Why I’m promoting Shonda Rhimes’ masterclass

Shonda Rhimes is a legend screenwriter. She is responsible for How To Get Away With Murder, Greys Anatomy, Catch, Private Practice and Scandal. These are just to name a few. She has achieved phenomenal success where she owns Thursday nights. This is called Shonda land- when three of her programs play back to back in the US. This alone is enough to explain why I would be supporting Shonda Rimes’ masterclass.

But her personal success  isn’t my actual reason. Her phenomenal success is how I know about her. I support her because she is a woman of purpose and she claims that in her work.I’ve heard a couple of interviews where she talks about her  need to represent the diverse faces that she sees in her everey day life in her TV shows. What a phenomenal  game changer she has been. First prime time tv show to have a black female lead in 40 years (Scandal). Having a purpose I think is the reason behind her success. Check out what she says about having purpose here.

If you interested in finding how to develop your own purpose you can access your invitation to my FREE webinar  here.

Standing up and be seen

 

In my final post about   who are acting with  ,  and in keeping with the season of awards ceremony and the #Oscars – its last years Emmys Actress Round Table.

Its a great panel discussion about being a visible woman and bringing your craft to the public domain,  and all that entails. Both pain and pleasure.

It has Kirsten Dunst (‘Fargo’) joined six fellow television actresses for The Hollywood Reporter’s Drama Actress Emmy Roundtable including Julianna Margulies (‘The Good Wife’), Jennifer Lopez (‘Shades of Blue’), Kerry Washington (‘Scandal,’ ‘Confirmation’), Sarah Paulson (‘American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson,’ ‘American Horror Story: Hotel’), Regina King (‘American Crime,’ ‘The Leftovers’), and Constance Zimmer (‘UnREAL’).

They cover:

  • being challenged when stepping up to director
  • roles they won’t play
  • sexism faced by women
  • … and many more great topics

Ok, ok, ok! ’nuff said, get watchin!

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Saying yes to love and light

 

This is an inspiring video.

Living a life of strength and courage is not just about hard graft, striving and reaching.It can simply be about letting more light and love into your life. It can simply about  saying yes.

How can you think about letting more light and love into your life today. If  you want to smash through your own fears and say no to staying stuck. Then get my Free FEAR BUSTING checklist

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3 Steps to tackle your limiting beliefs

IMG_0782 So, how are you? Done something scarey recently? Well  up until last month, its been a while since I have done anything truly scare. But in April, I bit the bullet, I met and overcame a challenge.Thats me on the left, getting into Manhattan for the first time. As a nervous  flyer who always wanted to go to the big apple, I was going to have to tackle my limiting beliefs. That’s exactly what I did. I flew 9 hours from London to JFK, via Shannon. Why the long way round? I wanted to support myself and process immigration  in Ireland- it makes the journey much easier.

 

A bit of nerves in the immediate run up, but it was well worth it. Manhattan was all it was said to be. Fast, big and, had to be experienced first hand.  I went to Harlem, Wall Street, the United Nations, Central Park, Fifth Avenue and the Lincoln Center to name a few places. It was just amazing. Eating out was fab and the people so friendly.

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That got me thinking about transformational leadership. When your leading others, you  are usually you taking people through a change that while worth it, is totally scary, like flying for a nervous flyer. Remembering the emotional side of change is key. This is what I learnt; CBS:

  • Consistency, once I decided to go, I paid the ticket straight away.  There was no going back!
  • Benefits: I focused on what I was getting at the other end of the flight,  I really ramped that bit up. I spent  a lot of  time thinking about what I was going to gain. 
  • Support: I softened the  parts of  the challenge where I could. I flew business class and made immigration smoother. 

How have you challenged yourself recently,  and what lessons has that provided you with supporting others through change? I would love to hear from you in the comments box bellow.

 

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The power of women’s leadership

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A big thank you to Stephanie, Eleanor and Rosie.  It was an honour to chair a panel of amazing women leaders on International Women’s Day 2106.

It was an electric night, with plenty of candid conversation about our leadership journeys. This wasn’t about leadership theory, but how we are trying to make a real difference for others, our challenges and vulnerabilities. The inspiring communities that we worked with featured prominently, they had inspired us all.  The Q and A was fantastic.  The audience were really engaged during the Q and A. It  was an inclusive, open and honest dialogue.

 

 

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A bit more about the amazing women:Rosie Freeman and Eleanor Barrett are Co-Directors of arts organisation and social enterprise The Brick Box .  Eleanor has been the Director of the Bradford Playhouse, and Development Manager at Shunt Events Ltd. She has also devised and delivered arts participation programmes for people with entrenched substance misuse lifestyles. Rosie has produced work at the Shunt Vaults, LIFT, and managed projects for Penguin Books UK, Pearson Publishing, abd written for The Independent. She has supported Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy courses at the London Buddhist Centre.

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Stephanie Busari, Founder and Curator of TEDxBrixton   Stephanie Busari is a content strategist with 15 years experience working with some of the world’s leading publishers. She’s currently a digital editor at CNN.com where she has worked for the past seven years. She is also the founder and curator of TEDxBrixton. She has won several journalism awards including a Peabody award. Stephanie is storyteller who is passionate about giving people a voice and helping them tell their stories.

 

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WOMEN: New Portraits Annie Leibovitz

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After queuing for over an hour, we finally got in. While very busy, the portraits were stunning. Above are a couple of shots. If the exhibition comes to a city near you, do try and see them. You will get a chance to see photos from one of the most iconic photographer of our age.

The exhibition kicked off in London and will be shown in  Tokyo, San Francisco, Singapore, Hong Kong, Mexico City, Istanbul, Frankfurt, New York and Zurich.

I was quite taken by what to me seemed to me to be a study of women’s leadership. The photos showed women who lead at the grass roots, in the social sciences, politics, business, science, arts and philanthropy. Really powerful stuff.

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Coach your ‘inner critic’ and step into your greatness

 

 

Coach your ‘inner critic’ and step into your greatness

As we go into the new year I would like you to think about giving something up. I don’t mean the extra biscuit, glass of whine or that toxic friend. I mean something closer to home.

 

My challenge to you is to give up letting your ‘inner critic’ rule you. You know that voice, the one who gets you to be smaller than you are and gets you to play it safe.

 

Susan Brady who works with women leaders, provides in this short video, a good basis from which to start giving up the tyranny of your ‘inner critic’. Susan asks us  to coach your ‘inner critic’ rather than let it coach you. Her top tips in this video are:

  • Give up perfection and get comfortable with being imperfect
  • Vulnerability is ok too, make it ok for others to be vulnerable too
  • Know your enough, right now, as you are
  • Separate worthiness (what you are born with) from confidence (which comes from action)
  • Know that the more you engage, the louder the critic will become- strengthen your courage

 

My message to you as 2015 draws a close: don’t make yourself small, go big in 2016.

 

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Kelly Marie Hamon- the power of courage

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In my third article on inspiring woman this month, I am excited  to introduce  my interview with Kelly Marie Hamon- a dynamic trainer. When I first started talking with Kelly and getting to know her, I was stuck by her passion and energy. I just had to get to Kelly to share  her journey . Kelly has an amazing story of courage, strength and inner wisdom.  I hope you are as inspired as I am.

 

A brief background

I taught many years within the community before becoming a professional teacher in 2004. When I was a young child I was diagnosed with a learning disability. I’ve just learnt differently than others. My challenges have made me a dynamic instructor/trainer. I have a unique perspective on learning and have been able to assist many people who were falling through the cracks.

When I was a young child I was diagnosed with a learning disability in English (reading/writing) and Math. I often joke; ‘English isn’t my first language’. I could not read until 8 th grade. No one believed I would be able to get through high school. I remember hearing my mother cry to her friend about my disability and her concern for my future.

When I was 14, I attended an early morning program in the L.D.S. Church.That year they were reading the New Testament. I wanted to be able to read like everyone else was, this is what I call positive peer pressure. So every night I tried, and prayed to be able to read…this went on for quite a while with marginal success until one day I found I was able to read the scriptures by myself. I went on to get an Associates Degree, a Bachelors Degree and  then a Masters Degree.

Your journey to become a trainer and the obstacles you overcame

My mother was always  supportive, she always told me I could do anything I set my mind to. In my first student teaching experience,  the teacher in charge was very critical. The experience was terrible. Thankfully a dear and sweet teacher gave me rave reviews and gave me tons of opportunities–-she trusted and believed in me and built me up.

I thought I would be seen as a fraud if anyone knew about my disabilities because I continued to see myself as stupid. Some days I still struggle, specially if I’m stressed. It wasn’t until 2014 that I began to openly talk about my disabilities, listening to my inner voice and my extremely supportive husband -I felt it was time. My students positive responses gave me the courage to tell my story/struggles to others–-it’s been freeing to finally be open about that part of me.

Lessons you would tell your younger self

My top 5 lessons are:

  1. “You are not your disability”
  2. “Believe in yourself”
  3.  “Walk through the fires of fear because you have plenty of gifts to share and bless peoples lives with”
  4. ”Realize your disability will help you understand others”
  5.  ”Listen to the supportive voices of friends and family and stay away from people who would bring you down”.

Hopes/goals/exciting news for the future

I started my business this year–-I teach small business owners,  entrepreneurs and educators how to use social media effectively. Find out more here:https://twitter.com/KellyHamon

My ultimate goals is to be on stage, talking to 1,000 people and getting them to do things they never thought they would be able to do. I also want to become a philanthropist like my friend , who believed in me and my abilities to become a trainer.

I hoped you enjoyed!

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Inspring female leaderhsip

This is an insightful video about Claire Conner McCaskill’s leadership journey.This isn’t a post about her political positions. This is a video about a women chronicling her career  and, the lessons she learnt along the way.  A lawyer by training, Claire was the first women to be elected to the U.S. Senate for Missouri in her own right. What I found most striking about her story was the importance of confidence in yourself:

  •  tackle gender inequality in your workplace
  • develop your authentic voice
  • take risks
  • get  comfortable with being challenged and, challenging others
  • hold power in balance
  • get  comfortable with making mistakes

Enjoy! Let me know your comments below.

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Inspiring Events, Part 2

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This is the second of three instalments of my inspiring events series this month.  It was a coaching network event by London Coaches. I was pleasantly surprised and wanted to share some of the ideas in the hope you would find it useful.

The trainer asked us to think about the stories we play out on our lives, the:

  • Characters
  • Location
  • Genres
  • Plot lines

He asked one powerful question: Would changing one of the above elements get you
better outcome/story?

For example,  do you play the warrior at work but nothing works, everyone is screaming -a horror story. The trainer suggested instead using the character of jester to see if this changes up the energy and gets better outcomes, the story you want. That is slaying the dragon/reaching work goal via humour.

My take away was to be mindful of the narratives we have about ourselves and situations and not to get locked into stories that don’t service you- be flexible. You are the director.

Try it!

Enjoy!

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