Precision Networking at techUK

Another workshop, another chance to explain how networking doesn’t have to be a pain. Business networking the way I do it is very serious, but never painful. You do need to take it seriously and you do need to focus. But then it just grows and grows, magically, every day, and there is nothing quite […]

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Following on followers

The world’s second biggest marketing spender Unilever has announced that the company will not work with online-influencers who buy followers. This is to combat online fraud and push for greater transparency. Far from being a multinational giant, I also have this problem. I just joined Instagram and I’m swamped with offers to buy followers. Followers […]

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Observations on Instagram and resilience

Having worked in cybersecurity I’m well aware of the negative aspects of social platforms and that’s why I’ve been staying away.  But when I joined the Professional Speaking Association and won the regional Speaker Factor, I had to rethink. Simply because there’s no such thing as a public speaker without any social media presence. I […]

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Air pollution and how to escape it

I was tucking into a savoury doughnut, Finnish specialty, as I read the news: more than 10,000 premature deaths a year are being caused by air pollution. This made me think of the local forest. As city forests go, Helsinki has the best one. It is huge, varied, well maintained and full of glorious air. […]

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The art of business and opera

As the author of a book on business networking, I network a lot and speak to a lot of different people.  Strangely, it creates a lot of confusion when I reveal I’m also an opera singer – as if  “businesswoman” and  “opera singer” were mutually exclusive. But isn’t business art? I think it is. The […]

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Interview with Beatrice Freeman on A-Speakers.com

Excerpts from  A-Speakers.com: — How did your speaking career begin? As a result of 20 years in opera, I have a huge need to be heard. As me. Not as yet another character, not in the words of other people, but talking about the things I’ve experienced and learned from (most often the hard way). […]

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What’s new in the City of London

I chose to walk from the City yesterday – and there it was! A new square, sparkling with clean lines and clean pavements. Aldgate Square is where the never-ending traffic nightmare was. It’s beautiful. It’s next to St Botolph’s, one of London’s oldest churches, and finally the transition from the business City to the rest […]

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About Beatrice Freeman

Who’s laughing now? It could be you.

A birthday is not such good news at this stage of life: if you’re a woman, you camouflage your age at all cost because the prevailing opinion is that being in your fifties is well past death. But in my case, it’s only in my fifties that things started to properly come together. I was […]

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With or Without Tea

It was a warm afternoon. I was watching the river from my balcony with a nice cup of tea. Suddenly, the world got even lovelier: an email from someone who’d just bought my book! With a photo of the book on a desk with a cup of tea. I thought, how uncanny… Tea telepathy? But […]

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Beatrice Freeman Speaking Blog Article

Speaking with impact when opportunty strikes

While my fellow Professional Speaking Association speakers condemn the speech as far too long and unfitting, I’m siding with Bishop Curry. Given the chance to have the floor, he used it to the max. That’s how it’s done. Use your opportunity when you see it (especially when it’s a one-ff). It’s your opportunity, so think […]

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