I'm gearing up for the Women in Business Conference and here's where I am so far: PowerPoint- check
Great new outfit- check
Presentation memorized- uh... I'm getting there.
I just checked the event website, and it's SOLD OUT. Whoo hoo. That's amazing. Apparently these women don't know we're in a down economy. Or perhaps they do. And they're keeping their dreams and professional aspirations alive anyway. Kudos. Awesome. Awesome. Awesome!
And no worries about the whole "memorizing" thing... those years in TV helped me develop my ad libbing chops. Plus, I know what I want to say. I truly believe in the presentation I've prepared for the fantastic women who will sit in my audience. The topic is "Refreshing Your Professional Image", and Image Consultant, Shauna Heathman and I are thankful to the Center for Women for the opportunity to share our insights.
Much of my talk (and this blog, for that matter) is centered around the concept of redefining our concept of success and embracing our authenticity. The truth is, my own resume reads like a mystery novel. The journey from TV anchor to life coach to writer, speaker and aspiring author has been a curious maze, and there have been times (many, many times) I have questioned my own path and my purpose.
But what I have learned, and what I will share with these women, is that once you commit to the journey-- discovering what you've been put on earth to do, your authentic path will reveal itself, one step at a time. We don't get a crystal ball to see how it will all "work out," and that's the point. When we get too caught up in our plans, we miss the magic.
While I was preparing my talk, I ran across some great quotes I want to share that contain the essence of what I'm saying:
"Every decision you make - every decision - is not a decision about What to do. It's a decision about Who You Are. When you see this, when you understand it, everything changes. You begin to see life in a new way. All events, occurrences, and situations turn into opportunities to do what you came here to do." - Neale Donald Walsch, Author of Conversations with God
Some from Eleanor Roosevelt:
"In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility."
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
"We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot."
"Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you'll be criticized either way."
And a few from Henry Ford:
"If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience and ability."
"If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right."
"One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn't do."
Until next time, Angie