A few weeks ago I went to Stylist magazine’s ‘Life Lessons’ event at the Ham Yard Hotel in London. The speakers that evening were Miriam Gonázlez Durántez, campaigner for Inspiring Women, international trade lawyer and wife of the Deputy Prime Minister; Nicola Mendelsohn, VP of Facebook EMEA and previous CEO of Karmarama; and Charlie Webster, sports and television presenter, and campaigner for sexual abuse in sport.
|The venue for the evening: London’s fancy Ham Yard Hotel
Each speaker was given 15 minutes to share their one ‘life lesson’ and then there was a Q&A session. I thought it would be nice to share some of the really valuable advice these 3 women gave us, and of course, some photos as well!
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A week ago, last Thursday evening I had a fantastic opportunity to hear Dolly Jones, the newly appointed Digital Strategy Director at Condé Nast Digital, speak about her career. After Dolly’s talk, Niki Mossman from Colour Me Beautiful image consultancy did a session asking ‘Can what you wear make a difference in business’, which I’ve also blogged about here. Continue reading “7 pieces of advice from Dolly Jones, Condé Nast Digital Strategy Director”
|Niki Mossman of Colour Me Beautiful
I recently went along to a personal branding session by Niki Mossman of Colour Me Beautiful on how clothing can reflect our personal brand and the importance of being authentic. [Update June 2017: I’ll caveat that this is more aimed at corporate dress and how to make a good impression early on your career – some good point but a little old school for me now]
Here are the key things I learnt that I wanted to share and remember: Continue reading “How to build your personal brand through what you wear – advice from an image consultant”
Last week I was down in Devon with my parents – I’ve definitely passed the stage of going away with your parents being uncool and boring and I now see it for what it is – a free holiday. Winning.
We were in North Devon which is a beautiful, rugged part of the English coast. I find being by the sea really therapeutic and I’m able to think a lot more than when I’m in London. In fact, I thought so much in Devon that I decided to restart blogging again. I go in and out of phases of blogging, and don’t like to make it a chore, so some downtime seemed like the perfect boost to my content.
It’s so easy these days to distract ourselves with gadgets, social media, TV and clutter our minds instead of giving ourselves space to think and just letting our thoughts wander. Continue reading “Detox in Devon – time to think”
I’m by no means an expert on presenting and communication but I have had some experiences that have allowed me to gather my top 5 Golden Rules for presenting. Since a young age I have always enjoyed taking part in plays and productions, and in 2009 I achieved Grade 8 in LAMDA Speech and Drama. However, during my first few years at university I really lost my confidence as the times I was required to present in a seminar or assessment were few and far between. Now, as a consultant, I constantly need to present information, feedback, and I’m always evaluating my skills. So, the below rules are my way of ensuring I am always feeling confident for a presentation and ready to deliver it brilliantly.
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The ability to present is a crucial part of any job. Consulting in particular requires you to be confident, and able to communication in a range of styles and to a range of levels. At school and university I enjoyed giving presentations and I didn’t get put-off by large audience so I was looking forward to the challenge of presenting my material on the Campus Tour and augmented reality. Continue reading “The Big Apple Part 3: Presenting at innovation day”
Once I’d waved my mum off on her flight back to the UK after our 4 days of exploring snowy New York City, I headed back to the hotel – time to start planning my 10 days working with the New York IBM team.
Having joined the company just four months previously, and still feeling like I was a very, very tiny cog in the huge machine, I now faced my biggest challenge to date: meeting global leaders, executives, partners one-on-one, and then presenting to a room full of them!
Continue reading “The Big Apple Part 2: In at the deep end”