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A few days ago I shared a story about the challenge of building a brand through your fashion choices, and I got so many replies, I figured I’d elaborate! (I also created a highlight called “Style” if you want to check those videos out!)
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After I speak at a conference, the organizers usually send audience feedback a few weeks later. A recent batch of evaluations included praise for my “killer” leather pants. ——
To some, this may be creepy, but it actually meant a lot to me! And here’s why:
There’s so much pressure on women in the public sphere to look “put together” at all times. But there’s also no crash course on how to do this when you find yourself in a public job. You wake up on day and realize the expectations have changed. I used to feel really insecure, especially as I watched all these amazing female speakers rocking the stage. I didn’t know about fashion, hair, makeup... I was just... me.
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After I opened up about this with some fellow female public figures, they shared that they DIDN’T do it all on their own! They enlisted the help of stylists, tailors, makeup artists, hairdressers, branding experts and more to look to effortlessly chic. ——
But here’s the thing. You don’t know that from Instagram, a quick happy hour conversation, or seeing someone on stage. It’s so easy to think something’s wrong with you because you can’t achieve alone what others have achieved with a tribe of supporters behind the scenes. ——
So, earlier this year I made a commitment to start enlisting help from experts who could help me build the business and the life I wanted. I hired a branding expert to rebrand my company and website and make it look as awesome as it is. I started seeing a therapist to work on the things that could hold me back. I started working with a stylist so I could look as confident as I was feeling, I joined masterminds and hired an assistant. I built a tribe.
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Why am I telling you this? Because whoever you’re looking up to has help. Don’t compare yourself to their team. Build a team. That’s what pros do, and I know you’re a pro too.
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#solopreneur #ladypreneur #publicspeaking #creativepreneur #bossbabe #redlips #fashionstylist #branding #styled
A few days ago I shared a story about the challenge of building a brand through your fashion choices, and I got so many replies, I figured I’d elaborate! (I also created a highlight called “Style” if you want to check those videos out!) —— After I speak at a conference, the organizers usually send audience feedback a few weeks later. A recent batch of evaluations included praise for my “killer” leather pants. —— To some, this may be creepy, but it actually meant a lot to me! And here’s why: There’s so much pressure on women in the public sphere to look “put together” at all times. But there’s also no crash course on how to do this when you find yourself in a public job. You wake up on day and realize the expectations have changed. I used to feel really insecure, especially as I watched all these amazing female speakers rocking the stage. I didn’t know about fashion, hair, makeup... I was just... me. —— After I opened up about this with some fellow female public figures, they shared that they DIDN’T do it all on their own! They enlisted the help of stylists, tailors, makeup artists, hairdressers, branding experts and more to look to effortlessly chic. —— But here’s the thing. You don’t know that from Instagram, a quick happy hour conversation, or seeing someone on stage. It’s so easy to think something’s wrong with you because you can’t achieve alone what others have achieved with a tribe of supporters behind the scenes. —— So, earlier this year I made a commitment to start enlisting help from experts who could help me build the business and the life I wanted. I hired a branding expert to rebrand my company and website and make it look as awesome as it is. I started seeing a therapist to work on the things that could hold me back. I started working with a stylist so I could look as confident as I was feeling, I joined masterminds and hired an assistant. I built a tribe. —— Why am I telling you this? Because whoever you’re looking up to has help. Don’t compare yourself to their team. Build a team. That’s what pros do, and I know you’re a pro too. —— #solopreneur  #ladypreneur  #publicspeaking  #creativepreneur  #bossbabe  #redlips  #fashionstylist  #branding  #styled 
Most of the time, I try not to get stuck in the past. But sometimes it’s so powerful to look back and see how far you’ve come. . . . 
This time three years ago, I was just laying the groundwork for my business. This time two years ago, I was just about to match my corporate salary on my own. This time last year, I paid off my student loans and decided to use that monthly payment to invest in myself; I found coaches, a therapist, a stylist, a tribe. . . . 
As I was editing an updated speaking demo reel, sorting through clips from the last few years, I could see all that growth on display. I’m more confident, more deliberate with my body movements, more selective with my word choices and more powerful in my pacing. . . . 
Give yourself the gift of reflection this weekend. Acknowledge how far you’ve come. You’ve earned it. . . . 
#growthmindset #alwaysbeimproving #focusonthegood #focusonthepositive #reflecting #investinyourself #solopreneur #bossbabe #girlboss #publicspeaking #publicspeaker #keynotespeaker #jerseygirl
Most of the time, I try not to get stuck in the past. But sometimes it’s so powerful to look back and see how far you’ve come. . . . This time three years ago, I was just laying the groundwork for my business. This time two years ago, I was just about to match my corporate salary on my own. This time last year, I paid off my student loans and decided to use that monthly payment to invest in myself; I found coaches, a therapist, a stylist, a tribe. . . . As I was editing an updated speaking demo reel, sorting through clips from the last few years, I could see all that growth on display. I’m more confident, more deliberate with my body movements, more selective with my word choices and more powerful in my pacing. . . . Give yourself the gift of reflection this weekend. Acknowledge how far you’ve come. You’ve earned it. . . . #growthmindset  #alwaysbeimproving  #focusonthegood  #focusonthepositive  #reflecting  #investinyourself  #solopreneur  #bossbabe  #girlboss  #publicspeaking  #publicspeaker  #keynotespeaker  #jerseygirl 
Winter is coming. Although I LOVE Game of Thrones, it’s more a reference to the cold snap here in NYC and the last leaves falling. Caught this humongous little guy on my walk this morning. I’ll miss the leaves but I’m excited for sweaters, hot cocoa and cozy nights in! 
#ihavethisthingwithfloors #leavesfalling #winteriscoming #winterishere #mytwosquarefeet #lookingdown #fwis #fwisfeed #fromwhereistand #thatauthenthicfeeling #myeverydaymagic #livethelittlethings #postitfortheaesthetic #shoeselfie #fall🍁 #thatsdarling
Winter is coming. Although I LOVE Game of Thrones, it’s more a reference to the cold snap here in NYC and the last leaves falling. Caught this humongous little guy on my walk this morning. I’ll miss the leaves but I’m excited for sweaters, hot cocoa and cozy nights in! #ihavethisthingwithfloors  #leavesfalling  #winteriscoming  #winterishere  #mytwosquarefeet  #lookingdown  #fwis  #fwisfeed  #fromwhereistand  #thatauthenthicfeeling  #myeverydaymagic  #livethelittlethings  #postitfortheaesthetic  #shoeselfie  #fall 🍁 #thatsdarling 
New profile pic, who dis? I love this moment that @jessyhermanphoto captured because it’s so real. It’s that eyes-squinting, face-wrinkling unabashed smile that I cant fake if I try. Here’s to a happy weekend! 
#naturalsmile #newprofilepic #professionalspeaker #keynotespeaker #ladypreneur #creativepreneur #solopreneur #becauseimhappy #wearblack #minimalism
I get my best writing done at cafes, and this typography themed cafe in Berlin was one of my favorites! What’s your favorite coffee place?? #typography #typographydesign #cafes #coffeeshop #coffeecoffeecoffee #coffeecorner #typehype #morningcoffee #coffeelover #minimaldecor #blackandwhitestyle #alphabet #abcs #minimal_mood #berlin
Stripes on stripes. This is one of my favorite new shirts, but I can’t wear it when I speak because patterns like this create a weird optical illusion at a distance...
Some other things I always have to think about with stage wardrobe: No necklaces or hanging earrings because they can brush against the mic; same goes for hair. Dresses and pants without back pockets are a no-go because there’s nowhere to clip the mic pack. It’s funny how our jobs impact what we can, and can’t, wear! 
#professionalspeaker #keynotespeaker #speakerlife #professionalspeaking #heroicpublicspeaking #conferencespeaker #stagelife #outfitoftheday #michaelkors #minimalwardrobe #capsulewardrobe #wearblack #ladypreneur #outfitselfie
Stripes on stripes. This is one of my favorite new shirts, but I can’t wear it when I speak because patterns like this create a weird optical illusion at a distance... Some other things I always have to think about with stage wardrobe: No necklaces or hanging earrings because they can brush against the mic; same goes for hair. Dresses and pants without back pockets are a no-go because there’s nowhere to clip the mic pack. It’s funny how our jobs impact what we can, and can’t, wear! #professionalspeaker  #keynotespeaker  #speakerlife  #professionalspeaking  #heroicpublicspeaking  #conferencespeaker  #stagelife  #outfitoftheday  #michaelkors  #minimalwardrobe  #capsulewardrobe  #wearblack  #ladypreneur  #outfitselfie 
It’s been two months since we celebrated our marriage with family and friends. It’s been five months since we made it legal at city hall. It’s been 16 months since we committed ourselves in the eyes of God. And it’s been almost 4 years since I knew you were the one. Lucky to call you mine, @youfoundyasin, and to share my life with such a wonderful man. This season, and always, I’m thankful for you! ♥️ #isaidyes #canim #mylove #myprince #mymoonandstars #cityhallwedding #nyccouple #fromwhereistand #inmyhand #lookingdown #calalillies #bouquet #lilybouquet #weddingselfie
It’s been two months since we celebrated our marriage with family and friends. It’s been five months since we made it legal at city hall. It’s been 16 months since we committed ourselves in the eyes of God. And it’s been almost 4 years since I knew you were the one. Lucky to call you mine, @youfoundyasin, and to share my life with such a wonderful man. This season, and always, I’m thankful for you! ♥️ #isaidyes  #canim  #mylove  #myprince  #mymoonandstars  #cityhallwedding  #nyccouple  #fromwhereistand  #inmyhand  #lookingdown  #calalillies  #bouquet  #lilybouquet  #weddingselfie 
Oh hey, it’s me, on the mic! Going on podcasts is one of my favorite ways to share insights and help new audiences with their content strategy. What can I say: I love to talk! 🤷🏼‍♀️ Always looking for new podcasts to listen to and perhaps be a guest on, if it’s a fit! What are your favorite podcasts in the business, marketing, creativity, speaking and entrepreneurship space? 
#podcast #podcasts #podcasting #marketingtips #businesstips #solopreneur #publicspeaking #publicspeaker #professionalspeaker #keynotespeaker #onthemic #contentstrategy #contentmarketing
Oh hey, it’s me, on the mic! Going on podcasts is one of my favorite ways to share insights and help new audiences with their content strategy. What can I say: I love to talk! 🤷🏼‍♀️ Always looking for new podcasts to listen to and perhaps be a guest on, if it’s a fit! What are your favorite podcasts in the business, marketing, creativity, speaking and entrepreneurship space? #podcast  #podcasts  #podcasting  #marketingtips  #businesstips  #solopreneur  #publicspeaking  #publicspeaker  #professionalspeaker  #keynotespeaker  #onthemic  #contentstrategy  #contentmarketing 
I take the stage at #mpb2b this afternoon at 2:15 for my final brand storytelling keynote of the year. And with that, I can’t help but start dreaming and scheming about what my business will look like in 2019 and beyond. I’m working on a plan that just might change the game, and there’s plenty of inspiration to be found here at #mpb2b! Have you started thinking about what the new year has in store yet? 
#marketingprofs #contentmarketing #contentstrategy #flatlay #notebook #thinkcreativecollective #creativepreneur #ladypreneur  #nailstagram #essiefan #professionalspeaker #workspacegoals #onmydesk
I take the stage at #mpb2b  this afternoon at 2:15 for my final brand storytelling keynote of the year. And with that, I can’t help but start dreaming and scheming about what my business will look like in 2019 and beyond. I’m working on a plan that just might change the game, and there’s plenty of inspiration to be found here at #mpb2b ! Have you started thinking about what the new year has in store yet? #marketingprofs  #contentmarketing  #contentstrategy  #flatlay  #notebook  #thinkcreativecollective  #creativepreneur  #ladypreneur  #nailstagram  #essiefan  #professionalspeaker  #workspacegoals  #onmydesk 
In honor of the start of #nativedays18 in Berlin this morning, here’s my favorite shot from #nativeDAYS17. I love it because my red lip is on point (of course), but you can also tell how much I love stepping on stage and sharing knowledge. I’m at home with a mic on my ear and a clicker in my hand, and I’m so grateful for the opportunities to teach marketers to love storytelling as much as I do! Can’t wait for my TWO keynotes tomorrow, including a BRAND NEW talk! 
#nativeadvertising #contentmarketing #brandcontent #publicspeaking #publicspeaker #professionalspeaker #keynotespeaker #jetsetlife #marketingspeaker #marketingstrategy #contentstrategy #NAI #berlin
In honor of the start of #nativedays18  in Berlin this morning, here’s my favorite shot from #nativeDAYS17 . I love it because my red lip is on point (of course), but you can also tell how much I love stepping on stage and sharing knowledge. I’m at home with a mic on my ear and a clicker in my hand, and I’m so grateful for the opportunities to teach marketers to love storytelling as much as I do! Can’t wait for my TWO keynotes tomorrow, including a BRAND NEW talk! #nativeadvertising  #contentmarketing  #brandcontent  #publicspeaking  #publicspeaker  #professionalspeaker  #keynotespeaker  #jetsetlife  #marketingspeaker  #marketingstrategy  #contentstrategy  #NAI  #berlin 
The fall weather is back and I for one and excited to break out the sweaters, turtlenecks and layers! What’s your favorite part of fall? 
#nycgirl #fallfashion #falloutfits #fallwardrobe #hm #jacketstyle #streetstylefashion #nyc #itsfallyall #itsfall
Can’t believe my stay in Belgium is over so quickly, but man, what a trip! Yesterday I spoke at TMG’s Impact Boost Event, explored the @zooantwerpen, and walked around the city, where I picked up a comfy sweater from @hm in Antwerp for the plane ride home. Caught up on some work back at the @radissonblu and then headed to bed for another long travel day today: 8 hours back to Newark for a 2-hour layover, then another 2 hours on to Nashville!
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#antwerp #hm #jetsetting #bleisure #publicspeaking #speakerlife #belgium #airportoutfit #airportlife #zooantwerpen #jetlaglife #jetlag #brusselsairport
Can’t believe my stay in Belgium is over so quickly, but man, what a trip! Yesterday I spoke at TMG’s Impact Boost Event, explored the @zooantwerpen, and walked around the city, where I picked up a comfy sweater from @hm in Antwerp for the plane ride home. Caught up on some work back at the @radissonblu and then headed to bed for another long travel day today: 8 hours back to Newark for a 2-hour layover, then another 2 hours on to Nashville! . . #antwerp  #hm  #jetsetting  #bleisure  #publicspeaking  #speakerlife  #belgium  #airportoutfit  #airportlife  #zooantwerpen  #jetlaglife  #jetlag  #brusselsairport 
It’s been a busy few weeks, with multiple gigs on the road, an all-day mastermind, and our celebration of love last Saturday! Whenever life gets crazy, I know that self-care gets me back to center, so yesterday I had a lovely breakfast with my hubby, got my nails done, and picked out this fabulous custom bouquet from @all_in_bloom_nyc on my way back through the WTC Station. How do you treat yourself? 
#petalpower #flowerstagram #inmyhand #ihavethisthingwithfloors #ihavethisthingwithtiles #ihaveathingwithfloors #tileaddiction #mytwosquarefeet #wanderingfeet #amazingfloorsandwanderingfeet #lookingdown #fromwhereistand #fwis #fwisfeed #feetmeetfloors #fromwhereyoustand #roses
It’s been a busy few weeks, with multiple gigs on the road, an all-day mastermind, and our celebration of love last Saturday! Whenever life gets crazy, I know that self-care gets me back to center, so yesterday I had a lovely breakfast with my hubby, got my nails done, and picked out this fabulous custom bouquet from @all_in_bloom_nyc on my way back through the WTC Station. How do you treat yourself? #petalpower  #flowerstagram  #inmyhand  #ihavethisthingwithfloors  #ihavethisthingwithtiles  #ihaveathingwithfloors  #tileaddiction  #mytwosquarefeet  #wanderingfeet  #amazingfloorsandwanderingfeet  #lookingdown  #fromwhereistand  #fwis  #fwisfeed  #feetmeetfloors  #fromwhereyoustand  #roses 
This weekend, Yasin and I finally got to celebrate our marriage with so many family and friends from near and far. The outpouring of love and support throughout this year-and-a-half journey toward becoming husband and wife has been amazing, and I’m so excited for this chapter of our lives together. I love you Yas. Here’s to forever! ♥️ #bride #isaidyes #libertystatepark #weremarried #misstomrs #njgirl #weddingday #couplegoals
This weekend, Yasin and I finally got to celebrate our marriage with so many family and friends from near and far. The outpouring of love and support throughout this year-and-a-half journey toward becoming husband and wife has been amazing, and I’m so excited for this chapter of our lives together. I love you Yas. Here’s to forever! ♥️ #bride  #isaidyes  #libertystatepark  #weremarried  #misstomrs  #njgirl  #weddingday  #couplegoals 
What are you doing in the name of “the relentless pursuit of above average?” What steps do you take to be exceptional, to beat your own personal best and the keep improving without getting complacent? I’m continually investing in myself and challenging myself to try new things in my business. (PS: I’m really enjoying my read of #TalkTriggers, by @jaybaer and @leminheads. So many actionable tidbits to grow the word of mouth marketing of your business and your brand! Definitely snag a copy!)
#morningcoffee #whatimreading #marketingbook #irvingfarm #butfirstcoffee #minimalism #minimalmood #bookstagram #coffeecoffeecoffee #wordofmouth #marketingtips #recommendedreading
What are you doing in the name of “the relentless pursuit of above average?” What steps do you take to be exceptional, to beat your own personal best and the keep improving without getting complacent? I’m continually investing in myself and challenging myself to try new things in my business. (PS: I’m really enjoying my read of #TalkTriggers , by @jaybaer and @leminheads. So many actionable tidbits to grow the word of mouth marketing of your business and your brand! Definitely snag a copy!) #morningcoffee  #whatimreading  #marketingbook  #irvingfarm  #butfirstcoffee  #minimalism  #minimalmood  #bookstagram  #coffeecoffeecoffee  #wordofmouth  #marketingtips  #recommendedreading 
Had such a great time at this month’s meeting of the NYC chapter of @nsaspeaker, where @theamyport and @heroicpublicspeaking shared lessons for how to show up on stage like true performers! Also got to spend some time with the fabulous @neenjames, @sylviedigiusto, @drewtarvin and many more! Fitting with my book club’s reading of Tribes this week that I got to spend some time with mine! 
#publicspeaker #publicspeaking #keynotespeaker #nsanyc #nsa #nationalspeakersassociation #influence18 #heroicpublicspeaking
Had such a great time at this month’s meeting of the NYC chapter of @nsaspeaker, where @theamyport and @heroicpublicspeaking shared lessons for how to show up on stage like true performers! Also got to spend some time with the fabulous @neenjames, @sylviedigiusto, @drewtarvin and many more! Fitting with my book club’s reading of Tribes this week that I got to spend some time with mine! #publicspeaker  #publicspeaking  #keynotespeaker  #nsanyc  #nsa  #nationalspeakersassociation  #influence18  #heroicpublicspeaking 
Getting excited for my book club this weekend. (Yes, I’m one of those.) We read Seth Godin’s “Tribes” this time, learning about how to build and ignite a group around shared passions! I’m almost done with it, and couldn’t help but notice that my mani matched the cover 🤷🏼‍♀️ What should we read next?? 📚 
#sethgodin #findyourtribe #digitalmarketing #marketingbooks #whatimreading #bookclub #flatlaylove #manicure #essiefan #butfirstcoffee