As a leader, your voice is a powerful tool for communicating your expertise, confidence and authority.

However, many people don’t know how to use their voice to its full effect.

If you want communicate powerfully, then it’s time to give it some attention.

In the latest episode of the Influence & Impact for Female Leaders podcast, I interviewed Sharon Stacey, a Voice Coach and Musical Director.

Sharon teaches people how to use vocal clarity, attentive tone and confidence for delivering in person and online meetings, keynote speeches and business pitches.

She shared six ways you can use your voice to boost your gravitas in meetings:

Look After Your Voice

Warming up is not something reserved for singers. Before your meeting…


Are you a perfectionist and is it pushing you towards overwork and burnout?

For years I thought that I was doing well in my career because I worked so hard and held myself to such high standards. Then I realised that those strategies were actually perfectionism in disguise and were causing as much harm as they were good.

I coach a lot of high achieving women, at all levels and perfectionism in its various guises, crops up all the time. If you struggle with overworking, trying to be in control of everything in your life, procrastinating and fear of failure, you might be a perfectionist.

What is a perfectionist?

There are many definitions but essentially, people who…


Are you the boss of your brain or is your brain the boss of you?

Overthinking is something your mind will naturally do.

You might ruminate on past situations, worry about future events or are fearful of the judgement of others.

All of this overthinking can stop you from enjoying the present moment plus creates stress, anxiety and affects your self-confidence.

The good news is, everyone has the ability to train their mind, change their thinking habits and be the boss of their brain.

In the latest episode of the Influence & Impact for Female Leaders podcast, I interview Tahirih Mclaren-Brown, a mindfulness coach who helps to free people from overthinking, anxiety, worry and fear.


Menopause is something that all women will experience in their life.

However it’s not something that’s well understood or openly spoken about.

The symptoms of menopause will almost certainly affect how you work but it’s often seen to be a taboo subject which leaves women struggling in silence — in fact, 1 in 4 women consider leaving their roles during that time.

As well as the 34+ physical symptoms a woman could experience there’s also the lessor known psychological effects. Many women feel anxiety, worry, brain fog, lack of concentration or forgetfulness, affecting their confidence and self-esteem in their job.

In the most recent episode of the Influence & Impact for…


I learnt how to end my anxiety for good using this one simple approach that you can do today

The number of people who struggle with anxiety is rising each year and the pandemic has certainly heightened this. If the past year has made you feel more anxious and you’re feeling apprehensive about a return to “normal”, you’re not alone.

Although anxiety is something that is very personal, we experience it in all sorts of situations, including the workplace. Many of the managers and leaders that I work with mention anxiety as one of the things they struggle with.

I know how they feel.

I’m naturally quite an anxious person which I think was triggered by my tendency to…


I get a huge amount of inspiration, insight and wisdom from books and the wise authors who write them.

Before I had my son, the perfect free Sunday for me would look like a trip to a bookshop where I would spend hours perusing the shelves, reading parts of books and selecting a couple to take home.

To me, there is nothing better than being in a bookshop, surrounded by shelves full of other people’s ideas, insights, experiences, wisdom and views of the world.

There are many books that have made me see the world differently, inspired me into action and even changed the course of my life. …


“There are two types of people. Those who are burnt out, and those who are in denial about being burnt out” — Greg McKeown

I loved my first Director of Fundraising role.

In some ways it was my dream job.

And on paper it was perfect.

But it was leading me — or I was leading myself — to full blown burnout.

This is my story of burnout and recovery. …


Is the value we place on productivity and ticking off the to do list resulting in overwork, burnout and ineffective leaders?

I believe it is and I have a simple message… it’s time to stop working so hard and look at a new way to approach leadership.

Perhaps we can all take a leaf out of Warren Buffet’s empty diary. One of the most successful businessmen in the world prioritises space in his workday and lives by the idea that busy is the new stupid.

The current way work is designed promotes a culture of productivity and teaches us to…


In a recent episode of the Influence & Impact Podcast for Female Leaders, I interviewed Professor Amanda Kirby, an expert in neurodiversity, the CEO of Do-It Solutions and co-author of the new book,

It was such an interesting discussion I want to share some of the key points I picked up during the interview and you can listen to the full episode here.

Have you heard of neurodiversity? It’s an emerging subject especially in relation to adults and the workplace.

We are all neurodiverse individuals and neurodiversity simply defines the different ways we think, act and communicate.

About 10% of…

Carla Miller

Leadership and burnout coach. I specialise in helping women in leadership roles increase their influence and impact whilst being kinder to themselves.

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