If you’re thinking about attending one of my events for the first time, you may be wondering if the event will be right for you.
With that in mind, here’s a rundown of what to expect when you attend one of my events.
Informal (and definitely not corporate)
I’m not a big fan of corporate dos, so you’ll never catch me running an event in a stuffy hotel conference suite. Most of our events are held at The Trampery, a co-working space in Shoreditch, East London. We use the ballroom, a versatile space that includes a 12-metre long art installation by acclaimed London designers, Bad Marriage.
I don’t want you to attend an event; I want you to have an experience. That’s why we style the room like we would for a party (rather than a conference), hand you a gift bag when you arrive and feed you with delicious food throughout the day.
As far as clothes are concerned, you can definitely leave the business suit at home. Wear whatever you feel comfortable in.
There’s nothing worse than walking into a roomful of people you don’t know. That’s why I make every effort to ensure guests have already ‘met’ each other before the event - via a dedicated Facebook group and Twitter list. I also hold a live briefing call (using the video conferencing software Zoom) about a week before the event so you can ask questions (if you have them) and meet some of the other guests.
In the run up to the event, we’ll email you with tips on how to prepare for the event. I’ve created tons of content to help, including,
We try to think of everything we can to make the experience enjoyable and stress-free - from reminding you to charge your phone (or bring a battery pack) to sending you pictures of the tube exit you need to take (several previous event guests commented that they really appreciated the latter).
Hosting a live event is expensive (read this to find out how much it costs to host a live event) but we don’t cut any corners on the speakers or resources (or anything for that matter).
I handpick all speakers personally and brief them in a lot of detail about what’s expected of them - so they can provide maximum value on the day. All speakers are paid - not only because I believe in valuing peoples’ expertise and experience, but because I also want them to turn up on time, be fully present and not let me down at the the last hour. Me paying them what they're worth means you get their best game on the day.
Above all I want my events to be practical and packed with tips you can put into action immediately.
While there is no obligation to do so, I encourage guests to create preview content to gather their thoughts ahead of the event. Guests from my Media Influence Live (previously called Soulful PR Live) event created a whopping 16 piece of preview blogs/vlog - many of whom turned it into valuable piece of content for their audience.
How to take better smartphone photos at events by Antonina Mamzenko
Four reasons why I’m attending Soulful PR Live by Helen Packham
How to dress for a conference or workshop by Dara Ford
Why I’ve decided to attend a PR conference by Adanna Bankole
How to overcome the fear of talking to journalists at Live Events by Samantha Kirton
How to prepare for an important conference by Cathy Wassell
Why I’m glad I didn’t resell my ticket for Soulful PR Live by Raphaelle Cox
Keeping your energy high at live events – five top tips by Raphaelle Cox
4 questions to ask before spending money on your business by Debbie Clarke
4 reasons why I wear vintage fashion to business events by Kate Beavis
It’s hard to put my finger on why/how, but my events seem to attract a certain kind of person - creative women who are willing to put the work in to make their business a success - and have fun while they are doing it. There are no egos: they’re humble about their successes, honest about their failures and keen to help others whenever they can.
There are no egos at Janet Murray events - just friendly business owners who are keen to help each other out
Still undecided about attending one of my events? Don’t take my word for it. Read these follow-up blog posts from Media Influence Live (previously called Soulful PR Live) guests.
What happens when a conference is organised by women? by Kat Quinzel.
12 takeaways from attending Soulful PR Live 2017 by Samantha Kirton
5 mistakes to avoid when pitching to world-class journalists by Helen Packham
9 journalist tips on how to get PR for your business by Cathy Wassell
Why it’s important to never ever give up by Michelle Purse
5 reasons why you’re not achieving PR coverage by Paula Hutchings
What I learned from a day with journalists by Raphaelle Cox.
Is media coverage relevant for your business? by Adanna Bankole
7 tips to take away from Soulful PR Live 2017 by JournoLink
Want to experience what it’s like to attend one of my live events? Watch this video...