How nature can teach you to value your quiet personality

How nature can teach you to value your quiet personality

We often think of ‘quiet’ as being an undesirable quality, that to communicate we must be loud and put ourselves out there – but nature teaches us differently. To survive, to thrive and to enjoy life, nature beautifully finds its own quieter ways of communicating. By looking at 5 incredible ways that nature uses quiet…

Why dating is so hard when you experience social anxiety and how you can make it easier
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Why dating is so hard when you experience social anxiety and how you can make it easier

Dating is not easy… Dating is one of those things that we tend to think we ‘should’ be able to do because other people seem to find it so easy. But the truth is that dating isn’t easy -and this is true even for people who don’t experience social anxiety regularly. I promise, it’s not…

We may not say a lot or speak it loud, but our words are important
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We may not say a lot or speak it loud, but our words are important

In the nineteenth century, when the Bronte sisters published their literary works, they did so under male pseudonyms. It was either that or they were at risk of their novels, at best, not being taken seriously, at worst, never to be seen hot off the press and selling at all. Clearly, there was no question,…

5 top tips for showcasing your quieter communication skills in a job interview
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5 top tips for showcasing your quieter communication skills in a job interview

Communication Skills for Career Success Ask an employer from any sector what they look for in new recruits and it’s not long before that broadly defined powerhouse of a soft skill – communication – springs to mind. Not surprising, really. Effective communication means a potential hire has the interpersonal and persuasion skills to explain ideas…

3 reasons you need to have that tough conversation today
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3 reasons you need to have that tough conversation today

Let’s face it, we would all rather avoid uncomfortable feelings if it were at all possible. This includes avoiding tough conversations. When we feel hurt or vulnerable, our first response is often to do anything we can to move away from that feeling. We might be choosing to be burying our heads in the sand…

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…

Public Speaking When You Hate, Public Speaking

Public Speaking When You Hate, Public Speaking

Racing heart, wobbly legs, churning stomach and the feeling that any moment now you’re about to pass out because you can hardly breathe. Yes, it’s the impending doom of knowing you have to stand up in front of a room filled with people and talk. Now, I don’t personally know anyone who particularly loves public speaking (do…

What I’d like to say to my Emergency Nurse on World Suicide Prevention Day

What I’d like to say to my Emergency Nurse on World Suicide Prevention Day

To the Emergency Nurse, on the day I chose to die by suicide: When I arrived in the Emergency Department, 19 years old and blushing under my tear-stained cheeks, do you remember the words you spoke to me? You said, “Did you do this for attention?” Perhaps you’ve spoken the same words to other introverted, socially anxious…

3 top tips for talking to people when you feel socially anxious
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3 top tips for talking to people when you feel socially anxious

The one that doesn’t speak Have you always been the quiet one? The one that doesn’t speak? Me too. I’d listen to friends’ discussions from the sidelines. I’d hear the constant chatter, but I wouldn’t chip in. I didn’t know how to talk to people. Did I have any thoughts worth sharing? I often couldn’t…

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…