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Colourful radio interview

I was interviewed by award winning business woman, author and radio host, Sonia Poleon, on the show I used to produce. We go into detail on what my new book ‘How to become a consultant’ covers and much more.

 

Listen here: http://www.colourfulradio.com/content/guest/31188

 

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8 ways to quit your job and be your own boss

A recent research revealed over half of the UK employees are unhappy at work. PR and communications specialist Ebony Gayle shows you how you can ditch the 9-5 and be your own boss.

Are you looking for a way to breakout of the confines of the workplace? Is work draining and depriving you of your happiness? Does remaining in the workplace until retirement make you take a sharp, deep breath and reconsider your life?  Well if you answer yes, trust and believe you are not alone in this. Research published last month revealed that more than half of all UK employees are unhappy at work.  Reasons for unhappiness at work can vary, the workplace can be restrictive which can be a struggle for parents and those with other aspirations. The awareness that we spend more time at work with colleagues, than we do with our families and friends.
 The UK retirement age is currently 66 years old, but, set to increase in the coming years, and the average life expectancy is roughly 79 years old for females.  With this type of future forecast, it’s no surprise that self-employment is on the rise, guess why? Because they are more contented.  In fact a study last month of 5,000 workers concluded that self-employed people are more successful in their careers and felt happier in their job.

So, if you are looking for a way to escape the workplace here are 8 ideas to explore.

This article was published in Black Beauty & Hair Magazine click here to read the rest.

 

 

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Your CAREER, how to do what you want when you want

Are you looking for a change in your work life? Do you feel like work is depriving you of your happiness? Are you fed up of the 9-5 grind? Do you feel like you are ready to make the next move in your career but not sure what to do? Or maybe you feel like your career is stagnating and you’re at an intersection of indecision.

Working in a 9-5 (usually longer) can start off nicely, but soon morph into a living nightmare. It can be restrictive, time consuming and if you don’t like your job, an extremely unsatisfactory and depressing daily experience. At one point in my career, I felt trapped and depressed, plodding along in my 9-5 job until I decided to step-up and make a change. I wanted to have control over my life and how I spent
my time, so I decided to set up my own consultancy. If you like the sound of being your own boss, deciding when and where you work, you should seriously consider becoming a consultant. It’s a great way to free yourself from the 9-5 drudgery, by using the skills you already have.

Working as a consultant in the field you already specialise in, means, you can choose to work independently or with others. You can remain an independent, or decide to scale up, hire staff and delegate. You can choose to work from anywhere in world. The decision is entirely yours to make and boils down to how much responsibility you want to take on and how it will impact your work-life balance. I know lots of consultants that split their time between living in the UK and abroad
because being a consultant allows them the freedom to do so.

You can read the rest of my article over on Irish Tech News – Link below.

Your Career, How to do what you want and when you want.

 

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8 signs that you need to change careers and kiss your 9-5 goodbye

Remaining in a job you hate is more common than you realise, even if you’re high up the corporate ladder. This is something I identified with, that was, until I left my comfortable management position to become my own boss and freed myself from the 9-5.

Before I took the leap, I had to re-evaluate myself. I wanted to make a career change but to be honest, I was a bit scared to step-up. I soon realised that I was getting in my own way of progression – why? Because of the types of conversation I was having with myself. We can often be dismissive and quick to diminish our own self-worth.

How many times have you talked yourself out of opportunities? How many times have you told yourself you are not good enough or just lacked self-belief to go for what you really want in life? Don’t deprive yourself of your goals and aspirations any longer, it’s ok to be different and do things your way.

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If you are at a careers cross road, no matter where you are in the corporate chain, here are eight signs you need to say goodbye to your 9-5.

1. You’re unhappy on a daily basis – Everyday feels like blue Monday and Friday is the best day of the week because it’s the last. You hate being at your job and you are only there because you have to pay your bills. You live for the weekends and holidays and dread when Monday rolls around.

To read the rest of the key signs I flag in this article I wrote for Real Business click here.

 

Fearful of leaving the workplace?

Check out this interview I did with Sue Dougan, presenter of Track Record on Share Radio where I discuss attending BRIT school of Performing Arts as one of the first intakes in the mid 90s as well as my career.

Now a consultant, writer, presenter and volunteer with the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, I raise the idea that we can all work on a freelance or consultative capacity – so long as we’re prepared!

I also discuss how easy it can be to become fearful in the workplace, questioning our own skills and experience – and how we can overcome that. Click on the link below to listen.

https://www.shareradio.co.uk/podcasts/track-record-ebony-gayle-13-apr-18/PodcastPlayer

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Five of the most common press release mistakes to avoid

Press releases are a key tool in the PR artillery, but in today’s fast paced society where journalists, editors and bloggers are super busy it’s even more important that they are concise and carefully targeted.   If not they’ll end up unopened or in the bin.

To help you steer clear of this happening, see my top five common mistakes to avoid.

  1. Targeting the wrong media – one size doesn’t fit all so sending a press release about a restaurant opening to a Pet publication is a waste of time. Do your research and look for relevant publications and journalists with an interest in your area of work.
  2. Spelling mistakes – we’ve all experienced this, be it that we’ve hit send too quickly or we’ve received a badly written email. We’re human and can make mistakes but be careful to double check your release or pass it on to a colleague for fresh eyes to review.
  3. No new news – sending a release just for the sake of it is a big no no. There is no point in sending information if it isn’t newsworthy. Journalists want news worthy information, if you have nothing new to say don’t bother sending it – it will end up in the bin.
  4. Jargon and long convoluted headlines and info – The idea of writing a press release is to highlight the key news items and convey it in a clear and concise way – so to include jargon defies the purpose. Remember to make it clear and make sense. Don’t forget to spell out acronyms as those working in the field maybe aware but no one else is.
  5. No follow up – In an ideal world you can hit send and wait for all the journalists to come to you, but realistically they’re busy people so giving them a call is still valuable. Timing is key here however you don’t want to call when they’re going to press so check with them that it’s a good time to talk and keep it brief and to the point.

Hope it helps!