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Joy Foster is an award-winning entrepreneur who helps women upskill with modern technology in order to return to work, change careers or start a business. Most recently she was recognised by Grant Thornton as one of the 100 Faces of the Vibrant Economy 2018, she was awarded Startup Director of the Year for London and the South by the Institute of Directors (May 2018). She was the only Startup female finalist in the national IoD awards (Oct 2018). Her business, TechPixies was named Women in Business Startup of the Year 2018 and Enterprise Nation Female Startup of the Year 2017. Joy and her company have recently been profiled in Forbes for raising £150,000 and Stella for breaking down barriers for women wanting to re-ignite their careers and in April 2019, TechNation has named TechPixies ‘one to watch’ in the EdTech space.

Sparkle and Thrive Joy Foster

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Joy Foster is an award-winning entrepreneur who helps women upskill with modern technology in order to return to work, change careers or start a business. Most recently she was recognised by Grant Thornton as one of the 100 Faces of the Vibrant Economy 2018, she was awarded Startup Director of the Year for London and the South by the Institute of Directors (May 2018). She was the only Startup female finalist in the national IoD awards (Oct 2018). Her business, TechPixies was named Women in Business Startup of the Year 2018 and Enterprise Nation Female Startup of the Year 2017. Joy and her company have recently been profiled in Forbes for raising £150,000 and Stella for breaking down barriers for women wanting to re-ignite their careers and in April 2019, TechNation has named TechPixies ‘one to watch’ in the EdTech space.

    [Episode 149] How do you tap into your social media superpowers? Part 2 with Joy Foster

    [Episode 149] How do you tap into your social media superpowers? Part 2 with Joy Foster

    Whoa there! If you’ve arrived here without listening to Episode 148, you’ll want to do a Craig David and re-re-wind. Because we’ve got a whole lotta social media superpower action for you to catch up on (and no one should miss seeing Joy in a silky pink cape).

    In Part 1, Joy covered the first 3 social media superpowers you need for social media success. In this episode, she’s back with 3 more superpowers (and we’re pretty sure Superman would be proud of these If he’d used social media at the Daily Planet).

    We’re talking:
     
    🦸 Social media speed and agility

    🦸 Market magnetism

    🦸 Mailing list magic

    Here’s why you need to tune in
    If you want to discover how a sunflower can help you work out how social media works in 2022, if you want to hear about the Foster Foundations and Joy’s 6s for social media success, AND if you want to learn how one TechPixie totally smashed it when it came to converting her followers into mailing list subscribers, you know what to do. ▶️▶️▶️

    Here’s what to listen out for:

    [01:34] How does social media work in 2022?

    [05:51] Learn the Foster Foundations for social media success.

    [12:01] Discover Joy’s 6s to help you determine what and when to post.

    [14:32] Hear what TechPixies is really about.

    [20:41] Why the sales are in the mails.

    Love our podcast? Leave a review and get hold of our Quick Start Podcast Guide.

    For links and resources mentioned in this episode, please visit TechPixies.com


    Shout-out to talented TechPixie Sophie Rose Simmons for doing this awesome voiceover for the pre-roll to the Sparkle and Thrive Podcast. 

    • 27 min
    [Episode 148] Are you tapping into your social media superpowers? Part 1 with Joy Foster

    [Episode 148] Are you tapping into your social media superpowers? Part 1 with Joy Foster

    There’s a reason Joy is dressed in her daughter’s pink satin cape for this week’s episode, and it isn’t because she’s off to audition for a role at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
     
    At TechPixies, we don’t need a magic wand to turn women into social media superheroes; we give them the tools they need to tap into their superpowers. And in this episode, Joy is taking you through the first 3 superpowers you need to be a social media success:

    🦸 Shed your social media invisibility cloak

    🦸 Tap into your enhanced future vision

    🦸 Fine-tune your network navigation

    Here’s why you need to tune in
    You’ll hear Joy talking about how important it is to be visible on social media and why we ‘done not perfect’ will become your new life-changing mantra. You’ll learn how to discover your why so you can gain clarity on what you want to use social media for, and you’ll hear about the network matrix, which is perfect for working out which networks you should be on.

    Here’s what to listen out for:

    [01:09] Are you wearing an invisibility cloak?

    [05:37] Discover superpower number 2 and use it to work on your why.

    [10:23] Joy reveals the third superpower.

    [20:53] What are the different ways to post on social media?

    [27:59] What would you love to do on social media?

    See you for part 2 next week covering the 3 other social media superpowers.

    And remember, our Social Media Summer School is open for enrolment. Our proven step-by-step social media accelerator will give you the tools and strategy you need to create a social media presence that builds your brand and your confidence so that you’re ready to make the impact you want in this world. For more information, head to TechPixies.com

    Love our podcast? Leave a review and get hold of our Quick Start Podcast Guide.

    • 34 min
    [Episode 147] How do you manifest your dream job? Joy Foster on doing what you love in life

    [Episode 147] How do you manifest your dream job? Joy Foster on doing what you love in life

    You jumped out of bed this morning (ok, if you’re like us, there’s definitely no leaping going on until you’ve had a coffee), and how did you feel about the day ahead? Excited about cracking on with that work project? Or a bit meh about firing up your computer?

    We spend too much of our lives at work not to be doing something that lights us up, so if you feel like you’re meant for more and haven’t found your dream job yet, Joy is about to rock your world.

    Here’s why you need to tune in
    It’s time to stop looking at job descriptions and thinking ‘well, I haven’t got that skill so I’m not going to apply’, and instead start getting in the zone and leaning into a job you would love. And this week’s episode is packed full of practical advice to help you do just that. You’ll be encouraged to think through what you love to do, given tips to help you overcome the blocks that stand in your way, and be able to take a 5-point test to discover if your dream job really is for you.

    Here’s what to listen out for:

    [03:34] What does the word manifest mean?

    [08:05] How does AI impact recruitment?

    [14:27] Overcoming the 3 Ds.

    [19:58] Get in the right vibrational tone.

    [25:14] Do the 5-point test.

    [28:45] Why you have to befriend fear.

    [29:37] Your network is your net worth.

    [37:04] Hear Joy’s manifestation story.

    [43:12] Think about how much you love your life.

    So, it’s time to ask yourself: what would you love?

    Love our podcast? Leave a review and get hold of our Quick Start Podcast Guide.

    For links and resources mentioned in this episode, please visit TechPixies.com


    Shout-out to talented TechPixie Sophie Rose Simmons for doing this awesome voiceover for the pre-roll to the Sparkle and Thrive Podcast. 

    • 46 min
    [Episode 146] Life is a spiral with lessons to learn. How Juliet Addenbrooke found her true purpose through TechPixies

    [Episode 146] Life is a spiral with lessons to learn. How Juliet Addenbrooke found her true purpose through TechPixies

    If you’ve ever felt like you’re facing the same battles in life, again and again, you’ll love this episode of the Sparkle and Thrive Podcast.

    Not least because Joy’s mashing up the airwaves with her usual brand of savvy advice and thought-provoking nuggets with one of the most popular peeps in our community, 🌈
    In the past, Juliet Addenbrooke has been the first person our students would hear from. A calming voice and a willing ear, who’s always ready to pen a handwritten note on cards made by her kids to welcome newbies to the TechPixies tribe.

    Today, she’s our resident life coach, and is on a mission to help women realise that they need to unconditionally love themselves, just as she has through her time at TechPixies.😍

    Here’s why you need to tune in

    Tune in for guidance on everything from why life is a spiral (and what you can do about it) to working out which values matter to you most (and why this is important). You’ll also love Juliet’s take on celebrating difference and why it represents an opportunity for discovery.

    Here’s what to listen out for:

     [07:09] What were the early days of TechPixies like?

    [08:52] Juliet discovers her calling.

    [12:17] Why life is a spiral.

    [15:02] Juliet reveals her greatest learning from her time at TechPixies.

    [18:55] Why values matter.

    [26:06] How Juliet is helping others transform their own lives.

    [28:49] What feeling like an outsider teaches you.

    [35:44] How Juliet got to a ‘I can do this’ place with her life coaching.
    🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈

    ▶️▶️▶️ Tune in now and drop us a line at support@techpixies.com if you’d love to know how TechPixies can help you and how we support LGBTIQ+, 60+, BAME and those from lower socio-economic backgrounds.
     
    Love our podcast? Leave a review and get hold of our Quick Start Podcast Guide.

    For details of links and resources mentioned in this episode, please visit TechPixies.com


    Shout-out to talented TechPixie Sophie Rose Simmons for doing this awesome voiceover for the pre-roll to the Sparkle and Thrive Podcast. 

    • 44 min
    [Episode 145] Nicci Take shares sales coaching tips, parenting tips and her story as a transwoman

    [Episode 145] Nicci Take shares sales coaching tips, parenting tips and her story as a transwoman

    Nicci Take has a pretty interesting perspective on business life.
     
    She spent 45 years as a man running a business and raising her kids – happily revealing that her role as a father has been the most important job in her life – before embracing her authentic self as a woman. ⚧️ ⚧️

    There is so much to unpack in Nicci’s story that this episode will make you laugh, make you think, and give you a truckload of tips on everything from parenting to sales. Because Nicci is both a highly sought-after sales/deals coach and a stand-up comedian, as well as a super successful CEO and entrepreneur (you’d wish you’d had her as your boss, for sure).

    Here’s why you need to tune in
    Hear how Nicci changed the culture of her business with feminine thinking and why this is the key to successful sales. Learn how you can negotiate with a teenager to tidy their room (yep, it IS possible 🤣), and why TEDSPIE will be the most useful management/coaching technique you’ve heard in ages.

    Here’s what to listen out for:

    [03:16] Nicci shares a lifelong pain.

    [12:19] Nicci talks about her unique perspective on business.

    [18:35] Why the future of sales is feminine.

    [27:33] Discover Nicci’s most difficult sell (it won’t be what you expect)

    [32:23] Why Nicci sees things differently.

    [40:35] The power of pulling versus selling.

    [42:14] Don’t tell your kids what to do. Give Nicci’s tip a try instead.

    [51:17] How to show your support for the LGBTIQ+ community.

    [57:52] Why we don’t need more assertive people in business.

    [01:02:43] What is TEDSPIE and can it help you as a coach?

    And if you’ve thought about adding your pronouns to your social media profiles and emails and haven’t done so yet, you’re about to get a new take on why they’re so important.  🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈

    ▶️▶️▶️ Tune in now.

    Love our podcast? Leave a review and get hold of our Quick Start Podcast Guide.

    For links and resources mentioned in this episode, please visit TechPixies.com


    Shout-out to talented TechPixie Sophie Rose Simmons for doing this awesome voiceover for the pre-roll to the Sparkle and Thrive Podcast. 

    • 1 hr 13 min
    [Episode 144] Lisa Mellis on how you can be a better LGBTIQ+ ally this Pride Month and beyond

    [Episode 144] Lisa Mellis on how you can be a better LGBTIQ+ ally this Pride Month and beyond

    Last year, we posted a picture of Lisa, our head of brand, with her wife Jenny on their wedding day. It’s a joyous image, a celebration of the concept that love is love. 💖🏳️‍🌈

    (Well, actually, Lisa and Jenny follow the philosophy of love laid down by Xena: Warrior Princess. More on that about 4 minutes into the episode. 🦸‍♀️)

    It’s become one of the most popular images on our Facebook feed (whoop! 🌈). But, sadly, Lisa hasn’t always experienced acceptance.

    In the week that Dame Kelly Holmes publicly came out as gay, declaring in an interview with the Sunday Mirror that she’d didn’t have role models to look up to growing up and that “school sex education was nothing to do with being gay,” Lisa draws similar parallels in her own experience. And she’s talking about them all in this week’s powerful podcast.
     
    Here’s why you need to tune in
    In fact, as you’ll discover, the conclusion Lisa drew about her future as she was growing up is pretty heartbreaking. So this Pride Month, we’re also seeking answers to how we can all be better allies to our LGBTIQ+ friends, family members and colleagues. And, as always, Lisa’s advice is on point.

    Here’s what to listen out for:
    [01:18] Learn the story behind Lisa’s gorgeous wedding dress and ring. 

    [04:16] Discover why Zena: Warrior Princess deserves a mention.   

    [08:24] Have we made enough progress with LGBTIQ+ rights in the UK? 

    [13:50] How can we be better allies to LGBTIQ+ people?   

    [15:58] Joy on her Christian faith and thinking differently. 

    [19:25] What can you do if you want to tell people about your sexual orientation?

    [30:04] Why the future is brighter now.   

    ▶️▶️▶️ Tune in now and drop us a line at support@techpixies.com if you’d love to know how TechPixies can help you and how we support LGBTIQ+, 60+, BAME and those from lower socio-economic backgrounds.   

    Love our podcast? Leave a review and get hold of our Quick Start Podcast Guide.

    For links and resources mentioned in this episode, please visit TechPixies.com
    Shout-out to talented TechPixie Sophie Rose Simmons for doing this awesome voiceover for the pre-roll to the Sparkle and Thrive Podcast. 

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
132 Ratings

132 Ratings

Pina UK ,

Super, fabulous! So helpful and enlightening

I’m new to TechPixies and within my first week I’m already changing the way I think and behave through Joy’s fantastic information. So useful, a blessing to have you guide us in such a realistic and inspirational way. So glad I found you!

sallywcoach ,

Really helpful and accessible

I’ve just discovered TechPixies and I’m loving this podcast really useful information - it’s well worth a listen

Becs 77 ,

So helpful and inspiring!

I’m starting a business and Joy’s podcast is full of practical tips and inspiration. She intentionally seeks out female guests who’ve been there and got the T-shirt. Plus, Joy herself comes across as warm, honest and knowledgable. A must-listen.

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