Press release: All Things Blogging in Selby
Fancy your hand at blogging?
It's time to get your blog on as an expert is coming to town.
Trainer Michelle Poole is hosting an event to help established and aspiring bloggers boost or set-up their blogging sites.
Mrs Poole, who has spent years as an IT coach and founder of Practical Business Coaching, said: "Our All Things Blogging course is all you need to get off the starting blocks with blogging – or re-inspired if you’ve lost your way.
"It will take you from 'what is blogging' all the way through to posting and sharing your blogs."
Mrs Poole, who is also a Virtual Hand assistant, decided to put on blogging specific courses due to the rising demand of businesses wanting to add blogs to their site as well as budding hobby and professional bloggers.
She said: “Blogs add personality to a brand and can turn into a business of their own.
"I've seen an increasing number of people wanting to get their voice out there via a blog format, so I'm pleased to be able to share my skills on how to do this successfully."
The event which takes place at Selby Enterprise Cafe will help aspiring bloggers come up with content ideas, a blog template and finding images to use.
As well as practical advice on setting up your blog and creating your first blog post
the All Things Blogging course takes place on Tuesday April 18 from 9.30am until 4pm, costing £100 including lunch and refreshments.
For more information, go to: practicalbusinesstraining.co.uk
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Why blogging is big business
Blogging means big business for companies and consumers, with a rising tide of businesses utilising vlogs and blogs.
Why? Well IT trainer and blogging coach Michelle Poole, said: "Brands and PR companies are now approaching bloggers rather than just the traditional media because they want voices that relate to their customers.
"So blogs which fit the niche market they want to target can be a great way of advertising.
"It's not just about the size of a blogs audience, it's also about how engaged their audience is and who their audience is."
These so-called online influencers don't all run traditional blogs either.
As Mrs Poole explains: "Some are micro-bloggers which means they may use just one social media platform to share their story.
"For example Instagram is great for fashion, food and beauty photos whilst twitter can be good for news and short text base stories."
But most bloggers tend to use a range of platforms.
Family, health and life blogger Sophie Mei Lan at MamaMei.co.uk agrees.
She said: "I love each platform for its uniqueness.
"You have to treat them all differently.
"I tend to use Wordpress for my blog posts and then YouTube for my longer form videos.
“Then facebook is my greatest referrer through live video content, photos and sharing other people’s blogs too.”
For more tips and advice, go to: Facebook.com/PracticalBusinessTraining
About Michelle Poole, Practical Business Training:
After 6 years running my VA business and training any number of people, including VAs, both in my business and ‘other’ lives I’ve found that I just love training.
I love going on training too – over the years I have not stopped learning and am drawn to all manner of training – be it free, online, face to face, mega bucks or just talks at networking events.
However, I hate training courses where I leave buzzing with enthusiasm, a brain that is coming up with multiple ideas and a passion for the learning – because I know that when I leave the training, armed with lots of notes, handouts, workbooks, etc I return to a desk or an inbox that is bursting with work to begin/continue.
All that hard work and time taken to learn has been wasted because I won’t be able to get straight on with it, and when I finally do – I’ve forgotten what to do, how it works and what were all those hidden gems that I missed!
My training is differentYou will take action, you will complete work, time is built in to actually write a PR piece, collate a distribution list, start a blog, create a 3-month calendar – and that’s just the first two courses I have developed (PR & Marketing and All Things Blogging).
Here at Practical Business Training we are giving you the tools, training and TIME to work ON your business marketing – because we all know how important it is. When you leave with your plan you can continue the action – or outsource if it just becomes too much. I’m a great believer in getting help (if you need help check out my VA business as they can certainly help you).
More about All Things Blogging:
Fact file on the course:
Spend a day learning about the top thing that will get you more clients. Create a blogging calendar and have blogs ready to publish. Learn what the best images are for your business and where to find them and ensure no one else uses them.
You will leave the course with:
Sophie Mei Lan
Follow me @SophieMeiLan
My personal blog: mamamei.co.uk
For my latest films, go to: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCN4nwFkGBwFCefz9RKSVKsQ
It's been a year since MasterChef contestant Chris Hale graced our screens with his outlandish food and banter.
And as the plates are getting heated again for a new series of the show, Mr Hale describes what life has been like since making it to the quarter-finals of the popular BBC cooking contest.
"I really enjoyed the challenge of being on the show.
"I love cooking and creating recipes so having a platform to showcase these on was phenomenal."
And Mr Hale's creations were well received with his Indian Sushi going viral online as well as his chocolate soil dessert proving popular amongst foodies nationwide.
The father-of-two said: "It was a whirlwind being on the show and one of the best experiences of my life.
"It's always hard being knocked out as you can't help but want to learn more, keep cooking and win.
"But the experience was so positive and it inspired me to do more with my cooking."
Mr Hale, 30, from Sandal in Wakefield, made the most of his TV fame and immersed himself into the catering world, working freelance as a chef across Europe.
Not one to rest on his laurels, the trained sports scientist and altitude trainer, also collaborated with fellow MasterChef contestants.
Mr Hale said: "A few of us from the show kept in touch, so I arranged for us to take over a few restaurants together, creating our own menu.
"And they helped to cater for my wedding last summer at Unity Works."
Business quickly boomed for the Yorkshire-based entrepreneur and he set up his company Pop Up North.
He said: "At Pop Up North we provide pop up restaurants, private dining, buffets and events catering all with a fine dining twist.
"I've also been invited to host cookery demos, private workshops and judge cooking contests.
"I've gone from being a self-taught home cook to now judging trained professional chefs, it's pretty amazing really.
"What an incredible year for my family and I.
"And this coming year is set to be even better and busier."
Mr Hale is also looking forward to blogging at mamamei.co.uk (his wife's family, food and health blog) about the new series which starts tonight.
He said: "It's daunting being a contestant on reality TV but with hard work and determination it can be a great way to showcase your skills to millions of people.
"Although I am glad this year to just relax and enjoy the show from the comfort of my own home with my family."
MasterChef is back tonight, BBC One, 8pm.
For more on Mr Hale and Pop Up North, go to: Pop-upnorth.co.uk
Follow him and his reactions on the new show live on twitter @AllHaleChris and Facebook.com/popupnorthfood
One of Chris Hale's DIY 'dinner at home' recipes:
Chickpea, tomato & spinach curry (serves 2)
1 onion - 2 garlic cloves, chopped
3cm/1¼ in piece ginger - 3 ripe tomatoes
1 tsp ground cumin - 2 tsp ground coriander
1 head of broccoli - 400g can chickpeas, drained
200g spinach leaves - 1 lemon
1 tin chopped tomatoes - 100g rice
Put the onion, garlic, ginger and tomatoes in a food processor or blender and whizz to a purée.
Heat oil in a large pan. Add the spices, fry for a few secs and add purée. Bubble together for 2 mins, then add the chopped tomatoes and broccoli and cook for 4 mins. Stir in chickpeas and spinach, squeeze over lemon.
Cook the rice according to the packet instructions.
A creative designer has won a string of awards for her Ribbon of Hearts business.
Emma Kitchen who set up her business three years ago, leaving her work in the finance sector, has won a #WOW 'Championing
Working Women' Award and was chosen by Jacqueline Gold CBE.
A #QueenOf 'Memories To Treasure' and also 'Order Of Fabulous' awarded by The Aqua Design Group in Stockport who founded The Royal Connection & award both Men & Women #KingOf/#QueenOf their chosen business.
Miss Kitchen also won a #Smartsocial award for the smart use of social media within business, awarded by @marketme experts in web and social media
More recently 'Business of the Week' from an Early Years Hour Nerworking Group.
The entrepreneur from Wakefield said that her business has gone from strength to strength.
Miss Kitchen said: "A friend inspired me to start a creative business as I loved designing and making things.
"I was getting so tired of the financial world and the changes ahead, I'd been there for 8 years, but over 12 years in the industry.
"So I had to make a big change in order to start enjoying life."
So Mum-of-one Miss Kitchen, 41, set about making gifts for friends and family.
She said: "When I received such great feedback for my work, I took the plunge and quit my job at the bank.
"I love hearts so I decided to focus on wooden heart gifts that I personalise myself to meet a client's desires." And the simple but beautiful designs have been proving popular with the rise of Shabby Chic trends and decor. Miss Kitchen said: "Business has boomed within a short period of time thanks to winning awards and customer's sharing their gifts on social media.
"I've made hearts with special quotes on, some with baby scan pictures, some of footprints, wedding photos, business logos and everything else in between."
The entrepreneur is in peak season with Mother's Day being just around the corner.
For more information or to purchase a custom-made heart, go to:
Contact Sophie Hale
EvokeMediaGroup.co.uk & mamamei.co.uk
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Notes to editor
Ribbon of Hearts bio:
Where it all began...
Ribbon of Hearts came from little thoughts that were written down and kept, together with flashes of inspiration and it was all brought to fruition. Working from home was a dream, to do something I enjoyed and to love what I do. My family was my main focus and to be able to spend more time with them especially on a weekend, this was a real pull. I have a friend who inspired me more than anything in the world to do this, she is someone who showed determination, courage and strength to live each day and to be positive in life.
Ribbon of Hearts was born.
Wakefield Mumbler is an online one-stop-shop for parents
A family focused business network has launched in the city to help SME's reach their target market.
Wakefield Mumbler is an online community which supports families by providing relevant local information for free. At its core Mumbler is about supporting local families and bringing together parents and carers from across the district in the hope of creating a sense of community for families in Wakefield and a safe place to discuss all things about family-life.
Founder of Wakefield Mumbler, Heather Sweeney said:
"I'm so excited to launch the Mumbler website and community in Wakefield.
"As a mum myself I know the daily challenges that parents face plus the added juggle of running a business.
"So I'm really passionate about making wakefield.mumbler.co.uk a place where families can easily access the local information they need and to find a welcoming platform where they are free to ask for recommendations for groups, services, advice for family problems, ideas for days out and everything else in between.
"In turn supporting the local economy and showcasing the best businesses in the city.
"I hope Mumbler will take the stress out of family life for others in Wakefield, as it did for me as a new mum in Harrogate."
The social media savvy mum-of-one who is from Barnsley also works part-time as a teacher as well as running her new Mumbler business, which is already proving popular.
She said: "I'm so pleased with how quickly Mumbler is growing.
"I'm getting lots of great feedback and I hope every parent in the city will join us no matter what your situation."
As part of Wakefield Mumbler Mrs Sweeney launched the business network group for businesses that are suited to a family market.
"I meet so many parents that have set up their own businesses or become franchisees in the hope of finding a way to balance family life with work. I created the business network to help support other parents like me."
For more information, visit: wakefield.mumbler.co.uk
For press enquiries:
Contact: Sophie Hale
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NOTES TO EDITORS:
Factfile about Wakefield Mumbler:
- Wakefield MUMbler is owned and run by local mum Heather Sweeney.
- Heather was born in Barnsley and brought up in Knaresborough. As a new mum, living in Harrogate she used the Harrogate MUMbler site to survive her first year as a parent.
- Recently moving back to Wakefield to be closer to her family, she soon missed the MUMbler website, not knowing many people, finding it difficult to connect with other local parents and struggling to find great places to visit as a family.
- She realised that there was a real need for a MUMbler in Wakefield, so she started the process of buying into the MUMbler family and became a franchisee in August 2016.
- By September 2016 the Wakefield MUMbler News Page and Chat Group on Facebook were lauched to help connect with local parents and carers. - - In October Heather also set up the Walefield MUMbler Business Network Group on Facebook to connect with other local parenting and child related businesses.
- The website launched in December 2016, following months of research and content creation.
More about Heather Sweeney of Wakefield Mumbler:
Heather is also a part-time teacher, so when she isn’t marking and planning she spends much of her free time glued to her iPhone, shamelessly overusing social media and desperately trying to be a good mum too! Running the mumbler site does lead to some exciting family adventures, which make up for the time spent in the office. Heather, her husband and their mini Mumbler can often be seen handing out flyers sporting a purple Wakefield MUMbler hoodie. "I couldn't do this without the support of my husband when he isn’t working in Harrogate, keeping on top of the housework and being an awesome dad he's helping me with Mumbler- we're a team!"
How Mumbler began:
Mumbler Ltd is owned by Harrogate mum of two Sally Haslewood, and has been her third ‘baby’ since launching the website in November 2012.
Familiar with the town, but unfamiliar with it’s parenting community Sally saw a gap in the market and Mumbler was born. Initially as a Facebook chat group in 2011 it’s popularity rapidly grew and saw the launch of the Harrogate Mumbler website in 2012, the first Mumbler Awards in 2013 and the first franchised site in Hull in 2014.
Mumbler is now available as the ultimate local parenting on-line community other locations including York, Leeds, Hull & East Riding, Doncaster, Ripon & Nidderdale, Stockport, and Stratford upon Avon, with several other sites due to launch in coming months.
Two female film-makers set up their own filming and promotions company after receiving international acclaim for their work.
Daria Nitsche, 34, and Sophie Mei Lan, 28, are best friends as well as co-owners of Evoke Media Group.
Evoke’s production guru Ms Nitsche, who is based in Sheffield but hails from Germany, trained In film and media and has since worked for the likes of NetFlix, Wrigley’s and large feature films.
Mrs Mei Lan, who is from Sheffield but based in Wakefield, focuses on researching, interviewing and PR, using her skills as a multi-award-winning journalist to create dynamic campaigns and corporate videos for their clients.
She said: “It made perfect sense for Daria and I to create a business together as we compliment one another’s skills.
“We’re really passionate about using films and technology to help promote our clients.
“We work with a large pool of people and many are surprised to see a woman behind the camera as well as in front. But we’re very proud of the fact that we offer top-quality packages and we just happen to be women in technology.”
The pair has recently added another string to their bow by offering a range of filming, blogging and PR workshops for people wanting to learn basic skills for themselves.
Ms Nitsche, who has an MA in film, said: “A lot of businesses want to produce content in house but they don’t have the basic skills to do so.
“So we provide training sessions for staff to get to grips with the basics of film-making and also blogging.”
Ms Nitsche and Mrs Mei Lan are particularly passionate about inspiring more females in to film-making and other technology based businesses.
Mrs Mei Lan said: “During my time working as a broadcast journalist at the BBC I discovered how important it was for me to be able to work a camera and editing software as well as being able to present and report.
“Before I met Daria, I was a one-woman-band which was great as it made me flexible. But it was so much easier working as a team utilising both our strengths.
“Not everyone takes us seriously at first but we like to surprise people with the professional work we produce.”
The future for Evoke
And it’s not all just corporate and social media videos, the multi-award-winning duo also deliver workshops for people and businesses who want to get to grips with filming, editing, content writing, PR and social media marketing.
Ms Nitsche said: “Our workshops are a great introduction to people wanting to make their own content.
“We do one-to-one training and group events so they’re ideal for a company of any size.”
Ms Nitche and Mrs Mei Lan are also known for their ground-breaking current affairs content.
They have won awards for their coverage of human trafficking scandals, NHS campaigns and their coverage of mental health issues.
Mrs Mei Lan said: “Our heart is in documentary-making (radio/TV/Film) showcasing issues we’re so passionate about and are in need of exposure.
“We hope to use some of the money we make from Evoke to fund equipment and time for us to break more barriers on issues that are important.”
For more information, go to: evokemedigroup.co.uk
Or follow them on twitter @EvokeMG and facebook.com/EvokeMediaGroup
Daria Nitsche fact-file
- Born in Munich, Germany
- Ms Nitsche now lives in Sheffield, South Yorkshire after studying for her MA there
- As well as editing films for the likes of NetFlix, she works on feature films, documentaries and commercials.
Sophie Mei Lan fact-file
- Born and Bred in Sheffield, South Yorkshire where she met Ms Nitsche
- She now lives in Wakefield with her chef husband and two kids
- Mrs Mei Lan is a trained journalist and has worked for the likes of BBC News, Channel 4 News, ITV News and The Observer and The Guardian
- She is also a professional Blogger, Bellydancer and Dance teacher (You can find her on MamaMei.co.uk and BellydanceBySophieMei.com)
- Launched in Sheffield and Manchester in 2011 (Originally as Verita Magazine)
- Funding from O2 Think Big, UnLTD and Go Think Big
- Awards won: Amnesty International Media Award, Hearing Unheard Voices Award (UK Youth) at St James’ Palace and NCTJ (National Council for Training of Journalists) Awards for excellence 2014 & 2015
- Shortlisted Awards: IRN Commercial Radio Award an Guardian Student Media Awards
How redundancy can be “a blessing disguise”
A top marketing director who was made redundant after 20 years in industry, said that it was a "blessing in disguise."
Marketeer Richard Michie, from Gleadless, Sheffield, said that his redundancy became a launch pad for his own marketing business which is now celebrating its first birthday.
Mr Michie who runs the Marketing Optimist, said: "Whilst redundancy can be daunting, it can also be a brilliant opportunity to achieve your dreams.
"I’d always wanted to run my own business, but the timing was never right. I wanted to control my own destiny and spend more time with my family, so using my marketing skills to help other businesses grow made a lot of sense."
And the father-of-five has had astronomical success in the past year, working with over 35 businesses to provide them with "the marketing department they don't have."
Mr Michie puts his success down to finding a gap in the market.
He said: "SME businesses know that they need marketing to generate sales but they just don’t have the time or knowledge to do it themselves, they’re too busy running their business. They need to be lean so using me as their marketing department means that they utilise my skills when they most need help without the cost of hiring someone full-time."
Mr Michie offers marketing strategy, search engine optimisation, web design, social media management and email marketing.
He said: "I'm amazed how quickly my business has grown throughout the region and it's going from strength to strength.
"I've never been happier."
To find out more about the Marketing Optimist, go to www.marketingoptimist.co.uk
Follow the Marketing Optimist on Twitter @MarketOptimist, Facebook @MarketingOptimist and LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-marketing-optimist
CONTACT SOPHIE HALE AT EVOKE MEDIA GROUP ON: SOPHIE_MEI@HOTMAIL.CO.UK OR CALL: 07828613061
A top coach who helps partners of accountancy firms achieve freedom has published a book called The Highly Profitable Accountant.
Author Rudi Jansen, Head Coach at Accoa, shares some of his exclusive tips from his book which has more positive reviews than any others in the field.
Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6U8xhqqy7U
Link to extract from book: http://accoa.co.uk/25-profit-wasting-tasks-accountants-need-to-stop-doing/
Top Accountant’s coach pens book to help partners achieve business freedom
In The Highly Profitable Accountant, Rudi Jansen lays out a step-by-step guide where you will learn:
* The Profitable Practice Model that gives you at least 50%+ Net Profit
* How to build your A+ team so you can focus on growing your practice
* Master delegation with the Who-What-When Triangle
* Outsourcing and how to make it work for you
* Three simple systems to reduce your lock-up within 60 days
* How to get up to 16 referrals a week
* And much more!
A top coach, who specialises in helping managing partners of accountancy practices, has shared his secrets in a new book.
Internationally trained business coach Rudi Jansen, who qualified as a chartered accountant, wants to show practice owners how to reduce lock-up, make more time for themselves and increase their net profit percentage to at least 50%.
Mr Jansen runs successful coaching company Accoa which helps partners implement the right systems and processes that will help their practices grow exponentially.
His book, The Highly Profitable Accountant, promises to help accountants to “take control of their practice, make more money and get their life back.”
Mr Jansen, who hails from South Africa where he qualified as an accountant, said: “I went into accountancy to achieve my dream of freedom.
“By freedom I mean I wanted more time and money so I could excel in all areas of my life.”
But Mr Jansen quickly realised that he had very little time, of which he craved, as he was so engulfed in his accountancy work.
He said: “Money has a nasty habit. The more I made, the more I spent. And freedom still felt out of my reach.”
Mr Jansen decided to travel the world, to pursue his dream, and to learn from the best business coaches in different industries.
By doing this, he began to develop his own theoretical business model, which became the launching pad for Accoa.
Mr Jansen said: “I started Accoa to help business owners achieve business freedom.”
“As a result, I ended up coaching over 220 small-to-medium sized businesses and I helped them to flourish through implementing the core systems and processes a business needs to grow.”
His results were phenomenal and in 2012, Mr Jansen decided to focus his coaching company purely on helping accountancy practices.
“This meant that Accoa was perfectly aligned with my vast range of experience in both practice and commerce.”
Mr Jansen hopes to share his expertise with as many managing partners as possible, to help them achieve freedom from the day-to-day running of their practices.
In order to do this he is a regular speaker at high-profile events within the accountancy sector and runs his own series of free monthly training webinars.
Mr Jansen’s new book The Highly Profitable Accountant, demonstrates his tried and tested models which he has refined throughout his years coaching other accountancy practices.
The Highly Profitable Accountant is currently selling on Amazon for £14.99 however Mr Jansen has a limited supply to give away for free as part of a promotion. If you would like to order a free copy while stocks last please go to[http://www.thehighlyprofitableaccountant.co.uk
To find out more about Accoa go to: www.accoa.co.uk<http://www.accoa.co.uk/>
The internet can be a mind field so it's important your business stands out from the crowd.
Here are some ways which may help you build your online presence:
- Value content: People don't want to hear/see/read waffle, they want to gain something from what they consume online. So creating "how to" videos and guides, are a great way to do that and you can, of course, promote something within that.
- Interaction: You want to keep your clients engaged so make sure you interact with them online. Not only does this mean quick responses but evoke discussion through photos and social media videos. But make these positive exchanges that reflects your brand.
- Looking professional: the content you share online, on social media and on your website wants to look as professional as possible. So invest in making good quality video with great audio and well written content. Or better still, pay us to create that content for you.
- Regularity: set a timetable for your PR & Marketing and make sure it links in to what you're doing.
- Testimonials: People want to hear how your company has changed someone's life/business. So video testimonialsare a great way to reach out.
Evoke Media Group offers corporate videos, social media films, copywriting and PR services. We're a small and friendly team of multi-award-winning film-makers and journalists based in Sheffield, Wakefield and Leeds.
To find out ways in which we can help you, go to: evokemediagroup.co.uk or email: Info@EvokeMediaGroup.co.uk
MasterChefs unite for a decadent pop-up restaurant in Wakefield
Two finalists from a TV cooking contest have joined together to pop-up a restaurant in West Yorkshire.
Chris Hale and Katie Stabler from this year's BBC's MasterChef are preparing to treat the paying public with a decadence inspired menu.
Think seafood, Champagne, strawberries and hand-made chocolate truffles.
Mr Hale from Sandal, who has launched Pop Up North since starting in the popular TV show, said: "Our last pop-up was a sell-out success. We served up a taster menu of fresh pasta inspired dishes.
"Each menu we deliver is different and exciting. And this latest pop-up is all about indulgence."
The Decadence Pop-Up takes place on Saturday July 23 at Nuffield Health Wakefield from 7.30pm.
Tickets are available by going to: https://billetto.co.uk/en/events/pop-up-north-presents-decadence
Or for more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By Sophie Mei Lan
"Having dyslexic staff can be a huge asset to your business," explains a dyslexia assessor.
Miss Bell, who runs CLB Dyslexia Support, says that it is essential to provide dyslexic people with the right support in order for them to flourish at work.
In fact, it is a legal requirement to make adjustments for dyslexic staff.
"The main way employers can help a dyslexic individual in the workplace is by getting a clear diagnosis from an assessor such as myself.
"Then, if someone is dyslexic or has any other disability, it's important to support them through the Access to Work process."
The government's Access to Work grant provides funding for practical support for people who have a disability or health or mental health condition to help them:
Miss Bell, whose business assesses people who think they may be dyslexic as well as tutoring those who are, says: "Access to Work can provide assistive technology, a workplace tutor and other means to help dyslexic people."
Ways in which businesses can further support dyslexic people include:
Some of the strengths typical of dyslexic individuals:
Dyslexic Blogger, Journalist and Film-Maker at mamamei.co.uk said:
"You wouldn't think being good with words and having dyslexia goes hand in hand.
I didn't think so either until I discovered I was dyslexic and, it unlocked the right support.
I've always loved writing and being creative.
And whilst I did well at school, academia didn't come naturally to me.
There were areas in which I excelled such as doing projects and dissertations.
But my handwriting was always so illegible and I was slow at learning maths and reading took ages (it still does).
Most people in my classes seemed to learn really quickly whereas my processing was so much slower.
I powered through to university where I started blogging and getting experience as a broadcast journalist.
I loved hearing people's stories and being able to give them a voice.
I continued on to doing an MA in Journalism.
And thanks to my difficulty with spelling and shorthand, I was tested for dyslexia.
As a lot of dyslexic people do, I have a spiked profile which means I'm really good in some areas but not so good in others.
I then went on to get my dream job working at the BBC on Salford and I was able to access a range of support such as read & writing software, green overlays for reading work and a dictaphone for recording information so I could listen back to it.
I now run my own successful family, lifestyle and reviews blog mamamei.co.uk, I freelance as a journalist and publicist and, I write columns for newspapers and magazines - so words are a huge part of my life!"
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