Open Sauce - Bournemouth’s Unmissable Networking Event

by Alice Toop, 25 January 2017

Steele Raymond were proud to sponsor the latest Open Sauce, Bournemouth’s favourite networking event, on 19th January 2017 and can easily confirm that it lived up to its reputation as the go-to networking event for the ‘ambitious, bold and curious’.

After meeting and socialising with like-minded people, attendees came together to watch five brave individuals take to the stage and give an inspirational talk against the clock. The speakers had to prepare 20 slides and rush through these at a rate of 20 seconds a slide, with each speech being tightly regulated to last no longer than 6 minutes and 40 seconds.

This strict timeframe enhanced the exciting and camaraderie-inducing atmosphere, which underpins every Open Sauce event, with the supportive audience willing the speakers to finish their talks within the tightly controlled timeframe.

The event had a fun and informal atmosphere which made networking enjoyable and this sets Open Sauce apart from typical networking events. The fast-paced and often comedic speeches were the highlight of the night and I am very much looking forward to the next Open Sauce. 

For those who missed the event, here is a quick insight into the inspirational individuals who spoke on the night and a summary of their talks:   


Deanna Rodger – an International Performer and Facilitator 

Deanna’s talk was a fantastic and intelligent 6 minutes and 40 seconds of spoken word and performance poetry on the topic of ‘Resolutions’. She covered everything from New Years’ resolutions to those passed by the US Congress and moulded these together seamlessly into an interesting and thought-provoking speech.  


Pip Jameson – Founder of Creative Network ‘The Dots’

Pip introduced us to ‘The Dots’ - a networking platform that is best described as ‘LinkedIn for the creative industries’. The Dots is designed to connect everyone involved in the creative process so that they can collectively improve their work. Pip’s speech guided us through her journey to make The Dots a success, from moving to the UK from Australia to running The Dots from a houseboat in London to help combat the sky-high rents. Pip’s speech highlighted the benefits of thinking outside of the box and the success that you can achieve by focussing on your passion.


Leanne Spencer – Entrepreneur, Author and Founder of Bodyshot Performance

Leanne described how she challenged herself to her first ‘white collar boxing match’ and took us through her journey and the setbacks she overcame along the way. Her message was clear: it is important to regularly take yourself out of your comfort zone and the success that you achieve from doing this will overshadow any setbacks that you have to endure.


Craig Eldridge – a Front End Developer by day and a Salsa teacher by night

Craig’s speech focussed on the importance of positive thinking to overcome your fears and anxieties.  Craig opened up about his own background of difficulties with food and anorexia and how he has recovered by setting out to do what he was afraid of to conquer his fears. His speech concluded with an inspirational message: even if you do something and do not succeed, you have not failed – because the fact you attempted it is a success in itself.


Dave Birss – Open Sauce host, author, speaker, broadcaster and Founder and Editor of openforideas.org - a magazine designed to demystify creativity.

Dave’s entertaining and humorous speech took us on a ‘road map’ of a memorable event in his life: having a body mould created in a garage on a freezing December’s day in Scotland. His speech highlighted his love for creativity and left everyone wanting to hear more. A fantastic finale to five very different, but equally inspiring, talks. 

Want to attend the next Open Sauce?

If you are looking for an exciting, inspirational and creative networking event, look no further than here.  Open Sauce is an event that cannot be missed - but book early as the event sells out quickly.

Proudly sponsored by Steele Raymond LLP, PKF Francis Clark and Rubicon People, Open Sauce is produced by Think Create Do, the team behind Silicon Beach, That’s The Way To Do It, Once Upon A Time, She Who Dares Wins, The Brilliant BIMA Breakfast Briefings.

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