Scaredycat Skills

Business | Public Speaking

Upcoming Scaredycat Business School masterclass

A practical and interactive workshop for micro business owners; freelancers and creatives focused on values-based selling.

Selling shouldn’t be so hard for scaredycats!

When you start up as a micro-business, freelancer or side-hustler, selling can feel like a dirty word! What should your rates be? How do you approach prospective clients or customers?

Women freelancers earn on average nearly 20% less than their male counterparts in the UK! As we come out of the pandemic, we need to work together to make this change!

This workshop is all about getting confident in your sales, confident in your pricing, feeling grounded in your value so that you can’t get talked down on your rates and flipping your fears about selling.

    By the end of this workshop, you will have

    • Clarity on the value of your product/service to your potential customers/clients.
    • More confidence to contact and follow up with prospects.
    • Shared your business journey so far and heard from others.
    • Hopefully had a laugh and a giggle!

    Scaredycat Public Speaking coaching & training

    Got a presentation or pitch coming up OR you want to get more confident with presenting?

    This is a full 2 hr session to work together on your vocal and body confidence, screen or in-person audience presence, clarity with your presentation deck.

     

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    Public speaking, presenting, pitching – call it what you want but it can be TERRIFYING!!

    You might want to build your confidence with public speaking or you’ve got a presentation coming up in a couple of weeks and you are sh**tting it!

    I’ll work with you on:

    – clarity of your slide deck

    – the story you’re telling

    – engagement with your virtual audience

    – confidence in your words and how you say them

    – confidence in your body language

    Depending on your level of “oh sh*t, I need help with this”, you can book in for 1, 2 or 3 coaching sessions.

    Business coaching for women freelancers and entrepreneurs

    Run your business Your way with business coaching sessions every two weeks for 3, 6 or 12 months.

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    “Only 1 in 3 UK entrepreneurs is female: a gender gap equivalent to ~1.1 million
    missing businesses.

    Female-led businesses are only 44% of the size of male-led businesses on average, in terms of their contribution to the economy, and male SMEs are five times more likely to scale up to £1million turnover than female SMEs.”

    – The Alison Rose Review of Female Entrepreneurship, 2019 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-alison-rose-review-of-female-entrepreneurship

    Alongside a very low number of female business founders now sits all the stress and strain of a global pandemic. As the Alison Rose Review stated, there is no silver bullet to help female entrepreneurs but many of us can help to reduce that gender inequality.

    I can help you:

    = work through your initial business idea, including your values and your value proposition to your ideal customers, potential partnerships, adjusting your idea for these strange times, financials, purpose and packages.

    = figure out what’s got you stuck in your business and how you can adapt and change. Here’s an Insight Paper on how Sarah C. did just that.

    Please note that my background is in small business and the creative/digital industries (as well as public sector) so if you’re looking for other specific sector advice, a mentor rather than a coach might be what you’re looking for.

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    Getting into the flow on a daily basis

    Now that I'm fully developing my business, helping women achieve positive change and bring joy and impact to their lives, I'm starting to see that it's okay to go with my flow. What do I mean by flow? That peak time of working, when it just doesn't feel like working,...

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    What does your social media feed look like right now? If it's anything like mine, it's all about Veganuary / Dryanuary / Dietanuary or any variation of using the phrase 'anuary!New Year, New You! Wow, this phrase is everywhere right now!Get healthy in 2020 / get fit...

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    Tips for presenting for scaredycats

    Here's a tip: DON'T HUG THE SCREEN! DON'T FEAR THE SCREEN! It really is just a screen, no matter the size, no matter how many of them are behind you when you present, it's just an inanimate object. It's not you. Let's think about this for a moment. What are some of...

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    photo of scaredycat workshop attendeesGroup workshops for public speaking confidence

    Scaredycat communications workshops are fun interactive workshops that help to build confidence in all things communication:

    • Presentation skills including voice coaching and body language
    • Business communication skills (including telephone and active listening skills)
    • Interview communication skills
    • Confidence building for leading meetings and project teams.

    So many of us need help with our communication skills but even reaching out for advice can be scary! That’s where these workshops come in. Scaredycat workshops are suitable for team-building days, leadership and management programmes and groups.

     

    The big why for me?

    I focus on helping women in business develop confidence so they can say yes to public speaking opportunities, leading meetings or project teams and being heard and understood in what is still a very male-dominated world. As women, we need to all work together to encourage, support and enable each other to feel confident and passionate about what we do and who we are. My aim for Scaredycat workshops is to help that happen.

    I facilitate 2 hr, half day and whole day workshops.

     

    “Two hours focusing on two things was perfect – you didn’t try to change the world, just gave two keys skills and practice that moved me forward. Love your sense of humour too!!”

    “I did a talk to 80 guests at a charity ball last week and did it without notes, just a couple of words on cards. People laughed in the right places, clapped at the end and said I was a ‘great and engaging speaker’. Hooray!! I couldn’t have done that three weeks ago so thank you again.”

    “It was great to take a step back and think about how I use my voice and how I can improve. The part on breathing was great as was the introduction of face massage.”