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TGt Meets...Diane Banister, Owner of Intelligent Dialogue
Meet our latest TGt Meets...Diane Banister, owner of Intelligent Dialogue. Take a look below to find out what Total and Intelligent Dialogue got up too!
Name: Diane Banister
Location: Intelligent Dialogue Royal Wootton Bassett
Which woman would you compare yourself to?
I wouldn’t; I really don’t think it’s useful to compare yourself to other people.
What would you say is your most valuable skill and why?
Empathy – I can see things from other people’s perspective, helping me tune into what is going on for them.
Why do you think it's important to have an International Women's Day?
I think the emphasis needs to be on International. We have freedoms and opportunities, here in the UK, that can’t be imagined elsewhere in the world. If International Women’s Day helps focus on education and possibilities for women everywhere, then that is fantastic.
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
I don’t think I always do, but I’m the best at it I’ve ever been. I recognise it’s important to take time to do things that recharge my batteries.
Do you ever experience any discrimination in the workplace because of your gender?
Not that I know of.
Based on your own experiences, what advice would you give to fellow females looking to get into your profession?
The same advice that I would give a man. Learn your craft, develop your style, focus on your client.
If you could have dinner with 5 inspirational women dead or alive, who would they be and why?
- The Queen – she must have some great stories (!) and I can only admire her work ethic and service to the country. She’s meant to be a great impressionist, so that would be priceless.
- Angela Hartnett – that way the food would be great
- Florence Nightingale – not only did she revolutionise nursing she invented the pie chart
- Dolly Parton – she came from a really poor background, and has set up a literacy foundation, her feet are on the ground and that’s the music sorted.
- Jane Goodall – a primatologist. I grew up with her books, and the stories of the chimpanzees she observed in Tanzania. Protector of the planet and their environment
As a successful female, where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?
Retiring or retired!! And I intend to make the next 10 years count!
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