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Speak Up – Radio 4

Speak Up -The BBC Radio 4 programme with Mary Ann Sieghart aired recently and I was so pleased to be part of this, alongside some high profile professors and lecturers, including the legendary linguist Professor Deborah Cameron. They shared the incontrovertible research, data and evidence that women struggle to speak and be heard in public. […]

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Zoom meetings – give everyone a chance to speak!

If you find yourself chairing a meeting of any sort – company wide updates, weekly team meetings, sales pitches or even school PTA meetings, we all know it’s important to ensure everyone has a chance to speak. Usually it’s easy to take a glance round the room and notice someone who may look a little […]

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Women, Sales and the glass ceiling

The views of women in sales are simply not being heard enough. In order to be most competitive, women’s views must be heard and must be encouraged to break through that glass ceiling. In this ISM article, Patricia explores why, if at entry level, there is a 50:50 split in women joining the workforce, is […]

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Why do women struggle with speaking up?

If you struggle with speaking up in meetings, video calls or groups, have you ever stopped to ask yourself why?  Patricia’s article offers some answers to those questions and gives some top tips on how to get your voice heard. Tips to speaking up more in meetings

Communication, speaking, women,
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Leadership – no longer a club for men

We’re delighted that Patricia’s article in HR future magazine has just been published. In this latest article she discusses the fact that leadership is no longer purely the realm of men. You can read the full article here: If you would like to know more about our training and workshops, please contact us

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The ‘likeability paradox’ – why is it so difficult for female leaders to be both liked and respected?

When we are asked to think of words that would usually be associated with Leadership and Management, the list will often include: strong, powerful, decisive, determined, assertive, aggressive, forceful, competitive, visionary, inspiring, winner, brave and so on. What about words describing male characteristics? Strong, decisive, determined, assertive, aggressive, competitive, winner, brave, bold? The paradigms of […]

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Zoom meetings – a mixed blessing!

Zoom meetings (other platforms are also available!) can be a mixed blessing…In our latest article, we discuss you can turn it to your advantage and make sure you are heard? https://wearethecity.com

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Critical Skill/Capability Gap for Women

Why has progress to gender balance been so slow? The UK is only 16th in the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) in terms gender balance at work. Why is this? Why is it that despite regulated access to higher education and growing managerial job roles, women persistently lag their male peers in recognition, […]

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Why all women can benefit from improving their effectiveness in speaking in public

The critical missing component hindering women’s success is for them to choose their opportunities wisely, and proactively and concisely speak their contributions, without apology or conditions, so that they may be listened to and credited for their contributions in critical discussions. Whether they are speaking in public at a PTA meeting, making a corporate presentation, participating or […]

Communication, Millenials, public speaking, speaking, women,
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History repeating itself

Millennial women are making the same mistake as older generations, in assuming that the workplace is a level playing field. It isn’t. The figures on women’s representation in the boardroom and in politics along with the gender pay gap reveal this very clearly. Women’s ability to speak out to influence is critical to progress, and […]

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Speak Up – Radio 4

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Speak Up – Radio 4

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