The 8 Most Common Misadventures Entrepreneurs Make

Tuesday, 20 October 2020
12:00 - 13:00 GMT
£0 - £25+ Fees

Entrepreneurs and authors of  ‘Misadventures in Entrepreneuring’ Gayle Mann and Lucy-Rose Walker will be joining the Rising Network for this online masterclass covering the most common misadventures entrepreneurs go on and how to overcome them to achieve the life and business you would like to lead.

Gayle and Lucy-Rose have spent the last 7 years working with over 4000 entrepreneurs whilst at the same time taking their own entrepreneurial journey to grow Entrepreneurial Spark, the world’s largest fully funded entrepreneurial accelerator focused on developing the mindset of the entrepreneur.

Since selling the business in 2018 to Royal Bank of Scotland they have been on a mission to tell the real story of entrepreneuring, not the glamorised version so often played out in the media, the story they wished someone had told them. Now they have written a book and produced a series of podcasts called the Misadventures of Entrepreneuring. They focus on the most common misadventures entrepreneurs go on and how to navigate through them to achieve the life and business they would like to lead.

Their book, ‘Misadventures in Entrepreneuring’ goes on sale on the 10th Sept 2020 and in this online masterclass, they are going to share stories and some of the best kept secrets from their own experience, as well as those they have worked with, to enable you to reset or reboot your thinking any time you find yourself facing an obstacle or an unknown.

This event promises to bring you a refreshing take on what it feels like to walk in the shoes of an entrepreneur every day and bust some of commonly perpetuated myths about how you should be doing it. If you’d like an honest, humorous, warts and all perspective on how to entrepreneur from two relatable role models then this event is a must.

What you will learn:

  • Why we misadventure when running a business
  • The most common misadventure we have experienced, observed and worked with
  • How to navigate those misadventures using techniques you can out into action straight away
  • Understanding that most of the things you are experiencing that no-one talks about are perfectly normal!

How you will benefit:

  • How to understand these misadventures we occur are all based around your mindset
  • How to comprehend the emotional reaction to your situation
  • To be able to pre-program patterns of your thinking in regards to these misadventures
  • How to navigate your thoughts by breaking your ‘autopilot’ and understand what is and isn’t helpful.

Who should attend?

Entrepreneurs who are running their own business, anyone thinking of starting a business or those who would like to be more entrepreneurial in the business they work in.


12:00 – Welcome by the Rising Network Chapter Lead: Sarah Flack
12:05 – Talk by Gayle Mann and Lucy-Rose Walker
12:50 – Q&A
13:00 – Close

How to book:

The event will take place on Tuesday 20th October 2020 at 12:00-13:00 GMT and registration closes on Tuesday 20th October 2020 at  09:00 GMT.

Places are limited so click RSVP to register today and avoid disappointment.

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About Gayle Mann:
Extrovert, sports fan, travel junkie and wine and pizza enthusiast. I live in Glasgow with my partner Ruari and our wee Serbia semi-sausage rescue dog Mika.
My obsession with entrepreneurs began with my dad having his own business when I was a child. Perhaps it was the fact that I was 4 and he told me that polar bears worked in his factory – but I was hooked from then on in (despite it always being their “day off” whenever I was there…) I didn’t know at the time but when my dad’s business failed – it lit a fire in me that later became my career long mission to deeply understand and support the people behind the businesses.
I used to think running marathons was a mental challenge – then I became an entrepreneur. Since then I fight a daily battle with what I now know to be imposter syndrome, which I mask with Chandler Bing style humour. Some days I win the battle and some days I get creamed by the inner gremlins – but I wouldn’t swap the personal growth challenge for anything now.
My happy places are solving problems, mowing the lawn in perfectly straight lines, lifting weights, getting on a plane, or daydreaming about being able to play the piano one day.
In 19 years I have had the privilege of supporting some of the UK and India’s most exciting entrepreneurs. Most latterly as Director and COO at Entrepreneurial Spark, we started up and grew the World’s Largest Fully Funded Entrepreneurial Accelerator where I personally worked with over 150 entrepreneurs, led the team to develop the UK wide enablement programme enabling over 4000 entrepreneurs, as well as recruiting and training a UK team who collectively enabled £651m of turnover, £255m of investment and 8069 jobs.

About Lucy-Rose Walker:
Foodie, introvert, boogie bouncer, book lover and self-development junkie. I live in the Spanish Hills with my husband and my doggie Belle, after deciding to do what most people wait until retirement to do and sold up our life in the Scottish rain to try living somewhere new (and sunny). My inspiration comes from doing what I love which is supporting others to do what they love too, by finding breakthroughs in their own lives and supporting them when times are tough. I’ve been an entrepreneur my whole life and I love it. It has taught me so much and pushed me through some crazy comfort zone barriers. I have also struggled with anxiety since I was 5 years old. I live with it – sometimes it takes me into a black hole with it and other times it takes me to places I could never have dreamed of going.
With a degree in psychology and a history of working with business start-ups for 15 years I co-founded Entrepreneurial Spark (ES) in 2012. Starting as the COO I led the operations, recruitment, stakeholder management and communications of our fast growing start up. After taking over as CEO in 2016 I grew the ES network to 12 accelerator Hubs operating across all four nations of the UK, the Worlds largest fully funded accelerator, in partnership with Royal Bank of Scotland, Natwest and Ulster Bank.

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