"This too shall pass"
Another end of the month and we are ready to introduce you to another incredible woman! Meet Anna, an entrepreneur, communication strategist and TV and Radio presenter helping small businesses take their message to the world.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background?
I'm a lot of different things! A TV & Radio presenter, communication strategist, Oxford University student and mother of twins. I was a shy introvert growing up that wouldn't say boo to a mouse, luckily my dad pushed me into a communication degree at university and in my second year of study I got let go from my part-time job at a cafe so I called up a local radio station to get some work experience while I job hunted and said yes to every opportunity that they gave me, including being on air. It was then that I realized all my communication training; the frameworks, the human connection and my authentic way of presenting these came into action and I found myself in my element. Since then, I've dedicated my life to empowering people to use their voice and create more powerful connections in their work and life.
What do you do and what’s the best part about your job?
I love sharing knowledge with my clients and the wider public as a communication strategist. Using data-driven insights gives communication a tangible feel, you can then see how to strategically work towards goals be that pitching for investing, going for a promotion or winning over new clients.
How do you keep your energy levels up and stay productive every day when you have so much going on in your life from your own Academy, work at the radio, to family and even studies at Oxford? Basically, how do you do it all?
I'm a complete homebody and if that list didn't already give it away, I don't have much of a social life and that works for me and my family exactly as I want it! What I do have is super supportive people around me like my husband, I have support at home with my boys and I've been very clear about my boundaries to clients and bosses from day one about my commitment to my family if my boys get ill or working flexibly. I believe in the value I bring to my clients, my audience on-air and online and of how I want to raise a family and once I got really clear about how I wanted to live my life it was very easy to strip away anything unnecessary taking up time or energy that wasn't benefitting me or my goals. It didn't happen overnight and some days are easier than others but I would rather build a life I love than be spending my week waiting for the weekend to come around.
What are the benefits of being a female entrepreneur these days
Even in the 4 years, I've been in business, there have been a lot of support networks created for the female entrepreneurs. The ability to have open conversations about the reasons why women choose to go into business, why the corporate world doesn't always meet the demands of the employees and things like maternity leave being discussed in open only beneficial to all in long terms. The ability to choose how you make a living and what you want your work to look like is empowering!
What kind of skills do you wish you had today?
I'd love to be better at math! I'm terrible with numbers!
What accomplishments are you most proud of? And what is the next big thing you want to accomplish?
I'm proud of the fact that I've listened to my gut in business. I've made steady growth and while I sometimes see my peers with awards and listing off the clients they've worked with I have to remind myself that I'm on my own journey. I'm really proud of studying at Oxford, I never in a million years thought that would be possible! Next up I'd love to work with a few key clients I've got my eye on, watch this space.
What’s the most amazing true story you’ve heard?
The story of Paige Winter, someone who is truly inspirational with her composure and outlook on life!
Do you have any good luck charms or rituals?
I really enjoy guided meditations and affirmations, and EDM always peps me up before a big meeting or presentation!
Are there any facts you learned that caused you to change how you lived your life?
Be your own cheerleader, you can't expect anyone else to support you if you don't support yourself. And, people only know what you tell them. The basis of communication!
And the usual last but not least, what’s in your MILLENNY bag?:)
My laptop, a rough edit of my Fear Detox (for sale internationally end of 2019) that I'm editing and rewriting at the moment, snacks (because you never know when hunger strikes!) and my kindle!