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24/10/2018: Celebrant Society Conference, 2018 Timetable

Monday 21st January 2019

Introduction and coffee
Paul Smith lead coach and Society Founder
The introduction will give background information about the work of celebrancy, basic organisational and personal considerations, as well as, a broad spectrum of the work in various arenas.

Networking coffee and session selection for the first breakout.

First breakout session
Paul Smith looks at the fundamentals of funeral celebrancy

June Hayes discusses the various requirements of weddings, civil ceremonies, hand fastings and the renewal of wedding vows, religious and secular services will be covered along with the more unusual requests that may arise.

Baby naming ceremonies
Frankie Gibson will guide you through the specialist handling of baby namings, christenings, "welcome to the worldings" and baptisms.

Networking and return to the main auditorium.

Practice and Planning Promotes Perfect Performance
Paul Smith takes a look at the stages that lead up to a perfect ceremony.
The work of a Celebrant is similar to an iceberg.
95% of it never seen but without the invisible part it would never work.
Research and mental preparation help to provide the polished delivery which gives families the confidence in your work, as well as providing comfort in times of trouble, and endless joy during happy events.

Networking and discussion
Selection for second breakout session

Paul Smith discusses weddings
Frankie Gibson takes over the second part of baby naming ceremonies
June Hayes discusses Mindfulness and meditation
Paul Smith and Peter Hofford continues with the funeral group

Lunch and networking
Return to the main auditorium

Delivery, linguistics, movement and manorisms all play a huge part in the work of a Celebrant.
Not only the words and gestures suit your own personality but also they must fit the style, beliefs and culture of the families you work for.
The art of becoming a social chameleon is one that must be cultivated.

Networking and discussion
Selection for the third breakout session

Funeral skills with Paul Smith
Baby naming specialities with Frankie Gibson
Wedding celebrations with June Hayes

Coffee and networking
Return to the main auditorium

Bringing it all together
Paul Smith takes a look at the business aspects that make all the training and hard work pay, how to establish key relationships, the basics of sales, marketing and promotion in order to get your name in the right place and how to promote through personal and remote content.

Final questions and answers
Paul Smith, June Hayes, Peter Hofford and Frankie Gibson take a look at the business aspects of celebrancy.
If you have any information to share with the group or questions that you would like answered by peers or the conference speakers this is the time to bring them to the assemblage.

The finishes at 4.00pm but is followed by an open ended conversation period where you can raise questions and issues specific to your own aspirations. Speakers will remain on hand as long as necessary to provide the answers you are looking for.

Conference price per delegate:

Lunch (optional)
£20 per head

Spaces are limited so please submit your interest by clicking the more information link, or book directly using the links below:

Booking Details

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