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Becoming The InfluentialMe

Author: Michelle Chikanda

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The mission: To hear every woman say "I am free, empowered and able to become the most InfluentialMe" This show is a 'no frills' questions, conversations, collaborations, books we love and general musings on getting up that pesky career ladder. This show is about real life and because real life doesn't stop at the (home) office door, nor do we...get involved!
27 Episodes
Life (and working life) is a series of events that lead to another series of events. Sometimes the result or impact is something negative.In this week's podcast I'm sharing the power of owning up to your mistakes and how that can release you from office politics, and from emotional resentment at work.Find us:Website: www.theinfluentialme.comInstagram: @theinfluentialmeFacebook: @theinfluentialme
It still blows my mind that after over a decade in the workforce, I'm still talking about the B word.If you've experienced bullying at work, YOU ARE NOT ALONE.I have news for you. Bullying doesn’t have to be a long series of incidents, sometimes it’s a one of thing and I want to arm you with insights on how to deal with it now and in the future, but also help you to make sense of it if it happened to you in the past.Find us:Website: www.theinfluentialme.comInstagram: @theinfluentialmeFacebook: @theinfluentialme
I've been asked more times than I can remember how to be a good (or even great) networker and so in this week's podcast, I'm giving you my BEST STUFF.Here are my ideas on how you can work your way up to being a phenomenal networker. Find us:Website: www.theinfluentialme.comInstagram: @theinfluentialmeFacebook: @theinfluentialme
I can hand on heart say almost everyone makes this ONE MISTAKE and it only dawned on me to share it and help people stop making it, because I did a mock interview with a client and it was a train wreck and after she changed this one thing, she sailed through the process. Find out what it is.Let me know what you think. Find us:Website: www.theinfluentialme.comInstagram: @theinfluentialmeFacebook: @theinfluentialme
Has summer got you thinking about your escape plan? Are you dreaming up ideas about setting up on your own, sleeping in and living an appraisal free life? Well emergency stop! There are a few things I am grateful my peers and mentors warned me about, before I made the (not so big) leap.I'll be honest this episode has so many ‘buts’ it belongs in Calabasas, but I wanted to give a little bit more of an insight into the less glamorous side of the business. It’s definitely one to watch because it is the truth that not enough people share.Find us: Readers To Leaders Book ClubWebsite: www.theinfluentialme.comInstagram: @theinfluentialmeFacebook: @theinfluentialme
(Good) Leaders are Readers and in my career to date I haven’t met anyone who has disproved this. Ideas If you’re looking for inspiration, here’s a little list of some phenomenal books we’ve read in The Readers To Leaders Book Club and also  some books I’ve loved this year. I also went all in and indulged in some non-fiction items too…I know …crazy! But all work and no play and all that.Let me know if I’ve missed a gem.Let's connect:Website: www.theinfluentialme.comInstagram: @theinfluentialmeFacebook: @theinfluentialme
Have you missed out on something because you were waiting for the perfect moment?This week’s episode, I’m talking Jean Robert Reznik, former CEO of Accor, ClubMed and many other prolific businesses. This interview almost didn’t see daylight because I’m on holiday and in my swimsuit and I thought it wasn’t the “perfect moment”, even though Jean Robert insisted that it was.There’s a great story behind how I got to interview a senior leader whilst I’m in my swimming costume and let’s just say perfection was on holiday that day.
Last week I ran a small seminar with just over twenty women and I asked them 'Mr & Mrs' style questions about themselves, the questions were fairly basic  and though some were deeper  than others, the universal thing was that everybody struggled. We spend so much of our lives considering our thoughts on others, we rarely take a step back to consider who we are, what we want and what we need in the long term. Knowing this is the basis of any kind of leadership and/or success. This weeks podcast is interactive, I'm asking questions for you to answer, for yourself . So here's your chance, to spend thirty minutes on you. The key is to answer these quickly and if you don't know the answers straight away, then move on to the next question. Let's connect:Website: www.theinfluentialme.comInstagram: @theinfluentialmeFacebook: @theinfluentialme
Listen and be inspired by Claudene's story as she went from frustrated to two job offers on the same day."It was almost as if I wanted other people to do things for me. I had to take my power back and do it myself. I wasn't waiting for people to give me things, (they) helped me to do things. I knew, I know I have to do it myself."Get your career unstuck and have options in a world that seems to be limiting them.Learn more click here.Let's connect:Website: www.theinfluentialme.comInstagram: @theinfluentialmeFacebook: @theinfluentialme
Listen and be inspired by Bunmi's story."My past was holding me back and 6 months after working with Michelle I got promoted (during COVID times)"Get your career unstuck and take a giant leap towards  the career of your dreams. Learn more click here. Let's connect:Website: www.theinfluentialme.comInstagram: @theinfluentialmeFacebook: @theinfluentialme
Listen and be inspired by Nicky's success story."I found my confidence in interviews  with Senior Leaders"Get your career unstuck and have a renewed sense of confidence to show up as yourself.Learn more click here.Let's connect:Website: www.theinfluentialme.comInstagram: @theinfluentialmeFacebook: @theinfluentialme
We have all cried at work. Okay maybe not all of us, but a lot of us and this week, I'm talking about the day I ugly cried at work.  This week's podcast is about frustrations that arise in every woman's career and why we shouldn't ignore frustrations, in the name of professionalism. If for no other reason, other than that it will lead to less awkward, ugly crying at work. Let's connect:Website: www.theinfluentialme.comInstagram: @theinfluentialmeFacebook: @theinfluentialme
Is being unemployed a good thing?I'm talking about unemployment and why we should change our attitude towards it.Let's connect:Website: www.theinfluentialme.comInstagram: @theinfluentialmeFacebook: @theinfluentialme
Why is setting boundaries so guilt inducing? Last year I had over 100 1:1 conversations with clients and the one thing every single woman had in common, was some form of struggle with boundaries, professionally or personally . Too much? too little? and the myriad of questions in between.Towards the end of last year, I wrote an article for We Are The City on this very topic and though most of us have adjusted to living in the unknown, I thought bringing this topic back for the podcast, might make for a good reminder of the wonders of well defined boundaries.Let's connect:Website: www.theinfluentialme.comInstagram: @theinfluentialmeFacebook: @theinfluentialme
Paying attention pays...or does it?I'm no accountant but I do believe in making sure your numbers add up. We often say 'pay attention' and yet most of us find ourselves giving it away for free. Many people and organisations  (myself included), online and offline, are competing for you to PAY your attention to them. This 'payment' is what keeps all of them alive and in business and the more 'payments' they can get from you, the better. Your attention is big business.In this week's edition of Becoming The Influential Me Podcast, I'm discussing one guaranteed way to get an ROI on your attention. Not sure what to read? Here's my guide - Top 10 Powerful Career Making Books Every Woman Must ReadLet's connect:Website: www.theinfluentialme.comInstagram: @theinfluentialmeFacebook: @theinfluentialme
"The world is changing very fast. Big will not beat small anymore. It will be the fast beating the slow."  - Rupert MurdochGreat careers are built in times of crisis and as some of us ask ourselves the question: What does the future of work mean for me?In this week's episode of Becoming The Influential Me, I'll be sharing ideas (some of them borrowed) about how we can future proof our careers, or at least try to. Let's connect:Website: www.theinfluentialme.comInstagram: @theinfluentialmeFacebook: @theinfluentialme
Women and AI

Women and AI


Why aren't more people talking about how AI could be the best thing that has ever happened to women in the workplace?Is it true that technology (AI, Robotics, Machine Learning) will take over most jobs we currently think of as highly skilled? With the rise of technology and with it productivity, will skills such as empathy, collaboration and compassion become the most valuable skillsets? If yes, does that mean this is a spectacular time to be a woman?In my podcast this week, I'm talking about just that.Let's connect:Website: www.theinfluentialme.comInstagram: @theinfluentialmeFacebook: @theinfluentialme
In the past few months, I've had at least five female senior leaders ask me the question, "What do you think is the greatest threat to our long term success?".The honest answer is I don't know, because I don't have a crystal ball...However,  success leaves clues and many trends from 2020 show that the best guarantee for the success of an individual and/or an organisation is... ADAPTABILITY. So I'm talking about it. In this weeks' blog and podcast, I'm sharing why adaptability matters and six ways you can be more adaptable in order to safeguard your career in the long term.Let's connect:Website: www.theinfluentialme.comInstagram: @theinfluentialmeFacebook: @theinfluentialme
2021 is a year of great promise, but only if we choose to meet the moment. How have you started the year? Excited? Tired? Neither? Whatever the response...time is the most precious commodity every human being has and with COVID still transforming our ways of working, living and thinking... I see a huge opportunity for us all to up our game, if we hack our use of time. Here's (yet another) 6 step plan to crush your goals and be the best version of you.Let's connect:Website: www.theinfluentialme.comInstagram: @theinfluentialmeFacebook: @theinfluentialme
Imagine being Melania Trump?…for obvious reasons most of us can’t. Do you like her? Do you despise her? This week I’m asking us to put that aside and look at how she has navigated the journey through political life in a very hostile media environment.Let's connect:Website: www.theinfluentialme.comInstagram: @theinfluentialmeFacebook: @theinfluentialme
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