Positive Linking eZine: July 6, 2018

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Volume 176 |  6 July 2018

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Hello There

Hello there %$firstname$%,

Snowy and I are limbering up for a couple of weeks ‘Out Of Office’ and, as you know yourself, it’s often a really heightened, full on time as you compress tasks, commitments and opportunities in the run up to being away.

My sister and family joined us for a get-together last weekend in sizzling sunshine after Snowy and I got back from a cheeky break at the seaside. There’s a sense of the Summer Slowdown on the horizon and yet, so many clients have opportunities they’re going for, new roles to shine in and decisions to make about next moves – I find the more demands there are on my time, the more time I need to take for myself to be quiet and present. The opposite of what seems to be needed %$firstname$% but it’s absolutely what I need. Dog-walking, gym, quiet mindful time makes me more alert and responsive and on holidays, I plan to have plenty more!

Enjoy your Summer however you plan it and I so hope to see you, if you can be there, at the Autumn launch of my new book. It’s going to change many things in my life and business. I sense it already and I’m excited to share it with you.

Thank you for taking the time to read this eZine as I’m sure you have so much vying for your attention. I hope the ideas and suggestions help you reflect and to show up, sparkle and be heard even more at work. There’s no time to do this like the present which is, after all, all we have guaranteed…

Warm and ever-sparkly wishes %$firstname$%,

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PS – Oscar Wilde said it best, %$firstname$% when he said “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” Enough said.

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What's Happening

My 2nd Book Has a Cover Now!

It’s Always Your Move by Kay White

It’s been an interesting ride working on the cover for my new book It’s Always Your MovePurposeful Progress for Corporate Career Women. Discovering what goes on inside my own process having worked with thousands of career women showing them how to get promoted, valued and rewarded at work is what my book is all about.

A myriad of real-life stories from clients about what we worked on, what actions they took, how it all worked and what you can do too is the essence of the book. There are tons of step-by-step, clear strategies from me and words and phrases to say as you go for it more intentionally and confidently at work. It’s all designed for you to use as you put your foot down at work, without doubting or losing yourself.

It can be lonely and frustrating trying to work out your best moves and strategies by yourself. My new book is designed to be a torchlight to guide you. And that’s just the start…..

The Official Book Launch Party in London is booked and confirmed for the evening of

Thursday 4th October I’d LOVE you to be there- just jot the date for now and it will be in London, in the City. Registration will be open in a couple of weeks – stay tuned!

“Kay White’s book is an inspirational blueprint on how to strategically move through your career with grace, savvy, and discipline. Her principles combined with real life stories pack a powerful 1-2 punch. Quite simply, she is a Firestarter and her book will ignite, fuel and accelerate the careers of women no matter where they live or what stage they’re at. Thank you, Kay, for sharing your wisdom so generously.”

Kathy Palokoff, author of Firestarters: How Innovators, Instigators, and Initiators Can Inspire You to Ignite Your Own Life.

 
 
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How “Out of the Office” are YOU?

How to show up and sparkle at work – even when you’re on holiday.

“It’s the dilemma that’s so common now – when you’re “Out of the Office” just how “Out” of the office are you?

With the holiday season upon us, this is a timely way to plan your exit strategy and still look after your connections.

Having collected some ‘jaw-droppingly bad’ Out-of-Office bouncebacks over the years (best one: “I’m away from the office so contact me again on my return” – No dates, no alternatives, no clue) I thought it would be useful for you to use a simple structure for your email ‘Out of Office’ bounceback.

The simple-to-follow formula of Acknowledge/Inform/Guide is the most efficient and most helpful to the recipient. It’s also the safest bet to enable you to come across to your clients, customers and colleagues as professional, helpful and thoughtful – even when you’re not there.

Depending on how you’ve decided to manage being away, I suggest doing one of the following:

Read your emails regularly whilst you’re away, twice per day for example.

Have someone read them and then sort out the ones you need to read when you return.

Read them only when you return.

1. Reading your emails regularly while you’re away

  • Acknowledge: Thanks for your message and I’m away from the office until Month, Date.

  • Inform: I’ll be reading and responding to my emails in the meantime and will do this twice per day.

  • Guide: If your message is urgent and you need immediate assistance, please email John Smith, Title, who will help you. You can email him at — or call him on 123 456 7890. Thanks again, Your Name.

2. Someone’s reading them, sorting out the ones you need to read on your return

  • Acknowledge: Thanks for your message and I’m away from the office until August X.

  • Inform: My colleague, Jim Smith, Title will be accessing my emails during my absence and will ensure any requiring urgent attention, are handled while I’m away.

  • Guide: If you want to speak to Jim Smith or call him direct while I’m away, he can be contacted at —– or you can call him on 123 456 7890

3. Read them only when you return

  • Acknowledge: Thanks for your message and I’m out-of-the-office on holiday at the moment.

  • Inform: I will return to the office again on August X and in the meantime have no access to my emails

  • Guide: If you require immediate assistance, please contact Jane Smith, Title, who will be happy to help you. You can email Jane at jane@emailaddress.com ——- or call her direct on: 123 456 7890. Thanks again, Your Name.

There’s always a balance to achieve and to weigh up how your emails impact your time away is a decision you have to make yourself. There’s always a rub!

If you decide to read them and respond to them while you’re away, I suggest you agree you’ll read them and respond to them for a certain period of time, say an hour, every day at the same time. Plans can then be made around that and you can tell people when you’ll get back to them. Managing their and your holiday companions’ expectations too is key.

Help yourself by discussing this first with everyone you’re on holiday with just makes it easy for them to understand and let you get on with it. Trying to do it between trips or sneaking on to your smart-phone between meals just becomes stressful and can antagonise your family and friends. Much easier to manage their and your clients and colleagues’ expectation.

You may, or may not agree but this quote sums up the point here:

“Time for work – yet take much holiday, for art’s and friendship’s sake”. George de Wilde

So, I hope for your own art and friendships, you take much holiday %$firstname$%.

I’d love to hear what you think. You can leave me a comment or a note here.

 
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“Article reproduced with permission of Kay White, Savvy & Influential Communication Expert and Mentor at www.kaywhite.com.

Kay shows experienced – and often frustrated – business women (and very smart men) how to be heard and understood by accessorising their day-to-day interactions with subtle, influential phrases and words to make people sit up, listen and take action. Kay’s book, The A to Z of Being Understood is an international #1 Bestseller: http://amzn.to/kTJYdX and helps professionals make their voices heard and their conversations really count.”

To see any previous issues of this eZine or comment on an article, please go to www.kaywhite.com (you’ll find the link to previous eZines on the Blog page, on the right). I’m always interested to hear from you.

 
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“No more hiding or holding back for me.”

“By making myself vulnerable and sharing a little of my story with these wonderful women at Kay’s Event AND by learning how to have more courage, that’s it now. No more hiding or holding back for me. I have some big changes to make at work and I’m committed now to making them happen.

Give yourself the gift of the time to learn and grow because Kay holds a mirror up to you for you to see how your behaviours, beliefs and actions affect your results and what you can do to accelerate and change them for good.”

—LINDSEY S., UK PUBLIC SECTOR EXECUTIVE

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L is for Lightness, Leverage, Lustre

For 3 more of these sort of positive, punchy and powerful words go to: www.kaywhite.com and find today’s words at the bottom of the page. They’re there to motivate, inspire, compel both you and those around you as you use them every day AND, see below for your Power List.

 
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Flat Hair Days? Not anymore!

If you have fine hair and find it can go a little flat and flyaway, then you – like me – need more body in your hair!

This little magic pot has made the difference which makes the difference to me having a fuller hairstyle and not. I’ve recommended to clients and even popped a little in their hair to show them how easy and effective it is. Try it. Part of showing up and sparkling is feeling your best and, as we know ladies, your hair plays a big part in that.

As I said to a client this very week “it shouldn’t be important how we show up at work but it is. It counts. We have to play the game and look the part – and be the part.” As we know %$firstname$%, our hair plays a big part in how we look and feel.

 
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Savvy Style & Sparkle Soundbite

Quick. Tidy. Efficient.

3 words I LOVE (and a bag plan)

As someone who loves, loves, loves her handbags and changes them over regularly, depending on my mood and outfit, this is a sparkly ‘must have’ for you.

A handy bag which you pop all your bits and bobs into and then just lift in and out of any handbag or purse you choose to use that day! Saves time and losing things. And even more so at holiday time

   
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About Kay

Known as the Savvy & Influential Communication Expert for Ambitious Women in Business, Kay mentors and coaches professional women who want to attract promotion, recognition and rewards at work without feeling they have to ‘sell their soul’.

Running her own multiple 6-figure coaching & mentoring business for over 10 years, Kay shows her clients, who are corporate career women at all different stages of their careers, how to naturally attract more income and opportunity while being true to themselves.

Kay’s clients learn how to present themselves most effectively at work and to combine strategic, planned career move-making steps with influencing skills. She also teaches compelling and assertive language and powerful mindsets around, for example, money, ambition and worthiness. She draws on her own 20+ years corporate career in the male-dominated world of London insurance broking. Kay started her career at 18 as a Secretary and left as a Director, having also worked for the company in Paris, to start her own coaching business. Some of her ex-colleagues have become clients and Kay still speaks French – now more enthusiastically than fluently.

Comfortable on her feet, Kay regularly hosts Live Events (for 5 years, her annual 3-Day Live Event – Show Up; Sparkle & Be Heard LIVE – has shown corporate career women how to attract promotion, recognition and rewards, all without selling their souls). Stay tuned for news about a suite of Day of Magic Experience Events for 2018.

Kay is author of the Number 1 Best-Seller “The A to Z of Being Understood” and you can connect and find out more from Kay at: www.kaywhite.com

Living close to London with rescue sighthounds, Jeffrey, Pharaoh & DeeDee, much of Kay’s inspiration comes from walking ‘the hounds’ as she calls them – whatever the UK weather – early in the mornings in the local countryside.

Kay’s husband says she’s the Pack Leader and he knows he’s part of the pack.

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