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The Learning Curve Podcast | Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East.

Nicholla Henderson Hall, talks to Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East. Speaking with ladies in the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Egypt, Oman and Jordan we ask them to share their entrepreneurial journey. How they faced success and challenges in their own business, what advise and direction they offer up to more women keen to start their own business or expand their current business and where they see themselves as their businesses evolve. We are based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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Jun 20, 2016

Have you ever thought about the importance of your voice, your breathing and your voice tones when making a presentation, public speaking, in a meeting or even on a podcast?  I know I hadn't.  In my mind I would just breathe and talk but I have learnt that you can achieve so much more from just taking a moment and getting your breathe under you before speaking.  My next guest Jennifer Lang, a Creative Voice and Communications Coach here in Abu Dhabi took me on a journey to explore this subject some more and share her own entrepreneurial journey too.

She works with women entrepreneurs to help them connect with their voice and how they can communicate more effectively about their business and specifically how they can talk to their audience.  Interesting right?

Her background is Voice Performance but she's also an Opera singer, a Reiki Master, has a Black Belt in Karate and has always been interested in healing. All very strong, focused disciplines.  She's been in Abu Dhabi 18 months and being here has massively contributed to her success.  Its pushed her out of her comfort zone and helped her get clear about her business and what she wants to achieve.  

We had a lovely chat over tea and dates and now and again we introduced her beautiful dog, Lola who just wanted a cuddle! 

In this interview she helps us understand her business, the importance of breathe when we talk, the challenges she has faced and where she sees her business going in the coming years.  Oh and don't forget to check out her Wednesday Wisdom moments on her website. Great video nuggets of knowledge you can use immediately in your day to day speaking life.  Her web address is www.jenlang.com  

​This is her entrepreneurial story and her learning curve journey.

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Jun 13, 2016

The Holy Month of Ramadan started last Monday and for the 1.6 billion Muslims around the world it is the month of fasting and prayer.  For those that don't know what Ramadan is, its a time each year when all Muslims fast from dawn until dusk and they must refrain from eating, drinking, smoking and drinking alcohol.  Its a month of spiritual reflection, a time to look upon ones own activities and question them and reconnect with your faith and cleanse your soul.  I'm not Muslim but as I've lived in the UAE all my life, its very much part of my yearly calendar and I find the month very important to my own character and soul.  

So I wanted to share with you why Ramadan is a great month for Entrepreneurs even if you are not Muslim and how you can make effective use of the time

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Jun 6, 2016

How many women do you know that used to have a corporate work life pre-babies and kids and now a few years on would love to get back into the game but can't. 
They can't because full time work in most cases isn't an option. To start with the available childcare options like nursery centres finish earlier than your full time working day allows.  Then after that families need to either employ alternative childcare options, which costs more or ultimately take the decision not to work because there is no flexibility.  Its a real problem which many women in the UAE face. They want to contribute to the household income but can't a) the household income would just be absorbed into childcare contributions and b) a lot of employers don't consider flexible working options an opportunity and so don't offer it.  So what do women do? Well until now most women would just carry on and don't fulfil their own dreams and ambitions.  Angry? Probably.  Frustrated? Absolutely!  

But in walks our 'knightess' in shining armour. No, not a man but a lady who has created a platform to help a) empower more women to get back to work and give flexible or shorter working hours options, b) Encourage  and support companies offering out flexible working positions.  She is my next guest and her name is Helen McGuire.  She is the founder of Hopscotch, an organisation that helps and supports women get back into the workplace by specialising in flexible working.

Since forever, the UAE has been a full time role place and part time wasn't an option but things are changing and it was this change that Helen was experiencing herself.  She's a mum too and she understand what its like to be left out only because flexible hours are not available.  Having completed a lot of research and created a working business plan Helen has gone created another option for women and helping them discover new possibilities.

As a mum myself I was keen to hear the story about Hopscotch, understand how the corporate world is changing in the UAE and her story of how she's bringing change to work options for women and getting women back out there and contributing.

​This is her entrepreneurial story and her learning curve journey.

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