Busy Times

We have been trying to find a weekend to meet up with some friends, but with all of the children’s various social events and ours, the first one we could come up with was in 8 weeks time !!!

Many people must have this sort of conversation:

A: It would be nice to see ‘C’+’D’ at some point. We haven’t seen them in ages. Their turn to cook though. Shall we invite ourselves over for Sunday lunch?

B: God wouldn’t it? Ok – I’ll call them. Are we free this Sunday?

A: I think so. Hang on – I’ll check the calendar. Oh no. ‘G’ has a party

B: What time? Can we still go?

A: No. 2-4.30pm. Damn. That screws up the whole day.

B: Ok – next weekend.

A: Your sisters. Half term. The kids were desperate to see their cousins.

B: Oh yes. Right – weekend after.

A: ‘M’s birthday. Your mum’s here on Saturday. We’re taking her back on Sunday.

B: Oh yes. The weekend after that?!

A: My sister has asked me to go to Ireland for her ex’s 50th. Not sure if I can, but better keep it free, just in case.

B: Ok – the next one?

A: H’s 40th. Already booked the hotel room.

B: Ok. The weekend after?

A: Your cousins 40th. We have to be late because of work, but we are still going.

B: The next weekend?

A: You’re booked in to do some odd jobs for ‘S’.

B: The next weekend?

A: ‘M’ has a play date. Can’t cancel. We had to last time.

B: One after that?

A: I don’t think that we have anything on. I’ll text them and see if they’re free.


A: They’re busy. Weekend after?!

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Strange Times.

So – a rejection for a job that I was completely unqualified for isn’t a huge surprise, so I shouldn’t have been surprised. And I wasn’t. Just a bit disappointed. But – there is a meeting with BBC Wiltshire’s editor on Monday – and I have one interview done. I may get a chance to do another one tomorrow too. So why am I feeling dispondant?

The initial excitement and thrill of going to the Women in Radio event has worn off and there is just a little fear and apprehension now. How do you make the right impression when you meet someone who could help you change your career for the better? I used to have a tendency to bang in to a piece of furniture when I was introduced as a ‘Dance Teacher’, so who knows what I will do when I am introduced on Monday?

What am I anyway? An agency worker? A support worker? A Company Director? A Dance Teacher? A mum? All of those things I suppose. And a ‘Women In Radio’………finalist? Competition winner? Successful entrant?! Hopeful? Attendee?

So – wish me luck. Just the Theatre and Dance company to run on Saturday, a flat warming party to go to for the autistic man that I teach drama to on Sunday, and then the big day on Monday. Crikey.

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10 best bits of advice from the Women in Radio Day

These were some of the nuggets that I picked out from the day. There was lots of practical stuff about how to get yourself in to radio, but these gems were what resonated with me. 

  1. Good talking is about good listening.
  2. Be yourself – that’s what local radio want.
  3. Trust your gut – you’re your own best judge.
  4. If you have ‘imposter syndrome’, then you’re probably in the right place.
  5. Women are funny in private but not so good at being funny in public. Be confident! 
  6. Don’t worry about making mistakes – it’s what makes us all human.
  7. Put your audience first – it’s not about what you want to hear. It’s about them.
  8. Remember the name of everyone that you hear on your local radio station.
  9. Women are great at understanding human beings – don’t forget that.
  10. If you ask a man why he would be good for a job, he will give you 10 reasons why he would be perfect. If you ask a woman, she will give you 10 reasons why she probably couldn’t do it.
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