Jane Rennie is an experienced coach and trainer and founder of The Extraordinary Training Company, a people development company specialising in driving performance by bringing extraordinary training and coaching to entrepreneurs and SMEs. Believing that an organisation’s strength is its people, they provide learning & development solutions that help small businesses to get the very best from their people. Jane knows a thing or two about how people tick, so we thought it was high time we got to know what makes Jane tick too:
What three words would your best friend use to describe you?
Driven, loyal, independent.
What’s on your iPod/playing in your car these days?
AC/DC – Thunderstruck is my anthem!
Who’s your favourite James Bond actor?
Pierce Brosnan – delightfully cheesy
Your house is on fire, what one item do you save?
Dogs and children aside, probably my jewellery box but not for the reason you’d expect – I don’t keep jewellery in it. It has photos of my son, who died, my Grandpa’s watch and Daddy’s cigar cutter. Everything else is replaceable.
Last meal on earth?
Thai Duck Red Curry – when I’m back at home in Thailand, though!
Dream dinner party guests?
Morgan Freeman (to talk to me), Brian Johnson (to sing to me), Alex Ferguson (to tell it like it is), Malala Yousafzai (to remind me that there’s always someone fighting a bigger fight), Queen Victoria (to confirm my hunch that she was really quite a funny lady), Alan Rickman (who needs a reason?)
First thing you’d do if you won £1million?
Other than tell my husband to resign and come home from Saudi (I love my job too much!) I really don’t know.
Quiet night in or big night out?
Depends on my week – both are equally appealing!
City break or weekend in the country?
Weekend in the country – total peace and relaxation. Although if it were Prague, I could be persuaded otherwise.
Early bird or night owl?
I’m neither – but not by choice. I suffer really badly from insomnia. I would LOVE to be that person that effortlessly leaps out of bed at 6am to make the most of the day.
Save it or spend it?
Spend it. No pockets in a shroud, as my father-in-law used to say!
Couch potato or fitness fanatic?
Are you kidding?
Home or abroad?
Abroad. Although oddly, I’m loving being ‘home’ for the first time in 20+ years
Early or late?
Mmm. Lastminute.com is my tagline, unless I’m working, then ALWAYS early.
Cats or dogs?
Oddly, living in Iran. Memories of a very safe, care-free childhood spent in the constant sunshine and a huge swimming pool on the compound.
And most embarrassing?
Falling backwards off a bar stool, in true comic-style, and showing the entire bar my spotty knickers. Or getting trapped in a 747 Cargo plane with my horses and ‘mistakenly’ flying to Macau (yes, I’m absolutely serious!)
Not learning the language from every country I’ve lived in. All 26 of them.
What are you proudest of?
My children and husband. They remind me that whilst I have done lots of things wrong, I’ve got the important things very right.
Who do you admire most?
My mother. The most selfless, endless source of energy, love and fun I have ever known.
And who do you detest?
Anyone who makes others miserable, or is two-faced.
Who would you like to thank?
My parents – amazing opportunities to see the world. My Grandpa for teaching me what unconditional love looks like. My husband for never, ever giving up on me, even when I drive him to drink (or not, as his current location suggests).
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Do it! Stop worrying about what everyone else will think and just do it. So what if it goes wrong?
What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do?
Watch my son die.
Hardest thing you’ve had to give up?
Really can’t answer that.
Could you save someone’s life if they were dying in the street?
What keeps you awake at night?
I suffer from insomnia so if I knew that answer, I’d be a happy girl 🙂
And your biggest critic?
Me. Myself. I. Biggest, hugest critic, hands down. After that, my husband and mother in equal measure, but in the very best way.
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