I ‘m due to attend yet another networking event tomorrow evening (hosted by Women on the Move).
Yes, it ‘s that time of year again, when fun barbecues (where it ‘s often easier to mix) turn to enclosed spaces in upmarket conference suites in hotels, where you are expected to speak to other entrepreneurs, sell your business or promote your idea.
There are many business workshops and training events that are designed for businesswomen.Have you noticed how they tend to cover the same sort of themes?Conflict management skills for women.Assertive communication skills for women.Confidence building for women.Isn ‘t all this slightly reactive and belittling?Haven ‘t businesswomen in 21st century Northern Ireland moved past these stereotypes yet?
Beyond the Glass Ceiling is different.Instead of assuming what women need, we will address what real women want.Instead of patronising women by ‘helping ‘ them play catch-up, we will equip women to move ahead.Our workshops will achieve this by addressing some workplace issues with an openness and honesty that is rare, but that everyone welcomes when it arrives. Continue reading “Beyond the Glass Ceiling (Women’s Event)”
Emotional Intelligence (EI) is more than a sign of the times or the latest management movement – although it is both. Next week, I will be delivering a workshop at QUB on EI. This is an outline of what we will be considering.
Following a request from a group of business people in Omagh, we are holding a seminar in the South West College on 14 June. This seminar has been run several times before, mainly in the Belfast area. Comments are always positive. Here are some recent responses: Continue reading “Social Media Seminar in Omagh”
This two day workshop will take place on Wednesday – Thursday, 17-18 February 10, 09:30-16:30. Speaker: Dawn Baird.
The realities of modern work life – flat structures, tough workloads and the need to exert influence across traditional boundaries – ensure that assertiveness skills are not an optional extra. Aggression is unacceptable; passivity is ineffective. Continue reading “Assertiveness & Workplace Confidence”
Just a quick announcement of two similar events coming up in Carrickfergus and Magherafelt in December, entitled Marketing Your Business with Social Media. Both are free, and open to businesses in the relevant council areas.
On Saturday 21 November, I am running a workshop at QUB entitled Retirement: One Big Loose End. I’ve had confirmation this week that there are 14 attendees so far. What prompted me to run a workshop on retirement? Well, two things:
The average age of my students at my Open Learning (mostly IT) workshops is somewhere between 50-70
Speaking to someone a few months ago about retirement, the word that stood out was “grim”
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