Advice for Women in Business? Put Your Shoes On…

Posted on June 14th, 2013 by

Shoes seem to be significant in my life recently, apart from pinching me on my recent treasure hunt around the streets of Edinburgh (hen party frolics). When I’m running seminars on confidence I often reference the actor Beryl Reid who said if she had the right shoes on for a part the rest came naturally to her, but she had to get the right shoes first. Start from the bottom and work up. Then I read an article from a

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I am a Strident, Militant Feminist

Posted on May 28th, 2013 by

I was listening to the radio over the week end and heard a comment about women that I agreed with. I can’t even remember what it was. It was such a basic, mundane, ‘bread and butter’ thing to me; probably something like women should enjoy equal representation in the world of work and the world of work needs to change to accommodate women’s needs as much as men’s. Something of that ilk, nothing to cause the horses to bolt, honestly.

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Career or Baby or Both?

Posted on April 10th, 2013 by

Are you a woman with a new baby? Planning on having a baby in the next few years? I need you, please! I’ve been asking a few questions recently on Twitter using the hash tag #womencareerbaby (@JaneCWoods if you’d like to join in) .  I am writing on that topic – and I want to know what you think! It is a thorny question and one I haven’t yet given much space to on this blog. That is about to

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Women, Lose the Guilt!

Posted on April 4th, 2013 by

“Show me a woman who doesn’t feel guilty and I’ll show you a man” Erica Jong Now I’m not saying that men don’t feel guilt, I’m sure they do, but having worked with women now for decades I know that we women do! Tell me now, what presses your guilt button, tick all that apply: Working outside the home with kids? Not working outside the home with kids? Not staying late at work? Staying late at work? Not taking the

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Do It, Go On, Just Do It. Now!

Posted on April 2nd, 2013 by

I did something recently I’ve been meaning to do for ages but somehow I kept not doing it. I’m not sure why I kept putting it off because each time I got that niggling, irritated feeling I knew I had to do something about it. But the time never seemed right. Too many people around, or no equipment, or I couldn’t get to where I needed to get, or I just plain forgot once the irritation had stopped. I’m not

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Three Tips for Growing Older in Style

Posted on March 6th, 2013 by

Getting old is good for you! I’ve just been asked by a journalist for the Hearst group if I would offer some advice about getting older to women 40 plus. Here’s what I  told her: ONE:  Never ever put yourself down for being older. Banish from your vocabulary and thinking words such as ‘It’s my age’ or ‘In my day’. These can have an insidious effect and make you feel older than you are. It’s still your day all the

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