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Wowcher’s Feel-Good Story of the Week

It’s easy to get bogged down in trivial events each week, whether it’s getting barged on a tube at rush hour, missing your train home, dropping your precious iPhone on the floor or (God forbid) spilling your tea. But every so often we hear some news that makes us forget those insignificant things and thoroughly brightens our day…


A short while ago we started working with Vet Nurse Direct, a fantastic company that offers a range of online animal care courses teaching pet owners how to properly care for their four-legged friends. We Brits love our pets, so unsurprisingly the deals we ran with them were a huge success. Not only did sales go through the roof, with ladies and gents from the Royal Veterinary College even buying the deal, but Vet Nurse Direct were flooded with emails from pet owners and pet care professionals alike declaring how much courses had helped. Having hundreds of people across the country learn to administer first aid on their pooches and pussy cats is a feel-good story in itself, but there’s more.


With a healthy helping of sales comes a healthy helping of money. But, being passionate about pet care, Vet Nurse Direct didn’t put the money towards an extravagant work Christmas party or a trip to the Maldives, they used it to buy a pet ambulance instead! With no national health scheme for pets, they felt it was a much-needed service, giving pet owners the opportunity to have their animals transported to the vet or the groomers safely and without stress.


To help sick and injured animals is a hugely admirable pursuit, and we were so thrilled to have played a part in Vet Nurse Direct buying this ambulance and achieving their goal. And don’t forget, if you purchased one of their courses you helped pay for this ambulance, too! Who knows, you may have unknowingly helped save a spaniel, care for a Cheshire cat or rescue a rabbit. Now that’s what we call a happy ending!


Please note: All deals featured may not be live. But with fab new deals added daily, make sure you keep checking!

Wowcher Does TV Presenting @ The TV Training Academy

logoWe sent Hannah to The TV Training Academy to see if she had what it took to step in front of the camera…

Not being an overly confident public speaker, I accepted the challenge of attending a TV presenter taster course at 3 Mills Studios, Bromley-by-Bow, with the vague hope I might discover an unknown talent of being in front of a camera and become the next Holly Willoughby. Sure enough, it wasn’t to be, but what I got from this experience was something altogether different. I left feeling inspired, comfortable in my skin and empowered having enjoyed a full day with some incredible people in one of the most supportive and friendly environments I’ve ever come across. This is how it happened…

The Beginning
Upon arrival at 3 Mills Studios, I was warmly greeted by Helen Sheppard, our host for the day, who gathered together the flock and whisked us off to our workspace. After an introduction to her fantastic career as a children’s TV Director working on well-known programmes such as Playdays and the Tweenies, I relaxed a little knowing that I couldn’t be in better hands. We began by introducing ourselves and why we were there, which gave me a great insight into the breadth and depth of people a course such as this could help. The group comprised musicians and business owners wanting to improve their TV interview skills for appearances, writers wishing to take the leap into the world of video blogging, public speakers looking to create inspirational videos, individuals preparing for a new course and a small few who actually wanted to pursue a career in TV presenting. Basically, whatever you’re after from this course, it’s for you, and the opportunity to network is an added bonus.


Now, down to the good stuff. We entered into a brief and informal discussion about what makes a good TV presenter, gathering lots of tips and advice from Helen ready for our first shoot. We learned the five golden rules of presenting (ooh!) and that the most important part is not the words themselves but their expression, which is perfect because if you mess up, and all of us pretty much did, it’s fine as long as you recover – phew! Next we readied ourselves for the first shot, and in 5 4 3 2 1… we spoke a little about ourselves remembering all we had learned, maintaining eye contact with the camera and staying well anchored. We then watched these played back on the screen and, yes, we all squirmed a little as we thought ‘do I really sound like that?’ but input from Helen and the rest of the team was vital for improvement.

Quick tip: The most successful people in this section didn’t list everything about themselves from their education to their favourite food, but spoke about a subject that interested them such as their business or their recent travels. Their passion came through and produced great results!

The Middle
After lunch, we got back to work and when entering back into the room the equipment had been moved and the teleprompter (aka Autocue) had been set up. Each of us glanced over the words on the sample guide we had been given, making mental notes of bits to look out for, as our host explained the exercise and how it all would work. Written as a mock TV show competition, we took turns to take the seat and after a practice run filmed our second performance. This exercise for me was easier, as I didn’t have to think about what I was saying, I was able to perform better. This task was great for those who might write a script such as a video blogger or motivational speaker, as it helped them to work on looking natural and thoughtful even when reading or speaking something premeditated. It was an excellent contrast to the morning’s activities, and gave an insight into the diversity of a TV presenter’s skill set.

logoQuick tip: When you glance over the sample on the back of your hand-out think about how these competitions might be done on TV, for example they might say ‘triple two, triple three’ instead of each number individually. Also, be sure to memorise words or phrases that might trip you up.

The end:
Our final task was co-presenting, which I had been dreading the most but was in fact my favourite of the day. We were told to split off into groups of two or three, decide what kind of show we wanted to be and then create an introduction feature which might advertise the show and make people want to tune in. I split off with a couple of other girls in the group and we decided that our show would be a beauty show with different features including ‘dirt cheap product of the week’, a ‘high-end to high street’ comparison of products and a food section talking about great foods for healthy skin. I think our sections were clearly defined, and the most successful ones did have a clear purpose for the different parts of the show such as an interview or cooking section. Again this part of the day was a lot of fun and everyone was noticeably at their best having taken on board constructive criticisms and encouragement throughout the day. Everyone was comfortable, happier to be the focus of attention and individual personalities really shone through. The improvement from the first exercise was very visible and it was great to see how each session enhanced individual performances. The format of the day really worked!

Quick tip: You might want to begin by introducing yourselves with a ‘Hello and welcome to… My name is…’ opening, then follow on with ‘Coming up on today’s show…’ and a list all of the features. Finally, finish off with something like ‘And that’s all coming up on channel X at 9’. This is how this kind of section tends to go so it’s a useful template to follow.


So, the day was over and we all left with smiles on our faces having had a great day! For those looking to purchase a showreel of their pieces, the first exercise was rerecorded to allow the opportunity to use your new found knowledge and experience to improve on your first attempt.

I left feeling that I could happily tackle a presentation or pitch. I even flashed back to my teaching module at university and thought I could tackle a lesson much more assertively now, which just goes to show that everyone can take something valuable from the day. In fact, those who were most out of their comfort zone got the most out of the day. At first it may have been hard but the day definitely helped them grow – some people arrived with virtually no confidence in themselves and left with a new-found quality to their personality that I don’t think anyone ever thought would be achievable in a short space of time. Definitely one to recommend… and that’s a wrap!

Fancy checking out the TV Training Academy Course yourself? Click here for the fantastic Wowcher deal valid at six nationwide locations. Please note – deals featured may not be live.

New Year, New You!

“Nobody’s built like you, you design yourself” once preached Jay-Z. Whether you’re the master of reinvention or a serial resolution breaker, there’s no time like the present to conquer a new challenge, activity or personal project. Without further ado… Read more

Wowcher Does Deena Kakaya’s Vegetarian Cookery Class

Give us a fancy food gadget and something strange happens: optimism bubbles, eyes glaze and suddenly even the most challenging of culinary creations seems nothing more than child’s play. Blanching? No problem. Fricassee? Idiot-proof. Steep? Hit me. And yet before you can say al dente, you’ve flambéed your worktop, blitzed your apron and swapped sugar for salt in your gluten-free, vegan-friendly, zero carb cake mix. So this week we decided to ditch the space-age processors for a back-to-basics cookery class…  Read more

Lost in Translation? Five Ways to Learn a New Language with Wowcher…

The old fashioned way to learn a language was to actually pay attention during French lessons at school. Unfortunately, if you’re anything like us then you probably spent most of your time looking up various Gallic swear words and giggling at your teacher’s accent, but now you’re a grown up, it’s not that cool to plead ignorance when it comes to foreign tongues. That’s why we’ve brought you some nifty ways to learn a new language. As the Germans say, super fantastisch! Well, we think so anyway…

On The Go
Earworms’ selection of language courses come as MP3 downloads, so in between throwing a few shapes to Taylor Swift, you can sharpen your skills anywhere you go! There’s 16 languages to choose from, including Spanish, Mandarin, Italian, German, Dutch and even Polish, so you can have your pick of whichever tongue tickles your fancy. The MP3 audio files use a mixture of music, rhythm and memory hooks to help you learn, plus you’ve got 24/7 access for a whole 12 months. Long tube journeys have never been so educational…click here to take a look for yourself.


Earworms MP3 downloads let you sharpen your language skills anywhere you go…

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What Did A TEFL Course Ever Do For Us? Wowcher’s Guide To TEFL…

To teach or not to teach, that is a question? Here’s another question, what’s in it for you? We often hear stories about the alternative teaching experience, of teaching English, not from the perspective of a regular UK school syllabus, but as a foreign language. The important thing to think about is how a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) qualification can benefit you? Perhaps you’ve seen one of the great TEFL course deal packages on or you’ve heard about it from a friend. Well here is Wowcher’s guide to the benefits of a TEFL qualification and how it can open doors for you across the world… Read more

Know Your World Cup Opponent – Italy!

Who’s ready for some international sportsball then? Phwoar! Goals! Brazilians! A trophy! Kicking! You get the idea. That’s right, the time has finally come: that magical month or so out of every four years when we all gather round our newly-purchased HD TVs to yell advice at a bunch of professional athletes, all in the name of the beautiful game. Bobby Moore, 66, Wemb-er-ly, come on you England, phwoar!

Our boys are jetting off to Brazil to play in the greatest tournament on earth – bigger than the Superbowl, more fun than the Olympics and with more gratuitous shots of bikini-clad blondes than Crufts – it’s the World Cup, of course. This time around, our brave Lions’ first test on the inevitable route to glory comes in the form of Italy. The rugged, handsome, stylish Italy – pasta, Pavarotti, the Romans, The Godfather, moustaches. Italy.

We’re in no doubt that the team’s wise owl/manager Roy Hodgson has mentally prepared his team for this tough test in the searing Brazilian heat, but we ask are you ready? It’s always important to know your enemy – know what makes them tick, what they get out of bed in the morning for, what they eat, what they drink, and some other stuff. If we really want to cheer on our lads then we owe it to them to suss out this glorious country. So, without further ado we bring you the Wowcher guide to Italy – it’s an offer you can’t refuse… Read more

Penny Golightly’s penny-pinching tips


From all the Christmas parties to all the present shopping, the holiday season can be a strain on our purses. Luckily, Penny Golightly knows all the tricks in the penny-pinching book and she joined us for a jolly good Facebook chat.

Here are her top tips for getting through this holiday season: Read more

Modern Day Manners with William Hanson

william_hanson_2It’s no longer just saying ‘please’, ‘thanks’ and knowing which fork to use at dinner. Today we’ve got to consider how to behave on social media and when (or not!) to use our smartphone.

But instead of twiddling our thumbs and wondering whether or not to call our friend on the bus or wait till we got home, we asked etiquette expert William Hanson to join us for a Q&A and put an end to these questions once and for all!

Here’s what you asked, and how he answered:  Read more

Calling all graduates – Wowcher needs you!


Established in 2011 Wowcher is now the second largest daily deal site in the UK – we’re constantly growing and that’s why we need people like you to join us. The bright pink bubble that is Wowcherland can be found in Kensington, London where the majority of our fun and fabulous team reside. Complete with bar, Playstation and table tennis table – it’s safe to say it’s not your average office! Sound good? Have a look at the job specs attached…Commercial & Marketing Analyst Deals Analyst Intern Email Marketing Intern Graduate Developer Social Media Intern Telesales Market Research Intern