How to get what you want and achieve your potential in the workplace

How to get what you want and achieve your potential in the workplace

January 23, 2020 10:22 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Our first Breakfast Briefing of 2020 was with Cath Brown from Skilful Conversation. The session focused on sharing practical strategies to help young professionals achieve their full potential and overcome barriers that could be holding them back. Here are some key takeaways from the event. 

Always wear a PC Scarf 

Cath started the session by informing us that when it comes to achieving you need to wear a PC Scarf. No this wasn’t because it’s usually cold in Manchester, but to remember the areas of focus in order to achieve your success. 

  • Planning
  • Celebration 
  • Self Awareness
  • Confidence
  • Advocacy Skills
  • Resilience
  • Feedback


Usually with social media it can be easy to assume that successful people are naturals. However it’s important to realise that people who are achieving aren’t doing it by accident. Most likely, they’re planning out what they want and working hard to get it. 


It’s important to celebrate your wins. No matter if they appear small, as they’re still an accomplishment. We usually forget to celebrate or take any credits. 

Self Awareness 

It’s important to know your strengths and play to them. If you’re not sure what they are or if you’re struggling to think of them, then start a list, create a support network (friends, colleagues, family) and ask them. You can then identify how these strengths fit into your goals and what makes you happy. The list can also be used to reflect on and remind you of what you’ve already accomplished. 

Remember, be realistic with your goals but don’t aim too low. Sometimes your own goals can be restrictive of your full potential. 


Ask a lot of yourself, whilst still being kind to yourself. You can do this by listening to that inner voice (critic) and learning to control that voice into motivating you to achieve. If you feel like it’s getting too much then take some time to actually think am I speaking to myself, like I would speak to my best friend? 

Sometimes it’s ok to ‘fake it until you make it’, but ultimately it comes down to working hard and preparing well. Knowing you are fully prepared is a great way to boost your confidence. 

Advocacy Skills

Learn to commit to what it is that you want to achieve and ask the important questions (no matter how tough they might be) to get the honest answers. When it comes to getting what you want, having a clear purpose and writing your closing speech first can help you achieve ‘it’. 


Learn to get back up when you’ve been knocked down, but don’t just get straight back on that horse. Take your time to reflect and learn from those things which didn’t work well or go the way you planned. 


It’s important to ask for help and feedback from your support network. Mentors, colleagues, friends and family can all help you move forward and achieve your full potential by helping you identify new ways of doing things. 

Ask yourself: What went well? What could have gone better? What must not happen again?

It all starts with I

One of Cath’s final takeaways was to start with ‘I’ when speaking. This helps to stop yourself and opinion getting lost in conversations and reminds you of what it is that you want, feel and think. 


For a copy of the presentation slides then please contact us. If you want to find out more about Cath and other events she is planning then you can get in touch on her website or social media. Cath is hosting an event on  “Managing Difficult Conversations. Contact her directly to book a place quoting JCI, for a 10% discount, making it £67.50 plus VAT.

You can also start planning your goals for the year and how to achieve them at our next training and development event Kickstart 2020. Find out more about this JCI UK event and our other events here.


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