The programme for the National Convention is virtually complete. Below are details of the speakers confirmed for Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November.
Kate Atkin, Inspirational speaker, training consultant and coach (9.30am)
Once a shy schoolgirl from rural Lincolnshire, Kate Atkin is now an award-winning speaker, author of The Presentation Workout and The Confident Manager. Before starting her own learning and development business in 2000 Kate had a successful career with Barclays Bank plc. In 2015 she completed an MSc in Applied Positive Psychology which has brought insights into well-being, meaning and positivity. During her talk she will provide some practical tips, tricks and techniques to give confidence a boost and help banish the imposter feelings. Find Kate on Twitter at @Kateatkin
Barbara Cox, Nutrichef (12.45pm)
Barbara Cox is a highly regarded nutritionist, health article author and businesswoman, who’ll will be sharing her personal Entrepreneurial Journey. She became passionate about the importance of eating healthily during a nine-year stay in Japan, a country renowned for its low levels of obesity, cancer and heart disease. On her return to the UK, Barbara founded Nutrichef, a company that produces high quality healthy meals and delivers them to customers’ homes. Find Barbara on Twitter at @NutriBarbara
Andy Wyatt, Former Red Arrows Pilot (2.00pm)
Andy is an ex-Red Arrows Pilot & Motivational Speaker, Andy’s long standing experience as a Red Arrows pilot and representative of the British Air Force have aided immensely in the development of his role as a motivational speaker and have provided him with both stories and unparalleled insights. Before leaving the Red Arrows and graduating to flying commercial planes, Andy completed over 300 displays during his 3 years with the Team and was a member of the elite synchro pair. As a motivational speaker Andy has given insight lectures on the subject of teamwork, leadership, self-belief and the importance of planning, preparation and debriefing.
Lesley Ann Raphael, Laughter Leader and Teacher (Sunday Morning).
Undaunted by many requests from childhood authority figures not to be silly and to stop laughing, it is of ironical note that she now makes a living doing just that. From a dark period in her life, she discovered laughter yoga, a system of employing laughter not as a response to humour but as a form of exercise for good health and wellbeing. Blown away by what it did for her physical and mental recovery, she is now passionate about spreading the word through interactive laughter sessions that bring fun, enjoyment and wellbeing to others. Lesley encourages others to use laughter to calm, energise, uplift and heal. She runs a regular laughter club, contributes articles to magazines and newspapers, and has taken part in television coverage that aired on the Lorraine breakfast show.
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