The one with the wine (and cheese)

It’s been a bit of a funny week really and I’m not sure I can pick just one highlight.

On top of a traditionally busy week as we hurtle to the start of a new month I’ve had a few issues to contend with when it comes to managing people.  When you work for yourself, and don’t have staff, it’s very easy to forget how difficult conflicts with other people can be to resolve.  This week I was thrown in to having sort something out on behalf of someone and it probably took more out of me than I initially thought.

In fact, it’s still bouncing away in the back of my mind long after the time was logged and the invoice has been sent.  That’s probably my biggest challenge of the week.

As for the highlights …

Those of you who are avid readers of my ramblings will no doubt be aware that Time Saving Heroes exhibited at thebestofBolton’s Big Bolton Expo on Tuesday.  You can read more about our experience here.

We had a great time, and have made some brilliant contacts.  The main reason I chose to exhibit in Bolton this month rather than in Bury is we’re looking to move in to the Bolton market, and it was a great introduction to so many businesses.

My personal favourite part of the evening was the speed networking. I’d never done it before, and despite the fact that I appear to have the confidence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, I’m actually quite a shy individual.  So the thought of being forced to talk to a bunch of strangers for 90 seconds at a time was actually quite terrifying.  The reality is it was actually a ridiculous amount of fun!

If you’ve never been involved in this before I highly recommend it.  Just make sure you have a drink on hand for when you finish – I like a natter, but my goodness I was talked out afterwards and drier than Ghandi’s flip flop.

Another highlight occured last night, when I was lucky enough to attend a wine and cheese tasting event at Bury Football Club, hosted by Jean Juviniere Limited.

Anyone who knows me will attest to the fact that I like a glass (or five) of wine. While I greatly enjoy a tipple, the reality is I am more of a user than a connoisseur.  And I have been more than happy to live that way for years.  A wine tasting event has never appealed (other than the obvious opportunity to consume copious amounts of fermented grapes) for fear I will show myself to be uncouth. Of course, having a loud Essex accent already sets me firmly down that path as it is.

However, last night I went along with the intention of throwing myself out of my comfort zone in the hopes of discovering something magical.

Now, I can’t pretend it was a life changing experience (it appears I still cannot get on with red), but it was a lot of fun and I’m glad I went.  If nothing else I have found a whole new appreciation for cheese (combined with wine), and am now in love with Grandad’s Sausages.  It’s no wonder they’ve been putting a smile on Grandma’s face for over 50 years! They certainly put a smile on mine.

My takeaway for this week then is simply it’s always worth putting yourself out there, and doing things you might not fancy on the surface, or are a little nervous of.

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