Mandy Lehto
Mandy Lehto is a Best-Self Coach who specialises in working with people who are world-class, or are aiming to be. Her expertise is in helping clients to exude powerful, authentic personal presence. Mandy has a PhD from Cambridge University, and was a Director at an investment bank in her previous career. She writes a column for Psychologies magazine and blogs at

Entries by Mandy Lehto

What a Buddhist Nun and Starbucks Can Teach You About Personal Presence

(0) Comments | Posted 3 November 2014 | (12:07)

"What happens with you when you begin to feel uneasy, unsettled, queasy? Notice the panic; notice when you instantly grab for something." -- Pema Chodron, Buddhist nun

So someone ticks you off. You get the wrong milk in your Starbucks' latte. Your boss berates you during a...

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Three Surefire Ways to Whack a Sucky Mood

(0) Comments | Posted 21 October 2014 | (11:38)

So your mood is radioactive, and though you've noticed it's not serving you - or anyone around you - it can be hard to snap out of it. Here are three road-tested methods I use when I feel the mental toxicity building.


I was recently diagnosed with Adrenal...

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Three Questions to Ask Your Irritated Self

(1) Comments | Posted 14 October 2014 | (22:29)

Dear Self,

I recognise that in the midst of this conversation, things have become a bit heated, maybe even nasty. We're working to hold it together, but the hot tears are rising.

The adrenalin is coursing. I can feel the barrage of names we'd love to call our dear...

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Can Red Lipstick Make You Braver?

(0) Comments | Posted 26 March 2013 | (19:42)

In a season of insipid pastels, there's something timeless and compelling about bold red lipstick. It's the makeup equivalent of the trumpet fanfare. Can red lipstick really make us more confident, or is it all in our heads? Lifelong lipstick devotee, Mandy Lehto, explores the mood-boosting, trend-defying power of the...

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Why Helen Mirren's Pink Hair Rocks

(0) Comments | Posted 18 February 2013 | (05:57)

Helen Mirren's Cheeky Chic Has Us In The Pink

Cropped pink locks are the look du jour - today alone, I've seen two women sporting a sassy rose crop. It's a style we can attribute to Dame Helen Mirren, who wowed crowds with her hairdo at last week's BAFTAs....

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Does My Confidence Look Big in This? How Clothes Can Affect Our Behaviour

(4) Comments | Posted 18 February 2013 | (00:00)

Batman and Buzz Lightyear were on their way home from the pub. On the way home, they see a 20-man punch up going on in a chip shop. And as superheroes do, they stop and take care of business faster than you can say, 'ketchup or vinegar?'

Has our black-caped...

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