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Screenshot 2016-06-15 12.49.57 Last night we had a fantastic evening at Aubaine  for our female members with phenomenal Mary-Louise Angoujard, founder and Managing Director of Rapporta, a consultancy firm specialising in leadership coaching and training. Mary-Louise shared with her fellow diners her tips on presence, body language, vocal impact, assertiveness and quiet confidence. As a specialist in leadership and women’s leadership development in particular, Mary-Louise spoke about personal impact and presentation skills as well as covering her background in communication, consultative selling and people development.

Screenshot 2016-06-15 12.50.19Special thanks to our speaker, Mary-Louise, who said:

The dinner last night was hugely enjoyable for me – it was inspiring to have the opportunity to connect with so many amazing, talented and successful women. The topics we discussed certainly seemed to resonate with everyone and they seemed to find my talk interesting. I trust they will also find the tips and insights helpful and practical [too]. I very much appreciate the opportunity to join last evening and look forward to more TableCrowd events!

Once again, the wonderful Natalie, aka Miss Ballooniverse, provided corsages for her fellow diners, she also commented on the dinner:

It was an absolutely brilliant evening. The speaker Mary-Louise was exemplary. The other ladies attending were just fantastic. Food and ambience at the restaurant perfect. Thank you. I cannot wait to the next one I attend.

Mary-Louise was joined by: #EmbraceYourAmbition, Hello HR, i2i Events Group, Per4mance Insight, Phrasee, Microsoft Store, Miss Ballooniverse, Reed Exhibitions, BearingPoint and Activision Blizzard amongst others.

To join our next #WomensOnly dinner, make sure you follow our Women’s Dinners. Find the full list of upcoming dinner here.


standoutWhether you’re in a male-dominated industry or not, it always helps to, “Stand up, and stand out” from the crowd. Join us for dinner with Mary-Louise Angoujard to improve your presence, body language, assertiveness & confidence

Grab a seat at our fifth informal ladies-only get together, for women to share ideas and learnings around personal and professional development, whilst also hearing from some fabulous women after dinner. This month sees Mary-Louise Angoujard speak on presence, body language, vocal impact, assertiveness and quiet confidence.

Mary-Louise is the founder and Managing Director of Rapporta, a consultancy specialising in leadership coaching and training. With a background in communication, consultative selling, and people development, Mary-Louise specialises in leadership / women’s leadership development, body language, personal impact and presentation skills.

Join Mary-Louise for dinner where she will be sharing tips on presence, body language, vocal impact, assertiveness & quiet confidence. All important qualities for leadership.
Dinner is at 6:45pm on Thursday 9 June at Aubaine, Regent Street

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emotionalintelligenceAt dinner last week, Amanda Davie, talked extensively about Leadership and the role of Emotional Intelligence at our latest Women’s only TableCrowd dinner.

Amanda introduced her fellow diners to the 4 main areas of EQ: self awareness, self management, social awareness and social management, whilst explaining that EQ is very fashionable in leadership at the moment and is becoming part of the board level interview for some. Read on to find out what else is involved in emotional intelligence.

Self Awareness. Women tend to have more self awareness than men

Self Confidence. Men score quite high on self confidence (not aggression, mind) as they don’t lack self belief as much as women. Women struggle with a lack of self worth

Optimism. Thinking positively is a must when it comes to incorporating EQ into your leadership skills.

Adaptability. Being agile and flexible to change is an important part of EQ

Self Control. Usually women are weaker at this as men are able to zip in their self control much more effectively.

Relationship Skills. Women are hard-wired to build trust and rapport, so it’s not surprising that they beat their male counterparts at relationship skills hands down.

Self reliance. Being able to feel confident in what you know, and trusting yourself. It’s important not to let insecurities to get in.

Straightforwardness. Nobody wants to be involved with a Jekyll and Hyde character whether it’s in the workplace or on a personal level. When the pressure is on, people can change and turn, becoming unrecognisable to those around them. Ensure you are straightforward by delivering clear and consistent messages. Practice what you preach, as they say. Always try to remain clam and have good body language. A straightforward leader asks for feedback and gives balanced feedback constructively, whilst also having the self confidence to be on the receiving end too.

Empathy. Something that’s woefully lacking in business. Empathetic leaders make you feel heard. Remember it gives employees a sense of calm and safe. Make one-to-one time for employees you need to motivate, and be sure to tap in to your listening skills too (silence is the key). When you understand others, you can see their greatness.

Self Actualisation. Men normally score better than women.  Self actualisation has two parts:

  1.  the work life balance
  2. knowing what is meaningful to you and proactively planning this.

It is knowing what fuels you and investing in it. You must make time to do this. Leaders should demonstrate that they do what is important to them. It is well-known that women put others first, as we are innately ‘the carers’.

Women are natural-born carers.

You need to have a self actualisation plan as you need balance.

Essentially, EQ is just advanced people skills. If you have happy, loyal people they will give more.

For more from our after dinner speakers, check out our Tips blog posts.

eiNext week is all about the ladies, well female speakers anyway. Tuesday will see us dining with brand expert Jenny Andersson on achieving growth and profitability by being a purpose led business. Wednesday, we have the pleasure of Amanda Davie sharing her wealth of knowledge on leadership and the role of emotional intelligence. Two fantastic topics to discuss over dinner, let’s check out each one in a bit more detail:

Dinner on growth & profitability through activating purpose
We’re excited to have Jenny Andersson, a seasoned TableCrowd member, covering the topic of growth and profitability through activating purpose at dinner next month. As an expert in brand strategy and communications, Jenny will talk about how purpose-led initiatives can contribute to profitability and growth, as well as helping your brand better connect with customers.

Secure your spot at the table and discover why being purpose-led is important for your future success (it’s reported that purpose-led brands are outperforming traditional brands on shareholder value 9:1). Hear how Jenny has helped brands such as Patagonia, Timberland, Levi’s & Virgin align their social and environmental responsible brands with making their business better and more profitable.
Dinner is at 6:45pm on Tuesday 17 May at Piccolino, Exchange Square

Dinner with Amanda Davie on leadership & the role of emotional intelligence
Being in tune with your own emotions and having strong awareness of emotions of the people around you can be vital for leading your team to success. Known as ’emotional intelligence’, the latest in the women’s series of dinners will cover this topic with Amanda Davie providing the after-dinner speech and informal Q&A. As an ECR Certified Coach, Amanda has been trained by emotional intelligence experts RocheMartin to define, measure and develop EQ in leadership.

Join Amanda and your female peers and find out how you can effectively utilise EQ in your role. Here’s a quick run-down of what Amanda has achieved in her career so far:

  • Pioneered online advertising in the UK at 24/7 Media, Outrider (a WPP agency, now MEC), and i-level
  • Grew the search business at i-level from scratch to a team of 40
  • Founded Reform a digital management consulting firm
  • Co-founded Mentoring Digital Minds in 2010
  • Co-founded Digital Talent @ Work in 2015
  • Executive coach (launched own practice Jan 2016)
  • Mentors on the Cherie Blair Foundation Mentoring Programme

If you’re yet to join one of our women’s dinners, they’re fantastic fun and a great way to build a network of like-minded women (as un-biased as we are!) Grab a seat at the table and be sure to bring plenty of questions for Amanda to really take advantage of her experience during the informal Q&A part of the dinner.
Dinner is at 6:45pm on Wednesday 18 May at The Green, Clerkenwell

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shaa1Another fantastically inspirational evening was had last night at our fourth dinner in our women’s only series. Diners were joined by the phenomenal Shaa Wasmund at Aubaine for what was an open and honest talk on following your true passion and how to take action.

I haven’t achieved because I’m better than others. But I do have a skill – that is taking action. Not being afraid to fall over. I just go and do it.

As a widower 6 years ago and now a single mum with a business to run, Shaa attributes getting through everything with the help of her female friends. She believes people can get so scared of life and that the bad things that happen to us can prevent us from moving forward, so it’s important to remember to be ‘authentically you’.

Screenshot 2016-04-14 11.31.09For Shaa, it’s important that women should bask in other’s success. That we should collaborate more – celebrating each other’s progress. It’s common knowledge that women often struggle to support and embrace other women. Why do we do this? Perhaps, we see other women as a threat. Whereas, what we need to do is see how we can collaborate and support each other. Figure out how can we all help each other to get out of the rat race.

Our speaker was joined by ProFinda, #EmbraceYourAmbition, GleanIn, Lorraine Hart Skin Care Expert, PwC, RateSetter, Microsoft, MindSightUK, Peco Poncho, Crossing-The Travel Company, Solely Original, Per4mance Insight and DecorCafe Network amongst others.

Special thanks to Shaa for a fantastic talk, as well as Tamar and Randy for hosting.

Check out our upcoming dinners to see which one whets your appetite!

shaaOur women’s only dinners are a must-do for two reasons. Firstly, they allow women to share their knowledge and inspire each other and secondly, you can hear real-life examples of women forging their own career paths.

We are very excited to be welcoming Shaa Wasmund – one of Britain’s most prominent digital entrepreneurs, to speak at our latest women’s only dinner.

Her critically acclaimed bestseller ‘Stop Talking and Start Doing’ teaches you how to turn business ideas and ambitions into reality. As the Founder of Smarta, she is also one of the most connected people in the UK!

Join us for dinner where Shaa will talk about reinventing yourself to become a successful leader in your own business, the business you decided to join, as well as reinventing yourself outside of business.

Get those burning questions ready and book your seat at dinner for what is sure to be an inspirational and game-changing experience.
Dinner is at 6:45pm on Thursday 7 April at Aubaine, Mayfair.

frog In celebration of International Women’s Day, we held one of our regular women’s only dinner on Tuesday night with Anita, Randy and Tamar as co-hosts. This series is all about women sharing ideas and learning around personal and professional development; what better way to spend the evening of International Women’s Day than at a inspirational dinner. We also held one of our popular investor dinners too – read on to find out what went on at both: kathleenDinner with Kathleen Saxton, founder of The Lighthouse Company & co-founder of Advertising Week Europe
We had the pleasure of organising a women’s dinner at Jamie’s Italian in Piccadilly with the impressive Kathleen Saxton as the after-dinner speaker. As the founder of The Lighthouse Company, Kathleen has built a business that represents talented individuals globally and works with the most interesting and forward thinking businesses, both in creative and media industries. At dinner, Kathleen provided her fellow female diners with her top tips along with the current trends in media recruitment such as the difficulty in retaining talent these days as more and more people are looking to be their own boss, and the increase in focus on people having a diverse skill set.

Be authentic. Be you, otherwise you are incongruous with yourself and people will feel it

She also highlighted how important it is to find an older, wiser person to learn from, to be a coach and a mentor for you. As well as knowing your own strengths and knowing your brand inside and out too.
ballooniverseMassive thanks go to Natalie, Head Balloonista at Miss Ballooniverse for surprising us all and very kindly creating balloon corsages for all of her fellow diners and our wonderful host too!

Dinner with Joe Krancki, Partner at Frog Capital
Our dinner with Frog Capital‘s, Joe Krancki was a gorgeous dining experience at The Happenstance with great service and a fantastically secluded private dining room away from the ‘pumping’ music going on upstairs. The guests were chatty and excitable (as is usually the case with a speaker in growth equity!) many of them having dined with us before.The food was well received by all, coming out like clockwork and providing the perfect catalyst for a long night of conversation. The majority of diners were founders of companies at various different stages and eager to hear from Joe on what he invests in.
frog2Joe was full of information and energy during the after-dinner talk explaining to his fellow diners that Frog Capital usually invest at later stage companies than those in the room. Regardless of this, his advice was very well received including a “rate yourself as a CEO” pack that he handed out. This showed guests what Frog look for in the leader of a company; the packs were eagerly stashed away in bags for some late night reading under the bedside lamp no doubt.

Be an execution based CEO, instead of an interpersonal one.

Our speakers were joined by: Piton Capital, i2i Events Group, Phrasee, Avangate, Workshare, Archive Document Data Storage, AOL, Per4mance Insight, EnergyDeck, Framestore, Ballooniverse, Veyring, Innometrics, Jackopaw, MixMatchMe, Oliver Wyman, Snyffle, Sentenial,, Huge, Amondo, Giggypop, JB Cole Limited amongst others.

Special thanks go to our speakers Kathleen Saxton and Joe Francki, as well as our partner Wellers.
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marchIt feels a bit mad that we are on the precipice of March already (where does the time go?!) but here we are on that strange day that pops up every four years. With spring so close we can almost touch it, let’s take a look at what’s coming up next week (and briefly touch on what’s happening in the rest of March too).

We have a two fantastic dinners lined up for Tuesday next week, the first being a fundraising dinner with Joe Krancki from Frog Capital, and the second is our women’s only dinner with Kathleen Saxton, founder of The Lighthouse Company. Read on to find out what you can expect at each one.

Dine with Joe Krancki – Partner at Frog Capital, on when he invests
Want to know what an investor looks for when they invest in entrepreneurs and companies? Of course you do! Our next fundraising dinner is with Joe Krancki, partner at Frog Capital, who will be giving us the inside scoop on what businesses get a big, fat yes from him and why.

At Frog Capital, the investment team focus mainly on innovative, rapidly growing companies who operate in dynamic markets. Since Joe joined them in 2009, he has sourced and worked on many of Frog’s investments, including EDITED and Rated People. So, what are you waiting for? Grab a seat at Joe’s table, share what you are currently working on, and meet your peers over a delicious meal and a glass of wine (or two!).
Dinner is at 6:45pm on Tuesday 8 March at The Happenstance, The City

Dine with Kathleen Saxton, founder of The Lighthouse Company & co-founder of Advertising Week Europe
As part of our Women’s dinner series, we have great pleasure in welcoming Kathleen Saxton to join us as our next after-dinner speaker. Not only is she the founder and Chief Executive of bespoke headhunting firm The Lighthouse Company, and co-founder of Advertising Week Europe, she also manages to find the time to offer her services as a pyschotherapist too.

Kathleen will be telling the story at our next ladies only dinner of a girl from Gravesend who scaled the heights of the advertising and media world before taking the entrepreneurial leap to launch her headhunting company. She will be sharing some of the most pertinent themes from this year’s newly released results from The Lighthouse Company’s annual New World Talent Survey, as well as some of the most enduring trends from the past couple of years.
Dinner is at 6:45pm on Tuesday 8 March at Jamie’s Italian Piccadilly, Soho


march2016Take a look at more of our upcoming dinners here.

20161First things first – Happy New Year!

Every new year marks the start of something for everyone – setting a new goal or resolution goes hand-in-hand with the month of January. Mostly, we settle on personal achievements like eating healthier, abstaining from alcohol (at least for a little while!), or improving our fitness levels etc. But what about when it comes to your business life – is there anything you could do differently?

Obviously, our first recommendation would be to join us for a dinner (it’s a bit of a no-brainer for us TableCrowd lot) – if you’re not a fan of ‘name-tag’ networking and standing awkwardly in a room making small talk, we’d put money on you relishing in our intimate, dining format. Seated next to like-minded people and getting to speak and listen to a founder, journalist or investor, you’ll come away from the dinner full of enthusiasm, new friends and inspiration for your business.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at next week’s dinner – it’s one for the ladies!

Dine with Mala Shah: Women in leadership positions
As part of Tamar Beck and Randy Nyssen’s regular ladies only dinner series, Mala Shah is joining us to share her knowledge and experience. Her talk will cover reinventing yourself to become a successful leader in your own business, the business you decided to join, as well as reinventing yourself outside of business.
Dinner is at 7:00pm on Tuesday 19 January at Drake & Morgan, Kings Cross

Start the year off right – join us for dinner!

womenGeorgie Cole, founder of Sheerluxe, imparted her sound advice at our recent women’s only dinner on being a successful leader. Here are her top 15 things to bear in mind:

  1. Encourage people to learn from each other
  2. Create a nice environment to work in
  3. Nurture your team and take time out of the office
  4. Learn to delegate or you will never get the time needed for the bigger picture
  5. Dress well – it makes a difference to how you are perceived
  6. Be level with your passion – use it to take people with you
  7. Control your emotions – bring people on your journey
  8. Be patient – your staff are not you. They can’t do things as well as you, as only you understand your vision completely
  9. Managing people is the hardest thing, so hire good people that you trust
  10. Stand back to be respected. Know when to get involved, be firm but fair. You’re not their friend.
  11. Have high standards, but let people fail. Let them make mistakes, then be there to support them.
  12. Read extensively. Be an expert in your subject. There is so much info available there is no excuse to not learn and increase your skills
  13. Invest in yourself. Know your brand; create your own USP and invest in it. Be true to your USP
  14. Embrace technology. My children should learn the language of coding
  15. Speak up. Raise your profile; have an opinion. Be more male, more American – be bolder.

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