Women In Web’s Weekly Round-Up


Happy Saturday! Let’s take a look back at this week in the world of Women In Web.

This week we spoke to Alice Gray, a Neuroscience graduate and STEMinist blogger from Pembrokeshire, Wales about her interest in STEM. Alice has a bright future ahead of her, and our Q&A with her is a must read!

We also spoke to Alison Love, an HR practitioner, employment lawyer and business leader. Alison owns her own business, and will be publishing a book in the coming months. Read her Q&A here. 

This week’s fascinating guest post is courtesy of Natalie Ekberg, a career transition coach and owner of Live Better Coaching. Natalie explains how to use the law of attraction to create career success in this great post!

Other stories that have caught our eye this week include…

Eimear McBride wins Baileys Women’s Prize for fiction with first novel

WWI dangers for women left behind

Women on the frontline: female photojournalists’ visions of conflict

The women reporters determined to cover World War II

Guest Post: How to Utilise the Law of Attraction for Career Success in 3 Simple Steps By Career Transition Coach Natalie Ekberg

Natalie Ekberg

Natalie Ekberg

The Dalai Lama once said that “in order to carry a positive action, we must develop a positive vision”. This, in a nutshell, describes how you can use the wonderful powers of the Law of Attraction for your career success. In theory, it is very simple. In practice, it requires patience, deliberation and consistency. Once it is mastered, though, you can use this skill for achieving anything else in life, so it is worth trying!

1.)   Create a detailed vision of your ideal job or business and put it down in writing. This might sound like something you have heard before, but honestly, how many times did you actually do it? I can tell you from the experience of my clients that those who did this exercise properly got their “career happy ever after” moments in abundance. When doing the exercise, describe your office building, its environment, the vibe and the people, and most importantly, feel the whole atmosphere in your body. If you feel excited about your vision, bingo! That is the right working environment for you.

2.)   If you already have a career you like, but you would like to be more successful, you need to define what exactly that “success” means. Is it a higher position, bigger projects, more money, better boss…? Only you know what career success means to you. Again, once you have that vision, write it down and keep adding to it or changing it as you see fit. The important part is to connect emotionally with this vision on a regular basis. Read through it when you wake up in the morning or even when you are on the Tube. What you are trying to achieve is to imprint that vision on your subconscious mind so achieving it will become second nature to you.

3.)   Use the power of intention or, in other words, ask for it! This simple tool can give you a huge advantage over your competitors for a promotion or during a job interview. Intend and state how the situation that is important to you will go. You have to be firm and own the process one hundred per cent. You are not asking questions here; you are making decisions. Do you feel the difference in the statement you have made? If you create your intention, stand behind it fully, and go into the situation with that power in your presence, you will get the result you have intended. I have to reiterate: your intent must be strong and you must believe in it; only then can the energy of that intent be transferred.

Most importantly, even though the universal laws are always working on your behalf, they can’t do your part for you. Therefore, whether it is an ideal job, success in your career or a fun working environment you want, you still have to go and put your best effort forward to achieve your goals. When you work in tandem with the Universe, miracles happen!

For more info on Natalie Ekberg and her services see www.LBCareercoaching.com

Follow Natalie on twitter @LBCoachNatalie

Women in Weekly round up


This week’s round up has articles on women who have had more than one career- which provides some well placed advice if you are thinking of starting your own business! There’s also some interesting thoughts on the impact of our current culture on women.

If you are thinking of starting your own business in the near future Natalie Ekberg, Founder of Live Better coaching shares her top ten tips. Not only are they very practical, she also encourages you to think about how you can develop relevant skills and experiences in your current role. Read the tips here.

Arianna Huffington’s new book, The Third Metric had me nodding in total agreement when she likened the current culture that defines success by two metrics- money and power. I’m particularly attracted to the idea of placing such importance on wellbeing, wisdom, and most importantly to me, giving back. Read Laura’s thoughts on her book here.

Our Q&A this week is with Antoinette van Heugten, a former international trial lawyer and mother of two autistic children. Van Heugten’s first novel, Saving Max, was widely acclaimed and is a USA Today bestseller. The story follows a single mother whose teenage son has Asperger’s syndrome and becomes the primary suspect in a gruesome murder case. The book is based on her real-life experience raising autistic children. Have a read of Van Heugten’s Q&A here.

This week’s question from Co-Founder Ena is: “We were wondering, in two or three years from now, where would you like to be professionally? Have you thought about what would you need to achieve now to accomplish this? Share your thoughts with us via Facebook and Twitter.

Other articles than caught our attention this week include:

Six things shy people can teach us about success 

Meet Roma Agrawal: Structural engineer who helped design The Shard

Push To Boost Number Of Women In Boardrooms

Have you voted yet for the digital awards? 

Sheryl Sandberg speaks to a new generation of women in ‘Lean In: For Graduates

Advice Post: 10 Tips for a Smooth Transition from Employee to Employer, Natalie Ekberg, Live Better Coaching

Natalie Ekberg

Natalie Ekberg

Natalie Ekberg mother of two, Founder of LB (Live Better) Coaching is an inspiring entrepreneur, author and career transition coach.  Over the past 10 years Natalie has developed a diverse background in helping business professionals from various sectors internationally; make major life changes. Making five radical life transitions her self each involving a big move to a different country, requiring that she dismantle and recreate her career, lead to her becoming “An expert in navigating major life changes with ease, grace and an enlivening freedom and joy.”

Read her advice on 10 tips for a smooth transition from employee to employer below.

Many years ago, I went back to work after a year off doing voluntary work in the Philippines. I was ecstatic to have landed that particular job in corporate human resources and was excited to be getting started.

Except, when I stood by the window of the office on my very first day, a sudden realisation hit me. I wished with all my heart that I would be still out there, doing my own thing, being free and answerable to no one. Looking back, that was probably the moment the first seed of my entrepreneurial journey was planted, unfolding fully much, much later.

If you too, have moments of feeling trapped and wishing secretly to be your own boss and manage your own business, the following 10 tips will help you to get on that much more quickly than I did!

1.)   Make the transition in a structured way. There are too many aspects of entrepreneurship that, if you are unaware of them, may cost you time, money and many sleepless nights. If you treat this transition as any other work project (e.g. planning the necessary steps, working against deadlines and doing a thorough follow-up), you will feel in control.

2.)   Do your exploration, research and preparation while you are still employed. The pressure of any start-up business can be exhausting and stressful, mostly because you probably won’t be earning what you were used to in the beginning. Do as much “preparatory” work as possible while you are enjoying the safety net of your regular income.

3.)   Look up as many of your competitors as possible and research their work thoroughly. How do they advertise? Which social mediaplatforms do they use the most? What is their message? Make a note of what you liked the most and what you would do differently. Over time, you will be ale to identify and develop your unique voice, which will make you stand out.

4.)   Talk openly to your friends and family about your plans; the more people know about your intentions, the more of them can be helpful. Networking and having as many contacts as possible is key when you are a “newbie”. Don’t be shy; going “public” will also help you to commit to your goals. You wouldn’t like to look foolish, would you?

5.)   Make a solid finance and saving plan and work through your numbers thoroughly. This knowledge will come very handy once your salary is no longer your security blanket. Knowing how much you need to save now in order to allow time for your business to grow will help you alleviating any future stress.

6.)   Set up all parts of the bushiness that can be established while you are still working; for example: your website, your social media presence, your business cards. All of these can be prepared in “beta version” and ready for launch once you have left your employment.

7.)   Learn as much as you can while you are still working. Many of the basic “being self-employed skills” would be new to you. How to blog? How to write a business plan? What marketing strategies are best for your particular business? You will develop these skills further as your business grows but having some basic knowledge is a necessity.

8.)   Be sure that you are absolutely, madly in love with your business idea. There will be times when you might feel very close to giving up your dream and continue with the working life you have known so far. In moments like that, the love and affection for your business will carry you through, if it strong and solid.

9.)   Follow your intuition every step of the way. The biggest challenge between being an employee and being an employer, is that you were used to following someone else’s directions and acting on their ideas. From now onwards, you are the one in the driver seat; the ideas, their execution, the follow up actions and everything in between will have to come from you.

10.)  Always believe that you are fully capable of achieving the success, no matter what people you are surrounded with think. This is your game; play it to the best of your ability.

Have you made the journey from employee to employer? Share your experiences with us in the comments.