Most women can sail through life never having to speak publicly.
We are rarely asked to make a speech at weddings, funerals or twenty firsts in an official capacity, rather, we will volunteer that we have something we’d like to say and it’s always welcome.
As was eloquently expressed at a recent Postie Manager’s Conference, one woman described how she spent an hour dry-reaching and shaking with fear whilst locked in her own bathroom because she had been given the heads-up by her Stylist that she might be required to state her name and say a ‘little bit about herself’ at her first Postie Pop-Up Boutique which she was hosting! Wow, she saw that as public speaking! (In her own home, addressing 15 friends and family for two minutes)! It was such a frank and heartfelt admission but somewhere inside us all we mentally nodded as we empathised with her ‘fear of public speaking’. What irony, what a turn around as this very woman some ten years on, dragged up the memory and shared it confidently and movingly, with a room full of a room full of hundreds of dynamic postie managers and stylists at the annual conference. She’d clearly overcome the fear, risen well above it and rode it into the sunset! She went on to tell us that her desire to become a Stylist, to meet people and to make her own financial decisions, overrode her dread of being ‘noticed’.
After her stint as a Host, she became a Stylist, a very successful one. In order to succeed, she became organised, she watched her Manager, she asked questions, she learned ‘tricks of the trade’ by dropping in on her friend’s Pop-Ups, she planned and booked forward each month and more. And as her Pop-Up Boutique business grew, so did her bank balance, so did her friendship circle and so did her confidence. And that became a circle of success. Empowerment is a word that’s bandied around. But in the case of owning a thriving Postie business, the word ‘empowered’ is 100% valid.
Having choice is the defining difference between being successful or unsuccessful and that’s absolutely empowering. And if you put in the hours and the strategy and simply, the hard work, CHOICE will come. Choose where to take your family on holiday, what car to drive, what restaurant to dine in, where to live, what school to send your kids to.
And when you overcome the lack of confidence that can creep up on even a high powered business woman who may have been out of the workforce for a couple of years or a new mum who yearns for life outside her family demands or someone who has never earned a university degree or even finished high school, anything is possible.
Our confident, inspiring, bubbling and funny presenter who used to be afraid of introducing herself, introduced us to herself now and told her story with such cheeky candor. She is living proof that if you stick your head out and stick your hand up to become a Pop-Up Boutique Stylist or indeed anything you want to be, you can actually be it. The old saying, ‘fake it until you make it’ is right.
Because you can do anything you desire if you get stuck into it and Postie is the perfect place to start.