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3 Tips to help banish the Impostor Syndrome.

Gill Donnell

Do you ever have these thoughts playing out in your head?

I'm not good enough…
I'm about to be exposed for the phoney I really am…
It was a lucky fluke that I got this job…

Do you think you have to work twice as hard as everyone else to prove your worth? 

The good news is - you are not alone, the bad news? 

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How to be assertive and retain your self respect

Gill Donnell

In our final post in this short series on assertiveness, we are going to look at some techniques to help keep us in an assertive frame of mind.

It might be helpful to think about why is it so difficult to be assertive and express openly and simply what you want, without compromising other people's wishes and feelings.

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What is assertiveness?

Gill Donnell

In a previous post, I talked about the benefits of being assertive, outlined what it was and suggested a tip to get your point across in a CALM way.

In order to understand how beneficial assertive communication is, it is necessary to look at other types of communication and behaviour.

Firstly, let’s look at Passive behaviour, because in my experience, many women find themselves regularly acting in a passive way.

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The benefits of being assertive...

Gill Donnell

Whenever I write, or talk about being assertive, especially to a mainly female audience, I find myself starting by explaining the difference between being assertive and being aggressive.

The reason?

Probably because far too often, women who behave in an assertive way are called aggressive by others. I am not intending to fill this post with examples of how women are treated differently in the workplace when it comes to certain attributes, (you know, the sorts of situations where a man would be called a natural leader, yet the women behaving the same would be described as bossy?).

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New to business? Get the latest advice from 10 Successful Women.

Gill Donnell

For the last 3 months, as the host of the Successful Women Podcast Show, I have had the privilege of talking to many successful female entrepreneurs, finding out their secrets of success as well as how they have overcome challenges in their business journeys.

After recording over 50 episodes and having a lot of fun; some of it face to face with my trusty microphone in my bag, others over Skype, I thought I would capture some of those golden nuggets in one place and get a sense of some of the common themes that have been shared by my guests.

If you follow the link in each guests' name, you will be able to access a full transcript of their interview and at this point, I should like to thank the series' sponsor, Ladycare - UK for their support and making the show possible.

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Podcast Show hits 1,000 downloads.

Graham Smith

I'm really excited to share with you that the new podcast show has had over a thousand downloads! Truth be told, I started this post last night, but when I checked the stats on my media host (for the sixth time that day - more food for my procrastination disease) they were at 999.

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5 ways to be great at working from home.

Graham Smith

One of the most common questions I am asked is: How can I be more effective when I'm working from home? 

It might be that you have a great Boss who recognises the importance of allowing flexibility in the organisation,which includes all or an element of your work conducted from home. Or simply that you have opted out of the corporate world to find your own flexibility, by running your own business and currently your home is also your place of work.

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Think your way to that goal...

Graham Smith

When you set yourself any kind of challenge, the trick (or is it track?) for successful completion is making sure that you do little things every day that are in pursuit of your ultimate goal. Keeping track by writing the steps down are a powerful reminder of your purpose, especially when your willpower is lacking. 

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On the Fourth Day of Assertiveness

Graham Smith

Throughout these posts we have established that assertiveness means that you have self- respect, whist still respecting others. For most of us, that means making sure that we deal with our own feelings about ourselves as well as other people, whilst looking for an appropriate end result.

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