Forgive me in advance as I will probably paraphrase a lot of what she said and not do her talk justice at all. I encourage everyone reading this blog who hasn’t already checked out Heather to do so RIGHT NOW.
Laced with humour and some colorful language (she didn’t drop the f-bomb which she was forewarned everyone she might do), Heather drove some very important points home for me during a condensed version of her Brand You presentation.
What is your brand: The conversation people have about you when you’re not in the room.
When I entered the “twitter sphere” earlier this year I did so with a huge awareness of how I wanted to presented myself online…but I am not sure I knew exactly Who I was. As the year has progressed I feel I have discovered some things about myself but Heather did make a great point which I am conscious about and I think is very common in a lot of women. Do I know 100% who I am and can I blurt it out to anyone that asked…or will I go on to list the things I want to be?
“If you are denying who you are right now, you are denying yourself the opportunity to be the person you could become”
“You are the one who is going to take actions in making changes in your life”
“Tell the truth even if your voice shakes”
“Obstacles are messages from your soul that things in your life aren’t quite on track”
These key points struck so many cords for me. I did receive a message from my soul last fall and I am so thankful I listened. I told the truth even if my voice shook. It took me months but I spoke up and left the industry and job that was denying me the opportunity to be myself. And you know what? It wasn’t as bad as my imagination led me to believe it would be. I took action and I am trying to “be conscious every day of what kind of fuel I put in my machine”.
Bring love into your everyday. Get out there and share you.
YOU-NIQUENESS + SHOWING UP = OPPORTUNITY
But what do you do when it feels like there are too many invitations to show up? Filter.
1. Gut check and trust your intuition. Does it feel right to go?
2. Will this move me in the directions of my goals and dreams? (Important: First you need to know what those are)
3. Is this a win-win situation? Don’t be afraid to say no, it will lead to other yes’ down the road.
All of this brings it full circle and creates conversation @ you. @ Your brand. It creates L.O.V.E
Live/Learn: Show up
Opportunities: They will be created, learn to spot them
Voice: Find it. Use it.
Engage: In your community. Online and in Person.
While I may not have it all figured out yet, I do know that I wake up every day knowing that I will accomplish something today I am extremely passionate about and can pour my heart and soul into. I am now more inspired to look even deeper and ask those difficult questions.