Hey, are you talking my language?

Have you ever had problems getting someone to understand what you are trying to get across? You know that kind of stare they give you as if you’re off the planet? Well, if you are not using their preferred language patterns you may as well be talking double Dutch. This reminds me of when I was in Spain with my young family many years ago. I ordered us what I thought was baked beans on toast, but when our plate arrived we had broad beans and fried eggs! Hmmm, my Spanish is not as good as I thought! Sorry, I
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The return to school

I can nearly hear the sigh of relief from some parents as their little darlings are returning to school or college after the lovely long hot summer holidays! Whilst it may be a relief for parents it can be quite a stressful time for some youngsters.  May be they are moving up to a new class/year or just starting or changing school.  These stresses and anxieties if not treated fast can turn into full blown phobias and come out in all sorts of different ways. Sometimes these can be very subtle and you may not notice for a while but
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Women in Business – Hats off to you

Hats off to all the women in business where we have become successful at running our own companies! If you look back in the earlier centuries, you can see that women have made their way to the top changing the world with their amazing leadership qualities, very often behind the scenes. Lets face it ladies it’s not easy for women in business in a leadership role, the pressure can be pretty extreme at times, we have lots of hats to wear and plates constantly spinning in the air!  In many developing countries, we can see an increase in women owning
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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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