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
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 but it helps to understand the pros and cons of a career vs business plus get some ideas on how to start a business.
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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
In today's show I share the art of delegation: how to get people to do what you ask, without being too controlling or too hesitant.
3 smart ways to be more assertive on LinkedIn
When I work with clients who are smart ambitious women, I notice that they present as confident and assertive in the workplace, but often their LinkedIn profile tells a different story.
Discover 3 smart ways you can be more assertive on LinkedIn so that you make a bigger impact and attract the right career opportunities.
1. Maximise your LinkedIn profile summary to 'big yourself up'
2. Focus on the more senior roles not the junior ones from the past
3. Add more skills to your profile
Interview skills: how to wow the interviewer
Sarah Archer appears as a career expert for Guardian Careers and is the author of ‘Developing your Inner Coach’. Join us to discover the secrets of successful job interviews:
How to prepare for a job interview even after 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
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.
How to tame your inner critic aka the imposter syndrome
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 gives us the inside scoop on how to manage our inner critic to feel more confident at work.