It doesn’t take much arm twisting to get me into the Dublin Convention Centre for a day jam packed with some of Ireland’s most influential female speakers! Yup, its that time of the year again, the Irish Tatler Academy. This year the theme was ‘Meet the Transformers’ and that we did.
The day kicked off with Francis Fitzgerald who gave a heartwarming and very much heartfelt speech on being a woman, being a mother, being a wife and above all, being all these as well as being our Minister for Finance.
Just before a much needed coffee break, Norah Casey announced the Irish Tatler pitching competition. Simply, if you have a business that you think’s worth talking about, then enter. Entries were to be handed in after coffee break and they would be whittled down to 20 finalists. Those chosen 20 would be notified by text right before lunch.
You guessed it! With plenty of encouragement from the sis, lunch was grabbed, a corner was found and I frantically put pen to paper and got my pitch down.
One workshop and two panel discussion later and it was time for the stage to be turned into a pitching platform.
I do love to talk all things Manley but it's usually to a couple of people at a time, not a room filled with 3000 women. What had I to lose? Nothing. What had I to gain? €5,000 worth of a prize that’s what, so I gave it my best shot. Sadly I was pipped at the post but receiving the highly commended prize I walked away with a fab goodie bag and confidence in knowing that not only did I do something that scared the shit out of me, but I did it pretty well.