Three things I learnt from this video

This is the video of my 300 Seconds presentation on How to Build a Personal Brand. Watching it back I have learnt three things:

1. I don’t like the sound of my own voice (but then, who does?)
2. I really over-ran….it was meant to be 300 seconds, not 450. I must work on my timing
3. I need to work on my nerves – it shows in my voice

Now I just need another presentation opportunity to apply these newly learnt skills…..

Some very exciting news….

I am absolutely thrilled to announce that I have been appointed* as a Trustee for the Small Charities Coalition! The charity is a networking, mentoring and support organisation for small charities and is committed to helping staff, volunteers and trustees access the skills, knowledge and resources that they need to best serve their cause.

Small Charities Coalition

For those who know me, you will know that I embody the charity’s mission wholeheartedly. With first-hand experience, I understand the challenges of working in a small charity and that is why I started the Sole Communicators group with CharityComms, over a year ago now, to give sole communicators a space to network with peers and share knowledge.  It’s also a professional development opportunity to develop their skills through our themed events with speakers from the sector. The next one takes place on 5 November with Helen Jones from Refuge who will be talking about their Don’t Cover It Up campaign.

I also believe in giving back and sharing your skills with others on a one-to-one basis, which is why I have mentored small charities through Media Trust’s Media Matching service and I’m currently a CharityComms mentor.

I really can’t wait, in my capacity as a Trustee, to help the Small Charities Coalition spread the word about the vital work that they do to empower small charities and trustees with the skills they need to best serve their charities and, most importantly their supporters.

Alex Swallow, Chief Executive of the Small Charities Coalition, has written this brilliant blog post for Third Sector. I urge you to read it.

*There is the small formality of meeting the Board before being formally appointed