All posts by Mary Baird-Wilcock

30-day snapchat challenge – join me? (June 1-30, 2016)

By | meet the team, mentor POV | No Comments

Hello everyone, Mary here!

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And so it begins…I’m doing a 30-day ‪#‎snapchat‬ challenge in the month of June, which basically means if you’ve been curious what my life in England looks like (as a CEO, mum, mentor, friend, laundry specialist, you name it) here’s your chance.

It’s time to jump onto snapchat.


WHAT IT IS:

a behind-the-scenes glimpse at what it takes to be a Simplifier. I’ll sprinkle in a ‘thought of the day’ or two, sharing tips that have helped me juggle it all. Plus, secrets on saving time, how I wrangle my stress/anxiety/fears (most times) and push forward towards greatness.

Try something new.


WHAT I PROMISE:

to keep it real, no funny filters on videos or perfectly crafted magazine-worthy staged photos (like what most ‪#‎eventprofs‬ get BOMBARDED with on a daily basis). Just me, a insider glimpse of my office and team, a slice of my city, Nottingham and what it like to be an event professional and (shhh!) an undercover superhero. 

Life is messy. But that’s okay…we are exactly right where we are supposed to be, in order to help each other.

This, I know is true.

Learn new things, peek behind-the-scenes.


Will you join me? https://www.snapchat.com/add/thesimplifiers

 

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your undercover superhero,

Mary

music to help you hit deadlines #productivityplaylist

By | life hacks | No Comments

Distractions. They’re everywhere.

Facebook, Twitter, Insta, food, the dog…the list goes on.

You have a looming deadline you’ve got to hit by 5pm, your inbox just hit 200+ new emails and you’ve barely completed the first item on your to do list.

Sound familiar?

Woosh, The Simplifiers to the rescue!

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We’ve created a playlist to help you stay focused and GSD when you’ve got a deadline to hit.

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EMPOWER THEM: 4 new tasks for interns while on-site at events

By | empower them | No Comments

It’s GAME DAY, the day-of your client’s event, where all the magic happens.

Whether it’s load-in, load-out or doors have officially opened and attendees are arriving, there are thousands of little tasks to be done by the various vendors and events teams on-site.

After all, it’s GO time!

Live events are like football, who's on your team makes all the difference. (image: Michigan Wolverines - 1899)

Live events are like football, who’s on your team makes all the difference. (image: Michigan Wolverines – 1899)

So, what part does your intern team play?

Here’s four new ideas of tasks they could be responsible for while on-site at your client’s event or wedding, that’ll empower your interns and help your team SHINE!

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a million thanks wouldn’t be enough…

By | awards and key achievement s, kickstarter, meet the team | No Comments

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CONGRATULATIONS!

Our Kickstarter was successfully funded, as of 2:11am CST on Thursday, February 11, 2016. Together with your help, we raised $12,022 USD, achieved 120% funded to our 10k goal and gathered a community of 166 backers (!!!), of which we’ve added 45 new mentors onto our global network!

thank you.

Backers, from the bottom of our superhero hearts, we thank you and welcome you to The Simplifiers family.  It’s time to put on your red cape, my friends and avenge horrible internships wherever you are in your part of the world.

In celebration, we had a massive dance party online these last two days.

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And then, we heard we WON the award for “Most Creative Use of Technology” last night at the WeddingWire Weddi Awards!

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Does this day get any better?

Well, yes…yes it does.

I want to take a moment and acknowledge the true undercover superheroes in my life that help make it all happen.  First and foremost, my husband, Garreth.  Thank you for being the superglue to our life of adventures and entrepreneurism.  Thank you to my children for the extra cuddles and cheering me on!

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Thank you to my team at The Simplifiers…so many talents, so much passion, all aligned to one mission, one vision: we want to STOP horrible internships by giving mentors all the tools they need to better train and empower their interns.

Thank you for believing in me.  

Thank you for stepping up to the challenge, bringing your A-game every day as we grow in leaps and bounds!  And thank you to our advisory board (Aubri, Chris, George) as you continue to inspire me and serve as my sounding board for all those big-picture visions we have for the future.

from left to right: Bethany (filmmaker), Fanni (graphic designer), Ana (filmmaker), Chloe (community manager + marketing), Ryan (filmmaker), Mary (educator + undercover superhero) and (not seen) Minder (marketing) + Laura (blogger) + Millie (social media)

from left to right: Bethany (filmmaker), Fanni (graphic designer), Ana (filmmaker), Chloe (community manager + marketing), Ryan (filmmaker), Mary (educator + undercover superhero) and (not seen) Minder (marketing) + Laura (blogger) + Millie (social media)

So, what happens next?

Well, great question…In fact, this is only the beginning.

All goes well, Kickstarter will send us the moola in about 2-3 weeks.  After a little time off for superhero recharging, our team will be back at it strong starting March 1st with software development, UX, shooting new training video footage and more.

The Apprentice Program is set to launch on September 1, 2016.

In the meantime, keep visiting this blog as we will continue to churn out handy tips on working with Millennials, advice on booking more clients and how to be a great mentor.

Plus, let your friends in the events industry know, we are accepting pre-orders for our Fall 2016 release of The Apprentice Program.  The license is only $75 per intern, per semester and they can lock that price in now for the Fall.

But for now, let’s celebrate.

It takes a village and you, my friends, are THAT village. I hope one day we’ll look back on this moment and think,“wow…all it took was 166 people to believe in BETTER. Better training for interns.  Better learning environments for mentors.  Better for the events industry, as a whole.”

I have a feeling that The Simplifiers are on the cusp of something quite BIG here. And I’m thrilled to have each and every one of you onboard, taking part in this journey together.

Backers: don’t be surprised if I reach out to you for your expert insight, opinions and feedback in the product development process.  After all, we are building this thing for you.  Let’s make it EXACTLY how you want it, solving your greatest challenges as a mentor.

 

PS> for backers at the $55 level, be on the lookouts for a save-the-date for our Nottingham-based pub night celebration…we’re aiming for the 2nd week in March!

well done, you guys…we did it!

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 ~mary

Undercover Superhero

Our Intern Manifesto.

By | intern manifesto | One Comment

We are on a superhero mission to STOP horrible internships.

In order to do this, both mentors and interns must take a stand to work together and join us in this revolution.

We have a duty to reshape how internship programs are administered by businesses and alter how interns are recognized and valued by the outside world.

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We want to STOP the exploitation of interns, for good.

Together, we aim to succeed in this mission and in order to make this happen, we believe the following core values must be held true:


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