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I’m giving away my TOP 21 lessons to help you be confident when talking about yourself, and clear when explaining what you ‘do’. The result? Less awkwardness, and more awesome conversations!



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Get 1 email delivered to you every day for 21 days. Each email contains ONE lesson that you can implement EASILY and IMMEDIATELY.

I’m a big believer in taking small steps to slowly build your confidence, and before you know it, you’ll be doing things you never thought possible. This is why I’ve broken it down.

21 emails. That’s all.

And it’s completely free.



I won’t be spamming you with sales emails. And you can opt-out any time. Too easy :)


From your favourite Aussie podcaster,

Christina x

PS Any questions? Hit me up on twitter @cjcanters

Episode 39: How To Dress For Success with Caz Little of Dashing Hounds

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You want them to remember you as “That person was well dressed, well groomed. They look like they’ve got control over their life.” It will make them more likely to trust you.

I’m very excited to be bringing you this very special bonus episode.

I know I talk a lot about communicating yourself verbally and through body language – but I haven’t addressed the topic of attire – and how you communicate yourself through your appearance.

To help me, I’m bringing professional men’s stylist and personal shopper Caz Little (@dashing_hounds) on the show. A former men’s fashion designer for brands including Lee Jeans and Elwood Denim, Caz is passionate about helping men look good. Bless her! You can find her online at

In this episode, we talk about dressing to make a great first impression, whether it’s for a job interview, important meeting or a first date. And if fashion’s not your thing, don’t worry! Caz shares simple tips and tricks that anyone can implement – and you don’t even need to buy a new wardrobe!

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Keep Calm And Contact Your PI Insurer: My Architecture Registration Interview Experience

In November 2013, I became a fully qualified Architect in the State of Victoria, Australia. This had been a professional goal of mine since graduating in 2010. This is my account of the oral exam that took place in Melbourne, October 2013. 

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“I am confident in what I know, I am confident in what I know…”

I muttered to myself as I walked through the Fitzroy Gardens, which were pretty deserted apart from a handful of tourists taking pictures. I gazed at the trees and tried, somewhat unsuccessfully, to coax myself into the most zen-like state possible.

Bah. I was never good at meditation.

I reached Albert Street and checked the time. 11.30am. Ninety minutes until my Architect Registration interview, the final hurdle to becoming a fully-fledged member of the Super Special Secret Society With The Special Handshake (AKA Registered Architect).

The hard work of the last few months was about to come to an end, and I couldn’t wait to have it over with.

I wandered over to Gertrude Street and parked myself at a cafe with a long black and a Volume 1 Preliminaries tender document for one final read over. I doubt I took anything in, but it felt like I was doing something productive. [Read more…]

What US Airport Immigration Taught Me About Being Assertive

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You know what it’s like when you arrive in a new country.

You’re tired, delirious and confused, and then you gotta line up and shuffle your way through passport control, where an immigrations officer stares you down and questions you over the length and intention of your stay.

Sometimes it’s easy and you scoot through without any worries, sometimes they ask for more details, and occasionally, if they’re really suspicious, they take you away for a lengthy private grilling.

I’ve never experienced the latter, but I’ve heard it happening to other Aussie travellers entering the USA, even when their intentions were completely above board (ie not trying to sneak in for an extended, cash-job stay).

So why do some people get interrogated and others don’t?

I believe it comes down to being assertive.  [Read more…]

Episode 38: How to Make Yourself ‘Employable’ – Tips for Students and Graduates with Swinburne University’s Volker Janssen

It doesn’t matter if you don’t have relevant work experience. [What employers want to know is] do you understand what it’s like to WORK?

volker janssen christina canters design draw speakWhat do you think makes you ’employable’? Good grades? A pretty portfolio? The right connections? All these things help, but there is a lot more to it!

This week I’m chatting with Volker Janssen, the Employment and Information Programs Officer at Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia.

Volker has been working closely with students and employers for a number of years, and knows EXACTLY what employers are looking for when recruiting new graduates. In this episode, we’re talking all about ’employability’ – what makes you IRRESISTIBLE to potential employers. [Read more…]