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Sometimes we need to take our own advice

When I was approached to conduct a seminar at the Salisbury Expo “How to recruit for your business”, my initial reaction was absolutely not! My fear of public speaking coupled with some self-doubt meant it wasn’t something I didn’t feel confident enough to do.

Fast forward 6 months and my “absolutely not” seemed to translate as “sure thing!” and the next thing I know I’m sent an email with a 12.30pm timeslot for the seminar.

The Expo was great, hosted by the Salisbury Chamber, of which Purple Panda Recruitment are a member, it enabled local businesses to get together and showcase their skills and services to both other businesses and the general public. Lucy Thornber, our Senior Resourcer and I were up at the crack of dawn armed with brochures, business cards and a bottle of purple gin to give away…. any excuse! The expo had a good footfall throughout the day, and we met some inspiring businesses in the local area.

By the time my seminar came around, I was too nervous to eat (which never happens!) so we postponed lunch until I was finished Luckily for me, I was interviewed by Ceri Huford-Jones, Managing Director of local radio station Spire FM. He was brilliant at putting me at ease, asking some great questions and interacting with the audience. I just hope the audience felt I had some constructive answers for these! Straight after the seminar, we headed out for lunch.

This was the first stand and obviously seminar I/Purple Panda Recruitment have done and thankfully, both turned out to be a great success. I guess the moral of this story is to never stop pushing yourself out of your comfort zones from time to time, it’s always easy for us as to recruiters to reiterate this over and over to candidates but sometimes, putting this into practice is easier said than done.


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