Last Thursday evening the scene was set. Myself and fifty women were in the loft of the lovely venue which is The Hospital Club. The theme for the evening was diamonds and cocktails and I was invited along to give my knowledge and experience in the diamond world to the select invited ladies as part of the Morrison and Forester networking evening for their employees and clients.
On tap there was plenty of champagne and cocktails which flowed all night and everyone was dressed up and was wearing their most glamorous jewels.
Arrival time was set for 7pm and I was on stage around 7:45. In my brief with Marie, she asked how long I wanted to speak for and how long she thought would be reasonable to speak for. We both decided around 20-30 minutes would be perfect. Now that’s all well and good when someone is preparing a PowerPoint presentation or just "giving a talk". However that wasn’t the case this evening and it’s not really how I do things. I like to engage. I like to make the audience feel included and I like to make everyone feel like I’m talking just to them. So here’s how it went.
So I started off with around 6-7 minutes with a brief but detailed bio of myself, what I do, how I got into the business, and how I add value to the industry, then invite questions. This is when things start to become interactive and people start to feel included. We had some serious questions like:
Where do I see the future of the diamond industry?
How do I get the best value for money diamond?
Is it worth investing in diamonds?
How do I avoid buying a blood diamond?
All the way through to:
What’s the best way to sell my old diamond jewellery?
How can you spot a fake from a real diamond?
How can I get a man to spend more than three months salary on my engagement ring?
What’s the best way to insure my jewellery?
So as you can see there was a lot of variety during the evening. I glanced at Marie a few times expecting her to tell me to wrap it up, however she kept gesticulating to continue. All in all I was discussing the fascinating world of diamonds for an hour and a half, and we could have kept going all night.
I want to publicly thank Marie for her efforts and for asking me to talk. It was my pleasure. I look forward to seeing you again soon.
If you would like to hear me speak at one of your events, then please be in touch. You never know, it could be the sparkle your evening desires.
If you would like an appointment, then please do call for a free consultation in our central London Hatton Garden office and we would be glad to try and help you. Our details are on the main page of the Lewis Malka London website.