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Five top tips for a running press conference, virtually or in person.

Five Top tips to maximise the impact of your press conference, virtually or in person. Whether it’s the regular UK government press conference briefings on the pandemic or a president’s meeting with the press, we are increasingly exposed to and aware of how poor or good a press conference can be. As an experienced press

In Conversation with Tom Coppin of WGC

In the early part of 2023 it was a pleasure to meet and work with Tom Coppin of WGC, one of the country’s leading contract cleaning companies as they were looking to celebrate the success of many of their teams. Tom has vast experience of visiting many conferences and events as a delegate, and while

In conversation with Miss Jones Group

This month we had the pleasure of speaking with, both Lisa Boissel and Sophia Umney of Miss Jones Group. The women discuss with James their needs and preferences for what makes a great event. Miss Jones Group is a networking club for support professionals, in particular those who are responsible for booking Venues and Suppliers

Why work with an event content curator or designer for your virtual and in person event?

Why work with an event content curator or designer? In our experience at HaslerHill Consulting, teams do not always have the time or experience to plan and deliver high impact events based on quality content. We have observed much of the effort being focused on the logistics (where, when, who and how) - these are

In Conversation with Andrew Marsden

This month James has the pleasure of speaking with Andrew Marsden MStJ Andrew is a business strategist, leadership mentor, plural Non-Executive Chairman and Director. His 30 years of board experience spans manufacturing and service businesses, charity and the professional services sectors. He is an active member of, and advocate for, The Livery Companies and the

In conversation with Gavin Oldham OBE

This month James had the pleasure of speaking with Gavin Oldham OBE. Gavin has had a life in retail investment services, initially setting up Barclayshare for Barclays Bank before setting up the Share Centre in 1990 which he ran for the best part of 30 years. He now runs a charity called the Share Foundation

Embracing an agile approach to work

Embracing an agile approach to work. Who needs a break – some time away? The answer is almost definitely all of us, especially given the last couple of years! However, in these times of easy connectivity, do we really get to leave work behind? In our experience, it is all about boundaries and scheduling. If

Five top tips for hosting a tradeshow stand – Virtual or In Person

What better way to raise the profile of your business and your products or services than by attending or producing your own tradeshow? Maybe you have participated in a tradeshow(s) previously or maybe you have attempted to host your own in the past and have been underwhelmed by the experience and the results, or maybe

Six key steps to increase the impact of your launch event

Six key steps to increase the impact of your launch event What better way to raise the profile of your new product or service than to organise a launch event! Maybe you have been to a product or service launch event previously or maybe you have attempted to host your own in the past and

Tips for overcoming nerves when speaking publicly or presenting.

As a presenter and trainer in public speaking, one of the most frequent questions I get asked is: “Don’t you get nervous when speaking publicly?” Yes, I do and up to a point that is good, but I don’t get anything like as nervous as I could do. Therefore, I thought it would be useful

Five top tips on how to ace presenting virtually and in person

In our roles as presenters, trainers and facilitators, we are frequently asked the question of how to do a presentation with impact. Given the current circumstances, we are increasingly asked this question for not just face to face presentations but virtual too. So we’ve pulled together our Five Top Tips on How to Ace Presenting Virtually and In Person.

How to ace virtual interviews – top tips for interviewees and interviewers

From both an interviewee and interviewer’s perspective, virtual interviews are increasingly the norm. However, this can be anxiety inducing especially if you have not previously had to interview in this way. Based on our extensive experience of working with clients – individuals and organisations – we have highlighted below our top tips for preparing, executing

How to work with your event host to maximise the impact of social media at your events

How to work with your event host to maximise the impact of social media at your events A high profile event that we attended got us thinking about how you can really maximize the impact of social media through the effective use of your event host. Some event hosts are very experienced, but often at

What is the role of a professional charitable fundraising auctioneer?

What is the role of a professional charitable fundraising auctioneer? A professional charitable fundraising auctioneer is responsible for conducting an auction to raise funds for a charitable organisation or cause. Their main role is to facilitate the bidding process and encourage guests to bid generously in order to maximize the amount of money raised. The

Three reasons why you should use a professional event host

Why should you use a professional event host?

With budgets ever tighter and the pressure on the bottom line ever increasing, it can be tempting for businesses to want to save money wherever possible especially when it comes to their events.

Top tips and benefits of running virtual awards ceremonies

Top tips and benefits to running virtual awards ceremonies Top tips and benefits of running virtual awards ceremonies. Why would you wish to run a virtual awards ceremony, as in-person events are fully returned? James Hasler examines the reasons why virtual awards ceremonies are still a good idea and provides us with some top tips

Top tips and benefits to running virtual dinners

Top tips and benefits to running virtual dinners. We are now in the UK allowed to participate fully once again at a variety of in-person events, including dinners of all kinds. If this is the case, then why are many organisations deciding to continue with designing, facilitating and running virtual dinners for their membership as

The pros and cons of neurodiversity in the workplace

This is a short confession about the ADHD of the author and how whilst it is a trouble he lives with it is also a massive benefit to the work he does.

Top three insights on International Confex 2023

Top three insights on International Confex 2023 Who knew that the first people we would bump into at International Confex were the wonderful team from Tony’s Chocoloney? This was such a great sight as we love aligning with brands that represent our core HHc values, so what a brilliant way to start two intense but

What to do when faced with organising a Virtual AGM

What to do when faced with organising a Virtual AGM or exceptional shareholder/stakeholder meeting for the first time!  Many organisations including not for profits will have written into their constitutions the need to have Annual General Meetings (AGMs). Historically, these have taken place in person. Due largely to the pandemic, many organisations are now holding these virtually.

Audioblog With Rachael Stevenson of RS Events & Lifestyle

I took some time out for this month’s blog to interview Rachel Stevenson of RS Events and Lifestyle (Derby) Rachael is a freelance event planner, production and ops manager from Derby. Her experience in recent years has been mainly involved with large-scale sporting events. She has worked on projects as varied as the BRITS, MTV

A Decade of HaslerHill Consulting (HHc) – Part 2

A Decade of HaslerHill Consulting – Part 2 Following on from last month’s HHc blog post, when as co-owner of HHc, I was interviewed, on the 10th anniversary of the end of HHc’s first year of trading by business partner Rebecca Hill. This month it is my turn to interview Rebecca. What made you decide

A Decade of HaslerHill Consulting (HHc) – Part 1

An interview with James Hasler, co-owner of HaslerHill Consulting (“HHc”) on the 10th Anniversary of the end of HHc’s first year of trading! So James, why did you set up HHc? With a background in the theatre arts and high-end customer service, I wanted to use my skills and experience to create a business focused

The little known benefits of Livestreaming events – virtual, in person and hybrid!

The benefits of Livestreaming events As you may be aware over the past 20 months, we've assisted many organisations with the creation, facilitation and production of high quality Zoom events with some great results. Whilst “in person” events are, in part, back on the agenda, there is still much uncertainty due to the pandemic which

Top Tips for dealing with the challenges of designing virtual or hybrid cross border events.

Top Tips for dealing with the challenges of designing virtual or hybrid cross border events. In person events are once again taking place, but many are still preferring to keep to virtual or potentially hybrid spaces. However, through our experience of designing, facilitating and producing virtual and in certain circumstances hybrid events, we observed that

Here are ten top tips on how to put some much needed va va Zoom into your virtual meetings and collaboration – Part Deux!

Tired, exhausted, fatigued by virtual meetings? Here are ten top tips on how to put some much needed va va Zoom into your virtual meetings and collaboration – Part Deux! Virtual meetings burnout is a real thing, if you Google it there are literally hundreds of articles on the subject. As virtual event designers, hosts,

Hybrid Events – are they really a solution?

Hybrid events – are they really a solution? A lot has been written about the future of events, largely due to the long-lasting impact of the pandemic and many event organisers are considering whether hybrid events may be a good working solution. For those who are not familiar with the expression hybrid events, in essence,

Why it helps to think “Strictly” when it comes to virtual event design, facilitation and production

Why it helps to think Strictly Come Dancing when it comes to virtual event design, facilitation and production Our ten-year-old daughter is obsessed with UK TV show Strictly Come Dancing (or as it’s known in the US – Dancing With The Stars). It’s a feast for the senses – beautifully planned, choreographed and presented down

Key insights from a leading event producer – taking events virtual.

Hugh Edwards is a well-known figure in the UK events industry as co-founder of Gravy for the Brain – the UK’s leading network for voice artists – and founder of ReAttendance a leading event platform specialising in “Giving events a breath of life and taking them into the virtual space”. So, we were delighted that

Key learnings on taking events virtual – insights of an experienced event planner

Key learnings on taking events virtual – insights of an experienced event planner This blog was prompted by us participating in a Delegate Wrangler* livestream event discussing the response of the events industry to the Covid-19 crisis. The honest truth is, we would not have attended this livestream event, and Sally Kevan and our paths