Speaking at the House of Commons: 6 tips for high stakes presenting

July 9, 2018

Late one Friday afternoon at the end of a busy week, just as I was thinking of wrapping up and pouring a glass of wine, the telephone rang. I was sorely tempted to ignore it, but some sixth sense kicked in and I decided to take just one last call. ‘Hello,’ I said, somewhat lacksadaisically.  […]

How to be more TED and less Tigger – How to Be the Best Speaker You Can Be

May 25, 2018

TED talks have become the gold standard for public speaking – powerful, touching and authentic. You’ve probably got a favourite talk – Brene Brown on The Power of Vulnerability or maybe Simon Sinek’s Start With Your Why? With TEDx events being run in every major city its now even easier to claim your 18 minutes of […]

Are you a “Rescuer”? When helping doesn’t help

April 16, 2018

Jane is a typical coaching client of mine – early 40s, middle management role and looking to progress to a senior role in the next couple of years. She has 3 kids and she’s the main family earner. Her team at work find her very supportive but her peers tell her she needs to push […]

Are you suffering from “Tiara Syndrome”?

March 26, 2018

Professional women negotiate every day and when negotiating for others – whether clients or team members –  research shows that women do just as well as men.  But when it comes to negotiating for ourselves, it’s a different story. A study by Carnegie Mellon University showed that 57% of men negotiated to improve the terms of […]

And what does your father do…?

February 14, 2018

Walking through the vast, opulent lobby of a global law firm in the City I was stopped in my tracks by a huge noticeboard entitled “Allen & Out”, encouraging staff to champion their LGBT colleagues. The firm were promoting LGBT awareness as part of a diversity and inclusion initiative. So what? You may ask. Why […]

From avoiding the limelight to being a guest on Desert Island Discs

February 6, 2018

My high profile interviewee this month is the inspirational change-maker Pinky Lilani CBE DL, who was a recent guest on BBC’s iconic interview programme Desert Island Discs.  Pinky is an Asian businesswoman, a Muslim, a champion of women and the founder of the Women of the Future Awards – this was definitely a woman I wanted […]

What fear do you want to overcome?

January 25, 2018

I love writing and it gives me huge pleasure when one of my newsletter readers tells me “I don’t read many newsletters but I always read yours”.  Sometimes they go on to say “You should write a book”.  At this point I freeze like a rabbit in the headlights and my internal critic says “You […]

High heels and hard hats

January 12, 2018

In recent months I’ve interviewed the CEO of Aston Martin and the Director of Sony Computer Games to find out what they are doing to champion women in their male-dominated sectors. I’m now putting the spotlight on the construction sector and had the pleasure of interviewing Gillian Charlesworth, Director of Regulatory and Corporate Affairs at […]

Are you your own harshest critic?

January 8, 2018

I remember when I was learning to be a mediator my mentor, Richard, gave me this advice: “You need to be your own harshest critic and your own best friend”. My immediate response to this was “I know how to be my own harshest critic!”  And at that point I realised I had no clue how to be my own […]

How singing in a choir can make you a better leader

December 21, 2017

I’ll never forget my choir’s first flash mob. I was sitting in an Italian restaurant on Valentine’s Day, surrounded by romantic couples, with a friend I had tricked into thinking he was just coming out for dinner. Little did he know that the opening bars of Love Shack were my cue to stand up and belt […]

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