Are Events a part of your Marketing Strategy?

I beleive that in any sort of communication, building and maintaining a relationship is vital.
In business, there are a whole range of events that can provide a means for a more personal relationship to be created with both prospects and customers. This blog article provides a great list of ideas events can use to help build and maintain these relationships.

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When planning your marketing campaigns, do you consider the importance of creating a physical relationship with your prospects?

A face to face interaction is a very important tool in enabling you to put a face to your brand, helping your prospects to understand who they are actually creating a relationship with as part of their buying process.

They also help with creating networking opportunities for your business, opening up brand awareness to not only other consumers, but other businesses who may be able to form strategic partnerships with you.

There are a range of events that you could host or attend and these don’t just include expensive trade shows or business shows.

Remember, you don’t want to give everyone you meet a sales pitch, but you do want to promote your brand proudly at any opportunity you can.

To help give you some ideas, here’s a list of just some…

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“I am” (Courtesy of Oxford)

Anxiety Courtesy of Oxford Dictionary

“I am” (Courtesy of Oxford)


Distress. Unease.


Fear of Danger, misfortune.


Eager. Earnest, tense desire.


Psychiatry. Apprehension, psychic tension.

Some form of mental disorder.

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Plughole - IronicInspirations

The Bubbles Had Dissolved Anyway… Source:

I took the plug out.

The bubbles had dissolved anyway.

My body had wrinkled,

Absorbed too much.

Only murky water remained.

I lay motionless,

Dead calm,

My soaked mind, sponge sore,

Thick skin defeated,

Crumbling to the bottom of the bath.

Bare bones left.

Purer mind.

Purer body.

Cleaner soul.

Stained eyes weigh leaden

in my skull.

Dreams intertwined with

bubbles, dissolved.

The clock chimed ten.

I took out the plug.

© 2013 Nicola Manning - Ironic Inspirations

Inspirations or Motivations?

Where Do You Find Your Inspiration?

Inspirations or Motivations?

Where do your Inspirations and Motivations take you?

Often writers are asked the stock question, “Where do you find inspirations for your work?”

Although I understand humans are naturally curious, I sometimes have problems with this question.

There are times your inspiration is obvious and other times when your inspiration has simply derived from a heightened internal emotion with a need to escape.

For me, there is no other way to express what really goes through my mind.

Therefore to answer this question truthfully I would have to welcome everyone’s world into my own and, as a writer, I create other world’s to escape my own. This doesn’t work.

Physical or Emotional?

So, when asked, I curve my response to talk about the physical, rather than the emotional, inspirations for my writing.

However, I think it’s the physical inspirations of everyday life, that act as a support for the emotional inspirations, that were evoked from these physical occurrences.

– Confused? Welcome to my world!

Where Do You Find Your Motivation?

What I do think, however, is that many ask about inspirations when they are really asking about motivations. The question. “Where do you find the motivation to write?” has an entirely different meaning.

When inspired, you have an aspiration, caused by a direct, or indirect, influence on your mind or body – you have been ‘touched’ and aspire to move forward/ make changes/ make an impact.

When motivated, your inspirations are put into the driver’s seat and shot into the fast lane and into the unknown. I believe it is the motivations that drive the inspirations. The motivations cause the result.

The motivation is the physical response to the emotional of inspirations.

Use your Motivation to drive your Inspiration | Ironic Inspirations | Nicola Manning

She Will Be Keeping Them Busy up There

My Ironic Inspirations

My Ironic Inspirations are genuine and evoked from a need of expression.

My motivation to finally turn my inspirations into a reality was the loss of a very close rock in my life. She had always encouraged me to write. And I had – in private.

I thought it was about time I started listening to her advice and write publically.

Whatever your motivation is and however it occurs in your life, make the most of it! Use it, don’t ignore it!

© 2013 Nicola Manning - Ironic Inspirations

Beyoncé by Tony Duran for Flaunt Magazine July 2013

I think these portraits taken by Flaunt Magazine of the Celebrity and Musical Icon, Beyoncé Knowles, are captured in such a beautiful way.


You can see the African inspiration behind the shoot through each image, taken very elegantly through lighting, make up and styling. The imagery created as a result, I think, is striking.


I particularly like the side black and white image, where Beyoncé is wearing the large tribal-style necklace. The careful use of lighting and colours have elongated and exagerated her neckline.


It is rare that you see Celebrity’s, particularly female, captured in any other way then ‘sexy.’ It is such an artistic shoot and I really admire this.




Flaunt Magazine July 2013 issue :

Editorial: BEYONCÉ,Under the Gilded Banner

Celeb/Model: Beyoncé

Photographer: Tony Duran

Stylists: Ty Hunter , Raquel Smith , Jenke-AhmedTailly

Hair: Kim Kimble at

Makeup: Francesca Tolot for



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