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HERlarious – Virtual Reality: Creating Calm out of Chaos
June 25 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm BSTFREE
Hosted by Funny Women founder and CEO, Lynne Parker, this session will feature two micro-workshops and some brilliantly funny entertainment.
The first few weeks of lockdown are best described as chaotic. Some aspects of our lives are still being fuelled by chaos as the world rallies against the pandemic. The impact this is having on society will change our lives forever. In the midst of all this, we crave normality, new or otherwise, in order to continue working and running our businesses. We need to find calm to be creative.
This event is designed to give you a sense of perspective about the world we find ourselves in and what we can, and can’t, do about it. There are no right or wrong answers and chaos emits from indecision so we will be discussing how we can ‘go with the flow’ and proceed calmly and creatively.
Wellbeing is paramount for personal and business survival so Funny Women and WEConnect International have partnered to create this online social forum to help you express yourself, keep focused and plan ahead with a few essential endorphin and morale-boosting laughs along the way.
Press mute when you need to scream
In these curious times we’re expected to be ready to go in an instant – Zoom calls and constant emails mean everyone has us at their fingertips, all the time. Beyond making sure you wear trousers for video calls and pressing mute when you need to scream, what’s the best way to cope with new pressures and demands? In her corporate role, Jo is often called upon to present high-profile events to a demanding international audience; now she’s dealing with delivering those while keeping up with her day-to-day work, a child who needs to be at least mildly educated and a cat who loves to get in on video conferences. She’s gathered some tips to help you be your best, even when the dog is eating your desk or your child is smearing jam on your ankles.
Facilitated by Jo Fletcher-Cross
Jo is a journalist, editor, playwright and stand-up comedian. By day she is editorial manager at an independent publishing house and content specialist, overseeing more than 50 publications a year as well as major events, awards, digital and video products. By night she performs stand up around the UK and overseas, including at the prestigious Just for Laughs festival in Montreal, and delivers comedy and writing workshops.
Finding calm to be creative
From remaining calm while building a model of Tracey Island on live television to writing your first novel… being cool, calm and focused helps to get the job done! How do you manage the chaos of life long enough to be creative? Is creativity born out of chaos? Explore how to balance your personal and professional priorities and ways to stay calm when the odds seem stacked against you.
Facilitated by Janet Ellis MBE
Janet trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She has appeared in theatres up and down the country and on TV in everything from Dr. Who and The Sweeney to Jigsaw. She presented Blue Peter for four years in the eighties, and since leaving has worked as an actress, presenter, broadcaster and writer. She is a regular contributor to radio and TV, newspapers and magazines. She is the author of The Butcher’s Hook, longlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize, and How it Was, now out in paperback. She lives in London and has three children and five grandchildren.
And to leave you on a happy hormone high there’s entertainment with brilliant comedy from 2012 Funny Women Variety Award winner, Sooz Kempner.
This event is free of charge in collaboration with WEConnect International. We welcome donations which can be made here.