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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Ready to release your potential but daunted by the challenge?

As the New Year beds in and we take stock of our lives, we start to wonder if we want a repeat of the year just gone or if we want something different. If you have the back to work blues or can’t face another year of

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The Three Most Common Career Change Myths

‘I’ve always been envious of people who seem know exactly what career they want to do and go out there and make it happen’ Fiona said to me in a coaching session. Whilst it’s true that some people are naturally drawn to a certain path from a

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Stuck in ‘Analysis Paralysis’? Three ways to make confident career decisions

‘I really want to find the right career path for me but I just can’t decide what to do. I come up with lots of ideas but then keep thinking of all the reasons why not to do them; the impact on my family – what if

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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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