Carole Ann Rice has 30 years’ experience in PR, TV, radio and print media and is the author of two career-change books. Drawing on her own success, Carole Ann uses humour, compassion and inspiration to make the process easy and fun for her clients. So as Spring arrives, I am delighted to share my interview with her including some thoughts on why our New Year Resolutions might have gone a bit wrong.
Tell us a little about your childhood and teenage years.
I was brought up in a council house in Northolt, dad had served in the Navy in WW2 – we always had great music on, dad bought a record shop and we got out of housing estate hell. I was a punk in 1976 (one of first in West London) and I went to art college when I was 17.
What was your first job?
I have waitressed, done soul- annihilating administration work on industrial estates in Perivale, was an assistant puppeteer on a TV programme, had my own kid’s network cookery show in the 80s (2 series) which I produced and presented and have been a self-taught journalist for 30 years
What do you do now?
I am a life coach, columnist, author and I have a coaching academy where I train people to become world class life coaches
What would you say to someone who is despairing that they did not stick to their New Year resolutions?
It is still possible to make positive changes. When setting a goal, make it achievable, don’t set the bar too high, be realistic and take small steps. Consistency is key to success and be patient. Don’t expect overnight results.
What is visualisation and how can women harness it to improve their lives positively?
Having a clear idea of what you want is all. If you have clarity you don’t need therapy. Energy follows intention. Create a vision board or day dream regularly. Deep down we all know what we want but we don’t trust themselves.
What is peer support and how can it help women in their lives?
You need people who really “get” you. Find your tribe. Network or create online groups of likeminded people.
Who has supported you at your most challenging times?
My female business networks – Fabulous-Women.co.uk and my coaches
If you could recommend ONE book to a woman, what would it be and why?
Women Who Run With The Wolves – Clarissa Pinkola Estes – just read the introduction and you will see why.
Carol Ann’s website – https://www.realcoachingco.com/