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I have been delivering training to organisations such as: Practice Teachers, Mental Health Practitioners, Magistrates, NHS Staff, Business Start-ups for more than 25 years. The most important thing that I have understood at this time is to get to the bottom of “What do people what to learn?” because the most skilled trainer has completely failed if they have not facilitated and imbedded learning.
Designing and delivering training that connects and inspires, uplifts and educates is one of the things that I love to do best. Tell me what you need and we will work with your budget to give you something special and impactful.
I’m mixed race, attractive, educated, well spoken, ie the acceptable face of a strong black woman. And yet I’ve known arrests, beatings, being excluded, spat on, ingnored in certain circles, sexism from close family members, nasty name calling from supposed loved ones, I’ve denied ...Read Post
We’re approaching the end of our professional development season at Shakti Women, so I thought I’d share a piece I wrote years ago.
I honestly believe, I would have moved more quickly up the corporate ladder if I had known then what I know now.
Here are my 10 quick tips to Take You to the ...Read Post
The seeds of these words were born from a workshop I was asked to deliver on leadership for social entrepreneurs. I developed the theme further for my delivery of Inspirational Leadership for the women leaders of Birmingham. I’m just writing a new workshops for Little Leaders, so the theme of ...Read Post
I recently ran one of my favourite workshops: “What Makes You Sparkle”.
30 women focusing on their Sparkle makes for a very sparkly room indeed.
As the women talked about their SPARKLE they smiled and they shone.
The more they talked and shared with others – sometimes complete strangers – the ...Read Post
I have often been accused of being too open and honest in my words or of revealing too much intimacy when I write and share. I find this point quite interesting and it made me consider, just what is it I want to achieve with my writing? So straight away I turned to some advice by greater ...Read Post
Giving our creative mind expression is as important as pounding away at our goals and targets.
Why? Because every human being needs time to think, to reflect, to simply be.
After all, we are HUMAN BEINGS not HUMAN DOINGS and if we let the balance slip, trust me our productivity starts to drop.
I’ve been thinking recently about all the wonderful people in my life and also about the people who passed by for a second and yet managed to leave a powerful mark or to teach me a vital lesson. I plan to write about those people and the lessons I learned.
Today I’m writing about Mary. She was ...Read Post
Having taken a 3-month sabbatical and having reconnected with yoga, meditation and simple pleasures of reading, cooking, eating and hanging out with my family. And having just about cleaned and sorted every drawer, room, space in this enormous house, I decided to start February without alcohol. In ...Read Post
Shakti Women is the best thing I ever did…(OK my family aside)…
For 10 years we have been serving women to grow themselves, their businesses and their careers.
In that time we have touched the lives of almost 1,000,000 million women with our motivational and inspirational messages and currently ...Read Post
We all joke about our friends, partners or kids who are “passive aggressive” but did you know that this behaviour is actually considered an egregious form of abuse?
Whist it takes many forms, typically it can be described as behaviours which lead others doubting their own abilities, dreams, or ...Read Post
What a funny question yet that’s precisely what I was asked recently by a colleague: “you’re always so upbeat, even in the eye of a storm, how do you stay sane?” And yes, I work for 4 voluntary organisations that provide vital services to women as well as running Shakti Women so things ...Read Post
Over the course of a lifetime we learn or inherit a lot of baggage or ways for responding to situations that do not serve us.
It’s simply negative conditioning.
Even our sub-conscious self can sometimes undermine our best intentions because “she” is programmed to protect us.
For example, if we plan ...Read Post
It makes me sad when I see everyday sexism, Islamophobia, homophobia, transphobia, or ageism. It makes me sad when people use acts of atrocity conducted by a crazy tyranny to slate and undermine the rights of others.
More recently the events in London and now Manchester, and the subsequent Muslim ...Read Post
Giving our creative mind expression, is as important as pounding away at our goals and targets.
Why? Because every human being needs time to think, to reflect, to simply be.
After all, we are HUMAN BEINGS not HUMAN DOINGS and if we let the balance slip, trust me, our productivity starts to ...Read Post
You used to take me dancing:
Strutting through the bustling night club streets with a bounce in our stride and a swagger on our hips
Awash with the joy and anticipation of the beat
Together we owned that space and moved like an Amazonian queen – head high, tall, wide, proud, fierce.
Now we’re ...Read Post
I will tell her to find her passion and to pursue it with gusto. This doesn’t always appear the day we set foot on this planet but there are clues from the day we start growing into our authentic selves or it will reveal itself to her slowly and surely, and when it does, to nurture it, cherish it ...Read Post
In November 2016 I won the West Midlands Woman of the Year, Outstanding Contribution to Leadership and whist I train others to understand their leadership potential, design programmes on leadership, manage a two teams and lead in so many ways, I’d rarely reflected on the style of leadership I ...Read Post
For the past few days I have felt decidedly low. The New Year which I was so excited to herald in brought none of the thrills I was expecting. Instead I felt a profound sense of loneliness – an omen of despair. I locked myself away thinking surely this would pass but when on the third day I still ...Read Post
I wrote this piece in 2005 and recently found it in a moment of clarity when thinking about the power of dreams combined with action.
Yes I made some really big changes the following year.
Yes I have been on that beach, yes I have been in that house, no it’s not yet mine BUT IT WILL BE!!!
I hope ...Read Post
If I want a beautiful home, I spend time flicking through magazines, looking at colours, seeing how they work together, planning and budgeting for the stuff I want around me. If I want a beautiful garden, I take time to pluck out the weeds, I sweep the paths, and I stroll around garden centres and ...Read Post
I love my husband I really really do but he’s not one for praise. In fact it’s fair to say I can count the compliments over the past 30 years on one hand! Last year he mentioned he thought my eyes were pretty, but this is the man that didn’t even notice I’d painted our bedroom red, for 5 ...Read Post
Isn’t it miraculous how sometimes the simplest things bring us the greatest pleasure? That unexpected “I love you Mom” from your manly 16 year old son; the smile of a baby as you pass her by on the street; the touch of cool fresh linen sheets after a hot bath and a busy day; the light on a ...Read Post
Not so long ago I was silly enough to believe that our relationships are what make us whole. Certainly our relationships enable us to feel connected but others cannot make us whole – we have to do that for ourselves. The more we work on creating our own happiness, owning our power, enabling our ...Read Post
I believe wholeheartedly in women taking control of their lives and up-skilling continuously.
They say “if we are not growing we are dying” and by continually investing in refining our skills and our character and by continuously seeking knowledge and education, we are much more likely to achieve ...Read Post
We are killing our planet and destroying the habitat of the most miraculous creatures. I know most of us have things we do on a regular basis to slow down the process of destruction and what I want from you is ideas about the simple things we can all be doing more of.
As women we have so much ...Read Post