"I attended an arts in business seminar by Be Smart About Art in January 2016 - Deborah Henry-Pollard was a key member of the panel of speakers. I was really impressed by Deborah's presence as a speaker (and I have seen many, many speakers) - she exudes sincere confidence, warmth and great passion for her subject(s). I found her captivating and would highly recommend her for public speaking events!"
Emma de Polnay
I speak at conferences and events for creative people, delivering interactive talks and workshops in person or via webinar. I also have a YouTube channel where I post Sparklers, short coaching vlogs.
I have spoken at: West Dean College; Be Smart About Art; Art & Design Employability; University of East London; Artsmart; The Design Trust; Forum Arts; Creatives Hub; Association of Women Art Dealers; Shape Arts; Four Corners; Secret Subterranean London symposium, Illumini; Wellcom Collection.
A Vision and Why You Need One
(Format: 1 hour talk)
What is visioning and what is the point of it in your creative career?
In 10 years time, we will all be somewhere. Do you want to choose where you will be or just allow yourself to drift and hope for the best?
Knowing what you are setting out to achieve and how to articulate that so you will stand out amongst other similar professionals can seem like one of the hardest things to do when you set out on your independent career.
I use personal experience, case studies and relevant examples to show the benefits of creating a vision for yourself. These include self motivation, proactivity, engaging others and keeping focus. I will also lead you through an exercise to look at where you want to be in 10 years time.
The session is participatory and people should come prepared with pen and paper!
“I still feel as if I've had a caffeine injection from your session. It was quite extraordinary.”
Playing the Status Game
(Format: 2 hour workshop Maximum: 20 people)
Throughout our working lives, we engage with people across many sectors and at different levels: from fellow creative professionals, clients and collaborators to funders, bank managers, corporate contacts and business suppliers. If you have ever wondered if you put yourself at a disadvantage if you don’t wear a suit to a business meeting or thought you have to turn into Lord Sugar when meeting the bank manager, this workshop gives an introduction to understanding the importance of ‘status’ in relationships and our communications with people. Status exists in all human transactions but we often remain unaware of its power or the effect that subtly transforming our status can have when communicating and relating to others. This practical experiential workshop will teach you how to become a ‘status expert’ by first discovering your own default status and then learning to adapt your natural style to different people and situations while remaining authentically yourself.
The workshop is participatory and people should come prepared to get involved.
Check my Free Resources page for links to podcasts on which I have been a guest.
"Really enjoyed your talk, very inspiring and I will put some of your tips into practice! "