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Meet this week’s guest on 1 Woman: 10 Questions – the wonderful Lisa from Talking Tots. Lisa, a speech and language therapist and co-founder of the unique Pre-School programme that encourages children to communicate clearly and confidently, shows off her own communication skills. She tells us why Plan B is never enough and how she finds human mishaps (but definitely not doggy ones) a laugh…

Lisa Houghton from Talking Tots on 1 Woman: 10 Questions on

Q1: Describe your typical day
During the week it’s the usual mad rush to get the children off to school, run a few personal errands before heading in to the office for around 9am.
Days in the office usually comprise of tackling a huge inbox, phone calls and liaising with franchisees. Days out of the office are usually filled with meetings. Every Thursday, Tracey and I run our flagship Talking Tots classes in Lytham. This enables us to ‘keep our hand in’ to understand our current franchisees’ role and also provides a showcase for potential franchisees.

Q2: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given and have you followed it?

Be patient.
Don’t rush into things.
Always have a plan b
and then a plan c
plan d
plan e
basically until it works to how you want or expected it to.

Yes … it’s important to keep moving forward.

Q3: What do you think makes a successful woman?

Good communication skills – a successful woman needs to be able to express herself effectively. She must be able to listen to gain insight.

Q4. What 3 things really make you happy and why:

My children (well mostly … some days they drive me potty!)
Family days without time contraints
Seeing the growth & success of Talking Tots

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Q5: What 3 things really make you angry and why:

Selfish people
People who don’t clear up dog mess!

Lake Windemere, Cumbria
Picture thanks to llamnudds @

Q6: How do you relax?

I like to spend time on our boat on Lake Windermere

Q7: What makes you laugh?

There are so many things that make laugh- funny jokes, babies and children, animals, human mishaps …

Q8: If you were given a time machine where and when would you travel to and why?

The early 1900s to see my house and it’s residents … fascinating!

Q9: If you had £10,000 to give to charity which one would you choose and why?
We are heavily involved with I CAN – The children’s communication charity – they do fantastic work supporting children with speech, language and communication difficulties.

Q10: If you could magically create an extra two hours in a day what would you use them for?

I’d like them in the evening for more ‘down time’.

Find out more about Talking Tots and Lisa…

Talking Tots website

Talking Tots blog

See a class in action

Follow on Twitter

NEEDED: More women please to feature on 1 Woman: 10 Questions! I promise it’s not hard and it won’t take long plus you get to plug your site/shop/anything you fancy really (within reason). Get in contact michelle at mummyratesit dot co dot uk


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  1. This is a great series Michelle. All your women are down to earth with something intelligent to say, advise or tip the wink over. I think it’s very inspiring and this one from Lisa is no exception. How great to have a boat on Lake Windermere.

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