A bit of background
on Katherine and Christie
So how did topbird start?
K: Well, we have been friends forever. We met at drama school in 1991 but only started working together last year
C: And we have the pandemic to thank. We both realised the possibilities of working online. Reaching more people and of course making it affordable.
K: Once we decided we wanted to focus on women, our mission became clear – to help them get seen and heard in the workplace, hence the name…
You were both actors? How did you make the transition into this kind of work?
C: I guess we had similar journeys. It started off with us wanting to have a more predictable income but the more work we did with all sorts of different organisations the more we realised how often women can be overlooked , undervalued and underpaid.
K: After I had children I realised that theatre doesn’t pay the bills so I retrained as a trainer and coach encouraged by Christie. So it started off as a financial need and has turned into a passion for making a difference to people’s lives.
C: Its a big job and someone has to do it.
What kind of organisations do you work for?
C: We’ve been around for a while so It would be easier to say who we haven’t worked with. It ranges from public sector organisations like the NHS and the Civil Service to Ad agencies and global companies such as Google, and Coca Cola.
Tell us a bit about the way you work
K: I think we would both say, nothing we talk about is complicated or new. Its all about execution. So we teach people simple straight forward techniques that really work. A lot of training and development is theoretical.
C: We are all about practice…whether its a presentation, a meeting or an interview. We use methods that go back to our training to teach women the essential 3 C’s….Confidence, Clarity & Courage
Christie and Katherine in 1992 in Bristol