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Standing Room Only for Jez’s Talk at RHS Tatton Park Flower Show’s Bee Hive Theatre

Edged with bee-friendly flowers, which were awash with grateful bees, The Bee Hive Theatre at the 2018 RHS Tatton Park Flower Show

Jez was invited to speak on Friday 20th July at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Tatton Park Flower Show in their brand new Bee Hive Theatre.

Visitors from across Europe flock to the show to listen to some of gardening’s favourite voices from BBC Gardener’s World and BBC Radio 4’s Gardener’s Question Time.

With an estimated 65,000 visitors, the Bee Hive Theatre was a new addition to the popular Cheshire flower show this year to showcase everything about everyone’s favourite pollinator, bees. Including talks from renowned beekeepers and scientists, Gill Perkins from The Bumblebee Conservation Trust and Kate Bradbury, Jez’s talk was a huge success and although cut by organisers last minute from the original 45 minutes to just 20, it still drew a standing room only crowd as Jez explained his decision to purchase a derelict farm and re-instate it as a pollinator-friendly site, which has become home to their honey farm.

Jez’s energy and enthusiasm for nature and gardening, coupled with the photos of the bare concrete and grass farm when they moved in compared to photos of the huge amount of work they have carried out drew audible gasps and applause as he detailed the planting decisions they have made based on the needs of pollinators, why the best plants for your garden happen to also be bee-friendly, insights into the gardens they have created at the farm, including: rose borders, vegetable and fruit garden, jewel garden, cut flower and cottage garden borders, herb garden, wild flower meadow orchard, colour borders and a jungle/woodland area – as Jez explained that he is trying to create “the Harrod’s food hall for pollinators” or “Disneyland for bees”, the audience listened attentively, many taking notes.

Wrapping up, Jez explained why he believes beekeeping is the new gin and tonic, to much laughter and agreement from the audience present, and how “outside space owners” (Jez explained that for some people the thought of being a gardener was too much responsibility and if they didn’t identify with that title, tended to ignore gardening advice) were in the perfect position to make a very real difference to the decline of the honeybee and to pollinators everywhere, by simply thinking differently about planting and gardening.

Jez Rose is a broadcaster, award-winning author, speaker, bee farmer and tea drinker. He describes himself as an “unconventional gardener”. For more information visit and for free planting advice for the best bee-friendly plants, in association with award-winning garden designer Adam Frost, visit the blog at

Do Rabbits Get Screen Fatigue?

Just some 100 years ago I’d have been locked away for being insane. A statement that might not be especially surprising to many reading this but I do talk to myself. I’d never noticed before but Mrs Jez does like to point out just how much I chatter to myself and to the dogs, and the bees and even the vegetables. I don’t expect an answer, so in terms of a assessing myself on some informal madness scale I think I’d score fairly low – unlikely to show you my knife collection at the bus stop or crumble Rich Tea over my head but I might say “hello” in a lift.

Sometimes I surprise myself with my seemingly inherent ramblings: “oh Jez what are you doing?”; “let’s take this caterpillar off of your leaves you poor plant”; “oh Mrs Bee, come on now get with it”; “Mr Weed you’re beginning to annoy me” – those are just this morning’s. But yesterday’s was a real corker and even surprised me.

Walking to the vegetable garden I asked myself – no one else around, not even

[CASE STUDY] Cross-functional team work team building exercise for 500 delegates a huge success

corporate business team building activities from jez rose the behaviour expert involving a giant domino rally

Jez’s was approached with an interesting request. His client was holding an annual conference of 500 delegates and on the second day needed an activity to be designed, which would fulfil very specific criteria in the brief:

  • The activity had to involve every one of the delegates
  • The activity needed to encourage each delegate working together, where possible
  • It was to run for the entire second day of the three day conference
  • It must include an element of challenge
  • It needed to encourage working with other departments within the organisation

Jez designed a highly interactive Business Challenge, which saw 500 delegates split into teams of people they never worked with, let alone met before. A series of challenges unfolded throughout the day and the highlight for many was a giant domino rally game, using more than 13,000 dominoes to break the ice and provide an entertaining, memorable and effective metaphor for working together and uncovering skills and talents within your team.

As each team raced against the clock to complete activities, earn as much money as possible and fulfil their list of tasks, all 500 people were engaged fully for the duration. The following morning, day 3 of the client’s conference, Jez hosted a short recap and awards presentation ceremony alongside the Managing Director, complete with confetti explosion. A short video of the beginning of the awards ceremony, showing a tie situation can be seen if you click here.

Delivered on time, on budget and to testimonials from delegates and senior management such as: “the best conference ever”; “that was absolutely superb” and “I enjoyed every minute”. Jez and his team produced the content, sourced and produced resources, bespoke and personalised delegate booklets, prizes, scripts and liaised with on-site production teams to create a Business Challenge that delivered impact. One client director commented that they would have expected something of such quality to have costed at least two and half times that of the final budget.

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Rocking the Reebok Stadium in Bolton

the behaviour expert is jez rose creating extraordinary presentations that have dramatic impactIf you’re wondering what the giant purple thing in the photo is, it’s an 8 foot balloon…

I was invited to speak at a superhero themed conference for Nigel Botterill’s Entrepreneur’s Circle this week, for 450 entrepreneurs and what a blast we had – quite literally.

I strongly believe, as Walt Disney once said, that “laughter is no enemy to learning” and when done correctly can enhance the long-term learning effect.

[CASE STUDY] “The best conference host ever” Conference hosting with impact and a room full of laughter – Case Study 5

jez rose is the behaviour expert a professional conference and meeting host who is funny and has international experience

When an international pharmaceutical company needed a host for their annual conference, they took a brave decision to move away from a host they had used for many years. There was nothing wrong with the host but this year was important and they needed to make a real difference to the people in the room: morale needed boosting, a lot of very serious, key messages were being delivered and the whole event had to feel different and – most importantly – deliver impact.

The event producer was introduced to me by someone who had worked with me as a conference host before. I flew out to Munich to host the two day conference and was subsequently invited back to host the twice-yearly conference again. I’ve been presenting on television and live in front of audiences for 10 years now and nothing can

[CASE STUDY] When behaviours and attitudes must change and your conference needs to have an impact – Case Study 4

the behaviour expert is jez rose who is a business speaker who provides memorable, dynamic, unique and new concepts to business conferences and meetings

When a pharmaceutical company approached Jez to work alongside them at their brand conference, they had very specific goals and were serious about the impact the conference needed to have. 

The conference team had already seen him work the year before at an international pharmaceutical conference and, coupled with Jez’s guarantee, knew they would be in safe hands. But it didn’t make the brief any more serious.

Morale was waining and there had been a number of

CASE STUDY] Bespoke business training videos for in-house training – Case Study 2

jez rose the behaviour expert provides bespoke customer service training videos for global companies

I was approached by global hearing aid manufacturer, Unitron, to work closely with them on a new series of training videos to be used in an online, internal employee training project.

A detailed brief was taken as to the requirements of the videos, which were to include graphical elements, with an additional assessment component for viewers watching the videos. A script was then written, which included examples of assessment questions and styles, to be approved by the client. Auto-cue and professional, broadcast quality filming equipment was used to record the videos and the series of six videos were filmed in one week. Each

[CASE STUDY] A keynote conference presentation like nothing they’ve ever seen – Case Study 1

 jez rose the behaviour expert provides memorable, entertaining keynote presentations for business on achieving customer service excellence

The Research and Development Team at newly-formed Mondelez (the brains behind the hugely popular Tassimo hot drinks machines), needed a professional speaker to present at their annual conference. Their brief was quite specific: to engage staff at all levels, consisting of a mixed audience, mostly engineers, and to focus on the role individuals play in changing behaviour, enhancing collaboration between individuals within the team and unleashing the power of people.

They invited me to present a 60 minute keynote presentation for a small group of just 120 people.

The result can probably be best summed up by my client: “The feedback here has been quite amazing,