Screenshot notifications for Instagram Stories

Oh no… I take screenshots daily on Instagram stories.  I take them of workouts I like, I take them of food that looks amazing and, I take them copious amounts of times a day from the #eventstyling feed for inspiration and Instagram is currently testing a feature that will allow you to see whom has screenshot your story!

Thankfully this is only in test mode and I really hope Instagram doesn’t roll this out as a permant feature… If they do, the notification will only show up in your viewer feed but I still think it will put people off snapping away! What do you think #eventprofs? You can read more about it in todays TechCrunch here.


Eventprofslive – FAM Trip

There is a three letter word that, as an Event Manager, sparks more interest than most for me and that is FAM. I love a FAM trip. I love being able to experience a location and a hotel first hand. See how they treat their guests, how comfy are their beds, how do they check people in… the list is endless and by attending a FAM trip you develop this amazing knowledge of that venue that stays with you forever, ready to recommend should it suit a particular brief.

Eventprofslive had its very first FAM trip just two weeks ago at the stunning Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club.  Our group of Event Managers were just eight in total and we had a fabulous time.

Ashdown Park is situated just 30 minutes from London and then just a 10 minute taxi ride from its closest station, East Grinstead. The hotel is part of the Elite Group of hotels (everyone knows Luton Hoo) and has 106 bedrooms in total and when Kate and I checked in to ours, we immediately called each other to come and check each other’s out. The first thing I do is check out the bathroom (I love a bathroom) and filled with Molton Brown treats, a very impressive shower with too many jets to count meant I was in heaven.

We had invited a select few of event and hotel bookers to our FAM Trip. The majority of our group arrived around 6.00 pm where after checking-in, we met in the foyer with Chillisauce whom had organised a treasure hunt around the hotel’s vast grounds for us.  This was an amazing way to see all the grounds of the hotel (including its lake, on-site golf course and meeting spaces) and after 45 minutes and some very odd selfies (all part of the treasure hunt) we headed back to the main house to award the winners and cringe at the photos!

After our team building it was on to the most important part of the trip… For our group, it’s all about the meeting rooms and there is definitely something unique about the spaces at Ashdown Park.  Meeting rooms with amazing arched ceilings and natural daylight via stained glass windows would make for impressive syndicate rooms and the hotels “Richard Towneley Suite” can seat up to 250 (split over two floors) and also offers six syndicate rooms, all self-contained.  There is even an original organ in there! You can view the capacity charts here.

After a quick nip back to the hotel to change, we were back in the foyer to meet the hotel’s General Manager and Group Business Development Manager for some cocktail making, very tasty canapes (what diet) and a lovely dinner in the private dining room.  Chef Andrew Wilson is in charge of the menu and his Michelin Starred experience is very much evident in his food and presentation.  The food was amazing and paired well with some great conversation on everything from events to weekend plans being discussed.

After dinner a few of us stayed up chatting away in one of the hotels fab private rooms and having a few wines before turning into the oh-so-comfy beds.

Next morning it was a run(stroll) thorugh one of the hotels 3 jogging tracks, a scare by some of the deer on premises and then a trip to the gym, a swin and a massage! Absolute bliss. The gym is fully equipt and the swimming pool and Jacuzzi were very popular with the group.

I adore Ashdown Park it would work so well for any number of events, retreats and conferences.  For more information on the hotel or events assistance you can contact Carina here.

So you want to start your own events business?

So you want to start your own events business?

The Guardian is currently presenting Masterclasses, an international programme of face-to-face courses across film, food and drink, gardening and next weekend our favourite topic… events and how to start your own events business.

“This masterclass will help you to develop your idea and get your venture up-and-running. During this comprehensive day of talks, you’ll learn the nuts and bolts of working in the events industry – whether you want to run a pop-up or events catering business, or work as a freelancer.So you want to start your own events business?”

We have secured 20% off the course for our lovely Eventprofslive members.  Click here for the link to purchase tickets at the discounted rate and really hope to see you there! I am signing up!

our next #eventprofslive breakfast event

Who would have thought that two people who met on Twitter could become good friends and develop what is becoming one of London’s best #eventprofs networking groups! We sure do love the social media ha ha

Kate and I launched our group just give months ago and since then our evening networking events are going so well that we are now starting breakfast events too.

On Wednesday 25 November, a few of our members are heading over to Batty Langley’s in Spittlefields for breakfast and a tour of the city’s most exclusive boutique hotel.  The event is hosted by the fabulous Alexander Ryll of Hazlitt’s Hotels and the delicious Hotel Cocktail Blog and you can register you interest to attend here.  

Alexander says Batty Langley's

“Batty Langley’s in the past was home to silk merchants, petty thieves, tarts and vagabonds, and we have created Georgian elegance and witty charm”

I can’t wait to see it.  The address is in Folgate Street, Spitalfields, E1 6BX and you can register for you tickets here.  Kate and I hope to see you there and don’t forget to mention #eventprofslive when you register!

New London Restaurant – Suvlaki

There are quite a few new restaurants popping up in and around London however Suvlaki Athenian Grill is going to be the one I get excited about.

Situated in Soho, Suvlaki promises home-made street food and classic dishes from Greece.  The menu is short and sweet with Suvlaki skewers, wraps and signature offerings which is the side of the menu that caught my eye.  I need to get my hands on the Greek Burger stuffed with Feta (£12.00) and after this bloody cleanse I am doing, I am pretty sure I am going to head straight down there. Other menu items include Greek Salad (£8.00), three mini Suvlaki wraps (£12.00) and a Pita bread with lemon mustard (£8.00).

image via Suvlaki

image via Suvlaki

#Eventprofs Networking Drinks

Our next #eventprofs meetup is to be held on Tuesday 25th of August at a central London location. Our meetups are an informal way to network with other #eventprofs, see a new venue and of course have a wine or six.

We held our last one at the Fabulous Mondrian hotel and had a great night meeting new people and growing our network.

If you need further information or would like to attend please email me or get in touch via Twitter!

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We know you love champagne, we’ve read your blog…

Second week back and well into the new year and this week has been crazy. My Monday started off well.  I am good on Mondays, I get really motivated and was on track for everything for my seminar I was to deliver on Wednesday morning.  It’s nice having only one event a week.  I am sure it won’t last long but it’s great.  I have about 10 other projects I am working on which are exciting so it’s really motivating me and giving me the time to give them my all.

On Tuesday I was at Hotel Cafe Royal to meet their sales manager and the lovely The Leading Hotels Of The World over breakfast followed by a site visit. If you are yet to get to the hotel, you need to go. Since Tuesday I have become obsessed with it and what I could use it for.  I was particularity in love with The Oscar Wilde Bar.  The bar has been exquisitely restored to its authentic Louis XVI detailing and it is just stunning. You can privately hire the space for your events or the public can head along daily for afternoon tea from 12.00 pm or in the evenings from Tuesday to Saturday for their cabaret show! In the afternoon I attended a tasting for Spring and then had a work dinner as well.. I wonder why I am getting fatter!

Hotel Cafe Royal

Wednesday morning was my seminar with a 5.00 am start  which went very well if I do say so myself. There is a formula for seminars that if you stick to the fundamentals, all will go well…. hopefully!

morning coffeeIt doesn’t account for last minute slide changes or av issues but in general, do everything on your checklist and you should have a good night’s sleep the night before which is interesting as I didn’t! That though is the fault of the hotel I was staying in which although nice enough, their toilets have a habit of  refilling every hour on the hour!

Thursday was full of seminar follow-up and back onto those other 10 projects and looking for a new course to do.  I am obsessed with studying. I need something to do in the evenings, whether it’s my blog or my weekend wedding business or studying something on-line so if anyone has any suggestions, let me know!

Its Friday now, I today received a very exciting invitation to attend Champagne tasting in February and an event at the ME to which the email went like this “Dear Michelle, as we know you love champagne from reading your blog, we would love you to join us…” ha ha.  Now, my day is over and am looking forward to the weekend.  My husband (still love saying that) and I are going to ride our bikes on the weekend for lunch at Toby Cottage.  Riding bikes means I can’t have my usual 2 bottles of wine so should be feeling fresh on Monday!

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Happy Weekend everyone #eventprofs

#Twitter Lists

When I try to convince non-users how awesome #Twitter is they say the same thing. There is too much content and you don’t seem to read the stuff you want to as the feed is clogged with stuff you aren’t interested in. First and foremost why in the name of red wine are you following people you have no interest in and second, sorting the content into manageable lists is super-duper easy.twitter-logo-2012

Having the people you are following sorted into lists makes it easy to find what you are looking for.  In my Twitter account I have lists for Hotels,  other Event Managers, Bloggers and a few more which makes it ever so easy for me to access the content I want or even catchup with what my mates have posted during the day.  When you set-up your lists you also have the option to keep them private or, to make them public.

Twitter gives you the power to create lists and it is ever so easy.  Here is how you do it:

  1. Go to your Lists page
  2. Click Create list.
  3. Enter the name of your list, a short description of the list, and select if you want the list to be private (only accessible to you) or public (anyone can subscribe to the list).
  4. Click Save list.

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You can make up to 1000 different lists as well. What are you waiting for. Make it your #2015 resolution!