5 ways to improve your networking skills

The phrase “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” rings truer than ever today. Yet, some find it difficult to pluck up the courage to start selling themselves in front of people they barely know. You should work hard to increase your networking mojo, though, as it could provide a useful stepping stone in your career path…

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Magazine editor Helen Brown got her first editorial job via a recommendation from a university friend. Since then, each contract she has secured has been through one of her networking contacts.

Public speaking and presentation skills for introverts

Even the greatest of extroverts can find public speaking the most unnerving experience this side of waking up with a tarantula on your pillow. The crushing nerves. The fear. The pressure. The tendency to project your voice with all the power of a dormouse with a sore throat… These are worries for anyone, but for the introverts of the world, they are amplified tenfold. Still, Abraham Lincoln was a shy, retiring man and it didn’t stop him from delivering the Gettysburg Address!

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Becoming a leader if you’re an introvert

We think of leaders as being lots of things. Confident. Loud. Fearless. Decisive. In other words: extrovert. But introvert? Not so much. And yet – when it comes to the professional world – the opposite may well be true. Some of the world’s most successful people have self-identified themselves as an introvert –– from Bill Gates to Mark Zuckerberg. 

But what makes them such potent managers and leaders? What are the obstacles they have to overcome? We asked Alison Townley, an independent learning and development consultant, to fill us in…

Getting into senior management

The gulf between middle and senior management is formidable – and with good reason. On the one side there is management, and on the other there is leadership. For those considering a heroic leap into the boardroom, understanding the difference is crucial…

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What’s clear is that the skills you have carefully honed over the years won’t necessarily be enough to cut it when you enter the C-suite – the term spoken around a corporation to describe its senior executives, whose job titles often start with the letter C for Chief. According to

5 Jobs for people who love social media

Are you a Twitter titan? Could you write the book on Facebook? Well, with each passing year, more and more jobs are emerging that could reward your talent. Social media may barely be a decade old, but last year the Guardian reported that jobs in this sector increased at a staggering rate of 1,357%! An interesting symptom of this is the seemingly endless series of innovative new job titles being created. It’s created something of a world of slippery definitions, one in which job descriptions may match, but titles may not! Let’s