I’m in a period of transition. Readers of my 50+ newsletter know that I’m moving to an apartment in Cheltenham because I’m separating. It’s an amicable split but still a lot going on –  the practical of extensive downsizing (we have more than enough stuff for 2 homes) and having emotional decisions on what to do with wedding albums and videos. We will remain friends but there is a lot going on in both of our heads. It’s a sad time – partly a feeling of failure but we both want to remember the good times and look positively to the future.

This past week my focus has been on my books.

I’ve already sold or given away many books, but still far too many left. This week I started to place the ones I want on my book shelves, (the ones that will fit in my new place) plus 2 boxes of academic books I’ll give myself 6 months to read before I pass on. When I ran out of space I had to remove a book if I wanted to keep another one. Maybe you are like me and buy books and never read them, and whilst annoyed with the money spent, it’s gone so no time to look back, just be more mindful of future purchases. I read a great quote:
I spent the first 2/3 of my life acquiring stuff that doesn’t matter only so that I can spend my last 1/3 getting rid of it. What a stupid game of consumerism we Americans play. Linda Morman Stichtnoth

As I’ve reviewed piles of journals and magazines I’ve got lots of ideas for future articles – it doesn’t take much to spark some thoughts in me and that’s what my clients like – I can see options and solutions that they can’t.

This helps when I create LinkedIn profiles. Too many people copy and paste their CV, but they are missing out. You need to add personality and make it more of a narrative – a story. People relate more to a story than to a series of bullet points. Evidence from neuroscientists backs this up – the human brain is wired for story and we recall and retain information more when presented in this way.
If we follow Aristotle in a structure to persuade others, we need our stories, and arguments to have 3 elements – ethos (character and credibility), logos (logical reason) and pathos (emotion). Whilst all are important, emotion is key and missing from so much you read. This is one reason I include personality in my LinkedIn profile.


The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on 25 May 2018, giving everyone more control of his/her personal data. This means companies will ask you to confirm you want to remain on a mailing list. On Monday you will get an email from me asking for your consent.  I’ll be sharing some special offers just with the people who confirm (such as my online courses at a never before offered discount for a very limited time).


Via social media I share links to articles worth reading; here’s 3 that you may enjoy
4 Steps to prep for (and ace) your negotiation
How women can supercharge their career – 10 practical tips for ambitious businesswomen.
Ten leadership lies 90% of managers believe


My clients are important to me, and I’m working with clients on a range of areas – from helping a younger client with study techniques, helping several midlife people change their career, helping people in their 40s and 50s rethink their life and also job search – creating CVs, revising LinkedIn profiles, and Interview Coaching. I’m also helping two people make a successful transition into their new jobs. I love the variety and I’m good at all aspects of this. If you want to discuss how I can help arrange a time to talk via my online scheduler.

Published On: April 28th, 2018 / Categories: Uncategorized /

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