You may have noticed last week that I was MIA apart from the odd tweet and Instagram post regarding the OMG awards. After a great 3 days away at Tortworth Court Hotel, a standby call out on Saturday sending me all around the world and some well deserved sleep on Sunday, I felt that it was time to share with you just what I’ve been getting up to last week and give you a bit of an insight to some of the work that I do within the company that I work for.
Tortworth Court Hotel is a stunning Grade II listed Victorian mansion, set in The Cotswolds and South Gloucestershire. It took us around 3 and a half hours to travel from Manchester, making it an ideal location for a weekend or mini break. 30 acres of hotel ground complete with arboretum, which is a botanical garden to you and me, the hotel looks incredible against the clear blue skies we had the pleasure of experiencing last week.
130 cabin crew members were specially selected out of thousands to take part in the OMG Conference and Awards, with each person being selected for being a high achiever within the sales culture that we have on board the aircraft. As part of my day to day job, I also work within Team Sky High, where we motivate and coach crew members on the products that we sell, and as you know, I am a huge lover of beauty products and cosmetics. The conference was designed for us to meet supplies, expand on our knowledge of the new products for Summer 2015 and for ourselves to be motivated by listening to some great guest speakers. Throw in lots of coffee, a Mad Hatters Teaparty and a Venetian Masquerade ball and you have the ingredients for a successful conference.
Day One started with motivational speaker Mandy Hickson, one of the first female pilots to fly the fast jets for the Royal Air Force, gave insight into her challenging and exhilarating world. Inspirational, humorous and highly motivating, Mandy’s passion for her industry and how she got the best out of herself to succeed in all her endeavours certainly left an imprint in my thoughts. A great way to start the day, which left us all wanting to share the passion for our job role and creativity.
Alison Dawkins then took to the stage to talk about our mindset within work and making an impact to lead to success, in all aspects of our daily job. I certainly took a lot away from this session, especially the points about my mind set and social generosity. I want to be that happy, jolly crew member even at 3am and instead of whining and moaning that I am tired, I will do my best to sparkle and shine and hopefully that will rub off on others.
My favourite part of day one allowed me to get my creative juices flowing with the Catwalk Challenge. We were split into 13 teams, and each team was given a product that we will be selling on board this summer and we had to make an outfit that showcased the brand. Our product was Kabuto noodles and the first thought in my head was noodle hair. We decided on a Samurai outfit and wrote a small presentation that was to be delivered on the Catwalk which had been set up in the Orangery. We had around an hour to prepare our presentation and outfit before we headed over to the Orangery where we were greeted with flutes of Nicolas Feuilatte champagne before taking our seats on the frow. The costumes that had been created were incredible, and each one had so much thought put into them. With our genius design and the excellent work of Louise who was modelling our Kabuto samurai outfit, we actually won!
The evening of day one started with drinks on the lawn at 7:30pm for our Mad Hatters Tea Party. I wore my silk shirt dress by River Island and my custom made shoes by Customised Bling Things. They have little mirrors on the front so they were my Alice Through The Looking Glass Slippers for the evening. There were a lot of fancy dress outfits but I didn’t dress up as I wanted to wear my shoes! The marquee was incredible and it was like we had fallen down the rabbit hole into this magical world of fun and make believe. A sit down meal on a table filled with bottle with the ‘Drink me’ tags and jars of sweets saying ‘Eat me’. The menu was delicious. Pea and Mint soup with a Caramelised red onion and red pepper and feta tartlet, followed by fish and chunky chips. Dessert was a trio of cakes but I only managed the strawberry tart as I was full.
Entertainment was provided by the wonderful Tiffaney Wells, a drag performer not for the feint of heart. I don’t think I have laughed so much in my life. Close to the bone and cheeky to boot, Tiffaney was so funny, and I noticed a few flushed faces that evening. More drinks, a huge conga line around the marquee and the obligatory dance to Cha Cha Slide and it was time to take my B12 deficient body to bed ready for a jam packed early start for day two, which will be in a separate post as I have so much to write!