Selling Yourself – Communication Clarity
Telescope giving clarity to a picture

Does the question “what are your strengths and weaknesses?” send shivers down your spine?  In interview and networking situations, selling yourself is important. You need to be able to communicate your skills and expertise clearly.  You may not get this exact question, but articulating how your particular skillset will add value is likely to come […]

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Realising Your Strength – Part 2

After writing my blog last year about yoga, practicing a skill and realising your strengths, I decided to see what I could do about my lack of knowledge of how to headstand.  At the time I’d been regularly practicing yoga for over a year, but at that time had put headstands in the “too hard” […]

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Reflections on 2020

2020 wasn’t the year anyone was expecting.  It was certainly an interesting time to pivot career.  In some ways though, perhaps it was the perfect time.  If ever there was a time to undertake a lot of learning, the year in which I had a lot more time on my hands with the removal of […]

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Leaving your comfort zone (in a safe way)

Both introverts and extroverts have comfort zones, they’re just different.  When introverts are asked to leave their comfort zone, it is to do something that comes more naturally to extroverts; for example attending large, crowded, noisy networking events.  Similarly yet conversely, extroverts probably find it difficult to sit still and concentrate in detailed meetings for […]

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Speaking up

I often hear from friends and colleagues of pointless meetings, uninspiring leaders and frustrating relationships (something I’ve blogged about before).  I believe they tell me about these things because they know of my love of governance and especially Roberts Rules of Order in running an effective meeting. Plus public speaking is a passion and now […]

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Memory skills : skills memory

Just before I started to learn the piano in 2018 (a life-long goal), I picked up my flute for the first time in more than 15 years to try to remind myself how to read music.  I found that the ability to play some pieces came back far quicker than I had anticipated.  Knowing how […]

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Subtle soft skills

In my time as a member of voluntary organisations, I’ve learnt a lot.  Some of those things are more tangible than others.  Public speaking, debating, chairing meetings, facilitating workshops and writing blogs are amongst those skills which I can readily identify and have put into practice in my career in various ways.  But there are […]

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Appreciating your natural talents

Putting together an application for a non-executive director role recently, I was asked to demonstrate examples of when I’d used “strategic thinking”.  I do love a personality test and have done quite a number over the years.  In determining what might be next for me career-wise, I reviewed all my results for strengths, weakness and […]

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Practice Makes…Proficient

I am a perfectionist, there is no way of getting around that.  It’s in my nature and if not managed, it can hold me back from moving forwards, due to a need for everything to be just right before finalising a report, making a decision, putting something new out there. Contrast this with learning, which […]

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