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Black lives matter, but what should change?

As someone from the business world writing about women being heard it made me think. The protests that have been peaceful have been amazing in raising awareness and because of it, so many people are saying yes, we must change but beyond posting pronouncements what can people actually do? What can you do? Practically? Day to […]

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Remote working and presentation skills

All businesses are being shaken by the impact of the global coronavirus. The travel bans, meeting bans, quarantine and lock downs that have been happening worldwide are necessary but are not helpful to business progress. However, the good news is that we have the technology to be able to adapt. We may not be able […]

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Speaking Through the Storm – Handling challenging speaking situations

About 10 years ago I attended a political meeting. It made me think of what it must have been like attending a bear baiting contest in Tudor times. It seemed full of railing, ranting and raging people, screeching at the chair of their local party organisation. Essentially there was a conflict over whether or not […]

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Imposter Syndrome – what it is and how to overcome

The Imposter Syndrome You’re about to deliver a speech. In the lead up to delivering your speech or presentation have you ever felt any of the following:- What am I doing here? I am way out of my depth I don’t deserve to be here They already know what I know; I’m going to embarrass […]

Communication, imposter syndrome, public speaking, women,
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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Women, Power, Presence and Presentation

Black lives matter, but what should change?

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Black lives matter, but what should change?

Black lives matter, but what should change?

As someone from the business world writing about women being heard it made me think. The...

19 Jun 2020
Remote working and presentation skills

Remote working and presentation skills

All businesses are being shaken by the impact of the global coronavirus. The travel bans, meeting...

16 Mar 2020