Liz Taylor is an entrepreneur, event planner, podcaster, hospitality consultant, mother and doting ‘glam-ma’. She has worked in the event industry with her company, Taylor Lynn Corporation, for over 30 years.
During that time, she has planned and produced award-winning events for captains of industry, political leaders, stars of stage and screen, sports personalities and even a Royal guest or two!
Most recently, she has developed Liz Taylor Consultancy, bringing together her extensive work with the media, as a motivational speaker and a successful hospitality consultant.
1. What has been your Best Life Project to date?
Aside from my daughters, who are my greatest achievement in life, my Best Life Project has changed in 2020. Had you asked me in January, I would have said celebrating the 25th anniversary of my event company, Taylor Lynn Corporation. By March it was forgotten, and I embarked on my Best Life Project. I achieved a dream – to launch my own podcast called ‘Events That Made Me’.
2. The unknown … what challenges did you have to overcome?
Keeping yourself motivated and mentally strong in the last nine months has been the ultimate challenge. There have been days when I have despaired at the event industry shutdown. But fundamentally, I am a positive person and I’ve channelled my energy and creativity into new projects. I invested time into my hospitality consultancy business, finished writing my book and found a brilliant radio producer to get my podcast to the finish line.
3. In hindsight…..what would you do differently?
I would have done this 12 months ago! But then the event company was busy and finding the time then was more of a challenge. So perhaps the time was just right during lockdown 1.
4. Next steps?
Series 2 of the podcast launched in November with Gok Wan and Tom Kerridge. A brilliantly exciting Series 3 is on the horizon for January, and my book launches in Spring 2021. I am seeing optimism that the event sector will start to re-emerge from hibernation in summer 2021, and the order book is full. We move to new offices in January in preparation. A busy year ahead.
5. What lifestyle changes has lockdown made you consider?
Travelling to the office has become an option not a necessity. I have come to realise that I can work partly from home and partly from the new team space. And I love it. The chance to spend more time at home brings a more relaxed element to my life. I couldn’t do it full time – I need the energy of my team around me – but a couple of days a week will restore some work/life balance.
6. Kissing frogs …. is there an unexpected person who has helped you and, if so, how did they do it?
You ready for this … David Gest. David and I met in 2015 – he was introduced to me through my friend Lyn Staunton, NW Development Director of Variety, the Children’s Charity. David was looking to organise an event in Manchester. We hit it off instantly and it was the most bizarre platonic love affair until he died in 2016. Through his eccentricity he made me believe in myself, gave me emotional support and strength during a challenging time in my private life and taught me it’s cool to be a bit crazy. I miss his friendship very much.
7. My Inspiration ….who or what inspires you?
I’m inspired by the smallest of things and perhaps what some would perceive as the most insignificant of people. But that’s just it – no one is insignificant and nothing too small. I am a very detailed person, so I don’t miss a trick like if someone shows an unusual trait or style – if a busker stops me in my tracks on a shopping street – that inspires me!
8. How do you relax or do you struggle to relax?
My treadmill is my thinking space, so I am on their religiously every day. Spending time with my family is my absolute favourite past time. A drink and dinner with the girls at the Bull and Bear – perfect. And if I just want to be on my own…a hot bubble bath and large glass of red.
9. Guilty secret pleasure?
IF I tell you I’d have to kill you – he may see this!!!!
10. Words of wisdom
Understand there is a difference between dreams and plans. To embark on your Best Life Project you need to transform your dreams into a blueprint for success. So, think of three key things that you need to do in order to take the blue-sky thinking, to the new way of living. Get people on board to help you make the leap. And remember, the worst that can happen is you fail. I simply see failure as part of a life lesson on how to succeed next time round.
I doubt you will regret the change.
Taylor Lynn Corporation www.tlc-ltd.co.uk