TALK-VEMBER: A Month of Speaking Ahead

This month I've got a whole host of speaking events coming up, so I've renamed November TALK-VEMBER. Here's my speaking calendar for this month to give you a flavour of who I address and what I talk about. Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur, Mid-West Finals, Tipperary I've been asked to address the finalists representing Clare, Limerick, Kerry and Tipperary in the second annual Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards. There are 12 finalists under the age of 30 competing in three categories: 1. Best New Idea (not yet established) 2. Best Startup Business (up to 24 months) 3. Best Established Business (over 24 months) My brief is to tell my own business story, having set up my first business at 30 years...

TedX Nerves Begin To Kick In

It's a month until I deliver my TEDx Talk at Shrule Arts Centre in Omagh. I'm writing this blog post to verbalise my nerves in the hope, I just 'deal with it.'! So you could say, this blog post is for me! I had a clear vision of what I wanted to talk about eight months ago when I got the fabulous news that I was chosen to be one of an amazing line-up of TEDx Omagh speakers. However, with each attempt to get it down, my writer's block kicked in. Now if you follow my tales, you will know that there's not much that will hold me back from words or writing. It's just what I do. It's who...

Hope Springs In All Wells, You Just Got To Keep Digging

When you don't have hope it feels like you have nothing. But here's my philosophy - there is always hope. Our life is a well and every day is an opportunity day and hope is the driving force that will bring opportunity your way. You just have to keep digging. You may be reading this and singing in unison with me or you may be reading this with a feeling of weight on your shoulders or darkness in your light, but believe me there is always a positive multiplier from every negative. When I was seven I actually felt depressed. It's hard to believe, right? But I remember it so clearly. I told myself, "I'm depressed." Pretty depressing isn't it? But it was that...

VIDEO: JSB SUPPORTS #YESCHILDEQUALITYJUNE10

This week I was parachuted back to an old Joanne I use to know. A Joanne I now quietly weep for and wonder how she coped. I am sad to find out that lots of other Joanne's exist today feeling how I did back in the 1990s. Here's why I'm supporting the #YESCHILDEQUALITYJUNE10 campaign. THE PAST REVISITS This week I was contacted by a former work colleague and friend from my teenage days. When we knew each other I was a 'lone parent' and I washed dishes in a 5-star hotel to allow me go to back to school to re-start my two year studies for my Leaving Certificate. I was 17 years old. My daughter Sophie was six months old. Sophie's Dad...