Getting the best out of networking – 5 top tips!

Well, another several months go by and my blog is beginning to look very sparse indeed.  Hey ho… the perils of being a successful mumpreneur…

I’ll post about the conference next… but I’m waiting for the official photos first, my own versions are a little washed out!!  (but to save your suspense…I came 2nd in the “Interactive Business” category – so I’m well chuffed!)

Anyway… with so many people to meet and greet it lends itself to another blog explaining how I get the best out of networking.

People pass business to people they know, like and trust… tyou can develop the know and like bits within the space of a few days, the trust will come when they start to use your services or you’ve helped them market theirs.

These top tips should be applied for everyone you meet.  After all, you might not ever be able to do business with a pyramid construction expert, but they might be best friends with someone who needs your services, and likewise, you MAY meet a slave at some point keen to work on pyramid building in the future, in which case you can connect them and helping people like that really helps your credibity (that’s the trust bit for those who are following…)

 

So… here are my top tips.

 

1) Make sure you are memorable!

You meet so many new people in a networking day that people can’t lremember who they spoke to unless you’ve got something that will make you stand out.

Me – I wear a knife through head head-band, and carry a fish.  It makes me look a little quirky, but EVERYONE remembers me.  Carrying a fish under your arm might not work for everyone obviously – but you can stand out in other ways.  Broaches, bright clothing, t-shirts with your logo, name badges, hairgrips themed to your business, flowers, quirky shoes, think of something that will make you look different to the other people they will meet and exploit it!  You want to be remembered.

 

2) Collect cards with a purpose.

We all collect cards and swap cards at networking… but why bother if you’ve got no further plans for them?

If you have a pen, make notes on the cards of people you meet so you can put them in touch with people you know that might be of use to them, or to help you remember something about them when you get back in touch with them if your memory is shocking!

And then once you’ve completed the steps below file them properly … that way when you’re looking for a gardener, you can turn up the “g” for gardening and find all the gardeners cards you’ve picked up over the years.

 

3) Follow up!

Bbusiness opportunities are missed every day by people not following up – so get home and draft an email immediately!

Say “nice to meet you” and begin a conversation with them that may, or may not lead to work – but WILL make you more memorable as you were polite and interested enough in them to get in touch.

 

4) Follow them up again!

OK… you’ve sent an email – but why not post them a physcial card too?  It shows you care, and everyone loves getting mail.

DON’T send bumpf unless it’s specifically requested.  Everyone hates business sharks and it wastes your marketing materials as well, as unless they want it, it’s dumped straight in the bin.

 

5) Find and connect with them on all the social media channels.

Twitter, Facebook and Linked In etc etc… whatever you’re using, find and connect with them (this might come before step 4 as postal addresses are sometimes not on business cards!).

 

How Exciting! I’ve been shortlisted for “Mumpreneur2012”!

Big news, once again, so I’m back on the blog!

I’ve made the shortlist for “Mumpreneur2012” in the Interactive company section of the mumpreneur 2012 awards.  Fiona (who works with me) was responsible for this, as she entered me one afternoon while on the PC.  We didn’t think I’d get through to the finals, but here I am!

bestinteractive_badge

It’s all very exciting… but I’ll have to wait until September 30th to find out if my nomination goes anywhere other then simply “finalist”… fingers crossed.

According to the Mumpreneur team – they’ve whittled down the original entries from 1200, so I feel very lucky to have reached the finals, and the Grimsby press are popping out again tomorrow for another picture with an article to follow in the Grimsby Telegraph.  Even the kids will get into this photo op – something they’re looking forward to, although Tristan says he can’t possibly tell them anything as he’s got tonsilitis and his throat is too sore to speak.  (Not too sore to fight and scream at his sister I notice…)

Anyway – if you want to find out any more about mumpreneur you’ll find the details at: www.mumpreneuruk.com

Other news… er… I’m working on a blackadder style murder mystery event for the Ashbourne Hotel on the 2nd November… just another 3 scripts to go and the instructions and that’s a wrap…

Which means I’ll then be starting on a multi-room christmas mystery, very midsomer styled as it’s first airing will be at the Grange Willows in Brigg.

Oh… and the other news of this week…. my other half thought giraffes had four ears.  At least, that’s what he told the kids!  Well, to say that tickled me is an understatement, and is almost as good as his refusal to believe that grapes and raisins were the same thing!  Fortunately he took my word for it that the other two “ears” were horns this time, and didn’t ring three different people to confirm that what I said was “correct”.

Oh, and I suppose it’s been a while since I’ve been on this blog… so here’s one of our dinner party nights in action – filmed by Workimage video and photograhy.  (I’m the one who does the talking for those who aren’t sure… and I have a feeling there are some horrid out-takes lurking around somewhere with me suffocating on a mushroom I inhaled by accident after some witty quip at the other end of the table…)

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When I grow up…

I know, I know, I’ve been shockingly tardy at posting blogs…but, in my defence it’s been a busy few weeks, and only today has the business calmed down sufficiently to allow personal blog posts (and I admit I’m shirking…from business tasks this morning as I’ve got something I don’t want to do…)

Also in my defence I have been keeping up to date with my alter ego – posting as Dr Whiting for the business’s mascot Sherlock on: Dr Whiting’s Blog

Of course, with so many weeks gone past, this does mean there’s been a saving up of anecdotes from the children…

Things like…

“Mummy, what does Daddy want to do when he grows up?”

and….

“Do you think I can go to a funeral one day – before you die?”  (admittedly although the request sounded odd, he did have his heart in the right place… he wanted to make sure he had been to a funeral of someone he didn’t care about first, so he knew what to expect… and yes… this IS from a 6 year old).

and…

I think it looks like a large gold cheese grater.” (Yes, you’ve guessed it – the olympic torch!)  Which passed the end of our road one early morning to much un-excitement.

What can I say?  Yes, it REALLY was just a piece of flame sitting on top of an oversized cheese grater, and really, quite frankly, not at all interesting.  We might as well have been watching killingholme oil refinery chimney stacks… which are a lot easier to see from a distace.  I suppose, had it been darker, the flame might have been more visible, which might have helped, but in bright sunshine (a rarity in itself these last few months) there was very little to see.

Added to that there was the dissappointment of realising that the olympic torch itself wasn’t being passed around the UK like a relay race, but rather each torch was simply lighting another one in a chain… perhaps I was naive to expect more, I don’t know, but it really was such a non-event that we all simply went home and ticked it off the “bucket list” wondering why it was even on the list in the first place!!

As to what I’ve been up to on the writing front, well, there’s going to be a screening on the Local Freeview for my first ever TV program script sometime in 2013.  Seems ages away I know, but filming starts this summer, and there will be a winter live show as well to get the footage.  All good fun and a great experience getting it looked over by a professional TV producer.

There’s also been a lot of progress on the business front, with licensee requests from abroad for the retail side (translations into dutch), and in the UK, Florida, Dubai and Ireland, for the event management side, so that’s been tying me up for a bit; added to that, there’s a series of new You Tube films on the cards (keep your eyes out for our “Come die with me” video, AND I’m presently in the middle of drafting a script for our first ever video based team building game which will hopefully be filmed in the autumn and available in the winter for companies who want a different team building experience.

And if that isn’t enough, we’ve been preparing for the arrival of Mycroft Herring.  (And yes, I make all the mascots).  So that’s kept me busy too!

Kids and the things they say…

wantedposterThis week has been another week where my youngest has had the experience of losing his dog (bed time toy).  Fortunately this time around he’s a little older, 5, and is prepared to adopt another toy to sleep with, but the fact poor dog went missing again was a disaster for him even at this age.

Given that his sister hid it last time around our first port of call was, as you’d expect, his sister.  Who said “Why do you always blame me?”  To which we replied, “Because last time YOU hid it”.  Obviously she rejected that as being totally unfair… strop strop strop. (she’s 7 going on 17…)

Anyway, after a day’s searching I turned to my son and said:

“I just can’t find him anywhere, Tristan, I’ve looked everywhere I can think of.”

To which he replied,

“Then mummy, you’ll just have to start looking in places you can’t think of.”

The logic of a child!!

And perhaps I should mention before closing… it DID turn up – on an incredibly high shelf behind a stack of books because his SISTER had thrown him up there…. vindicated!

#SBS winners inaugural meeting

Yesterday saw Fiona, Sherlock, Dr Whiting and I driving down to Birmingham for Theo Paphitis’s inaugural #SBS meeting.  Sherlock has his own take on the day… but you can find that on his blog.

I think he has designs on Theo’s car… fortunately he didn’t set off the car alarm!  We might have had some explaining to do if so…

It was a great afternoon, and as it was totally sponsored by Ryman Stationery everything was free, including the bar!  (I hate to think what the bar bill was at the end of the afternoon!)

We even got a goodie bag to take home at the end which included all sorts of useful things including a business account with £50 pre-paid on the card!  Thanks Ryman!

There must have been over 400 people there, at least… and it was wonderful meeting all the tweeps I’ve been tweeting with face to face at last.  Sadly I couldn’t get around everyone, but thankfully my trademark “Knife through head” prop meant that even if I didn’t find the people I wanted to see – most of them found me!!  (Next time perhaps I’ll invest in one of those Think Bike signs with “Jo Smedley Red Herring Games” flashing above my head!)

This is Fiona, Sherlock and I with Jacqui Thompson who was the tweeter who told me all about how to enter #SBS and thanks to her RTs during the week to Theo probably gave me the leg up I needed to win!

The big announcement, and the most exciting part of the day was that Ryman Stationery and Theo Paphitis are launching a new #SBS winners website designed by @MetalFrogstudios one of the early #SBS winners – which will contain all the information the press need to know when they run articles on winners, and also the facility for the winners to upload all their information onto the website so that they are easily searched.

The site will provide back links to winners websites and also there is a separate members only section which provides useful business tips and also networks winners and their special offers.  We’re also all going to have access to new badges which will be great!

The #SBS website will be getting populated over the next few weeks as the #SBS winners are sent out their user log in details.  In the meantime you can find the website here:

http://www.theopaphitissbs.com/

It also has some tips on how to enter and what Theo is looking for.

Again the website is free to #SBS winners and we’re all really looking forward to using it!

Theo ran a question and answer session during the meeting.  There were a LOT of questions and I have to say, Theo came across as really sincere and “down to earth” with his answers.  How he can think on his feet that fast, I don’t know, as he fielded questions from things like “What is the future of the highstreet?” through to “Will you run for prime minister?”

Thanks to waving Sherlock around in the air we actually got to ask the one question I know everyone keeps asking me.  Namely:

 “How does Theo Paphitis pick his #SBS winners each week?”

The answer:  Well, it isn’t random chance (Which is really nice to know if you’ve been picked).  Instead he uses the following criteria:

1)      The tweet must catch his eye.

This means it could be cheeky, interesting, or it might just be related to something he’s been doing that week so it attracts his attention.

It has to be a good tweet.  And the avatar can’t be an EGG! Theo also checks out your bio on twitter when he does his research – so ensure the Bio is up to date and friendly.  Theo values the personal touch.

As there are so many tweets week to week Theo also has help from his wife and Tina at Ryman when it comes to selecting #SBS winners – as he has so many to look through of an evening he needs help to do a proper job.  So even if you miss Theo’s attention you might still be noticed by Tina or Mrs P and forwarded onto his shortlist.

2)      The tweet must have a website link – and the link you post with the tweet must work!

Once Theo has his shortlist (and he does create a shortlist) he then clicks through to the website link posted.  The website must be functioning, clear and appropriate.  It doesn’t need to be all singing all dancing – and can just be a “gallery website” for those who understand that term (one page website for those that don’t), but it does need to be working!

If he feels your business has the “basics” in place, that your website is effective and that you will make the most of the RT then he’ll RT you.

3)      Catching Theo’s eye might be something you do during the week.

Theo looks for tweeters he recognises in the #SBS line up.  He looks for regular tweeters, not people who ONLY post each Sunday or who have very little to do with twitter week to week.  If you are going to make the most of your #SBS win, then you need to be making the post of your marketing on Twitter already.

To catch his eye, might mean that you might have tweeted him during the week, or that you’ve been regularly tweeting with someone he follows on twitter so he’s seen your posts regularly throughout the week.

He doesn’t like people repeating tweets during #SBS – that is more likely to put him off RTing someone.

So are there any “hot tips”?

I think so… given that you need to be catching Theo’s eye to get that RT then I’d suggest the following techniques.

1)      Follow everyone Theo is following and speak to them on twitter.  Theo only follows a select group which means he does actually follow what they are saying.

2)      Reply to Theo’s tweets during the week.  There were a few winners he called “Stalkers” at the meeting in jest – but clearly stalking got them their RT.

3)      If you think you’re doing something interesting then include @Theopaphitis in your tweet during the week so he sees what you’re up to.

4)      Write a really “eye catching” tweet.  Say something unusual and something that will get you noticed.

5)      Have an eye catching avatar so it stands out amongst the rest – NO EGGS!  It doesn’t have to be pink, but it needs to be clear.

6)      Make sure your Bio on twitter is accurate and has a friendly, personal feel.

7)      Make sure your website is top-notch.  It WILL be looked at.

8)      Be persistent in your entries and adjust your tweets week to week.  If it didn’t catch his eye the first week, it probably won’t next time around either.

And that’s my hot tips.  Good luck with your own #SBS entries.  With the new website launching this week and all the benefits that’s going to bring – Theo is expecting increased traffic to #SBS and as a result there is talk of him changing the time he RT’s to Monday evening to give him a chance to look through the entries properly.  So get those entries in and then just wait and see!  Next week it could be you!

What next?

Well, Theo recognises that small businesses need leverage to obtain attention, so he kindly posed with all the #SBS winners for a formal photo at the end of the meeting in the hope that beeing seen with a TV personality will provide some leverage we can use to obtain further media attention.

We also have a nice certificate which we’ll be framing for the office…

Also – given that the #SBS winners website has a “county” winners area – we in Lincolnshire are hoping to arrange a regional lincolnshire #SBS  meet up of our own.  so watch this space!

The walking wounded.

It’s been a bit quiet on the blogging front these last few weeks as I’ve been busy launching Sherlock’s blog on wordpress.  For those who aren’t keeping up with all that is going on at Red Herring Games, Sherlock is the new mascot for the business.  What started out as a simple “bolt on extra” as a quiz to get people interested in watching our You Tube Videos, Sherlock has developed into an entity of his own, and so… with that in mind, he needed a blog, which, bizarrely enough is maintained by another fish… Dr. Whiting (and yes, they’re both me in disguise, which means I now have an excuse to talk to myself on twitter!)

You’ll find Sherlock’s Blog here on WordPress: http://sherlockherring.wordpress.com/

I post a new blog for Dr Whiting every saturday, which means I’ve fallen sadly behind with  my own blog since the business’s #SBS win.  (Whoops)

This morning I’ve been prompted go get back to my own blog as Glenda (my mother-in-law and a very lovely lady) wanted to see a photo of my “walking wounded” son when she visits her computer class today.  She’s heard all about his accident via family on Facebook and wanted to see how he was doing.  And so.. Just for you:

This is Tristan in his crepe bandage:

He cockled over on Wednesday night.  (For those who don’t know what “Cockled over” means… you need to obtain a British Language Dialect dictionary – which I don’t think exists… a new idea for Collins perhaps?)

I, with the help of a lovely passer by, piggy-backed him back home from the local park (who said chivalry was dead) and then, from there, sped off to casualty to get him checked out.  Fortunately no fracture, and although it looks like a pot on the photo – it IS only bandaging.

I took it off last night after he bravely limped around school all day (His idea to go, brave lad – but I think showing off was his intention, as he’s now rather centre of attention and his friends are very much in awe of him!)

Anyway, I digress.  This is last night’s bruise.

He’s back at school today, and as it’s sports relief day today he’s been excused from any sporting activities by a long note which also tells the teacher about his clinic appointment which is, much to my amusement, at 11.28.  (Not 11.30 or 11.25 you’ll note: 11.28!! That’s NHS precision for you! )

Anyway – that’s the update on the poorly son front.

As for the business – we’re off to Doncaster Racecourse today for “A Final Furlong” and we’re filming again tonight!  Where’s that hairbrush….

#SBS win!

This weekend, which the christmas rush over – I took the plunge and sent my primary computer in to get serviced with SMEIT services locally.  Nothing was likely to happen… I’d done the post run for Saturday and I was promised it back on Monday morning.  As I don’t work Sunday’s anyway… what would I need the computer for?

Well…  THIS!

Red Herring Games only went and won Small Business Sunday!

What is Small Business Sunday – or #SBS?

Firstly – it’ s a twitter competition.  For those of you who don’t know what twitter is… well, it’ll probably mean very little to you – so check out this first:  What is Twitter

Small Business Sunday (#SBS) is the brain child of  Theo Paphitis one of the Dragons from BBC Dragons Den.  (If you don’ t know who Theo is… pull your head out of the sand and click on his name – I’ve hyperlinked it to his website!)

Theo runs the #SBS competition on twitter every weekend to help raise the profiles of entrepreneurial small business owners.

Each sunday between 5.00pm and 7.30pm (GMT)- small business tweeters (that’s people who tweet) from all over the world send Theo a short 140 character message to promote their business.

There are a few rules for entry.

1) The tweet MUST be between those times

2) the tweet MUST include the hash tag #SBS

3) The tweet MUST be directed to @TheoPaphitis

Of the hundreds he receives Theo then reviews them and selects 6 to Retweet (thats repeat to non twitter users) to his followers.

This week he has 215,560 in total – which means my business has just had a mention in front of over 200 THOUSAND people!

This lovely badge came as courtesy of Aqua Design Group Who won #SBS themselves last year.  They now help other #SBS winners by generating a badge of their very own.

 

 

From what I’ve seen so far membership of the #SBSwinners group is very elite and everyone is there to try and help other businesses get ahead.

Needless to say I’m looking forward to a great 2012!

OSCARS SPEECH?

Well… as promised… there is a list of people to thank for this #SBS win as without these people I would NEVER have got Red Herring Games off the ground let alone winning #SBS… and there’s a LOT of people to thank… so sorry if I miss anyone out – email me if you feel omitted and the chances are you were overlooked by accident and I’ll add you on!

Website Thanks:

As ever – The first thanks have to go to Mark and Gill Hardy for their continued support from the inception right through to the creation and sustension (is that a word) of the website Red Herring Games!

Alison Clynes of Kinetic Marketing and Design – for intial help Marketting the business and then rebranding the logo!

Paul Fairhall for his tireless editing and voice over work!

Julia from East Coast Pictures for her fabulous You Tube work recently on our behalf!

Fiona and Sharon – the hard working “behind the scenes” girls who do most of the packing day to day! (and Fiona’s mum who’s just started rolling tape for us too!)

My team of authors: Mark and Kathy Pitchford, Kathy Roberson, Michelle Crowther, Tracey Latham, Kit Walkham, Paul Fairhall, Gordon Thorburn, John Waterhouse, Lissa Gibbons, Tony Brown,  Julieta Mitnik and Debbie Gooseman.

BNI members (past and present) who’ve supported me in business these last few years (In no particular order): Steve Thickett, Steve Sherwood, Mel and Ben Chase, Dan Reeves, Alison and Steve Clynes, Mark and Gill Hardy, Chris Waud, Mel Sharpe, Fiona, John Tucker, Heath Johnson, Jeremy and Jude Bass, Malcolm Cooke, Simon May, Andy Inch, Jon Ashley, Michael Leadley, Victoria Hearsey, John Booth, Geoff Christie, Alan Young, Mark Jones, Emma and Paul Fairhall, Helen Spauls, Emma Faulkner and Phil Hewson.

Friends and family (I’ve been told I can’t mention names as some of these are teachers – so I won’t mention any – that way I can’t offend anyone – but you all know who you are!!

My acting friends who’ve supported me in the arrival of the events side of Red Herring Games:  I don’t know you all by name ( and I’m sure to miss some people off – just ping me an email so I can correct it)!  But Bill Jellyman and team from Sale, Marie Shirley Lewis and Phil Armstrong from Durham, Steve Brennan/Bellamy (whatever you’re going by at the moment), Nick Adams, Craig Thurlow, Sara Beasley, Staurt Owen-Howard, Gareth Arthurs, Mike Wilson, Stephen Rayner, Helen Slater, Helen Kent, Jeanine Ridha, David Phillips, Johnny Allbones, Dean Wright, Dean Wilding, John Litchfield, Derek Hodges, Susan Everatt, Alison Bottomley, Matt Storey, Kelly Meacock, Kerry Buckley, Lorraine Laird, Tim Rutherford, Jeff Riley, Tom Wright, Joanne Abbon, Penny and Bob Seymour and many more!

Efactor and Jacqui from PulseCSI who told me all about #SBS!

Finally my customers – of which there are over 12,000 already – and so I can’t name you all one by one!

Thank you ALL for your support to make this possible!

 

 

 

That well known Cowboy State.

My husband (a teacher) recently told me all about a survey conducted recently in America about people’s awareness of science.  It seems the report was damning:

  • Only 53% of adults know how long it takes for the Earth to revolve around the Sun.
  • Only 59% of adults know that the earliest humans and dinosaurs did not live at the same time.
  • Only 47% of adults can roughly approximate the percent of the Earth’s surface that is covered with water.

(If you want to see the full report you’ll find it here: Science Daily Summary )

I (like him) was shocked that so few people understood basic science and together we smugly said “the UK must be better then that”.

And so – it came as quite a shock when I walked into my local fancy dress shop to obtain a jockey costume for the next murder mystery at Doncaster Racecourse and heard the following:

Girl in changing rooms (getting dressed as a cowgirl): Where is it cowboys come from again?

Shop assistant: Somewhere in America.

Girl in changing rooms: It’s one of those states isn’t it… which one was it again?

Shop assistant: Tennessee I think.

Girl in changing rooms: Tennessee… yeah, that’ll be right, but there’s another isn’t there…?

Shop assistant:  Tennessee and… Canada isn’t it?

Girl in changing rooms: Canada.  Yeah!  Thats the one!

Canada!  Canada?!  Oh dear!  We might do better at Science in the UK – but clearly our geography is distinctly lacking!

 

Sloe day…

The summer isn’t really summer for me without jam making.  Usually it’s an afternoon strawberry picking followed by a boil up at home, but this year we’ve discovered that my better half is allergic to strawberries – apparently not as uncommon as you might think – and so strawberry jam is out of the question.

Fortunately we don’t just make strawberry jam.

Yesterday we set off blackberry picking  – a favourite autumn pass-time of mine – I just LOVE free food!  (Field mushrooms are good too – but I haven’t seen any this year…)  Anyway, yesterday it was a few jars of blackberry jam into the store cupboard for the winter, and a blackberry and apple crumble for tea.

This morning I was out again, doing an early morning raid three doors down where the house is rented out and the blackberry bush trailing out from their front garden was just laden!

Yes – I know… it’s in their garden… but is it really scrumping if a) it’s hanging over the public pavement, b) they won’t do anything with them anyway and c) it’s just weeds?? – I don’t know – but I have to admit it’s one of the reasons I did an early morning raid when they were asleep in bed instead of picking them yesterday afternoon just in case anyone leant out of the window and said Oi!)

Today – we went out with the kids to a play area about 20 minutes away and what should there be at the edge of the field but the most heavily laden sloe bush I have ever seen in my life!  Now, I love sloe gin, but I’m far too impatient for anything like that – but such a crop of sloes was hard to resist – so I didn’t.

Getting them home I googled Sloe Jam – there must be a recipe somewhere.  But was there?  No.  At least, not one that didn’t involve me going out and buying (YES BUYING) more fruit to go with it.  (Cooking apples in this case.)  And so… we invented our own recipe with what we had in the house.

So – for those needing a sloe jam recipe (if you happen to find a bush cropping as heavily as I did this autumn)… here it is:

SLOE JAM

1.2 kg sloes (approx)

400 ml Orange Juice (cheap shoddy concentrate was all we had in the house)

300ml water

1.2kg preserving sugar (it has to be Preserving sugar NOT jam sugar).

METHOD:

Clean all the twigs etc from the sloes, and then put them in a large pan with the water.  Bring them to the boil and simmer for around 10 minutes.  Mash them with a potato masher.  (You may need a bit more water depending on how much evaporates out.)

Strain the sloes in a muslin bag or through a sieve – getting out as much juice and flesh as possible, but leaving the stones and skins behind.  (we used both the slow drip and when that wasn’t fast enough for me, the squeezing to within an inch of their life technique).

After that you should hopefully have around 600gm of sloe juice and strained flesh to make jam with.  The rest is rubbish – just throw it away / compost it (but be warned – there’ll be a ton of pips in your compost).

Add the sloe juice and flesh, orange juice and preserving sugar to a LARGE pan ( the jam rises while boiling so you need to be aware it might boil over – we used a massive stock pot).  Bring to the boil and boil for 15 minutes.

After that – just decant the jam into jam jars and hey presto – Sloe Jam (or in this case probably Sloe Marmalade as it’s got the orange in it as well.

Either way – it’s delicious!  Can’t wait until it’s cooled down!

Anyway – that’s my “recipe for the day” and “what” you are asking – “does this have to do with murders?”

Oh – well take a look at the straining sloes – could easily be blood…

Interviewing…

Well – that’s it – I’ve done my first “real” interview as the employer.

Oddly I couldn’t help being reminded of the opening scenes of Shallow Grave where they are interviewing for a new flat mate and how I didn’t keep laughing I don’t know.

Shallow Grave flat mate interview

As you can imagine – the questions we decided on, for working in a murder mystery entertainments company, weren’t exactly what you might expect from a “standard” interview.  After all, anyone can blag an interview when it’s the standard “What are your weaknesses” and “Why do you want the job” questions.  Instead we went for things like “What are you reading at the  moment?”  “What do you think was the best cinema release this year”.

After all, the office is small, it’s still very much a “family run” business and I want to know whether I’m going to get on with them, as much as whether they’re going to be able to do the job!

However, after a morning of interviews, we did actually find the right person for the job!  So come September 6th Georgina Starkie will be joining the firm.

Georgina will be handling all the admin and on-line orders I’ve been struggling to keep up with – and what will I be doing?

Well, this year Red Herring Games is going to get BIG!  We’ve got franchising on the horison, and we’re increasing our event productions every month.  So don’t worry about me… I certainly won’t be twiddling my thumbs!  I’m going to have a year working ON the business rather then IN the business and see just how busy we can get!