Speak First Blog | Personal Effectiveness

24 September 2020

4 tips to make it easier to say 'no'

Saying ‘no’ is hard. In fact, we’ve previously dedicated an entire article to why you might have trouble saying ‘no’. Maybe you want to show a willingness to help, don’t want to offend or are scared ...

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2 April 2020

12 tips for reducing stress at work

A worrying study has shown that stress is related to 54% of long-term absences from work.1 So, clearly, how we deal with workplace related stress and our mental wellbeing is a very important issue ...

18 March 2020

The Dos & Don'ts of working from home: 7 practical tips

More people than ever before are working from home. It offers flexibility and convenience for employees, while businesses can benefit from hiring people who wouldn’t be able to travel to the office ...

28 November 2019

how do you best manage your working day?

It’s Monday morning. You’ve decided that from now onwards you’re going to be better at organising your day and start working smarter. You sit down with your notepad and make a list of all the tasks ...

24 October 2019

The impact of perfectionism on wellbeing

When did you last hear an interviewee say, “I’m a perfectionist” in response to the question “What's your greatest weakness?” Many people use the term perfectionism to imply something positive and ...

10 October 2019

Stress: is it always a bad thing?

Are you stressed out? Have you noticed that people usually mention about stress as a passive term nowadays? For example, we may say, “I’m so stressed” or “I’m stressed out about all the work I have ...

22 August 2019

10 ways to become emotionally resilient

When we’re faced with setbacks in our lives, it can be hard to know how to get over the resulting feelings of disappointment, shame or fear and to keep moving forwards. In both our professional and ...

1 August 2019

10 reasons you might find it hard to say 'no'

It’s never nice to hear the word ‘no’. It represents everything from rejection, to failure to missing out. Sometimes it comes as a surprise and sometimes it’s expected, but it’s rarely the answer ...

4 July 2019

7 secrets of making a positive first impression

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” This might be a bit of a cliché, but it’s repeated so often because it’s true. People make a lot of assumptions and judgements about a ...