Blas Backyard Online - Mindful Negotiation

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A new approach to negotiations that helps neutralise the power imbalance between small suppliers and big buyers

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We will explore the psychology of success and delve into two important topics:

  • Believing in yourself
  • Managing stress

Malachy O’Connor is a business strategy consultant & commercial skills trainer. Malachy works across all sectors, having spent +20 years in senior positions in the ultra-competitive supermarket retail sector. Thriving in this cut-throat world required deep resilience but also a deep sense of empathy around how to get the best out of people and how best to serve your customers.

Malachy reckons this comes from his early life, born in England but spending his formative years in the troubled and turbulent society that was Northern Ireland in the 80’s and 90’s.

Malachy has 25 years’ grocery retail experience. He spent his early career in M&S, Dunnes Stores, Superquinn and SPAR, then from ’06 as Buying & Marketing Director at Aldi Ireland and from 2014 as Fresh Foods Commercial Category Director at Tesco Ireland. Malachy’s core values are impact, comradeship and diversity: making a positive impact with clients and in the world, nurturing trust to build high integrity relationships and harnessing diverse thinking to conjure creative solutions.

The Blas Backyard online events are exclusively for Blas na hEireann 2021 finalists. Following registration The Blas team will be in touch to confirm your space and send on log in details for the event.

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Blas na hEireann, The Irish Food Awards were founded so that quality benchmarks could be established for Irish produce on a level playing field. 

Our aims have always been...

  • To highlight the very best of Irish food and drink and to create a platform from which Irish producers may gain greater recognition from a wider audience, both in Ireland and beyond.
  • To build a strong network for Irish producers to forge partnerships, gain knowledge and find support.
  • To help the Irish consumer to find the very best of Irish food and drink and encourage them to choose these products.

With these aims in mind we are always working to strengthen the network of Irish food producers. The awards have to be about more than a piece of glass, we work to create opportunities, to educate producers and importantly to connect producers as we know that what is good for the industry as a whole is good for individual producers. 
"Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine”

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