(because there are always two sides !)
As an avenue to approach advertising and networking I was asked to offer a small talk at a business seminar on First Aid. The next week I was asked to do it again, elsewhere and my public speaking network began to grow. As an amateur dramatist I considered other topics to offer at seminars and after dinner talks and my first and most popular is entitled Cabin Crew Daze which offers the listener an overview of the history of aviation alongside some personal anecdotes from my own career in aviation with British Airways, American Airlines and working on private jets out of New York.
Return invitations required me to add to my repertoire and my 'Women on a Motorbike' talk was put into gear. This gives an overview of how ladies on motorbikes have been essential in events such as War and looks at ladies that have adventured on their bikes further and farther than most men on the planet ! We also look at the lady riders of today and compare them to how they are perceived.
My most recent piece is 'The Trials and Tribulations of Motherhood' which is a lighthearted (sort of Joyce Grenfell) look at the small people in our lives, how we react to and notice their little ways.
All of my talks are supported by a visual powerpoint presentation and props.
I am a returning biker after a gap of 30 years, in which I made a career in aviation, both flying and ground training in first aid and I managed to fit in four children too ! I had a pillion ride when I was 52 and that old 'biker chick' personality in me sparked up and I promptly bought a little 125 off eBay. A year later I had passed my DAS test and a year after that, my IAM Advanced.
Whilst doing all of this I was making bikey friends and learning that many of the old myths around first aid at the scene were still about. NEVER take their helmet off. DONT move them. Stuff that just wasn't true anymore.
So I devised a FAB First Aid for Bikers Course that covered the minimum that anybody might need at the scene of an accident and set off to deliver my message......my first courses were at MFN in Eastwood.
More and more MCC's and biking groups got in touch and I was soon quite busy travelling across the UK to deliver my courses.
I am now privileged to work also with the BBRF, Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership, RoSPA Derby and the RAF in delivering my courses to ensure that bikers are able to look after each other at the scene of an accident.
I also recently became the first lady rider for Derbyshire Blood Bikes and also Marshal at Darley Moor Road Races.
I ride an Aprilia Shiver 750 called Jack !