Your best party conference ever!

All entries, Confidence, Networking
(This article has been inspired by the excellent work of Women in Public Affairs and their upcoming event on Wednesday 14th September with Elin de Zoete and Emily Walch, which I thoroughly recommend) Around this time of year, a common theme in coaching sessions is how clients can make the most out of party conferences. It’s a focus not only for my younger clients, but also those who are seasoned professionals, looking to review their approach after many years of the conference circuit. This exercise is designed to give you some room to think and to have the party conference experience you want. You’ll need pen and paper, and 10 to 20 minutes in a quiet spot. If you'd prefer to download the worksheet you can find it here. What does ‘good’ look…
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Big meeting next week? 6 tips for Boardroom Confidence

All entries, Confidence, Effective working
Confidence in the Boardroom - 6 things you can do today Nearly every practitioner, in-house or agency, has at some stage found it daunting to provide counsel face-to-face. Pressure to provide the "right" answer, nervousness, or a particularly difficult scenario, can inhibit us from speaking up when we should or, when we do, undermine the quality of advice given. A workshop on Boardroom Confidence in February 2016 will explore the subject more thoroughly but if you have a big meeting next week, here are six quick tips that could make the difference. 1. Be clear on your objectives Establish now what you want to achieve in the meeting: does a decision need to be reached, does someone need to be persuaded about a course of action, or maybe you just need to…
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