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

Are you planning your wedding or event?

Join us on our Twitter Hour every Wednesday’s from 8pm until 9pm. Discover some of Ireland’s best Wedding Services, Suppliers and Venues. Have a chat and ask your questions while we showcase our wonderful gifts, cars, bridal wear and so much more.

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Little Rose Design – Millenary. Hats and Headpieces

Little Rose Design
Little Rose Design Logo

Little Rose Design run by Sinead Gormley a wonderfully talented milliner based in Ardee, Co Louth is our Featured Business on this week’s #irishweddingchat.

Sinead creates the most beautiful, bespoke hats and headpieces for special occasions and weddings.

We had a wonderful time learning more about Little Rose Design and the amazing range of hats and headpieces that Sinead creates. From her ready to wear range to creating bespoke hats during our Twitter Hour.

“Fashion is a kind of communication. It’s a language without words. A great hat speaks for itself.”

Let’s re-cap the our Twitter Q & A session.

Q 1: what services do you provide at Little Rose Design Millinery?
Q1: What services do you provide at Little Rose Design Millinery?

Hi everyone, here at Little Rose Design Millinery we cater for all bridal and occasion headwear from wedding days to ladies days at the races.

Little;e Rose Design - bespoke headwear

We have a bespoke service where we can create a unique, stunning headpiece to complement any outfit. We have a ready to wear collection that can be purchase on our website: website www.littlerosedesign.ie  or our Etsy shop https://littlerosedesignCo.etsy.com and we were contacted by the international company www.millinerymarket.com to list with them too for the Australian, American and European markets. So very chuffed about that!

Q 2: Has coronavirus affected how you do business at Little Rose Design Millinery?
Q 2: HAS CORONAVIRUS AFFECTED HOW YOU DO BUSINESS AT LITTLE ROSE DESIGN MILLINERY?

Yes it has but not in a hugely detrimental way – my face to face consultations are now done solely on line , it can be by telephone, email,Facebook, WhatsApp, messenger, Twitter, SMS the list goes on!

Previously to lock-down restrictions. We created and delivered to 70% of our clients without having met! So we’re well versed in designing and photographing pieces in each stage of the process to keep connected with our client’s needs 😉

Q 3: How long in advance will orders need to be booked?

Generally 6 weeks is the norm. I’ve had to readjust my supplier chain to allow for delays in my incoming deliveries of stock but I’ve sourced more Irish companies to help with this while supporting homegrown suppliers 🙂

Also, I’m happy to say any wedding orders I had have only been postponed and not cancelled. Clients know I’ll be crazy busy coming into autumn and my order book really does fill fast. When those slots are gone, they’re gone! Lol

Q 4: What is your price range at Little Rose Design Millinery?
Q 4-What is your price range at Little Rose Design Millinery?

I’m glad you asked me this question. I feel there’s not much transparency in the Millinery business and I know that if I were a client I’d need to know what I’m going to pay! Logical isn’t it?!

Smaller pieces and some headbands start at €120. Medium-size and more intricate pieces sit around the €160 price point. And, larger pieces with more detail and processes go up from there. I do have sales occasionally. Subscribe to my email newsletter on the website. Currently, it’s free shipping on my website and my Etsy shop!

Q 4: So how do we contact you Sinéad for a fabulous headpiece?
Q4 So how do we contact you Sinéad for a fabulous headpiece?

Firstly my mobile is always on 0876251981
Call, message, WhatsApp etc

My email is: [email protected]. Or, you can contact me via my social media:

Or google me! Little Rose Design Millinery, Ardee, Co Louth.

WOW! Sinead was fabulous as our Featured Business, I really enjoyed learning more about what Little Rose Design is all about.

Are you planning your wedding or event?

Join us on our Twitter Hour every Wednesday’s from 8pm until 9pm. Discover some of Ireland’s best Wedding Services, Suppliers and Venues. Have a chat and ask your questions while we showcase our wonderful gifts, cars, bridal wear and so much more.

Want to be our featured business? Don’t be shy reach out

Making You and Your Business Ready to Restart!

“Making you and your business ready to restart” with Vincent Byrne, Coach

Making you and your business ready to start with Vincent Byrne Coach

We had the fabulous Vincent Byrne as our Guest this week.

I had the pleasure of working with Vincent many years ago. So, I know first hand what a great a coach he is. Vincent has a wonderfully holistic approach to business coaching. Which I think will become plainly clear when you read this blog.

Enjoy!

Q1. This shutdown has impacted everyone’s lives, businesses and incomes.
When it finally ends, what do you think it will look like?

The main thing to accept is that we don’t have a clue what things will look like when we are allowed to return from the isolation to something that approaches previous normality.

So, things will be uncertain, but then again they are always uncertain, we just operate under the illusion and the mistaken belief that things happen in a predictable way – they actually don’t.

Unpredictable stuff happens to us, for us, against us every day but if the event or occurrence is not too disruptive, we deal with it without seeing it as particularly out of the ordinary.

The point is that there is an illusion of control around our outside world but the reality is that it is not true, it is just an illusion and in fact, the only thing that we can control is our thinking and our actions.

Q 2. With that in mind, how can we be ready for an eventual return to normality?

There are two aspects to what you can do – your personal wellbeing and your business.

From a personal perspective, the only way is to focus on being mentally and physically fit to hit the ground running. That means taking action now on exercise, good nutrition, staying hydrated, sleeping well as well as mental exercises such as meditation, connecting with friends, keeping a journal and talking about your frustrations and expectations with someone who will listen for you.

If you haven’t done it already, it is important to have a structure in your day, both personally and for your business work. Ideally, set a time the evening before to plan your day, and don’t just write lists 

In terms of your work or business, you need to look at what being ready actually means for you. How do you want to be on that first day or in that first week when you are allowed back? Will you have an initial action plan? Are there important things that you need to do in those early days? A checklist might be useful.

Q 3. Okay, so if I have my checklist and return to normal plan, what else can I, should I be doing?

Are there any systems that you think need improving, better documentation, training, planning and strategising? Get started on those things now. 

It is also important to stay in touch with as many people, customers, suppliers and other connections to whom you can offer help, advice and support that might be needed right now.

So the bottom line is that there is much that can be done to be ready and it is crucial to use this time fruitfully if for no other reason than to have a sense of purpose and motivation.

Q 4. It’s extremely difficult to get motivated in this situation especially with the confinement and distractions at home, how can I start to put this advice into action?

Begin with a pen and paper and start to look at some of the issues I mentioned above. Every situation will be different, that’s why it is important to develop your own plan for your circumstances.

If you find it difficult to do on your own, try buddying up with a friend, another business owner and do sessions where you coach each other through creating your Return Checklist and you Business Improvement Plan.

Organise to have regular Zoom meetings or phone calls to help and push each other in order to make progress.

The key is not to wait, play the victim and expect others to advise you on what to do. There will be plenty of people who do just that which presents you with a perfect opportunity to get ahead and hit the ground running.

Well, I think Vincent shared some wonderful tips with us. I hope you found it helpful. If you would like Vincent to give you a helping hand connect with him on his social media and check out his website www.vincentbyrne.ie

Would you like to be our featured business or a guest? If so, please do contact me for a chat.

Working and Weddings in this brave new world.

DBphysology

In a matter of days the way we live as changed. We know that this whole turn of events has been emotionally distressing for everyone! We wanted to do our bit to help support our Community. To that end, we invited the wonderful Deborah Byrne Clinical Psychologist for a Q & A session on our Twitter Hour. Our topic Working and Weddings in this brave new world.

Deborah was really helpful and shared some fantastic tips on how to cope with our new reality.

How should people voice their concerns?

First off I can’t tell people how to run their business, but be very careful here and try and remember to separate your business from your personal life. A one-off comment could ruin your business so tread carefully. 

  • In terms of your concerns for your business, yes you are naturally going to have some very grave concerns right now. But remember you customers want solutions from you to help them, not what’s going with your business problems. This may seem harsh but it is a reality of business.
  • Make sure to ask for help and advice from professionals i.e. you accountant and solicitor if needed. 
  • Brainstorm with other business owners in a similar industry to yourself, come together to offer solutions to your clients as a collective. Make sure to utilise your support systems (networks) right now more than ever. This will help you take back control of the situation for your business in a positive manner. 
  • I talk about the 4 types of support everyone needs from a support system in my blog on building s support system. 
  • Right now more than ever people need to utilise this to its fullest. If anyone needs a free support system information and worksheet it’s on my resource page, no sign up required just click to download. https://deborahbyrnepsychologyservices.com/resources/
  • Remember you know your business best of all, but you need to make decisions based on a clear picture and you cannot do that if you are panicked, stressed or anxious.  
  • Your mind simply shuts down when you get stressed, overwhelmed and anxious. I will offer some practical ideas on how you can de-stress, calm the mind and then with advice from other professionals you can may decisions with a clearer head. 

What are you recommendations regarding keeping positive and self-isolating?

We have to get practical here and bring it back to basics so that we can take back control of our lives and businesses. 

1. You need to calm your mind. If you already do yoga, tai-chi, meditation or any other form of relaxing exercise then please continue to do this. If you don’t then use a simple 7/11 breathing technique for 3 minutes throughout the day, as needed, will help calm the mind and bring you back to centre. 

  • Remember when we get caught up in a cycle of stress and anxiety it will keep building until you do something to take back control over your thoughts. Simply breathing techniques are one of the best ways you can do this.  
  • The 7/11 technique works like this: You breathe in for a count of 7 then exhale for a count of 11. Continue to do this for 3 minutes. You can reduce this to 4/6 if you need to. The point is to breathe out for longer than you breathe in. This action will automatically get the brain to calm down. 
  • I’m not going into too much detail on why and how it works here as I feel people have too much information coming at them. Just to say it is based on helping you reduce the flight, fright, fight hormones flying around and bring the brain back to a calming centre point.

2. In order to help with the above you also have to switch off social media, the media, TV news feeds, etc. 

  • Even if you just have these playing in the background, and are not actively listening to them, your brain will pick up on them subconsciously. This will feed a negative cycle in your brain. 
  • Instead pick a time to watch or engage online with any news you know is going to be negative right now. Then try and stick to that time period. 
  • You will have to make a conscious decision to do that, so switching off your notifications will help. 
  • You are better to have some positive engagements instead, that can come from positive support within your support system (network). 
  • Creating some relaxing or uplifting music playlists and playing those in the background too. These can help you become more relaxed, focused and motivated.
  • Don’t forget to sing along or get up and dance, you need some lightness right now. Also take some time out to watch some comedy.

3. Make sure you are taking care of your self-care basics, so that includes sticking to your routine, exercise, healthy eating, and sleep. 

Take time off from your business, be with your family, connect online if unable to in person, do some hobbies/interests. A quick word about family and friends, if anyone is getting too negative then don’t feel guilty about muting, blocking, or deleting them if you are able. Not talking about kids here, just adults.  

You can also add in your meditation from above here, plus journaling and gratitude.

I know some of you won’t like to hear about the journal and gratitude work but journaling right now can be an invaluable tool for your business. I’ll outline how you can use them as such. It’s not about “dear diary” so don’t panic. 

  1. Use a journal as a brain dump. This helps you get everything out of your head, so you can relax, prioritise, delete, delegate and get a better night’s sleep. Simply start by writing everything down on a piece of paper, it doesn’t matter if it’s business or personal. Just get it all out, every worry, to do items, etc. 

I’ll talk more about how you can utilise this more in the planning suggestions coming up. 

I have a free download for braindumps and fears you can simply click to download on my resource page. https://deborahbyrnepsychologyservices.com/resources/

  1. Create a worry period if you need it. That’s a set amount of time when you give over to your worries. You set a timer on your phone for no more than 30 minutes a day. Let your mind go to all the worst-case scenarios and fears. 

But you need to write these down. When you can see your thoughts on paper you can begin to challenge them, or see you need some professional advice, i.e. accountant, solicitor, therapist (if needed). 

Most of the time when we see our worst fears written down it allows us to see we are not thinking rationally and that we can actually do something about this or make plans to help us feel more secure. 

A worry period allows us to relax also and make more calm, logical decisions during the day, as our brain no longer has to hold on to them and seek out solutions for them. 

You can use worry periods everyday if needed or just when you feel things are escalating stress wise for you. 

4. Let’s get practical about planning; it will help you feel more in control right now. 

  • Now is a great time to plan for your business. Remember you don’t need all the answers right now, just do what you can. 
  • Take some time also to do some research and development. Get your business online if you don’t already.
  • Using your brain dump sheet from above, categorise it into personal and business, just do a quick run-through, it doesn’t have to be perfect. Then review the list. 
  • Decide on what you can delete. Most entrepreneurs are very busy people and they tend to take on other responsibilities, now is the time to hand these back.
  •  You can only do so much in any one day and you need to take time out in order to help your mental and physical health. If you are stressed out you are compromising your immunity. 
  • You are not being selfish handing these things back.
  • Delegate where you can, some people might find this hard to do, but you need to. Again you can only do so much on one day. 
  • If you need to ask for help then do it! Above all you need this right now, so again utilise your entire support system.
  • You should be left with a more realist to do list. Make sure they are tasks that can be completed easily and in one go. 
  • Anything too big needs to be broken down further. If you don’t you will only feed your fears, overwhelm and stress. 
  • You are then back to a vicious cycle in your head of negativity, low motivation and depleting willpower levels. Your brain will shut down and you won’t make good decisions for you, your family and your business. 

What one piece of advice you can give us?

Remember you are doing the best you can. Running yourself into the ground won’t help you, your family or your business. 

  • Take time out for your personal life and self-care is now more important than ever. 
  • If you are really struggling please reach out and have a chat with someone, positive friends, family, support, mentors, or with a therapist if you need it. 
  • Note I said positive people; you need these more than ever and should encourage them to contact you.
  • Use the meditation I suggested above, and then get a list of customers and suppliers you need to call. 
  • Prepare key points you need to say and then make the calls. 
  • Stick to the key points, be honest, people are understanding and will appreciate your honesty. 
  • But take time between those calls to relax, you’ll handle them in a more professional manner if you do. 
  • Rushing in will not give you the best results right now. So take your time, you don’t need to call everyone in one day. 

What piece of advice would you give couples right now who have had to cancel or postpone their weddings/celebrations?

  • Weddings are highly stressful events as is for the vast majority of people. 
  • But if you can offer them solutions to their problems you will retain or gain customers here. 
  • You do need to be able to remain calm while they are going to pieces, so you need to be calm to do this. Remember the meditation, even a few breaths before answering the phone will help you. 
  • If you can come together as a group #IrishWeddingChat and offer couples solutions such as packages they can adapt, or use when this is all over, that would be helpful.
  •  If you can speak to your local hotel, other members in the group and come up with offers that are practical and helpful that would be one way to go. 
  • I’m not talking about pushing people into buying anything right now or using questionable selling practices either. 
  • Talk to the couples who are your customers already, find out what their situation is and then put together some offers together as a group. 
  • Remember these are your customers, they don’t care about how you do it, they just want the results. Again thread carefully you can’t buy your reputation or goodwill. These are intangible assets the accounts speak about; they are worth more money to your business than anything you produce. But offering some good practical solutions for couples who were getting married or who have been forced to cancel plans and have to get married alone, will build your goodwill and reputation. 

Thank you, Deborah, for being so generous with your tips and guidance. We really appreciate your time.

You learn more about Deborah on her website and purchase her super helpful e-book here.

Honeymoon – planning the perfect romantic holiday

honeymoon-planning your romantic holiday

“Our honeymoon will shine our life long: its beams will only fade over your grave or mine.”

― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

The Honeymoon! Loving the thought of going on a month-long romantic holiday. Wouldn’t that be just amazing? After the wedding is done and dusted. You’ll be tired and exhausted. No doubt looking forward to a few days R & R…Let’s explore planning the perfect Honeymoon.

This fantastic blog by the Fathom Voyagers. It’s full of really useful tips from top wedding industry leaders. I really liked the tip about waiting a few days before jetting off on your honeymoon.

Honeymoon - planning the perfect romantic holiday

These tips from Christina Vidal are great! Especially the bit about building in leisure day and putting away the phone. And, one that I wouldn’t have thought of and that’s allowing for extras in your honeymoon budget.

Honeymoon - planning the perfect romantic holiday

Giving our #irishweddingchat members a plug

O’Leary Travel is one of our most active members.

Suzanne and her team are well known for their fantastic customer care. They take the time to get to know what you like and don’t like. They will even plan your whole itinerary from start to finish.

Honeymoon - planning the perfect romantic holiday

Susan Ryan is a Travel Counsellor is an expert in customizing long haul holidays.

Let’s take a look at some of the beautiful destinations The Travel Counsellors suggest. I love the look of this…imagine swimming in that crystal blue water with your new husband or wife on your honeymoon.

Honeymoon - planning the perfect romantic holiday

Join our Twitter Hour Wednesdays from 8pm until 9pm.

Connect and chat with our fabulous members like O’Leary Travel, Susan and others (like me) while we showcase our honeymoon destinations, gifts, bridal and groom wear and so much more. It’s like going to a wedding fair – only it’s from the comfort of your own home.

If you would like to be our Star Wedding Business contact Jackie for more details.