Have you ever felt like an imposter? In your heart you know that you belong in that place in that moment, possibly more than those around you, but in your head, the negative, anxious dialogue has your second guessing everything...
Are these pants too tight?
Do I look like I'm playing dress up wearing this blazer?
Am I talking too much? Not enough?
In the Fall of 2008 when the market was crashing, I was transitioned from a sales role where presentation and woo-ing people was 80% of my job to a role managing service technicians. Envision a petite 24-year-old specifically a role teaching grown-ass men how to repair appliances. I couldn't tell you the difference between a flat head screwdriver or a phillips head screwdriver and 50% of my job would be tearing appliances apart in front of groups of service technicians who had been repairing appliances longer than I had been alive (literally.)
A little secret about me: I am a perfectionist who has a need to be the expert to feel confident, and I. knew. nothing. Did hard work get me through it? Yes. Did spending weekends taking washing machines apart and putting them back to together help? Absolutely. But, more than anything, stepping into the persona of my biggest, bad ass self and dressing that persona to bring it to life so that I could truly embody it and choosing to believe in me as that persona - that is why I succeeded.
"There is power in presentation."
Each of us have different personas that we choose to embody based upon what the situation calls for and who we want to show up as in that situation. Dressing to taht persona embodies your power, bringing it to life - giving it the jolt of electricity needed for you to step into it and let your internal swagger out.
When I'm facilitating an executive development program in Dubai, I've got my power outfit - black and white geometric print pencil skirt, black silk blouse, tailored black blazer with the sleeves rolled, and my Clark Kent bun and glasses - to both see better and be seen as better. When I'm going toe-to-toe with my CEO, jeans and a classic white button down create an equal footing. And when I was in that service role? Khaki wide leg chinos, a black polo, and loafers - always with a colorful scarf to the right touch of feminine flair. Because how I see myself affects how I think about myself, and how I think about myself affects my ability to step into who I am truly capable of being. Are you ready to step into your most bad ass self? She's waiting inside for you to truly embody her and allow her to be seen. Come join me, and find your power in your presentation -