How to get the most out of high stakes situations

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What is this about?

This is the final contribution to the theme of productivity this October. We will look at a book that helps you get the most out of high stakes situations. The book is called Gravitas by Caroline Goyder. In short Caroline will help you own the room in a variety of anxiety inducing social situations.

How is this different?

I really like the non prescriptive style of the author. Caroline sets out a range of tools and, encourages you to pick out the ones that fit best. This relaxed approach helps you get the best from yourself.

How it can help

This is a mini voice coach in your pocket. Its practical and easy to read. The book will talk you through the features of Gravitas step by step. As a bonus, Caroline provides situation specific tips such as interviews, presentations and talking on TV. A real gem.

Caroline recently did a talk at Ted X Brixton. Check her out here when the video goes up.
You can also get her book on amazon.




How to streamline your wardrobe and  boost your productivity this Autumn

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What is this about?

Under this months productivity banner, I want to introduce you to Jess Lively. Jess   has an amazing blog about ‘living with intention’. She has a specific post called ‘makeunder my wardrobe’- a step by step guide to achieving the style you’ve always dreamed of . Why is this post under the productivity theme? Well, the reason is simple. I find that by streamlining my wardrobe and being happy with every piece in there, it cuts down on my prep time by half. My productivity is boosted!


How is this different?

Jess talks from the heart and her own lived experience. Not one bit of talking down to you. This is really refreshing for a style post.


How it can help?

As Jess has gone through this process herself, she has developed a really down to earth’s process. In four fabulous steps you can get the your best ever wardrobe yet. Jess talks you through getting a style that reflects the true you, by helping you to:


  • Create a vision
  • Exfoliate your stuff
  • Identify intensions
  • Reflect and evolve

Check her blog out here.


Remembering- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People


What is ist?

This book is classic and sets out what the author, Stephen Covey, sees as the basis of successes. In the book he will walk you step by step through his 7 habits of effectiveness.

How is this different?

As I mentioned, this is a classic. and was first published in 1989. This is one of the books that has effectively stood the test time. I can honestly say that, because I have been listening to it on audiobook recently. I have picked up some real gems, ideas and strategies that I can use now, in my day day life. I love the section on prioritising based on values for example.

How can it help?

As we go into autumn and have more nights in, this book is perfect.

This is a book with a lot of depth and scope and I find the the holistic approach in tune with my modern life. This isn’t just about the c suit, but about your family life, your well-being and your sprit, alongside your job. The seven habits are:

1-Be Proactive

2 – Begin with the End in Mind

3 – Put First Things First

4 – Think Win-Win

5 – Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood

6 – Synergize

7-Sharpen the Saw

I would suggest reading this with a a friend would be helpful so you can discuss ideas and tips -its pretty meaty and this will help with working through all the info.

How to Be Productive – Top Tips from Marie Forelo

What is it?
I am looking at the theme of productivity with this post. Marie Forelo shares her own strategies on achieving your best every day.

How is this different?
Marie is engaging and delivers this video with panache! Marie also references other great self development gurus, so this clip is  a great source of info. She also looks at well-being and not just about doing more.

How can it help?

The top tips in the video are really simple and easy to add into your day to day:

  • think of time as your friend
  • create your own morning routine to set you up for the day
  • work out
  • prioritise and stick to it