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What To Read This Christmas

I honestly can’t believe that this time in a week it is Christmas Day.

Are you ready for it? I think I am!

I wanted to share with you a list of the books that I have read this year in case you wanted to curl up on the sofa at some point with a good book.

And yes, I really have read 49 books this year.  I aim to read one personal development book a week and can quite easily read a light hearted book in a day if on holiday.

If you only have time to read one book then I would recommend  ‘The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington’. I think we live in a time where a lot of us just aren’t getting enough sleep and the consequences of this can be huge.

If you have time for a second then definitely ‘My Story by Jo Malone’. It is possibly one of the most interesting biographies I have read, I really couldn’t put it down.


Non Fiction 

  • The Sleep Revolution – Arianna Huffington
  • Female Breadwinners – Suzanne Doyle-Morris
  • Get the Presentation X Factor – Tina Coulsting Carter
  • Frazzled – Ruby Wax
  • They F**K You Up: How to Survive Family Life – Oliver James
  • Leading – Alex Ferguson
  • Why Now is The Time To Crush It – Gary Vaynerchuk
  • Ask Garyvee – Gary Vaynerchuk
  • My Story – Jo Malone
  • A Path appears – Nicholas Kristof & Sherly WuDunn
  • The Fire Starter Session – Danielle La Porte
  • Screw business as usual – Richard Branson
  • The Storytellers Secret Carmine Gallo
  • The Glass Wall – Sue Underman & Kathryn Jacob
  • Secrets of Six Figure Women – Barbara Stanny
  • Flip It – Michael Heppell
  • Busy – Tony Crabbe
  • Raving Fans – Ken Blanchard
  • Taming Your Gremlin – Richard Carson
  • An Entrepreneurs Guide to Book Marketing Success – Georgia Kirke
  • The Happiness of Pursuit – Chris Guillebeau
  • Your Best Year Yet – Jinny Ditzier
  • The Go-Giver – Bob Burg & John David Mann
  • The 100 Year Life – Grafton & Andrew Scott
  • Option B – Sheryl Sandberg
  • Will it Fly – Pat Flyn
  • Moments of Truth – Jan Carlzon
  • What to put on your LinkedIn Profile – Naomi Johnson
  • Thinking Fast & Slow – Daniel Kahneman
  • The ACT of Attraction in Business – Tamsen Garrie
  • Do The Work – Steven Pressfield
  • Why You Need a Business Story & How To Create It – David Sloly



  • Night School – Lee Child
  • The Help – Kathryn Stockett
  • Confessions of a Murder Suspect – James Patterson
  • Confessions The Private School Murders – James Patterson
  • 16th Seduction – James Patterson
  • Speaking in Tongues – Jeffrey Deaver
  • The Husbands Secret – Liane Moriarty
  • No Where to Run – Nancy Bush
  • Pay it Forward – Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Before I Let You In – Jenny Blackhurst
  • The Kind Worth Killing – Peter Swanson
  • Friendly Fire – Patrick Gale
  • More Than You Can Say – Paul Torday
  • The Wrong Side of Goodbye – Michael Connelly
  • The Five People you meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom
  • The Way Back Home – Freya North
  • In the company of The Courtesan – Sarah Dunant

I would love to know what books that you have read this year and which ones you would recommend.

Time to Reflect on 2017

Well, here we were heading to the end of another year. Before the festive season gets into full swing it is a good time to reflect on how the year has been for you.

Take the opportunity to look back on what you’ve learnt, what you’re proud of and what, if anything, you feel needs to change in 2018.


I hope 2017 has been a great year for you. But, as you go through the questions below, be sure to celebrate the successes – however small they may have been. And, if something didn’t go as well as you’d hoped, then don’t beat yourself up. Simply celebrate the good things and let the other stuff go.


So, sit back with a cup of tea, or maybe a glass of festive cocktail, and mince pie and enjoy reflecting on 2017. Then prepare for an even better 2018!


  1. What three things are you proud of achieving in 2017?
  2. What five things are you most grateful for in your life?
  3. What new skill have you learnt?
  4. What was the most important lesson you learnt?
  5. What was your favourite book and why?
  6. Describe your 2017 in 5 words.
  7. If you visited some new places in 2017 what was your favourite?
  8. Which five people did you most enjoy spending time with and why?
  9. What have you learnt in your career?
  10. What was the best compliment that you received this year?
  11. What did you try for the first time this year?
  12. What worries turned out to be unnecessary?
  13. What was the funniest moment of the year?
  14. Which two things would you do differently?

So, that’s your reflection of 2017. I trust it’s helped you to take stock.

Looking forward to 2018.

  1. Which one goal do you most want to achieve?
  2. What do you hope to achieve in your career?
  3. Which one place do you want most to visit?
  4. What skill would you like to improve or learn?
  5. What one thing do you want to change to improve your work life balance?

In January we’ll focus in more detail on how to set goals so that you achieve them but for now celebrate everything that you’ve achieved – no matter how small – and have in your life.

In the meantime, I hope that you have a lovely Christmas and New Year.

Happy Thanksgiving


To celebrate Thanksgiving I am offering a Black Friday deal.


I am offering a 1 hour coaching call over the phone at an amazing discounted price of just £47, normally it’s £100, if you book before the 5pm on Monday 27th November 2017.

Are there goals that you set yourself that you haven’t yet achieved?

Are suffering from imposter syndrome and it’s holding you back?

Achieve those goals or remove those fears so that you end 2017 on a massive high.

Drop me an email HERE and book that session.


I also wanted to share with you a blog on “five ways to make a good impression in a new job” that I have written For This Women Can.

You can read the full article HERE on their website.


Hope to see this evening for my Twitter chat from 8-9pm where we’ll be discussing tips to survive (and enjoy!) the Christmas office party.


Five Ways To Make A Good Impression In A New Job



How to survive office Christmas parties!

It’s that time of year again – the office Christmas party is fast approaching.

Love it or loathe it?

Career enhancer or career killer?

Please join me on Twitter next Thursday 23rd November from 8-9pm where we’ll be discussing tips to survive (and enjoy!) the party.

Today is World Smile Day

Today is World Smile Day® and this year’s theme is ‘little acts of kindness’.

So today I am sharing three videos from my Facebook page that focus on kindness.

What can you do to celebrate World Smile Day and spread kindness?


3 ways to be kind to yourself

We’re all pretty good at saying kind things to others, but are we kind enough to ourselves? Take some time to be kind to yourself, recognise your achievements and boost your self-belief.

You can watch the video on how to be kind to yourself here.

3 ways to spread kindness 

Emotional well being is so important when our lives are so hectic. The video focuses on how to be kind to yourself, in this video I am giving you 3 tips on being kind to others.

You can watch the video on how to spread kindness here.

3 kind things to do in the office 

Look around your office and see if a colleague could benefit from a coffee or a helping hand. You can watch the video for more ideas on how to be kind in the office here.

I am delighted to be in this month’s Institute of Directors magazine giving advice on how to find a mentor. If you are looking for a mentor then you can follow the tips below to help you look.

Take some time to consider all your reasons for wanting a mentor before you start looking for one. This way you’ll have a better chance of finding the best match for you and your needs.

Ask yourself the following questions:

What do I need from my mentor? Do I have a specific challenge, issue, or goal that I’d like support with?
How often do I want to meet? Once a week or once a quarter?
Where and when can we meet? Is it in person or on the phone?
Why would someone want to mentor me? What can I do to help them in return?
Will I send an agenda or information before the meeting so they know what I want to discuss?
How long do I want the relationship to last? Is it to achieve a certain goal or for twelve months and then review?
How will I know if the mentoring relationship is successful
How and what can the mentor do to challenge and inspire me?

It is also good to be clear on the difference of a mentor and a business coach. A mentor is more about building a relationship, developing and inspiring you where as a business coaching may focus more on performance, what is currently stopping you achieve your goals and potentially solving an immediate issue.

Once you are clear on what you want from a mentor consider looking for them from two areas – first someone that you haven’t yet met but truly inspired by. The second, someone from your network, that you have built a relationship with and they know how you work. Not everyone will have the capacity to be a mentor so respect their decision if they say no but ask if there is anyone that they recommend and they could introduce you to.

Lastly, you may also wish to consider becoming a mentor yourself as you will learn so much from the experience.



*First published in the Director Magazine

Podcast: Feeling guilty as a working mum with Louise Summers

Hello and Welcome to The Caroline Arnold Podcast Show.

Today we have Louise Summers joining us. Louise works part time as a medical writing manager for a global pharmaceutical company as well as being a trainee social medial manager with Digital Mums.   Louise has recently started The Guilty Mums Hub and will be sharing with us today why she has started this.

So, lets get right into the interview. Louise, thank you so much for joining us today.

What has been your career journey so far?

What do you do now?

What is a medical writing manager?

Why do you job share and what are the advantage and disadvantages?

Why have you started Guilty Mums Hub?

What would your advice be to companies to help retain women and mums?

What is 1 book that you recommend to listeners

Where can people go to find more information about you and Guilty Mums Hub?

Twitter,  Instagram
Thank you for listening today, you can subscribe to my podcast show on iTunes and I would be truly grateful if you can write a review if you like what you have heard.

You can also follow me on Facebook Caroline Arnold Coaching which has more tips to help you be more successful.

Lastly, if you are looking to increase your confidcen and accelerate your career then my book Get Confident and Accelerate Your care is now on Amazon

Thank you for listening

45 Career Boosting Tips

Are you looking to accelerate your career but you aren’t sure where to start?

Follow these tips to advance your career, they are relevant whether you’re nineteen and looking for your first job or you’ve been working for 20 yrs and looking for your first director role.

So here, in no particular order, are my 45 career boosting tips:

1 Grow your Network
2 Be pro-active
3 Don’t get too down when things aren’t going your way
4 Don’t burn bridges, you never know who you will encounter again throughout your career
5 Take advantage of opportunities that come your way
6 Set career goals
7 Volunteer
8 Do a secondment
9 Work overseas
10 Get outside your comfort zone
11 Build long term relationships
12 Keep your skills up to date
13 Give before you get
14 Embrace a positive mindset
15 Spend less time on social media and do some work
16 Take the StrengthsFinder assessment at
17 Find your own unique voice
18 Invest in your own learning
19 Persevere
20 Join a company that has opportunities for you to grow
21 Listen and learn
22 Ask for feedback
23 Learn to manage upwards
24 Ask for a pay rise
25 Take a lunch break
26 Attend courses and gain certification
27 Be true to yourself
28 Start creating an exit strategy. What would you do if…
29 Recruit for behaviours and attitude then train for skills
30 Get a mentor
31 Be a mentee
32 Don’t be afraid of change
33 Recognise the value that you add
34 Get help to develop a career plan
35 Understand your values
36 Work out what drives you
37 Do what you love and ensure you do more of that!
38 Find an employer that aligns with your values
39 Don’t take things seriously
40 Don’t compare yourselves to others
41 Be authentic
42 Ask Questions
43 Keep your LinkedIn profile up to date
44 Use your holiday allowance
45 Get a coach

If you have any more tips to accelerate your career then please do comment below.

Individual Coaching

Individual Coaching

The most important thing to invest in? Yourself.

When you first started your job, you probably had an idea of what you wanted to achieve in the role.

Maybe you saw yourself working up the career ladder towards a highly-paid senior position. Maybe there were specific opportunities for personal growth and development that you wouldn’t be able to get elsewhere. Or perhaps you simply wanted a job where you’d feel satisfied by your day-to-day work, and comfortable enough to remain in the same workplace for a long time.

The question is, has your working life lived up to your expectations? Do you feel fulfilled and happy about the career journey you’re currently on?

If the answer is no, it’s time to make some changes.

Accelerate your career with one-to-one coaching

Women should feel confident and excited about the prospect of moving forward in their careers. If you’ve been stuck in the same role for too long, feel undermined and undervalued by your current employer, or need a helping hand to pull yourself out of the job-related rut that you’ve found yourself in, career coaching could be the answer. 

From reinvigorating one-to-one Skype sessions to life-changing year-long career courses, my individual career coaching packages have been designed to help you make the changes you’ve always wanted to make in your work life. Changes such as:

  • Commanding the respect of your colleagues
  • Defining your career goals and making them happen
  • Overcoming work-related anxiety and stress
  • Rebalancing your life with a clearer divide between work and leisure
  • Pushing aside the invisible obstacles that have been holding you back until now

Ready to thrive in a career that you love?

Choose one of my five coaching packages for individuals. Then get in touch to make that all-important first step towards lifelong job satisfaction.

Focused coaching (One hour)

The perfect introduction to career coaching. Explore the benefits of one-to-one coaching, discuss specific issues and come away from the session with tons of practical advice.

Get unstuck and get moving (Six weeks)

Ideal for any woman who needs to refocus her ambitions and set a course to achieve them. Unlock your potential with Skype coaching sessions and exclusive career-boosting exercises.

Accomplish something amazing (Three months)

Dedicate three months to achieving your most important career goal, with one-to-one Skype coaching sessions and exclusive practical exercises sent straight to your inbox.

Completely reinvent your career (Six months)

Want to make major changes to your work life? This package is for you. Spend six months transforming your career with Skype coaching and invaluable practice exercises.

Revolutionise your career and life (One year)

The ultimate coaching programme for lasting change to your career and life. Make the next 12 months your best yet with weekly coaching, personal styling, professional photography and more.

How To Get A Good Night Sleep

I spent a recent weekend reading the book ‘The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time’ by Arianna Huffington and it gave me the idea for this blog topic.

If you haven’t read the book then I urge you to buy it now in paperback form. That way you can read it in bed without the distraction and added stimulus of it being on your phone.

I know that I’m a morning person so I don’t struggle to get to bed early and get a solid 7-9 hours sleep a night – at the weekend in particular.

Yet we live in a society that sacrifices sleep to fit in everything else that we have to do. The end result being that far too many people struggle to get a decent night’s sleep. There are too many distractions and it’s all too easy to continue watching your favourite programme on Netflix. Or perhaps you suffer from FOMO (fear of missing out) and continue checking your social media when you’ve gone to bed? Not only will an hour have passed before you know it but you’ll find it hard to get to sleep because you haven’t unwound from the day. As this Huffington Post article discussing the book says: ‘Advances in technology have allowed us to pull back the curtain on what’s going on while we sleep, but technology is also one of the main reasons our relationship to this fundamental part of our existence has become so compromised.’

7 Tips To A Better Night Sleep


So, if you wake up feeling tired, grumpy, irritable and wishing that your company offered a duvet day then follow the tips below to help you get a better night’s sleep.

1. Exercise
Getting some exercise during the day, if only a walk as part of your commute to work, will help prevent you feeling fidgety later. It will also help you unwind at the end of the day.

2. Bed Time

When you’re deciding what time to turn out the lights work out what time you need to be up and then add at least 7.5 hours to lights out time. The amount of sleep needed will vary for each individual. I’ve now worked out that I need 8.5 hours each night to feel properly refreshed come morning.

3. Remove Electronics
Remove the TV, phone and any other devices that may emit a sleep-disturbing blue light. That will also prevent you from ‘quickly’ checking Facebook and losing an hour before you can blink.

4. Have a routine
There’s a good reason why so many parents try and have a routine for their children of bath, milk, stories and lights out. Because it works.

As adults, we don’t feel that we need such a routine. But if you’re struggling to get to sleep then there’s surely no harm in trying one to see if it helps? Try having a bath with Epsom salts, spraying your pillow with some lavender spray and reading a paperback or doing some mediation before settling down.

5. Drinks
We all know that caffeine, alcohol and sugar can keep us wired so try reducing the amount that you drink and eat especially late in the afternoon and evening.  Cutting back on the sugar is definitely the biggest challenge for me as I do enjoy some post-dinner chocolate and Netflix. But my sleep certainly suffers as a result.  I now have a Pukka Night Time tea to help me get ready for bed.

6. The Bedroom
If it’s possible, remove any objects that create light and get black out curtains or blinds. They’ll help with the earlier sunrises during the summer. Check the temperature of your room and make sure it isn’t too warm or cold as either may cause you to wake up.

7. Massage or Reflexology Treatment
As a treat, I sometimes have an amazing lady come to the house on a Friday evening and do a reflexology session. I sleep so well after, plus it helps me turn off the computer at 6pm and unwind from the week. Why not see if there is someone in your area that does home visits or a spa that is local to you?

8. Turn off the brain
The biggest challenge for most of us is how to turn off the brain and not wake up in the middle of the night worried whether you sent that email to your boss that you were supposed to.

There are a several things you can do that can help with this.
Firstly, do a brain dump and write down everything that’s on your mind at that moment. Whether it’s what you’ve got to do at work the next day or remembering to make lunch for the kids. By writing it down you reduce the likelihood of waking up worrying about it during the night.

The second strategy is to start practising meditation. If you’re new to this I recommend trying the App ‘Headspace’ as it has a free 10-day trial.

Lastly, start writing a gratitude journal and record three things that you are grateful for that day. This will help put everything in your life into perspective and help you relax and sleep better.

NB: If you haven’t read Arianna Huffington’s other book Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Happier Life then I recommend that too.

If you’ve got some great tips on how to get a good night sleep then comment below. I’d love to hear them.