Four years on
Sticking to my path

Four years on

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Wow, not sure where they went, but the last few years have been a heady mix of my children growing older and starting school, and my new-found independence as a freelance comms professional. August is a special month for me, kids off school, birthdays, wedding anniversary and my business anniversary too. This year, it’s been four years since starting my freelance life and Little Bird Communication. I’m proud of what I’ve achieved. (more…)

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Brilliant People, Amazing Culture – All About People

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On Thursday 5 and Friday 6 June a group of like-minded people gathered in a seafront hotel in Bournemouth for the All About People conference. I find the culture of organisations and the shift to people focussed business fascinating, so I joined the event and I’ll share some of the insights from the two days here. Andy Swann, the creator of the event first wanted to just bring a few people together to share ideas and have some fun, but it soon grew into the All About People event. In Andy’s words from his welcome: “I’m not going to tell you want to expect from #aapcon14, the opportunity is there to create your own experience. Informal yes, idealistic maybe, human certainly.” And that nicely sums up exactly what the event turned out to be. (more…)

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Three years on

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It’s my third anniversary of working for myself this August. It’s been an exciting time and I’ve learned a lot freelancing from my home office in Bournemouth.

I posted a while ago about three little things that stood out for me from 2012. They were: Trusting your instinct, Getting the balance right and Taking satisfaction and rewarding yourself for a job well done. (more…)

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Learning more

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One of my three things for 2013 was to trust my instinct. I’ve been freelancing in Bournemouth for a little over two years now and as a qualified professional with lots of different experience from my employed work across public and private sectors I’ve been able to attract some exciting work and interesting clients. But I wanted to give my business and myself some focus – a direction for my career. I’ve felt for a little while I wanted to add a specialism to my skills and that I wanted to return to some study to get a deeper knowledge. (more…)

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Pop-up PR and a pint

Last year I created 'Pop-up PR and a pint', a chance for anyone working in comms and PR across Dorset to meet and share ideas, challenges and learning. I'm planning to do more later this year. Business is really busy right now which is great for me as a freelancer…

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Three little things…

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Last year brought me some challenges and many exciting and surprising new opportunities in my freelance career. It was the year when I gained some exciting new business and started working with some truly brilliant people. I also had to make some tough choices, and still do about the direction of my career. Three things stand out for me from 2012.

Trust your instinct, was one of the most important things I was reminded to do. (more…)

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Give a gift for life this Christmas

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On Thursday 15th,  I worked with Life Education Wessex and invited a reporter from the Daily Echo (Bournemouth) along to a local school to sit in on an education session. It’s featured in today’s Daily Echo.

It was a group of year six children (aged 10 & 11) who learned about how their bodies work, and cope with alcohol, tobacco and drugs (including both medicines and illegal drugs). It’s amazing how much the children already know about their bodies and and how receptive they are to this education. (more…)

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Pop-up at The Cow

We're off to The Cow, Parkstone, for our next Pop-up PR and a pint. After a little 'research' this pub fits the bill for our gathering on Tuesday  25th September. If you want to join us to hear Mike Leese, ex Daily Mail and Evening Standard journalist share his knowledge and experience,…

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Pop-up PR and a pint

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I’m really pleased to share ‘Pop-up PR and a pint’ with PR professionals working in Dorset. It’s a new group for local professionals to meet on an informal basis to share ideas, challenges and initiatives. It’s free and flexible. (more…)

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Put your network to work

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It’s been nearly two years since I first started working for myself. I thought I’d share some of my experience, what works, what doesn’t and more. Here’s my view on ‘real’ networking, not social.

Everyone knows that networking is vital to business. We live in a world where it really is about who you know and not just what you know. So much so, there’s a whole industry around networking. In fact there are so many groups to choose from it’s difficult to know where to start. Some charge a membership, some are just breakfast clubs, some are associated to chambers of commerce or the federation of small business, you name it there’s a group for it. (more…)

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Starting out? Show off your skills

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It’s been nearly two years since I first started working for myself. I thought I’d share some of my experience, what works, what doesn’t and more. First up, getting out there.

My first step was going to a local business seminar in Bournemouth where I thought I’d discuss my business idea and come away with a plan. I met my first client there, we’ve worked together ever since and I’ve never looked back. (more…)

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LinkedIn power

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A debate has been raging on LinkedIn in one of the PR groups I belong to. The simple question was: Choice or Chance? How did you get into your PR career?

The response has been incredible. So many people have joined in and many answered the poll (currently choice 28 – 37%  and chance 47 – 62%). As one of the early voters I’ve received regular emails updating me on the conversation, and it’s put Jason Wassell who started it all as a top influencer of the group. (more…)

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Because I’m worth it

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One of the best things about being a Freelance PR is the variety of clients and projects I work with. And with the wonders of social media and technology making remote working a reality, it doesn’t matter that I’m based in Bournemouth, I can deliver projects where the client needs them. Of course I love to go and meet my clients too, it’s all part of the service. (more…)

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Get engaged

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I attended the follow up workshop for ‘Bournemouth By Night’ on Tuesday 24th April. I always enjoy public consultations. Maybe it’s my public sector experience that drives me to have my say, or perhaps I just like to know what’s going on and get involved.

It’s not for everyone I guess, sitting at a table with strangers, talking about your aspirations for your town, but for me it’s really inspiring. I meet people from walks of life I wouldn’t get to meet ordinarily, I find out what’s going on in the town I’ve adopted as my home, I have a chance to have my say on its future and feel inspired and proud of where I live. (more…)

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What’s your PR worth?

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Now more than ever businesses want to be sure they get value for money. Asking your consultant to write a release, arrange a promotional gift, create an advert or event with no clear objectives could be just wasting your time and money.

What do you want to achieve? What are your business objectives? How will you achieve them? What kind of communications will you need? What are the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)? How do you know you got there? What and how are you going to measure your success? (more…)

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Gather your team and pit your wits at the fifth BIG quiz

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7th March 2012

There’s still time to get your team together and join the BIG quiz night in support of local children on 22nd March at AFC Bournemouth, that’s the message from Life Education Wessex.

This is the fifth year for the successful BIG quiz and Nigel Hedges President of the Chamber of Trade and Commerce will once again be the quizmaster, so it’s guaranteed to be lots of fun! (more…)

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Wimborne boutique shoe shop scoops national award…

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Doris and Daisy shoes in Wimborne has scooped ‘Highly commended new independent ladies retailer’ at the National Footwear Today awards in Birmingham on Sunday 19th February2012.

Maria Leese, owner of the boutique shop explained: “I’m so proud to win this award. We’ve only been open 18 months and my business is going from strength to strength. My customers love our shoes and our service and it’s thanks to them that we’ve received this award. We’ve just extended our shop and are launching men’s shoes in March too. (more…)

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