Own Your Space by authors and entrepreneurs, Nadia Bilchik and Lori Milner, is a great read for any working woman, whether in the corporate environment or for the entrepreneur. It provides practical tools and insights gleaned from workshops held around the world and from interviews with some of South Africa’s most accomplished women to provide you with tried-and-tested techniques, tips and advice to help you boost your career, enhance your confidence and truly own your space on every level. By exploring your head space, your physical space, personal grooming, virtual and networking skills as well as overcoming the negative effects of past conditioning, you will learn how to develop the unshakeable confidence to achieve absolutely anything.
“Many ingredients go into the making of a successful career, but one of the most powerful is confidence. In the course of our own careers, as we’ve helped to empower thousands of women across the globe through our workshops, we have seen just how potent confidence is. We’ve unearthed these women’s dreams and fears, and given them the tools to boost their careers. Seeing first-hand the transformational effect of the most successful techniques, we’ve put together the ultimate toolkit in a book, so never again will a working woman be without a mentor”.
- Nadia Bilchik & Lori Milner
Own Your Space by co-authors Nadia Bilchik and Lori Milner is the ultimate ‘toolkit’ to unleash your true power. It’s for the woman who wants to take her career to new heights or who wants to make her mark as an entrepreneur, and who is ready to fulfil her true potential. The book is divided into distinct sections, each one providing a guideline to owning key areas of your life and work.
The first section deals with Owning your headspace, helping you to understand how your thinking, attitude and mind-set have the most important impact on your personal and professional life. The second section looks at how to Own your physical space by mastering your physical presence, and learning how to leverage both verbal and non-verbal communication skills to become more persuasive and engaging. The third section provides insight into Owning your interpersonal space, and how to understand and elevate your EQ (emotional intelligence), develop strong relationships, handle conflict with less stress and more confidence. The fourth section shows you how to Own your virtual space, ensuring that your online presence is enhancing the overall way you are perceived, including email etiquette, phone and social media usage. The fifth section is a critical one as it looks at how to Own your time, maximising your usage of time and learning to prioritise in a way that is most productive. It shows you how to abandon the myth of work/life balance forever and change the mind-set to work/life integration.
Other sections look at how to Own your network, Own your decisions, successes, failures and finances, Own your ask, and Own your podium, helping you to find your confident voice. The book also has some great advice from women who are great examples today of owning their lives and spaces, with inspiring quotes and insights from a range of highly accomplished businesswomen. Every quote is a gem of wisdom, and each of the interviewees was as fearless about sharing their failures and vulnerabilities as they were about sharing their successes and what helped them to get there.
About the authors
NADIA BILCHIK, President of Greater Impact Communication and CNN Editorial Producer, is an internationally recognised television personality, keynote speaker, author and trainer renowned for her expertise in ‘getting people to like you, trust you and want to do business with you’. Nadia’s clients include CNN, Turner Entertainment Networks, The Home Depot and Coca-Cola.
LORI MILNER is the engaging facilitator, thought leader and mentor known for her insightful approach to being a modern corporate woman. Her brainchild, the successful initiative Beyond the Dress, is the embodiment of her passion to empower women. Beyond the Dress has worked with South Africa’s leading corporates and empowered hundreds of women with valuable insight on how to bridge the gap between work and personal life. Clients include FNB, Siemens, Unilever, Massmart, Alexander Forbes and Life Healthcare.
Why LoA loves it….
If there is a common denominator that is shared by women entrepreneurs around the world, it tends to be confidence, and let’s face it, going out there each day selling our businesses, products, services and ourselves as entrepreneurs to the world takes heaps of confidence. What makes Own Your Space such a great read is that it helps everyone to find that essential confidence and then to harness it in order to achieve personal and business goals. For all those women entrepreneurs who experience the inevitable doubts in their ability to succeed along their business building journeys, this book provides some great insights and advice that will give them the confidence to achieve the success they crave. --- Melanie Hawken, founder and CEO of Lionesses of Africa