The Speakers Who Laugh Together Learn Together

The Speakers Who Laugh Together Learn Together

It’s Day 365 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and six years of presenting with Kay Fittes of High Heeled Success has taught us that the speakers who laugh together learn together. Yesterday, June 9th, marked six years of partnering to present  workshops for women. And I have to say, Number 25 went a whole lot better than Number 1! Though I wasn’t a speaking novice back then, my experience presenting at church and religious events, at Christian schools and conferences, some women’s events, and in the Early Childhood field meant I was a newbie speaking in front of professional women from other sectors. Kay and I met wrote and went over our “Equilibrium in High Heels” workshop on work-life balance nearly verbatim. We practiced transitions back and forth between the two of us and figured our high level of preparation would ensure the day would run like a well-oiled machine. Train wreck is more like it! Following an exhausting evening of set up where we blew up helium balloons for our closing segment – all while my then eight and seven-year-olds wreaked havoc – we arrived to find all the balloons on the floor. They weren’t the only things that fell flat. My segment on creating a balanced life vision went over well. Too well. We couldn’t get the participants to stop working on them for the rest of the workshop! And our practiced volleying of the content back and forth came off more like an intense tennis match! Furthermore, I became so overcome with emotion about having my dream of working with my mentor come true that I couldn’t keep my tears in check. I wasn’t the only one. One woman’s life was so out of control she cried for the duration. Finally, after hours of packing up, I high-fived Kay and congratulated us with, “Petite Power!”. She echoed the phrase but not my enthusiasm. In fact, it took her weeks to come clean about how she really felt the day went. OUCH! Looking back, we can see the humor. Then, not so much. Good thing we persisted and now know the speakers who laugh together learn together!

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Me, Pink Collar Coach & Kay at yesterday’s “High Heeled Steps to Overcoming The Fear Factor”= Together we make Petite Power AKA Cohorts in Crime as her husband named us early on. : )

Thankfully that first workshop wasn’t our last. We regrouped and other than challenges with too much content and too much time, each workshop went from strength to strength.  We learned how to play to my strengths – storytelling, the surprise element of song and some facilitation- and to let Kay cover the bulk of the content with her own compelling stories woven throughout. And because we are alike in so many ways, including birthdays within a week and have come to be friends who care deeply about one another, we have a natural synergy and amazing energy, too.  Add in a bit of comedic relief and some spontaneous hilarity and we’ve found a winning formula that our participants love. Based on the consistently positive feedback we receive from our audiences, after a rough start, we definitely found our sweet spot.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose speaker, days like yesterday are the end all, be all. We had three of our original participants in the audience – they’re repeat attenders and often are – and with their consensus the workshop was unanimously deemed “Best Ever”! The two of us have had quite the journey with it’s ups and downs, highs, lows and and an emotionally charged debut “Overcoming the Fear Factor” workshop that resulted in a room flooded with as many tears as that first session. Good ones with not a dry eye left by close. Good thing one of the things we’ve learned as speakers is to laugh together, too.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

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Overwhelming Response to Overcoming The Fear Factor Women’s Workshop

Overwhelming Response to Overcoming The Fear Factor Women’s Workshop

It’s Day 364 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and we had an overwhelming response to today’s “Overcoming The Fear Factor women’s workshop”.

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Me, Pink Collar Coach and Kay Fittes of High Heeled Success, being introduced. I’m in my favorite blazer – truly Pink Collar, a cream shell, black pencil skirt and squared open toe pumps. All Calvin Klein from TJ Maxx. 

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Smiles and Laughs.

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Connection and Contemplation.

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Ahas and Epiphanies.

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Tough Topics, Tears and Turning Corners.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose presenter, I wanted to post some pics of the day, however, I’m emotionally and physically drained. So I’m off to practice self-care…I’ll probably share more tomorrow, but for now, I just feel blessed to have received this feedback: Our best workshop EVER! Talk about an overwhelming response to our “Overcoming The Fear Factor” women’s workshop!

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Worn Out from Working It Out – “Kick Start Your High Heeled Success” Workshop

Worn Out from Working It Out – “Kick Start Your High Heeled Success” Workshop

It’s Day 289 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and I’m worn out from working it out at our “Kick Start Your High Heeled Success” workshop. Planning and executing all day women’s events is always draining for Kay Fittes and me – in the best way because we give it our all – however, with a snow advisory for 5-11″ in effect for early this morning into tomorrow morning, we felt an extra degree of stress. Once we’d committed to moving forward unless we a Level 3 emergency, concerns about attrition while wanting our participants to be safe plagued us. All of this necessitated lots of additional communication. Then we went to bed not knowing what we’d find when the time came to head to the venue. Given all the hype, you can imagine our surprise and relief when we awoke to not a drop of precipitation! As is often the case, Kay and I concurred – What a case of much ado about nothing! Even so, we experienced attribution due to the unwarranted fears about what we and the participants called the erroneous weather prediction – a Nor’easter, white death, Snowmagedon, etc. Though we missed having those who understandably decided not to risk it, we had a wonderful workshop with the intrepid participants who dared attend despite forecast snow fall in the afternoon. That forecast was accurate and created a bit of a distraction…Considering the weather issues, it’s no wonder we’re worn out from working it out at our Kick Start workshop!

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Kay Fittes, CEO and Founder, High Heeled Success & me, Pink Collar Coach.                                      Calvin Klein color block dress, blazer, and suede open-toe heels. All TJ Maxx. 

Good thing to kick start something literally means to give it new energy! And that’s exactly what happened while we presented on powering personal esteem, professional esteem, verbal language, non-verbal language, presentations and packaging. The packaging segment is especially enjoyable for me since I get to tie all the pieces together – If you’re already doing all the other things, why let your packaging sabotage your efforts? Also, two of my image coaching clients gave heartfelt testimonials about their experience with me, and I finally got to tell one of them how coaching her through a D – distorted self concept/Ugly Duckling Syndrome – to total transformation/realizing she’s always been a Swan, helped me clarify my mission and tagline, to hone in further on my unique value, and gave me the idea for my swan logo. Immensely gratifying doesn’t begin to describe how I felt seeing and hearing how far she’s come now that the internal changes she’s worked on are reflected in her external packaging. And what a joy to have a table displaying my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul! It seems while I was there to help Swans kick start their careers, I got a kick start for mine as well.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Life Coach, Author and Speaker, it doesn’t get much better than a day like today. Although I’m exhausted, it’s the best kind. Kay read today that we are created in God’s image – to make manifest His glory in us. Just as He worked hard for seven days to create the world, saw it was all very good and then rested, likewise we do our best work, feel a sense of accomplishment, and then crave rest. I’m going to sleep now because I’m wonderfully worn out after working it out at our Kick Start Your High Heeled Success workshop.

Are you Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and work to the degree that it wears you out at times? Hopefully, you also feel as sense of accomplishment at having done it well and then give your self permission to rest.

Be savvy  & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Presentation Preparation for “Kick Up Your High Heeled Success”

Presentation Preparation for “Kick Up Your High Heeled Success”

It’s Day 288 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and much of it has been spent on presentation preparation for tomorrow’s “Kick Up Your High Heeled Success” event. With six years of presenting these women’s workshop with my cohort in crime of the good kind, Kay Fittes, I’ve finally learned to pace myself for the two-day marathon. After getting other professional tasks off my plate every day this week, I then devoted time to prepping for the workshop in advance. Since one of my main contributions is the segment on professional packaging, making sure mine is buttoned up is imperative. With decisions about outfit, accessories and hairstyle made, and little things that polish off the look – like my nails (pun intended!) taken care of prior to the night before, my mind and time were freed to focus on workshop content and logistics – like packing my training toolkit and items to promote all things Pink Collar Savvy & Chic. Kay and I were able to set up this afternoon and for the first time ever I didn’t have any unresolved issues with which to contend this evening. Good presentation preparation has enabled me to still blog and get to plenty of rest for “Kick Up Your High Heeled Success”.

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Me, Pink Collar Coach, after set up. Peacock blue dress and handbag with gold embellishments. The front of the black blazer is actually denim, which gives it an updated look. Apparently denim on other fabrics is in… I discovered this when I researched business looks for this spring – something I seldom do. Usually I just wear what I love! I’ve had the jacket for years – Who knew? All Calvin Klein – TJ Maxx, except for the black boots –                                                                             $11 at Goodwill  and NEVER worn! 

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose presenter, training is one of my favorite things to do. I get to sing, share, and equip women with information and insight that will help them to move forward in their careers and lives. Drawing from all of my experiences in the corporate, not-for profit, and entrepreneurial sectors, I build rapport, tell why they should listen – and to me, and then deliver compelling content clothed in my own mess to success stories. Sometimes I get a laugh, others a tear. And always, no matter whether I’m direct about my faith or not, Jesus just seems to show up and touch hearts through the message meant for their minds. Often, it’s the negative stuff I’ve struggled with the most that makes the greatest positive impact on participants…When I look at it from that perspective, I suppose my entire personal and professional journey is presentation preparation – and not just for “Kick Start Your High Heeled Success”.

How can you be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose about using your personal and professional experiences to present them – formally or informally –  in a way that will benefit others?

To learn more about High Heeled Success and our upcoming events, visit, http://www.highheeledsuccess.com.

Be savvy &  chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Presenting “Kick Up Your Networking Skills for Career Success” & Promoting Seasons of Her Soul, My Debut Novel

Presenting “Kick Up Your Networking Skills for Career Success” & Promoting Seasons of Her Soul, My Debut Novel

Today, Day 228 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, was spent presenting “Kick Up Your Networking Skills for Career Success” and promoting Seasons of Her Soul, my  debut novel, which released last week. With two of my passions in play, and with the first copy of my book in hand, the day should have been perfect, however, pain from a nasty fall getting into the shower this morning put a bit of of a pallor on it and prevented me from experiencing it as positively as I would have otherwise. That said, I’m grateful grabbing the shower curtain stopped me from doing myself a serious injury so I could still attend and for the aid of  powerful pain relievers and prayer from participants. Though stiff and shaken (the fall was scary), it was a joy to present on networking based on my own mess to success journey from social media non player to posting on purpose daily and to be able to weave Seasons of Her Soul into my storytelling.

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Me, Pink Collar Coach, displaying my novel. I just received it yesterday, so this was the first time ever! 

The fact that networking is relational was the consistent theme that ran through the workshop. I’ve come to understand this through attending networking events that focus on building relationships instead of just distributing business cards. Prior to that, like many, my experiences with networking had me convinced it was about transactions or making the ask – for the contact info, the meeting, or the purchase. I’m not a natural salesperson, so even though my ultimate goal is to sell my coaching services and now my book, the latter didn’t sit well with me. On the other hand, I am naturally friendly and find it’s often easy for me to rapidly establish rapport with women, who I adore and live to serve. When I began to view networking as connecting with women I can coach, encourage and inspire through social media and face-to-face, networking no longer felt daunting but doable. Often, during blog or FB exchanges and conversations, the Ds or challenges women face on the home front and in the workplace come up, then I can be purposeful about offering support through Pink Collar Savvy & Chic services and products. Peddling my wares or living my purpose? Hmm…No contest!

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose author and speaker, I’m thankful that after years of partnering with High Heeled Success to present workshops and having my bio,  intro and the speaker’s page state that my novel was soon to be released, it’s finally here! Having some of the participants buy a copy was amazing. Not just because I made the sale, but because we made the connection. The women who bought the book were the ones with could relate to the main character, Lee’s story. And mine. That’s networking -and promoting – at it’s best. Fall aside, the day really was Pink Collar Savvy & Chic perfect.

How can you be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic about networking? In your professional and/or personal life? What do have to offer? What do you need? How can you establish networking relationships that are reciprocal?

To preview or purchase the print or Kindle version of Seasons of Her Soul, please visit Amazon.com:

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To learn more about High Heeled Success, please visit http://www.highheeledsuccess.com.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach