by Richard John, trainer and consultant
Chutzpah, I think, is the Jewish word for ‘cheek’.
And Emma Cartmell, the young MD of the CHS Group has it in spades.
Richard,” she said, fluttering her eyes. “Would you fancy being the chief judge at the inaugural CHS Awards? It’s even more fame and fortune for you.”
Of course, I blushed modestly and accepted, asking why she’d chosen me. I think she hinted at my striding like a colossus across the canvas of the events industry, although there was also some talk about not having a real job and doing anything for a free meal. Anyway, it was an offer I gratefully accepted, and worked through the large numbers of entries. It was a tough but enjoyable job, and proved that there was so much in the way of quality provision north of Watford.
The winners were announced at a soiree in Leeds last month. But this is where Emma struck again. “Well, Richard, as chair of the judges you must be at the awards,” she purred. More food and a free bed at a classy hotel?
How could I refuse? And then she struck the killer punch.
“Well, if you’re there anyway, why don’t you be the Emcee?” See what I mean? I really admire that. One could call it ‘maximum resource allocation’, or ‘effective recycling’, or even ‘avoiding having to pay a professional’. But I’m a sucker for a winning smile, Of course I said yes.
Now, standing on stage and letting other people take the glory is clearly not my day job. I have to tell you, the thought made me incredibly nervous, but one has to take risks to grow (and other such clichés).
So, on the night of the awards there was a room full of very happy people. Oh, and it was the antithesis of the usual black tie, which made it a more relaxed event than usual. It was great to be able to roll in straight from work (or bed, as I’d had a long drive) and many of the ladies made a splendid effort.
But the djs were mostly worn by some rather rough looking gents attending the ‘Vinnie Jones Experience’ in another room. I know they won’t have had half the fun we did. And I like to think that the Emcee role was fi lled perfectly – probably because I insisted that we get the awards all handed out at a rate of knots, so that everyone could get back to drinking and networking. Yes, the less of me, the better. So big congrats to all the winners, to CHS and Cloud 9 for organising the whole thing. And proof of the old adage, “If you don’t ask…”