I spent the better part of this morning staring into the depths of my closet trying to decide what on earth I would wear to present a keynote for a business networking event this coming week…
Several hundred business professionals expected to attend with me and my “Curious Case of Elmer Letterman” presentation as the big draw. (eek!)
After some time scrutinizing every piece of clothing I own I thought “Hey, what a great reason to buy a new suit!” But then, I had another thought sneak up behind it…
“A business suit is not authentic for you AND you don’t feel comfortable wearing one.”
The voice was dead on and I realized immediately that it was not my inner critic speaking to me, this was my authentic voice. (cool right!)
My original reaction to my “what to wear” dilemma was that I needed to wear a suit. It fit’s the occasion and common advice is to dress to suit the occasion right. But…
Now I’m not saying I was thinking about wearing jeans and a t-shirt but, if that was authentic to me and if supported my authentic business identity – why the hell not?!
So, what I’m trying to say is… I caught myself again.
I caught myself trying to please others rather than be myself.
I’m still not sure what exactly I’ll wear to the event but I do know it’s NOT going to be a business suit.
I’ll keep you posted
~ Gina xo