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Recordings and resources for members
Below you can find recordings and extra resources for each of the sessions delivered by our expert facilitators Feyi Akindoyeni, Alice Cheng and Gina Martin.
All recordings on this page will be available until Wednesday 2 November.
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CONNECTING WITH CONFIDENCE: BUILDING AN INFLUENTIAL NETWORK
The art of influence with Gina Martin
WEDNESDAY 26 OCTOBER 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Gina’s tips for influence in the workplace, your personal life and beyond:
- Your sphere of influence is at the intersection between your experience, your skills and something society needs.
- Zoom in on a specific part of a problem. Not everything is within your control, so find the part of the problem that you can do something about.
- Don’t try and do it alone. The collective is more powerful than the individual. Find people that will stand with you, and support them to be influential too.
Your value proposition with Alice Cheng
WEDNESDAY 19 OCTOBER 12:00PM – 1:00PM
In this session, Alice covered:
- Identify your values and what makes you who you are. This feeds into everything you do, especially how you sell yourself.
- A 6-step model to build your value proposition statement.
- Your personal value proposition is the result of your vision, your values, your transferable assets, your contribution, your networks and partnerships, and persuasion and brand.
Re-wiring networks with Feyi Akindoyeni
WEDNESDAY 12 OCTOBER 12:00PM – 1:00PM
In this session, Feyi covered:
- Networking is about forming genuine relationships – being authentic, finding common ground, asking questions and remembering the answer. Find something you are passionate about, and you will find people in your network who you can connect with over this. It doesn’t have to be professional, but it does have to be genuine.
- Think about your target audience, and then think about what they are looking for in their networks. Do your research, build your knowledge, and adjust your behaviours to suit the objectives of the people you want to meet.
- Force yourself out of your comfort zone. Take advantage of the time you consciously spend networking.
- If networking feels unnatural, make it intentional.
- Why all women need a professional network.
- Tasnia Alam Hannan on the power of a strong network.
MANAGING TEAMS: AUTHENTIC AND IMPACTFUL LEADERSHIP
Finding your confidence with Jamila Rizvi
WEDNESDAY 10 AUGUST AT 12:00PM – 1:00PM AEST
In this session, Jamila covered:
- You’re not just lucky! Sure, it’s important to acknowledge privileges, but your achievements are not because of luck. Remember that you are skilled, talented and have worked very hard. Jamila set a challenge for you – find the confidence to stop calling yourself lucky.
- Society expects women to be likable and this has negative ramifications for progression in the workplace. Workplaces reward precisely the opposite kind of behaviour to what is generally expected of women.
- When we call our success ‘lucky’, we are not being humble, self-effacing, or making ourselves more likable. Instead, we are depriving other women of the opportunity to learn from us. Share your experience with others, give a boost to the next generation by being open and generous with what you’ve learned.
- Want to be more confident? Why ‘fixing yourself’ isn’t the answer.
- ‘I’m not bossy, I’m the boss’ – Future Women podcast with Jamila Rizvi
Strategic decision making with Dr Lilly Brown
WEDNESDAY 31 AUGUST AT 12:00PM – 1:00PM AEST
- Relationship building is action. Invest in building genuine relationships and what’s needed to build them. The relationships you foster will help in strategising and making difficult decisions.
- Working at the speed of trust. This requires you to approach relationship building as action because we can only grow our impact at the rate we can build trust. Sometimes working at the speed of trust is compromised by timelines, milestones etc. Lilly says that for her, this principle allows her to be able to name what forces are enabling or limiting trust and to understand when corporate expectations need to be reigned in to maintain relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
- Be responsive rather than reactionary. It can be tempting to feel that being busy constitutes work. Strategy requires stopping, reflecting, taking breathing room – how can you do that if you’re reacting? Lilly says an effective strategy requires considering what not to do and when to say no.
- Self reflect deeply and attend to power-relations, always. The success of a strategy lies in its strength and implementation, but it is also limited and enabled by the attitudes, perspectives, willingness and good will of others. Consider your power and what means to move through different spaces and in relation to the power holders in your organisation. There may be a risk of reinforcing something you’re trying to counter.
- Career coach Jane Benston’s three simple steps to redesigning your career.
- Hearing different perspectives, solutions and stories is how you start to broaden your definition of how to approach challenges and opportunities. Check out Helen McCabe’s Leadership Series podcast.
Identifying your strengths with Mim Bartlett
WEDNESDAY 7 SEPTEMBER AT 12:00PM – 1:30PM AEST
- What is a strength? “A strength is a pre-existing capacity for a particular way of behaving, thinking or feeling that is authentic and energising to the user, and enables optimal functioning, development and performance. Your strengths are the activities that consistently make you productive, energised and engaged.” – Martin Seligman
- Why focus on strengths? You get more bang for your buck if you take what you are already doing well to the next level.
- Consider these three questions:
- How do you use your top 5 strengths at work? How do you use them outside work?
- Think about a strength that will best support you right now. Which one and how will you apply that more in your life?
- Which one of your top 5 strengths do you overplay? And how might you dial it down?
WORKING SMARTER: FINDING BALANCE IN A BUSY WORLD
Managing Up and Managing Expectations with Alice Monfries and Madison Howarth
Wednesday 11 May , 12.00-1.00pm AEST
In this session, Alice and Madison covered:
- How to manage expectations of your availability and responsiveness – utilise your calendar, ask for more detail when colleagues request time with you and schedule in 45 minute meetings rather than the default one hour.
- Open up lines of communication with your managers with our scripts for difficult conversations.
- It’s okay to say no – saying yes to everything leaves less time for big picture planning and contribution.
- Why no is a complete sentence
- Future Women podcast Summer Special: We need to talk about the cupcakes
Work, life and boundaries with Dr Yumiko Kadota
Wednesday 18 May , 12.30-1.30pm AEST
- Yumiko’s decision making table – Stuck on whether to say yes or no to something? This table prompts you to ask yourself; will it benefit you personally, professionally and do you actually have time do it?
- Yumiko’s visualisation tool – Visualise how you want to spend your time. I.e. what do you want to do more of and what can you say no to?
- Have questions about work, life and boundaries? Head over to the Ask Me Anything in the Facebook community. Yumiko is very kindly answering extra questions.
In this session, Yumiko covered:
- What is burnout? Yumiko emphasises that burnout is not just ‘feeling tired’ and it should be taken seriously. Look out for the symptoms. You may feel tired and run down, but also cynical and uninterested in things that once brought you joy.
- How can you avoid burnout? As well as good sleep hygiene, physical exercise, mindfulness and taking breaks (both short and long!) it’s okay to say goodbye to toxic situations that are causing you ongoing stress.
- It’s okay to say no. If you’re someone that struggles with saying no, Yumiko had a great example from her friend Benjamin Law. After thanking the person for thinking of you, say something like: “I’ve got a lot of tight deadlines coming up and I don’t think I can give this the attention it deserves.”
- Make time for things that you enjoy. It will give you more energy and space to do the things that you have to do.
- Yumiko’s book, ‘Emotional Female’
- ‘Burnout happened to me’: Clinical Psychologist Lara Kocijan shares her takeaways
- Future Women Leadership Series podcast: Dr Norman Swan on how stress affects our bodies
Negotiating flexible work with Jessica Bilston-Gourley
Wednesday 25 May , 12.00-1.00pm AEST
- Jessica has created a fantastic workbook to help you negotiate flexible work – including scripts – that we encourage you to review.
- We had so many questions in this session. Head over to the Facebook community where Jessica will be answering more!
In this session, Jessica covered:
- Know your rights. All awards, enterprise agreements and other registered agreements have to include an individual flexibility arrangement (IFA) clause. If a registered agreement doesn’t include one, the model clause from the Fair Work Regulations 2009 will apply. Visit the Fair Work website for more.
- Ask for a trial period. This may get your employer on board with trying out flexible work arrangements for your role and could show them that not only does it work, there are benefits.
- Does your workplace have a flexible work policy? A lot of workplaces may already have a flexible work policy, but it may not be common knowledge. Ask if you can receive a copy to assess your options.
- You can still ask. In all cases, no matter your workplace and whether it has a policy or not, it’s worth having the conversation to request a flexible working arrangement. Refer to the workbook below for tips on how to ask.
- Read: How to ask for what you want
- Listen: ‘Asking for what you want at work’ – FW Leadership Series podcast with Helen McCabe
- Read: How to ask for flexible work
TALKING MONEY: SECURING YOUR ECONOMIC FUTURE
The Economic Landscape with Angela Jackson
Wednesday 9 February , 12.00-1.00pm AEDT
- Back of the Pack Report: “How Australia’s parenting policies are failing women and our economy” – The Parenthood and Equity Economics
- “Changing the Trajectory: Investing in women for a fairer future” – Australians Investing in Women
In this session, Angela shared her insight on:
- Job matching. Finding a job that directly matches your skills can increase your long term productivity. Angela says that we should consider if the job we’re currently in is the best use of our skills.
- Now is the time to consider a job change. She says that looking to change jobs when you’re not happy or in a job where you’re feeling constrained, can unleash new opportunities, your productivity and lead to pay rises.
- The latest statistics on leave and unpaid work. The latest findings from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency show that women account for 88 per cent of all primary carers leave and men account for 12 per cent. The percentage of men taking primary carers leave has doubled from 6 per cent in the last 12 months – an important and positive sign for women. Unfortunately though, we have one of the least generous paid parental leave schemes globally.
Your financial future with Lacey Filipich
Wednesday 16 February, 12.00-1.00pm AEDT
- Download the workbook for this session.
- Lacey answered more questions in the Future Women Members Only Facebook community.
- Our first podcast, Future Women with Jamila Rizvi, Episode #9 Summer special: What to do when your super ain’t super.
Key takeaways – these will also help when filling in your workbook:
- Take stock. Look at the current economy and what it means for your personal finances. Are there changes to your income stream? Changes to your tax or your voluntary super? Changes to spending, saving or investing?
- Consider a cash buffer fund. This is some cash that you can access easily when you need it. The amount depends on your situation, but it’s really about what will help you sleep well at night. Is it having enough for just a few weeks or is it months or years?
- Look forward. What do you think might happen in the next year for you? Consider what might change regarding your income, your tax, voluntary super contribution, spending, saving and investing. These changes can be because of potential job changes, moving houses or taking a holiday. Consider what you have coming up.
How to ask for the salary you want and advocate for yourself with Meggie Palmer
Wednesday 23 February, 12.00-1.00pm AEDT
- Meggie will answer more questions in the Future Women members Only Facebook community.
- Download PepTalkHer’s pay rise cheat sheet.
- Our first podcast, Future Women with Jamila Rizvi – Episode #4 Summer special: Please sir, can I have some more?
- Making the Case: How to successfully argue for a pay rise.
- Track your wins! Whether in a folder in your emails with all the positive feedback you receive, in a good old fashioned notebook or on the PepTalkHer app – it’s a lot easier to have the conversation and ask for a raise when you can quantify your worth with evidence.
- Talk to recruiters. They are your best point of contact to find out what a fair salary in your industry is. You can reach out to them by any means, on LinkedIn, over email – but Meggie says to do this at least once a year.
- Wish, want, walk. This is Meggie’s advice for when you’re trying to come up with a salary. You’ve talked to others in your industry, spoken with recruiters. This is when you’re ready to think about the numbers. Wish – is your dream situation. Want – is a good and fair situation. And walk? Not going to happen, you’re walking away.
“I always feel like I don’t understand what employers are actually looking for. Finally, someone who can explain all those non-responses. I am excited about changing the way I approach the job market.”
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