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Career women: Four tips to get a date from the man you want

Well I wish I had this advice when I was dating (as my daughter puts it: “in the olden days”) – but I am indebted to Lisa Copeland who is a dating coach – where else but in America. And I have added my own thoughts (quite a lot) based on the fact I was...
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November 19 was a special day in my life. It was the tenth anniversary of my women’s network. And it was celebrated with a terrific party attended by 100 top calibre business women in conversations with Cherie Blair. Our 10th birthday lunch was exactly what I hoped it would be – inspirational, fun, relaxed and...
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Jennifer Lawrence is right: You can be too nice in business

She earns millions per film especially through the Hunger Games series. But actress, Jennifer Lawrence says she was called a ‘brat’ as part of a backlash when she spoke out about the issue of unequal pay between men and women in the acting industry. “When I found out how much less I was being paid...
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How to get past the interview and be the successful applicant | Life of a Lady Blog

I had a positive response to a recent blog about interview techniques so am returning to the subject because it is a crucial part of the business process and one you need to win. Only today I was at a company in the process of selecting highly paid executives and they said they always eliminated...
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Come to lunch with my Professional Women’s Network

The shortlist for Professional Network of the Year has been announced and out of 450 entries, our network made the last six in our category, allowing us to use the branding above. The winner will be announced on November 19 (the date of our 10th birthday – is that a sign? Probably not!) Thank you...
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If only I had these tips before .. Read, learn and leap over the interview hurdle.

I remember the story which swept the newspaper world. The editor of a recently launched Sunday national paper met the proprietor to discuss how to turn the figures upward. At the end of the discussion, the proprietor asked: “Anything you want to ask me?”   ”Yes,” said the editor, “I wondered when I could take my...
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It’s so WRONG to try to be one of the boys | Life of a Lady Blog

Though the job market has changed men still control and run most large companies. So, if you work in such an organisation it must be tempting to try to impress your company by being one of the boys. Especially as life seems easier for men in that environment. One of my networkers told me she...
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How to talk to people who don’t want to talk to you | Life of a Lady Blog

I LOVE THIS ADVICE AND WISH I’D HAD IT EARLIER IN MY CAREER! Three ways to motivate decision-makers to give you a chance in the all-important first minute. I am indebted to Sam Horn founder and CEO of the Intrigue Agency, where she consults on strategic communications in America for her advice about how to...
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