One of my favourite things to do is speaking at events. As someone who used to suffer from crippling stage fright (and would avoid public speaking at all costs in school) this has been nothing but a surprise to me, let me tell you! But once you get over the anxiety, it really is super fun!
Which is why I was thrilled when the babes at Flourish and Prosper asked me to be involved their workshop, The Wedding Academy. This is the first business workshop specifically aimed at people in the wedding industry, and I for one can’t wait to attend!
The idea was dreamt up by two wedding industry heavyweights; stylist and editor of the b.loved wedding blog Louise Beukes, and wedding planner Jessie Thomson. Their inaugural one-day workshop is being held on the 1st November at Icetank, in London.
There will be speakers from all areas of the wedding industry. I’ll be chatting about how you can build a loyal audience of potential clients using your blog and social media, developers Swash and Fold will be discussing SEO, wedding planner Pocketful of Dreams will be covering marketing, and Sweetpea PR are talking about – what else – PR.
Erin from Ward Williams Creative, an expert in accounting for creative businesses, will be showing you simple ways to keep on top of your accounts, while business mentor Jenny Hyde, bridesmaid dress designer Maids to Measure and Emmy Shoes will be sharing business stories, lessons and advice!
A little known fact about me is that I was a huge nerd at school. I think people assume that I must have been one of the rebellious ones, hanging out behind bike sheds and bunking off classes, but actually, I was super well behaved. It wasn’t until I hit 15, discovered rock music and boys that didn’t resemble pre-pubescent gremlins, that I became a bit more of a wild child!
Since then, I’ve pretty much exclusively attracted a more rebellious crowd, and that isn’t just limited to brides that read my wedding content. At The Blogcademy workshops, seemingly wherever we were in the world, the girls in attendance definitely err on the alternative and quirky side.
So you can imagine my surprise when, in Chicago, we were met with the most well behaved class we’ve ever experienced! They actually threw us off a bit at first. They were so quiet and polite I started to worry that they weren’t having a good time. But, after getting to know them all on a one-to-one basis throughout the weekend, I soon came to realise that they weren’t that different to our usual crowd. They were one of the sweetest, kindest bunch of babes we’ve ever had. In actual fact they were a lot more like me than I first realised: eager to learn and just wanting to soak up everything and anything that they could during our time together.
Many, many, many notes were taken (SO STUDIOUS!)
For the photo shoot at the latest Photography Farm workshop, photographer Lisa Devlin knew she needed to do something big. After all, at the last Farm Gareth and I got married again! After seeing Megan and Grant’s gorgeous wedding on Rock n Roll Bride, and reading how much Megan loves Disney (and just so happens to resemble a certain crimson haired mermaid) the ideas started bubbling away. She wanted to put a different twist on the mermaid idea though and eventually came across the story of Rusalka, from which The Little Mermaid movie was based. Luckily Megan and Grant also loved the idea and we’re thrilled to model for her!
“Our shoot was based on the Slavic Myth of Rusalkas”, Lisa told me, “Water spirits or mermaids with long red hair, who had to come into the woods for one week each year where they whiled away the time longing for the sea and hanging out by streams and rivers trying to lure young men into the water. Our slight twist is that our Rusalka falls in love with a boy in the woods and decides to stay so she has to make do with the bathtub!”
The night before our first Blogcademy workshop of the year I turned to Gala and squealed “I AM SO EXCITED!” It had been nearly six months since our last class in Auckland and I was dying to get cracking again.
… And I wasn’t disappointed. I think this actually might have been one of the best classes ever!!
The reason being that every single gorgeous creature that came along was enthusastic, driven, with a unique story to tell. Esme was a writer with some damn good style, Mariah passionately ran her organic skin care spa line (and had treats for everyone!), Erin was a sewing champion and Hannah paints her face everyday and posts photos on her blog!
Paula holds the world record for drawing Fred Flintstone (!) and blogs about fashion for the over 40s and Angela is a pastry connoisseur. I mean, goodness, what a diverse bunch ‘o babes!
Today I have two pieces of exciting news for all you aspiring blog queens! First up, and for the second year running, I’ve been asked by those wonderful babes over at Cosmopolitan Magazine if I’ll speak on their Superblogger Masterclass panel. The event will be taking place on Monday 23rd June, from 6.30-9pm, at Altitude, London. Tickets cost just £30 each and include entry to the event, bubbly on arrival, a talk by the panel, a Q&A session and a bulging goodie bag to take home.
You can read all about my experience at last year’s event here. I also hear this years is going to be even bigger, ARGH!
To book your tickets head over to their website. I hope to see some of your friendly faces there!
I can hardly believe it, but in less than three short weeks I’ll be hopping back on a plane and heading over to the US to kick off the next leg of The Blogcademy‘s 2014 world tour!
I really can not wait to get back on the road and to be teaching again. It’s such a thrill to meet so many new people and to be doing it with two of my very best friends.
Our last class was almost six months ago (!!) which in retrospect was definitely too long of a break. I’ve missed it all so much. Here’s a little reminder about where and when The Blogcademy jet will be landing this year.
May 10th & 11th
May 17th & 18th
June 7th & 8th
June 14th & 15th
The Commons Event Space
July 19th & 20rd
Curtain Road Studios
Almost sold out!
July 22nd & 23rd
Curtain Road Studios
July 26th & 27th
August 2nd & 3rd
The Thinking Hut
September 27th & 28th
October 4th & 5th
November 29th & 30th
Almost sold out!
December 3rd & 4th
The Establishment Studios
Almost sold out!
December 6th & 7th