This week on the LID Publishing Blog, we will be hearing from some of the inspirational women we work with and finding out their thoughts on this year’s theme #BalanceforBetter. Today, we hear from Nicole Soames, author of The Negotiation Book and The Influence Book.
What does International Women’s Day mean to you in terms of Sharing Knowledge?
As a commercial skills trainer and coach and best-selling author, I’m passionate about sharing my knowledge to help set people up for success. I’m a big believer that once you stop learning, you start dying; it’s only by moving out of your comfort zone that you can continue to grow and become the very best that you can be.
Throughout my life, I’ve been influenced by some amazing people who have taken the time to share their experiences and expertise. This support and encouragement has motivated me to constantly set new goals so I can keep raising the bar. In life what goes around tends to come around, so, this International Women’s Day, I’d like to encourage everyone to take a pledge to be generous with their time and go the extra mile on someone else’s behalf. By sharing our knowledge in this way and committing to invest in one another, we will all reap the rewards of a collaborative and innovative working environment that enables each individual to achieve their full potential.
Why do you think it is important to have a balance of men and women in business teams?
I believe that the secret to developing high performing business teams is to harness your emotional intelligence to create an inclusive and collaborative culture where people with different opinions are valued and respected. I truly believe diversity means a balance in the broadest sense; gender, personality, age, culture etc. And as such, diversity lies at the very heart of this; organisations with well-balanced
teams are therefore more likely to reap the rewards of increased innovation and productivity.
The key to thinking creatively is to empower individuals with different perspectives to contribute their ideas in an environment where they can play to their strengths. This takes empathy – the ability to put yourself in different people’s shoes and understand exactly what makes them tick. By listening attentively to other people and respecting their point of view, organisations will benefit from greater employee engagement and a more energised and productive working environment.
Nicole Soames is a highly qualified coach and EQ practitioner with extensive commercial experience gained from 12 years leveraging large sales teams for Unilever and United Biscuits, followed by 13 years spent developing and delivering training programmes across the globe. In 2009, Nicole founded Diadem, the leading commercial skills training and coaching company. With over 85 clients in more than 15 countries, Diadem has helped many thousands of people become commercial athletes in negotiation, selling and influencing, account management, marketing, presenting, strategy, coaching, and leadership and management.
Follow Nicole on Twitter @nicolediadem or visit the website www.diademperformance.com for more information about how Diadem can help you achieve your commercial personal best in negotiation, selling, marketing, presenting, management and leadership.
Contact Nicole for advice, training or speaking opportunities :
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Books by Nicole Soames
Discover the secret to influencing success and making it easier for people to say yes!
- The Influence Book is essential reading.
- With a focus on emotional intelligence – putting EQ at the forefront of your daily life.
- Written in an approachable and engaging tone, easy to absorb and learn.
A simple, practical approach to leverage your EQ for business success
- User friendly format with an approachable and engaging tone, easy to absorb and learn
- Focus on the EQ principles that underpin successful negotiation
- Practical exercises, tools and techniques
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