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  • Writer's pictureKaren Edwards

2022 has certainly started with a boom!

I have luckily had several new and exciting opportunities presented to me… and none more exciting (and scary) than the chance to co-host The Events Insight Podcast.

I have been a regular listener to the podcast since Jack Saward and Ellan Campbell-Swann started recording back in 2020. I love the relaxed, friendly and chatty feel to the podcast and the fact it attracts a huge variety of guests.

When Jack asked me if I would be interested in co-hosting the podcast with him, I was really honoured that he had thought of me first. My next thought was, does he know how much I can talk?? After a few chats I agreed to take up the reigns and co-host the podcast.

I do have very big shoes to fill as Ellan brought so much warmth and humour to the podcast and not forgetting the very important role of mocking Jack about his pineapple on pizza obsession!

I am sure you are thinking, how much do I know about podcasting, and why would I want to do this?

Well, I have been in the events industry for 13+ years and have worked on many fabulous, challenging and amazing events. I also have met so many great and talented people, I felt that co-hosting the podcast would give me plenty of opportunity to share my event knowledge and experience, and also a brilliant way to speak to some inspiration events professionals.

I have been told by many people that one of my strongest skills is building relationships (so talking, finding out about people and developing relationships). The podcast is a fantastic platform for me to get to know our guests, find out more about them and ask some challenging questions – all to reveal their personality.

I have never done anything like this before, but if the last 2 years has taught me anything, it is that you must be ready for anything and be ready to openly embrace change and new opportunities… you never know where it will lead.

I can’t reveal all the magic behind the podcast, but what I can tell you is that we often record a lot more content that you hear! Jack and I can both talk, and sometimes we even let the guests speak! Our poor producer, Callum, has the thankless task of listening to the content which Jack and I produce, and editing it down!

Also, the question 5. This is the one where the guest can ask us anything. We rarely get this sent to us in advance, so what you hear is our first and honest answer!! We do have nightmares about this… what will we get asked, how honest should we be, will we be able to answer the question?

I certainly am looking to getting started on my podcast journey. With a few recordings under my belt, I am hoping that I will relax into the role of co-host and bring my personality to the recording.

If you want to join us as a speaker, then please get in touch.

We are always looking for season and episode sponsors. We are keen to promote as many businesses connected to the events industry as possible. If you would like more information on how to sponsor, then please get in touch

And finally, if you haven’t listened to the podcast yet… download it today and leave us a review.

Jack and I are both keen to hear your thoughts on the podcast and any suggestions you have for future episodes. Please connect with us on LinkedIn or find us online, on Twitter and Instagram!

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When I set up Bright Events in 2018, I wasn’t thinking about brand, tone of voice or who I was. I simply set up a business with a name so I could invoice my clients.

As time ticked on, I started to think about who I was and how my business should reflect me.

At a glance, people should be able to see my personality.

With the help of some wonderfully talented and creative people, I began to figure out who I was, what I did and what Bright Events looked like.

The fantastic Melanie Deakin suggested that I wrote down everything that I did for my clients (on a big piece of paper) and look for the areas which I constantly delivered on. These are my strengths! It is actually quite difficult to write down what you do…. I mean, an Events Manager gets involved in most things!!

Then, I needed to find a web designer who would create a website to reflect Bright Events. Enter Maribel Pascual from TICK Business Support. Everyone needs a Maribel in their life. There is nothing that this lady can’t do! She looks at what you want to achieve and thinks about it, researches the options, then discusses them with you. Maribel really does always strive for perfection.

You need words for a website…

And it is not as easy as you think.

You need to capture people in the first few seconds and hook them in.

I knew what I wanted to say, but I needed a spark of creativity to achieve this. The lovely Alison Sweeney was on standby to read through version1, 2, 3 & 4 and make suggestions to my text. She has a strong marketing background, so I am not arguing with her!!

You also need images for a website.

We all like looking at photos and videos, it gives you a much better sense of who the person it.

In my career as an Events Professional I have been lucky enough to work with Matt Glover from Matt Glover Photography, and more recently Jasper Alyn Stephens from Yellow Glove Productions. This duo is simply amazing! On one side, sheer bouncy creativity and excitement, and on the other hand, a cool, calm and collected planner!! The perfect heady mix!

Photos are courtesy of Matt Glover Photography

Creating the imagery for the website was such fun… I am not sure it should have been such fun, but it was. The shots were planned, the props were purchased, and script was written. All we needed was a day out to bring Bright Events to life. And we did…

The finished product is a website that I am truly proud of.

The bright, bubbly colours are a reflection of me!

The name, chosen at random, really does reflect what I want to bring to and achieve for my clients.. a bright, sparkling light to guide them through the event process.

Have a look at my website, and let me know what you think:

So, if you are trying to work out who you are and what you do… my advice is ask people who you trust. Your friends want to see you succeed and probably know you better than you know yourself!!

I challenge you to find out who you really are.

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  • Writer's pictureKaren Edwards

Over the past year, the subject of mental health and events have been closely linked.

How are events professionals coping during the pandemic?

What support is available to them?

Will the events industry return?

For me, the past year has been a series of highs, lows, ups and downs. Should I stay in the industry that I love? Should I leave and find employment somewhere else, but, what else would I do?

The two things that have kept my focus and mental health in check over the past year have been my family and friends. To survive this turbulent year, equal measures of both family and friends have been necessary.

Family to make me realise the important things in life; a home, food on the table, and their constant love and support.

Friends to take you away from your worries; to get your outside in the fresh air, drink Prosecco, look up and trees and appreciate the nature around you.

For all of us in the events industry, the pandemic has been challenging, relentless and sometimes bleak. There is now hope, there is a light at the end of the tunnel – soon we will all be back to doing what we love.

The biggest thing I am going to take with me from the past year is to take time out and get outside in the fresh air. A bit of fresh air does wonders for your mindset and mental health.

Get outside and appreciate the wonderful nature we have around us.

Photograph taken at Beacon Hill, Bradgate Park

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