Recently, I was working with my coach on finding my voice. This was somewhat ironic to me since I have 28 years of experience as a communication expert (including doctoral work in adult communication, teaching MBA communication classes for an Ivy League school for the past seven years AND being a writing coach for that same school.)
Perhaps you can relate, I was stuck on how to write to my community not the content I want to share with you but how to say it. Put me in front of an audience or a video camera, no problem. Tell me to email my community and suddenly I was without words.
So we started with adjectives.
She asked me, “How would you describe myself?” Oh, that was so hard. At first I was speechless and then I said a few lame (though true) things like “hard-working”, “smart”, “somewhat funny” (though what I really meant was playful and goofy.)
And that is when she said it! “Sue, I have met you and I heard you speak and you are FIERCE!! You show up and play full-on.”
Well, that hit me smack in the face and if I had a red nose, I would have been flying in the air like Rudolph did when Clarice called him “Cute”.
“She called me F-I-E-R-C-E, she called me F-I-E-R-C-E”
And, you know what, Denise was right. I am Fierce! Fiercely- Caring. I fiercely care for my family, my friends and all those in my community. I often say to my clients that I care about their businesses as if they are my own and I always want the best for those around me.
This sense of fiercely caring also shows up in the coaching and teaching spaces I create. It is why I tell it like it is and do it with a caring touch (I have often been described as having “an iron fist in a velvet glove” or a “steel boot tip in fuzzy slippers” depending upon what you need.)
Don’t come to me if you just want me to sugar-coat things for you because I don’t. I quickly get to the heart of what is keeping you stuck, call you on it and then help you move forward. I do this because I care about transformation and I care about you. Not only about your business success, I care about you living as your best self.
That is the caring piece. My goal is to always move you forward so you can take the next step. This fiercely-caring me is how I show up everywhere offline.
I am committing in 2017 to bringing the fiercely-caring me to my community online. I will be sharing more of who I really am and what I care about in an effort to better support you. I also like giving gifts so I will be doing that more often here on my blog. The first one is my communication ebook to help you communicate better. You can get it as my gift here: