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How to grab audience attention!

I went to a Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce, Women in Business lunch recently with a great speaker, Helen Webb. She is a former MD of lastminute.com. Her brief for after lunch speaking slot (never the easiest!) was to tell us about herself and share some of her insights and advice. Despite her high profile, like […]

Communication, public speaking, women,
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How to deal with the Likeability Bias – Make female characteristics a strength!

Let’s face it, the vast majority of MPs are men (as are the leaders of FTSE 100 companies), so perhaps not surprising that the cultural and social paradigms are still strong and, in that context, that male qualities and leadership qualities are seen as synonymous. Traditionally female characteristics of compassion, caring, collaboration and empathy, can […]

politics, women,
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How to deal with the Likeability Bias – Call it out

Call it out! When dealing with a Likeability bias situation, there is an approach that advocates naming the elephant in the room and talking about it! The problem is the elephant is not always obvious to many in the room. Many electors and selectors will not be aware of their own prescriptive bias. They will […]

politics, women,
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Women, politics and Likeability

Women aspiring to political office face a significant barrier to success. Well perhaps they face many, but I’m not talking about balancing family responsibilities, childcare, elderly care or domestic responsibilities. The big issue is the L word, the Likeability factor. To be selected or elected you have to be likeable. That much is obvious. As […]

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Women getting selected and elected – The context

Why you need to be liked! Likeability, the key to success for speaking, influencing and communicating. What all good salespeople know is that people buy on emotion and justify on reason. That is true of “buying” a person as well as a product. This sales adage may have initially come from folk wisdom and sales […]

politics, women,
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Watch Out Words!

Watch out Words–It’s fair enough. We all have our little vocal tics, words that are our ‘go to’ words, words we habitually pepper our speech with and often use to pad out what we say when we’re unsure or nervous when we’re talking about something. It’s important to be aware of and watch out for […]

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Making conference presentations – Love them or Loathe them??

Is it a great time to refocus and set direction, to inspire and be inspired ? Or do you just dread it? Dread being required to get up on your hind legs and make the standard issue presentations? Dread the bored audiences, the PowerPoint mountain you’ll be asked to produce? Worst of all, do you […]

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Is Glossophobia stopping you speaking out?

Are you someone who, at the mention of speaking in public, comes out in a cold sweat wanting to hide in the furthest corner of the room? If so, don’t worry! You are not alone. It’s very common. So common in fact there’s a word for it; Glossophobia. (Greek; glōssa, meaning tongue and phobos, fear or dread.) You […]

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The power of public speaking

The Dancing Queen! What a difference a year makes – Key learnings from Theresa May! If you ever doubted the power of public speaking surely the recent PM’s conference speech will have put you straight. Speaking matters. It’s why Churchill became PM and not Lord Halifax, Kennedy beat Nixon, why David Cameron, as a relative […]

leadership, politics, public speaking, women,
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Politics – Why don’t women run??

Why aren’t there more women in politics? There has been a lot of discussion and focus in the media about this recently. Not surprising really, given that 100 years on from women getting the vote, women still make up only 32 % of all MPs and about the same % of local councillors. In the […]

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Women, Power, Presence and Presentation

How to grab audience attention!

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How to grab audience attention!

How to grab audience attention!

I went to a Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce, Women in Business lunch recently with a great...

17 Sep 2019
How to deal with the Likeability Bias – Make female characteristics a strength!

How to deal with the Likeability Bias – Make female characteristics a strength!

Let’s face it, the vast majority of MPs are men (as are the leaders of FTSE...

16 Sep 2019