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7 | How to cultivate inner peace and presence when work gets to be too much with Charlotte Myers

The Art of Speaking Up

Release Date: 10/24/2018

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The Art of Speaking Up

Welcome to the show!  Today I’m sharing advice on what to do when you find yourself struggling with impostor syndrome, and questioning whether you belong in your job.  I will help you see that your fears of not being good enough are either untrue, or are simply signs that you are growing.   Impostor syndrome is real and it sucks – BUT – I promise that there’s a light at the end of this tunnel, and this episode will help you see it.    I hope you enjoy this episode, and I would love to hear what you think!   Want to get in touch?   Jess’s contact...

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88 | When your manager isn’t available to help you make decisions show art 88 | When your manager isn’t available to help you make decisions

The Art of Speaking Up

Welcome to the show!  Today I’m sharing advice on what to do when you find yourself needing input from your manager, but also unable to reach them.  This situation can feel stressful, but it is also a really important opportunity to cultivate your leadership skills.  Listen in to learn how!   Want to get in touch?   Jess’s contact information: Email: Instagram:     Free Resources: Ebook: The Smart Ambitious Woman’s Guide to Assertiveness in the Workplace:   Private Facebook Group:   To sign up for the Art of Speaking Up email newsletter,...

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87 | Learning to trust in your abilities with Keisha Greaves show art 87 | Learning to trust in your abilities with Keisha Greaves

The Art of Speaking Up

Welcome to the show!  Today’s guest really inspired me with her story about moving from fashion merchandising, to building her own clothing brand, Girls Chronically Rock.  Keisha is on a mission to combine her passion for finance with her commitment to supporting women with disabilities, and this conversation will help you see, and remember, that your own goals are only limited by your courage and your imagination.   To check out Keisha’s brand and online store, visit:   To donate to Keisha’s fundraiser for an accessible vehicle, visit:   And you can reach...

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86 | Managing self-criticism, loving yourself, & creating your own definition of confidence with Leonela Vaccaro Padron show art 86 | Managing self-criticism, loving yourself, & creating your own definition of confidence with Leonela Vaccaro Padron

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Welcome to the show!  In today’s episode, I’m talking with today’s guest Leonela all about her career journey.  In today’s conversation, you’ll hear us talk about self-criticism, being in a high-pressure work environment, finding self love, building confidence, and cultivating greater inner strength and trust at work.   To get in touch with Leonela, you can email her at:   And be sure to check out these free resources: Ebook: The Smart Ambitious Woman’s Guide to Assertiveness in the Workplace:   Private Facebook Group:   To get in touch with me:...

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85 | An easy way to sound like an exec when you speak up at work show art 85 | An easy way to sound like an exec when you speak up at work

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Welcome to the show!  Today’s episode is perfect for you if you want to sound more credible when you speak up at work.   The interesting thing about speaking up is that in order to sound smart – it’s about making things as simple as possible for your audience (even if your audience is just 1 person!)   In this episode I’ll show you how.   If you want to grab a copy of my stress-reducing morning journal, just rate or review the show and email me to let me know at – you’ll hear back from me and I’ll send it right over.  Easy peasy!   To get your...

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Today we invite special guest, Ashlee Leppert a recent veteran of the United States coast guard, and even more recent author of her memoir, "The Hurricane Within" to sit down and talk about her incredible experiences and journey of strength, compassion, and inspiration. She opens up about her intense Coast Gaurd search and rescue missions, learning the strength in asking for help, and what led her to write her incredible memoir. Ashlee is truly an inspiration and wonderful person who reminds us that strength is always available to us – even when things get really, really hard.  ...

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Today’s episode is another piece of my writing that I’m sharing with you.  It’s about what it means to build strength as a woman, and what it means to let go of people pleasing and replace it with authenticity and truth.  It’s about the grief and struggle involved in saying goodbye to old pieces of ourselves, but also the glory of replacing those pieces with something strong and new.   Want to download my assertiveness ebook?  Grab it here:   And use the link below to reserve your spot in book club.  If you can click on August 9th, it means there are...

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82 | How to deal with “what if I’m not good enough?” with Leigha May show art 82 | How to deal with “what if I’m not good enough?” with Leigha May

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Welcome to the show!  If you’re interested in joining the August 9th event, you can find the link here:   And the assertiveness ebook here:   And now – onto the focus of today’s show!   Today’s guest Leigha is not just an incredible leader in the corporate space and career and life coach, but also a wonderfully authentic and insightful human.  In this conversation we dive deep into the mindset challenges that many women cover at work.  You’ll hear us talk about:   -Impostor syndrome -Difficult & shameful emotions & struggles at work...

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81 | Assertiveness: why it matters and why it can feel so hard show art 81 | Assertiveness: why it matters and why it can feel so hard

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Welcome!  I’m so excited to announce the release of my new ebook “Speak Without Fear: The Smart Ambitious Woman’s Guide to Assertiveness in the Workplace.”    You can grab your free copy at   Once you receive your ebook, you’ll receive a link to reserve your spot in the August 9th book club.  We’ll be meeting at 10am PST via zoom and I can’t wait to see you there!   And a bit more on today’s episode, which is all about learning to be assertive at work.  I spent a lot of time feeling totally afraid and paralyzed at the thought of being more...

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Once upon a time, before smartphones were the norm, my employer gave me a Blackberry phone so that I could check email on the go. 

Did you know that Blackberries have a tiny little light that blinks red every time an email comes in?

And remember, this was my work phone, so in my case - the little light blinked red every time a work email came in.

My job was high-pressure, rapid-fire, and very demanding - which meant that the red blinky light blinked often, and with a distinct aura of urgency.  

Over time, the red blinky light became my master and I its slave, in a bizarre Pavlovian tango in which I’d constantly check to see if it was blinking.  But that wasn’t the weirdest part of things. The weirdest part is what would happen when I wasn’t checking the phone to see if the light was blinking.

Somehow, someway, by some crazy malfunction of my brain - the red blinky light began following me.

I saw it in the shower, I saw it in the subway train - I even saw it one time in a breadbasket when I was on a date with my boyfriend at an Italian Restaurant.

My mind had become completely consumed.  And I felt stuck, because getting away from the red blinky light itself was not enough.  The red blinky light was following me!

If I could go back and advice my 25 year old self, I’d encourage her to try something that I was unfamiliar with at the time: meditation. 

Simply stated, meditation is strengthening our ability to observe our own thoughts.  When we do so, we are able to identify unwanted thought patterns and disengage with them - even when we’re not meditating.

In this episode, Charlotte Myers talks about how to meditate, and shares similar stories from her own career of times when her mind became consumed with negative thoughts and stress, and when she turned to mindfulness and meditation to feel better despite her difficult work circumstances.  

If you want to connect with Charlotte, her Instagram handle is @airyfairyfeminist and she hosts The Airy Fairy Feminist podcast.

 

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Want to get in touch?  Follow @theartofspeakingup on Instagram or email jessica@theartofspeakingup.com.