Well here we are; welcome 2017! Happy New Year and we hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and ready for the year ahead?
First off we would like to thank all competition entrants for taking time to respond to our Christmas Fun competition; our winner of the £50 Marks & Spencer voucher went to Nicola Cameron, 2nd prize to Imogen Allen and third prize to Lee Henderson, along with numerous others winning spot prizes. We really appreciate the time taken out to support the launch of our website and enjoyed the friendly interaction! Keep it up!
Lisa & I both welcome you to our blog page and will take turns to post. Sometimes we are like chalk and cheese but somehow we work, well a lovely LBV port compliments a smelly blue veiny cheese does it not?! Won’t tell you which one is which out of us two! Hopefully our personalities are reflected in our blogs, so you get to know us not only as Magnifisense but Gail & Lisa sisters, with a common goal of organising & implementing bespoke workshops. Creating memories to cherish whether on a corporate or private basis; of course like us all, we like to drop the work for a while, unwind and have fun with the family creating our own cherished memories too!
Whilst sitting and typing, I contemplate what 2017 will bring and why I chose the quote ‘In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different’ – Coco Chanel. In fact I think that was Lisa’s choice for the website, and she likes things and people that are different! But for the purposes of this blog I’m going to use it! Whether in the past applying for new jobs and being asked what makes you different from other applicants, or the generic questions that we have all been asked, and now as a business owner, what makes us different to what’s out there, what’s our USP (Unique Selling Point). I always come back to the answer well it’s me, us or you! We all attain exam results, degrees, life experiences that are similar, but it’s what we do as individuals and bring to the table that sets us aside. You don’t have to have the top degree, top job, most money to be better than anyone else, it’s you as the person in whatever you do that makes you unique. Now of course we are all replaceable, especially in jobs hopefully not as friends and family, but it’s whether you give enough for someone to choose not to replace you or to choose you from the outset. There may be just one thing or many that makes you different and could make you stand out, the most basics such as a smile, taking time out for someone, listening, encouraging others to do better than you, learning from mistakes, a want to change or to succeed, this list is endless, but whatever it is, do it “well” and “mean it”.
Technology one could argue easily replaces many roles in life and certainly has enhanced how we live and assisted in freeing up precious time and sometimes money, however, I am a firm believer in human interaction, in fact it is a necessity for us to have human interaction, a view which is shared in this blog by Nick Gold (MD Speakers Corner) https://www.gevme.com/blog/how-should-we-use-technology-in-the-events-industry/ in particular I liked this paragraph ‘the central purpose of events and meetings has, nonetheless, remained largely unwavering. Delegates continue to enjoy opportunities to meet up and network; they seek engaging environments and personal experiences –whether from thought leaders delivering fresh insights, or through experiential learning workshops – in order to improve both themselves and their industries’. I guess it strikes a chord with me, as our workshops are engaging interactive, fun and provide personal experiences for participants to take on board. Whether it’s a company trying to get their departments and employees to bond better or strengthen teams or a family wanting to arrange a celebration to cover all ages (not easy)! As a business we can work remotely, talk by phone, FaceTime, conference call but we work best when we are sat in front of each other! I’m sure like the article suggests is true of many of us in work and family life.
Whether business or pleasure, we all need to take time out to learn about each other, understand each other better or just to spend quality time with people we love in very busy times, where texts, FaceTime or emails seems to be a compromise.
Lisa and I have always been different, with our likes, tastes, opinions but we actually work together extremely well, so whilst it is good to be different and as sisters irreplaceable; we bring our unique and different qualities to the business and our workshops and above all love the human interaction with people. It is great to get out of the office and meet people and engage with them.
We would love the opportunity to work with you in 2017 and of course beyond, we don’t bite and are extremely friendly! Full of ideas and work with like minded suppliers that bring some unique events to the table for you to enjoy! Want your staff to regroup? Welcome new employees? Implement change in a friendly way? Do something different for a celebration other than a pork pie and disco? Get in contact, email, social media, even better by phone or why not meet up and have a cuppa, happy to bring cake or carrot sticks if you are being good! (hope not)
Wishing you a healthy, peaceful, prosperous and extremely happy new year!