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  1. Confidence

    Confidence. It sounds simple but isn’t always easy to master. Often, we have some elements of it, but not others. The good news is, there are ways to build your confidence up!

    There’s no shying away from the fact that to be a Consultant you need to be enthusiastic, friendly, positive, independent, and yes - confident.

    You may have mastered many of these attributes but need a little help with finding your confidence.

    Why is confidence important as a Consultant?

    Outwardly you’ll routinely be required to start working with a new set of people - often senior team members - and must be able to stand firm in your professional knowledge. You need self-confidence to allow you to step into such situations with ease.

    Inwardly you must have the confidence in your ability, knowledge, and skillset to ensure you price yourself correctly and never undersell your services.

    How can I help you build confidence?

    There are many ways to build both outward and inward confidence. They start with your decision and motivation to make the steps to get there.

    I’ve covered some small, practical steps you can take to build self-confidence here: believe in your abilities, build confidence on the go, create a structure, and support others.

    But, I understand, it’s not always that simple which is why ‘Courage’ is one of the modules covered in detail on my Leap into Consulting™ Virtual Bootcamp. In it we pull together all the elements you need to have confidence in your abilities and decisions.

    In fact, the Bootcamp as a whole is designed to give you courage, clarity and confidence, and we have multiple ways to make sure you achieve it. These include building a business structure, understanding your price points, finding a like-minded community for support, discovering how to reach out to new clients, and much more.

    The programmes are 6 weeks and 100% of our delegates increased their confidence during the programme. We measure results and some even doubled their confidence!

    Contact me to find out how my Virtual Bootcamp will give you the confidence to set yourself up for success as a Consultant. 

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  2. community

    ‘I want to build my own business but I don’t want to lose my network’

    Does this sound familiar? For many sociable, friendly and enthusiastic people this is one of the topics that comes up the most when considering starting a consultancy business. 

    And I get it. 

    You’ve spent years working in close contact with other HR professionals who understand your role, who act as someone to ideate with throughout the day, who are there for professional guidance, or for a chat over lunch. 

    The thought of losing that, especially for those who thrive off interaction with others, can be daunting.

    But I have good news: you can be an independent consultant and maintain a community of like-minded peers. 

    In fact, it’s one element of our Virtual Bootcamp that we at Leap into Consulting™ are proud of. All of our courses are designed to allow you one-to-one coaching time, but also to make sure you connect with other professionals. 

    We love to see you to learn and grow with others on a similar career path. Many of our previous Bootcamp attendees have gone on to form life long connections from our sessions; as business professionals, friends, or both! 

    We know this is important for any Consultant spending periods of time working alone; it’s important to have people to ideate with, people to help you achieve your goals, people to both receive and give moral support to, or simply people to chat about life over a coffee with. 

    To achieve this we actively encourage group bonding as a part of our Bootcamp, as well as set up a unique Facebook group for cohorts to discuss ideas together. 

    Our attendees often cite this as one of the benefits of taking our courses. Here’s a line of feedback from our most recent Bootcamp:  

    “I thought being a consultant would be lonely and I wouldn’t have much support but I actually feel more connected and supported by this group than my own current employer”

    If losing a professional community is one of your concerns about making the Leap into Consulting™, worry no more. 

    I’m happy to chat in more detail about this or other questions you might have. Simply send me a message and I look forward to speaking with you!  

  3. Do you want to create your own future? To boldly navigate new goals? To confidently negotiate a higher income? 

    If you dream of achieving more, then becoming a consultant might be the way forward for you. Let me show you why. 

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    Over the last few weeks, I’ve had lots of conversations with confident, assertive and motivated people about returning to work post Covid-19 lockdown, and one topic has arisen time and time again: concerns that a full-time salaried job no longer offers what they need. 

    For hard-working and driven people, a full-time salaried career is no longer viewed as either a secure or desirable way to achieve personal or financial goals.  

    Becoming an HR Consultant turns this on its head. This is why: 

    Professionals employed by someone else are worried in the current climate, not only about health concerns but about future company redundancies, salary reductions, lack of growth opportunity, childcare needs, lack of personal time, and a lack of company value or appreciation. 

    Each and every one of these is a very valid concern and something that employers need to address. 

    But for you - there is another way. And now is the time to act.  

    Set your own goals, workload, salary and time by starting your own consulting business. If it’s security you crave, this may feel contradictory. But let me explain how it can help. 

    As an HR Consultant and business owner you will have the freedom to: 

    • Create your own desired income; you won’t need to worry about redundancies or salary deductions.
    • Ascertain your own earnings, and find ways to boost your income in times of need.
    • Self-motivate to grow your business and achieve goals.
    • Take control over your time. You’ll be free to take time off whenever needed, no questions asked.
    • Create your own unique set of business values - and live up to them.

    As the UK prepares to go back to work, now is the time to set up your consulting business. Covid-19 has created a high demand for HR services that you can fulfil. But there is only a small window of opportunity to take advantage of this.

    I’m running a 6 week HR Consultant Bootcamp to help you achieve it. This is the last Bootcamp before businesses emerge out of furlough. This Virtual Bootcamp will help you get ready for potential clients.

    Indepedent Freedback: "I thought being a Consultant would be lonely and I wouldn't have much support but actually I feel more connected by this group than my current employer".
  4. I’ve spoken recently about gender inequality in business. In order to make changes we need to look more deeply into some of the reasons why it happens - and importantly, what we can do to change it. 

    Female self doubt is one of these reasons. 

    Self doubt can happen to anyone, but across my 25 years of business coaching I’ve seen it more in women than in men. 

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    Self doubt happens to women in full-time employment and to those branching out into entrepreneurship. 

    Self doubt happens at any stage in our careers; it happens to those building a business and to those already running a successful businesses. 

    Women have made incredible progress in the world of work. By the end of 2019 the UK female employment rate was up to 72% - a record high. We’re making waves in middle management. We’re a stronger presence than ever before. So why does self doubt still linger?

    There’s a confidence gap. 

    This matters because a confidence gap leads to a lack of females putting themselves out there. In a study by Hewlett-Packard, it was found that women would only put themselves forward for a promotion if they believed they were 100% suitable. Men would do so with a 60% belief in their suitability. Inevitably, this lead to more men vying for the top spaces - and more men being offered them in return. 

    What can we do about this confidence gap? 

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    There are a few ways we can overcome this. 

    Believe in our abilities: 

    Firstly, we women need to believe our abilities in the same way that men do. This means, even if we don’t believe ourselves to be 100% ready for that promotion, or 100% ready to make the leap into entrepreneurship - we need to do it anyway. We need to make the leap and give it all we’ve got.  

    Build confidence ‘on the go’: 

    They say ‘there’s no time like the present’. To us this means not waiting until you feel confident enough to do something, but jumping in and finding your confidence on the way. After all, this is what many of our male counterparts have been doing all along. Do you want to Leap into Consulting™ but are not sure if you’re ready? Our advice is to do it - but do it with a plan. Building businesses is our speciality, and we’d love to help you on your journey. Book a 90 minute call with me now to kick start your journey.

    Creating a structure: 

    Successful business owners - whether male or female  - are not there by accident. A huge part of reaching the top is knowing how to plan your growth. Here at Leap into Consulting™, this is one of our strengths. We’ve shown countless new businesses how to get from A to B. We’ve also shown established businesses how to get from B to C through Z. Join us on one of our webinars or book a call with me to make the first steps towards successfully structuring your business. 

    Women helping women:

    There’s a shortcoming of women mentoring other women, in part related to that confidence gap; if you don’t feel confident in your own abilities you may wonder what you have to offer to others. But women mentoring women is successful. We know what makes us tick, we appreciate the realities of being a women in business, we understand the gender inequalities that all too often hinder our progression. Women helping women can build bridges to success. 

    As a self-made female entrepreneur, I understand the issues faced by women. The pitfalls, our difficulties and our downfalls. But I also understand where our strengths lie, and how to harness them. Whether you’re just starting to Leap into Consulting™ or you want to take your income up a grade, book a 90 minute call with me to begin your self-confidence journey, and to reach new heights. 

    Let’s over come the odds, together.