The Lucky Things Meet Ups and Lucky Things Locals are all about bringing people together in real life. Organising the Lucky Things Meet Ups across the UK gives me amazing opportunities to collaborate with talented women. However, when I first approach people in (and outside of) my network about whether they’d like to speak at the Lucky Things Meet Ups, there isn’t a typical reaction. Many often respond with a “Oh no I couldn’t do that – I can’t speak in front of a big group of people“. After giving them some time to reflect, a follow-up response pops up in my inbox.
It’s these follow-up responses that remind me about why I set up the Lucky Things Meet Ups in the first place – it’s also about giving people the opportunity to shine and share their expertise. It’s not about their career accolades, the size of their Instagram following or the scale of their business. It’s just about being an expert in their own right. It’s about being inclusive and showcasing a diverse range of talent across the UK. I first met Lucy at London’s Lucky Thing Meet Up in January 2017. So here’s Lucy’s story, Personal Stylist from Styled by Lucy.
How it felt to be asked to be a speaker at the Lucky Things Meet Up?
“When Sunita first told me she was thinking about bringing the Lucky Things Meet Up to Bristol I was really pleased. I had attended a couple of her fab events in London and there wasn’t anything like it at the time in the South West. Sunita asked if I would help her out and I assumed she meant finding a venue and spreading the word locally. So, I was really surprised when she said the theme was Style and Confidence and she wanted me to be her co-speaker on the panel. I hadn’t done anything like this before.
The biggest group I had previously spoken to were client workshops with six people so it was a scary thought to be talking in front of fifty women. Sunita assured me that I would be fine – she would help me put together the talk and give me any coaching if needed. I was incredibly flattered that Sunita had asked me and that she had confidence in me to deliver so of course I agreed and felt thankful for the opportunity. We had a few conversations over the next couple of weeks discussing plans for the event and after each phone call with Sunita I felt more confident. The date was brought forward to June which still seemed a long way off so I put it to the back of my mind for a while.
Catching up in real life…
Once Sunita released the Bristol Lucky Things Meet Up date and it was reposted by several others locally. It was exciting that there was a real buzz about the event. I met with Sunita in London a couple of weeks before the event to finalise our talk plan. I also took up her offer of having a proper one-to-one coaching session. It was great to see Sunita face to face instead of chatting over the phone and I really appreciated her time. We had lots to say about style and confidence and it was great to have Sunita to bounce ideas off. It was good to work together on a talk plan for the day.
We then moved onto the coaching session and discussed how I felt about the event. Sunita had some great ways of making me think about my concerns in a different way and realise that there was nothing to worry about. We then talked over my business plans and Sunita came up with some great suggestions for what I should include on my website I’m updating and some business ideas for how to reach out to more clients. She also encouraged me to think about my work values and what I should focus on. I came away from our meeting feeling positive about my business with new ideas. I was now really looking forward to the event.
Time for the Lucky Things meet Up..
On the day of the Lucky Things Meet Up, I arrived early at the venue to meet with Sunita and help set up. Sunita has such a relaxed vibe that made me feel chilled about our talk too. However, when the guests began to arrive I suddenly felt nervous. As it was the first Bristol Lucky Things Meet Up I didn’t want to let Sunita down. As everyone was seated for the talk it was daunting to see all the other personal stylists and fashion bloggers looking back at me but I remembered what Sunita had said in our coaching session.
Time for our talk…
My mouth suddenly went dry with nerves as we started but the way Sunita introduced the event and began talking was in such a calm, informal way that it relaxed me. Once I started speaking I was fine. The talk seemed to go really quickly. I was quite relieved when it was over as I’d got through it but people immediately came up to me to say how much they enjoyed it. I felt chuffed we’d delivered something that people found useful and our tips really helped. Since that day I’ve received great feedback and so many lovely messages and comments. I now have the confidence to talk to large groups thanks to Sunita. I’m so happy that it was a success for her and everyone is up for the next one in October.”
A huge thank you to Lucy for being a great speaker at the first Lucky Thing Meet Up. Everyone loved hearing her style and confidence tricks (as well as enjoying quality catch up time, smiles and laughs).
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