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Menta Very Early Lunch Club......sharing some lessons from Big Business!

by Claire Martinsen on Thu 07th Jan 2010 12:49

menta breakfastI did my first ever Breakfast Meeting presentation just before Christmas – entitled ‘The Mother of All Decisions – lessons from Big Business that I’ve taken into Small Business’!  I was speaking at the Very Early Lunch Club run by MENTA.  The Lunch Club is actually SO early that it takes place from 7.30 – 9.30am at the rather beautiful and iconic Angel Hotel in Bury.

mentaMENTA is the Mid-Anglian Enterprise Agency, and covers most of Suffolk from their bases in Haverhill and Bury St Edmunds.  They have been a really great support in the setting up of Breckland Orchard, and in fact I couldn’t have done it without their help and support….so I was only too pleased to put something back and talk at the Very Early Lunch Club.  The courses that Menta run are amazing, as is the one-on-one advice [thanks Leanne and Rosanne]…..but generally it is the friendly but knowledgeable approach of the team that makes the difference.

colinIt was the first time that I had addressed such a large group since leaving Mars………so it was a bit scary to see my good friend Colin Mclean of Presentation Works in the front row!  Colin is a complete guru on presenting, and has given me some great tips along the way! Nothing like presenting in front of an expert, but I needn’t have worried.  The presentation went really well, and Colin gave me some fantastic feedback afterwards.  I enjoyed sharing my learnings and approach at the Breakfast. And as a special festive gift, everyone took away a bottle of Cranberry and Rosehip to enjoy!

I was surprisingly relaxed….probably because my mind was on my next ‘gig’!  I was presenting to 50 business strangers at 9am, but much more daunting was the prospect of performing in front of 50 4-year olds at 11am the same day.  I was playing the part of a ‘Mole’ in my son’s Christmas play at his pre-school, so I guess the Menta breakfast was the perfect warm-up act to that.  Being in the play reminded me of one of the simple pleasures that working for yourself can afford….the chance to take an hour or so out to help out at school.  That’s not something that would have been possible in my previous incarnation….when I was commuting to Slough to work at Mars.

Both ‘gigs’ went well………..looking forward to doing it again soon!



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