One of the main features of this blog is the interviews that I love to conduct with other professionals on the topics of careers, wellbeing at work and work-life balance. I've been lucky to interview some wonderful people and always enjoy learning from their trusted advice, motivation and encouragement. Among them have been some truly inspirational women who are carving out unique paths in the working world and who have offered some thoughtful wisdom that has certainly helped me and I hope has also inspired you as readers. So today, as it is International Women's Day, I thought it was about time to reflect back on some of my favourite tips and pull them together here to provide continued creativity, imagination and determination for all of us in our working and indeed our daily lives. Without further ado here are a few of my very favourite interview snippets!
1. ON VALUING YOURSELF AND KNOWING YOUR WORTH
From Business and Personal Coach Kim Morgan at Barefoot Coaching
When it comes to your career what’s the one piece of advice you wish you could go back and give your younger self?
That’s a great question but it’s hard to choose just one piece of advice as I think I made so many ‘mistakes’ along the way! If I had to have just one it would be - value yourself and what you are offering. That means:
- Deciding on your fee structure and sticking to it
- Resisting the impulse to over-deliver (giving away your time)
- Believing that what you are doing is making a difference
- Not discounting your skills and recognising all of the time, energy, training and investment you have put into being able to do what you do.
Read The Full Interview Here: Discussing The Power Of Positivity And Everyday Coaching With Kim Morgan
2. ON FINDING HAPPINESS AT WORK
From Happiness Consultant Samantha Clarke
Are there any key points that people reading this right now can consider to help them find more happiness in their own working environment?
Identify what’s authentic - take time to distil what really matters, what you need. Educate yourself or your team on your core values to make sure you are consistently embodying and aligning yourself accordingly. When things feel out of sync pay attention to it, interrogate it and hold yourself accountable to the changes that you need to make to put things right.
Build the right support framework around you - once you have clarity on your goals, there is no shame in reaching out and connecting to get help to take you closer to where you want to be. Either by getting a consultant into your business or investing in your creative learning or growth, perhaps on a retreat or workshop. Also look to see how you can help others, it’s a two-way street.
Don’t be scared to challenge the status quo - without innovation, your work life will become stagnant and not a true representation of the evolving individual or your company. Embrace change head on and any challenges to seek new opportunities.
- Know your goals - map out the vision you have for your work/life. Is this path you are on taking you closer to, or away from these goals? How much progress are you making? Focus on noting down your wins and successes towards this goal as well as identifying where you might need to pivot, readdress, get creative and move through the friction and resistance that comes with change and action.
Read The Full Interview Here: Finding Happiness At Work With Samantha Clarke
3. ON STAYING MOTIVATED AND FINDING THE RIGHT SUPPORT
From the Founder of The Business Girls Network, Amanda Ayres
What is it that really drives and motivates you on a daily basis and how do you keep this momentum when feeling under pressure?
I'm a firm believer of supporting women and giving women opportunities. I think it's something that is naturally inbuilt in me and I do a lot of charity work too which supports this theory.
When I'm under pressure I go and exercise, just take some time out or reach out to the number of different people that support me. I think it's important to have a support network where you can get some coaching.
Recently I was so overwhelmed with the volume of work I nearly gave up. I think I had ‘start up fog’. Nothing made sense to me. I took some time out and hey presto everything seemed to fall into place!
Read The Full Interview Here: Amanda Ayres Discusses The Importance Of Supporting Women In Business
4. ON MAKING MISTAKES AND STEPPING OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE
From the Founder of letterbox florist company Beards & Daisies, Jo Lambell
How do you set about conquering your biggest fears and setbacks in your working life?
When I was working in sales there were always scenarios that took me out of my comfort zone, whether it was a project, a meeting or a presentation. It would be easy to play it safe when you have your own business as there's no one to push you or challenge you other than yourself. It’s cheesy but at least once a month I try to force myself to do something which takes me out of my comfort zone or makes my stomach turn with fear. For example going to a networking group where I don’t know anyone. ‘Living in fear of making mistakes, is the only mistake you can make’ is a great motto to live by.
Read The Full Interview Here: From A Passion For Florals To A Blooming Beautiful New Business
5. ON WELLNESS, BALANCE AND LOOKING AFTER YOU
From the Co-Founder of Work Well Being, Louise Padmore
If you could give one piece of starting advice to someone trying to find better balance in their lives what would it be?
My single biggest piece of advice to someone trying to find balance within their working life would be to trust your instincts and remain firm and courageous in your need for space and time for wellbeing.
I know that this is often much easier said than done but, for me personally, now that I look back there were lots of little warning signs pointing me to the conclusion that the path I was on wasn’t working for me. I wasn’t eating well, didn’t feel particularly engaged around those I love, was incessantly scrolling through my phone often even without any real sense for what I was searching for, wasn’t sleeping well and just generally had a sense that all was not right. I do think that perhaps if wellbeing during the working day had been made available to me, then things could have been different.
Read The Full Interview Here: Discussing Work Wellbeing With Louise Padmore
I hope that the great advice from these very inspirational women sparks encouragement and a sense of support within you this International Women's Day. If you're after more motivation take a look through the many other What Now interviews to get some more top tips for work and life here: The Interview.
Thanks for reading and see you soon!