This is a series of conversations with women at the top of their game about how they got there - triumphs, tribulations and trust in their gut. How they did and whether it was all worth it. Illustration by Clare Mallinson Music by John Chambers
Show Me The Way To Get A Non-Exec with Sarah Pierman, CEO of Dynamic Boards
25:34As Martha Lane Fox so succinctly put it recently: "Your country needs you – to be a non-exec director". It may seem like a pipe dream, or you may never have even considered it but when you've rolled your eyes at another corporate blunder, ask yourself, how would I have handled that differently. Then ask yourself, can I be part of the change? And the answer is yes. And the how is where Sarah Pierman from Dynamic Boards comes in. She set up what is effectively a jobs board mining all the non-exec positions out because she didn't see enough people like her on the boards that she was on. So she decided to do something to change that. Tune in to hear how you can become a non exec, broaden your network, your experience and get paid to do it. My favourite tip: “Nose in. Hands out.” Listen to find out what that means!
Show Me The Way To Dress For Success With The Personal Brand Stylist Clare Chambers
23:53We may wish it weren't the case but how we present ourselves visually matters as much as what comes out of our mouths. Research shows that clothing influences first impressions. It affects how people perceive and interact with us. In this 20-minute masterclass I'm speaking to personal brand stylist Clare Chambers about how female leaders can use their wardrobe to improve confidence, perception and ultimately their careers. #femaleleadership #stylist #personalbranding
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Show Me The Way To Manage The Menopause with The CityFashGal Paula Fry
24:09This episode is for everyone. Please listen. If you're a woman, you need to know about this. If you're not...you need to know about this. Menopause. A word that often strikes fear, embarrassment, denial! Its onset comes with a myriad of symptoms that affect many women differently. It may be a natural part of ageing that effects half of the population but its effects can have a severely detrimental effect on that 50%s working life. Given it usually occurs between 45 and 55 years - its peak careerr/ earning potential...Research shows that 10% of women leave their jobs, and many more reduce their hours or pass up promotions because of their menopausal symptoms. Not only does that hit the pay packet, it can hit your long term living too. Recent research has found that menopause could leave a £63,000 dent in a woman’s retirement savings as a result of moving to reduced hours. To talk about all this, and how she's navigated this time herself I'm joined by Paula Fry, Global Head of Fixed Income and FX Trading Liquidity at Bloomberg - the global financial data and media company who also has an impressive instagram following as @cityfashgal and appeared on Davina's Menopause documentary series: Sex, Mind and the Menopause. Paula feared she was developing dementia when she began going through perimenopause in her early 40s. She describes how the brain fog was so debilitating thing and how she questioned whether she was clever enough any more to do the job. Please share this episode. It's by speaking up, and listening, that we normalise conversation about something that is so normal and recognise that as all of us will be working well into our 60s, we need to keep going during the menopause and support each other, and be supported to get through it. Otherwise we get lost. And we miss out on not only career opportunities but also a chunk of cash for later in life. For Emmeline's bookshelf Paula recommends: Sally Hughes: Everything Is Washable
Show Me The Way To Write Emails That Get Results with World #1 Trainer Kim Arnold
22:56Welcome to this special edition of Show Me The Way podcast with me Naomi kerbel. It's special because we recorded it on LinkedIn Live Audio so you'll excuse some of the tapping and tinny sounsd as we get to grips with this new platform. Today I'm talking to Kim Arnold, the founder of the world’s No. 1 email writing training course, Email Engagement and Author of Email Attraction: Get what you want every time you hit send Given we spend 6 years on email over the course of a lifetime (that's longer than time spent eating, socialising or going on holiday) it's time we focused on getting it right so we can do less of it and have more fun! This episode is packed with top tips and information. Please share widely and buy the book which I have found invaluable. The book: Email Attraction: Get what you want every time you hit send
Show Me The Way "Author Special" with Feminist Revenge Writer, Scarlett Brade
16:53"This isn't a story. This is my confession. I have killed my ex's new partner." Punchy opening to this feminist revenge thriller by debut novellist Scarlett Brade. In it Charlotte is dating a famous boxer. All is champagne and roses, until it's not and social media has a huge part to play. On Show Me The Way Scarlett explains how she came to write the book, how she got an agent, life imitating art as she'd had a relationship with a famous boxer which inspired the book, and her 'gal' group which got her through the break up. For Emmeline's bookshelf she recommends The Unmorrow Curse - a mythical fantasy perfect for 8-12 year olds. Its author also happens to be her sister Jasmine Richards.
Show Me The Way To Value My Female Friendships and Identify Toxic Ones with BFF Author Claire Cohen
32:15What was the most painful breakup of your life? Was it a romantic relationship or was it a friendship? Certainly for me both rank pretty highly in terms of sucker punches in my history. On today's show, Claire Cohen, author of BFF? The Truth About Female Friendship suggests that from infancy we are fed a diet of 'Best Friends Forever' - the idea that you should have a female soulmate to whom you tell all your secrets and who always has your back. A myth she tells me that she wants to bust. She's coined a new term: BBFN - best friends for now. Rather than spending years striving for a vision of female friendship that isn't realistic, she has spoken to dozens of experts and suggests we look for what suits us best and appreciating what we've already got. Claire also explores toxic friendships and how to figure out if you're in one; competition within a friendship being the last taboo and how to pay it forward if your friendship plate is full. Finally she encourages us to celebrate and show some love to those longlasting friendships that have stood the test of time. For Emmeline's bookshelf she recommends: Bess Kalb's Nobody Will Tell You This But Me.A brilliantly original memoir of a grandmother speaking to her granddaughter from beyond the grave, telling the story of her life with hilarious candor and love.
Show Me The Way To See Love Island Through A Feminist Lens with Campaigner Emma Moseley
20:16Welcome to Show Me The Way - the podcast that speaks to women at the top of their game about what it takes to get there. Emma Moseley is a feminist campaigner and the voice behind the hugely popular instagram account @EmmaInProgressUK which dissects misogynistic behaviour on reality TV. And right now her life is deep in Love Island. By shining a light on these relationships playing out she creates a space to have a conversation about what is right and what is definitely wrong in modern love. For Emmeline's bookshelf Emma recommends All About Love by bell hooks.
Show Me The Way To Shop Pre-Loved with Success
27:41Love it or loathe it. As soon as the first letter of the month turns to J, the reality show Love Island is EVERYWHERE from slogan tees to water bottles to wash bags. Now in the past the show’s been sponsored by fashion brands like BooHoo and the stars often go on to do collections for sites like Pretty Little Things but the programme makers have faced a backlash for promoting fast fashion – there has been criticism of poor standards for for workers and the environmental impact is huge. So ITV studios have made a major shift. eBay is the new sponsor. And all the items will be pre-loved. i.e. second hand…so basically you can’t shop the look exactly but you can shop a look of the look. Their aim – to help shoppers “find the pre-love of your life.” And my guest on Show Me The Way this week is someone who believes that "everything a person needs to wear or use is already in existence." Stay tuned for tips on how to buy the best pre-loved and how it really can make a difference to the planet and your pocket. My guest today is Emily, founder of Emily London – vintage and preloved style. She’s a former fashion and beauty journalist for Tatler and Vogue and e-commerce exect for Net-a-Porter’s TheOutNet and Refinery29…so basically she knows a LOT about fashion.
Show Me The Way To Be More Green with Lucy Johnson
32:00Lucy Johnson is the CEO and founder of Green Salon, a company that helps people stick to their good intentions for good. She combines psychology and sustainability to make our lives and the planet better. And the good news is that by doing it, we feel good about ourselves! New research from the household cleaning brand Ecover reveals that 66% of those surveyed find that taking measures to reduce their impact on the environment puts them in a good mood but 52% feel guilty about the amount of single-use plastic they’re using. Lucy explains that if we believe sustainability is about sacrifice, we’re much less likely to embrace any kind of alteration in our lifestyles but celebration and compassion both tap into the reward centres of our brain. So it's important that we celebrate small changes and forgive the lapses. Here are the Top 10 environmentally-conscious activities that put us Brits in a good mood: 1. Taking a reusable bag shopping 53% 2. Turning lights off when not in use 52% 3. Reusing food leftovers 45% 4. Washing out plastic containers and recycling them 45% 5. Turning things off at the socket when not in use 40% 6. Using a reusable water bottle 39% 7. Turning down the heating/using the heating less often 38% 8. Washing out packaging/ plastic bottles to reuse them 37% 9. Cycling or walking instead of driving somewhere 37% 10. Washing clothes at 30 degrees 34% *Research conducted by One Poll with 2,000 UK adults, 25-28 January 2022 You can find out more about Lucy's work here: Green Salon websiteGreen Salon Directory Green Salon on Instagram And more about Ecover's Refillery here
...To Manage Intrusive Thoughts With Dr Caroline Boyd
28:02Content Warning: intrusive thoughts of harm Being a new parent can be very, very tough. Amidst the delicious snuggles and downy smells can be upset, anxiety and sometimes even rage. This can be compounded by lack of sleep and it's quite common for women to experience intrusive thoughts of harming their baby. Often these thoughts are accompanied by intense emotions of shame, horror and fear. Clinical psychologist Dr Caroline Boyd specialises in intrusive thoughts and anger particularly around parenting. Her new book ‘Mindful New Mum’ helps women find more head and heart space to transform those early years of parenting with compassion and kindness. In this episode she explains how common these thoughts are and explains that research backs up the fact that when women feel ashamed and horrified it's a strong sign that they're not going to hurt the baby. Caroline's new book 'Mindful New Mum' goes deep into this stuff and helps the reader manage the muddle of motherhood through mindfulness and meditation. For Emmeline's bookshelf Caroline recommends The Tigon and the Liger by Keilly Swift - a story about appreciating your differences and learning to love the skin you're in. Warning: in this episode we talk about depression, anxiety, and unwanted, intrusive thoughts including harming babies. If you are in the UK and struggling with unwanted intrusive thoughts or are experiencing any other mental health challenges, please do speak to a trusted health professional or your GP who can refer you to further support. The PND charity PANDAS is a great resource with a free helpline as well as free email and text support. Or you can contact Samaritans whose 24hr free helpline as well as email and in person support options. Or text the word 'SHOUT' to 85258 to start a conversation with a trained Shout Volunteer, who will text you back and forth, sharing only what you feel comfortable with.