Ladies who inspire

Friday, October 31, 2014

DSC_0359 (2) Networking-everything about it intimidates me. Friends are always surprised by this, but it is so very true. I become incredibly awkward, lose all sense of logic and find my voice and laugh take pitch levels I cringe at.  I am also not very good at small chat. You can usually find me in the hallways not networking labouring some poor ol' girlfriend of mine to hold conversation with me on the phone until the appropriate time comes to huddle myself inside.

Really selling myself as a winner, aren't I? ;)

Having said all that, I am terribly curious and enthusiastic about learning about the world of creatives and business/tech that every now and again, vulnerability in this sort of situation takes a firm backseat.

And I hope that in the small chance that I am not alone in this, I'd share a little summary of a few things I took away from these incredible women who spoke about turbo-charging careers on Tuesday.

Charley Stoney
-As women, we can often foster the feeling of being an 'imposter' or that it's only a matter of time before being 'found out'. Identify and be aware of it (you are not alone!) and then dismiss it.
-Be clear and articulate in your communication. No one is a mind reader.
-Timing: set a finite schedule to challenge yourself and then move forward.

Mary Moloney
-There are often patterns and phases in careers: the high achieving/go getter phase, the reflection period and then finally one of change and fulfilment.
-To be at the top of your game: recognise where you excel, what your skills are and how it benefits your industry.
-The people who you spend time with are fundamental to your happiness. Surround yourself with people who won't let you get lost in the woods.  Find your advocates.
-Role models and mentors are essential:  help you aim higher and achieve more.
-On the next opportunity that awaits: Don't wait until you're perfect. Ignore your inner critic. Go for it.
-We need to know about the internet. Huge opportunities in big data, analytics and security.
-'To succeed in life you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone' -Reba McEntire

Natasha Fennell
-Interviews: a meeting of minds, a conversation, a scenario where they have a problem and you have the solution.
-Reality is never as bad as the fear of the 'unknown'.
-On matching values with a company/brand: if the shoe doesn't fit, find another one.
-Be prepared. Know how to explain your skills, breadth of experience, give an example and share insight in what you have learned from it all.
-Communication is at the heart of everything.

It was an inspiring morning from IMAGE.  And I loved that all three women spoke about gratitude and kindness being essential factors in their success stories.  Turns out this networking business might not be so scary after all, friends.


  1. I love your posts. I don't know how to network, I always feel I should have something smart to say and I have emptiness in my head.
    All the quotes are brilliant, they describe things I should be doing, but I don't.

    1. Aw, thank you Magda. I don't think anyone really knows how to 'network' but I do think people some people have a natural ability to work a room ;) I'm very much in the same boat as you though so don't worry! So glad you enjoyed the summary.

      Starting to feel a little bit of blogging mojo now, so going to start changing up a bit here now too in terms of posts/writing/quotes :)

  2. I can see you are back and I'm really happy about it. So inspiring.

  3. Oh my can totally relate to that, esp the phone piece lol, lovely truthfully written post. C

    1. Thank you Christine! lol, I'm glad I'm not the only one ;)

    2. I find myself relating to a lot of your thoughts on paper !! as do a lot of us creatives I guess, so many struggles so many ups, so many downs, so much doubting ... must remember we do what we do for us ( and our clients ) not for social media likes etc. We should meet for a coffee some time !! Christmas is coming and places will sort getting all festive and cosy to hang out in :-)

  4. :) small talk is akin to stage fright for me. So intimidating. Thanks for the summary, Rincy. Great tips.


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