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Confident Conversations

Confident Conversations is a weekly podcast show for ambitious women about confidently balancing work and life without burning out.

Hosted by Sherry Bevan, Author, Coach & Speaker, Sherry is a former Global Head of IT Service for a City law firm and over two decades of leadership experience. She now helps ambitious women get clear what they really want then find the confidence to do it.

Sherry runs The Confident Mother, an independent coaching practice, specialising in working with women in technology and women in professional services, on a one-to-one basis or in a group, individually or through your in-house career and leadership development programmes. She is also the founder and host of City Conversations

Sep 28, 2017


Anna Meller is the Work ReBalance Mentor and works with ambitious professional women who want to balance their corporate career with their family life. Through her Balanced Leader group programmes and bespoke coaching/mentoring, Anna empowers women to make choices that work for them and their employers.

Over the summer the EHRC was the latest body to add its voice to mounting calls for greater access to flexible working as a way of reducing pay gaps and helping women progress.

Legislation already exists allowing any qualifying employee to ask for flexible working and most organisations have relevant policies. However, negotiating a flexible schedule can still be challenging – particularly as you progress up the career ladder.

To celebrate #NationalWorkLifeWeek, from 2-6 October 2017,  and in the US #WorkAndFamilyMonth throughout October, Anna and I explore seven steps to confidently negotiate a flexible working arrangement that both suits you and your employer.

  1. Be very clear on what you want.
  2. Be clear on your value to your employer.
  3. The reasons your request might be refused.
  4. Review what your existing HR policies allow.
  5. Identify what's under the radar.
  6. Prepare your case.
  7. Be willing to agree to a trial period.

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GUEST: Anna Meller, Work ReBalance Mentor
HOST: Sherry Bevan, Founder of The Confident Mother

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