It’s time to start feeling festive finally! November has gone by in a blur. This month I attended a conference down in London which has inspired a lot of new ideas, I took on my first speaking gig and I’ve seen another launch with a key client of mine go ahead successfully. I’m now excited to head onto into the last month of 2019 but first here’s a little more insight behind scenes of what I’ve been up to for the past month!
Early on in November I attended my first Youpreneur Summit down in London at the Queen Elizabeth 11 Centre in Westminster. After hearing so much about it from 2018 I had to get my ticket booked straight away. It was an amazing 2 day event hosted by Chris Ducker with some inspiration speakers, attendees and lots of memories brought away.
The ideas being shared around the room added a magic buzz to the room. I met so many inspiring business owners and entrepreneurs and I’ve come away with lots of ideas for my business to implement, new contacts and a whole lot of motivation to grow and take things to the next level going into 2019 so watch this space! I’ll be getting a ticket for next year as soon as they are released!
— Claire Jenks | Design & Branding (@cjenksdesign) November 30, 2018
After seeing so many inspiring speakers at Youpreneur, I was excited to take on my own first speaking gig mid November. I was invited to speak at the Profs Business and Tech Expo at Newcastle Library hosted by Peter Martin of Biz Profs. My topic was “How to use Canva to create stand out visuals for your business”.
Visuals are a non-negotiable in my view for marketing your business these days, so was great to share some tips that business owners can create them to help grow their business. I got some great support and feedback and looking forward to doing more in 2019.
I was back to hosting the co-working events in Blyth this month and was great to have a full room of business owners and remote workers join us. I’ll be running the events again next year so let me know if you would like to come along! Check out all the events on the Colleagues on Tap website if you fancy joining us!
Youpreneur Summit was a whole weekend of meeting new faces, meeting people in person I had only met through social media and also spending some time with my peers and Geordie friends. I couldn’t ask for a more supportive “crew” and very lucky to have them. I know we sure did make an impression down there and I’ll echo others when I say people commented on how envious they are of us.
I met the lovely Tracey Tait from Transcend You this month to chat all things branding and I’m so excited that she’s decided to work with me to help her refresh her branding and gain some consistency across her brand. Tracey also introduced me to one of my new favourite meeting places in Newcastle, Filmore and Union. They do the nicest coffee and cakes! So if you’re trying to find me when I’m in Newcastle, try there first!
It’s been a month for meetings and lots of coffees (which I won’t complain about!). Some exciting news is I’m going to be working with Katherine Wildman on my website. Right on brand for me Katherine and I met at Coastline Chippy on the beach in Blyth. Really looking forward to working with Katherine over the next few weeks!
Last month I mentioned that I had I attended a 6 week course on Digital Marketing and Reputation Management led by Pascal Fintoni back in August. It was great to catch up with Pascal and the rest of the course attendees to see how we were getting on implementing what we had learnt followed by a yummy lunch to celebrate ‘graduating’.
This month I’ve been back supporting Barbour with their full Autumn Winter 2019 launch. It’s always great to see everything coming together throughout all the marketing tools and showrooms. Another successful launch complete! I’m proud to have been asked back again next year to help with their Pre and main Spring Summer 2020 launch!
I’ve also been helping out a lot of speakers with their presentation decks recently, making sure they’re all on brand and looking their best. The imagery and slides that work along the speaker are often thought about in terms of content but not visually and it can make a huge difference to how the attendees absorb the content and stay engaged. It can also help the speaker feel more confident that the HUGE screen behind them is an extension of them.
I’ve received some lovely comments including this one from Nicole Osborne from Lollipop Social about her branded presentation: