Each time I post details of a new course for professional women, either leadership courses for women or personal development type courses, I get several phone calls from women who are thinking of attending but have a few questions.
I am assuming that there are other women out there who have some of the same questions but for various reasons don’t get around to asking them. So, here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about my courses for professional women.
Your Questions – My Answers Women’s Courses
- Will I have to do role play?
This must be the most frequently asked question ever! The answer is a resounding no, never ever. Role play is rarely helpful, I find, unless you want to improve your dramatic skills. I am not in the business of making women feel uncomfortable so we can get to the ‘issues’. Poppycock.
However, there is plenty of evidence that sharing issues, concerns, ideas etc can have a very positive effect on lessening our stress levels and strengthening our commitment to make positive life changes. So I have built those opportunities into my women’s courses. But it’s private, discrete and you are always in control of what you choose to share with others. There are no compulsory soul baring sessions!
- I am a professional woman but I may want to share issues I’d rather keep private from work
Of course, that’s part of furthering your personal development. I have a very strict confidentiality clause and to my knowledge no one has ever transgressed it. Unless you openly talk about it, for example on Twitter or on Facebook or give me permission, I will not even acknowledge that we know each other in public (although I won’t ignore you if we bump into each other in the supermarket!) All potentially personal work take place in small groups with no large group sharing.
- Do we hug trees, or any equivalent of thereof?
I’m sorry to break this to you, but no. I seldom hug trees (I did faint against a large oak after a charity walk once but I don’t think that counts!). Although if you wanted to hug a tree mid course I wouldn’t stop you; I always try to choose venues with a lovely outside space or restful interiors (like the Royal Crescent Hotel, for Speak Up Bath pictured, or Alveston House in Bristol for RenewYou)!.
I am a very practical down to earth person. I use what works, what I can evidence through sound research and what I know has worked over the decades I’ve worked with women. I’m happy if you want to consult crystals, chakras, read books about secrets etc and I respect your views. But it isn’t what you get from me.
- What type of woman comes on your courses?
All types of women come on my courses! The range is enormous from age, location and profession. Most are working, usually at middle or higher management, or running their own businesses, with a strong desire to improve their working lives. Sometimes, women come after a particularly life changing event (redundancy, separation, illness) to take stock and think about ‘what next’.
It’s not always about work. In fact, women much more than men like to look holistically at their lives which is one reason I run women only courses; the issues are different.
Some women keen to progress and others are having an ‘is this what I really want?‘ moment and use a course like Renewyou to work through this issue. Without exception the women on my courses are supportive and helpful and gain as much from talking with each other as from me. That is one of the powerful advantages of working in a well run group. You can read a little more about that here.
Speak Up is aimed at professional women working out how best to work alongside men, and communicate effectively. It’s useful for women wanting to improve their leadership skills too!
- How big are your courses?
I do not run large over filled courses. When working in house within an organisation there may be an absolute maximum of 30, but never any larger. It depends on the course. For my own public courses, when I book the venue and handle the bookings personally, I rarely go above 12 women and sometimes as low as 6. That way everyone can be assured of some personal attention from me and an atmosphere that’s conducive to getting the most out of the day.
- Will it be all anti-men and rampant feminism?
No, definitely not, although I am a feminist but in my book wanting a more equal society for one half of the population doesn’t mean I want to put the other half down! I’m all for gender equality not gender supremacy, and we are not in the business of rubbishing men. You can read a bit more about that here I’m a feminist, want a fight?
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Posted on February 5th, 2012 by Jane