Which Pride and Prejudice type are you?

In my new book, The Smart Girl’s Guide To Getting What You Want, I look at the Bulldozer, the Pushover, the Snake and the Star. Let’s see how those types are portrayed in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and you can assess which type you are. Read more »

How to find the right words when you need them

I am delighted that people are finding my new book, The Smart Girl’s Guide To Getting What You Want, helpful and are appreciating its practical tips and advice. Here are some readers’ comments: ‘A must-read guide for anyone interested in gaining the confidence to speak up without fear’ ‘Fun, educational […] Read more »

What Shakespeare’s women teach us about succeeding in the workplace

The women in Shakespeare’s plays are a mixed bunch. They display a range of attributes, some admirable and some less so. They are playful, flirtatious, fearful, submissive, outspoken, brave, self-deluded, gossipy, intelligent, lovesick, self-righteous, charming, shy, clever, quick-witted, slow, slutty, sharp-tongued, loyal. Ooh, look, just like women in real life. Read more »

How Cordelia shows us how to value words

William Shakespeare was born 450 years ago today (April 23, 1564) and his plays and poetry still grip us. He often got his plays going with a bang, setting the scene dramatically and establishing the main themes of the play. Picture the beginning of King Lear. Lear has decided to […] Read more »

Why ‘but’ is one word to drop

‘But’ is a tough little word that punches way above its weight. We use it to introduce a statement or question which contrasts with what precedes it. So when you say ‘but’, you are making it clear that what you are about to say in some way lessens or negates […] Read more »

What your office jargon says about you

Workspeak has taken on a life of its own, often devoid of sense and clarity. Going forward with our blue sky thinking, actioning and incentivising as we head for close of play on our shared journey, we offend in two major respects. In the first place, we show linguistic insensitivity. […] Read more »