This week I had the honour of speaking with Sinead Norton, founder of the Mums at Work Group and owner of Swift Wedding & Event Services. This is the second in my new series of ‘5 minutes with’ interviews featuring inspiring, talented business women in Northern Ireland.
I’ve known Sinead a good few years via the wedding industry. We met a few times at the Getting Married in Northern Ireland Reader Awards events, where we were both finalists. Sinead came over and introduced herself to me and we haven’t looked back.
I’ve loved watching Sinead grow into the astute, focused and generous leader that she has become. She is the mother hen in our Mums at Work group and is always there to help guide us and support the members. What a girl …
Tell me a little about the woman behind Mums At Work
I am a Mum of 7, workaholic, owner of full time wedding company and founder of Mums at Work
What can clients expect when they get in touch with Swift Wedding & Event Services?
I offer a quick and friendly no-nonsense reply, with itemised quotes so brides can see what they are being quoted for. I include photos and images of stock so there is complete transparency about what they are booking and no hidden fees.
What motivates you?
Providing for my children is a real motivator. I want to give them the best start in life.
What job would you be terrible at?
Anything outside as I hate the cold.
Coffee – especially vanilla latte and it takes 2 to start the day!
What movie would you like to star in & why?
Anything with Johnny Depp or Robert Downey Jnr ?? Please arrange it Catriona x
If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning medal for & why?
I could talk for Ireland. A teacher once said to me that if electricity was produced at the rate I talked, I would be a major power station. I can talk and sell to small groups but if you hand me a microphone, I am the opposite.
What could you give a 30 minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?
The fears of pushing yourself. I am only too aware of the fear of putting myself out there, speaking in public, raising my visibilty & Imposter Syndrome. The fear of trying, the fear of what happens if you don’t and procrastination.
If you didn’t have to sleep what would you do with your extra time?
Read more books. I love to watch documentaries and read real life stories. I believe we can learn a lot and be inspired by each other
What are some small things that make your day better?
My hubby making me a cup of coffee in the morning.
What city would you most like to live in?
Alicante – easy access back to Belfast and it’s in the sun!
What risks are worth taking?
Stepping out of your comfort zone and trying something new – the worst that can happen is that it doesn’t work and you learn why, so you know what to do the next time.
What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you?
Getting pregnant with twins 8 weeks after giving birth!! It would only happen to me lol
What irrational fear do you have?
The fear of speaking in front of crowds. I have done it and nothing terrible has happened but it’s not any less comfortable
If you could make one rule that everyone had to follow, what rule would you make?
Be positive. nothing worse than a mood hoover!