The Fellowship for British Hairdressing’s Colour Project have undertaken their first mentoring day of the year, enjoying the chance to get to know one another, meeting their Team Leader Paul Dennison and finding out more about the Fellowship and their year ahead from Chairperson, Simon Shaw.
Stage skills were also a focus for the day, as Simon taught the group how to deliver an engaging and inspiring presentation and how to conquer their nerves – something which will be invaluable as they continue to grow over the next 12 months and start to deliver their own shows and presentations.
As well as honing their presentation skills, the first exercise also gave the team the chance to find out more about one another, as the subject for their showcase was themselves. Each team member delivered a short introduction to themselves and their work, as well as presenting a moodboard of their creative aesthetic.
“I initially felt very apprehensive as it was so out of my comfort zone,” says Harriet Greenwood from Bad Apple Hair in Birmingham. “Even travelling to London for the first time on my own was a big thing. I’m so glad I pushed myself to do something I would never have had the confidence to do previously and I’ve already learnt to ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’.”
Ciara McNamee from Andrew Smith Salons in Hampshire agrees, adding: “I loved seeing everyone present their moodboards and having the support from Paul, Simon and the rest of the team was lovely.
“I learnt so much, but I mainly learnt that most of what I believe I do wrong is in my head; it's all about controlling how you think and slowing down your breathing. That allows you to take a moment to collect your thoughts and carry on in a much calmer state. We were pushed out of our comfort zone, but we all progressed over the day and got to know each other better in the process.”
Paul Dennison from Ken Picton in Cardiff is the new mentor for the Colour Project in 2019, and his first day was just as insightful as the team’s experience. “I was really looking forward to meeting the team, being able to put faces to names and sharing with them what I have in store for their year,” he says.
“It was so rewarding to see the team grow in confidence in just one days, using the skills that Simon had given them to nail their presentations,” he continues. “I can’t wait to see how they develop over the next 12 months with the help of some incredible mentors.”
Colour Project 2019