Bec Evans is an award-winning writer, speaker and business founder. With a background in innovation she turned her side hustle into a startup and now helps people make their ideas happen.
Her book How to Have a Happy Hustle won its category in the Business Book Awards 2020, and has been reviewed by the Financial Times, The Stylist and Red Magazine and featured on The Lean Startup podcast and at The RSA.
From her first job in a bookshop, to a career working in publishing and managing a writing centre for Arvon, Bec is fascinated by what helps writer write. She co-founded Prolifiko and works with publishers, businesses, universities and writing communities to better support authors and content creators. She coaches and support writers of all types offering accountability and productivity advice to overcome blocks and find a writing practice that works in the busyness of their lives.
As a speaker Bec does podcast interviews, keynote talks, panels and professional moderation on innovation, writing practice and productivity. She facilitates workshops in-house and at conferences, and coaches people to turn their ideas into reality. She regularly blogs and writes articles for publication.
Bec’s top tip for productivity and creativity is to get outside or get active. Every day she hikes up a big hill in Hebden Bridge with her husband and dog, and does yoga or hits something (or someone) at the boxing gym. Books, family and friends keep her happy and grounded.
“Bec’s talk at the 2019 Leeds Digital Festival was one of the highlights of the entire fortnight of 240 events. Her refreshing advice on how to start your own hustle was a real inspiration to the audience.”
Stuart Clarke, director of Leeds Digital Festival
“Bec has provided highly valuable advice and support to Arvon in the devising and roll-out of its digital strategy. It has been a pleasure to work with her, and her clarity of thinking and goal-focused mindset has been of tangible benefit.”
George Palmer, Head of Communications, Arvon
“Working with Bec was one of the highlights of this year’s FutureBook conference. Her attention to detail, enthusiasm and energy were real assets to us as a team.”
Emma Lowe, Director of Publisher Relations, The Bookseller
“Bec was a fantastic speaker at a recent RSA Lunchtime Event in which she presented a suite of lessons from her book. She was incredibly engaging and personable with the audience.”
Adanna Shallowe, RSA Fellow
“Bec created and facilitated a complex and sophisticated three-session workshop at the 2019 Researcher to Reader Conference. This was one of the most popular and successful workshops in R2R’s five-year history.”
Mark Carden, Researcher to Reader Conference
“Offers clear step-by-step advice on the process for finding – and choosing – the idea that might just make you money, or might just make you happy. Her style is genuinely fresh and jargon-free.”
The Financial Times
“Bec gave a terrific lecture to 130 of my Masters students. The topic was new venture. creation and how to have a happy hustle. The students were thoroughly engaged and asked many questions at the end.”
Stephen King, Associate Professor in Enterprise and Innovation, Leeds University
“Bec ran a publishing problem workshop for the Society of Young Publishers. It was quick-fire, rapid-thinking and a complete breath of fresh air. As well as being a superb group leader and down-to-earth person, Bec really inspired us to take our ideas further.”
Aimee Dewar, co-chair the Society of Young Publishers
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