What a crazy, fast and furious, fun filled week that was! I had my first ‘So you want to be a better PA’ seminar on Wednesday (23rd) and everything I did had that in the background. I had several conversations with PR’s about goody bags – for me an event isn’t an event without a goody bag, (I know it’s really just an excuse to give or receive gifts – but who doesn’t love that??).
I’ve started camping out at BAFTA (not literally!) for my business meetings, after being a member for twelve years it seemed about time I used it during the daylight hours and not just for screenings in the evenings (plus they do GREAT food) so most of my seminar work has been created on the comfy sofas at 195 Piccadilly, including receiving bags of swag for my goody bags.
Had a fantastic meeting Monday at the Savoy, it is such a beautiful hotel- there are fabulous Art Deco and Edwardian rooms and suites (you can choose which one you want too!) and great coffee. It was also a massive tease to know Eva Longoria was there but I didn’t get to see her, boo, I really wanted to see how tiny she is. Went to a great event at the Met Bar too, hadn’t been there for ages, the cocktails were flowing, networking was in full swing and Will.i.am was in the building. I left early for dinner with a friend so no opportunity for him to hear my vocals (possibly just as well…!).Wednesday was my seminar at the fabulous Radisson Edwardian Mercer Street Hotel in Covent Garden. There is something so inspiring about walking through Covent Garden at 8am on a sunny morning that makes you feel glad to be alive. Cliché I know, but I love this city. The hotel was great, I met ten amazing PA’s who immediately began to open up and share their experiences, interact with each other (and drew brilliant doodles in their workbooks!). The day included an IT presentation, Ruth Frances from New Authentic You did an hour of motivating which left everyone in the room ready to take on the world, Henrietta MacEwen talked about her site Miss Jones , which absolutely is the PA’s PA, and she was followed by Alexandra Wade, from Crone Corkill, who updated us with what employers are looking for in the world of recruitment. Lisa Potter-Dixon from Benefit then finished our day with a ‘desk to dancefloor’ 15 minute makeover before we all took to the bar for a well-earned glass of Pinot Grigio.As well as all of that I had my day job to fit in which included the highs and lows of TV ariels, invoicing, petty cash, grocery orders, choosing new sunglasses as well as finding time to bake jubilee cupcakes for my daughter’s school bake sale!
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