One of my favourite events last year was 'Fabulous Women' at the Gherkin. I was host and MC to an invite only evening for 35 of the City's top women that Searcys asked me to organise. I had decided to add Libby Hart to the guest list as, while not a City woman herself, she dresses so many of them through her Libby London label it made sense she should be there - and of course everybody loved her. Searcys then invited Libby to hold a Pop Up Boutique for their Members the next month which was great fun too. I loved seeing everyone heading along the glass walkway to the Ladies (lovely big mirrors inside) with armfuls of dresses to try on and then coming back wearing their choices to show Libby. Combined with all the champagne and a front row of Members agreeing everyone looked gorgeous, it really felt as if the Gherkin was suddenly part of London Fashion Week. Her clothes are quite lovely - do take a look libbylondon.com
Unexpectedly there is an art gallery in the 38th floor glass walkway of the Gherkin - I say unexpectedly because, as everyone's eyes are glued to sweeping cityscape in front of them they rarely look anywhere else (the walkway is one place where visitors get really close to the glass) and I always wonder how much attention each artist's work actually gets. But then Michael Sole's work appeared and for the first time in five years I found myself as captivated by what was on the walls behind me as what was in front of me in the view. I found Michael's work breathtaking beautiful. I was invited to the Private View but didn't make it then suddenly one day he was there, chatting to some friends so I got to steal him for a minute and ask him about his work - yes, he's passionate about the sea and the sky (especially in extremes like storms) and yes, it shows. He's won lots of awards and is becoming very collectible - I'd say catch him while you can! www.michaelsole.co.uk
My favourite painting in Michael's show at the Gherkin 'Storm on the Rivieria'
I thought I'd write up some of my favourite days of 2014 here. Swiss Re asked me to give a talk to a visiting group of architects from Zurich about The Gherkin and accompany them to the top of the building. I always love speaking to Swiss Re VIPS and guests as I can do this in one of the Swiss Re floors and have everybody actually sitting inside one of the light wells that spiral through the building. It's a perfect place to talk about Foster's innovative design and for everyone to have an opportunity to view the impressive architecture from the inside (and an experience that most visitors to the building don't have). The talk went very well, although nervous the first time I spoke to a group of architects I am now comfortable and know that I can answer most questions (and can find out the occasional one I don't know).
The visit was a big success, I loved that everyone shared my passion for the building and a special touch was that Swiss Re UK presented me with flowers afterwards and the head of the Zurich group gave me some exquisite Confiserie Sprungli chocolates and an invitation to join the group on a backstage tour of Tate Modern. Definitely a favourite day.
I was at the top of the Gherkin during last year's London Open House, I had volunteered to be there to welcome, inform and entertain visitors to the building and certainly did that, I pointed things out and told stories for hours (23 actually) finally losing my voice by sunday evening. Searcys were selling my books on the building and I took my son along to help them (17 hours). All in all a marathon - but then visitors to the building had done a marathon too as everyone queued for hours to get in, the lucky ones just two, some up to seven and a half hours...
So this year I thought I could help best by speaking to people in the queue, that's when learning about the building would be useful - when you're inside you just want to look at it - and if you wanted to buy a guide on the building wouldn't it be great to have it to read while you are waiting for hours. So this is what I did, after all what is knowledge if you don't share it? I arrived at 6.15am the first day (I wanted to see how early people arrived) and there was already a short queue - I think that was the best moment of the whole weekend for me, I gave an impromptu presentation on the building for the people already waiting to go in and answered all their questions - it seemed a nice reward for their early start.
Over the rest of that day and for most of Sunday I spoke to groups in the queue, used the photos in The Ghekrin Guide to show people where to look to see the architectural features of the building - most people didn't know that the behind the spiralling black stripes of the building are light wells and that if they look up at the entrance they can see into one of the lightwells as it has a glass floor. My husband came and sold books (Baizdon is a family affair) and I shared facts, secrets and told Gherkin related stories.
Saturday was a great atmosphere as there were queues for Lloyds and for the Leadenhall Building. Sunday was colder, I arrived at 7am, again there was a queue but the first couple told me they had arrived at 4.30am... They were freezing. I gave them a book as an arrival prize.
Overall it was an interesting experience, selling books to the public on the streets of London (not on the Gherkin Plaza of course, as that's private property). At times I felt rather more like a market trader than an international speaker who is also an expert on the Gherkin. I'm not sure if the fact that people were also selling teas and coffees to the queue and one enterprising guy was going round with a try of fish and chips made it better or worse. Still, I know I certainly improved the queueing experience for many visitors - and that can only be a good thing.
It's finally here! The Day has arrived and what a day it is! Gherkin Challenge co-founder Francesca Valli and I arrive early for Adam Lewis' briefing of the NSPCC staff and find preparations in full swing everywhere - balloons being set up at the entrance; the Plaza being transformed into an event village - Hall of Fame ready, massage tables are up, the band unpacking their instruments, hula-hoopers on their way; boxes of Gherkineer Medals, Opies Mini-Gherkins and '360 at the Gherkin' books all heading to the top; NSPCC volunteers and 30 St Mary Axe security staff all ready to go and people are starting to arrive in their green vests!
Francesca interviews the first participant to register and then we take the band and the masseurs to the top of the building so they can see it before they start work in the plaza. The London Gay Men's Choir give us a fabulous song to get everyone in the mood, I unload the 227 cup cakes my son and I made last night (we started with the idea of making enough for the children participating and just carried on till we ran out of ingredients!) St John's Ambulance staff get into position and everyone is ready...
10am - the first wave is off! It's great to see the very first participants arrive at the top (including my friend Maryan Barnard who flew in from Zurich for the event, thanks Maryan) and they just keep coming, all day long. I sign over 800 of the special NSPCC copies of '360˚ at the Gherkin' adding in congratulations 'you've done it!' messages. Lots of people wanted their time included too, while for some it was just 'I conquered the Gherkin!' I loved it when the Dynamic Duo arrive and I get to write 'Boy Wonder beats Batman to the top'. All day I see people I know, Chris Day and Mark Luboff (fellow steering committee members) and Clever Voice's Keith Hawkins, my friends Mary and Natalie and I get to enjoy meeting people that I'd chatted with on the Gherkin Challenge Facebook page. The team from William Davis arrive all smiles, "I loved it" says Emma, "Well not the stairs bit, that was horrible..." At one point I announced to all on level 39 that Chris Lamb had done 3 climbs with 2 more to go and got a huge cheer for him and his Mum! (Yes, he was doing 5 Gherkin Challenges in one day...)
My son arrives in the last wave of the day, along with my husband, the two teams from the Daily Telegraph (Travel and UltraTravel) and lots of family and friends, really great to see everyone (couldn't chat much though - still signing books!) Delighted to say that the St John's Ambulance people had nothing to do except smile and encourage people to drink water at the top.
200+ photos on the NSPCC Gherkin Challenge 2014 Facebook page:
Some of the things I heard during the day:
Thanks to everyone who participated in the 2014 Gherkin Challenge for the NSPCC and to all the many, many people who supported it and made it possible.
You all did something AMAZING TODAY!
PS - We have already beaten the event fund-raising target of £150,000.. the NSPCC will announce the final total when all the sponsorship money is in.
(Update 27.10.14 - £199,000 raised)
Mid May 333 people registered
End May 428 people registered
Mid June 567 people registered
End June 699 people registered
Mid July 777 people registered
End July 831 people registered
Mid Aug 904 people registered
End Aug 917 people registered
7th September 958 people registered!
All this plus people with Champagne Passes (going straight up in the lift), family and friends coming to support and enjoy the activities in the Gherkin Plaza and all the NSPCC volunteers - well over ONE THOUSAND people involved this year!
This, the 5th anniversary of the event, is the BIGGEST and BEST Gherkin Challenge for the NSPCC yet. I am so proud to be associated with it! (Now just have the climb the steps...)
Bouygues have ordered 20 books for their high profile guests attending their annual Director's Dinner, being held at the Gherkin this year. They ordered them months ago so why I am on a train to collect the books two hours before the event?...
All copies of the first edition had been sold out when they ordered but their date fitted in with the arrival of the second edition so that worked. All was going to plan until some extra post-production work that had been done on one of the panoramic photographs meant the books wouldn't be bound in time. It's ok, issues arise and I know it's my job to find a solution - I arrange to have 20 copies sent out to a specialist binders and sent to the Gherkin by 5pm. So far, so good. Copies were bound by 2.45pm but the courier tells me the van can't guarantee delivery until 6 or 7pm (haven't they heard of motorbikes I want to scream - I ask nicely instead, apparently they haven't). I work out I can go to Essex to collect them myself if the printer can bring them to the station. He can. I go. I arrive back at the Gherkin 15 minutes before the host arrives to set up. (So this is what they mean when they say an entrepreneur will do anything to make things work).
The Bouygues Directors and an array of high profile guests arrive including the lovely Sara Fox, of building the Gherkin fame (yes, actually - on time and under budget). I chat to everyone over drinks, they go into dinner - the books go down well, the evening is a huge success. Job done.
I think kindness is important, it makes a difference to people's lives, whether it's making them easier on any number of levels or just more pleasant. I always make it a personal choice whenever and wherever I can and advocate it as a policy to my family, friends and clients. I also think it is hugely important to thank people and am repeatedly struck by how powerful genuine acknowledgement can be, often moving beyond politeness to have a much deeper effect on the recipient and on relationships. Now I want to acknowledge and thank Adrian Foncette (I wrote this on his last day at Searcys).
Adrian brought something very special when he came to the Gherkin. He's funny, friendly, charming and very easy to talk to (the right balance of humour, support, empathy and/or encouragement) and most importantly he conducts everything he does with an ever-present dose of kindness. I see it in the way he welcomes people and in all the little extra things he does to ensure everyone is taken care of. Adrian remembers everything anyone has ever said or asked for - so just-the-way-you-like-it coffee/tea/whisky would appear the moment you arrived. Indeed he often knew what you wanted before you knew it yourself - like the chilly morning he discovered a very-early start had meant I'd missed breakfast and produced a bowl of museli (wheat-free, he remembered of course) and a jug of hot milk (which I would never have asked for but proved to be just what I needed) or the moment he discreetly produced tissues for the member who'd had some sad news. I also found his fantastic attention to detail invaluable - I'd ask him 'Is the name of the guy over there that I met last week, is it Peter or Kevin?' and he'd quietly say, 'It's Neil'...
Thank you Adrian. As someone who always goes the extra mile for others and performs numerous small acts of kindness on a daily basis, you'll be an asset wherever you go and much missed in my daily life at the Gherkin.
Lewis Hamilton loves the Gherkin. We know this because he told the @EveningStandard it was the building he'd like to be locked in overnight "It looks cool and I'd like to hang out in the bar at the top.' So for months every Gherkin Challenge planning meeting has started with Francesca Valli, the committee Chair and I, suggesting we ask Lewis Hamilton to take part this year. He'd be great, we say - he's a huge star, we say - the most talented driver of his generation and a phenomenal athlete. Can you imagine how he'd speed up the stairs, we say 'Hamilton expertly avoids the wall as he overtakes 27 people on the inside...' Can you imagine what an effect he'd have on the participants, we say 'Lewis is cheered by all as he dominates the stairwell on his way to the top...' Maybe he'd do it in the fastest time ever we say. 'Lewis Hamilton accelerates to a record breaking finish leaving the rest of the field 10 floors behind!' Just imagine...we said (at every meeting), it would be amazing!
So, you say, is he coming? Well, the NSPCC did speak to #TEAMLH last month - He'd have loved to, they tell us, But he'll be a little busy at the Italian Grand Prix that weekend... Maybe next year... Ok, so this could be great news for 2015!
Meanwhile this year, while Lewis is busy winning the Italian Grand Prix on September 7th, almost 1,000 of you will be doing something amazing too by taking part in the 2014 Gherkin Challenge for the NSPCC. If you need a little motivation just imagine drinking champagne with Lewis Hamilton in the bar at the top of the building and you'll find yourself racing up the steps! (Maybe I can put a smiling picture of him up to welcome you and make Francesca and I feel better - what do you think #TEAMLH?)
And if you're not taking part why not sign up for one of the few remaining places and join this year's record number of people running or walking up the steps of the Gherkin for the NSPCC? (You can even get a champagne lift pass and bypass the stairs). Winners medals for all, as every step up this extraordinary building makes a difference for vulnerable children. It would be good to make it 1,000 people taking part - only 29 places left.... Registration closes Sept 3rd.
Or, if you can't make it and want to make a difference to children, you could sponsor my son and I to climb the steps on your behalf. http://www.justgiving.com/Tee-Dobinson
PS - Message for #TEAMLH @LewisHamilton and the team are always welcome as my guests at the top of the Gherkin! @TeeDobinson #GherkinGuru
Today I get a sneak preview inside The Leadenhall Building, London's new iconic tower nicknamed the 'Cheesegrater'. It got this name, and the shape that led to it, because of the need to preserve the sight lines of St Paul's. I imagine the architects from Rogers, Stirk Harbour, holding up a triangular set square and saying ok, so this is the size of rectangular plot of land we have, how high can we go and still draw a diagonal line down from the top to the bottom that allows the view corridor from the Royal Observatory in Greenwich to skim past the steel and show the cathedral?...
Inside the building is glorious, the views on three sides of each floor, are amazing, and I love the steel structure itself. I get to visit the plant floors at the top of the building that won't be accessible to tenants including one which has a open air corridor on the east side where you can look down on the Gherkin and a paved area at the back looking north. The best surprise here (views as glorious as expected) is a specially built falcon's nest. Made of steel and painted bright yellow inside, it will have straw in its base and heated lamps to keep the birds warm and safe when they are not busy working at keeping the Cheesegrater pigeon free. (Incidentally while the Lloyds Building also has a falcon, theirs pays a weekly visit, the Gherkin is falcon less. So what do Lloyds and the Leadenhall Building have that the Gherkin doesn't?...)
The Gherkin is, in my mind, a piece of architectural art so I was interested when Searcys' commissioned architectural photographer Paul Ratigan to create two pieces of art for the 39th floor of the building with the Gherkin as their central theme. I was further delighted to be asked to interview Paul in front of an audience at the inaugural opening event - we'd like you to talk to Paul about your shared inspiration, the Gherkin and the synergies between your approaches as artist and expert.
I interview Paul the week before so I know what questions to ask on the night, I like him and we do have a lot in common, including the fact that we both walked around the building for months, (me mainly on the inside and him mainly on the outside). I also decide to go in on the Sunday afternoon when the art is being hung, partly because this would give me more time with Paul (the more information you know about your interviewee the better job you can do) and partly because I was dying to get a peek at the art. The pieces are AMAZING! Layers upon and layers of architectural details, all transposed over each other but utterly clear - the clarity an important part of his technique I learn. Paul's is work is abstract and complex but the multiple layers have to be transparent (it would be easy to make the 50 or 60 images in piece look like a muddy mess instead of a thing of great beauty). Paul wants you to see through the picture, for your eye to go in and out, always being drawn to something new. This is exactly what happens.
(During the hanging process you'll be pleased to know I resisted the temptation to peel off the protective plastic on the artworks, although it was hard - I am in full admiration of those people who keep the protective screen saver plastics on their phones, I tell you, mine comes off in a millisecond).
The opening night was a big success, 'St Mary Axe I' and 'St Mary Axe II' wowed everyone and the audience enjoyed Paul's combination of outright enthusiasm and detailed explanations of the complexities of the technology he uses.
Thanks to Searcys The Gherkin and the charismatic Didier Donier of Doniel Gallery for inviting me to MC the evening and conduct the interview with such a talented artist.
With all my publications there has been a lot of work behind the scenes* and the 2nd edition of '360˚ at The Gherkin is no exception. (*I'm sure it's the same for everyone's books, I just don't know about the development stories of anyone else's).
London's skyline has changed radically in the last few years - when I arrived at the Gherkin in 2009 only it and Tower 42 could be counted as tall buildings in the City of London. One of the reasons I proposed the book in the first place was that people would arrive at the top of the Gherkin and find the 360˚ view disorientating and, as things look different from above, they'd often have no idea what they were seeing - after a while they would spot St Paul's course but lots of the rest was a mystery. The Gherkin, it seemed to me, to be crying out for a view guide. Searcys agreed and the first book was produced. It has now completely sold out.
For this edition the new cityscape - the Shard and the Walkie-Talkie to the south, the Leadenhall to the West and the Olympic Stadium in the East, meant new panoramic portraits of the views so our photographer Joe was busy again. As before we wanted to capture the views at different times of day, although we kept the snowy dawn shot of the South-East in as it's simply so beautiful (good news for Joe because that dawn shot was taken in January just before 7am and this week dawn was at 4am!)
As many of the landmarks we identified in the first edition are now behind either the new towers, the new edition needed more research too. Before the first edition I spent 3 months at the Gherkin recording what people pointed out in the views and what they asked questions about and used this information to help select the 100 buildings and landmarks we identified. Then Carolyn, Dan and I started to research for the right stories. This time the three of us looked out the windows to see what we could spot. Was that the Golden Hind? Dan thinks he can see a mast (we zoomed into Joe's photos on the i-pad, yes he could) meanwhile Carolyn is delighted we can include Fishmongers Hall and immediately gives us 3 stories to choose from (we chose one about Wat Tyler being killed there by the Fishmonger master). We have sprinkled new places and accompanying stories throughout all the views, I think my favourite is that the little clock tower atop Sugar House in the East is an exact quarter replica of Big Ben.
Hours of proofing with Sara Fox follow (yes, she of building the Gherkin fame). Sara gives the same degree of attention to my grammar and typos as she does to getting a London landmark built, so thanks to her help the text is now perfect.
Design is next, the changes in photography and new wording mean each page has to be reworked. It's been done beautifully and I think Johnny (Creative Director) has made this edition look crisper and hang together even better than the first.
Now - we're ready for print - everything leaves today, June 13th, at 9am.
Incidentally Heron Towers was completed just as we finished the first edition and I struggled to find an unusual fact about it, then the day after we published they unveiled a gigantic tank in the reception area containing 1,000 fish and 3 sharks. The fish have made the second edition (the sharks long since being evicted for eating the other fish).
Today I am welcoming 31 small guests to the top of the Gherkin. One of Swiss Re's Director's has asked me to speak to her daughter's class. The children, from The Southbank International School in Hampstead, are incredibly well behaved and very curious - they have been doing a project on architecture and come armed with lots of questions and think of more when they are at the top. They are a pleasure to talk to and their teachers tells me later they do very well in the Gherkin Quiz that I sent them back to school with.
Signs ups are doing well, the Steering Committee have set an aim for 600 sign ups which is an increase on previous year's attendance based on the enthusiasm and expertise behind this year's event. (I've worked out the building's capacity for the event and am encouraging them to go for 900+, at the moment everyone is putting that down to my natural exuberance - let's see what happens.... )
14th March - 78 people signed up
28th March - 120 people signed up
11th April - 228 people signed up
25th April - 287 people signed up
Definitely watch what happens...
Sign up yourself at
The first thing you need to know, if you didn't already, is that Seb Falk ran this year's London Marathon dressed as The Gherkin in aid of Cure Parkinson's Trust. He did an amazing time of 3.24 mins (yes, in an eight foot costume) and has raised a staggering £12k+ for this important charity.
The second thing is his movie Go Gherkin: The Movie - based on the Rocky come back movie and made by Seb's film maker sister Bella, it's simply brilliant, if you haven't seen it do watch it now!! A tweet from Swiss Re CEO Russell Higginbotham alerted me to it and I after watching I invited Seb up to the top of the Gherkin - I didn't want him to run as a building he hadn't been inside. Russell then added to this by extending the invitation to the Swiss Re floors where he could meet staff and be sponsored. After Seb (in costume) and Suzannah his girlfriend (who made the costume) had tea at the top with Swiss Re's Sally-Anne Etienne and me, it was down to meet the Swiss Re marathon runners and receive the sponsorship cheque for £1,000 presented by Sally-Anne - it was then upstairs for lunch where Seb had a mini gherkin, making it a triple gherkin day.
Living on Blackheath meant we got to see Seb at the start and I'd loved seeing him on the BBC highlights show - and the Youtube clip where he bumps in to the finish line and has to go back and duck under to get through. There are more photos on Seb's Facebook page facebook.com/gogherkin and you can still sponsor him on http://www.justgiving.com/gogherkin
Jeffrey Blum survived the bombing of the Baltic Exchange by the IRA on 30 St Mary Axe, the site that is now occupied by the Gherkin. I interviewed him in 2012 ahead of the 20th anniversary commemorative dinner being held in aid of the Felix Fund, (the charity that supports bomb disposal experts and their families). My usual pre event research becoming hugely important this time as tragically Paul Butt, Thomas Casey and Danielle Carter all died in the bombing (I remember holding tightly onto a note with their names on during my talk, to make sure I read each one out correctly). I had talked to Jeffrey at length about his miraculous escape – the force of the explosion meant that the engine of the van the bomb was planted in crashed through a window in the 17th floor of neighbouring Tower 42 and blew Jeffrey up into the air. He landed on top of the rubble of newly shattered seven storey building and was taken to Barts Hospital, arriving with only a single pint of blood left in his body… The Queen was his first non family visitor.
Jeffrey had been invited to the commemorative dinner, but had declined because it was being held at the top of the Gherkin. He had vowed never to step inside. After we spoke then he told me that if anyone could entice him out of his personal boycott it would be me – he would let me know.
Two years later.
We meet outside the Gherkin at 3pm on April 10th on the spot where 22 years before the bomb had nearly killed him. Jeffrey had got in touch two days before, It was time to move on he said, was my offer still open... It was. Entering the building was a momentous moment for Jeffrey, I was honoured to accompany him and we were both quite emotional by the time we reached the top of the building. I had told everyone I could think of that Jeffrey Blum was coming in and what a big occasion it was for him so everywhere we went people were saying hello, welcoming him and congratulating him on his personal milestone. I think that helped.
After photos and time to reflect we left and went next door to the new Baltic Exchange, “in return for showing me your building, let me show you mine” Jeffrey had said. I had never been inside before - I loved it, particularly all the exquisite model ships on display in glass cases.
Jeffrey tells me that surviving the bombing made him value every single moment of his life since – and meeting him today reminded me to value every single moment of mine.
OSTC have asked me to lead a guided visit to the Gherkin for a group of their brightest business students from Poland, something I did for them at this time last year. I rarely get to take large groups to the top of the Gherkin (as it's a working building of course) so everyone is very excited. The visit goes brilliantly and then becomes a conversation about their careers and about attitudes and I end up giving a stirring speech as we stand beside the lift about choices and the advantages of asking (people can always say no and they so often say yes!) As I say goodbye at the bottom of the building I get a round of applause (lovely) and one of the group asks me if I've ever considered becoming a Motivational Speaker...
Later a member of the group, Mateusz Mucha, sends a LinkedIn request - of course I say yes.
Tonight Adam Lewis from the NSPCC’s Event Team presents the time line leading up to September 7th and we discuss how the committee can help enroll participants into the event. Lots is discussed, including a special event edition of my ‘360˚ at the Gherkin’ - as we (baizdon.com) are planning a second edition following the first one selling out I had offered to provide copies for everyone who reaches the top. Everyone liked the idea, and tonight we examine ways of sponsoring the books and at how we are going to let people know – if they just get it in their goody bags when they reach the top then the book is not helping encourage enrolment or incentivising fundraising so they need to know in advance. Various options are discussed. We also look at overalls event budgets (Steering Committee Chair Francesca Valli is particularly exacting in her demand for minute details) – I am learning such a lot about fund raising!
Each member of the London Business Board promises to send details out of the event to their networks once registration opens. It would just be fantastic if the building was bursting to the seams of people reaching the top, enjoying the views knowing every step they’ve taken on the way up has helped children – I reaffirm (to myself and out loud) my personal commitment to helping make the event a massive success for all concerned – both those raising the funds and those benefitting. The rest of the committee does the same. What a team!! We are going to make this happen!
This is the day that the flu struck with a vengeance. On Monday I didn’t feel great, Tuesday was worse but Wednesday was a nightmare. I was convinced it was because I had been so smug when the rest of the family were ill earlier in the month "me and my vitamin C, I’m super healthy!" But now I was not. I couldn’t get out of bed. Luckily the tube strike had led to my first event of the day being cancelled but I was booked in the evening to speak to 100 people at the Gherkin - from 7.45pm to 11pm! (Sometimes I just talk and go home but tonight I was doing the version where I talk a little bit at the beginning and then come back and add more between each course – help!) I stayed in bed until 5.30pm then got up, got dressed (feeling about 93 years old) and went to work. Thank heaven for my work ethic, or maybe my ambition (or maybe just double Neurofen) – I did it and it went brilliantly. The Apollo guests were great, the CEO charismatic and charming and I loved meeting the people from C Jam who had organised the event. All in all a big success even if by the end of the night my voice was going. Woke up the next day to a voice that was lost completely and didn’t return for three days by which time the Flu had became Bronchitis… maybe next year I’ll have a flu jab (and not be so smug!)
It is fantastic to see LV= back at The Gherkin, for an evening event this time hosted by Victoria Wentworth. I soon see that everyone is really relaxed and an anecdote based, entertaining speech is what is needed - big smiles and lots of laughter tell me I’ve got it right.
Heidi Lees-Bell reminds me that when we last met in November she recommend I put a film of speaking at all the different events on my website – I have to admit it’s still on the To Do List! Thanks Heidi, it makes perfect sense - I make a mental note to move it a few places up the list.