Walking in Meghan's footsteps

Much has been made in the last week or so about how a certain newly appointed royal opted to speak at her own wedding.

Hands up those of you who silently cheered that Meghan should wish to do so – as a thoroughly modern woman – at her own nuptials?

Hands up again if you whooped at the confidence of the Duchess-to-be bravely walking herself halfway down the aisle unaccompanied?

Granted, Meghan is hardly inexperienced when it comes to presenting a public persona, carrying herself among crowds, or delivering a speech or two.

But still, there will have been many of you out there thinking ‘wherever that girl gets her confidence from, put me to the front of the queue and let me buy a barrel load for myself’.

Confidence isn’t, sadly, something we’re all born with from the get-go.

In fact, a combination of nature and nurture means many of us spend a great deal of our lives battling with it.

For some, there’s an ability to ‘turn it on’ in a professional arena, while in their personal world feeling much more comfortable remaining a more timid wallflower.

Others really need to gain that confident edge at work.

That might be for the purpose of regularly required customer meetings, for presentations to colleagues, for managing a team of their own employees….or for requesting that long overdue pay-rise.

We’re delighted to be hosting our next confidence workshop, specifically with the frustrations and angst of such women in mind.

We’ll be running a day-long event at a beautiful hotel in Constable country, near Colchester (about an hour on the train from London) which will help you assess your own approach to public speaking, guide you toward more confident delivery in the professional world, and support you with peer feedback and useful practical experiences.

This will take place on Friday 13th July 2018 from 9.30-4.30pm. Please visit our website for further information and to book your place.

Joy Burnford