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Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Book Review: Step Up: Confidence, success and your stellar career in 10 minutes a day

Step Up: Confidence, success and your stellar career in 10 minutes a day

By Phanella Mayall Fine and Alice Olines

The book is described as having "inspirational stories from outstanding women in business, ‘kick-up-the-bum career advice’, and 10 minute a day career workouts, this is the must-have book for women who want to take charge of their career success." It certainly delivers everything it promises.

This is a truly inspiring book written in a witty, readable style and packed with practical, insightful guidance. It's not only a book about careers, it's deeper than that. It explores self confidence and how we women are placed in the workplace, in a straightforward and easy to understand way, highlighting how sometimes we're our own biggest saboteurs as women. It offers really useful thought strategies taken from CBT to alter your natural inclination to do yourself down.

The book is structured to give lots of interesting analysis of topics affecting women's careers - eg confidence, networking, vocalising goals and aspirations - followed by practical 10-minute 'workouts' at regular points: exercises which invite you to act on the discussion points and make it come to life for your own experience.

I've found the exercises in this really useful and thought-provoking, and have already been acting on some of the practical tips and finding it's changed my outlook and perspective for the better.

This is such a wonderful book that simply every woman in any kind of work (or not) should read. It delves into the psychology of self-esteem and the self-limiting behaviours that we women place on ourselves: it gives strategies for lifting yourself out of unnecessary self-limiting entrenched habits and beliefs, such as "I'm crap at networking", and offers tools for generally dealing with every aspect of work/career/self-confidence that we have to face as women. It's brilliant, clear, funny, intelligent.

Basically this book would have been career-altering had I been able to read it 10 years ago, but now as a self-employed "brand" it's making me feel enthusiastic about things that otherwise I would've felt intimidated or anxious (and avoidant) about.

Plus it's made me see the true life-changing power of lipstick.
Excellent book, could not recommend highly enough.

Review by: Anya, Writer and editor, Author of Pregnancy: The Naked Truth
Pilates teacher

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