The Women’s Success Summit VII: Shameless Self-Promotion

On Tuesday, May 21st and Wednesday, May 22nd 2013 I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Miami Women’s Success Summit at The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse in Wynwood. I heard about the event through two very talented and hard-working women, Maria Elena Holguin from Holguin Interiors and Luly Balepogi from Luly B. They both spoke wonders about the event and about its founder, Michelle Villalobos, a skilled and successful business woman. Signing up was a no brainer!

 

Michelle Villalobos and Me!
Michelle Villalobos and Me!

The summit’s theme this year was Shameless Self-Promotion, something that I and many women struggle with. We tend to believe that promoting ourselves shamelessly is self-centered and can be interpreted as bragging. We get insecure and start to make up excuses for not being up-to-par with what we really want. Well, this summit trumped it all. In order to get business we have to stand up and lean in. We have to push ourselves and get out there. Let the world know who you are and scream it out loud. Don’t be ashamed! This is your life, your business, your money!

Day 1, Part 1 - (clockwise) Michelle Villalobos, Denise Jacobs, Mina Shah, Panel, Jody Johnson
Day 1, Part 1 – (clockwise from top left) Michelle Villalobos, Denise Jacobs, Mina Shah, Panel, Jody Johnson
Day 1, Part 2 - (clockwise from top left) Panel, David Sugarman, Jay Berkowitz, Mike Tomás, Michelle Villalobos, Bill Hansen, Jennifer Grace, Jay Berkowitz, Geri Satin, Pamela Starr
Day 1, Part 2 – (clockwise from top left) Panel, David Sugarman, Jay Berkowitz, Mike Tomás, Michelle Villalobos, Bill Hansen, Jennifer Grace, Jay Berkowitz, Geri Satin, Pamela Starr

Upon getting all of the tools and inspiration to get moving, I decided that the most important thing for me now is to focus on my direction. Consequently, I have started to brand myself as a product. This is something I was already working on and surprisingly I was actually doing pretty darn well without the help of the summit. Yet, the summit gave me more information on how exactly to execute several things such as logos, business cards, focus, niche, media marketing and most importantly what questions to ask to get my branding to clearly define my authentic self and my goals.

Day 2, Part 1 - (clockwise from top left) Jessica Kizorek, Share Ross, Dawnna St. Louis, Panel, Jose Suarez, Jane Wooldridge, Linda Gassenheimer, Betsy Goldman, Michelle Villalobos, Eli Davidson
Day 2, Part 1 – (clockwise from top left) Jessica Kizorek, Share Ross, Dawnna St. Louis, Panel, Jose Suarez, Jane Wooldridge, Linda Gassenheimer, Betsy Goldman, Michelle Villalobos, Eli Davidson
Day 2, Part 2 - (Clockwise from top left) Michelle Villalobos, Ingrid Hoffman, Ingrid Hoffman, Pamela Starr, Lisa D. Sparks, Todd Patton
Day 2, Part 2 – (Clockwise from top left) Michelle Villalobos, Ingrid Hoffman, Ingrid Hoffman, Pamela Starr, Lisa D. Sparks, Todd Patton

I can proudly tell you that my success story has already begun! Of course, you will see and read about it here on my blog. Here are some quotes and notes from the summit that hit home:

“What makes you successful as a business person is being authentic.” –Michelle Villalobos (Founder of the Women’s Success Summit and personal branding expert)

“You have to enjoy what you do. The moment you stop enjoying it, you are doing something wrong.” –Denise Jacobs (Speaker, Author and Creativity Evangelist)

“When you’re in your flow, you are energized at the end of the day and not drained.” –Jody Johnson (Co-Owner, President and Master Coach at ActionCOACH Team Sage)

“In not delivering your message for impact you end up delivering your message for approval.” –Mina Shah (Former Peak Performance Strategist and Speaker for Tony Robbins)

“You need self-imposed deadlines!” -Jessica Kizorek (Founder of BadassBusinessWoman.org, author, philanthropist, artist and master documentary filmmaker)

“You have to reach those people who need you desperately… You make people beg by solving their problem… This is your time.” –Eli Davidson (author of Funky to Fabulous and creator of various programs that help turbo charge business growth. Columnist for the Huffington Post)

Ingrid Hoffman (host of Simply Delicioso on the Food Network) reminded us that we have to tell our true story including the good, the bad and the ugly because that makes us who we are today. She was a breath of fresh air for me during the summit. Real. Raw. Delicioso!

Sunset from the cocktail party, Ingrid Hoffman and me, contacts to organize
Sunset from the cocktail party, Ingrid Hoffman and me, contacts to organize

In the end, I highly recommend this summit to anyone in need of a push in launching a product, a business or taking a leap of faith. My take-away was the following; Whether you are a small business owner, trying to make it in _fill-in-the-blank_ industry or trying to climb the corporate ladder, you have to BE YOURSELF and not be afraid to promote your talents, skills and overall charm! Clients want to work with people, not robots! Let’s get moving chicas!

Thanks for reading!
Z~

6 Replies to “The Women’s Success Summit VII: Shameless Self-Promotion”

  1. I especially relate to the quote related to business success and being authentic. Being authentic will make you successful, not only in business but in LIFE. What does living authentically implies? Being true to our own evaluation of what is a valuable existence for ourselves…living our purpose, our callling.

    1. Yes! Sounds so easy but it can be so difficult to be authentic at times!!! We must start trusting our gut and let go of the outside perceptions of ourselves. Doing this will give anyone authenticity and ultimately, freedom. Thank you for the comment!!

  2. Thank you Zania for the shoutout and yes I LOVE the Womens Success Summit and Michelle! “Authenticity refers to the truthfulness of origins, attributions, commitments, sincerity, devotion, and intentions.” If you are authentic with yourself, your clients, vendors and employees you have a greater chance of being successful for many years to come…

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