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The 3 A’s Of Confidence Building

The issue of women’s confidence at work has had so much discussion in the last few  years.   For example an American report in 2014 said that when women start working for a company, although 43% aspire to be in senior management, only 27% think they have the confidence to do so. After 2 years…

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4 Secrets To Taking Criticism Confidently

What’s your childhood experience of taking criticism?       Think back, do any of these sound like situations you were criticised in?   Shouted at for breaking something or making a mess Laughed at for not ‘being cool’ or not achieving at school Labelled on your school report as lazy or disruptive Undermined for your…

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What’s Your Communication Style? – Aggressive Anna, Doormat Dawn or Manipulative Mary?

  When a client says “I need help with being more assertive” I’m always interested to find out about their current communication style.   Because what I’ve found is that we generally fall into one of four different communication behaviours.   I’ve given each communication style a descriptive name – which one/s do you resonate with?…

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5 steps To Avoid Being A Conflict Avoider!

Does the word conflict make you feel immediately uncomfortable? Would you do anything to shut down or change a conversation if there was a disagreement?   That’s a normal reaction because fighting isn’t fun. It’s stressful and it can affect your important relationships. However, in many situations at work or with friends it can be a…

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The Power of “I Am…”

“I am”, these two very simple words have the power to impact on you and your confidence.     Whenever you use the words “I am..” or ‘I’m not…” you are labelling yourself. We love to label ourselves, others and things as it gives us clarity in a confusing world.   Be careful though, that…

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How And Why To Invest In Yourself

To invest in yourself is one of the best returns on investments you can have. Whether it’s investing in learning a new skill, developing yourself personally or professionally, tapping into your creativity or hiring a coach, you need to give to yourself first before you can give to others.     Investing in yourself is…

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What If Confidence Isn’t The Problem?

  What If Confidence Isn’t The Problem?   That may sound a strange comment coming from a confidence coach. But imagine,  if it wasn’t that you lacked confidence it was just that you thought you did.   Sounds confusing I know. What I actually mean is, it isn’t the situation that makes us lack confidence it’s…