Why breathing techniques are essential in overcoming anxiety
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Why breathing techniques are essential in overcoming anxiety

Breathing. Pfft!! How could breathing possibly help with anxiety? I used to feel so annoyed that anyone would even suggest the idea of using breathing techniques. “This isn’t something I have any control over!” I’d think with a roll of my eyes, “Don’t people know how paralysing the fear is for me?” It’s going to take…

What’s the biggest challenge of entrepreneurship that no one talks about?
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What’s the biggest challenge of entrepreneurship that no one talks about?

Speaking at Cornwall Business Fair alongside Sally Heard, CEO from Cornwall School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE), I opened up about the hidden challenges of social entrepreneurship: feeling like you’re not good enough and don’t belong here. The imposter experience is something I think the majority of us have experienced, be that in our careers or personal…

How can feeling socially anxious, shy and awkward affect someone’s life?
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How can feeling socially anxious, shy and awkward affect someone’s life?

Talking about our self-doubt and our anxieties in social situations is still taboo. We tend to think we should be able to do certain things, like talk to strangers and speak up, just because other people seem to manage with ease. It can feel like we’re the only person struggling. Then there’s the stigma we experience when…

How to use the balanced breathing technique for anxiety
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How to use the balanced breathing technique for anxiety

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…

Mindset tips for overcoming nervousness in speaking
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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…

Practical tips for overcoming nervousness in speaking
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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…

A recruiter’s 6 top tips to help introverts master networking

A recruiter’s 6 top tips to help introverts master networking

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. “Find safety in numbers.” Take your comfort zone with you by networking in pairs or even larger groups. Going to these events with someone you know can help you by…

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…

Why you should forget the whole idea of networking as an introvert, and do this instead

Why you should forget the whole idea of networking as an introvert, and 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…