It’s Day 324 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and an email I received last night served to remind me of the importance of sharing your story. This week I shared several stories at https://DisruptHR.co > Cincinnati on how the Ds – the personal and professional challenges that negatively impact workplace performance – have derailed careers and how HR professionals can prevent this. Though they weren’t my story, elements of mine were woven in. Afterwards other speakers, audience members who’ve been on both sides of the derailing track and the event’s organizer let me know how impactful they found the presentation. Even so, the email I received from a co-presenter brought the derailing issue even closer to home for me. He reached out and described his experience of never reaching his potential due to some of the Ds. Having experienced many of the same, I could relate. When the email went on to state that he was raised by a single mother in Avondale – the neighborhood I grew up in — and graduated from my alma mater, my empathy for his situation grew. Even so, because the connection is professional, I planned to reply Monday. That is until today’s sermon exhorted us to get into life with those who are “messy” – which is exactly what I’d challenged HR professionals and organizational leaders to do. Inspired to walk my talk – literally – I fired off an email sharing my story.
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose life coach, author and speaker, I have various opportunities to share my story through different avenues. I’m intentional about maximizing each of them because I never know who may need to hear it. Even in a room full of professionals there’s no end to the people you may encounter. Women who’ve suffered marital problems, miscarriages, diagnoses and discrimination all came up and thanked me for bringing these personal struggles, which are often cloaked in shadow, into the light. And I imagine for every one who said something there were dozens who didn’t…Being transparent makes you vulnerable, but it also makes you approachable. The gentleman who emailed me never would have gotten in touch otherwise. And there’s someone out there who needs you to hear from you. You may not feel like you have the platform, stage or vehicle. That’s alright. It can start with a simple conversation or through whatever means you do have in front of you.
Will you be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and share your story?
Be savvy & chic,
~Pink Collar Coach