56 episodes

A weekly podcast show for ambitious women about confidently balancing work and life. Sherry Bevan hosts Confident Conversations on career, confidence, leadership and life. A former Global Head of IT in a City law firm, Sherry now runs The Confident Mother, an independent coaching practice.

Confident Conversations Sherry Bevan

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A weekly podcast show for ambitious women about confidently balancing work and life. Sherry Bevan hosts Confident Conversations on career, confidence, leadership and life. A former Global Head of IT in a City law firm, Sherry now runs The Confident Mother, an independent coaching practice.

    How to decide whether you want a career or a business

    How to decide whether you want a career or a business

    Many women tell me that they just can't decide whether they want to go back to a career or start a business after maternity leave or a career break. 
    Only you can make the decision. Join me in today's episode to discover the pros and cons of a career vs business plus get some ideas on how to start a business.
    Mentioned on the show and other useful links Discover your Core Values with my free download Check out my Hell Yes Hell No activity here Find out about my 1 day Career Confidence masterclass (early bird giving you £100 off expires 29 March) Ask your questions or share your feedback Comment on the show notes Tweet me @SherryRB using #ConfidentConversations Get in touch with me directly here Subscribe, rate and review in iTunes > For more Confident Conversations connect with me On Twitter @SherryRB On LinkedIn Continue the conversation about career, confidence and leadership on The Confident Mother Facebook page Get career, confidence & leadership tips direct in your Inbox every week when you sign up to The Confidence Guide

    • 16 min
    How to delegate effectively in the workplace

    How to delegate effectively in the workplace

    When you delegate effectively and with confidence, it puts you in a better position to make a bigger impact in your career because:
    you and your team get better results you are more productive you are making the best use of the skills and experience available you demonstrate your leadership potential The art of delegation is in how to get people to do what you ask without being too controlling or too hesitant. 
    Listen to today's show for top tips on how to delegate effectively. 
    Mentioned on the show and other useful links How to be assertive not aggressive blog post  Find out about my 1 day Career Confidence masterclass (early bird expires 29 March) Ask your questions or share your feedback Comment on the show notes Tweet me @SherryRB using #ConfidentConversations Get in touch with me directly here Subscribe, rate and review in iTunes > For more Confident Conversations connect with me On Twitter @SherryRB On LinkedIn Continue the conversation about career, confidence and leadership on The Confident Mother Facebook page Get career, confidence & leadership tips direct in your Inbox every week when you sign up to The Confidence Guide

    • 10 min
    3 smart ways to be more assertive on LinkedIn

    3 smart ways to be more assertive on LinkedIn

    Often the smart ambitious women that I talk to every week are not being assertive enough on LinkedIn.
    This week my theme is about being more assertive in the workplace without getting labelled as aggressive. At the same time I don’t want you to be underestimated.
    When I work with my clients, whether one-to-one or in a group, I notice that women who present as confident and assertive in the workplace .... well their LinkedIn profile tells a different story. If you want to make a bigger impact and attract the right career opportunities you need to be more assertive on LinkedIn too.
    Discover 3 smart ways that you can be more assertive on LinkedIn:
    Maximise your LinkedIn profile summary to 'big yourself up' Focus on the more senior roles not the junior ones from the past Add more skills to your profile Mentioned on the show and other useful links LinkedIn's profile analysis and how women present themselves Join the waitlist for my free 10 Day LinkedIn Challenge to help you make a bigger impact Find out about my 1 day Career Confidence masterclass (early bird expires 29 March) Deborah Tannen's Talking 9 to 5 book Ask your questions or share your feedback Comment on the show notes Tweet me @SherryRB using #ConfidentConversations Get in touch with me directly here Subscribe, rate and review in iTunes > For more Confident Conversations connect with me On Twitter @SherryRB On LinkedIn Like The Confident Mother Facebook page Continue the conversation on career, confidence and leadership in my City Conversations Facebook group Get career, confidence & leadership tips direct in your Inbox every week when you sign up to The Confidence Guide

    • 18 min
    Interview skills: how to wow the interviewer

    Interview skills: how to wow the interviewer

     
    The last time I had a job interview I was a bag of nerves. And I know that's true for lots of my clients too, particularly if your last job interview was several years ago.
    That's why I'm delighted to pick the brains of career expert Sarah Archer. Sarah shares her best interview tips so that you can wow the interviewer and get the job!
    Sarah appears as a career expert for Guardian Careers and is the author of ‘Developing your Inner Coach’.
    Discover the secrets of success in job interviews as we explore:
    How to prepare for a job interview even if you've taken a career break How to answer competency based questions effectively How to make the CAR technique work for you How to deal with the questions we all dread How to cope with the inevitable nerves How to make an impact (for the right reasons) How and when to follow up Mentioned on the show and other useful links Email Sarah @careertree.org.uk Visit Sarah's website at careertree.org.uk Amy Cuddy's TED talk on body language and power posing Sarah's book Developing Your Inner Coach at bookboon Ask your questions or share your feedback Comment on the show notes Tweet me @SherryRB using #ConfidentConversations Get in touch with me directly here Subscribe, rate and review in iTunes > For more Confident Conversations connect with me On Twitter @SherryRB On LinkedIn Like The Confident Mother Facebook page Continue the conversation on career, confidence and leadership in my City Conversations Facebook group Get career, confidence & leadership tips direct in your Inbox every week when you sign up to The Confidence Guide

    • 28 min
    5 reasons for ambitious women to use LinkedIn even if you're not jobhunting

    5 reasons for ambitious women to use LinkedIn even if you're not jobhunting

    Very often the women that I talk to about their career strategy, they hadn't even thought about using LinkedIn until they started jobhunting. But actually there are SO many reasons to get active on LinkedIn even if you're not jobhunting because it's such a powerful networking platform. And the best time to start networking is BEFORE you need to network.
    In this episode I share 5 powerful reasons why ambitious women need to use LinkedIn even when you are not jobhunting:
    Demonstrate your experience to lateral hires Set yourself up as an expert authority Get speaking opportunities Attract new clients Long-term career planning Mentioned on the show and other useful links Sign up to my free 10 Day LinkedIn Challenge  Discover top tips for networking face-to-face with expert Heather White in episode 17 Check out my City Conversations networking group Ask your questions or share your feedback Comment on the show notes Tweet me @SherryRB using #ConfidentConversations Get in touch with me directly here Subscribe, rate and review in iTunes > For more Confident Conversations connect with me On Twitter @SherryRB On LinkedIn Like The Confident Mother Facebook page Continue the conversation on career, confidence and leadership in my City Conversations Facebook group Get career, confidence & leadership tips direct in your Inbox every week when you sign up to The Confidence Guide

    • 13 min
    How to tame your inner critic aka the imposter syndrome

    How to tame your inner critic aka the imposter syndrome

    So many of the women that I often talk to or work with struggle to tame their inner critic. Those "You're not good enough" thoughts in your head. The fear of being 'found out'. 
    Often these thoughts stop us from doing our best work and making a bigger impact at work so that we can take our career to the next level. 
    Jess Baker is an independent Business Psychologist and Women's Leadership Coach. She’s worked for some impressive organisations in her career including Barclays, HSBC and Aon Consulting.
    I was intrigued by her 5 Day Tame Your Inner Critic Challenge that starts on 15 January. I invited Jess to give us the inside scoop on how to manage our inner critic so that we feel more confident.
    Jess shares three key facts to help us understand the inner critic (sometimes described as the imposter syndrome):
    Our brain is wired to protect us and prevent us messing up We can't 'stop' those inner critic thoughts But often those inner critic thoughts are based on lies or false evidence She then goes onto share some simple yet REALLY powerful techniques to tame and disempower your inner critic.
    Mentioned on the show and other useful links Join the Tame Your Inner Critic Facebook group Sign up to the free 5 Day Tame Your Inner Critic Challenge Connect with Jess Baker on Facebook Visit her website jessbaker.co.uk Ask your questions or share your feedback Comment on the show notes Tweet me @SherryRB using #ConfidentConversations Get in touch with me directly here Subscribe, rate and review in iTunes > For more Confident Conversations connect with me On Twitter @SherryRB On LinkedIn Like The Confident Mother Facebook page Continue the conversation on career, confidence and leadership in my City Conversations Facebook group Get career, confidence & leadership tips direct in your Inbox every week when you sign up to The Confidence Guide

    • 27 min