Women in Business - 4 February 2016
36 business women met for lunch last Thursday (4 February) at Manor of Groves in the idyllic Hertfordshire countryside. This event was the first meeting of 2016 for the Women in Business network hosted by Nockolds Solicitors Limited.
An essential part of networking is creating relationships. Just meeting people and getting to know each other can help create and perpetuate your success. Our Women in Business group is all about meeting up in a relaxed setting, keeping in touch, providing advice and support and being inspired by each other.
Women in Business meets four times a year at various venues in the local area for lunch. Most of the lunches have a speaker who share their knowledge, advice and own experiences of being in business.
The picturesque grounds were a superb backdrop for our speaker's presentation. Loraine Callow, Personal Image and Style Consultant, gave us an inspirational presentation on personal styling, successful shopping, and general wardrobe advice.
The peacock in residence at Manor of Groves strolled around outside the window (looking amazing) as Loraine presented, underlining that this was where 'the stylish' had chosen to meet up that day.
Loraine and I first met on a grey day, exchanging complaints on the train station platform as a consequence of delays. We were both headed for London, Loraine stunningly turned-out and on her way to London Fashion week and I, in my usual slummy-mummy attire, and definitely not beautifully turned-out. We sat next to each other on the train and chattered about family life and work. I was very impressed with how Loraine had set up her own business from scratch and made it such a success. Making this connection that day with Loraine genuinely helped me to remain focused on my professional goals at a time of great pressures at work and home.
Last Thursday, Loraine's warm personality and instinctive eye for style shone whilst she spoke. Many of us were left thinking we really should go home and de-clutter those wardrobes, but we were also left with the feeling that it was possible, and even pleasurable, to upgrade our professional image.