Forthcoming speaker events
24th February: Guest interviewee on Informing Choices mini pod where podcast host Steve Wells and I will be discussing the Future of Ethics in PR
March 17th 2021 – Leveraging LinkedIn In this practical, interactive workshop for Eden Valley Chamber of Commerce, you will learn how to optimise your personal profile and top tips to make the most of this platform.
Islay has recently been a guest speaker at the following events and podcasts:
20th January: How to create a 12-month social media content calendar in 60 mins. Guest speaker at Eden Valley Chamber of Commerce
20th November: The Future of PR. Guest speaker on Informing Choices Mini Pod with futurist Steve Wells, where we discuss how the current COVID- 19 pandemic has changed the PR landscape, the evolution of PR strategy and execution, the impact of demographics on delivery and engagement with messages, and the role that emerging technology might play in the future. Listen here
15th September 2020: Masterclass Leveraging LinkedIn.
A guest speaker at a hybrid (in person and online) Sevenoaks Mums in Business meeting.
26th February 2020: Masterclass: Building and Maintaining a Content Strategy. Guest speaker at The Visibility Hub
4th February 2020: Practical PR for Small Businesses and Sole Traders
Tunbridge Wells Ladies who Latte
27th November 2019: The Power of PR and Telling Your Story
Tunbridge Wells & Sevenoaks Mums in Business Network www.mibnetwork.org.uk
10th September 2019: How to do your own PR
Women in Business Kent
26th September 2019: Storytelling in Business
A workshop, co-facilitated with public speaking coach, Aly Harrold for women running their own businesses
30th August 2019: How to Talk about yourself with Confidence and Authenticity
Sharing the stage with global mindset and leadership coach Rosemarie Wilson, we will be identifying some of the triggers and thought processes that cause ‘Imposter Syndrome’ and introduce new perspectives, tools and techniques on what can be done differently to overcome these challenges and enable you to present yourself and your accomplishments with confidence.
A #NatwestBoost Women in Business event
5th June 2019: “The Big Leap – an event for women scaling up their business”
Sharing a platform with Karen Burge, Sandra Murphy, Gillian Palmer and Theresa Pruvost and Christine Lyle
NatWest Business Growth Enabler Event, Cisswood Hotel, Lower Beeding
“I have known Islay for several years and through a number of different paths and has been a speaker at two of my networking events – speaking about PR and LinkedIn. Throughout all of that, I have been nothing short of impressed by her. She is incredibly personable, friendly, helpful, responsive and reliable. She is a talented and confident speaker, able to talk about a range of subjects at a level ideal for her audience and respond well to questions and thoughts from her audience. She knows PR and LinkedIn inside out and has invaluable experience to offer. In short, I would not hesitate to recommend her.”
Claire Witz, Organiser of Sevenoaks Mum’s in Business Sept 2020
“ I had never met Islay but contacted her following a recommendation to invite to talk at my Celebrating International Woman’s Day in Brighton March 8th 2019. I was delighted with the content of her presentation and her professional delivery to an unknown audience of businesswomen, who were all at varies stages of their businesses. Her delivery was clear and informative, full of up to date examples of both good and bad PR and I would certainly invite Islay to speak again.”
Christine Lyle, Business Growth Enabler, NatWest. March 2019
“Islay came to speak to the Sevenoaks Mums in Business networking and support group about “How to do your own PR”. Her knowledge and experience shone through and she gave a huge wealth of practical advice and insight into the mysteries of PR. She was also a very natural and engaging speaker and many people commented to me afterwards about how excellent she was. So a big thank you from all of us!”
Claire Witz, Chair of STWMiB, March 2018
“Islay is an expert in PR. She gave an engaging and interactive talk to my Women in Business group recently. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it and took away lots of pointers and ideas to implement in their businesses. Islay really did ‘demystify’ PR and I would recommend her if you are looking for a speaker for your group.”
E. Cox, Chair Women In Business West Kent. Nov 2017
“Islay is a passionate and energetic speaker who demonstrates considerable professional expertise in her speaking and engages her audience with PR tips and advice which are relevant and industry-specific. Addressing a group of professional businesswomen, Islay was inspiring and added huge value to our business lunch. Thank you, Islay!”
N. Powell. Regional Director, The Athena Network, Kent.
“I go to a lot of networking events and hear a lot of speakers – so the good ones really stand out. Islay is one of the good ones – clear, intelligent, informative and well structured. I came away from her talk incredibly well informed about the world of PR and what she does to help clients and excited about how it could help my business. I also understood some of the key differences between PR and Marketing which had been a bit of a mystery until then! I would strongly recommend that Islay come and speak to any group serious about growing their businesses, her experience and advice is invaluable – and she makes it interesting.”
I was fortunate enough to be able to attend a speech that Islay gave last week and I was really impressed with both her delivery and content. She kept me fully engaged throughout her speech with her in-depth knowledge and expertise that she shared with us. Her passion for PR shone through her value-packed speech and left me wanting to learn more about a subject that I’ve been avoiding for a long time! I’m so happy I know more about PR and how it works and how it will benefit my business. Thanks, Islay for such a great learning experience and I am looking forward to working with her.