On Wednesday 17 May, RSM’s Women with SASS hosted an inspiring workshop style lunch for their clients, contacts and team members. A Canberra-born initiative and now a whole of firm approach driving diversity of ideas through quarterly networking opportunities and coaching events.
Launched by RSM Australia in November 2016, ‘Women with SASS’ stands for Strength, Ambition, Sophistication and Smarts. The vision is to empower women to move forward with confidence, whether it be in business or government, and drive diversity of thought through the provision of networking and workshop opportunities.
The May workshop, facilitated by Arabella Macpherson, Director of Resonate Communications, was designed to coach and empower women in our capital on Leading with Influence.
Arabella works with her clients to become exceptionally confident, flexible and effective leaders. Some of the key takeaways from the workshop were:
- You are good enough! When you firstly look after your needs and meet them, you will be able to look after your client’s needs (or the other person: team member, boss, partner, friend, child).
- When you increase your self-awareness and develop the skills to understand how to connect, you can then motivate and influence.
- When you communicate through structured, specific and authentic communication (avoid corporate jargon and complicated or long words!), you will gain trust and true relationships whether you are presenting in a boardroom, or influencing key clients on conference calls.
Tip: Match and use 8 words sentences! Clear, short, and honest.
Participants were encouraged to practice these strategies in the relationships that mattered to them outside the workplace, such as their partner, children or friends.
Preparation is key! Mindfulness and positive psychology can be used to ensure you are operating at an optimal mental state. This results in being present and becoming a powerful communicator.
Arabella’s fundamental message was:
Our thoughts influence our words,
Our words influence our actions,
Our actions influence others!
You see the connection?
Visit Women with SASS for further information about the initiative or to find out how to get involved.
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