Why speaking up is so hard – And what you can do about it.

‘I find myself in meetings becoming conscious that I haven’t said anything. I know what I want to say but then a male colleague will utter what I was thinking and I miss my chance’ Lily confided in me during a coaching consultation. She was feeling frustrated with herself and I knew just how she felt.

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Nervous about meeting influential people? Try this.

As I’m preparing to go to a new networking event in the City I’m feeling daunted; this group is for senior executive women and entrepreneurs who are serious about their personal development. Whilst I recognise that I have been on a major development journey since taking the leap to become self-employed, this event is further outside my comfort zone than I’m used to and so my gremlins of fear and doubt are rousing.

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Being Bold: The Truth About Confidence

Being Bold: The Truth About Confidence As it is International Women’s Day today, with the theme of Be Bold For Change, celebrating the power of women to lead and succeed, I am mindful that what often stops us from boldly stepping up to advance our careers or[read_more text="Read more" title="Read more" url="https://essence-coaching.com/leadership/short-story-truth-confidence" align="left"]
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Three things you need to know to ease your transition to a new career role.

Three things you need to know to ease your transition to a new career role. It can be a blessed relief to start out in a new role after a period of frustration and uncertainty in your career. I understand what this feels like, as I write this[read_more text="Read more" title="Read more" url="https://essence-coaching.com/career-change/three-things-you-need-to-know-to-ease-your-transition-to-a-new-career-role" align="left"]
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The real reason we fear we are not good enough

My heart was pounding as I pressed ‘send’ on the email. My thoughts were racing: ‘What if I come across as impertinent? Who am I to think that I can really do this? Will I really be taken seriously?’ or worse ‘What if I am taken seriously

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Challenged by returning to work after a maternity career break? Try this.

‘I don’t think I’ve got any skills to offer, I’m frightened I’m not up to doing what I did before I had my family’ Sarah said to me in a consultation. Prior to having her family Sarah had been a marketing manager used to working at a

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Don’t want to be labelled as “just a mum”? Here’s a refreshing alternative

‘What do you do with your day then?’ Rachel was once asked by an ex-colleague, a fellow mum who had made a different choice to return to work after having her children. Rachel felt intimidated and belittled by this question, the unsaid assumption being ‘not a lot’.

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