Your Questions: Answered

I’m on journey, just like everyone else… 

Welcome to my vlog, where I try my best to share with you what’s on my mind, the great people that I have met and the lessons I am learning on my journey through lifeI'll describe ideas and tools that are particularly relevant and practical, along with how to be successful using them in your own life. 

 

I expect that many ideas and topics will come up along the way and hope you will find them relevant, but mostly I will be covering: 

Leadership and Management 

Business  

Productivity & Excellence 

Health and Wellness  

Lifelong learning 

Equality, cause hey, as a black woman, it does seem to come up in my life:-)

 

Constructive debate is healthy for the soul  

This vlog represents my current perspective, and I do love the sharing and exchanging of ideas so please do respond, comment, and even disagree to contribute and add value and depth to the conversation 

But always keep your comments relevant to the conversations taking place, and please be respectful. Anything else will be moderated right out. (including blatant advertising or promotion) 

 

Thank you for reading, visiting and being part of the conversation 

Melanie 

P.S. And if you want to know more, subscribe to receive my regular updates, I promise that I will not flood you with emails (we are all very busy people) 

YQA: Brain Pickings

How many times have people asked to pick your brain…and actually, how many times have you asked to pick someone’s brain… what exactly is a ‘brain picking’?

The thing is, the internet offers us a plethora of experts, so how do you go about choosing who’s brain you should pick, without falling into a vicious cycle of dodging constant sales emails. There is one thing I look for when looking for an experts help, so watch this weeks YQA video for the tip that will save you loads of heartache and pain when looking for knowledge or services online.

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YQA: How to apologise

 

 

Deary Me!

Recently there have been some really dodgy public apologies issued, where individuals and companies have been called out due to a perceived lack of authenticity in acknowledging their wrongdoings We all screw up, but there is a way to make amends and salvage the relationship when we have done wrong. We cover how to apologise in this weeks YQA : How to apologise

My biggest learnings have come only after acknowledging my error properly, and I've found that my deepest relationships are those in which I was not perfect.

Acknowledging your error and the hurt you have caused is a sign of strength, and it is so very necessary for closure and peace.

If you want to gracefully learn and move on, don’t sleep on your apology game

P.S. Don’t be afraid to send this one to someone who you think needs  a little instruction in this area

 

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YQA: Multitasking vs Focus?

 

Have you mastered the ability to focus?

This time of year is absolutely crazy! Projects and goals are reaching full flow and the demands on our time are at their peak! So it's even more important to double down to get stuff done.

My portfolio career may seem like a dream, but juggling this many balls can be a nightmare…the higher you rise, the more you are expected to carry, and this means learning how to focus on one thing at a time to get them all done, rather than running around like a chicken with its head cut off and not getting anything done.

We were not taught how to focus in school, and so I had to to teach myself how to focus, and actually work on developing my ‘focus muscle’ through...

  • meditation,
  • timed work sprints,
  • small chunky work goals
  • extreme ‘calendering’,
  • a controlled workspace
  • and the elimination of distractions and notifications.

My focussing skills have grown stronger and my output has multiplied tenfold, and so in this...

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YQA: How to deal when imposter syndrome hits!

 

 

Do you ever feel like a fraud, like you’re not supposed to be where you are? We all do‍

Imposter Syndrome is real my friend, I have struggled with this and it almost stopped me from going for my goals and living my best life. 

It was amazing how scary it was just to create a youtube channel. I think it’s because it’s almost a declaration that I have something to say, it's standing up on a platform and declaring yourself important. That is hella difficult for everyone on most days, and there were so many ways that I sabotaged myself from doing this.

I’ve wanted to do it for years, but I convinced myself that:

  • no one wanted to hear what I have to say,
  • that I was too young,
  • that I was too old,
  • that I had a face for radio,
  • that I was too late to the game,

and that was all hogwash.

Here’s the thing, you can vanquish this demon and in this weeks’ Your Questions Answered' video we dive in and cover: 

  • Why its ok...
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YQA: How to deal with Overwhelm when it hits

 

Overwhelm is real my friend, so in this week’s video (my first one) I give a short bit of advice on how I handle it. Things are coming at me left, right and centre on a daily basis, and sometimes it seems easier to stick my head under the duvet. And we all feel it, so I wanted to share strategies on how I deal when I am overwhelmed that get me through the rough patches.

It was amazing how scary it was just to create a youtube channel. I think it’s because it’s almost a declaration that I have something to say, it's standing up on a platform and declaring yourself important, and that is hella difficult for everyone on most days, and there were so many ways that I sabotaged myself from doing this. I’ve wanted to do it for years, but I convinced myself that no one wanted to hear what I have to say and that I was too late to the game, but that was all hogwash.

I literally just launched it late last night (part of my April Goals) and I need your...

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