6 Tips to help you stay on top of your game in Business

How to stay on top of your game Many people in Business, especially start up’s are under the impression that you need to work 24/7 thats not the case unless you want to drive yourself into the ground. So here’s a few tips to keep you fresh, sharp and on top of your game 1.Make sure you work when you are in mental work mode, for instance my peak time is early morning and early evening, I get more done then than in the 9am – 5pm fashion! Although having said that Inspiration pops up at unexpected times when I
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7 of my secrets to being a successful Woman in Business

Having been a woman in Business for over 3 decades I have seen, heard and experienced many changes over the years. Fortunutly unlike some women in business, I have never really found there to be any problem in dealing with male colleagues, quite the opposite actually, they have in the main been most respectful, although I do remember a couple of sexual harassments from a couple of dickheads (am I allowed to say that!) many years ago which was uncomfortable to say the least but dealt with it head on.  Being a woman in Business is not always easy but
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Women In Business can be successful

The world is full of strong, ambitious, committed, and dedicated women in Business. Some want to conquer it while others just want a better future for their loved ones and rightly so. In the business world women have become successful bosses; running their own companies or leading major ones.  For example  if you look at the early centuries, women have made their way to the top changing the world with their leadership qualities. Look at Katharine Graham; she became the first female CEO of the Washington Post in 1972, a 500 fortune company. Her legacy is an inspiration to women in
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How to ask effectively

How many times have you wanted to ask someone for something but to afraid to ask incase you dont ask effectively? Most people have an in built fear of hearing the word NO. My Father always used to tell me “if you don’t ask you don’t get”. How true this is. You would be amazed at the reaction you will get by straight forward asking for exactly what you want. Ask exactly but in a nice way so there is no confusion to how it can be interpreted. The person being asked must be under no doubt of what you
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Our Leaders of the Future – lacking soft skills

Hello everyone, hope you are enjoying this wonderful summer. The long holidays for the young folk are already here for some and about to start for others. Just thinking about our leaders of the future as it’s such an important time for them. Lately, I have been working with quite a few 6th formers who are preparing to take the next step in their future, be that onto Uni or out into the work place. It always amazes me how most are so un prepared at this stage, they are either looking forward to a long lazy holiday or maybe
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7 ways to increase your confidence

It never stops to amaze me when I am talking to company directors, CEO’s, HR folks through to the person on the shop floor how lacking in confidence they can be. The higher up in a business a person is the more they try to hide it and suffer in silence, true what they say – it can be lonely at the top! There are so many people suffering in silence from lack of confidence, you would be surprised, in fact what seems to you to be the most confidence person can really be quaking in their boots at times!
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Dealing with the unexpected

Walking along a beach in Barra Scotland recently I came upon an unexpected scene! These cows were quite happily standing on the beach minding their own business, having clearly escaped from an a joining field where the fence was down. It made me think about how we deal with things when we come across unexpected situations, which can take us by surprise! Do you find the unexpected throws you into a panic or are do you deal with situations calmly? Meanwhile…The big black heavily muscled bull was approaching over the fence onto the beach and I can tell you I
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Youngsters suffering with Exam Nerves and Anxiety

Are your Young folks suffering with Exam Nerves and Anxiety?  Unfortunately our modern day lifestyles pile pressure on to our children from such a young age with ‘Learning Journals’ from the age of 2.5 documenting every tiny development to ensure that they are ‘on track’, to exams and assessments from the age of 6. Such situations can increase anxiety in a child, however well rounded they may appear to be.  A developing lack of confidence could come from a 7 year old receiving a lower grade then their best friend, to a GCSE student feeling under pressure to study
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Are you getting a good nights sleep?

Are you getting a good nights sleep or laying awake looking at the ceiling? I wrote this a few years ago but some things don’t change so thought it worth a re visit! Many business people I have spoken to have reported not getting a good nights sleep as one of their top problems. We all know what its like having to concentrating the next day at work and finding it really hard due to being tired. How different it feels to wake refreshed and ready to hit the ground running after a good nights sleep. Sleep problems are often caused by
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4 Secret Steps to finding true happiness

4 Secret Steps to finding true happiness Isn’t it strange how we all crave to be happiness and are all happier when we have a label attached to us, be that Mum, Dad, CEO, Bank manager, shop assistant etc? Some people wander through life not feeling happy, knowing where to belong, never finding true happiness and fulfilment – that’s what it’s all about – knowing where to belong and what will make you happy and fulfilled in life. Following your own values in life is so important. Many people that I have coached over the decades have never reached their full potential
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7 ways to Increase your Confidence

It never stops to amaze me when I am in Exeter Devon and Bristol talking to company directors, CEO’s, HR folks through to the person on the shop floor how lacking in confidence they can be. The higher up in a business a person is the more they try to hide their lack of confidence and suffer in silence, true what they say – it can be lonely at the top! There are so many people suffering in silence from lack of confidence, you would be surprised, in fact what seems to you to be the most confidence person can
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Sick and tired of not getting a good nights sleep?

Many business people I have spoken to recently here in Exeter Devon  have reported not getting a good nights sleep and having sleep problems as one of their top concerns. We all know what its like having to concentrating the next day at work and finding it really hard due to being tired. How different it feels to wake refreshed and ready to hit the ground running after a good nights sleep. Sleep problems are often caused by anxiety and stress related issues they can be viewed as bad habits and, like all bad habits, can be unlearned and replaced with
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Stress related issues in the workplace?

 Did you know that stress has become a not-so silent epidemic and is slowly draining businesses financially around the world? According to one study in America it affects around thirty million workers a year costing their employers $15,000 per year, per affected employee!  In 2002 the European Survey of Working Conditions showed that the annual EU cost related to absenteeism due to work place stress was £20,000 million… [https://osha.europa.eu/en/tools-and publications/publications/reports/TE-81-08-478-EN-C_OSH_in_figures_stress_at_work] In a study performed every five years by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions it was documented as being second in line for the ‘crown’
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Freedom and financial independence

Ha – so you thought being self employed would give you more freedom and financial independence! However in reality you have lack of freedom and work/life balance to cope with, possibly feeling guilty having to juggle home life and work, having the mortgage to pay, child care to juggle, sleepless nights & worrying about employees, not to mention that presentation you are quaking in your boots about! Well the good news is that I am here to help, showing you how have to have a healthy work/life balance, have time to spend with your friends and family at the same
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Workplace problems can have devistating effects on your business

We all want and need our staff to perform well and feel 100% committed to their work, to have a great attendance rate and see spot on timekeeping, making a positive contribution to the company. However I am sure you know, at some point every business is likely to come across frustrating problems which can hold up business production – putting a spanner in the works, which could be related to: ☐ Staff/team issues ☐ Constant sickness leave ☐ Sloppy time keeping ☐ lack of motivation – not delivering on time ☐ A new promotion/manager/leader needing guidance ☐ Low self
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It’s not all about work!

Are you hearing the words from family and friends “its not all about work you know?” I see so many people on my training courses in Exeter Devon that are bogged down with work and stress that they have forgotten about the outside world and how to enjoy life. Its really important to take time out for you, your family and loved ones, let them know its not all about work -they are important too! Make time for them and let them see they are important, take time to listen to what they have to say and get involved in
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Seven steps to control Stress and Anxiety

Loss of productivity can cost any sized company dearly if their employees are stressed and suffering anxiety problems. Here are seven ways out of the many that we teach a variety of successful clients hope W house us to keep their employees mentally balanced and happy. Hope you find some of these useful. To book onto our day course covering these snd many more skills book here Step 1. Mindfulness. Sit/lay quietly and just reflect without analysing and take your time to: Listen – What you can hear, the sounds around you inside and outside, just accept them and let
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Do you say what you mean?

Here’s a true story with an Important moral behind it. A little girl at primary school wrote what she thought was a lovely little story with a pretty picture of a house with a garden and the sun shinning. She took great care colouring it all I beautifully. She sat back and looked at her work feeling extremely proud then took it to show the teacher, expecting a gold star. The teacher looked at the little girls work and said, “it’s wrong” the little girl went back to her desk and rubbed out what she thought the teacher might be
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Are you feeling stressed?

Stress causes under-performance at work – leading to less productivity. Relationship and health problems can result in prolonged stress which can be a killer. Are your key team players underperforming because of stress? Remember that your statutory responsibility for your employees’ health and safety includes safeguarding them from under stress. Lowering stress increases productivity and effectiveness, and reduces the number of working days lost to sickness. How can we help you? By Inviting us into work place so we can spend an hour with you/your employees providing relaxation, using our well trusted techniques – which can be applied in a
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Lack of management skills is harming small firms according to BIP.

They say that the performance of small and medium-sized firms is being impeded by a lack of leadership and management skills. According to research by Warwick Business School. Based on a survey of 2,500 firms in England with between five and 250 staff, the research examined links between management skills and practices, and their relationship with key measures of business performance. Among their findings, researchers discovered that firms with more highly skilled managers and good people management practices benefitted from higher turnover and better rates of employment growth and productivity. The report concludes that underdeveloped leadership and management skills and
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