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How I became one of LinkedIn UK’s Top 10 Power Women

Top 10 LinkedIn Uk Power Women

The UK’s Most engaged Women on LinkedIn

I was delighted to be contacted by LinkedIn UK last week, and be advised that I was one of their Top 10 Power Women !

As you can imagine, I was surprised, LinkedIn has over 10 million members in the UK, so this really is an accolade.

I am not sure if there is a magic pill to getting on to this list, but I’d like to share with you what I think enabled me to be chosen:

1. A full profile.

That includes as much detail as you want to share, what you do, qualifications, presentations, videos and it must include a photo of you.  Let your personality shine through

Health Warning: People do not trust profiles without images.  It also helps you to be memorable. Get that photo uploaded today

2. Group Creation.

I have set up three groups, which I manage.

What I love about groups is that you bring your tribe together.  You attract people who are interested in the same things that you are.  Groups are a great source of ideas, feedback, challenge and support.  Here are my groups, feel free to join one of them if it’s of interest to you:

Health Warning: Groups do take quite a lot of work to get off the ground, you will need to stimulate conversation, you may even be talking to yourself for a while until your group members decide they want to interact.  You will also need to respond to an ever growing number of comments, but its worth it.

3. Consistency

People will need to see you regularly to get to know you, you should really be posting daily.  Secondly your message should be consistent.

Health Warning: If one of your posts appears conservative and another outrageous, the audience wont trust this schizophrenic behaviour. Use your authentic voice.

4.  Quality posting

Join groups that are of interest to you, comment on others posts and start discussions.

Health warning:  Don’t just post your blogs or relevant articles without comment, add your opinion or a question to demonstrate why you are posting and your perspective.

What does success look like?

Well I attended an event recently and a chap came up to me who I’d never met before and said,

‘I know you, you are Jenny Garrett who post interesting articles on … LinkedIn group, you have a book Rocking Your Role’

I had never met him, but he knew me, all through the power of my LinkedIn profile!

Secrets of a LinkedIn Uk Top 10 Power Woman

To celebrate my Top 10 Power Woman status, I am running a one off online session in which I will share with you my LinkedIn success secrets.

You will learn:

*How to create a memorable profile

*How buzzing and thriving groups are crafted

*How to be consistently present on Linked, while only taking a few minutes your day

*How to make LinkedIn work for you

The price is only £49 and the session will take place on 1st May at 12pm GMT

Pre work and Post Session tips will be provided, as a well as a copy of the presentation.

Book here

The session will be recorded, so you can book and watch it later if you cant make the date and time.

**Please note that this is a one off sharing of my expertise, I will not be repeating this session**

Any questions get in touch +44 (0) 844 776 4744 or email jenny@reflexion-uk.co.uk

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Beat your business fears – infographic

We’ve all heard the saying, feel the fear and do it anyway, but that’s easier said than done.
Sometimes we also need a compelling reason to give us the push we need.
Well as per the infographic created by the great team at Sage below, the UK could receive a much needed boost of 33 million if a few more of us took the leap.
Is that enough of an incentive for you?

Sage beat business fears infographic
This infographic was produced by Sage UK

I am Jenny Garrett, Executive Coach, founder of Reflexion Associates, a leadership and coaching consultancy and author or Rocking Your Role – the how to guide to success for female breadwinners. Find out more about me, my programmes, speaking engagements and training at rockingyourrole.com and sign up for my newsletter

What’s your legacy as a woman breadwinner?

You are leaving a lasting legacy

You are leaving a lasting legacy

Here are a couple of responses I had from women on being the breadwinner recently:

I see myself as a role model for my niece, that you can’t leave it all up to a man. You have to be able to support yourself and if need be your family.

I know not to say I am the main bread winner, this seems to be a thing of shame to my male partners family and they would never acknowledge or talk about it. People still talk as if the money is his and I spend it – which is strange.

What sort of legacy are you leaving as a female breadwinner? Is it positive where you exude confidence, are happy and helping to establish a new normal? Or is it negative where you’re stressed, burdened and angry with your lot?

Coping with the highs and lows of financial independence, balancing traditional roles with new ones and remembering to take care of yourself isn’t easy. But you should bear in mind that however you choose to manage these challenges, your actions will leave a legacy for those that follow in your footsteps.

If you haven’t reflected on the legacy you leave or how you’re a role model and have influence over others, this is a good time to start. Think about it, if you were teaching someone to drive you would show them how to do it well and model your best self. It’s the same with showing the world how to be a female breadwinner. You need to display best practice whenever you can.

How you choose to be in the role of breadwinner has a significant effect on those around you. In my book Rocking Your Role: the ‘how to’ guide to success for female breadwinners I spoke to women main earners that were leaving a positive legacy for those that follow by making their corner of the world work.

Here are a few points I picked up:

Enjoy it – have pride in what you are doing even if it happened by accident or is a temporary situation. Ditch the guilt around being a female breadwinner and try to enjoy your role. This will give others the confidence to do so too.

Set your own terms– the role of main earner is traditionally male and you may work in a male dominated area, but that doesn’t mean you have to act like one. Let go of other’s assumptions to formulate the unique vision of you. You can be a main earner on your own terms; you just need to brave enough to set them.

Avoid superwoman syndrome– when you try to do it all and present an image that nothing has to give when juggling family and work you send out the wrong message. It’s an impossible charade that hurts you and the people that look up to you.

Stay healthy- if you want future female main earners to have a good sense of well-being, to feel physically and mentally healthy then you should place these things high on the agenda for yourself.

Embrace femininity– it can be hard to be able to display feminine characteristics in a traditional male role or even at work with many male colleagues but don’t shun them. It can send the wrong message to our daughters, sisters and nieces as well as the males in our lives.

As a female breadwinner you are one of the new breed of women that the world is watching. Whether you like it or not you now wear the badge of trendsetter or pioneer – so why not use your new position of power to encourage a positive legacy to help future female main earners? Give it a try and see the difference it makes to those around you.

I am Jenny Garrett, Executive Coach, founder of Reflexion Associates, a leadership and coaching consultancy and author or Rocking Your Role – the how to guide to success for female breadwinners. Find out more about me, my programmes, speaking engagements and training at rockingyourrole.comand sign up for my newsletter

Floella Benjamins 4 C’s philosophy on life

Floella Benjamin

At the age of 64 Floella Benjamin is still lively and youthful. For those of my generation Floella is best known for being a presenter on the children’s TV show Play School

What you might not know is that on 28 June 2010, Lady Benjamin was introduced to the House of Lords as a Life Peer nominated by the Liberal Democrats with title Baroness Benjamin, of Beckenham in the County of Kent.

In this role Floella is a campaigner for families and especially children. I met Floella once, the experience evoked so many childhood memories that I babbled like a schoolgirl and she politely and kindly smiled at me – I imagine this happens to her all the time.

This week Floella led a talk on Women in the 21st Century at the House of Lords, which I joined online. She shared her 4 C’s philosophy for life and I am sharing them with you below:

1 – Consideration – not to be judgemental – you never know what others situations are, just because they are not reacting in the way you want them to, or by your rules, it doesn’t mean that it’s personal.

2 – Contentment – have a happy and contented heart – don’t be jealous of others, instead learn to live with less. She asked ‘Why are we neglecting our children, why do we always want more?’

3 – Confidence – have high self esteem, high self worth – you need to be able to look in the mirror and say I like that person looking back at me. The more you give, the more you will receive, even if that wasn’t your intention.

4 – Courage – stand up for truth – always stand up for what your believe in!

Floella also mentioned the specific challenges that women have, such as being invisible in the workplace and she said that black women may have to take their foot off the accelerator so not as to be perceived as aggressive in the work place.

Her comment that most resonated with me was ‘women are like babies, throw them in the deep end and they’ll survive’

So what do you think about Floella’s 4C’s? It”s likely one will stand out for you that you will particularly need to work on. Take a look and work out why and what you might need to do.

Looking at 64 year old Floella, this philosophy obviously has anti ageing effects, so its worth a try!

I am Jenny Garrett, Executive Coach, founder of Reflexion Associates, a leadership and coaching consultancy and author or Rocking Your Role – the how to guide to success for female breadwinners. Find out more about me, my programmes, speaking engagements and training at rockingyourrole.com and sign up for my newsletter

Leadership Roles – How to Mentor someone

It’s no secret that I am a big fan of mentoring. I mentor women as part of the ASPIRE programme, the Cherie Blair Foundation, CityMothers and individuals that have approached me. I was very flattered to be shortlisted for the PRECIOUS Mentor of the Year in 2012.

I see mentoring women as a duty to that I am delighted to perform, when the chemistry is right and my capacity can cope with it.

Perhaps you have thought of being a mentor, but weren’t sure if you had the skills or how to start.  I came across this 3 minute video which I thought you would find informative

I’ll leave you with my top tips for mentors:

  • Get down and dirty – you can’t mentor from a distance, you have to get your hands dirty and understand the nitty gritty of what your mentee does.
  • Open doors – use your connections and your networks to open doors for your mentee.
  • Don’t let your mentee off the hook, keep them focused and on track to act.
  • Meet regularly – weekly or bi-monthly to keep the momentum going, the sessions can be short and sweet.
  • Be prepared to learn as much as your mentee does.

I really hope that it helps

I am Jenny Garrett, Executive Coach, founder of Reflexion Associates, a leadership and coaching consultancy and author or Rocking Your Role – the how to guide to success for female breadwinners. Find out more about me, my programmes, speaking engagements and training at rockingyourrole.com and sign up for my newsletter

How to Be the Most Organized Person in the World (Infographic)

I came across this fabulous infographic via Skirts and Ladders, a new network led by Lily Dey, designed to release the potential of early career women and accelerate their journeys as future leaders.

I was very flattered to learn that Lily has read Rocking Your Role, and chosen it to launch the Skirts and Ladders book club taking place on 12th February, 2013 at Canary Wharf,to find out more go to the Skirts and Ladders website.

Be the most organized person in the world

More Health and Fitness News & Tips at Greatist.

I am Jenny Garrett, Executive Coach, founder of Reflexion Associates, a leadership and coaching consultancy and author or Rocking Your Role – the how to guide to success for female breadwinners. Find out more about me, my programmes, speaking engagements and training at rockingyourrole.com and sign up for my newsletter

Exclusive – 50 Tried and Tested Business Tips – Final Day and full resource

 

Sage 50 Tried and tested Business Tips

Sage 50 Tried and tested Business Tips

Welcome to the final day of my sharing exclusive tips from Sage’s 50 Tried and Tested business tips resource, that I have been given early access to as a Sage Business Expert.

The resource has the following sections:

  1. Start Your Business
  2. Grow Your Business
  3. Manage Cash Flow
  4. Control Your Costs
  5. Work Life Balance
  6. Employing People
  7. Beating Business Fears

Yesterday I shared a practical tip from the Employing People and today I am giving you access to the full resource and a final tip on Beating Business Fears.

Todays Tip from the Beating Business Fears is:

Step out of your comfort zone

Everything that you desire, wish for, dream of, everything you want is outside of your comfort zone, so you need to step out to get it. Here are the keys to stepping-out:

• Accept, face, embrace, and push through your fears to break through your comfort zone

• Learn how to embrace the uncomfortable every day with daily actions

• Every time you will stretch outside of your box, you will grow (it is a never-ending process)

• It takes courage to step out of your comfort zone, so have someone to stand by your side as you do

Your ability to move forward depends on your ability to make decisions and on your ability to step out of your comfort zone: take actions and make it happen.

And here it is, the full resource from Sage 50 Tried and Tested Business Tips, I do hope you find it useful

I am Jenny Garrett, Executive Coach, founder of Reflexion Associates, a leadership and coaching consultancy and author or Rocking Your Role – the how to guide to success for female breadwinners.

Exclusive – 50 Tried and Tested Business Tips – Day 6

 

Sage 50 Tried and Tested Business Tips

Sage 50 Tried and Tested Business Tips

Welcome to Day 6 of my sharing exclusive tips from Sage’s 50 Tried and Tested business tips resource, that I have been given early access to as a Sage Business Expert.

The resource has the following sections:

  1. Start Your Business
  2. Grow Your Business
  3. Manage Cash Flow
  4. Control Your Costs
  5. Work Life Balance
  6. Employing People
  7. Beating Business Fears

Yesterday I shared a practical tip from the Work Life Balance section, and tomorrow, I will give you access to the full resource and a final tip on Beating Business Fears.

Do keep posted.

Todays Tip from the Employing People Sections is:

Hire people who are better than you

The best piece of business advice I got was “Don’t be afraid to hire people who are better than you are”. I liked that. Be humble and you’ll get great people on board who can maybe even teach you a thing or two along the way.

 

You are never going to be perfect in every way, and it’s never good to surround yourself with people just like you, even though it feels that it would make life easier to do so.  In the  long term you’ll miss out on the different perspectives, ways of doing things and innovation that comes from difference.  So have an open mind and don’t be intimated if you don’t know as much as your staff on a particular subject, that’s what they are there for.

 

I am Jenny Garrett, Executive Coach, founder of Reflexion Associates, a leadership and coaching consultancy and author or Rocking Your Role – the how to guide to success for female breadwinners. Tomorrow I’ll share a tip on Beating Business Fears and the full resource from the Sage 50 Tried and tested business tips.

Exclusive – 50 Tried and Tested Business Tips – Day 5

 

Sage 50 Tried and Tested Business Tips

Sage 50 Tried and Tested Business Tips

Welcome to Day 5 of my sharing exclusive tips from Sage’s 50 Tried and Tested business tips resource, that I have been given early access to as a Sage Business Expert.

The resource has the following sections:

  1. Start Your Business
  2. Grow Your Business
  3. Manage Cash Flow
  4. Control Your Costs
  5. Work Life Balance
  6. Employing People
  7. Beating Business Fears

Yesterday I shared a practical tip from the Control Your Costs section, and on Day 7, I will give you access to the full resource.

Do keep posted.

Todays Tip from the Work Life Balance Sections is:

Take time to think

Allow at least two hours every week for thinking and planning. You run the business. Don’t let it run you.

The most successful people are not always busy,they recognise the importance of reflection, creating space and seeing the big picture.  You’ll save time by investing it in ‘thinking’ rather than ‘doing’. Schedule the time in the diary and notice the difference it makes to your productivity.

I am Jenny Garrett, Executive Coach, founder of Reflexion Associates, a leadership and coaching consultancy and author or Rocking Your Role – the how to guide to success for female breadwinners. Tomorrow I’ll share a tip on Employing People from the Sage 50 Tried and tested business tips.

Exclusive – 50 Tried and Tested Business Tips – Day 4

Sage 50 Tried and Tested Business Tips

Sage 50 Tried and Tested Business Tips

Welcome to Day 4 of my sharing exclusive tips from Sage’s 50 Tried and Tested business tips resource, that I have been given early access to as a Sage Business Expert.

The resource has the following sections:

  1. Start Your Business
  2. Grow Your Business
  3. Manage Cash Flow
  4. Control Your Costs
  5. Work Life Balance
  6. Employing People
  7. Beating Business Fears

Yesterday I shared a practical tip from the Manage Cash Flow section, and on Day 7, I will give you access to the full resource.

Do keep posted.

Todays Tip from the Control Your Costs Sections is:

Negotiate energetically

Business energy contracts are automatically renewed. Make a note of contract dates and give the required notice to allow room for negotiation

Your business could be losing money simply because you are not ‘managing’ costs.  Keeping on top of contracts, negotiating, and shopping around could save you a small fortune.

Become a smart spender and a savvy negotiator, you have no excuse with the internet at your fingertips.

I am Jenny Garrett, Executive Coach, founder of Reflexion Associates, a leadership and coaching consultancy and author or Rocking Your Role – the how to guide to success for female breadwinners. Tomorrow I’ll share a tip on Work Life Balance from the Sage 50 Tried and tested business tips.

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