When I first started out in coaching, I wasn't confident. I didn't have 10 years of HR experience, I wasn't a retired executive who had tons of advice to offer. I tried my best to fit in, to be like everybody else. It was exhausting, and when I pitched for opportunities all I seemed to hear was no.
Looking outside of myself and trying to copy what everyone else was doing wasn't getting me ahead. Only when I realized that I had to be honest with myself, own all of my experience and all of my accomplishments did I start to experience success.
I took the consumer research and brand building process that had been ingrained in me after 15 years in corporate marketing and I applied it to myself. I got someone to interview my favourite clients, my old direct reports that liked working with me, former bosses who believed in my potential. I realized that the things that made people want to work with me, was simply me being me. My enthusiasm, my energy, my ability to see the big picture, my ability to link the human side of the business to the bottom line. In my desire to fit into this industry, I was hiding who I really was. The truth was that I needed to bring my whole self to the table.