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Venus Awards Devon public vote - time is of the essence!

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I've never taken part in any kind of public vote before and have to say it's a very curious experience! One which will end when VOTING CLOSES JUST BEFORE MIDNIGHT TOMORROW.


Why am I doing this? Well, I'm through to the semi-finals for Business Mother of the Year in the Venus Awards Devon and the finalists are decided by an online vote. Of course, I'm delighted to have reached this stage of the awards, and recognition for being a mum in business is particularly meaningful for me for reasons you'll understand if you watch my video on the voting page.


But securing votes is a very time-consuming business and also places you (well, me) in a bit of an uncomfortable position - you want to let people know that you need their vote without sounding needy, whingey or making them feel hassled by an unsolicited salesperson! Social media is fantastic but there's the risk people get turned off by seeing you tweet or post too often about the same thing.


There are also moral and ethical questions about how far contenders are prepared to go to win support. Is it okay to offer "incentives" and "freebies" if people vote for you? For me, that's not really in the spirit of an award like this, but I'm sure others consider it "just part of business".

Anyway, whatever the outcome when the vote closes tomorrow, it's been an enlightening experience and I've had some wonderful comments back from my supporters which have buoyed me up.  I wish all the ladies I'm up against the best of luck. There are some truly inspiring stories. It's a shame only one mum can win.

Will it be me? I'll keep you posted.

(I'm also through to the semi-finals in the Home Based Business category but that one, thank goodness, isn't decided by a public vote).

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