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SheSaid gets the goss from Roberta Cava, Seminar Leader, author and founder of Cava Consulting.

Describe a typical day It

It depends – I could be writing books, preparing for doing my seminars, presenting seminars, traveling to seminars overseas, doing Human Resources consulting for clients or doing career counseling – lots of variety.

What’s the best part of the job?

Helping people with problems – especially dealing with difficult people and situations.

What’s the worst part of the job?

Extensive travel – sometimes travel as long as 30 hours at a stretch.

What would you consider to be your key talents?

Dynamic seminar leader – internationally best-selling author.

What advice would you give to someone just starting out?

Work your butt off!

What was your first job and what was in your first pay packet?

My first job was as a typist at a military hospital. It was so long ago, I can’t remember.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I’m it! I’ve done almost everything I’ve wanted to do in my lifetime – the rest will be a bonus.

Who was the biggest influence on your career?

Getting divorced and having to support my children was the catalyst to get me into the workplace and into doing what I believe I was born to do.

How do you deal with work related stress?

Read my books on Dealing with Difficult People – I use all the techniques in them – which are really stress relieving techniques that keep me in control under most situations.

How do you deal with difficult people at work?

Again – read my books.

What would you spend your last $100 on?

Buying gifts for my grand daughters in Canada.

What would you never wear again?

A bikini.

What are you reading?

I’m an avid fan of Stephen King.

What can’t you live without?

Sunshine and warmth – that’s why I moved to Queensland from Canada!

What inspires you?

Other successful people and the opportunity of doing something different.

Roberta’s new book Dealing with Difficult Situations is out now through Pan Macmillan. Buy this book from the SheSaid Bookshop.