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Last month the BBC on it’s “can pay will pay” radio programme last month asked many people from a range of backgrounds “How much do you earn…?”  Reactions that the reasearchers received were * astonishing glares *polite refusals * evasive generalities * embarassed sniggers and  *silence.   Many of us do not want to reveal what we earn by we would be interested in what others earn.    From Oct 1st the new Equality Act promotes transparency around pay. 

To learn how to gain more confidence on your:

1. Earnings and how to negotiate,

2. Net worth and how to grow it

3. Finances and make them work better

4. Knowledge about your money get in control and drive your plan

I would love to meet and encourage you with a great group of women on either Tuesday 16th Nov 9.30 am – 12.00 or Wednesday 17th Nov 7pm to 9.30pm

http://buildandsafeguardyourwealth.eventbrite.com/

Is pay the last taboo – inspired by Bracknell midweek news

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According to the Media Queen at Marie Claire there are 10 points that we should get straight before we ask for a pay rise here are the first 5 to get you started…..

1: Find out how much you are worth – Get an indea of the market rate for your role by looking at job vacancies for similar positions online or in the papers.

2: Discover what your company pays – Approach your HR department for a breakdown of wage categories.  If you’re concerned, download a form that entitles you to request key information from your employers. Visit www.equalities.gov.uk

3: Make a stand – Have you done enough for a pay rise or highlighted what you have done well.  Your arguement will have more weight if you can be specific.

4: Believe in yourself – Act as if you deserve more money – firm belief in your own worth makes others believe to.

5: Learn to negotiate – Most women need serious practise at asking for more money.  Remember, as long as you ask reasonably, your boss can only say no. Don’t moan – argue for a rise on the basis of your performance.  Don’t threaten to resign if you don’t mean it.

Look out for the next 5 ….

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Can you afford not to get ahead?    With banks putting up their charges and the government cutting child benefit, many are being squeezed financially.

There are 2 choices:  1. Take the hit and feel the pinch  OR    

2. Choose to become more financially savvy

 I would love you to join the other women who have signed up to our supportive and  encouraging seminar, http://buildandsafeguardyourwealth.eventbrite.com/

It will give practical help to become more:

  • Financially savvy
  • In control of what’s happening to your money
  • Confident to react to market changes
  • Aware how to build up your net worth
  • Able to earn more – even in a tough market
  • Skilful at making your money work better for you

 Get smart about your money and in control of the life you want!

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Have you ever been double booked or invited to two exciting things on exactly the same date?   Frustrating hey!  I have been invited to speak on the Ann Diamond show – BBC Berkshire at 12.00 today with Maria Millar MP.  Re: ” How to Get Women in Senior Positions and Influence.”  However I already have an important meeting with a new client today which I am excited about.   Keeping your commitments is important to maintain your credibility and reputation.   I do love doing the inspirational talks and debates but it just as important to me to demonstrate practically what I do best.  Showing others how to succeed in their professional roles . For business, my paying clients are critical for enabling me to share my knowledge with a wider audience.  For which I am grateful.   How about making your  lunch time priority the Ann Diamond show today?  http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/playlive/bbc_radio_berkshire/

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Here is the next insight to the second step that you can take to be a professional wonder woman and keep your sanity.

Step 2: Find Confidence in Your Worth

Women who are successful are not blind to the global financial problems or the barriers that they face.

They just don’t see them as permanent.  Life goes in cycles.  Eventually this time will pass.  Be ready for the upturn in the economy.

I have found that the area of self worth and value is the most difficult for women. 

Here are 5 simple actions that you can do now: 

  1. Be alone, quiet and still for 20 minutes.  What is your inner voice saying to you…? 
  2. If there is a critical voice, quieten it down and soften it. 
  3. Replace critical thoughts with a confident state (my guide will show you how) 
  4. Counteract criticism of yourself by remembering actions that you have taken that demonstrates the opposite. 
  5. Act the part

“There are many times that I sat in the board of directors meetings looking at a complicated set of figures and didn’t know what I was even looking at.  But I put on a good show.  Somehow I’d pull it off.  Afterwards I would ring a good friend who was a whiz at figures and learn for the next time.”

Did you know that women who love what they do and are earning high salaries feel afraid and nervous and have self doubt but do not let these feelings stop them?  In other words, they feel the fear and do it anyway.  They push beyond their comfort zone. 

 “Success rarely comes to the passive or pessimistic”  – Barbara Stanny – Leading Authority on Women and Money

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In my experience, most women could make more money and have greater fulfilment in their work.

I understand that spare time is really precious and rare, so I am sharing some FREE daily straightforward and practical ways that can be integrated into your working day.  

They will help you to: 

  • think differently
  • focus on what works for you  
  • be clear about what is essential and important and dump the things that are urgent but unimportant.

I want to be confident to know that “whatever comes your way, you can handle it”.

There are 7 steps in total.  Some steps will give you immediate results whilst others will build gradually for the ‘light bulb moment to shine.

If, in the meantime, you would like your own copy of the Home Study Guide, “How to Be a Professional Wonder Woman and Keep your Sanity” (ISBN 978-0-9563178-0-3), please follow this link http://www.leadatwork.com/homestudyguide.html

Your guide will help you to:

  • Elevate your career
  • Gain control of your life
  • Become a better leader
  • Be confident in knowing your worth
  • Handle stressful situations
  • Free up precious time to have a better work life work balance

It is an easy to follow step by step approach with guaranteed practical and immediate results.

“Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did but she did it backwards and in high heels”  

Faith Whittlesey 1939 – Lawyer and Diplomat

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Here are some great questions from some young women during  the international women’s week celebrations in Basingstoke.   Fashion Retail and Business Students from BCOT caputured attention by displaying they important questions.   It was fabulous to get a message across in this creative way but my concern is that it was a silent message.  My passion is to encourage and show women how to speak up and get their voices heard by key decision makers who will influence their career.   It is important for women to get out the habit of  “waiting to be asked”.  Enjoy the photos…

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