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With guest speakers Alison Hitchen from the Centre for SME, and Elizabeth Pickstock from Propeller.

Public speaking sucks. Do you know anyone who says, “yeah, I love it! It gives me such a buzz?” You might know one or two who do and think they’ve got a natural talent, but chances are they had to learn to be so confident and poised. Talking to people effectively is a skill we can all learn to hone, if we’re brave enough.

Alison and Liz are offering this active networking session in order to help you overcome performance anxiety by drawing on effective goal setting, imagery, self-talk, cognitive restricting and exposure therapy. Focusing on natural flowing conversation rather than sales pitches and feeling fake, this session encourages attendees to take a breath and work the room like a pro.

Alison Hitchen, Centre for SME Manager

Alison joined UCLan after a 10-year career within the TV Advertising/Local TV department at Virgin Media. Since joining UCLan Alison has remained focused on developing strong links with the private sector and supporting the region’s customer management agenda as Manager of CallNorthWest until 2015 when she joined the Centre for SME Development.

Alison is passionate about all things customer experience and has a customer centric approach to everything she does. Adopting an outside-in approach, she walks the customer journey and believes that ‘what is best for the customer is what is best for the organisation’. Alison also has a master’s in Event Management which often comes in handy!

Website: https://www.uclan.ac.uk/business_at_uclan/centre-sme-development.php


Elizabeth Pickstock, Propeller Business Advisor & Mentor

Liz has a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education and gained experience lecturing at Burnley College, before later working as a tutor of employability skills, business admin, health & social care and retail knowledge. Liz came to Propeller from The Princes’ Trust, where she spent two years working with young people 18-30, supporting their first steps into self-employment.  Liz has experience of working within a diverse spectrum of Education and Employability based settings. As well as successfully working on a freelance basis in the Music Industry for over ten years




This event gives you the opportunity to network with like-minded people in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. A buffet (with vegetarian options) will be available.

Please note that photographs will be taken at this event and on arrival guests will be asked to sign a disclaimer agreeing that the University of Central Lancashire may use images in publications and advertising media, such as brochures, information leaflets, posters and other formats in the promotion of the University. The images may be used in these formats without further permission or payment, for the foreseeable future.

This workshop is partially funded by the U Start project to support students, graduates and university staff to unlock their entrepreneurial potential and become enterprise ready.

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