Young Minds

I had a blast speaking to the Isle of Wight’s annual Young Chamber Conference. Two hundred school children – from 14 to 18 – networking away like they were born to it. Several island businesses spent the day sharing their top tips on how to get ahead in the world of work. The organisers had a big surprise up their sleeves – an appearance by island band, Empress.  That was a hard act to follow. My alphabet soup speech went from F – for feel the fear and do it anyway; H – for have a go; A – for ask for what you want and R – for reinvent yourself.  The kids made for a wonderfully interactive audience. I should have ended with G – for Go for it!


Nice new studio

How nice it is to be back in the revamped BBC World News Studio. Everything looks sharper, crisper with brilliant new lighting and backing screens. Perching on the bar stool arrangement feels a bit precarious at first, but I’m rescued by Becky, the floor manager’s quick thinking – a cushion is all that’s needed to restore posture and comfort.  BBC photographer Jeff loves the studio set-up and needs no encouragement to update his stills library. Here’s one of his efforts. See what I mean? Now, there’s the small matter of presenting the news…Hello, I’m Nisha Pillai, with the BBC World News. The Headlines…