Tamsin is a Chartered and Certified Financial Planner at Smart Financial. She helps business owners and senior executives to understand their lifestyle goals and aspirations, working with them to make the changes required to turn these goals into a reality. Tamsin has been a regular face at Freshwalks over the past eighteen months. She’s never too far away from the front of the group and always has a smile no matter the weather. You can find out more about Tamsin on her Linked In profile.
Tell us about your first Freshwalks?
It was November 2015. The planned walk was from Glossop to Bleaklow and back to Glossop. It was a beautiful but chilly day in Glossop. We headed out of Glossop, up a steep hill (inhaler required!), to be rewarded with one of the most stunning views of Woodhead Reservoir. Queue cameras. We then headed around a precarious path on the edge of a cliff and then the cloud or fog came in. By the time we reached the wilderness of the marshland at the top, we could barely see 5 metres. The plane crash site that haunts the top of Bleaklow was all the more eerie for the fog and the wreaths of poppies from Armistice day. My feet, as always, found some of the deepest bogs as we scrambled across the marshland, not entirely sure that we would make it back. I’m not sure that I have ever been so pleased to see Glossop! The camaraderie in the pub would have made a stranger think we’d successfully climbed Everest and returned. It certainly felt like that! This was networking in its most genuine form. A group of people with a common interest making new connections, without the need or desire for speed or selling, after all we had a good six hours in the hills.
How many have you attended?
I think I’ve been to about ten.
Why do you come back?
This is networking for people who don’t do networking. No one tries to sell anything to you, that’s not the point. We have a common love of walking, being out in the countryside and getting to know new people. There is always an opportunity to catch up with people you’ve met before and a bunch of new faces.
What’s your favourite route?
That’s a tricky one, probably Grindsbrook Clough and across to Kinder then down Jacobs Ladder.
The one thing you always bring?
Spare socks, essential if your feet have magnets to bogs like mine do.
Favourite Freshwalks memory?
Clambering on hands and feet up Grindsbrook Clough in the ice, everyone looking out for each other.
Has Freshwalks led to any business or opportunity?
I’ve made loads of great connections and been able to introduce people to one another. There are certainly some plans in place to work with other freshwalkers.
Recommend three people you have met on Freshwalks?
John Shinnick, Katya Willems and Chris Fargher.
How does Freshwalks challenge typical networking formats?
Networking should be about meeting more people and hoping that if someone needs the service or product you offer, they will think of you. It isn’t about standing in a room and selling to others. It’s building up know, like, trust. This can so much more easily be achieved by 6 hours in the countryside, sharing experiences.
Freshwalks is a combination of exercise, networking, sharing knowledge and thinking time. How do you balance those components?
The exercise is unavoidable! Networking happens naturally as you change pace, stop for a breather. Thinking time tends to be the steep bits, where I can’t speak! Everyone I have met on Freshwalks is open to help, advice and to offer the same to others.
Suggest one new place for us to go.
Sum up Freshwalks in three words.
Friendly, challenging, thought-provoking.