Terry Prone started her professional career as a fledging actress with The Abbey, before moving to radio, and on to manage the image and communications for a roll call of politicians, business men (and women), thought leaders and bright sparks.
She’s a best-selling author, leading advisor on reputation management and crisis handling, communicator of considerable talent and a regular on radio, TV and in print.
Ahead of her talk at our upcoming Networking Breakfast we sat down with Terry to discuss what she looks for in a work colleague and how to appropriately confront and overcome issues in the workplace. As usual, her answers are clear and concise and jam-packed with pearls of wisdom.
What would be your advice for someone experiencing gender bias at work?
Be unsurprised, sometimes shit happens. Talk to an outside expert, they’ll be able to give you an open, honest answer and a fresh perspective. And never, ever, ever talk to a lawyer.
How do you recommend people make a stand about issues they are unhappy with at work?
First, work out your objective, you need to figure out exactly how you want the issue to proceed. Don’t ever start with the desire to get something off your chest. Road to no-town. Once you have a clear head, examine who needs to be influenced, work out how best to influence them.
What are your top tips for managing internal politics in an office environment?
It’s very simple: Don’t get involved. Get along with everybody. And if that doesn’t work, then that workplace is not the one for you, it’s time to get out.
What makes a good colleague?
Diligence, discretion and a sense of humour.
What makes a good boss?
Diligence, discretion, a sense of humour, the capacity to take the helicopter view and the ability to damp down your emotional neediness.
You can catch Terry along with Lynda McQuaid, Director of Content at TV3, and Vicki O’Toole, MD of O’Toole Ltd at our upcoming Networking Breakfast on Friday October 16th, where they’ll be talking about their experiences with gender bias.
As well as phenomenal speakers, we also have a gorgeous gift bag for every attendee containing a hydrating Nuxe Reve de Miel cream, a beautiful Brooke & Shoal candle twin set, refreshing Naked Coconut water and yummy Black & Greens chocolate. NO7 will also have a little treat to start your Friday off right!