Raising your profile

Giving confident and powerful presentations – our top 5 tips

You’ve been asked to give a presentation – that’s great news! You might not be thinking that right now, but trust me, this is your chance to shine. If you’re like most people, you probably don’t like presenting very much. All it takes is a little preparation, some practice, and a winning mindset. Read on …

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David Kentish joins People Management Group

David Kentish, Kentish and Co’s director and co-founder, has joined the committee of the British Institute of Facilities Management’s People Management Special Interest Group (http://www.bifm.org.uk/bifm/groups/sigs/peopma) The group was formed in 2009 to represent the interests of anyone involved in managing people in the facilities management sector. The group’s mission is to ensure that people considerations …

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Taking Facilities Management from the basement to boardroom – is training always the answer?

Imagine, you go home this evening, go to bed and go to sleep. While you’re sleeping a ‘miracle’ happens. When you get to work, FM is now high on the agenda, you and your team have a real influence on the direction of the organisation. Imagine that… What would be the first signs that something …

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Networking and butter fish curry

The Vltava river, Karluv bridge, Staromestske sq, Malostranske sq, Astronomical clock and Prazsky castle, all reasons enough to visit the Czech capital, Prague. But when I discovered the annual European Facilities Management Conference (EFMC) was being held in the city this year, I thought of a better reason to make the 400km drive south, networking. …

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Mother and home work versus the facilities manager

Whilst I take a short breather over a cool glass of wine on a Sunday evening, I reflect on the previous week’s events in my role as a mother whose recent work-life was within FM. In both roles I have facilitated my client currently my partner (and service user children) in focusing on the supportive …

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One year to the Olympics – the countdown begins

On 6 July 2005, we knew that London would be hosting the 2012 Olympic games. I remember being in the car in Brentwood, Essex, with my husband when the news was announced, and I punched the air with a loud ‘Yes!’. This week marks the one year countdown, and look how far we’ve come! As …

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How to create your niche in 6 easy steps

I was invited to speak at the Women’s Infrastructure Network’s second UK event yesterday, along with Christine Jones of TigerMouth. My topic was ‘creating your niche’, and I shared my own journey in setting up a successful business, and gave tips for raising your own profile, whether you are starting a business or even job …

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