Influence & Impact for
Female Leaders 

A podcast from Carla Miller

Women Supporting Women – How We Can Champion Each Other in the Workplace

Aug 02, 2021

There’s a reason why we need women’s leadership coaches and women’s leadership programmes.

The playing field that women operate on in the workplace is shockingly unlevel. 


The Current Environment
 

Let’s start with some stats to see the real picture of the current environment we work in.  

I learnt some very interesting facts on this from Why Women Win At Work by Gill Whitty-Collins – a book I highly recommend. 

At the beginning of their career, 43% of women and 34% of men aspire to reach top management. Surprisingly, it's actually more women than men aspire for that.  

Just two years later, 34% of men still aspire to reach top management. However, the percentage of women has dropped to 16%.  

The question on my mind is what’s happening in those two years of experiencing the workplace that is changing women's minds about what they want to do or what they think is...

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Ep 58 - Women in the workplace

Aug 02, 2021

 

As a coach for women leaders, I focus on how as women we can take control of our careers.

 

But I’ve never addressed on the podcast why we even need women’s leadership coaches and women’s leadership programmes.

 

The playing field that women operate on in the workplace is shockingly unlevel. It’s time to acknowledge that and collectively take steps to change it.

 

I discuss:

  • The dynamics of the current working environment and how it wasn’t designed with women in mind
  • The true extent of the disadvantages we face from pay to promotions to behaviour
  • What sponsorship is and how women can proactively support each other
  • Ways we can improve the working environment, embrace our personal strengths and step into the space we deserve

 

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How to use your voice to have more impact in meetings

Jul 26, 2021

As a leader, your voice is a powerful tool for communicating your expertise, confidence and authority.

However, many people don’t know how to use their voice to its full effect.  

If you want communicate powerfully, then it’s time to give it some attention.   

In the latest episode of the Influence & Impact for Female Leaders podcast, I interviewed Sharon Stacey, a Voice Coach and Musical Director.  

Sharon teaches people how to use vocal clarity, attentive tone and confidence for delivering in person and online meetings, keynote speeches and business pitches. 

She shared six ways you can use your voice to boost your gravitas in meetings: 

 

Look After Your Voice 

Warming up is not something reserved for singers. Before your meeting, practice saying a few sentences using the full range of your voice and emphasising different words....

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Ep 57 - Using your voice confidently with Sharon Stacey

Jul 26, 2021

 

As a leader, your voice is a powerful tool for communicating your expertise, confidence and authority. But do you know how to use your voice effectively?

In this episode of the podcast, I interview Sharon Stacey, a Voice Coach and Musical Director.

We discussed:

  • How you can use your voice to have more authority and gravitas in meetings
  • Using your voice confidently in nervous, pressured or stressful situations
  • Ways you can look after your vocal health, particularly with back-to-back virtual meetings
  • Practical voice training exercises for using your voice more powerfully

 

Sharon had me try three of the voice training exercises that you can participate in along with us.

 


MORE ABOUT SHARON

 

Sharon is a voice coach and musical director with a 16+ year history of delivering to high performing professionals, engaging individuals and teams across the public and private sector. She helps clients achieve vocal clarity, attentive tone and confidence through her...

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6 Practical Strategies for Tackling Perfectionism 

Jul 19, 2021

Are you a perfectionist and is it pushing you towards overwork and burnout? 

For years I thought that I was doing well in my career because I worked so hard and held myself to such high standards. Then I realised that those strategies were actually perfectionism in disguise and were causing as much harm as they were good.  

I coach a lot of high achieving women, at all levels and perfectionism in its various guises, crops up all the time. If you struggle with overworking, trying to be in control of everything in your life, procrastinating and fear of failure, you might be a perfectionist.  
 

What is a perfectionist?  

There are many definitions but essentially, people who experience perfectionism are very focused on how things should be done and feel that they need to perform perfectly every time with nothing short of this being acceptable.  

I love this quote from Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s...

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6 Mindfulness Strategies to Reduce your Overthinking

Jul 12, 2021

Are you the boss of your brain or is your brain the boss of you? 

Overthinking is something your mind will naturally do. 

You might ruminate on past situations, worry about future events or are fearful of the judgement of others.  

All of this overthinking  can stop you from enjoying the present moment plus creates stress, anxiety and affects your self-confidence.  

The good news is, everyone has the ability to train their mind, change their thinking habits and be the boss of their brain.  

In the latest episode of the Influence & Impact for Female Leaders podcast, I interview Tahirih Mclaren-Brown, a mindfulness coach who helps to free people from overthinking, anxiety, worry and fear. 

Tahirih shared 6 mindfulness strategies you can use to reduce your overthinking and build a calmer, more confident mind.  

  1. The Awareness Diary 
  2. Thoughts, Emotions, Questions 
  3. Sitting in...
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Ep 56 - How to stop overthinking

Jul 12, 2021

Are you an overthinker? Perhaps you ruminate on past situations, worry about future events or are fearful of the judgement of others?

Overthinking can affect both our work and personal lives as well as how we show up with confidence as a leader. Our thoughts also directly impact the levels of daily stress we experience and how quickly we can recover from it.

In reality, our minds are natural overthinkers if we let them be. Tahirih McLaren-Brown is helping people to take control and be the boss of their brain through mindfulness and meditation.

We discussed:

  • What mindfulness is and how it can benefit you
  • How you can have more awareness and control of your thoughts and emotions
  • What you can do if you’re feeling worried or anxious about returning to the office
  • Ways you can handle uncertainty and even embrace it
  • A quick mindfulness exercise you can do anywhere to instantly ease your stress

 

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Supporting Menopause in the Workplace

Jul 05, 2021

Menopause is something that all women will experience in their life.

However it’s not something that’s well understood or openly spoken about.  

The symptoms of menopause will almost certainly affect how you work but it’s often seen to be a taboo subject which leaves women struggling in silence - in fact, 1 in 4 women consider leaving their roles during that time.  

As well as the 34+ physical symptoms a woman could experience there’s also the lessor known psychological effects. Many women feel anxiety, worry, brain fog, lack of concentration or forgetfulness, affecting their confidence and self-esteem in their job.  

In the most recent episode of the Influence & Impact for Female Leaders podcast, I interviewed Deborah Garlick from Henpicked Menopause. Deborah is on a mission to ensure women are supported throughout menopause through awareness, education and workplace...

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Ep 55 - Menopause in the workplace with Deborah Garlick

Jul 05, 2021

 

 

Menopause is something that all women will experience in their life however it’s not something that’s well understood or openly spoken about. The symptoms of menopause will almost certainly affect how you work but it’s often seen to be a taboo subject which leaves women struggling in silence.

In this week’s episode I interview Deborah Garlick from Henpicked Menopause who’s on a mission to ensure women are supported throughout menopause through awareness, education and workplace training.

 

We discuss:

  • What menopause is, how it can affect you and our personal experiences
  • Deborah’s advice for getting the help you need from your GP
  • How you can talk about menopause at work and how it’s impacting you
  • Ways that leaders can support colleagues that are going through menopause
  • What organisations can do to be more aware, supportive and menopause friendly

 

Throughout the interview, Deborah provided fantastic, practical tips...

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Dealing with Anxiety

Jun 28, 2021

I learnt how to end my anxiety for good using this one simple approach that you can do today 

The number of people who struggle with anxiety is rising each year and the pandemic has certainly heightened this. If the past year has made you feel more anxious and you’re feeling apprehensive about a return to “normal”, you’re not alone.  

Although anxiety is something that is very personal, we experience it in all sorts of situations, including the workplace. Many of the managers and leaders that I work with mention anxiety as one of the things they struggle with.  

I know how they feel.  

I’m naturally quite an anxious person which I think was triggered by my tendency to want to be in control combined with my shy personality.  

We all feel different physical symptoms for anxiety. You could have a racing heart, feel very hot, sweat, be unable to think straight or...

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