How to Get Unstuck with a Pen!

Posted on July 6th, 2015 by

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“Writing is the best way to talk without being interrupted

That quote from Jules Renard heads up on of the chapters in my audio Speak Up course. It works on many levels.

In the Speak Up course I use it as an introduction to the chapter on helping women overcome the interruptions of men at work.

In coaching I sometimes use it to help women work out what they are looking for from life.

Try this writing exercise

Pick up a pen and write for a timed 10 minutes. Write anything. Keep writing for the full ten minutes, don’t stop. Pure stream of consciousness, don’t censor or judge yourself.

Read it through, without using your judging filter.

Put the pen down and take a short break.

Then pick up your pen and write for a further 5 minutes in response to what you wrote before. Yes, it is talking to yourself but don’t worry about it. You are a great person to talk to! ;>)

Make a note of any thoughts you’ve had. This can be a good exercise to try when ‘stuckness’ strikes. Any sort of ‘stuckness’, work or home.  Try it and let me know how you get on. Happy writing!

Inspirational Women – Bev James

Posted on July 3rd, 2015 by

I heard Bev James speak at an event a few weeks back and instantly warmed to her. I thought you’d enjoy her story, too, so I was really pleased when we managed to get together for an interview. She wears a lot of hats so I’ll let her describe what she does. Suffice to say, she’s a woman who follows her dreams and helps others do that too! Jane: Bev, you’re involved in several successful businesses; how do you describe

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Women, Don’t Make This Common Mistake (2)

Posted on July 1st, 2015 by

Do you give away your power without even realising it? Many of us do, particularly when working in a mainly male environment. The language we unwittingly use can weaken us in the eyes of male colleagues and bosses. So they see us as less powerful than we really are. Our way of talking is not like theirs (men’s) so is viewed as less important. That doesn’t mean we should simply ape male behaviour. Definitely not. It does mean we should

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One Fact Every Woman Needs to Know

Posted on June 29th, 2015 by

“I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.” – Virginia Woolf Researched fact: Women undersell themselves at interviews, men oversell. Women attribute success to others in the team. Men feel comfortable taking the credit themselves. If you’re competing with a man for a job this places you at a distinct disadvantage. It’s important to know your own worth and be comfortable sharing it with it others. “It’s no good

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Women in Business – Top Tips from Zita Alves

Posted on June 26th, 2015 by

This week I’d like to introduce you to Zita Alves. Looking at her it’s hard to believe but she was once over weight, unfit and unhappy in her work.  She has made a career out of her passion for fitness, and my aching limbs can attest to the fact! Here is Zita’s story: I help busy men and women (especially the over 40’s) to feel healthier, fitter and happier through a holistic approach via 1-1 personal training and group outdoor

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How to Talk to the Opposite Sex!

Posted on June 24th, 2015 by

Businesswoman at work after important meeting where she felt ignored: “I am so fed up. None of my ideas at work are ever taken seriously. I want to leave.” Businessman at work, after an important meeting where he did not feel ignored but was irritated: ” I don’t understand why she had to ask so many questions. It’s as if she doesn’t agree with what I’m doing all the time. It makes everything take longer.” Fact: men and women have

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