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A guide to thriving when working virtually

When he was seven, my youngest son turned to me and said, apropos of nothing, “Mum, you’re not a big deal.” I was no stranger to his unsolicited feedback (Me: “I’d like to write a book.” Him, “You could call it, ‘How to stress out your children”) and I had recently returned from an “Overcoming low self-esteem when everyone hates …

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A Seasonal Guide to Acing your next Credentials Meeting

One of my pleasures in life (I don’t do guilt) is to settle back on a weekend morning and read the papers. I am sufficiently old school in that they are physical papers rather than images on my smartphone.  I like to see the full spread in front of me rather than scroll through, plus, to my knowledge, no one …

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Hello. My name is………….

As a child, I wanted to be a number of things, ‘when I grew up.’ A farmer (until I found out you had to get up early EVERY DAY), an artist (a distinct lack of talent put paid to that) and a spy (can’t confirm if that happened or not). Fast forward a few decades and I recently overheard my …

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5 Tips for Impact & Influence

My first gainful employment was at the Rose & Crown pub. I spent the summer liberally garnishing sandwiches with cress.  Every experience is a learning opportunity.  I learned that no one likes cress. As the opportunities for sandwich garnishing dried up like Mother’s Pride left out in the sun, I turned my attention to the corporate world.  Fast forward to …

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Every duck has its day

Pitching is fast, frenetic and unforgiving. It’s not for the faint-hearted. It’s also exciting, adrenaline-pumping, physically and intellectually demanding. It is not open to reason. You’re either up for it or out of it. Win a new client as a result of a pitch and the crowd goes wild. Out comes the Champagne, bells are rung (literally in some agencies, …

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A TALE OF TWO SALARIES

  As a woman, I feel uniquely qualified to share my thoughts on what it is like to be a woman, on this, the International Day of Women. For if the last few months have taught us anything, it is that we all have a story to tell. Even if your story, like mine, is that you’re white, middle class, …