorable

6) It’s NOT ABOUT YOU – it’s about how you can help your listeners

7) You are in a supportive environment - everyone willing you to succeed
No, this isn’t a typo, just a reminder of a very important fact.

8) The more you do it, the easier it becomes.

9) One size doesn’t fit all. That is, vary each talk.

10) It’s not about what you DO, it’s about what you OFFER.

11) Be yourself! People buy people – and breathe!

1 Minute talk guide



Everyone who attends 1230 TWC meetings is given a copy of this card as an aide memoire. Inside is the 1230 TWC 1 Minute Guide, the text in grey is suggestions for varying detail as appropriate, with space to make notes from the meeting.

Networking is NOT about selling, it’s about building RELATIONSHIPS.

So please…. No more “elevator pitches”.
Stop it, NOW!
Just be yourself and speak!

1230 TWC Mastermind

1230 TWC Mastermind

Working With Like-Minded Women Entrepreneurs - Just Like You!
27 March

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Venue directions

The Anthologist
58 Gresham Street, London, EC2V 7BB

You know the value of networking. As an established woman in business you need MUCH MORE than that.

You want and need a group of women on a similar journey to you
A space where you can receive and give feedback
A room where you grow and
where the Chatham House Rule applies

That's what the
1230 TWC Mastermind is about.

 Our 1230 TWC Mastermind will:

  • Allow you to share what’s really going on in your business in a safe environment.
  • Pinpoint areas you want to improve.
  • Gain insight from other members.
  • Give you specific actions to focus each month.
  • Hold you accountable and focused during each month.
  • As a result grow revenue and reach your goals faster.

 What you get:

  • Advanced level business training
  • Structured format
  • Peer to peer support
  • Creative ideas and fresh perspectives
  • Motivation from experienced business owners
  • Honesty and constructive criticism
  • A buffet style brunch

Accountability and focus will get you further faster saving you time and money

This is 
Collaboration | Challenging | Mentoring | Expertise |Brainstorming | Learning | Strengthening | Accountability |Growth | Support & Training
for 9 Special Established Women Entrepreneurs


Interested?
The London Chapter next meeting is 
27 March - 10.00 am - 1.00 pm with brunch

networking, business, women

Your Host

networking, business, women

Meet your Facilitator
Julia Bernard-Thompson

Beach Hut BBQ

1230 TWC Beach Hut BBQ

Business Networking With Fun, Sand & Sun

Come along for our Summer fun
Everyone welcome - connections to be made here too!

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Venue directions

Beach Hut 9
The Riviera, Sandgate, Folkestone
CT20 3AB

Come along and join us at our Summer special all welcome
Beach Hut BBQ, Sandgate

Nicky Tolson
our BBQ Host

Bring whatever you would like to eat

Maybe cossie & towel too

Why not visit the harbour and purchase your own fresh fish/lobster or bring your own meat/vegetables to BBQ

(Separate BBQ for vegetarian options)

Salads provided, as is Chef!

Plates/cups no problem – you might like to bring your own cutlery!

Just £5 1230 TWC Members, Visitors £10

All welcome – family, friends…

Approach Coastal Park (large flags flying) from Sandgate, Car Park is immediately on entering the Park – pay at meter (toilets in Car Park). Walk down the steps (on the right of the pic) at Car Park entrance and turn left at the bottom to the Hut

along the Promenade – about 50 yds

If inclement weather we will retire to a nearby friendly hostelry.

The Woeful Tale of a Terabyte or 2

This 1TB (terabyte) SSD that you bought, yes… well, the machine only recognises 250GB.  Given that a terabyte is 1,000 Gigabytes (GB) 1024GB to be precise, that means that the HDD (hard disk drive) is only using a quarter/25% of its full capacity.

Hmmmm.  Still with me?

What is the difference between a Solid State Drive (SSD) and a Hard Disk Drive (HDD)?

A traditional HDD is a device made up of moving parts that uses spinning platters to store data. An SSD on the other hand uses flash memory and has no moving parts.

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Okayyyyy….

What am I talking about?  Data storage space, computers, PCs.  Those of you who know me will know that I’m not technical although I have been known to fit a few GB of RAM over the years.  OK, either way this SDD is dangerously full up, so said machine needs a new hard drive.  Seems that a 4TB hard drive would be a good move.

Stop!

The machine sees that it has 4TB hard drive, but only reads it as 2TB.  Eeeeek!

Screaming girl

Business: I’m not precious!

No, really… I’m not, honestly…… I mean it….. I’m NOT!

Sometimes I get asked why I don’t give a 1-minute talk at the 1230 The Women’s Company business meetings.

The answer is really simple

As the MD of 1230 The Women's Company, I'm always delighted to attend many of the business networking meetings, particularly where, with a whoop and a holler, the 1230 TWC Host will have introduced me at the beginning of the meeting and, to quote the wonderful Caroline Hewitt, “bigged me up!” Some attendees will already know me, some not.

Remember…. I‘m NOT precious. But that introduction gives me a warm glow, because it introduces me to so many awesome business women.

Attending so many meetings in different locations, enables me to cross-refer attendees.  Notice I say "attendees"?  Yes, of course, our Members always get preferential treatment, but if I can see a connection for anyone attending 1230 TWC meetings, I will make that connection for them.

As 1230 TWC is my business, I can give a talk at any meeting for 1 minute, 2 minutes, 20 minutes, 2 hours – however long I like – remember, I’m not precious.

Networking, about you, business women

The opportunity to give a 1 minute talk at 1230 TWC meetings is
YOUR moment to shine;
YOUR moment in the spotlight,
YOUR moment to let everyone know about what
YOU and YOUR business offer.

I’m not precious about me, but my business and those who attend are precious and YOU are precious. And I’m delighted to know you all.

I'm not precious
YOU - ARE!

See, I said it was simple!

So why not book in now and have your moment to shine!

 

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#BagonTour – Bet you’d like one too!

I have a new, beautiful leather handbag, a Roanne Tote bag to be precise, to be even more precise – a handbag from the Shona Easton Design Studio! You can tell I’m delighted with it, can’t you?

Shona Easton

It’s a practical size, made in grainy calf leather in a fabulous pink colour – of course, and is much admired wherever I go. So what can I get inside, quite a lot actually. Mobile phone, which slips nicely into its own pocket, keys have their own secure clip, my purse also has its own pocket, I use the zip pocket for make-uppy bits, tablets, couple of pens and there are 2 large slip pockets – all in a beautiful deep rose taffeta lining. Those of you who know me well, know that I’m a belt and braces person, so my Filofax goes in as well, notebook, 1230 TWC business cards, currently promo cards for Business Women in Action Conference and 1230 TWC Note Cards.  I can tuck all my bits and pieces safely inside and zip everything in with a secure zip with lock and key fastening.  Also, I can conveniently carry the bag, handbag style, or slip it over my shoulder.

The designer (or Bag Lady, as she is affectionately known), Shona Easton tends to float between the Guildford and London 1230 TWC meetings, that's when she's not designing or visiting her overseas manufacturers. So why not come along and find out what else she has to offer. Shona is also speaking at the Business Women in Action Conference on 4 November.

Just check out the video to see where we've been together!

 

Bagontour

 

Lights, Camera, Action!

This time last week I was really out of my comfort zone!  I’d anticipated that this would happen, but what I hadn’t anticipated was the invaluable critique from The Red Carpet Academy super star – Leah Charles King!  I knew it would be a worthwhile day, but how worthwhile was yet to be seen.

So, where was I?  At The Red Carpet Academy 1 Day Intensive Training with Leah Charles King and her team in London, and some super other women – all being put through our paces to “face the camera!”  Although I’ve spoken in public on many occasions, both as a speaker and as a trainer and sat in front of my PC/laptop talking to the world – this was something different.

Each stage of our packed training day was critiqued by Leah, gently (but accurately) pointing our little foibles and making constructive, invaluable – yes I know I keep using that word – but it truly was – invaluable –  constructive criticism.

So here I am with the delightful Leah, my certificate and “the bag” (that’s another story).

Would I recommend The Red Carpet Academy?  You bet!!!  So if you’re looking to improve your public speaking and improve in front of camera, check out The Red Carpet Academy web site and book your session.

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