Rosemary Hawthorne as motivational conference speaker and presenter
Many conferences or management seminars require a motivational speaker who, while chiming enthusiastically with the main theme, brings other, diverse and inspirational elements to engage people’s attention.
Wit, pace, timing, audacity and clarity.
"You have to prepare well, make sure they can hear you (test the microphone before you start), get on with it, don’t dawdle (they want a drink, food, the loo, to go home), know when to shut up – and be prepared to take any questions.
"I once spoke about the exciting development of the bullet bra, using a lot of fabulous examples, to a group of engineers (male and female). Everyone was enthralled. One chap even asked where I bought the 1950s ‘GlobeTrotter’suitcase they came in -because his Mum used to have one. I dare say she had the bullet bra to go with it.
"Which reminds me….one of my more interesting assignments was in Barcelona, where, for an international manufacturer, I mounted (that’s the posh word museums use) an Exhibition, with originals from The Rosemary Hawthorne Collection, to mark the Centenary of The Bra. I had to front up the Press Conference (which had wide Spanish television and press coverage) speaking through a handsome, suited and booted, Spanish gentleman interpreter. Amazingly, he seemed to have no trouble at all in getting to grips with my subject. It was happy titters all round".