He was reputed to occasionally put forward favoured students who would automatically go on to be granted that much-sought-after first rung on the ladder.
Inevitably, he put me forward for my first position in TV.
If I need to secure a reservation in my local busy restaurant I will see the owner and ask him for my favoured table.
We inevitably pass several minutes chatting, flirting and catching up on family life.
I’m easy on the eye — and I use it to my advantage every single day.
Before you roll your eyes in disgust and write me off as a shameless gold digger, little better than a WAG, consider this.
After years of being looked over, I was finally being looked at.
My confidence grew, along with my flirting skills, my social charms were finessed and, after years of being the wallflower — someone guys confided in rather than chatted up — I was at ease in male company.
Brenda Gardner, managing director at Irresistible’s publisher Piccadilly Press, said they had worked with booksellers to find a way of producing a book that would sate teenagers' wish for steamy novels, without the graphic content that pervades the Fifty Shades books and other adult fiction.
Serialised in the Mail last week, it’s caused quite a stir with its suggestion that knowing how to use your sexuality is as crucial to success at work as intelligence, skill and professional qualifications.
My only surprise is that erotic capital hasn’t been flagged up before as a crucial office asset.
They wanted to feel valued as a man — and I was always more than ready with the right words. I’d arrive early — looking perky — to have that valuable 30 minutes of chat with the guy who controlled my wages and the path my career took.
It paid off — I went from job to job, with a salary increase each time.