Comfort Zone

How to grow your comfort zone [Free gift]

How do you cope when you feel anxious in social situations? My go-to strategy was always avoidance. I’d choose not to do anything that would put me in what I’d imagine to be an uncomfortable situation. Sometimes, I’d wish so hard that I would become sick so I didn’t have to go somewhere, that I […]

vulnerability challenge

#TheVulnerabilityChallenge: Slow thinking in job interviews (Day 14)

The Vulnerability Challenge Day 14 The distance between my brain and my mouth seems so much further than for other people… Something that always bothered me was the fact that I didn’t think very quickly. If I was put on the spot I would completely freeze at times. It’s like the distance between my brain […]

Certificates

#TheVulnerabilityChallenge: Armouring up with certifications (Day 4)

#TheVulnerabilityChallenge Day 4 Qualifications are armour that I wear to hide my self-doubt In my career I’ve never felt like I’m good enough, like I know enough or I’m competent enough. I imagine that I’ll feel competent and knowledgeable when I learn this or practise that; when I get the next advanced certification or when so and […]

Job interview

An introvert’s three step guide to the job interview

Job interviews are terrifying. There is no other way to put it. I find them to be a surreal and an unrealistic experience. For me, like for so many others who are of a quieter disposition or feel socially anxious, the idea of selling yourself to a stranger as their next employee can trigger negative […]

How to reduce anxiety with balanced breathing

Managing anxiety Your body’s response to stress is triggered automatically by a part of your nervous system that you have little control over. This takes you out of a calm and balanced state and puts you into a state of ‘fight or flight’, altering your heart rate, blood pressure and your breathing. This is when […]

Speaking Connections speech

Mindset tips for overcoming nervousness in speaking

At April’s Speaking Connections gathering, we spent some time sharing the valuable tips that our members are already using in overcoming nervousness in speaking. This is one of a two-part post sharing our members’ wisdom. Look out for our previous post passing on the gatherings practical tips. Getting into the right frame of mind What can you do to relax before an […]

Speaking Connections

Practical tips for overcoming nervousness in speaking

At April’s Speaking Connections gathering, we spent some time sharing the valuable tips that our members are already using in overcoming nervousness in speaking. This is one of a two-part post sharing our members’ wisdom. Look out for our next post passing on the gatherings mindset tips. Practising and using prompts One of the best ways to ease the anxiety […]

networking for introverts

6 specific networking tips for introverts [SlideShare]

Do you find the prospect of networking a little daunting? Here are six ultra-specific networking tips for introverts from recruiter Andrew Ellis to help you. How to master networking if you’re an introvert from Hayley Stanton “Find safety in numbers.” Take your comfort zone with you by networking in pairs or even larger groups. Going […]

5 things introverts wish their job interviewers knew

5 things introverts wish their job interviewers knew

Have you ever felt like the job interview is institutionalised discrimination against introverts? When I fill out a job application or write a CV, my introvert skills serve me well. I can research thoroughly, carefully consider an employer’s needs and how my skills might fit, and then present that information coherently. I’m often invited to interview for 4 […]

mBraining: Wise decision making

The art and science of wise life choices

When was the last time you made a decision that you knew, deep down, was the wrong thing to do? We’ve all done it, haven’t we? We’ve all got a story to share about a relationship that shouldn’t have been entered into; a job that made you miserable; or that time you invested in education […]

Networking

Forget the whole idea of networking… do this instead

What does the word ‘networking’ mean for you? For me, it conjures up images of a space crammed with people; some awkwardly making small talk, some deep into delivering their elevator pitch. There’s that annoying guy running around the room thrusting his business cards into the sweaty palms of politely uninterested attendees. Everyone wants to […]