Which is worse: Paxman or being interviewed with an attached cat?

Have you ever done a BBC Radio interview with a cat attached to your leg? Afraid to say I have. It went well, but it was pretty painful – not as painful as some interviews though.

How stories paid for terrifying trousers and patchouli candles

Stories can be memorable. And they are persuasive. What makes them so invaluable for effective communication and how can they help your messages to achieve exponential impact?

Storytelling in your business communications

How businesses and social enterprises can use the incredible power of storytelling within their communications. A free business breakfast taking place at Grimm and Co in Rotherham.

Scaling up, Transformational Leadership & Smart Digital Marketing

Come along to a fringe event which I’m hosting as part of the MADE Entrepreneurship Festival. You can reserve your free place below, and you’ll be able to pick the brains of three experts in their fields. Taking place on Thursday 22nd October, the MADE Festival brings delegates from all over the UK to hear […]

How to get journalists to cover your business

Rotherham Hospice Business Networking: Business Breakfast Wake up Call Over the last five years the media has changed beyond all recognition. Find out how your business can take advantage – and feed busy journalists tasty morsels of news on a plate On the menu at Rotherham Hospice’s breakfast networking event: 20 inside-track methods to get […]

Workshop in Malaysia: Journalism for Social Good

Just back from a quick trip to Malaysia, delivering a workshop and training for social enterprises, organised by The British Council. Videographer Dan Jones and I had the pleasure of working with 14 social entrepreneurs, students and journalists through the Journalism for Social Good programme. Our three day workshop covered visual and audio storytelling, interviewing […]

Interviews: Rachel Salway, Chris Barnes, Jodie Marshall, Rory Ridley-Duff

Last Friday (19/12/14) was the final Business Live radio show of 2014 – and a feast of inspiration thanks to my guests. Rachel Salway of Roseannah discussed fundraising for Destiny Rescue to rescue a trafficked child from horrific circumstances. Chris Barnes of Training Post introduced an accessible new e-learning resource which SMEs and social enterprises […]

Lean marketing for social enterprise & startups

I thoroughly enjoyed running Marketing skills for social enterprises – connecting with your customer last Friday afternoon. The workshop, organised by the Yorkshire Venture Philanthropy Programme and South Yorkshire Community Foundation took place at Sheffield Hallam University’s Sheffield Business School. Andi Stamp joined me to lead the seminar, bringing his expertise, empathy and enthusiasm: Andi […]

9 steps to social enterprise success

Thoroughly enjoyed running a 3-hour workshop for Sheffield Community Network yesterday (24/04/13) on setting up and running a social enterprise. What a diverse group – facing many similar issues, but also very specific ones. The ever-enthusiastic Andi Stamp – my co-presenter – and I made the workshop as interactive and focused on participants’ specific needs […]

Commissioning: ask for RHITA!

Who’s RHITA? You may well ask. You’re on a website built by Jamie, after all. And the only middle name I’m aware of having is Stuart. RHITA isn’t my name – it’s an acronym for a set of attributes I try to live by in my professional (and personal) life. Reliability. Honesty. Integrity. Tenacity. Attitude. […]