July192017

Business Basics

 

Being a businesswoman is a multifaceted, ever-changing job. While grasping everything at once can be difficult, there are a few basic guidelines you should follow at all times. Stay on top of these and you’ll fast-track your way to success!

 

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In our busy society, having a daily calendar is essential – this should be the number one basic tool every business man or woman utilises. Include everything on your calendar – work and personal – and colour code each item so that you don’t confuse them. Setting up notifications will help you manage yourself adequately and ensure you never miss a meeting, appointment or catch-up with friends.

 

Tone is Everything

The way you conduct yourself around others is a reflection of your personal brand and the business you are representing. If your tone is unpleasant or uncertain, you risk losing potential clients and generating a negative image about your brand and business. Ensure that your mannerism is professional and friendly, no matter who you are talking to. I like to live by the golden rule: treat others as you would like to be treated.

 

Call It

Whenever possible, call clients and colleagues rather than email, message or text. Speaking with someone over the phone or in person is the most effective way to get your message across and cover all of the issues you want to address. People are far more likely to pay attention to you when listening to an actual person, as opposed to reading a message they can skim over and delete. It also saves writing back and forth, as you can get everything out in the open on the spot.

 

Positivity Breeds Success

Maintain a positive attitude towards your business ventures and everyone involved in them. Negativity won’t get you anywhere, so remember why you entered into your career path to begin with and be thankful for your skillset and position. Try to tackle work-related obstacles with this same positive attitude – you’ll find no task is too difficult to accomplish once you begin treating them with a can-do mindset.

 

Stay Focused

Once you’re clear on your brand’s vision and values, stay true to them. As the days go by, reflect on your values and check that you aren’t compromising them. More than that, ask yourself if you’re fulfilling them. Remaining clear on these core beliefs and views will guide you through your career and life, ensuring that you maximise your potential in both.

June292017

Healthy Snacks for Women on the Go

Eating well is extremely important to fuel your mind and body and ensure you feel great from the inside-out. A nutritious diet encourages brain growth and works as an energiser. If you are a busy woman on the go and want to maximise your potential, try supplementing your diet with healthy snacks. Here are a few of my favourite snacks for inspiration!

Vege Sticks and Hummus
The classic health snack! Hummus us a simple, delicious way to spice up raw vegetables. Chop some carrots, celery or broccoli into pieces and dip in a hummus of your choice – I personally love butternut hummus and beetroot hummus.

Raw Energy Balls
There’s a reason raw energy balls have become such a popular snack among foodies – they’re tasty and easy to throw in your daily bag. Try Tom & Luke’s balls for some scrumptious flavours like Mint Chocolate and Salted Caramel – you’ll feel like you’re eating a treat but they’re all natural!

Berry Mix
It’s hard to beat berries for a sweet, fresh snack. Berries are high in antioxidants that help keep your brain sharp and contain a number of vitamins. I love a mix of raspberries and blueberries, but blackberries are great if you’re looking for a little more tartness.

Avocado and Tomato Crackers
Wholegrains are an important component of your diet, so snacking on some crackers made with wholemeal flour and grains is a great idea. Slather them in avo, add a slice of tomato and some cracked pepper and you’re good to go!

Seed and Nut Medley
Last but not least is the much-loved nut mix. Nuts and seeds are a fantastic way to add protein, good fats and nutrients to your diet – plus they taste great! Mix together some cashews, almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds and chia seeds for a healthy and filling snack.

 

June122017

Why Teamwork is Important

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Being able to perform at your highest ability both individually and in a team is essential to success. When you work as a team you create a positive environment and enhance your happiness in the workplace. You also maximise your ability to get fast, effective results. Ultimately, teamwork brings people together – people from different backgrounds, with different skills and different interests. Embracing your colleagues and learning to work with them cohesively will benefit both your business and your overall happiness.

A happy workplace

Getting along with your coworkers will noticeably increase your happiness at work. Think about it – working with someone you’re able to hold a decent conversation and share a laugh with is going to be more enjoyable than working with someone who you can barely talk to. When you work in a team, you foster an environment of loyalty, unity and companionship. Teamwork promotes equality and camaraderie, and encourages communication. This creates a more empowered way of working, where your whole team is inspired and focused. When you have strong morale, reaults will follow.

An effective workplace

Everyone has different strengths, so it makes sense that working in a team generates success – imagine all those strengths combined! By harnessing multiple skills, teamwork makes for a more efficient result. Working in a team tends to mitigate power structures and hierarchies, which encourages respect among employees and replaces any potential for competition with support and cooperation. Teamwork also makes room for new perspectives on problem solving, and new ideas for growing success. Additionally, it provides more opportunities for learning, as colleagues learn new techniques from each other and through the team function. Finally, teamwork shows clients and customers that your team is well-oiled, encouraging and enjoys its work. And who doesn’t want to support a business that actually loves what it does?

How to make your team function

In order for teamwork to really ‘work’, a few processes need to be followed. You can’t simply put a group of people together and tell them to get going. It’s important to initially establish your team’s direction and vision. What are your team’s goals? What does it need to achieve? Next, you should set roles within your team. Who is the leader? Who are the strategisers? Once people know their position within the team, they will be clearer going forward able to work more efficiently. Then it’s all about staying on track, making sure everyone is happy and checking that the group is functioning well. To uphold team spirit and equality, why not have a team meeting at the start of the week? This creates an inclusive environment and ensures that everyone is one the same page. It’s also a good idea to have regular team performance assessments to see where you can improve things. From there, you can continue to grow your team, your business and your success.

 

 

May312017

Finding your Dream Career

We all want to have a career that’s perfect for us, right? A career that motivates and drives, and doesn’t make you dread getting up in the morning. A career where you can use your unique skill set and feel valued. That’s the dream! Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons many people settle into a career that isn’t their first choice. There are a lot of factors that weigh into this, including financial success, job security and lifestyle choices. However, fighting for your dream career is worth it.

Do you feel dissatisfied in your job? Do you think you could do more and be more? Do you want to change your life for the better?

It’s time to get inspired and build your dream career. So – how do you begin?

 

What are your interests?

A great place to start is to consider your interests. It makes sense that a career based on what you do in your free time is going to be a career you love. What are your hobbies? Do you play a sport or instrument, or enjoy reading or being creative? Maybe you’re really into photography or cooking. Perhaps sewing, fashion or cars is your ‘thing’. We all have a passion of some kind – in fact, many of us have multiple passions. What started out as an offshoot of my love for fashion and well-being turned into a career as a fashion and life stylist – and I couldn’t be happier. Think about your interests and build from there.

 

What makes you happy?

You should also consider the things in life that make you truly happy. What brings a smile to your face or peace to your mind? Maybe being outdoors is what makes you happiest, or spending time with friends. Maybe you just love interacting with other people in general. Maybe watching Netflix puts you at ease, or playing with animals makes you really smile. Whatever makes you individually happy is bound to be a good career fit.

 

What are your work strengths?

Considering your skill set is important when thinking about the right career for you. We all excel at different things, and your strengths should definitely be taken into account during this career-building process. Think about the skills you bring to the table. Are you great at strategising, marketing or sales? Are your problem solving or negotiating skills top notch? Are you a whizz with technology and social media? Maybe you have envious administration capabilities, or superb self-management. Are you an organised, flexible person? Do you have awesome customer service skills? No doubt there are multiple areas that you shine in, so make a list and get thinking!

 

What are your interpersonal skills?

Interpersonal skills are otherwise known as people skills. These are the skills you use in everyday life when interacting with others. If you have strong interpersonal skills, you’re probably great at connecting with people – something that employers really value. It’s important to consider your interpersonal skills as you uncover your dream career. How are you at communicating and building a rapport with colleagues and clients? Do you excel at leadership or teamwork? Is your workplace attitude professional? Are you good at motivating others or resolving conflict? Do you have great listening skills? As with your work skills, make a list to see where your strengths lie. Then combine that information with your interests and happiness factors, and begin brainstorming potential jobs! Remember, it’s never too late to build your dream career and change your life.

 

April192017

Exercise for Busy People: Fitting it all in

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As we get busier and busier, fitting exercise into our schedules becomes more difficult. It seems there’s always something that needs to be done! Too often, our exercise is sacrificed to make room for other pressing matters. With daylight savings and the onset of winter, things get even more tricky. Darkness, bad weather and tight schedules aside, getting enough exercise each week is extremely important for our physical and mental health. The fact is, we’re all busy! Using ‘busy’ as an excuse isn’t going to do any favours for our fitness level and overall health, so it’s time to prioritise exercise and make a place for it in your daily routine. Here’s how!

 

Keep it Regular

Consistency is key when it comes to maintaining a solid exercise regime. If you incorporate time for exercise into your schedule every day, you come to think of it as just another thing you have to do – one that can’t be replaced. Make a little plan for the week where you list all of your regular commitments and figure out a way to add some exercise in there. It might be that on three days of the week you get up 45 minutes earlier and go for a run, or on Wednesdays you take a longer lunch break and fit in a gym class. Maybe evenings work better for you and you can have a slightly later dinner. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

 

Keep it Interesting

Variation is important to ensure you stay motivated. Doing the same form of exercise every day will get boring after a while, and losing interest usually results in slacking off. I like to do several different kinds of exercise each week. As an example, you could go for a brisk walk on two mornings, a yoga and pilates class two evenings, a high intensity gym class like Pump or Spin two other days and a bike ride in the weekend. Simple! Trial and error is a good process here. Have a go at different activities and see which ones you enjoy the most and work best for your body.

 

Keep it Snappy

One of the main reasons we struggle to fit exercise into our schedules is because we view it as a long task that takes up a big chunk of our time. However, it’s better to exercise in short 30-45 minute bouts every day than a couple of longer sessions each week. Mix it up and have brief workouts during the week when you’re working and longer ones in the weekend when you have more free time.

 

Keep it Fun

Workout with your friends! This is a great way to catch up and stay motivated. Instead of meeting for a coffee, go for a walk on the beach or cycle around a park together. It’s fun and takes your mind off the fact that you’re exercising. Enrolling in a weekly class like yoga or AB&T together is another great way to encourage each other. Make it a regular thing that you do together – it’s surprising how great it can be.

 

 

November152016

Building Your Brand

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Your personal brand is a representation of who you are and what you want to achieve. Success comes from self-packaging the right way. Your brand should be an authentic package of what you believe in, which accurately and cohesively sets out your goals and intentions. There are several aspects you need to consider when beginning the process of self-packaging. Read on for details!

 

Message

First, you need to define what you want to achieve. What message are you trying to convey? What are your goals and dreams? What is your attitude towards life? What do you have to offer? What is your area of expertise? How do you want to be perceived by others? Honesty is key when it comes to your message. Don’t fabricate an artificial one – embrace how you really feel inside and use this to create your message. Authenticity is key. When you truly believe in something, your passion shows.

 

Image

Ever heard the saying “you are what you wear”? Personal style and presentation are important parts of branding. The way you dress is a representation of who you are. The colours, cuts and items you choose to wear all say something about you to the outside world. Does the way you dress align with who you are inside? Rather than wearing the latest trends simply because they’re trendy, wear what makes you feel confident and comfortable. Show off your unique style and boost your self-confidence and self-esteem.

 

Conduct

The way you conduct yourself also contributes to your overall brand. Don’t underestimate the importance of first impressions and having a groomed appearance! From how you walk and talk right down to how you shake hands all adds to the way you are perceived. Correct etiquette is essential if you are wanting to build trust, respect and and professional reputation. Consider your body language, manners and speech habits when building your brand.