Alison Pilling is a somatic sex educator and founder of The Sex School for Grown Ups. She’s also the genius behind The Sex Lectures in Manchester – dynamic, cutting edge talks on all aspects of sexuality. Her purpose is to bring kindness, connection and creativity into sexuality.

At the beginning….

When Alison joined PR with Heart she was nervous about speaking out on a topic that is largely taboo in the UK. Or when it is spoken about, it is mostly rooted in negativity, fear and shame with discussions around porn and Me Too. There is very little positive communication about sexuality in our mainstream culture. This nervousness coupled with a natural tendency towards shyness meant that PR – being visible and speaking out to a mainstream audience – felt daunting and challenging.

During PR with Heart….

Alison connected deeply with her essence and purpose and her 3 PR pillars to bring her purpose into being: 1. Speaking 2. Media 3. One to One Consultations. She also connected to her power centre as a ‘sexy polymath’ giving her permission to blend many things she loves – sexuality, creativity, art – into her work and to lead this process.

Within the 5 weeks Alison was already part of a local event where she helped arrange talks and spoke from a pulpit about The Sex School for Grown Ups. After a dating event she was invited to give dating tips on BBC Women’s Hour. She created her professional photography and was asked to write a blog on intimacy and devotion by a female artist who in exchange offered the use of her artwork on Alison’s website.

Leading with Heart….

Alison’s heart’s vision revealed a beautiful speaking event in an art gallery exploring the expression of love and desire in art.  She approached The Whitworth Gallery in Manchester and it took place six months later.  This ‘Thursday Late’ event had 3 times more interest than previous well-known artist events.

She has also established The Sex Lectures in Manchester. Inspiring and connecting evenings they showcase speakers with unique and cutting edge views on sexuality, relationships and love in pithy 12 minute talks. Taking the time to prepare her press kit with press release, photography and speaker biographies, The Sex Lectures were featured in Manchester Confidential, Alison wrote an article for The Big Issue North and was invited on BBC Radio Manchester. The second monthly event sold out.

Alison is becoming a confident spokesperson for her pioneering field: “I have to pinch myself to believe it. It has literally taken off. Now I’m focused on sharing valuable information with a mainstream audience it is fun and opportunities open up effortlessly. I absolutely love it!”

You can find Alison here: sexschoolforgrownups.com

If you’d like to join the next PR with Heart Online Course in January you can register here.

Listen in to Alison sharing in her own words her experience of becoming a brilliant spokesperson for her industry at sold out speaking events with articles and interviews in the mainstream press. And loving it!!

(Images by Veronica Blanco)

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What they say

Alison is becoming a confident spokesperson for her pioneering field with The Sex Lectures and media appearances with BBC Radio 4 Women’s Hour, BBC Radio Manchester, Manchester Confidential, The Big Issue in the North: “I have to pinch myself to believe it. It has literally taken off. Now I’m focused on sharing valuable information with a mainstream audience it is fun and opportunities open up effortlessly. I absolutely love it!”

Alison Pilling, Sex School for Grown Ups

I’ve created opportunities that allow me to be myself and share the messages that I care about.  I’ve created speaking opportunities, the website and business have been growing.  The way I interact with people has changed – I’m much clearer about what I’m doing and I don’t hesitate or wait to take action.

Samia El Jaafari, co-founder, Intro

“A really big “thank you” for all the hard work and dedication you put in to the Homeless World Cup and for the way in which you have helped to change the lives of thousands of people through football.”

Rio Ferdinand, Footballer

“The Homeless World Cup is a cool organisation I came across through Colin Farrell. I said, ‘That sounds like it should be a movie’ and he said ‘Yeah, I was hoping you’d say that.’”

Graham Broadbent, Blueprint Pictures

“Kat brings out courage due to her own sense of bravery in allowing creativity to be used as a powerful force for positive change.”

Noelle Adcock-Mcelya