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What a day!

Well, what they say about comfort zones is true. Outside of them is where the good stuff happens and I was REALLY outside mine when I was taking to the stage at #GTGLive18 on Saturday 3rd November at Etc Venues in Manchester.

It was a real showcase for the brilliance of Girl Tribe Gang, combining the messages of empowerment in business, self care and stress awareness (Particularly with this year seeing the 20th Anniversary of National Stress Awareness Day and the first National Stress Awareness Week falling this week).

The day was broken into key sections following on from founder, Catherine Asta Labbett's keynote speech and incredible interview with BBC Leeds Presenter Stephanie Hirst: 

Get Inspired:

There was a choice of three panel talks to kick off the day covering the notions of 'We are Stronger Together', 'Women who have Quit the 9-5', and 'Fierce Females' which I hosted.    These panels saw speakers such as Suzie Walker, founder of The Primal Pantry; Holly Wood, the founder of the Northern Blog Awards and Lauretta Ihonor of The Ambition Plan.

Get Empowered:

This section of the day saw a series of workshops and presentations that offered practical training and teaching in key areas of business and visibility, covering topics such as PR (yours truly), blogging and nailing your branding. 

Get Balanced:

To tie in with Girl Tribe Gang's mission to raise voices around Stress Awareness Week and the importance of self care among women in business, Get Balanced allowed for the exploration of mindset, confidence, self care and preventing burnout.  This section saw speakers including, Suzy Reading, Mind Editor at Psychologies Magazine; Nutritionist Mel Wakeman and the founder of National Stress Awareness Day, Stress Guru Carole Spiers.

Get Connected:

Rounding the day off was Girl Tribe Gang's signature relaxed connecting with cocktails and mock-tails and a chance to debrief and look back on the day.

This allowed a great flow to the day and for people to dip into those areas they felt would be of most benefit to them.

There was a 'Me-Time Lounge' sponsored by Saks Hair & Beauty, open throughout the day for ladies to get that little bit of pampering and time for themselves.

Being involved in two sessions in the day was a great privilege and I’m thrilled with the turnout and feedback from these sessions. Those of you who know me will know that I always enjoy any opportunity to teach anything PR related, so getting the chance to deliver the PowerHour presentation I’ve done at the Beaconsfield and Birmingham tribes to a new audience in Manchester was so much fun.

With the panel session I hosted, the nerves were REAL but I needn’t have worried. The ladies that were sitting on the panel were absolutely kick ass, fearless women who have been totally nailing it in life and business but are as self-depricating as any. In their words, “we’re all just winging it’.

It was truly such an incredible day. I caught up with the other ladies that had travelled from our south tribes up to Manchester for the day, I finally met people I’d been talking to on Instagram for months and I met some new contacts, incredible women who have some seriously inspiring words and stories to share.

The 4am start was definitely worth it. Bring on #GTGLive19 and keep an eye out on here for some of my key takeaways from the Fierce Female panel session I hosted and some tips from my PR Powerhour…

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Fiona Minett