Given the nature of my job, my days tend to be varied.
I need to be incredibly well organised to fit my school runs and dog walking around my appointments. I am very lucky to not only have a family who will step in when necessary but a boss, John Robinson, who is very supportive of me wanting the best of both worlds; a career and being around for my family.
I see clients by appointment only. They call me direct and we arrange a time and date and location to meet that is mutually convenient. Although appointments are usually during office hours, I do see people in the evenings or maybe before their working day begins if that is more convenient for them. I work flexibly between our showrooms but often clients prefer to see me at their home or office.
My clients tend to be very busy people and so I try to fit into their schedule rather than the other way round. I could be showing them pieces from our collection or talking through some ideas for something totally unique to them.
If it is a bespoke piece, then I liaise with my client, our designer and master goldsmith so there is continuity through to the finished item.
Another day, I could be liaising with our chairman, David Robinson, who heads our very experienced and talented design team. He is as passionate about design as I am and is so incredibly creative. I also meet regularly with John regarding planning, promotions and any new business opportunities I may have.
From helping to design a bespoke piece, selecting items to add the finishing touches to a client’s outfit to sourcing the perfect gift, I’m always thinking trying to think of new and exciting concepts.
Some clients may be looking for a show stopping piece of jewellery to wear with a particular outfit for a special event. Another client may be looking for a collection of jewellery that works with her wardrobe.
I have an extensive number of male clients who contact me when they are looking for a special gift for the lady in their lives.
Nature inspires me so I will often have my best ideas for promotions or designs whilst out walking my dog.
I do try to keep a good work/ life balance with plenty of exercise and healthy food but there are certain times of the year when that is more difficult like the Christmas season when I am far busier than normal.
Dress: I try to look professional and wear jewellery to enhance my outfit. I particularly enjoy wearing a piece of jewellery that is immediately noticed and opens a conversation.
What is the favourite part of your job? The creativity, being with clients, showing and designing jewellery.
What is the least favourite part of your job? Administration, an important and necessary part of any job, but one I would rather pass on.
What would be your dream job, if you weren’t doing what you do now? Something connected with the arts.
How do you relax when you are not working? Taking my dog out for long walks. I instantly feel calm when I am walking along the beach in any weather but I especially like it when it is stormy; I feel totally invigorated. Yoga helps to relax my body and mind too.
What is your favourite film? Amelie starring Audrey Tautou and directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet.
What is your favourite book? The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield.
What is your favourite song? Nights in White Satin by Moody Blues.
If a film was made of your life, who would you like to play you? I admire Angelina Jolie (inset) for her humanitarian work and the bravery she showed with regards to her openness over her preventative cancer surgery.
Have you had your 15 minutes of fame? I hope not as it would give me something to look forward to. Maybe I’ll get to style Angelina one day!
●Name: Linda Holland
●Job: Private client sales ambassador for David M Robinson Jewellers
●Born: Cippenham, Berkshire
●Lives: West Kirby
●Education: Cox Green Comprehensive, Maidenhead
●Family: Married with two children
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