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Watch this fascinating TEDx talk by RADA in Business tutor Dominic Colenso about the power of telling your personal story in a business environment.

In a world of carefully constructed selfies and an obsession with displaying the perfect image in every aspect of our lives, how can we use our individual experiences to show the best and most authentic version of ourselves at work?

A full list of the RiB courses which are open to anyone and develop your communication style, from storytelling for business to perfecting your presenting skills, can be found here.

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Being Bold for Change at WOW Festival

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RADA in Business had an exciting and successful week celebrating International Women's Day, Omniwomen UK and WOW Festival last week as our communications skills training helped women to 'Be Bold For Change' in the workplace.

On Wednesday 8 March, we joined companies and individuals across the world to mark International Women's Day (IWD). Our social media campaign shared pledges from delegates, tutors and the team in the office, showing how they planned to put RADA in Business training into practice to 'Be Bold For Change' - the theme of this year's IWD. Both women and men joined the initiative, with pledges covering many different themes: speaking up and getting your voice heard, standing tall whatever your height, projecting gravitas and authenticity, and empowering others to achieve their ambitions. We were thrilled to join in the worldwide initiative, aiming to create a more positive and gender inclusive working world. You can see the highlights of our campaign here.

As well as collecting pledges from our network, RADA in Business trained over 200 women this week at Omniwomen UK and WOW Festival.

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International Women's Day 2017

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This year's International Women's Day 2017 will be celebrated on Wednesday 8 March, with the theme of #BeBoldForChange. RADA in Business is joining the initiative by celebrating our own stories of transformation amongst the RADA Women in Business network.

Many of our delegates already keep in touch with us to share how they have been bold in making change. In the lead-up to 8 March we have invited more to share their pledges on how they will #BeBoldForChange to forge a better working world - a more gender inclusive world.

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The findings of ‘High Heels and Workplace Dress Codes’, a report by the parliamentary committees for Petitions and for Women and Equalities, was published yesterday. The report urges the government to fine companies that force their employees to wear high heels, responding in particular to the case of London receptionist Nicola Thorp, who was sent home from her job after refusing to change from her flat shoes into high heels.

Nicola’s experience paved the way for many women to share their experiences of being forced into a uniform of high heels, causing pain and discomfort. Yet many women embrace high heels as a tool to boost their confidence in the workplace and gain height. There is a perception that a pair of heels can boost your authority – yet could it also cause adverse effects?

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US presidential election: TV debates

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The last fortnight has seen two TV debates in the US election campaign as Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump went head to head on 26 September and 9 October. Voice coach and Lead Tutor on our Executive Presence for Women programme Sheelagh McNamara was keeping a keen eye on their body language and public speaking skills at both debates. So – how did they do?

Click here to see our analysis of the second TV election debate.

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How can I make sure I'm heard at meetings?

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The Guardian money feature 'Dear Jeremy' regularly publishes career-related questions and concerns from readers. Recently the feature included one reader's problem about being listened to and respected in meeting scenarios:

"My contributions at meetings – formal, informal, by email or telephone – are always ignored... This is sapping my confidence and self-esteem, and probably the way I present whatever it is I would like to say. I am also aware that I am not a particularly assertive person. Can you give me some handy hints on how best to make effective contributions to meetings?...I sense that people switch off to what I am saying."

We asked RADA in Business tutor Claire Dale how she would answer the reader's problem:

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