WIT Wednesday 22 April Follow Up

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This week we were joined by 25 participants for our second Zoom-delivered #WITWednesday – thank you all for dialling in!  We were joined by Pip Haydock from The 2Gether Partnership who shared her thoughts on resilience; along with top tips for things we can easily implement day-to-day.

Next WIT Wednesday – tell us what you want us to cover

Is there a topic, or a particular speaker you would like to hear from?  What would you want us to focus on?  Our next #WITWednesday will be in the morning (8.30 am) and is likely to be Wed 13th May (final info tbc).

Some of the key headlines to come from this week’s session:

Resilience: what is it to you?

We’re currently in a very unique situation which no one has experienced before.  As such we’re building resilience in a very complex world.  The group shared their thoughts, which include the ability to cope, to keep going; making mistakes (and learning from them) and not letting errors define you.

Resilience: how do you know if you have it (or don’t)?

Participants agreed that it’s about not letting things dwell; continuing to push forwards.  It’s about creating a set of tools to not feel overwhelmed and be aware of trigger and warning signs.  This can be reflected in a very simple flowchart:

Adversity (how you handle it) – Mediating Process (e.g. go for a walk talk to someone or take some form of exercise) – Drive a ‘better than expected’ outcome.

Build resilience within yourself:

  • Find your own relaxation techniques – yoga, walk, listen to music
  • Notice when others (or you) are placing unrealistic demands on yourself
  • Take up a new hobby or interest
  • Make time for friends
  • Remember the small things you’re grateful for
  • When you’ve had a tough time remember you got through it before; what did you learm?
  • Take everything one step at a time
  • BE KIND to yourself (just as a friend would); we can often be too hard on ourselves

If you’d like to view the full presentation from Pip at The 2Gether Partership, you can download it here – Pip Haydock presentation: Apr 22nd.


Reminder of key Suggestions, Resources, Tips

Business Support

  • A new hardship fund has been announced by the Scottish Government to support tourism and hospitality businesses. We’ll share more information on how to apply and access these grants on publication of the full information.
  • Key information and news sources available here– sign up for regular updates with most of the key providers such as STA, VisitScotland and ASVA.
  • COVID-19 Small Business Support Scotland– private Facebook group with over 400 members, set up by people in the tourism sector – click on the link to join.
  • To receive a public affairs daily scoop-up, which is really useful for announcements on grants, new measures etc, email Angela Caseyof Pagoda PR to be added to the list for mail-outs.
  • Sally Rae, one of the WIT Board Members, is happy to help people with sorting out their LinkedIn profiles, CV’s and all aspects of recruitment – connect with Sally on LinkedIn.
  • Mentoring – WIT offers a 60-minute matched mentoring session to WIT members – if you haven’t taken advantage of this yet, please do – contact WIT Board member Julie Grieve for details.  We already have offers from members to mentor from the food and drink industry, digital, marketing, business development – so please do get in touch.

Other useful sources:

  • The STA offers daily updates which ping into your inbox at the end of each day.
  • Scotland Food & Drink daily updates, which you can sign up to.
  • Innovation support and Business Development: Working with academics, desk research, collaborative projects – free business support: Interface 
  • Sustainable Tourism: Sustainable First inspires actions and strategies for moving towards a more sustainable pattern of development in tourism providing prosperity and opportunities for all.

Learning resources – sign up for free courses to develop your skills

Health and Wellbeing

Don’t forget to sign up to the free WIT newsletter to keep in touch with us regarding our next virtual events and more information.

Contact any of the WIT board members, connect with us on LinkedIn or DM or tag us on Twitter. We can also facilitate introductions – we are here to help and support throughout these challenging times.