I do a fair bit of public speaking. Mostly it’s about styling or blogging/social media but last week I had to step outside my comfort zone and talk about, gosh, horror … ME.
The event was organised by my gorgeous friend Min Swan, who runs a successful strategy and events business called White House Celebrations. We met three years ago in a business women’s mentoring group and from the moment I clocked her stylish black “uniform” I knew we’d be drinking champagne together for many years to come.
And it was with champagne that she enticed me to speak 😉
Min asked me to talk about that journey … to share the things that had helped me achieve success.
For the record I think success is such a subjective term. I’m pretty sure Clive Palmer wouldn’t think I was successful but my definition of it is more centred around whether I’m meeting my goals … in any part of my life. At any time in my life.
Just leaving paid employment after 20 years counted as success for me. Switching on the computer each day to write from my lounge room – during hours that are flexible for me and my family – represents success for me right now.
5 key things that have helped me achieve success
1. HARD WORK – there’s no quick buck. There are smart bucks but not quick bucks. You have to turn up every day and do the hard yards. Persistence is the key.
2. SOCIAL MEDIA. Make social media work for you. It’s a way to network within your industry beyond your geographic location and build a readership/customer base that would otherwise be difficult to achieve.
3. VALUE YOURSELF. Say no more often. Your time is your currency. Don’t throw it away and over commit yourself to things that will not move your business forward.
4. LOSE THE FEAR. I did a two-day public speaking course two and a half years ago with Bali bombing survivor Carren Smith. The biggest message I took away from that weekend was that it’s ok to think and play big. And to not be scared of doing so.
5. FIND THAT THING THAT YOU LOVE. Find something that really gets you excited. Getting up each day and doing what you do should not feel like a chore.
I should have added a number 6 point to my list … putting on coloured jeans 😉
I don’t need to tell all the lovely women featured in this blog post about the power of the coloured jean but I’ll tell YOU if you’re still to come over to the other side.
That spark that you feel when you step into them. It’s good. It makes you grin like a crazy woman.
Nobody can take you down when you’re pins are spruiking colour. Which amounts to one big confidence boost. A pretty handy tool if you’ve got to get up and speak in front of a crowd.
Here’s what I wore with my orange NYDJs I picked up on sale for a song while in the US:
NYDJ cropped skinny jeans | Sussan ponte jacket | Witchery linen tee layered over a Country Road seamless tank | Rockport heels | Rings: Dinosaur Designs; Peter Lang | Necklace (a birthday gift from another lovely girlfriend!)
Yes, this is very much a trans-seasonal “uniform” of sorts for me. The jeans are for impact – as are some key accessories. The tee is simple but the jacket is designed to add shape and smarten up an otherwise casual outfit.
And I need to talk about those shoes*. I really do. They’re available in store now (also in black) and perfect if you’re someone who needs her heels to be on the comfy side. Seriously, the concept of a comfortable heel does not have to be an oxymoron. I was on my feet for most of this day and my feet did not whinge one bit. Amazing.
And it didn’t have anything to do with the champagne … apparently it’s got a lot to do with the Adidas technology involved in the design of the shoe. Whatever the reason, for me it’s a match made in wearable shoe heaven.
Want to talk about what defines success for you? Or any questions about the outfit? Take your pick. I’m all ears … well, fingers to the keyboard! And if you’d still like to submit a coloured jeans photo for this gallery, email me: [email protected]
Photographs: Alicia Aberley Photography
*Rockport gifted these shoes to me for editorial consideration in accordance with my disclosure policy.
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