Lindy Nelson, MNZM, Executive Director delivers the final piece in our series on Confidence.
"Confidence. I refer to it as that “C” word. Aggressive and insidious - like a cancer but thankfully not life ending.
However, it can rob women of the vitality of being able to live a wholehearted life as self- doubt, negative self-talk and a general low opinion of themselves stops those of us who suffer from a lack of confidence from finding their passion, potential and purpose.
There is not an AWDT programme, including Escalator, where this topic doesn’t surface. So if you suffer from lack of self-confidence … YOU are not alone. When you understand the science behind confidence and discover which of your confidence disruptors needs attention, it becomes manageable.
Some tips to disrupting confidence: • Understanding it’s a combination of self-efficacy (your ability to think you can achieve things) and self-esteem (you like who you are). • Its situational, so you may have confidence in some areas of your life but not others. • It’s made up of the stories we tell ourselves about who we are and the stories we have internalised about what we hear and allow others to tell us about who we are.
I love working with women in this area as once they have tools to succeed their confidence blooms! Brene Brown’s book “Rising strong” is a must read if you suffer from lack of confidence as it gives a framework for busting the stories we tell ourselves.
The best piece of advice I can give you is “the actions of confidence comes before the feeling”. So get out there and takes steps to improve yours and suddenly your confidence has grown."
"Say yes to knowledge, say yes to support and say yes to networking". Kate Taylor - CommuniKate highlights findings from her Kellog Rural Leadership research study looking into the challenges facing small rural businesses in New Zealand.
AWDT's purpose is to equip and support women to generate economic, social and environmental progress in the primary sector and rural communities.
We research, design and deliver quality programmes that give women with the tools, confidence and know-how to lead and contribute in new ways. And we back this up with ongoing support through our growing network of graduates, Alumni and industry supporters.
If you haven't already yet experienced an AWDT programme, have a look at our offerings and enrol at www.awdt.org.nz Please register your interest if there isn't a programme near you, or it is already full, as this will enable us to plan future programmes and locations to suit demand.
"Too much, and you stop listening and learning from others, too little and you let opportunities pass you by." Penny Clark-Hall, Senior Communications Advisor with AWDT's Strategic Partner, Ravensdown shares her views in the latest thought piece in our Confidence series. ... See MoreSee Less
'EMERGE - YOUNG WOMEN LEADING IN THE PRIMARY INDUSTRIES' A pilot programme by AWDT for the Sustainable Farming Fund
We have a couple of places available for this pilot. To register for a place you need to commit to attending all modules, completing a few hours of pre-module and inter-module work requirements (including coaching sessions) and providing survey feedback after each module.
We are looking for young women within the first 7 years of their career. It would be great if you are from the dairy/ sheep and beef/ horticultural/ viticulture sectors, but any primary sector is okay.
If you would like to have a place, please email email@example.com telling us a bit about yourself.
This pilot programme is designed to enable young women to better lead their primary sector businesses and rural communities. Specifically, to better engage with markets and stakeholders at local, regional, national and global levels and to better tell their stories to a largely digital and urban-centric world.
As a participant you will get the opportunity to develop and grow as you learn to lead within four key areas: the “4 Ps”:
- People: great quality of life for our farming families and regional communities, incorporating health, vigour and wellbeing.
- Profit: competitive productivity in our farming enterprises and engagement with values chains and services that support and enable production, positioning, and sales/marketing.
- Planet: sustainable ecosystems for the long-term at an individual, community, regional and national (“NZ Inc.”) levels.
- Progress: adaptable innovation, learning and change through trial and error, risk-taking and discovery, to support the objectives of our businesses and communities.
Talking to Lindy Nelson about this new programme might be a good investigation for your discussions at the UN Commission on the Status of Women and especially around the theme of empowerment of rural women and girls Lauren Harrigan about the leadership programme tailored for rural women and girls in the NZ agri industry.