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Harlow businesses collaborate to communicate with confidence

Business / Tue 15th Jun 2021 at 08:30am

AFTER being stopped in their tracks, not twice but three times, by national lockdowns, local entrepreneurs, Sarah Holmes and Jim Thompson, have finally been able to confirm dates for their Presentation Skills Workshops in Harlow’s picturesque Parndon Mill Gallery. 

“We started creating these workshops three years ago with the aim of giving local business owners the tools and confidence to stand in front of their peers and deliver a super presentation.” Said Jim Thompson, of local theatre production company Thompson Promotions. “We got our first workshop rolled out but getting the second one out was proving impossible.”

Initially they had their second workshop booked in for April 2020 but had to cancel it with the first lockdown forcing their hands.

“We were gutted, but thought that the lockdown would only be temporary, so we rescheduled it for November. We had no idea what was going to happen during the Autumn of 2020.” Added Sarah Holmes, of Sarah Stephens Photography, “We felt jinxed.”

Realising that many business owners hated talking to a room full of people, Jim and Sarah feel that their combined 40 years of teaching and training will not go to waste on the next booked date of 19th July 2021, despite the delay of the final stages of easing. Each class has been designed to have a maximum of 6 learners per workshop so there is plenty of space and guidelines are being adhered to.

“Parndon Mill is a stunning venue with a beautiful setting” continued Sarah, “and I often run my Smartphone Photography classes from there, though even those have been put on hold since March last year. Just being there can calm the most nervous of individuals.”

“I think everyone needs something positive to book in their diaries at the moment and at least the majority of who we are working with have been double vaccinated, including ourselves” said Jim.

The workshops are open to anyone who wants to feel more confident about public speaking and you can book your place by visiting the website, www.cwcsolutions.org

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