Jackie: mmmmmmah! Marina Gask-Ajani @marinagaskmedia is our lovely guest today – come join us any second now over on Twitter, just follow the hashtag…
Marina: Ready and waiting – hope this won’t hurt!
Jackie: LOL! No, it’s quite painless, promise! OK – let’s go! ‘Morning Marina, everyone – how r u today?
Marina: Morning! Fine and dandy thanks
Jackie: Excellent! To get us started, would u tell us something about your biz plse?
Marina: I’m a journalist and press consultant, advising businesses on getting press coverage. I help them find their press USP basically
Jackie: valuable stuff, so how does success look for u Marina – is it all about the £££
Marina: Success is seeing my clients all over the press, knowing I’ve helped bring them to people’s attention in the first place
Jackie: Which quality do u prefer to work with – maverick / entrepreneur?
Marina: Maverick/entrepreneur? I genuinely like working with both
Jackie: I know 1230TWC peeps have been glad of your expertise – when did u start to network & how has 1230TWC .
Jackie: … how has 1230TWC been successful for u?
Marina: I started networking in 2009. I met fantastic people at Bexley 1230TWC when I did a talk on business blogging – great contacts!
Jackie: on the back of that, if u were to b one biz woman for a day, who would u b?
Marina: I love Mary Portas @maryportas. She’s sassy, talks sense and knows her stuff. And great shoes
Jackie: ah!!! the shoes! Do u have anything you’d like to promote with us?
Marina: Doing a blogging masterclass at 1230 business school soon. I’ve taught journalism at Goldsmiths so I know the tricks of great copy
Jackie: looking forward to that. Do u have a biz mistake u could share with us?
Marina: Pricing too low to start with. You have to make your finances make sense if you’re self employed.
Jackie: pricing – such a fine line… How do u spend your ideal Sunday?
Marina: Watching my two sons’ football teams win, roast dinner, walk by the river
Jackie: Gr8 to know! What’s to best piece of advice u can pass onto us?
Marina: Play to your strengths but don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone occasionally
Jackie: That’s good – we all need to be taking that onboard I’m sure. If u could live anywhere, where wld it be?
Marina: New York. I turned down a job there once and I’ve always wondered if I did the right thing (I think I did)
Jackie: ah well – think Edith Piaf! Non, je ne regrette rien
Marina: One of my favourite songs (seriously!)
Jackie: me too, such emotion…on your biz epitaph, what would it say?
Marina: “Her second career made her even happier than her first one”
Jackie: Last Q coming up – I hope u’ve enjoyed & it wasn’t toooo painful! What’s the scariest thing u’ve ever done?
Marina: Played the part of the good witch in a panto, edited a women’s magazine – both require nerves of steel and a good sense of humour!
Jackie: Wow! to both – at least u were the good witch!
Jackie: Perfect! Thnx so much Marina – *wave* to all, have a gr8 w/e
Marina: *waves* – bye everyone – thanks for your hospitality
Marina: Bye Jackie – thanks, it’s been fun
Jackie: Look forward to seeing u all, same time, same place – thnx again
next 1203KISS with Susan Popoola @susanpopoola 10.30 am 21 March 2014