Just the other day I attended an event at the London HQ of professional services giant Deloitte. The event had seen my appearance on the BritMums Hangout with Jo Swinson on shared parental leave, and had arranged to discuss family friendly work practices and what employers could do to be more flexible so staff could strike a good work/life balance. The guest of honour was Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and he gave up a few minutes of his time to speak to me. You can read my blog post here.
Clegg made some very interesting comments and observations. His comments about changing society’s perceptions of dads and men were particularly interesting, as were his remarks about achieving better equality for women in the workplace.
Here, however, is my guide to interviewing Nick Clegg:
- Turn up at your youngest child’s nursery an hour earlier than expected, place your child in the arms of the first staff member you see, declare you’re on a “secret mission” and dash off to the bewilderment of the two mums also trying to hand over their kids.
- Arrive half an hour early at your eldest child’s school in the hope a friendly mum or dad might be able to look after your offspring so you can leg it to London.
- Leave the playground at the usual time when point 2) fails and get stuck in heavy traffic. Swear profusely.
- Catch train to London and arrive on time (really).
- Use a well-known map app on your mobile to try to find Deloitte’s offices but get horrendously lost. Swear profusely.
- Turn up 20 minutes late looking cool, calm and collected.
- Listen as an amazingly diverse array of Deloitte mums, dads and parents-to-be discuss their thoughts on flexible working with Nick Clegg.
- Get a few minutes with Nick Clegg himself and in a fit of extreme vanity ask if he will pose for a photo with you.
In a nut shell, that was my experience. As a blogger, however, it was amazing to be asked to do this. A couple of other media outlets were present but I was the sole blogger and I took this to be a sign that we, as a community, are being taken much more seriously by Government departments. I think that’s a great development and I hope we see more of it!
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