A little introduction
I have been invited to a couple of events where I'll have to introduce myself.
Ooohh I'm suddenly feeling kind of vulnerable.
After having an enforced year out of working there's no protective mantle to hide behind. Well ... that's not absolutely true, but a great deal has changed in my perception of personal and professional life. I can no longer turn to the tried and tested 'elevator pitch' it somehow doesn't fit like it used to. I always believed myself to be authentic and transparent and often struggled to wear the cookie cutter designs I'd learned throughout my own business mentoring.
If nothing else this past 12 months has taught me to embrace my true self, to take risks, trust my heart no matter what, and never again squeeze into someone else's idea, even if it is a proven formula, of what suits me best.
It's time to get really real for my own sake and yours too
We both deserve it.
There's no point in me or you trying to morph and shape shift - if we're not a perfect fit for one another, if what I say doesn't interest or inspire you, that's okay - we are both allowed to discard what we don't want, leave it in a pile on the floor if necessary and move on. Wow, how freeing is that?!
So, I'm off to consider a little of what I'd like to share with you about me because we all know how much first impressions count
How about you?
Are you still masquerading under a guise you've outgrown? Would you like to reconsider and maybe try something else for size?
Would love to hear your thoughts.
There's a space below. I promise to come back to you if you do us the privilege of sharing. You never know who else you'll inspire x
Hi I am delighted to you here in this group with Sally and all you lovely, interesting and courageous people, yet to be discovered as we learn about and from each other ! I have always had a passion for my personal growth so that when I was employed in a large organization I used to spend lots of my spare £s and time pursuing. Then after a couple of decades the pressures , frustrations, restrictions and politics of being in a large organization got to me and I took the leap of faith to go do my own thing ! I can honestly say the freedom and liberation this offered more than made up for the feast / famine time line that was the beginning of freelance life. I love what I do and I love the freedom to make my own decisions . Most recently I have been working on raising my visibility , bringing more of myself into the room and the conversation. Which sounds easy but I find it quite challenging. I am definately an introvert with extrovert tendencies. Many of my clients would class me as an extrovert as I give talks , facilitate large and small workshops and am confident to do so. Then I need to go and have time to myself to refresh my energy! So my challenge is to bring more of myself rather than choose solitude outside of work. Why? Because I know I have something to offer and more importantly I want the stimulation that being with other people who are exploring and willing to go deep to find out more about themselves and the opinions of those around them . So here I am , a little shy , very excited, and scared all at the same time. I have taken off my professional mask and am here to learn and play together in this special journey! Pauline
You are so welcome here Pauline. I personally can’t wait to witness what unfolds xx
I have times when I feel confident and sure of who I am and what I do best. I love to help people regain their health but after some treatment on my spine it appears that I have a fractured vertebra between my shoulder blades. I can’t believe how it has knocked my confidence and made me feel my age, or older! I am used to being the strong one and not relying on others. I am sure I will get back to normal in time but I am due to talk to a group about keeping fit after 50 and now feel a bit uncomfortable at introducing myself as a great example of good health! My energy and enthusiasm seem to have flown out the door. This is not how I would normally introduce myself………Linda
Welcome Linda. I’m so happy you’re here.
Our group is here to support and celebrate each of us just as we are. Being fit after 50 often involves picking ourselves up after physical set backs – you will be a shining example of what is possible x