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So, for those of you who don’t know, I am off to have a baby very soon.


I have been trying to wind down, take time off, not look at my emails and avoid calls for the last few weeks, but it is impossible. As an events professional it is not in my DNA not to work.


Time off… what does that even mean?


I have been freelancing for just over 4 years now, and I love it. I love the clients you work for, the events you work on, the adaptability you need, but most of all, I love working for myself. Freelancing has given me the opportunity to work on THE MOST exciting events in venues and locations I never dreamed I would get the opportunity to go too.


So, how am I going to stop working and take a break from this world I love?


Well, this has caused me sleepless nights and lots of long conversations with my partner and my trusted tribe. Do I stop working altogether, take 9 months off and pop up again in January 2023 ready to work? Do I slow down, still do some work and find a balance between new baby and the events world? Or do I work with a tribe of people I trust and hand over enquiries to them to manage on my behalf? As you can image, the pros and cons for each situation have been exhausting!!


For me, the overriding factor is to make sure my name and brand remains in the industry whilst I am off with my newborn.

  • I will continue to co-host The Events Insight Podcast with Jack Saward and the brilliant team of volunteers we have behind us to make this podcast successful.

  • I will continue to write a monthly blog (just to make sure I can turn on my laptop and still communicate in the English language).

  • I will remain active on social media

  • I will look at opportunities as they are sent to and see if it is possible for me to support the client as they need, if not, I have a tribe of fantastic event professionals who I can share the work with

  • I will deliver on projects I have already committed too – I may need to adjust the Risk Assessment to account for my newborn being on site. Thanks to Helen McCabe at Harrier for your advice.

  • I will continue to have business lunches, coffee & cake and zoom chat with my trusted tribe of business professionals to keep me sane whilst I am off. Your diaries will be jam packed with catch up dates! Melanie Deakin, Matt Glover, Claire Denton, Lisa Sweeting, Janine Hopkins, Jan Denning, Jo Ferreday, Gary Beckwith, Simon Frere-Cook, Stuart Favill, Lucy Mellor, Maribel Pascual, Claire Leer, Ian Hateley

As a reader of my blog, I promise you that I am going to slow down and enjoy being off with my little one. I am looking forward to hours of Netflix, cake and long sunny walks. But, I will have one eye on my business and making sure I am ready to bounce back fully in the new year ready for this fabulous industry.

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  • Karen Edwards


Are you like me, looking forward to embracing the lighter nights, sunnier days and opportunities to get out and about and enjoy nature? I can’t wait to feel the sun on my face (and pop my Gucci’s on!!)


For me, there is nothing better than business meetings outside – walking and talking with clients and colleagues and enjoying the surroundings.


Being out in the fresh air really is so good for us (source kent-teach.com):

  1. It is good for our digestive system

  2. It helps improve blood pressure and heart rate

  3. It makes us happier

  4. It strengths our immune system

  5. It cleans our lungs

  6. Its gives us more energy and a sharper mind

Whenever I am looking for inspiration for my business, or simply want to go and chat to some through some ideas, I always meet up with Matt Glover and Claire Denton. Friends, colleagues and business professionals, both with a shared love of being outside and thinking of how we can work together to improve our businesses. Everyone needs a gang!


Our wellbeing is much improved when we take our meetings outside. You can enjoy the sounds of the trees, the nature around you (maybe the odd squawking bird) and breath in the fresh air. Tomorrow, why don’t you take your lunch break outside, get away from your desk and enjoy that sunshine (weather depending of course)


Would your clients think you were a but strange if you suggested meeting up in a country park? Yes, they might do, but they also might thank you for a chance to walk, talk, and get to know you better. Our business relationships are much improved when we get to know our clients and colleagues on a more personal level.


Why don’t you suggest an outdoor location for your next meeting? You never know what ideas will come from a walk in the park.




Our wellbeing is much improved when we take our meetings outside. You can enjoy the sounds of the trees, the nature around you (maybe the odd squawking bird) and breath in the fresh air. Tomorrow, why don’t you take your lunch break outside, get away from your desk and enjoy that sunshine (weather depending of course)


Would your clients think you were a but strange if you suggested meeting up in a country park? Yes, they might do, but they also might thank you for a chance to walk, talk, and get to know you better. Our business relationships are much improved when we get to know our clients and colleagues on a more personal level.


Why don’t you suggest an outdoor location for your next meeting? You never know what ideas will come from a walk in the park.


My recent brand shoot with Matt Glover Photography and Yellow Glove Productions included a large amount of time outside. A big part of my job as an events professional is being outside (in all weathers) to oversee to operational and logistical delivery of an event.

If you can plan an event outside in a muddy field in the rain, you can plan one anywhere!!


As you can tell, I am a big fan of the outdoors. I may complain about my hair getting wet or my boots getting muddy, but deep down, this doesn’t really bother me. I would rather be clocking up the miles outside, enjoying the sights and sounds than being in an office 24/7!



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  • Karen Edwards


What do I mean by this?


I am not saying that event professionals have got a crest or horns on their head, or that they have a swaying gait, or they have unique feet…. well, some might have! What I am saying is that event professionals have the ability to adapt to a situation.


Whether you are a logistics planner, production manager, rigger or technician, wearing black and working in the background is where we lurk. Carrying out the wishes of the client quietly, quickly and efficiently; not drawing attention to ourselves, but blending into the background.


The last two years have certainly been eye opening for many people in the industry. This 'comfy in the background role' we have been used to has changed, we now need to shine and show our true colours in order to thrive.


Personally, I found myself in a situation where all my regular work had vanished. All the face-to-face events I was used to working on had disappeared… postponed indefinitely. This was daunting and very scary, but I decided to embrace this new world of events.


I had to move the background (where I am comfiest wearing blacks with my clipboard, radio and phone) and take several steps into the foreground, be brave and update my skill set.


And to be honest, I have enjoyed learning new skills and putting them into practice! This is something I never thought I would admit too as anything technical has scared me in the past. I have been fortunate enough to work on many virtual events doing a variety of roles:


  • Managing Zoom and Teams Meeting

  • Spot Lighting

  • Speaker Training

  • Recording and Editing

  • Breakout Rooms

  • Hosting Sessions

  • Show calling

  • Spotlighting

  • Marketing & Comms


I am one of many event professionals who has adapted their skills set to suit the changing environment, to show clients and industry peers that I am adaptable, flexible and willing to learn.


I am certainly a chameleon and proud to show off my new colours!



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