30th Sep 2020
“There’s no question that women are being hit harder by the Covid-19 slowdown”, says Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter.
Whilst it is difficult to have the exact percentage of redundancies for women due to Covid-19 the estimate is around 70% of women have lost their job due to the pandemic. There are many factors around the ‘why’ of this, but let’s focus on creating opportunities to support women in gaining further employment. In New Zealand there are resources and funding available for re-training, professional development and starting your own business. But if getting another job is the main focus, the big question is, how do you stand out in this crowded market? One report I heard was the same job advertised this time last year in a company in Queenstown attracted 4 applicants. This year it was 90. What to do? First of all, get your CV updated and checked over by an HR advisor. If your CV is not spot on you won’t even progress to the next step – getting an interview. If there is even a vague error in it, it won’t even get onto the ‘yes’ pile. Let’s say you have taken this critical step and your CV will most definitely get you into round two – the interview. You might have around 40 -45 minutes to articulate exactly WHY you should get the job. For some women this in itself is challenging but it is a must. If you don’t speak up for what you have done, what you can do and how you will add value to the company interviewing you, no one will, and that is your opportunity lost. It’s nerve wracking but there are techniques, strategies and exercises to keep your nerves at bay and to confidently and eloquently present you at your best. Appearing confident is impressive to any prospective employer. Presenting yourself well will also be impressive because this will possibly mean you will present well for their business. Lastly, to learn how to do your best in an interview please do not turn to You Tube. You need to learn what works for you and You Tube videos are very generic and, at times, out and out wrong. If you want to be the best you have to learn from the best. That’s the bottom line. Because children’s speech is very close to my heart I am donating a child’s speech programme for every corporate re-training attendee for my coaching programmes. If you are looking for help and your company has a re-training package, get in touch. If you know of a child (or even a school) that would benefit from free speech lessons nominate them and we will go from there. “Victory comes from finding opportunities in problems.”
21st Sep 2020
Losing your voice is not funny when training others how to speak clearly, confidently and with authority is your actual business.
So, how did this happen? 5 reasons actually.
#1. I haven’t taken care of my vocal cords. I haven’t stayed hydrated enough primarily and I haven’t been projecting my voice in the correct way.
#2. I have been speaking for too long and too often – I haven’t rested enough. Sometimes by the end of the day I’m whispering. In my schedule I usually have chunks of time to do tasks that don’t include speaking but over the last month I've been cramming other things in. See #3.
#3. I have trying to do too much, take on too many projects that I can’t really fit into my day without something else being squeezed out or down AND not sticking to my knitting, taking on projects that are irrelevant to my business. But they sound fun! And it is fun! Until someone gets injured. Ahem.
#4. I haven’t said no. Similar to #3 but different in that I haven’t been honest. Sure, I can do that. When you do want to start? Ummm, well, I don’t really do that anymore but why not? Just this once.
In other words, I haven’t been honest. I generally believe in psychosomatic symptoms (as in there are other underlying factors behind the injury or illness) and this lost voice is telling me to say “No, sorry that doesn’t fit into my schedule at the moment” or “My business doesn’t offer that service anymore, try this one”.
#5. Because of all the rush and stress going on, my breathing has become inverted. Breathing into my chest as opposed to my diaphragm. This is speaking 101 and I have gone way off on some tangent and this ‘lost voice’ is saying ‘come back, we need you here’.
Here’s to rest, water, diaphragmatic breathing and saying “No.” Clearly and confidently.
If you need help with your voice here are 3 ways I can help:
Here's to your successful week, Miriam.
7th Sep 2020
Presenting, public speaking and pitching are a must for your success not only in business but also life in general. There are particular strategies, skills, techniques that help propel you out of your shyness, worry, fear, whatever it is that's holding you back to achieve.
Our voice is a powerful means of communication. How we articulate sounds, our pitch, tone, pace, use of pause, emphasis and inflection all communicate many cues as to who we are, where we come from and even what our intentions are. We can project our power, or perhaps lack of it, through our voice and those who listen to us can make judgements about many aspects of our life and whether they are ‘buying in’ to what we are saying.
Our speech and communicating effectively is a life- long skill. We build our confidence when we correctly articulate sounds, pronounce words and to speak with an effective voice that is heard clearly, is interesting to listen to and above all wins us what we are seeking.
Does the thought of not being heard worry or frustrate you? There are ways and means to solve this problem, don't be afraid to ask for help as it sometimes can be as simple as tweaking one or two things in either your preparation or delivery. Just ask!