It’s Day 156 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, but unlike most Wednesday nights, I just got in from an amazing night on the town seeing “Wicked”. On a whim, I asked one of my Zumba friends if she wanted to go with me and she and her teenage daughter jumped at the change. Rather than dancing side by side like we usually do, we attended the midweek production at the Aronoff and sat together in seats that put us in a great position to truly enjoy the show. And I couldn’t have asked for better company. Jane loves “The Wizard of Oz” and was as enthralled as I was with this award winning Broadway musical that tells the behind the scenes story of The Wicked Witch of the West and Glenda the Good.
Madison, me and Jane inside the Aronoff and outside after the show.
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who loves drama, musicals, and dance, I won’t give away the plot but will tell you this show has it all and puts a wonderful twist on “The Wizard of Oz”. So, if you love stories that make you think, feel, and possibly change your perspective, I suggest you give this one a try. The title truly doesn’t do it justice. In fact, I suspect if you’re anything like me, you’ll find it’s anything but wicked…
Day 155 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project got off to a slow start. For the past few days I haven’t felt the greatest, so today I slept in until after 9:00. Once up, I was productive, however, and responded to a pleasantly surprising number of likes and comments on whether I should offer Mary Kay products as part of my image coaching. Thank you to everyone who weighed in! Next, I buckled down and located some of the passages in my novel that have been slated for revision. After procrastinating on this task for days, I got so engrossed in it that I had to rush when I realized it was time to get ready for an H7 Evolve meeting. That being the case, I grabbed an easy care shirt dress out of the dryer and rushed out for Coffee and Collaborate and “Create Your Selling Style” wearing coral Calvin Klein.
Brenda Aveyard, a speaker, trainer, and coach facilitated the meeting, which offered an opportunity to collaborate around a challenge being faced in our business. The other women in the group listened and suggested action steps, as well as providing some resources to complete them. Multiple perspectives were helpful in gaining clarity around goals for my coaching business and it felt great to support other likeminded entrepreneurs.
Following Coffee and Collaborate, Brenda presented a short workshop on “Creating Your Selling Style”. During the introduction, as she told the story of how she came to be a Sales Coach, I was thrilled to hear that she is a former top Sales Director for Mary Kay! That felt like confirmation. Then she went on to explain how she doesn’t coach on anything she hasn’t lived through, and I knew I was in the right place. For the last few weeks, ever since I started reading Christy Wright’s Business Boutique, I’ve been honing in on my target audience/market. Brenda called it my avatar client. Recently I realized it’s professional women who are facing the Ds, all of which I’ve lived through. More confirmation.
Brenda spent the remainder of the time providing valuable insight and information on how to deal with our internal barriers in order to get what we have to offer our prospective clients to them. I so needed to hear that! After all, my coaching services are no good if I don’t have coachees, so I need to get over myself and go coach! Brenda proceeded to give practical tips on how to do that. This will also help if I move forward and carry Mary Kay…I got so much from her presentation in such a short time that I’d like to share the info on an upcoming event below:
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who understands the power of collaboration and multiple perspectives, I’m taking advantage of every opportunity I can to learn and develop professionally and surround myself with women who are where I want to go. And I won’t lie. I’m loving it. Today, as I rushed from the above meeting to Zumba and was late due to horrendous traffic, I was thankful not to have the 45 minute to an hour commute I had before. In that moment, I was truly grateful to be living the professional life I am right now. Don’t get me wrong, starting a business and making a go of it is not all meetings where I get to dress up, meet at a nice venue and listen to a dynamic speaker. But when it is, life feels pretty sweet collaborating and creating my selling style – all while wearing coral Calvin Klein.
What about you? How could collaboration help you with your personal or professional challenges or goals? What about your selling style? You may not classify yourself as in sales, but if you work with people, you’re a salesperson!
Day 154 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project started early with a meeting to explore an idea I’ve toyed with on and off for a while. As a girly girl who loves pink and makeup, I’ve always been drawn to Mary Kay Cosmetics. That being the case, when I met a Mary Kay Sales Director at my Evolve networking event, I voiced my interest in learning more about how Mary Kay might work for my image coaching and we scheduled to meet this morning. I decided to be purposeful in pink to honor one of America’s greatest entrepreneurs and I’ve been pondering whether to offer Mary Kay Cosmetics as a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic product ever since.
In graduate school, I researched Mary Kay Ash as part of my capstone project. My final paper was entitled: “Pink Collar Strategy to Shatter the Glass Ceiling: Entrepreneurialism as a Sledgehammer”. Mary Kay left the male dominated corporate world and founded the company as a way to help other women be successful. Its principles are God first, family second and career third. This so aligns with my values and the image coaching facet of my business. And the freedom and flexibility the company offers fit into my dream “portfolio career” where I’m doing all the things I love on my terms vs. working for others. While all of this is good for me, I believe it could be great for the women I coach, personally and professionally.
Thus far, when I’ve done image coaching sessions, I’ve taken clients to Sephora (and Target in a pinch because the request was added on to go with an out of town client’s new wardrobe!). It seems to make sense that I’d carry products so the image coaching sessions can take place in my home/office, the client’s home, or at the Mary Kay Studio here in town (I didn’t know that existed until today!). That would provide more opportunity for proper makeup application so the look can be replicated at home. And I’m hopeful that doing the demonstrations and providing the products in a more relaxed setting will put clients more at ease.
Really, I’m trying to be purposeful about what I now call, “The Swan Experience”. For those who request a stand alone cosmetics makeover or one to complement the wardrobe makeover, the transformation would simply include cosmetics I carry rather than clients purchasing products from a retailer and paying the marked up prices to cover their overhead expenses. In addition, I’d be able to offer complimentary products and services. It seems like a win win! And, surprisingly, my hubby volunteered that he’s on board should I decide to move forward.
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who is building her business to serve you, I’d love your input. I’m not asking if you think I should “sell” Mary Kay. My question is more if if you were interested in an image coaching session, would you enjoy having the products on hand to try in a comfortable, private setting? I’m trying to be purposeful and provide your preferences, so I appreciate you helping me ponder whether to offer Mary Kay Cosmetics as a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic product. Thank you!
P.S. If you weigh in and I move forward, there may be some giveaways!
Yesterday, Day 151 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project started off rough. I had plans for the weekend to dance with my Zumba tribe Friday night and to do lunch with a dear friend from my teaching days today. Thursday night, however, I developed a sore throat. When I woke up yesterday morning after a fitful night’s sleep with what felt like the beginning of a cold, my first thought was, No, tonight’s Zumba for the Cure! My second was, And I’m supposed to have lunch with Terri tomorrow! Considering the week I’ve had dealing with my Ds, I desperately needed the time with my new Zumba friends and my old friend of nearly twenty years.
Desperate may sound like an exaggeration, but I knew I was in a desperate time when I turned to DayQuil as first resort! Next, I decided to give the networking meeting I’d planned to attend a miss. I’d been looking forward to it, and brunch with a member afterward, but felt lousy enough that I knew I needed to rest if I had any hope of being up for two hours of dancing. I spent the day doing nothing more taxing than responding to emails and by 6PM felt as if I could at least get to the Zumbathon, even if I didn’t last the duration.
It shouldn’t have come as a surprise that as soon as I arrived, the palpable positive energy of all in attendance rejuvenated me. Back in 2014, following an emergency hysterectomy and a second surgery a few months prior, I experienced a breast cancer scare of my own, one where the doctors thought I was at stage four right up until the biopsy results. The benign tumor was large enough that it had to be removed anyway. It was a nightmare, but nothing compared to what the brave women fighting cancer actually live through. Dancing with the new friends I’ve made since I started doing Zumba to regain my health after my female diagnoses was and is such good medicine for me! I truly feel better when I’m dancing, especially when it’s For The Cure.
Thankfully, this morning, Day 152 of the Project, there was no trace of a sore throat. I got an uninterrupted night’s sleep and woke up ready to dance again and to do my lunch date. Terri and I go back twenty years. Although we rarely see one another because of, well, life, whenever we do, it’s like we just pushed pause on our last conversation. At one point, when I was a Leadership Coach at 4C for Children, I told her about a vacancy and she came to work in the same department as my dear friend, Kibby. The three of us had a ball at Cracker Barrel just bonding over our personal and professional lives. Good food; good friends! As much was we all talked, Terri and Kibby made sure I got to talk about my troubles. Being able to openly share what I’ve been going through lifted the weight a bit, and it was so obvious that they were willing to help me bear it (Galatians 6:2). In addition, Terri had some personal (and hilarious) insight into the situation because she was around when I was married to my wasband! Laughter is also good medicine!
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who understands that some of life’s greatest lessons are those we learn as children, though I wasn’t a Girl Scout, I’ll use their admonition: Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver, the other is gold. The Bible tells us that someone who has one true friend is rich. I have many. Some silver. Some gold. All invaluable. All treasured.
How about you? When was the last time you connected with that old friend – not just on Facebook but in real time?
Day 149 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project is one I’d been anticipating ever since Angel Hicks, the founder of H7, a business that focuses on relational vs. transactional networking, invited me to check out some of their events. For the past two weeks, I’ve gone to the H7 Connect meeting that’s held in my community, and while I’ve enjoyed this coed group and see the value of networking with everyone, the Evolve event, which is all women, is the one I wanted to experience. Today, it didn’t disappoint. Rather, it delivered in spades by providing opportunities to build relationships first. Those relationships may eventually lead to business transactions, but it was refreshing not to have it the other way around. Now that I’ve experienced it, since it aligns with who I am anyway, relational vs. transactional will be my preferred networking style.
In coaching, I often tell those I train that building rapport and establishing the relationship with coaching clients has to happen before diving into the coaching agenda. Why first? Because people don’t care what you know until they know that you care. H7 is doing a great job at promoting a tweaked version of this: People don’t want to buy from you until they get to know you. And it’s working. H7 is growing and expanding its reach. Based on my experience today, I can understand why. I sat at a table with two other women who, at face value, were very different from me. Come to find out, we all have biracial children and we’re all in blended families. Seriously! You can’t plan that stuff. But God can. Talk about clicking. We clicked big time and scheduled time to see how we can support one another.
My faith is not something I hide, however, I don’t often go this deep with it on the blog. But this whole relational vs. transactional thing got me thinking about our relationship with God. Many view it as transactional as in, His son, Jesus, paid the biggest price ever when He died on the cross, so now we owe Him BIG TIME. And we do. Our devotion, gratitude and love. Because He’s relational. He doesn’t want something from us as much as He wants to know us deeply. Whatever your beliefs, I hope that knowledge opens your mind and heart to the fact that all He really desires is to be in a relationship with you. Pretty cool, huh?
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick, I’m learning and growing every day and love sharing with you. It was so rewarding when Angel mentioned my blog in the meeting and complimented it. Of course I hope that you readers are enjoying my posts and that you’ll buy and read my book when it’s released. But more than that I love having the relationships. I’ve reconnected with women who I’d lost touch with through blogging and have gained new connections that inspire me to pour my heart out and write so that you’ll not only be engaged but encouraged. Angel’s business confirmed that I’m going about this the right way: relational vs. transactional. I may not be making money on the blog, but I sure get some amazing pay out!
It’s Day 146 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and it feels like fall, which means it’s time for fall fashion, and this season, it’s in the form of bells and ruffles. But it feels like fall in more ways than one. In light of the tragic events in Nevada, and an email that came home today stating that my children’s school had been put on lockdown due to a nearby Kroger store being robbed, my heart was tempted to fear. Add to that the fact that I have to face something tomorrow that makes me trepidatious and I could easily curl up indoors and cower inside my comfortable world.
Thankfully, as it happens so often, a song on my favorite Christian radio station came on and I sang the chorus at the top of my lungs: “You make me brave! You make me brave! You call me out beyond the shore into the waves!” Bolstered by the fact that we are not called to fear, but to step out into the world with courage, I figure we might as well do it in style, right? Hence this lighthearted post on two of the looks I, as a girly-girl, love this season: bell sleeves and ruffled details. But whether you love very feminine looks or not, these pretty pieces can freshen up your fall look.
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who is currently working from home as I grown my business, I want to be a good steward of my resources. Besides, there’s no need for me, or you, to necessarily go out and splurge on several new fall pieces. Although we may love fashion, there’s no need to be a slave to it. It’s more about owning our personal sense of style. That means buying pieces we love and then wearing them whether they are “trending” or from two seasons back. Mixing a few current pieces with oldies but goodies is fun and frugal. And it prevents buyers remorse if you load up on statement pieces that you wouldn’t be caught dead in next year!
So, while we might not want to go for all this season’s bells and whistles, it’s alright to go for a few bells and ruffles!
And I hope you’ll join me in praying for the loved ones of the victims in the latest shooting. God bless you and be safe.
Day 143 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project had me doing nothing but networking from sunup ’til sundown. My day started with my local H7 Connect meeting where I got some amazing feedback on my business model from marketing and branding experts. During the variation on our 30 second commercial where we were to give our name, business, and a problem we can solve, I pitched my new focus: “I’m the Pink Collar Coach, Tammi Ector, founder of Pink Collar Savvy & Chic. I’m a life coach for professional women. I coach them to minimize their personal barriers to maximize their beauty and best professional life.” I also added that I specialize in the Ds (i.e. divorce, depression, dysfunctional relationships, disheveled appearance, disorganized space, etc.). Afterwards, it was so rewarding to have people tell me not only how unique the model is but that it’s inspirational! I kinda nailed it. ; ).
In addition to the great feedback, I also connected to individuals who either know someone who needs my services or who wanted to provide referrals about my business. Before I knew it, it was time to head to my second networking event with eWomen. It was my first time attending and I had a nostalgic moment when I arrived at the Oasis in Loveland and our meeting was in the same room where I presented there for the first time back in 2011. We had a a wonderful meeting as well and I met truly amazing, successful, resilient women. We offered one another support, resources and referrals, and I’m looking forward to attending again next week.
On my way home, I stopped at Life Way, the Christian book store, and got the contact information for the manager so I can get my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, placed there and hopefully do a book signing. I also picked up a new novel from the publisher of my book, and as much I’d love to read it for pleasure only, it’s part homework because yesterday, I was informed that I have to do some revisions on the book, specifically around the graphic domestic violence scenes, so they appeal more to readers…Whether pleasure reading or for work, it wasn’t to be, however, because although the day’s networking was technically done, I had a ton of prep to do for tomorrow’s.
Tomorrow, my long awaited Zumba certification training will have me dancing from 8am until 5pm. Then, I go straight from there to a writing conference where I’m presenting on “Setting S.M.A.R.T. Writing Goals” and singing Francesca Batistelli’s “Write Your Story” to close the evening. Writing the content was only part of what I needed to do – preparing to network – getting my business cards, music CD and mailing list together was just as important.
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who doesn’t always feel comfortable with networking, I am comfortable building relationships. And that’s what I felt like I did today. Yes, I want to promote my business, but more than anything, I want to meet the needs of women who need my services. If I can help a woman to prevent her personal life struggles from derailing (another D) her career, like the woman who shared with me about how having a child with disabilities has impacted her employment, or the one who’s been through a divorce, death of her parents, and several medical diagnoses (more Ds!), then I’m humbled and honored that the Lord gives me a day doing nothing but networking. Actually, now that I think about it, I’m doing a whole lot more…
What about you? How can you use networking to live your purpose and meet the needs of those you encounter?