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How to Play Big in Business

As President of Lillie Mae PR and Creator of the Glambitious Empowerment Network - Lillie Mae has dedicated her efforts to empowering, recognizing and supporting entrepreneurs of all facets around the country.  From London to Nigeria, she has connected with women through books, masterclasses, innovative events, to provide them with unique resources that will elevate them professionally and personally.  She's created a hub at GlamBoss.org specifically for women to secure exposure opportunities and educational tools that will help them accomplish their dreams.

In 2016 she hosted her signature Glambitious Tour in Miami, Atlanta, Charlotte and Washington DC.  She also honored a number of top female influencers including Lisa Nicole Cloud and Saptosa Foster, as well as presented the first annual Glambitious Business Grant to a deserving entrepreneur.  Her Public Relations efforts have extended nationally for client placements including USA Today, BET Networks, Madame Noire, The Tom Joyner Morning Show & Yahoo News.  For her empowerment work, Lillie Mae herself has been featured on Black Enterprise, Rolling Out, The Examiner, Uptown Magazine, Kontrol Magazine and the front cover of BE Magazine. 

STOP PLAYING SMALL | Interview Laura Bartlett

Laura Bartlett is the Founder and Editor of House of Coco magazine, one of the largest travel magazines in the UK.

Laura has overcome rejection on Dragons Den, bankruptcy and has picked herself up from being at the bottom and created a highly popular and inspiring magazine, along with picking up awards and accolades along the way. The magazine now retails in many stores in London such as Selfridges, Harrods, WHSmith and is available in the App Store.

Life of Laura one month ago was just a small idea with huge potential. As someone who travels the world frequently, visiting exciting and wonderful places, Laura now wants to take her subscribers on the journey of not only her business side of life and what it's like to be a #Girlboss, but also her travels around the world

Life of Laura has partnered with Land Rover, the official car partner for this series.

If you would like to follow the Life of Laura on other social media platforms here are the links: 
Snapchat - @laurabartlett87
Instagram - @laurabartlett0
Facebook - laurabartlett1987
Twitter - laurabartlett0

For business enquiries: laura@houseofcoco.net

STOP PLAYING SMALL | Interview with Camilla Kristiansen

We continue this series with the gorgeous and successful Mentor, Speaker and Stylist Camilla Kristiansen from http://camillakristiansen.com she shares with us what it took to leave her 9 to 5 and go all in in her business and the defining moment she decided to step up her game. Head over to her website and grab your free gift!

Listen, this interview series is the tip of the iceberg in how I really want to help you step up your game. On the 1st of May we kick off the Shameless Visibility Free Challenge and this is for you if you're sick and tired of playing small and you're ready to step it up and go all in!

STOP PLAYING SMALL | Interview Desiree Stafford

Desiree Stafford shows high achieving coaches, experts, and spiritual entrepreneurs how to consistently attract "YES on the spot" clients WITHOUT burn out.

She took her business from struggling to success when she collapsed her YEARLY income into 90 DAYS by adopting a QUANTUM leap mindset, DEFYING "cookie cutter" marketing strategies.

Grab her free training on desireestafford.com/masterclass

STOP PLAYING SMALL | Interview Tanja Seetzen

Tanja believes that: Style is so much more: It‘s your smile, your attitude, your personality, your brand, your business. Everything belongs to your own personal style as it is YOU and what you are doing it. No one is like you! And this is what you can and should show to the world – to your clients – to be seen as you want to be seen.

You can find here:

https://tanjaseetzen.com/about/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tanjaseetzenofficial

STOP PLAYING SMALL | Interview Ronne B

My Guest for this episode of The Haut De Game Interview series is multiple 7 figures entrepreneur Ronne B from http://ronneb.com

Ronne Brown is a wife, mother, coach, author, speaker, entrepreneur and over comer. She has influenced thousands of entrepreneurs by teaching them to achieve success on their own terms. Hailing from Washington, D.C., Brown inspires others to live and dream big. Ronne worked hard to change the trajectory of her life. 

Ronne worked hard to change the trajectory of her life. She went from being a statistic to a success story. She worked long hours as a janitor while pregnant, but she didn’t allow that obstacle to make her lose sight of her purpose. Even though the odds were stacked against her, she was determined not to allow her past circumstances to stop her from achieving her goals. After being laid off from her job with only an unemployment check as her income, and three children to take care of, she knew she had to make a change. She was determined to face her fears, and step into her purpose. The lessons she learned on her journey as a teen mom gave her the courage to launch several business ventures.

 

In 2009, she founded High Heels High Goals, an exclusive, non-profit organization that teaches women how to be successful entrepreneurs and empowers women to reach their goals. Because Ronne has a heart for women, on any given day you can find her pouring into the lives of other women by speaking positive words, sowing seeds to assist with start-up costs in a new business venture, or coaching a woman to success.

In 2014, Ronne launched The Millionaire’s Academy, where she teaches people all over the world how to leverage the direct sales industry and earn income from home. Through this program, she has helped men and women create 6-figure incomes, become debt free, and live life on their own terms. Her vision is to empower others to succeed in business, and inspire people to leave a legacy for generations to come. She coaches entrepreneurs by using the strategies and methods she used to grow her own business and develop her as a leader. She believes, “Success is no accident, if you want to achieve amazing things and build a successful business, you have to do it on purpose for a purpose.”

Listen to her giving us a wealth of insight,  sharing her leadership wisdom and best success advice.

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My Personal Love Affaire With Confidence: The Story Of An African Pageant Princess.

This might be the most uncomfortable blog post of my social life (LOL) but I'm not fitting in the comfort box anymore!
Memories of my childhood in Africa have been flooding my mind for the past week revealing to me why I do what I do. That's what happens when you mess up with hypnotherapy ha!


The little girl is not me but since I have no pictures to illustrate my story, I used this gorgeous princess.
Up to the age of 9, I was a little pageant princess in Africa. The women in my neighbourhood used to organise competitions where they would have us dressed in traditional outfits, do our hair, teach us how to walk down a catwalk, strike a pause...


It all happened in the streets because there was no catwalk as such, we had to walk down a path drawn on the ground with a stick.
The winner would be the one who walked down the catwalk the best and really worked it on that catwalk. 


People would clap hands as we walked down as if to give a beat to our steps.
I loved it so much, the best memories of my life!
There was no prize for the winner except for a delicious meal cooked by the mamas and I can see myself eating a lot of times, so I'm not making this up when I say I used to win those little competitions. Hahaha still love my food!
We were taught to walk with our heads high, be proud, be the centre of attention for that short period of time and celebrated by our community. So I grew up with a lot of confidence and self-esteem.


At 9 years old, my dad moved us to France where I grew up until I moved to London 10 years ago!
The shock of my life!!!
Bye bye sunny Africa, hello freezing Europe!LOL
Very quickly, I had to adapt to a new school, new culture, French was not new so there was no language barrier...but it all happened very fast.
Still, the little princess was still there, moving differently, dressing differently, confident as Heaven!


Until they started telling her that it was not ok.
My teenage years were tough, I did not have many girl friends.
I started hearing things like: "who does she think she is", "she is so full of herself", "she is so proud", "she doesn't mix with anybody"
(They were right, I've always been very cautious with who I let in my entourage and those I let in are still my friends today <3)


Little by little I started walking with my head down, I didn't want to have any eyes on me or be the centre of attention or be talked about behind my back, I became shy and very quiet and just blended in.
But somehow, even in my silence, I always stood out. God knows why.
I believe I have a strong presence and no matter how much I try to hide it, I can never burry it.


I don't care if I come across as boasting, I'm really not!
You've got to know your strengths and I'm very aware of mine but just kept them to myself because of that fear of being seen as being too much.
I heard those same criticism in my adult years, some people would call me narcissistic, others say I was too proud, others yet that I was too posh, others too intelligent??!! 


And I believed them, I took in the criticism and boxed myself in a safe cocoon...but the cocoon has expired!!!!


I want to apologize for not showing you the real me, you've just seen glimpses of me so far but I'm about to go unapologetic on ya'! With love as MJ would sa
The fact that I'm a Style Coach today and have been teaching Personal Branding (bet you didn't know that?) is not a chance, I was born for this shizzle and excel at it! I've just been playing safe.

 ;.)
I'm used to being in the spotlight and I must say, I love it! Not ashamed! And I need to feel comfortable being in the spotlight because I have a Divine purpose to fulfil. It's not about me, it's about you! About all that I can gift you with my presence and my love!

How To Build Unshakable Confidence: 3 Essential Tips To Live Confidently Ever After!

I believe that anybody can do with an extra dose of unshakable confidence to help us move past blocks, make decisions on a daily basis and feel better about ourselves in general. 

Mais Comment? Is it possible just to take a magic dose and have confidence flow in our veins? Humm...

Many will disagree but I believe confidence is a built in mechanism we're born with and shut down bit by bit unlearn as we grow or when we experience trauma.

There are however tips and tricks that you can use to up your game a bit or a lot. And in this article I’ll explore some of those tips. You can also learn more about becoming bolder, more fierce powerful and unapologetic in my 4-week Confidence Cure Online Course.

It is my hope that you find some useful tips in this article to kick you into gear and boost your confidence now!

 

Walk like you have three men walking behind you.
— Oscar De La Renta
Canvas credit of Joss & Main (jossandmaine.com)

Canvas credit of Joss & Main (jossandmaine.com)

YOUR STATE MATTERS

Body language speaks volumes about your state. Increase your awareness whenever  possible and especially in situations where you need more confidence whether it is public speaking, in a meeting, a presention, livestream or je ne sais quoi.

According to research, to hump forward when sitting can make you look insecure. So suck that tummy in towards your spine, lift up your head and square your shoulders when standing or walking for an instant boost.

I don’t need your approval darling, that’s for insecure people.

GET OVER THE FEAR OF CRITICISM

One of the main fear that keeps women small is the fear of criticism. Realise once and for all that people care more about themselves than others. No one is out to get you! They have enough problems of their own not to mentions the thousand thoughts per minutes streaming through their minds. We need to stop looking at ourselves through the eyes of others and get back in touch with our own selves.

Yes, it's worth mentioning that you might have suffered criticism from parents, teachers, friends or family when growing up and that would have caused some serious damages. Yet as an adult, you have the power to redefine yourself and claim back your power.

Letting in criticism from others can have disastrous effects on your self confidence, preventing you from taking initiatives, making the most of your creativity and completely  locking yourself in a self imposed cage of negativity.

So ma cherie, CHOOSE not to let criticism in if it's not constructive!

The woman who doesn’t require validation from anyone is the most feared individual on the planet.
— Mohadesa Najumi

know your values

Values give meaning and purpose to our lives. They are the building blocks for a solid foundation. It's the sum total of what you stand and fight for. Having deep core values are essential to an unshakable sense of confidence because they will be infused in everything you, whether it is raising your kids, being a wife, a friend or sister and for our purpose here a kick ass business woman. Remember how you do one thing is how you do everything!

Here's a quick fun exercise I always give to my students whenever I teach at Colleges and Universities or to my private Coaching clients:

1/ List 5 people to really admire

2/ For each person write down the reasons why you admire them

3/ Look at the pattern: which values come up the most?

4/ Pick the top 5 values that most speak to you

Voila! You've got your core values (you're welcome)! Because we can't see in other people what's not already in us, we identify and resonate more with people who are like us.

Your values will determine who you hang out with, date, marry and work with so make sure your entourage, clients and prospective clients know what you stand for and your non-negotiables 

Now go live confidently ever after!