Friday, July 7, 2017

Women Paving the Way: Congratulations to Friend of The Women's Organisation, Melissa Henville!

Here at The Women’s Organisation, our global reach continues to grow and we are delighted that one of our international sector experts panellists and special advisors Melissa Henville has been appointed to a new role as Group Trading Inventory Manager at SBS where she will contribute to developing their digital offer.

SBS is a national public television network in Australia. Launched on 24 October 1980, it is the responsibility of SBS's television division and is available nationally. The company was founded on the belief that all Australians, regardless of geography, age, cultural background or language skills should have access to high quality, independent, culturally-relevant Australian media.


SBS On Demand’s distinctive streaming service is available on more platforms and devices than any other Australian broadcaster’s service, and includes over 6000 hours of programs, with 900 movies of which 70% are in languages other than English.

Melissa has been a champion of equality all of her career and having over 20 year experience in the commercial sector she will no doubt make a huge contribution to SBS in her new role.

Maggie O’Carroll CEO of the Women’s Org said “We offer our warmest congratulations to Melissa in her new role and of course we want to thank her for her continued support in promoting gender equality.

"Melissa has volunteered her valuable time to share her considerable knowledge and expertise with us and thereby helped to support female entrepreneurs within the UK and across the globe. It is through this type of global collaboration that we can learn and make progress toward equality of opportunity. We wish Melissa every success in her new role.”

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

5 Speedy Networking Tips - Get Ready For #WOBizClub's Summer Speed Event! ☀

It's that time of the year again - Our Summer Speed networking evening on July 25th at 54 St James Street! Grab your tickets here! 


This annual Business Club event invites all women in business to come along and join us for some speedy networking which will be facilitated by The Women’s Organisation Team. 
We’ll setting our stopwatches and setting up some speedy networking so that you’ll have the chance to speak to each and every business woman present, and be sure you’re not missing out on the chance to make that all important connection!

But, don’t worry, the pressure is off and the time limit won’t be too tight! As we know it’s important that you are able to get to know each other’s businesses properly so you can find out how you can help each other best!
The Women’s Organisation team will of course be on hand to help facilitate this purely networking session and assist you with to speedily network your way around the room!
AND, in preparation for the event, here's some great speed networking tips

1. Have an Elevator Speech ready - Prepare a short elevator speech which summarises the key elements of your business. Practice articulating this information in a smooth way! Since speed networking is a two way process, it's also important to listen carefully to each of your partners!
2. Bring business cards - All important at a networking event, so don't forget yours! 
3. Prepare some sample questions to ask - Showing a genuine interest in your partners during speed networking will help you to develop a solid rapport with people there! And prepare some sample questions to ask. 

So, if you're ready to come and speedy network with us, you'll need to grab your tickets! Head over to Eventbrite to get your hands on one. Remember! If you're a member of our Business Club, tickets to our events are half price, so just £5! 
Grab them here!
And if you'd like to find out more about Business Club and becoming a member, email us on businessclub@thewo.org.uk to find out more! 

Did You Learn To Harness The Power Of Body Language With #WOBizClub?

Last Thursday Laura Taylor was back in the building by popular demand! After the massive success of last year’s body language Business Club workshop we couldn’t not ask Laura back again this year!

Laura is an experienced Corporate Trainer who specialises in areas such as body language, procurement and influencing. Laura has trained over 2500 professionals in these areas within the UK and globally for multi-national organisations and Laura is currently the only qualified UK Body Language trainer from the world’s largest human behavioural Lab, the Science of People!

The event got off to a great start, we had a full room of Business Club members and business women ready to learn about body language and the tips and tricks they can use to be viewed as positive, credible and authoritative.


Laura led an amazing seminar and talked us through how to make a positive first impression through using warmth, confidence and competence and that a first impression is made in as little as 4 seconds! And other little tips and tricks were dished out such as ensuring that when we are standing directly in front of someone and engaging them in eye contact and ensuring you aren’t standing at an angle. Another tip and trick which many of us hadn’t realised is sometimes are clothing can sometimes be a distraction especially big necklaces!

A lot was learnt in the session, and afterwards our business women got the chance to put their tips and tricks into action with networking at the end of the event. It was fantastic to see a room full of women, networking with confidence like pros! And we had some great feedback too!

‘A very useful and informative event! It’s really important to be aware of body language and I will be using the tips in my future interactions’

‘Very good input from Laura, lots of body language tips and things to think about’
‘Interesting scientific studies and useful practical tips to implement’

‘Excellent, thank you! The Halo Effect was fascinating and useful and the networking was great too!’

‘The body language training was fantastic! What an incredible event, I could listen to Laura all day. I would love to do more of this. Thank you!’

We think that’s amazing praise! Thank you so much to Laura for her workshop, it was amazing and insightful and we are so grateful that she took the time out to come along and share her knowledge with Business Club!



If you would like more information on becoming a member of Business Club, please get in touch! Email us on businessclub@thewo.org.uk for more information.