Publish your Book with Karen Brown

Publish your Book with Karen Brown

When I asked Karen to join us on #irishweddingchat – I had a feeling in my bones that she would be amazing!

The give away was amazing! A “wedding planner insert” for the winner to Brand and Publish! WOW WOW WOW! Imagine that – all you had to do was join our chat and use the hashtag #irishweddingchat and #weddingplanner to be in with a chance to WIN and publish your first book!

Publish your Book with Karen Brown

I invited Karen because I had the pleasure of being part of her challenge to publish a book. I was full of ideas. And, was all geared up and excited. Only I didn’t finish the challenge – cause Irish Wedding Chat takes up a lot of my time. I’ve a bit of a habit of forgetting to take that into consideration. But, hey ho – that’s the way it goes.

I digress, I knew that you, my fellow makers, creators and service providers would really benefit from Karen coming on as our Guest. And, I wasn’t wrong! We had an amazing Twitter Hour! Followed by a wonderful interview. I could have chatted with Karen for hours. Love when that happens.

Let’s dive into our Twitter Hour for those of you who missed it.

Q1: Due to Covid-19 many weddings are postponed. You had to reschedule your own wedding. Tell us about it?

Q1: Due to Covid-19 many weddings are postponed. You had to reschedule your own wedding. Tell us about it? 
Publish your Book | Karen Brown. Coach, Author and Publisher

We had planned to get married in Florida, but after 9/11 all flights were cancelled. My sister and mum were able to travel but everyone else’s plans were cancelled.

Q2: Your guests were unable to travel to your wedding. What did you do?

Q2: Your guests were unable to travel to your wedding. What did you do?
Publish your Book | Karen Brown. Coach, Author and Publisher

Because we’d booked annual leave and had to take it, instead we flew to Mexico the following week and ended up having our honeymoon before our wedding!

Q3: What happened to your Wedding?

Q3: What happened to your Wedding?
Publish your Book | Karen Brown. Coach, Author and Publisher

When we got back, we looked at what we had, what we needed and organised a wedding in 6 weeks. Some of my in-laws said it was the best wedding they’d been to!

Q4: What is your advice to those who have had to cancel their wedding plans as a result of Covid-19?

Q4: What is your advice to those who have had to cancel their wedding plans as a result of Covid-19?
Publish your Book | Karen Brown. Coach, Author and Publisher

Just remember it’s not the end of the world, it’s just a delay. You’re still getting  married. Once you have the date sorted, work backwards and plan it out.

Look at what you have and what you need to re-schedule. We had all the clothes & rings but had to organise a venue, flowers, cake, the registrar etc. Get as much help as you can.

Q5: Tell us about the free challenge you’re running this week?

Q5: Tell us about the free challenge you're running this week?
Publish your Book | Karen Brown. Coach, Author and Publisher

Each month I run a free challenge to show you how to publish your own book. This week I’ve been creating a mermaid gratitude journal and will publish it on Amazon live this Friday. To join visit my Facebook group https://buff.ly/3g52ybh 
The challenge will run again 21st Sept

Q6: Your gift tonight is a Wedding planner book insert. Tell us more?

Q6: Your gift tonight is a Wedding planner book insert. Tell us more?
Publish your Book | Karen Brown. Coach, Author and Publisher

I have a number of book inserts that you can buy, re-brand and publish as your own on my website. For this week’s chat, I’ve created a wedding planner book insert.

It’s in Word so you just have to add in your own details, add a book cover and you’re done…


Thank you, Karen, for sharing your own experience of having to postpone your wedding. You really did share some wonderful insights. And, to top it off, you make publishing your own book sound so very simple! WOW!


Now, onto sharing our afterchat with you

To avail of Karen’s fantastic special offer use the code #irishweddingchat to get 50% off. The code can be used up to 100 times and for any download. Connect with Karen on her social media channels

Would you like to be a guest on our Twitter hour and share your knowledge? Or, maybe you’d like to show off your wonderful gifts, services, products or venues as a featured business. Get in contact with me and let’s have a chat.

How to get your business media coverage

tips and tricks to get your business media coverage?

Well, what a hilarious Twitter Hour and after-chat with Carrie, The Blondepreneur And, my gosh so generous with her insider tips and tricks on how to get you and your business media coverage. Using your time and Twitter!

get your business media coverage Q & A with theblondepreneur on Irish Wedding Chat

Carrie, helps small and medium businesses get that all-important media coverage. Using a technique called SoftPR to communicate with the media.

If you missed the Twitter Hourt – no worries. Have summarised it here for you. Cause you have to be at the chat to pick up on the humour and fun we had during our Twitter Hour.

Q1: WHAT IS PR?

What is PR? | get your business media coverage Q & A with theblondepreneur on Irish Wedding Chat

My personal definition of PR is part story-telling and part opinion-sharing. Another definition is that its third-party endorsement. And finally, it is about raising your profile and generating awareness about who you are what you do.

Q2: DO YOU BELIEVE IT IS POSSIBLE TO GET MEDIA COVERAGE DURING THE PANDEMIC?

Do you believe it is possible to get media coverage during the pandemic? | get your business media coverage Q & A with theblondepreneur on Irish Wedding Chat

Absolutely, people typically fall into two camps about this right now. They either cannot get enough news or they have news fatigue. There are more opportunities for media coverage than normal due to this, especially if you act fast!

Q3: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MARKETING AND PR?

q3: What is the difference between marketing and PR? | get your business media coverage Q & A with theblondepreneur on Irish Wedding Chat

With marketing you decide on the content, the timing and the form whilst with PR you do not have this control.

With PR you are not in control. with marketing you are in control is the main difference. The reason people find PR so scary is that they have to give up control.

The media control the content, the timing and actually IF it even happens, and sometimes it does not…

Q4: WHAT DOES MEDIA COVERAGE LOOK LIKE?

What does media coverage look like? | get your business media coverage Q & A with theblondepreneur on Irish Wedding Chat

Media coverage could be just a few words in a newspaper or 5 minutes on television.

It could be an opinion piece for an online magazine or a one sentence mention in a daily newspaper or a discussion on the radio

Q5: IS THERE A LEGAL WAY TO STALK JOURNALISTS ON TWITTER?

There is a legal way to stalk a journalist on Twitter. Find the journalist you want to build a relationship and click on the bell symbol of their profile! This is called notifications! You can do this with ANYONE …Once you have clicked on it, every time they tweet you will know!

This might drive you a bit mad, so forgive me! But, you will start to get to know them A LOT better! And you can start chatting with them before you pitch them or respond to a media request!

Q6: DO YOU KNOW HOW TWITTER TRENDS CAN BOOST YOUR PROFILE TO GET YOU MEDIA COVERAGE?

Q6: DO YOU KNOW HOW TWITTER TRENDS CAN BOOST YOUR PROFILE TO GET YOU MEDIA COVERAGE? | get your business media coverage Q & A with theblondepreneur on Irish Wedding Chat

On the right-hand side of Twitter where it says ‘what’s happening,’ this the trends. When you click on one of the topics it will then come up in the main twitter feed! Next, click on Tweet and share your view or story about it! Yes really.

The more you do this, the more people will pay attention including the media. My clients have done this and got media coverage just from doing this!

Fantastic Twitter Q & A! Full of valuable insider tips for you to use and your business some of that all important media coverage. And, our after-chat with Carrie great!

To avail of Carries fantastic special offer use the code CARRIE50 available until 30th August 2020

Finally as always if you would like to be a guest on our Twitter hour or would like to show off your wonderful gifts, services, products or venues as a featured business. Get in contact with me and let’s have a chat.

Progress not Perfection

Progress not Perfection with Business Growth Coach – Jo Flood

We Coach People | Jo Flood | Irish Wedding Chat
Jo Flood

We had a fabulous Twitter Hour and follow up chat with Jo this week of We Coach People. Jo was one of the very first people to welcome me to New Ross. I remember thinking wow what a wonderful woman – genuinely friendly and warm. So, it was an absolute pleasure to have her as our guest this week.

Jo’s is an amazing businesswoman. Who after a very successful career in London came home to Ireland. Brought a small Country Home in New Ross and set about creating a thriving boutique hotel. Which she sold 17 years to concentrate on looking after her twins.

Which she found extremely difficult and stressful. Especially since one of the children has autism. Her journey to becoming one of the best businesses coaches began. When she discovered that only she had the ability to change herself. You can read more about her story here.

As you can probably tell I’m a great admirer of Jo’s – she’s down to earth and really does understand the difficulties life can throw at you. Which in my view makes her a really compassionate business coach. And, as she says “it’s about progress not perfection”

Let’s dive into the Twitter Q & A.

Q1: Has a lack of structure impacted your productivity?
Q1: Has a lack of structure impacted your productivity? We Coach People | Irish Wedding Chat

A1: Develop daily success habits! Make a list of 5 unproductive habits and eliminate them one step at a time!

Q2: Do you find it hard to say no when you’re already overcommitted?
q2: do you fin it hard to say No when you're already overcommitted?

A 2. This week catch yourself before you agree and make a commitment to say Yes to NO!…
I’m gambling here!!!! Bet everyone said YES to NO today

q3: Do you schedule time every week to clear clutter?

A3: This week schedule an hour to clear the decks. Let me know how it feels afterwards..

q4: Do you struggle with self-limiting beliefs?

A4: Write them down and opposite each one write an empowering belief and read the list every day. Watch the magic happen!!

We had a fabulous hour with Jo. So much so that I’ve embedded some of the Twitter thread at the end of today’s blog. Just so you can catch up. But, now let’s move onto our live.

DeirdreSarah and I had a great laugh with Jo. We really do love having our Guests join us always do so much learning.

Connect with Jo

Planning a wedding or event?

Then please do join us me and our wonderful community of wedding and event service providers, suppliers and venues Wednesday’s at 8pm on Twitter when we show off our gifts, gowns, services, cars, cakes, flowers and so much more. It’s a virtual wedding fair. Hosted by wonderful Deirdre of 2D Graphic Design. And, check out our Instagram – the lovely Sarah of SVS Concierge looks after you.

Reach out to us if you have any questions – we are happy to help.

How Great Marketing Works

How Great Marketing Works with Finola Howard

Welcome to this week’s blog with our Guest Finola Howard of
How Great Marketing Works!

Finola is a Brand Builder, Marketing Strategist and Thinking Partner to Businesses that want to Scale. She works hands-on with business owners who want to establish an effective marketing process and often puts the structures in place to make that possible.

She built How Great Marketing Works because she wanted any business no matter its size or stage in the entrepreneurial journey. To access the knowledge that she has spent the last 25 + years accumulating and perfecting

I have been a huge fan of Finola’s since we first connected on Twitter – a long time ago! I’ve watched her grow and become the Queen of Marketing. And, she is with no doubts a Marketing genius. I knew that our community of Wedding Services, Suppliers and Venues would get lots of hints, tips and tricks to help them market themselves better.

Imagine my delighted when she accepted my invitation to join the #irishweddingchat Twitter Hour.
I was like…

Finola shared some marketing nuggets with us during our Twitter Chat. Hosted by Deirdre ní Dhubhghaill of 2D Graphic Design

Q1: What are the industry trends during this crisis that I could apply to my wedding business right now?

Q1: What are the industry trends during this crisis that I could apply to my wedding business right now?
How Great Marketing Works | Irish Wedding Chat

We see the rise of the #Minimony instead of a full ceremony – you’ll have the people closest to you on the day followed by a big bash afterwards. If you are a #WeddingSupplier how can you leverage this in your business?

Couples now want their #weddings to be a reflection of who they are & they want to amplify that experience for their guests. If you are a #WeddingSupplier can you help them? This is a #WeddingTrend that’s going to stay.

Health & Safety at #Weddings is big now! Plated dinners only, buffet’s are gone. Goodie bags with hand sanitizer, personalised face masks & more. As a #WeddingSupplier how will you creatively demonstrate your commitment to safety?

Q2: If no one is booking weddings right now, should I still be marketing myself? And if so, how?

Q2: If no one is booking weddings right now, should I still be marketing myself? And if so, how?
How Great Marketing Works | Irish Wedding Chat | Twitter Q & A

Couples haven’t stopped #weddingplanning, they’re using the time to research & know their vendors so they can feel comfortable with them. This is your new wedding marketing – answer their questions before they’re asked.

Show your #weddingcouples that you understand what they are going through. Make them laugh, be a shoulder in blogs & social media. Show them a way through this pandemic. Remind them their love will survive this!

Your #weddingcouples will remember the people who cared. Are you building in answers to their new problems e.g. elder relatives, limited numbers, fun at a distance etc

Q3: What’s the most important thing I should look at in terms of my marketing right now?

Q3: What's the most important thing I should look at in terms of my marketing right now? 
How Great Marketing Works | Irish Wedding Chat | Twitter Q & A

Start by understanding that your customer has changed fundamentally so what they need now is different – different pain points and maybe a different solution from you.

Redo your #CustomerProfile to gain insight & clarity. Pretend you are starting again for the first time. They’ve changed you might need to, as well.

With existing clients who are postponing, how can you give them a caring solution that fits who they are? You never know you may be able to build a larger solution for them if you truly listen. When it works apply it elsewhere too.

Q4: How do I pivot my business so that I can keep earning revenue right now?

Q4: How do I pivot my business so that I can keep earning revenue right now? How Great Marketing Works | Irish Wedding Chat | Twitter Q & A

Find new ways of solving old problems e.g. virtual consultations, at home cake tastings, zoom photo shoots, virtual fashion shoots, masked wedding shoots. When it’s virtual send them champagne to make it personal!

Can you convert anything you’re doing into an online course. You’d be surprised how niche you can get. Wedding Speech Writing, Wedding Tables, Best Bride Ever Course, Happy Nails, Happy Heart etc What wedding insights can you teach?

What have you got that you can apply outside your own industry with relative ease? Can you tap into the people working from home now? What about home decor/gardening which has seen huge increases?

Q5: How will I stand out above all the noise in the industry right now?

What have you got that you can apply outside your own industry with relative ease? Can you tap into the people working from home now? What about home decor / gardening which has seen huge increases? How Great Marketing Works | Irish Wedding Chat | Twitter Q & A

You’ve got to find that unique thing you do that nobody else does. Amp it up. Take it to the edge. Let there be no doubt why YOU are the right person for your customer! Be Brave! Own your space!

Take your lead from your customers. What one or two are saying about you and to you are clues to what they love about you. Leverage that!

The loudest thing you can do right now is showing them you are safe. That’s your most important message. Show them the evidence of this across your social media. People are switching suppliers if they don’t feel safe.

Wasn’t that just full of great marketing tips? And, what a prize!!! For the best conversation during #irishweddingchat using the hashtag #getstrategic.

The Winner got:

Get Strategic Get Results! Marketing Course!

  • A Complementary Strategy Session with Me to get you on the right track
  • And! Lifetime Membership of the HowGMW Community. An active learning community

DeirdreSarah and I really enjoyed having Finola on as our Guest. We hope you did too.

Reach out to us if you have any questions – we are happy to help.

Mindfulness and Yoga | Yoga Ireland

Featured Business - Yoga Ireland

The practice of Yoga and Mindfulness is our topic of conversation this week with Catriona Mc Cormack of Yoga Ireland.

Catriona Mc Cormack - Yoga Ireland | Irish Wedding Chat

The practice of Yoga and Mindfulness is our topic of conversation this week. Catriona has been practising yoga for over 26 years. She qualified as a yoga teacher in 1996 and founded Yoga Ireland in 1997. Catriona encourages people to thrive in life, by nurturing their mind and body with Yoga.

Let’s jump straight in our Twitter Q & A with Catriona.

Q1: Is Yoga just for skinny and flexible people?

No! Our motto has always been “Yoga is for everyone”. There is a misconception sometimes around this. And, unfortunately, it prevents people from practising a very beneficial practice. Perhaps they have had a bad experience previously and it has put them off.

The key is to find the style of Yoga and the teacher that fits you at this moment.

You can then vary your practices and try other styles. Mix up the styles depending on your needs and goals as they change with your life. We specialise in Mindfulness and Self Care Yoga which suits everyone from the complete novice to the more experienced.

These styles of Yoga are highly beneficial for stress management. We teach everyone the basics and offer modifications to suit everyone’s abilities or disabilities including wheelchair users.

Q2 for Yoga Ireland: How can yoga help folks remain calm in the run-up to their wedding? | Irish Wedding Chat

Q2: How can Yoga help folks remain calm in the run-up to their wedding?

Yes! Organising an event like a wedding can be very stressful and take its toll on any couple. The key is to stay connected.

Doing something like Yoga together allows two people to relate to one another through assisted poses. From stretching your levels of trust. To strengthening your communication. Couples yoga can have a positive effect on your relationship that extends far beyond the physical. The practice is mutually beneficial for both participants. Studies show couples yoga has far-reaching benefits, from reduced anxiety to a better sex life.

Q3 for Yoga Ireland: What is the difference between a Yoga Class and a Yoga Therapy session? | Irish Wedding Chat

Q3: What is the difference between a Yoga Class and a Yoga Therapy session?

There is a significant difference between a yoga class and a yoga therapy session. 

Yoga therapy is a private one to one session with a qualified Yoga Therapist.

Unlike a group class, the therapist can fully focus on the client’s needs. For instance: specific requirements, limitations, illness and personal goals. 

Yoga therapy aims to place the body in a position of self-healing with the help of a therapist. It can restore the natural balance and harmony. Bringing positive good health to all parts of life – physical, mental and spiritual.

It can be practised in conjunction with any medical treatments. And, in tandem with other complementary therapies.  

Which allows clear objectives and goals to be defined. In addition to any prior injuries or health issues to be noted. Breathing, postures, mindfulness are discussed. And, I tailor a home program for each client to practise.

Q4 for Yoga Ireland: How do people know what type of Yoga suits them? Irish Wedding Chat

Q4: How do people know what type of Yoga suits them?

This depends on your needs and goals and specific challenges you might have at the time. The best thing to do is talk to us and we will guide you towards the appropriate, we are always happy to help and advise. We offer everything from group classes to corporate yoga, 121 sessions to private groups sessions including Hens and Stage groups. All our sessions are available online now.

We learnt a bit more about the benefits of Yoga during my interview with Catriona and her journey towards Yoga.

The Winner of the Four Week Online Yoga Course is Glitterbug! Wohoo! I hope you enjoyed our blog this week with Yoga Ireland. You can connect with Catriona on her social media

We really do love having our featured businesses and learning more about their business. We are always happy to help our fellow suppliers find a bigger audience. Our Twitter Hour helps us do that.

Join us me and our wonderful community of wedding and event service providers, suppliers and venues Wednesday’s at 8pm on Twitter when we show off our gifts, gowns, services, cars, cakes, flowers and so much more. It’s a virtual wedding fair. Hosted by Deirdre of 2D Graphic Design. And, check out our Instagram – which the lovely Sarah of SVS Concierge is there to look after you.

Reach out to us if you have any questions – we are happy to help.

Sell with Confidence with Anna Scheller

Anna Scheller - Sales and Success Coach

Anna Scheller shares her Top Tips to sell with Confidence

We had a fantastic Twitter Q & A with Anna last Wednesday when Anna shared with us her Top Sales Tips. To help us Sell with more confidence Anna knowledge and understanding of sales will probably surpass what you think you know. She’s a Corporate Sales Trainer and Coach. And, helps entrepreneurs understand selling better, allowing business owners to close their Sales with confidence.

Q1: Sales can be scary. What is foundational to good sales?

Q1: Sales can be scary. What is foundational to good sales. | Anna Scheller - Irish Wedding Chat

Everything starts with our thinking. Many of us associate sales with a negative mindset–lying, fast talking, used car salesman. 

We have to reconfigure our thought process to see sales as helping our clients find solutions they couldn’t find on their own. We are there to help solve their problems, especially about the biggest moment of their lives–their wedding! #IrishWeddingChat #salestips

Q2: There are so many choices when it comes to weddings. What can I do to stand out?

There are so many choices when it comes to weddings. What can I do to stand out? Anna Scheller - Irish Wedding Chat

First determine your ideal client. Is there a specific niche that you specialize in? That is your first step. The riches are in the niches!

Then reach out to folks who fit your avatar, and ask them about their biggest challenges? What is their biggest frustration with vendors in your industry? Take those answers, and build your business around that!

Q3: I am afraid of sounding salesy. How do we approach people without being salesy?

I am afraid of sounding salesy. How do we approach people without being salesy? Anna Scheller - Irish Wedding Chat

Great question! A lot of people are uncomfortable with sales, so you are in good company! Most people feel they have to do all the talking. Not So! Ask questions to get the customer talking! 

Use good listening skills to make sure you are understanding what they are telling you. Good sales come from good listening. Have a process you follow. Most people jump to asking for the order because they don’t lead people gradually to a decision. Like asking someone to marry you on the first date! That feels forced and icky! The people I’ve helped create a sales process close more sales confidently!

Q4: Asking people to pay is uncomfortable. How do we approach the cost issue?

Asking people to pay is uncomfortable. How do we approach the cost issue? Anna Scheller - Irish Wedding Chat

I can’t emphasize the importance of having a process to learn more about the client before asking for payment. Build rapport, ask questions to discover what their ideal wedding would look like. Help them explore ways to get what they want.

After helping them see how you can help them build that fairytale nuptial, then say something like, “And now, I’d like to let you know what that will look like.” Giving them that wedding they’ve always dreamed of is what you are there for

Q5: When talking to a couple about their wedding, what tips can I do to demonstrate my confidence?

When talking to a couple about their wedding, what tips can I do to demonstrate my confidence? Anna Scheller - Irish Wedding Chat

Realize you have the answers the engaged couple needs. You are the expert whether you’re the planner, the florist or the photographer. Remind yourself of a success you’ve had, and that will carry into your conversation.

Practice your script with a friend. Get feedback, and practice again. Feedback gives us the information we need to improve. Get a good coach to help you improve. If top athletes need a coach, you need one, too.

Thank you Anna Scheller - Sales and Success Coach. | Irish Wedding Chat - Twitter Q & A
To those who would like to experience a breakthrough in their sales, Anna offer’s a free 30 min consult to discover their biggest challenge, how to overcome it, and the fastest path to cash. Go to annascheller.com/book

That was an amazing Q & A with Anna. It was our best one yet! Now onto our follow up interview.

Deirdre, Sarah and I really enjoyed and appreciated Anna sharing so much of her knowledge with us. We really do love having our Guests join us on Irish Wedding Chat. We always do so much learning.

Connect with Anna on her social media channels.

Our Next Guest is Finola Howard of How Great Marketing Works. We’ll be learning about Marketing ourselves.

Planning a wedding or event?

Then please do join us me and our wonderful community of wedding and event service providers, suppliers and venues Wednesday’s at 8pm on Twitter when we show off our gifts, gowns, services, cars, cakes, flowers and so much more. It’s a virtual wedding fair. Hosted by wonderful Deirdre of 2D Graphic Design. And, check out our Instagram – the lovely Sarah of SVS Concierge looks after you.

Reach out to us if you have any questions – we are happy to help.

Next week: our Featured Business is the wonderful Catriona McCormack joining us from Yoga Ireland.

Exceeding Customer Expectations | Subbytech

A Conversation with Subbytech

Exceeding Customer Expectations with Paul McCaw of Subbytech

Really enjoyed our week with Paul Owner of Subbytech based in Belfast. Known as the connector-of-dots. Paul is all about supporting small business. And, with his background in Customer Care. Paul really does understand exceeding your customer’s expectations.

Paul - subbytech - holding power banks

Before we dive into our Q & A. Here’s a little about Subbytech. Subbytech provide you high quality power banks, charging cables and content creator kits. With Subbytech, you can be free to work and play without ever running out of battery again.   

During our Q & A Paul shared some super useful tips on the importance of exceeding customer expectations.

Q1: What is good customer service?

Q1: What is good customer service? - Subbytech - Irish Wedding Chat

It’s taking the basic customer/client expected levels of service, then going that little bit further for the client or customer.

Q2: Why should you always aim to EXCEED the client/customer expectations of service?

Q2; Why should you always aim to EXCEED the client/customer expectations of service? Subbytech - Irishweddingchat

This is what makes YOUR business stand ABOVE the others, makes YOU rememberable. It’s what makes the client or customer go “wow” It’s what get you recommended and importantly, in today’s modern world, it’s what gets you social proof of your excellent service.

People buy from people and if you’re recommended by someone you have worked with or served, then you’re “doing it right” and that’s what gets you repeat and new business, from recommendations. Adverts are fine but the personal word of mouth recommendations, are priceless!

Q3: Would you give examples of exceeding expectations?

Would you give examples of exceeding expectations? Subbytech - Irishweddingchat

If you’re approached with a query about a service or product you don’t provide, tell them you don’t have that BUT help them find someone who DOES have the product or service.

Tell them “I’m so sorry but I don’t have that product (or service) but here’s someone who does have it and if for any reason they can’t help you, come back to me and I’ll find someone else for you”  You want someone to leave your conversation NOT thinking “ah they couldn’t help” but instead thinking “ Wow they didn’t have what I needed, but thanks to them, I know where to get it” A positive experience for them, even though you couldn’t provide that product or service yourself.

Q4: What’s the best bit of advice you can give me to improve my clients/customers experience of me/my service?

Q4: What’s the best bit of advice you can give me to improve my clients/customers experience of me/my service? Subbytech - Irishweddingchat

Treat others how you yourself would want to be treated. Go the extra mile, provide more value than they paid for. Subbytech do this and that’s why we have over 98% of our reviews as 5 stars, over 60% of those 5stars, are for our brilliant customer service.

Deal with any complaints to the level where the customer thinks “I came here annoyed and wanted to complain” to leave with the “wow they sorted me out and went beyond what I was complaining about, they really took care of me”

That was a fantastic Q & A. I thought it was…did you?

On Thursday during our interview on Facebook, we got to know more about Paul, what inspired him to start his business, we learnt a little about his family and of course, we learnt more about Paul.

We really do love having our featured businesses come on to Irish Wedding Chat. We are always happy to help our fellow suppliers find a bigger audience and our Twitter Hour helps us do that.

Planning a wedding or event?

Then please do join us me and our wonderful community of wedding and event service providers, suppliers and venues Wednesday’s at 8pm on Twitter when we show off our gifts, gowns, services, cars, cakes, flowers and so much more. It’s a virtual wedding fair. Hosted by wonderful Deirdre of 2D Graphic Design. And, check out our Instagram – the lovely Sarah of SVS Concierge looks after you.

Reach out to us if you have any questions – we are happy to help.

Classical Guitar for your Event or Wedding

Michael Stedman Guitarist | Featured Business on Irish Wedding Chat
Michael Stedman Guitarist | Featured Business on Irish Wedding Chat

Michael Stedman is a wonderfully talented musician, listening to him playing classical guitar is always a pleasure on the ear. It was wonderful to have him as our Featured Business.

We were treated to some live and on the spot music during our interview on Facebook. And, our Twitter Chat was great too. We learnt about Michael playing and tutoring. Don’t worry if you missed it. I’m going to round it up for you now.

Q1: Who are you and what is Classical Guitar?

Who are you and what is Classical guitar? | Q & A with Michael Stedman Guitarist | Featured Business on Irish Wedding Chat

My name is Michael Stedman, I hail from Wicklow and have been playing classical guitar for nearly 15 years. I graduated from DIT conservatory of music and drama and have continued to pursue music professionally since.

Classical guitar is an intricate fingerstyle version of guitar-focused on classical composers with music from the likes of Bach, Beethoven, Villa-Lobos, Satie and more. I would utilise a number of different guitar techniques to create and enthral my audience in a different soundworld. 

Q2: Would guitar work for my event?

Q2: Would guitar work for my event? Q & A with Michael Stedman Guitarist | Featured Business on Irish Wedding Chat

Yes, guitar is an extremely versatile instrument and suitable for many occasions.  For years the guitar has been a part of many different genres and not confined to one in particular.

Themed events or weddings are easily completed with the repertoire available on the guitar. I have played at Spanish themed weddings and even played a few Disney songs. Most instruments are transcribed for the guitar there’s a lot of possibilities.

The guitar can play a more virtuosic role in your event or amplify the atmosphere. As a small instrument with a typically quieter sound, it often draws the listener in.

Q3: I have a small event and venue. Would guitar work?

Q3: I have a small event and venue. Would guitar work? Q & A with Michael Stedman Guitarist | Featured Business on Irish Wedding Chat

Smaller events are perfect for the guitar with light amplification, while bigger events require a slightly larger setup however, that is not as intrusive into the event space.

My setup is relatively small: amp, music stand and me. I can fit into a snug corner or at the entrance and not take away from the needed space. 

Q4: Could I learn to play?

Q4: Could I learn to play? Q & A with Michael Stedman Guitarist | Featured Business on Irish Wedding Chat

Yes, depending on what song you wish to do. It is possible to learn a song in a month (provided you practice everyday!) Simple chords and strumming is a lot faster to learn and can be extremely romantic to serenade your partner on their special day or for an anniversary.

I provided vouchers for this purpose. With time and preparation, it would be possible to learn a small classical piece which could be recorded or added to a video of your event. 

Q5: Can anyone learn?

Q5: Can anyone learn? Q & A with Michael Stedman Guitarist | Featured Business on Irish Wedding Chat

As a versatile instrument, the guitar is open to many different people of all levels and abilities. I teach many students that have special needs and not only are they a joy to teach they have progressed steadily.

Their parents and I have been delighted with the progress they have made. As well as the enjoyment and skills they’ve gained during the lessons. We have is no set plan. And, many lessons are conducted with mutual learning. Figuring out together what way to best improve and learn. 

You can contact Michael on his website or on his social media platforms and chat with him about playing at your event or wedding.

Here’s a clip from our Facebook interview earlier. We had some fun and Michael played us a couple of tunes as well.

Click here to watch the full interview

We really do love having our featured businesses come on to Irish Wedding Chat. We are always happy to help our fellow suppliers find a bigger audience and our Twitter Hour helps us do that.

Join us me and our wonderful community of wedding and event service providers, suppliers and venues Wednesday’s at 8pm on Twitter when we show off our gifts, gowns, services, cars, cakes, flowers and so much more. It’s a virtual wedding fair. Hosted by Deirdre of 2D Graphic Design. And, check out our Instagram – which the lovely Sarah of SVS Concierge is there to look after you.

Reach out to us if you have any questions – we are happy to help.

Planning your Wedding post COVID

Bashly Events - Guest

This week we are talking about planning your Wedding post COVID with Mercy of Bashly Events. On topic – with the easing of restrictions announced recently.

So, without further ado…let’s dive into the Twitter hour. Hosted by Deirdre ní Dhubhghaill of 2D Graphic Design

What has been your perception of the events in recent months?

In late January when we started to hear words like COVID-19 & coronavirus, they were background noise as we continued our daily lives. This was an outbreak in China that slowly crept into Italy and some parts of Europe but nowhere near Ireland.

For some the Taoiseach’s announcement to lockdown in March was a surprise, even then it didn’t seem too serious as it was only to last for 2 weeks. Little did we know that 4 months later we will still be on lockdown and it will change how we live and interact with one another.

The virus hit the nation in a way that is unprecedented. It has caused us to rethink how we interact with one another. In some cases, affected family’s finances with people losing their jobs.

How has COVID-19 impacted the wedding industry?

How has covid19 impacted the wedding industry?

@weddingsonline did a survey of 600+ couples and found that 88% postponed their weddings to a later date, 2% cancelled altogether & others went ahead with a smaller number of guest than anticipated.

We have spent the last few weeks working with couples and suppliers in postponing their wedding, confirming new dates with suppliers, working on updating guest list and communicating to guests on the change in plans.

What will weddings look like post COVID? 

What will weddings look like post covid?

Failte Ireland has guidelines for the hospitality & wedding industry. One of the biggest changes is that guest list will become shorter – by choice and by necessity. Couples won’t feel obligated to invite everyone to their wedding anymore.

Guestlist will be physical & virtual. Technology has played a positive role in the way we interact. Couples have had their weddings with their guests watching live as they walked down the aisle and made their vows, this will continue.

Majority of the weddings that did not go ahead this year was moved to next year. The industry is about to see its busiest year in 2021 and weekday weddings will be on the rise.

From Monday, 50 people can gather indoors and 200 outdoors till July 29th when that doubles. This will cause an increase in outdoor weddings.

With numbers restricted how might Couples go about reducing their guest list?

With numbers restricted how might Couples go about reducing their guest list.

Varies for couples but my advise will be to prioritise. The same when drafting any guest list, it really depends on who you want to & who can be there with travel restrictions in place.

What advice do you give couples seeking to be married this year?

What advice do you give couples seeking to Wed this year?

Adapt & be creative. Weddings are a celebration of love and should be safe.  It is important to follow the HSE & Failte guidelines & adhere to the new rules

I hope you enjoyed catching up with our Twitter Hour – here is a clip from our Facebook Live earlier today. Watch the full interview on our Facebook Page

Watch the full interview on our Facebook Page

I enjoyed my week with Mercy – it was fun and we learnt a bit about the planning process for a post COVID wedding. Connect with Mercy on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram for a Free Consultation.

Are you planning on getting married and looking for your perfect wedding service or supplier? Or, maybe you are a guest and looking for the perfect gift.

Come and join us on Wednesday’s at 8pm on Twitter when we show off our gifts, gowns, services, cars, cakes, flowers and so much more. It’s a virtual wedding fair. Or, check out our Instagram – which the lovely Sarah of SVS Concierge is there to look after you.

Reach out to us if you have any questions – we are happy to help.

Poise and Presents

This week we had the beautiful Sharon Kerr of Poise and Presents join us on our Twitter Q & A session. It was a fast and furious hour. And, lots of fun too! Let’s dive straight in and learn more about Sharon’s business.

What are your most popular arrangements?

What are your most popular arrangements? #poiseandpresents #irishweddingchat

Corsages & buttonhole/ boutonnière are my most popular items, also my favourite to create. Each is unique & I love to use a variety of media to create layers and depth. They are hand sewn in place for integrity & prolonged use.

What problems can you solve for your customers?

What problems can you solve for your customers?

One of my favourites is to save people money. If I can create an arrangement that looks great quality & doesn’t cost the earth then I am pleased and so are my customers.

Where do you get your inspiration?

Where do you get your inspiration from? #poiseandpresents #irishweddingchat

 I absorb everything around me and I have a creative mind that is inherited from both paternal and maternal family genes. My mind is overflowing with ideas that I’ve yet to create.

What would be the dream for your business? 

What is your dream for your business? #PoiseandPresents #IrishWeddingChat

I’d love to see my corsage or buttonhole/ boutonniere used on the catwalk now that would be really something. I’d love a studio to work in with lots of display and storage space

Why do you give  your  customers a miniature envelope?

Why do you give  your  customers a miniature envelope? #PoiseandPresents #IrishWeddingChat

I make these and inside is a penny for luck. It’s my way of saying thank you for placing your trust in me and my business

When a customer shows you a piece & asks you to  reproduce it. What do you do?

When a customer shows you a piece & asks you to  reproduce it. What do you do? #PoiseandPresents #IrishWeddingChat

I politely tell the customer I do not copy someone else’s work. I can work with the customer to create something suitable for them that will satisfy their request.

Why work with faux flowers?

Why work with faux flowers? #PoiseandPresents #IrishWeddingChat

The benefits are many. Flowers available in more colours than fresh flowers, they last longer & can be manipulated which makes them easier to work with. 

Watch the full interview on our Facebook page

You can contact Sharon on her social media channels

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