Emma-Holden

What was your first job?

Hilariously for anyone who knows me who reads this – I took a summer job as a panel wirer. I think this highlights my willingness to give any task a go from a young age. Though I say so myself, I was pretty at it good by the end of the summer.

How would your colleagues at the Country Range Group describe you?

I asked a few of them and ended up with a whole mix of words and phrases including ‘feisty’, ‘positive’, ‘game for anything’ and, my favourite, ‘a complete contradiction – silly, yet determinedly mature’. 

A third of our lives are spent at work, so it’s a shame if you can’t laugh with your team and colleagues, especially during stressful and difficult times, which are when you most need a giggle. 

If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport that would give you a chance of winning a medal, what would it be?

Losing things. 

If time and money were not an issue, what hobby would you most like to get into?

Yoga.

What would your perfect day involve?

Phi-Phi-Island
Phi Phi Island in Thailand is Holden’s idea of paradise

Waking up on Phi Phi Island – the most amazing place I’ve been on earth so far – with friends and family, snorkelling and enjoying delicious food and drink on the beach. 

What is your song of choice at karaoke?

With a voice like mine, I quickly learned that rap songs are definitely more suitable for my vocal talent. Play to your strengths. 

Who would be your four ideal dinner party guests?

Natural historian David Attenborough; comedian, writer and actor Noel Fielding; stand-up comic, UFC commentator and podcast host Joe Rogan; and country music legend Tim McGraw. 

What would you cook them?

A starter of deep-fried truffle mac-and-cheese bites followed by a truly northern cheese and onion plate pie and chips, and Key lime pie to finish. All my own favourites,  of course.

What fad or trend would you most like to see make a comeback?

Nokia 3310s instead of smartphones; we’d all get so much more done after a quick game of Snake – although I would forever be lost.

If you were a superhero, what would you choose as your superpower?
I’d love to have the ability to manipulate time – we all want more hours in the day, don’t we? Even just to pause time when you didn’t quite give yourself a big enough pep talk before walking into a room full of strangers to network or, let’s be honest, to speed up those last 15 minutes of work when you’re having ‘one of those days’. 

What do you wish you knew more about?

Human psychology – the way our minds work, our behaviour, emotional intelligence and our overall mental health.

When was the last time you changed your belief or revised your opinion about something major?

I’ve always said and believed I didn’t have the time, but if I have the time to scroll through social media for what would be an embarrassingly long time if recorded, I can make time.

This month, something really personal to me has been deciding that I had the time to sign up as a volunteer with the Samaritans. 

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Paul Hill
Paul Hill is the Editor of Better Wholesaling. Paul can be found on Twitter on @BW_PaulHill, or can be contacted via paul.hill@newtrade.co.uk and 020 7689 3376.

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