Beyond the Twang: Intelligence Knows No Accent

English is undeniably one of the main business languages that connects people from diverse backgrounds. As professionals, our ability to communicate effectively in English is key. However, it is essential for us to recognise and appreciate the rich linguistic diversity of accents that exists within our workplaces, especially when it comes to non-native speakers of English. You’ll be surprised at how often the topic of accents comes up with my coaching clients; from entry level professionals to high-level executives. Many feel judged or overlooked because they don’t have the “right” accent. In meetings where ideas and solutions are discussed, it is not uncommon to encounter colleagues who speak…

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7 things I Have Learnt About LinkedIn in 2023

1. Quality Comments Matter: Move beyond generic responses like “great share” or “congratulations.” Be the sprinkle of excitement in the conversation, say something interesting. Your chances of being memorable and attracting people to connect with you will significantly increase. 2. It’s Not Always About the Numbers: Having 500 connections actively engaged with your content is more valuable than having 1000 connections who ignore it. It’s not a popularity contest; it’s about having the right kind of tribe. Quality over quantity is key. Here comes an opposing truth that is equally true… 3. Silent Admiration Exists: Some followers may not actively engage by commenting, liking, or sharing, but they…

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It’s Christmas Season, But Not For Everyone.

As the holiday season unfolds, many are immersed in the joy and warmth that Christmas brings. The twinkling lights, festive decorations, and the aroma of freshly baked cookies evoke a sense of nostalgia and happiness. However, amidst the merriment, it’s crucial to remember that not everyone celebrates Christmas. Christmas is a magical season filled with traditions, love, and togetherness. Families come together to share laughter, exchange gifts, and create cherished memories. The joy of giving, the spirit of generosity, and the sense of community make Christmas a truly wonderful time for many. While many revel in the magic of Christmas, it’s important to pause and reflect on those…

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Courage: An Enduring Quality

At some point in life, we all go through tough times that stretch our abilities and seem impossible to navigate.   To get through these often unpredictable times requires strength, perseverance and hope to name a few. A fundamental trait that creates a good foundation for all other traits is courage. Courage is often confused with bravery; while they’re similar concepts, there is a slight difference. The brave have guts and strength; there’s usually a level of calculation and confrontation with a great risk or feat. Bravery is typically short-lived, like rescuing someone in a burning building or tackling a criminal; there is a surge of emotion and energy…

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What’s Your Story?

We’re free to give whatever meaning we want to any situation we find ourselves in. In turn, the meaning we give a situation determines how we respond to it. Meaning is not to be confused with a statement of facts. For example if there is a minus zero balance in your bank account, it’s a fact. The meaning of an empty bank account though, will differ from person to person.  One might see it as the end of the world, a time to give up.  To another, it may be a wake-up call, a time to work harder. Our freedom to choose meaning or put differently ‘the story…

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Into the Mind of a Straight Talker

“It’s just the way I am, I’m a straight talker. If people get hurt it’s their problem” I used to say this often and I’m sure you know someone who proudly says this. I was so focused on speaking my truth and that was the most important thing. After working on myself, I identified what drove me to be that way and perhaps you can identify with some of them: Self-righteousness When I spotted something that was wrong or bad, it was a moment for me to demonstrate my rightness by strongly opposing. I justified my harsh directness in the name of righteousness. Desire to prove that I…

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Hope – A Super Power!

How can you hope for something better when everything is falling apart? Are you not removing yourself from reality? Are you not in denial of what IS? I once read somewhere that whatever you believe is what will happen. So I figured that if this theory is true (which I was skeptical about at the time) I may as well choose to believe in the good stuff because what would be the point in testing it with negative stuff? If it worked, I’d produce misery and suffering. If you’ve never chosen what your stance is when it comes to hope, I encourage you to ponder on it because…

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Personal Development: The Doorway to Fulfilment

When you hear personal development, what comes to mind? An MBA? Improving your emotional intelligence?  A time-management course? It is all of the above, plus more.  Personal development is the changes you make on the inside so you can better respond to the outside. It’s about working on yourself to become a realized, happier and balanced person in a chaotic and ever-changing world; Wisdom Times. You may be unaware that you already have a personal development plan in place when it comes to growing your business or taking care of your physical health. Generally, there are eight areas of personal development: Business/Career Physical health Family Finances Relationships Spiritual…

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Power In Calmness

Are you worried and scared? You are not alone. The corona virus has many of us in this state. Despite the situation, we still have the power to choose how we react. Despite the situation, we still have the power to choose how we react. Here are some tips to help keep you calm: Educate yourself with facts about the situation. Based on what you know, do what you can. Surround yourself with uplifting content. This doesn’t mean be naïve or ignorant; choose to be positive. Avoid negative people that will influence you with fear. Trust that we are going through this. Pray and have faith. Some choose…

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Self-Love in the Workplace

What comes to mind when you think of self-love? A day at the spa? A healthy meal? A bottle of your favourite cognac? While these certainly affirm self-love, at the core of self-love is the belief that you are a valuable and worthy person. A practical definition  is “To take care of yourself like you’d take care of a friend in distress. You treat yourself kindly. You don’t nitpick and criticize yourself. Self-love is a practice and it’s a skill that takes work.” Do you believe that you are a valuable and worthy person? Here are 10 ways you can demonstrate self-love in the workplace. Learn to say…

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