Annual Mumbler Conference 2019

Cute babies and new mums might not make it to your average business meeting – but they’re part of what makes Mumbler conferences so special!

Mumbler franchisees team picture 2019
Since Mumbler complements family life as much as possible, the annual conference follows suit, with babies welcome and franchisees supporting each other as mums – as well as business owners.
Held every autumn, the conferences are a great opportunity for franchisees to come together in person, cement relationships, hear the latest news from Mumbler HQ and share the knowledge they’ve gained in the last year.

Relaxed and informal, this year’s event took place in York’s Revolution bar, with comfy seats, free-flowing caffeine and a steady stream of inspiration.
From news of how Mumbler has grown, to top tips from in-house and external speakers, franchisees spent a full day networking and celebrating their successes.

This year’s highlights included a talk and Q&A session on the popular Mumbler Awards, led by event specialist Liz Theakston, with Doncaster Mumbler Caroline Brooks and Mumbler owner Sally Haslewood
While Harrogate Mumbler is celebrating seven years of Mumbler Awards, Doncaster Mumbler launched its first event this year, and shared lots of information on the costs involved, growth over the years and the difference it has made to website visitors.

York Mumbler Emily Pickard gave an inspiring talk on time management, sharing tips on how to manage an editorial diary, focus your time when juggling the demands of family with a business, and adjusting the balance as time goes by.

After a delicious lunch and group photo, Mumblers took part in an interactive sales session, tackling how to generate sales, strategies, top tips and anecdotes.  This was followed by a session on overcoming personal barriers to sales – such as phobias of picking up the phone – by Audrie Woodhouse, an external speaker from Honestly Speaking. Audrie also delivered a personal and professional coaching session.

Since the franchisees all have different backgrounds, meeting up in person is a great opportunity to benefit from each other’s experience. With former teachers, accountants, sales people, journalists, copywrite lawyers and more among their numbers, everyone has different skills to contribute and is always at the other end of a phone – or email – offering help and support.

Franchisees have weekly catch-up calls to chat about how everything is going, and help each other as much as possible on Workplace, but everyone relishes the chance to connect in person.

“I’ve gone away buzzing, full of ideas and in a much better place than I arrived, as always,” shared Hull Mumbler, Rachael Smith.

“It was incredibly useful,” added Poole Mumbler Maria Vargas. “I’m super proud to be part of this amazing bunch!”

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