Assertiveness Workshop An Asset to All Women in Attendance & We’re Worth It

Assertiveness Workshop An Asset to All Women in Attendance & We’re Worth It

Today’s Kick Up Your Assertiveness Quotient to Maximize Success workshop made Day 139 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project amazing. The participants represented large corporations, non-profits, the education field, entrepreneurial enterprises, those in transition, and others in their Act III (determining how to serve as volunteers, in their churches, etc. after having a career then raising a family). As diverse as the group was, there was something for everyone and the assertiveness workshop content was an asset to all in attendance.

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Pink Collar Coach and the petite powerhouse behind High Heeled Success, Kay Fittes.                    My outfit- sheath dress, blazer, booties, and handbag all Calvin Klein. 
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Me with The Wonderpreneur, Jen Wilson. My red blazer coveys assertiveness.

Not only was the content wonderful, the connections made through the opportunity to network was incredible. Though seated at a table with one group of women, we are intentional about making sure everyone can mix and mingle with an acupuncturist, authors, event planners, early childhood program directors, financial planners, and life coaches among other things. In addition, two complimentary seats are given to women going through Dress for Success Cincinnati, and today they were both ambassadors for the program. So cool!

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The testimonials about the transformational image coaching I provide in conjunction with Kay’s career coaching were powerful and there were lots of tears. The good kind! But that wasn’t the only time emotions ran high. All day, such a current of positivity and support surged through the room that it was palpable.

I love coaching, encouraging and inspiring women more than practically anything, and so was in my element. And I can’t express how rewarding it was to hear women who had never seen me present do so. Their feedback affirms that I’m operating in my strengths zone when I’m sharing from my experience and heart. I was determined to convey how important the topic was to me because I didn’t tap into my assertiveness until I was in my mid-thirties. Being able to share how doing so has enabled me to get the things that I need and want, in all of life’s domains: physical, emotional, financial, relational, and spiritual, makes the effort and hard work I’ve had to put into being assertive so worth it.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who believes the Lord has a plan for my life (Jeremiah 29:11), I know part of the plan was my struggle with assertiveness. Today, if I helped even one woman to be assertive at home and/or at work, and I know I did because they told me, then my struggle was worth it.  In fact, if there was an overall take away from the day,  it was: I’m worth it. That being the case, the assertiveness workshop really was an asset for all the women in attendance.

How is your assertiveness or lack thereof serving you? At home? At work?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Daily Dose from The Smile Jar: “Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.” – Mark Twain

 

 

 

Putting Together a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic Power Presentation Ensemble

Putting Together a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic Power Presentation Ensemble

Day 134 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project got this week off to a great start. I received confirmation that all of the materials for my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, were received and the first stage of publication is truly under way. I followed up on several action items for coaching clients and received a request to present at a women’s conference. Exciting as all of the above is, I also got an answer from my partner in crime, Kay Fittes, on what she’s wearing to our “Kick Up Your Assertiveness Quotient for Maximum Success” workshop this Saturday. Knowing this is important, not so we can be match-matchy, but so we don’t clash. She finished her deliberation today and shot me a picture of her suit. Armed with this critical information, I set about the task of putting together my own power presentation ensemble.

Because Kay is wearing black and gray, initially I thought I’d wear solid black. I made a quick trip to TJMaxx to scout out a dress with fluted sleeves, but was unsuccessful. This was a blessing in disguise considering how I’m building my business and need to be mindful of my budget. In addition, since I’m doing a lot of work from home, I really don’t need to invest in new professional pieces. Rather, I need to maximize what I already own, which is considerable! Still, my trip to my favorite jaunt did provide inspiration on what to wear. When I spotted a dress I purchased there last fall, I realized the colors and print would complement Kay’s outfit well. In addition, since we are presenting on assertiveness, and fiery red is associated with that, my red blazer would be on point.

What you wear when you’re the speaker is such an important piece of the entire presentation. In fact, studies have shown that when a man gets up to speak, people listen first and then look to see what he’s wearing. On the other hand, when a woman gets up to speak, people look, then, if they like what she’s wearing, they listen. Sad but true! That’s why being as intentional about what you wear as you are with what you say will help ensure your message packs the powerful punch you’re after.

Putting Together a Power Presentation Ensemble

  1. Decide well in advance what you’ll wear and try the outfit on in its entirety, including proper undergarments. This ensures no mishaps with fit, missing buttons, runs, tears, etc. If support garments are needed, purchase and repeat trying on.
  2. Pick a two piece skirt or pants suit with a coordinating blouse or a sheath dress with a blazer. Separates just don’t have the same impact.
  3. Pair your outfit with closed-toe heels or dress flats that are in good condition and fit properly to avoid sore feet while presenting. Nothing cramps a presenter’s style like cramped toes!
  4. Select a handbag that coordinates well with your ensemble and pulls it all together. A ratty bag can destroy a professional package.
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Calvin Klein patterned sheath dress, two-button blazer, black leather booties, & handbag. I’ll pair with sheer black control top hose. 

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Swan who is excited about presenting to an amazing group of women this weekend, I believe they deserve me putting my best foot forward. Assertiveness is such a needed skill for women – whether on the home front or in the workplace. I’ve worked hard on perfecting my content and don’t want them to miss that because I look like I threw myself together. Now, since I’ve put my power presentation ensemble together, not only will my outfit complement Kay’s, my Maybelline “On Fire Red” lipstick will complement the content as well.

If you need to up your assertiveness skills, there’s still time to register by going to the events page at http://www.highheeledsuccess.com.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach