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.
-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.
-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
-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.
Monday, October 27, 2014
Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to photograph Hye Uon and her gorgeous family- we joked at that stage that I would inevitably become their 'family photographer' and judging by a day spent at their children's christening, we may well and truly be on our way.
They are my favourite type of family - blissfully at ease, both aware and unaware of a camera being pointed at them and so unbelievably welcoming. Thank you for letting me share this little peek here Hye Uon, a very proud mama indeed.
Sunday, October 26, 2014
I have an awful tendency of beginning conversations as if I'm already in the middle of them. Most of my phone calls to close friends are a perpetual cycle of this but thankfully, most of them are well used to this- even when I lead with the randomest of queries i.e..''do you have a power drill I can borrow?'' (ahem, Alex).
Today, I caught up with sweet Joi. A lady who is so emotive and joyous when she hears your voice, it feels like you're ringing family (which I am). A few months ago when I was going through a rough period, she wrote an email which I have bookmarked and printed. A portion of it reads ''Know that honour, love, grace and joy are surrounding you like a shield, always. No rejection nor disappointment can take away your beauty and loveliness. You are made for more. ''
You are made for more. Simple, powerful, effective. It now is serving as a mantra of sorts on a little project I am working on in the upcoming month.
Truth: girlfriends really are the best sort of friends.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
(Growing up, I loved certain portions of my parents' Readers Digest. The quote section of that publication was always highlighted and earmarked and now my modern day Pinterest board is full of them. So I thought I'd start sharing some of my favourite quotables on the blog every now and again- for fun, for encouragement, for a little something different. )
In my old apartment, any eruptive colourful sunset and I was up on the rooftop faster than Firas could say 'where you are you going'. Today, was no exception. Simple reason: the sky was purple. Magnificently purple. There is something about skies like this that make every silly romantic notion of mine seem possible.
It also reminds me that there really is no outdoing Mother Nature creatively. If it rains tonight, purple rain by Prince will be embarrassingly stuck in my head forevermore.
Dublin skies really tipped the scales this evening, friends.
Monday, October 20, 2014
I recently read someone describe themselves as both a nomad and a homebody-and the description really hit home for me.
So when I spent the morning with Alex taking in the new space that is Sister Sadie, I couldn't help but think of that same description for this cafe. Middle Eastern and Mediterranean influences with a mix of locally sourced seasonal produce, homemade granola (so good) and quite possibly the friendliest staff around.
The best of both worlds and easily, a new favourite little spot to unwind.
[Update: Vania did a lovely review of it here. Completely on point.]