Speak Up! (Aka, Make your voice heard at work.)

Leadership Training for Women…with a difference

Update: I’ve had so many requests from individual women who would like some support in this area that I have devised a downloadable version of Speak Up. You will be able to work through some of the exercises at your own pace, using the audio downloads with the added bonus of a relaxing visualisation.  You can download it from the shop and get started immediately. Click here to hear more.

Speak-Up Pic from Rosie smallerDo you want your organisation to be a leader in gender equality and reap the benefits that brings?

You need to start with the women and talent you already have. Equalities training can be time consuming and expensive but with Speak Up you can license all your in-house trainers to run this one day course for every woman in your organisation. It naturally lends itself as a precursor to other initiatives within your business and it takes just one day. The effect, however, lasts for much longer.

Every forward thinking business and organisation knows that having a better balance at the top, increased diversity, leads to better decision making and higher profits. The case has been conclusively made. A day on Speak Up will give you a motivated group of women ready and willing to help grow your business and meet your gender targets.

What is the Speak Up course about?
The course addresses the issues raised by the Institute of Leadership and Management’s report, namely:

  • Low ambitions and expectations
  • Lack of self belief and confidence
  • A cautious approach to pursuing career opportunities
  • A less than straightforward career path

In particular, Speak Up looks at the research on how men and women communicate in the boardroom and at work generally, and what that means for different leadership styles. Plus, we take a look at attitudes to risk, (we have an interesting exercise from one of the top women in finance, Sarah Pennells, ex BBC), how people get promoted within your organisation or specialist area, and how one can effectively raise your profile and be ready for top jobs. Speak Up is also a useful addition to academic institutions looking to achieve the Athena Swan charter mark and can be adapted to suit individual requirements.

Let’s be clear, this is not about being anti male, nor is it about ‘blaming’ the women.  It’s about understanding and more effective communication. The premise is that everyone gains when what women bring to the workplace is recognised and valued and there is a wealth of research to substantiate this. We know that generally speaking women’s contributions aren’t always heard and this one day course sets out to give you the means of changing that. It’s a clear logical examination of some of the differences that exist between genders with techniques and exercises to assist women to overcome ‘obstacles’ in a practical, inspirational way. It is particularly suitable for women in management positions, and those aspiring to senior managment.

L&D Departments: Speak Up is available on licence to businesses. Ring the office on 01761438749 or email  for more information. We can train members of your L&D team to deliver this course across your network, or alternatively deliver it for you, as well as providing ongoing support and updates.

All participants receive the audio download as a refresher to keep them motivated and energised, and interviews from women as diverse as academic Prof Mary Beard, TV presenter Sarah Beeny, and political journalist Jackie Ashley. Participating organisations receive regular updates on relevant issues as well as support & coaching to individual training departments throughout the term of the licence.

Here’s a comment from one participant who subsequently went on to become CEO of her company. When she arrived on Speak up she was almost ready to give it all up.

Praise for Speak Up from Penni Brown, CEO The Hica Group

I attended a Speak Up course with Jane a few years ago. A friend persuaded me to go and I have to admit I was a bit sceptical. I was lacking direction and had begun to feel I’d gone as far I could in my role; I didn’t believe a course could make any difference.

Well, I was wrong. I felt really energised and enthused by the day. It helped me look at my career in a different light & I invested in some coaching with Jane, (at that point I was even thinking I might take early retirement). I am now the CEO of my company, HICA, and although I had the skills, the course and Jane gave me renewed confidence in myself to really go for it. I believe so strongly in the Speak Up course that I joined the Changing People Advisory Board to help spread the word to as many women as possible. The Speak Up experience really helped me develop my career and I wholeheartedly recommend it to you.

The Speak Up logo was especially designed by Rosie Harbottle for Changing People.

 

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