Speak Up – for women who want to get ahead

Speak-Up Pic from Rosie


Speak Up is a one day course for women who want to get ahead at work.

Masses of research has shown us the obstacles women face when pursuing promotion – men interrupting women, unconscious bias at play, imposter syndrome, women’s voices not being heard, male management styles being rewarded, unequal pay, very few senior women to have as role models or mentors, and so on. The list is quite long.

Well, I have looked at this research, particularly the research into language and communication styles, and Speak Up is the result. To be clear, in no way is this an anti-male course. It’s pro women and that is something very different. It’s pro you and your career. It is a course designed to look at some of those obstacles facing you in your career advancement and devising practical, workable strategies to help you overcome them. You’ll leave with a practical plan of action to follow and a coaching session with me booked.  There is no formulaic response – It’s all about you.

Who is Speak Up Suitable For?

  • Any woman who wants to think seriously about her career and how to get ahead.
  • Any woman who wants to understand more about some of the gender dynamics at play and how this may be impacting on her.
  • Any woman in an organisation with a commitment to gender equality who wants to learn more and take full advantage of what is on offer.
  • Having attended a RenewYou course is not necessary as this is a stand alone course, but it is a great follow up if you are a RenewYou graduate.

What Will You Get From Speak Up?

  • One whole day away from the hurly burly of the office to think about your career or business.
  • The opportunity to network with like minded women.
  • Access to some of the latest research on gender, tailored to helping you plan for success (this is not a whinge session, it’s practical and helpful.
  • An understanding of how to communicate more effectively.
  • Access to an audio download version of Speak Up with exercises to refresh and renew your motivation.
  • A follow up one to one coaching session with me.

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.

If you’d like to discuss whether this is suitable for you, or your organisation, please email me and we’ll arrange to talk, no obligation: jane at changing people.co.uk.

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

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. Women attending the course will get access to this included as part of their day.

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