The Networking Whistleblower

January 21, 2008

I have had the privilege of knowing John Donnelly for several years and am delighted to see that he will be delivering a Workshop for EveryWoman all about networking, entitled “The Networking Whistle Blower”. 

The event is fully funded ( so it’s FREE to Women in the East of England ) and booking is straightforward via an online booking form (using RSVPBook which I reviewed last year).  Whilst I know John personally I have not attended this particular workshop before and have therefore booked to attend in March and will provide a review afterwards. 


Who is John Donnelly (for the uninitiated)?
John is a sort of cross between Bill Bailey and a Mancunian Sir John Harvey Jones. He is an innovative, motivational and inspirational speaker presenting his own original research. And he is the driving force behind Learning Point, the IoD’s record breaking Big Breakfast Added Cholesterol Club, The Bosses Club and The Rainmaker Makers.John says that his “Humour has to be ‘built-in’ and not just ‘bolt-on’ so that whilst you’re laughing you’re learning”.
He really works with the audience and his interactive demonstrations always score high on the chuckle-o-meter. With John you get great entertainment and never, ever the same-old-same-old ideas. “There must be absolutely no S.O.B.O.s (Statements Of the Bleep Obvious)” he added with a huge grin.

“Inspiration and Motivation have to survive the delegates’ journey home” says John “So I try to create more Ah Ha Moments than you can shake a stick at. I want to inspire people in the way that the amazing and generous RainMakers we studied inspired us”.




Details of Events via the EveryWoman website:

27 Feb 2008 (Knebworth House, Knebworth, Hertfordshire)
18 Mar 2008 (The Cambridge Belfry, Cambourne, Cambridgeshire)
This workshop breaks down the art of networking and shows you the winning strategies for doing business in non-traditional sectors. Learn more about female networking advantages and how to win access and trust at the highest levels.

You will be shown techniques such as ‘Charisma Polishing’ and the ‘Feminine Side Leadership Principle’ that will enable you to improve your networking skills.

If you are looking to raise the profile of you or your organisation and ultimately increase sales, then this is the workshop for you!

Who should attend?
This workshop is perfect for women looking to improve their personal development and business skills. Particularly:
– women working in small businesses
– women working in non-traditional industries such as construction, science, technology, sport and leisure
– women in family firms supporting their husband / partner or other family members in their business


09.30 Registration
10.00 Workshop begins
16.00 Workshop closes

Funded places

The standard fee for this workshop is usually £295 but thanks to funding from Exemplas, we are delighted to offer it to women living or working in the East of England at no charge.

Fully funded training with such a fantastic course leader is a rare opportunity so please register now in order to guarantee your place and ensure you don’t miss out.


I once said “spend time with this man” and I truly meant it … see you there!


Online Event Management software

November 4, 2007

If you want to organise an Event but don’t have a huge team to co-ordinate everything, it will be vital to make the very best use of online event management software currently available.

I have recently discovered rsvpBook and would love to hear from anyone who has practical experience of using this software OR any other online event management software … rsvpBOOK


Some of the features which appeal to me are:

E-mail messaging:
Send e-mail invites, reminders and custom messages to your list
Resend invites to addresses not yet registered
E-mail confirmations and receipts are sent automatically to guests
Receive e-mail (or not) each time someone registers for your event
Receive notification when you approach your maximum # of registrants

Online Payment Processing with Reporting:
Accept online payments through your own PayPal account
Or, connect directly to your own merchant account
Include item thumbnail pictures and popup enlargements
View and download sales by item, group and customer
View transaction data for any date range
Set up Promo Codes to track your advertising
Offer early-bird discounts, manage inventory and use start/stop-selling dates

Sessions and Tracks with Reporting:
Set up an unlimited number of sessions; require attendance, or not
Specify title, speaker, description, room, dates, times, audience
View and download attendee lists; send reminders-to-attend to session attendees
Set maximum number of attendees per session, automatic wait-lists
Move wait-listed attendees to the in-list
Move attendees from one session to another with auto e-mail confirmation
Print out session itineraries, one page per person – hand out at the door

Post-Event Services:
Post images and documents for downloads after your event
Send a guest survey after your event
Sell items after your event has occurred – tapes and CDs of speakers

There are various packages, at different price points, including a free trial so that you can try it before committing yourself.  I’d love to hear from anyone who has used this software to arrange any event from a small workshop to a huge multi-sessional conference.