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Contributing to other Blogs, articles also regularly appear on WeAreTheCity.com, the networking and news hub for City women as well as industry related blogs – eg. recruitment agency and freelancers. I believe writing to connect is a gift and I walk the talk by continuing to write. My Newsletter / eZine ‘Positive Linking’ has been issued and sent out to my thousands of subscribers every other week for 4 years without missing an issue! (Back issues can be seen by following the link on the right of this page.)

Caring For Yourself, First

Being more self-ish is good for everyone

If, or how you care for yourself or indeed if you put yourself first is something so many women struggle with. Women, in general, expect to be towards the back of the queue when it comes to looking after ourselves. This is a false economy. In our eagerness to please and be 'perfect' we tend to put others’ needs and wants first, ensuring as far as we can that others are cared for and happy and then, if there’s a shred of energy or attention l[...]

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How To Get Your Message Across with a Story

A Simple Question to Ask Yourself

Think of any film you’ve seen that grabbed you. What about a TV series you follow, or a book you read and re-read or share? They’ll all have grabbed your attention and kept it with a story. The story that’s threaded and woven throughout any attention-grabbing book or film is what we remember, long after the titles and credits.

Stories have the power to move us and make us act. We all tell stories – to ourselves, to our friends and famili[...]

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What’s your “unfair” advantage (and do you even know about it)?

Working with career women keen to raise their visibility and influence at work, this is one of the first places I start with them. “Let’s find your unfair advantage or your Secret Sauce” I say. I start with this question.

“What is it about you or what has happened in your life that you’ve struggled with?” The reason I ask this question is that it’s often exactly these sorts of things that actually make us who we are and – if we recognise them – become an “unfair[...]

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How & Why To Take A Chance on Yourself

Say “Yes” before you’re ready and then get ready…
There are so many ways to say something and every way means something different to your listener as you say it. Imagine you’re in a meeting and someone asks if anyone is able to take on a new project or put some figures together. You think to yourself, ‘I could probably do that’ but you may sit on that thought and say nothing and wait for someone else to offer or you may put yourself forward. The trick here is, if – or [...]

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Waterskiing & Your Career

Stimulate your creative flow with something a bit different
That expression “busy doing something else” is where your ideas and inspiration often comes from. It gives you the sense of being absorbed, concentrating, focused on something so other thoughts are put aside or take a back seat. It’s something to be encouraged, especially when you’re scratching your head looking for the answer to a tricky issue or ticklish situation.

Go off and do – or absorb yourself – in so[...]

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Tweak 2 Letters And Change Everything

Planning 2018 for how and where you are NOW

“Mind your Language” is a great piece of advice, truly mind it. Think about it. Think about the effect it has on you and then on those around you as you use it. As a self-confessed WordNerd it’s one of my passions that my clients really “get” how important the words and phrases are they choose and then use. If you already have a sense you could be more influential, more engaging and inspiring to other people, then changing and updat[...]

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Zip It And Assertively Wait

Masterful Inactivity Isn’t Passive….it's a choice

How to zip-it and give yourself breathing space. How to respond and how to avoid just reacting.

This is a tricky one for so many of us. Wait. Pause. Think a bit. Choose if you’re going to act; to respond. To ‘Zip it’ is such a useful little phrase and it’s easy to remember. It's an active choice rather than a passive stance.

It’s so easy to assume we have to respond, to fire back after receiving a message, a [...]

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Do you really show them what you’re made of?

Remember to know AND show your brilliance so others can reward you for it.
If you’ve ever heard yourself say any of the following, it gives us a sign you’ve forgotten some of the things that you’re really good at or you’ve forgotten some of the key pieces of your career and life journey.

If you ever think these things and then you don’t speak, you’ll know you’re undervaluing yourself or being undervalued or underselling yourself.

“I want to be taken more s[...]

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A moment in time AND confronting idea for you.

"To truly cherish the things that are important to you, you must first discard those that have outlived their purpose. To throw away what you no longer need is neither wasteful nor shameful. Let them go, with gratitude. Not only you, but your things as well, will feel clear and refreshed when you are done tidying."

This quote is from the Marie Kondo’s super-popular book 'The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying' which transformed my - and Snowy's wardrobes and household cupboards a coupl[...]

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How up close and personal are you?

At times, there’s no substitute for the ‘LIVE’ or personalised version of You
It’s easy to get lulled into this false sense of reality isn’t it? Instead of picking up the phone to speak to someone, you drop them an email or send them a message or a text. Instead of dropping someone a note, you can instant message, Skype message or send them an eCard. Instead of going to a networking event, social gathering, exhibition or event, you can show up online. All of these ways of bein[...]

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