17 May 2018

Becoming a Confident Public Speaker

At the beginning of this year, I was given the wonderful opportunity to experience a full-day workshop with The Public Speaking Academy. As you probably know I would love to become a professional speaker one day (See my goals blog post), and this course took me one step closer to that dream. 

The Public Speaking Academy (PSA)


PSA is an organisation that teaches you how to become a great public speaker, and even more importantly they show you how to do it. They do this through their interactive, energetic and friendly workshops. They run their workshops all year round in various locations including Sheffield, Manchester, London, Birmingham, and Leeds.

Their trainers are professional speakers who deliver workshops and training in a positive and supportive way that works for each individual.

17 Apr 2018

Books to Read Before 30

Ever since I was little I was convinced that I’m a slow reader, now in my twenties, I discovered personal development books and this has changed the game!  For the last few years, I’ve been able to read a minimum of a book a month. I realised that these books can help me learn more about myself and how to improve my life. There have been times when I’ve bought a book and read it in a week.
Books to read before 30

Reading has and continues to increase my knowledge and interests in a number of topics: personal development, self-awareness, health, productivity, personalities (many more) and my ultimate favourite GOAL setting.

Books are like having someone tell you and essentially mentor you on how to be the best version of yourself and create your best life. I’ve learnt so much about myself - my personality type, my strengths + weaknesses and how to deal with other people.
The best part for me (which might sound like a negative thing) is finding out how I’ve let people walk all over me and take me for granted in my life because of my tendency to please others and always be nice. Now I have learnt to put myself and my values first.

I’ve learnt to let go, forgive others and most importantly forgive myself for the mistakes I’ve made in the past. Self-love and self-care are now two very important aspects of my everyday life.       

I've read over 30 personal development books up to date and I have a few favourites to share with you. Including a few business/ entrepreneurship books! 


My Favourite books and WHY

22 Feb 2018

5 Ways to Build Intentional Friendships

We’ve all heard the saying: you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. So it’s absolutely important to have the right type of people around you, this is your inner circle (your circle of influence).


It’s been proven that we can only have a deep connection with just 5 people at any one time. So if you look at the closest 5 people in your life right now they’re the ones you connect with and are influenced by on a daily basis. The other tens or even hundreds of people you know or call ‘friends’ are actually friendly acquaintances. You can have up to 150 of these people in your life but you can’t have true friendship or influence with so many people at once.  


The biggest lesson I’m learning in my twenties is the importance of having and finding true friends. I’ve had to learn this lesson the hard way by getting hurt, bouncing back and knowing my values so that I can go out there and make better friendships.   

1. Choose your Friends

My mother has always told me,

“Don't let people pick you Natalie-Claire, choose your friends!"

18 Jan 2018

How to Create an Empowering Vision Board

What is a vision board

A vision board is a visual representation of your hopes, dreams, and goals. It is a collection of pictures and words put on a board (or paper). Creating a vision board allows you to see daily, all the things you want to do, have and be.


My Vision board @NCLengineer
My Vision Board

I can show you better than I can tell you, here are some of my vision boards. These represent different areas of my life and I plan to keep them for a while. This weekend I plan to create my 2018 vision board. Keep reading and I will explain the different types.

19 Dec 2017

2017 - Review, Reflect and Look Forward to 2018

What a year 2017 has been, a rollercoaster (just like every year!). Although there were ups and downs the highs clearly outweigh the lows and for that, I am so grateful. God has truly been good to me and my family.

To see a review of how the first half of my year went see this previous post - Goals, Challenges and Successes – 2017

Goals - my 4 goals for 2017 that I shared with you (online) were:

  1. To run a 10km race - Manchester Great run.
  2. Upgrade my blog to look and feel more like a professional website.
  3. Develop my public speaking skills and be a guest speaker at an event.
  4. To prepare for marriage and build a strong foundation for a happily married life. (I’m getting married! :)

Challenges

22 Nov 2017

The Millennial Struggle

The lazy and entitled generation…. Really?

This is a huge generalisation. I would say that most millennials are highly ambitious and willing to work hard to get what they want. We have high career aspirations, meaning we are most likely to have more than one career in our lifetime in comparison to our parents. 


With the development of technology and the internet which a majority of us have grown up with, it is inevitable that we would make the most of it find or create new opportunities for ourselves. I find that millennials (at least the ones I surround myself with) are willing to hustle - a state of great activity: networking, learning and creating their own opportunities in life.

This generation is skilled in computer technology and social media like no other generation thus the rising of new and unique careers are formed. Like many others, I started my blog: Engineer with style, this blog has brought me new experiences, new people, and new skills. It has opened my world to a number of great opportunities which I would have never had without it.

As a blogger I have learned how to:

  • Create content - information to be shared on any media platform 
  • Create graphics for blog posts and social media 
  • Create workbooks and printables [As shown below - download your free printable worksheets>>>HERE]
  • Schedule social media posts 
  • Write on a variety of topics I’m interested in such as personal development, women in STEM and my life lessons as a black female engineer in the UK. My blog has and continues to teach me more about myself, new skills and my capacity to learn and grow into the woman I want to be. 



27 Sep 2017

Guest Post: The skills that blogging has given me

The skills that blogging has given me, that have helped me in my career.

Hi, I'm Tori from Tori's World - a lifestyle blogger and a teacher. With the plethora of educational blogs out there, I've often wondered why I chose not to go down that route and instead to write a lifestyle blog but now into my third year of blogging, I can see how lifestyle blogging has given me skills and confidence beyond that I could imagine when I began.

A little personal history first - I've read blogs for a long long time - almost since they first started appearing. I've also always loved writing and knew that this could be an outlet for me. Career-wise - teaching is all I've ever wanted to do. Every academic choice I made was geared towards being in front of the classroom one day. And I believe (as do those who assess us...) that I'm a blooming good teacher! I love the job and the differences, challenges and successes each day brings. After teaching for nearly 15 years, it’s more and more important to keep moving with the times and developing my skills. The world is changing rapidly…



So how has blogging helped me?

Teaching can be all-consuming. There's no definitive cut-off, “you've finished” point. You can (and many do) work all the hours of the day, neglecting personal life, hobbies and your health. I quickly decided that I would need a hobby to help me switch off and by combining my love of makeup and writing, I started my blog with a beauty focus in May 2015. I quickly realised that limiting myself to makeup wasn’t going to work for me and moved into a lifestyle blog after Blogmas 2015. When I’m writing or interacting with the community, I’m doing something just for me.


Featured post

Subscribe to get your FREE Guide: Be more Organized