The more we practice confidence the more natural we become with it.

Phillippa Henderson has worked in male-dominated industries, and knows what it takes to be successful. Her advice is that you need to learn to tap into your confidence and personal power each day. She is passionate about collaboration and believes that as women, this is one of the most powerful tools we have available to us.

We interviewed Phillippa to get some insider tips on what she will be sharing at the event on 30 June.

Q1. Share your expertise – describe what you offer to people attending on the day and why you are good at what you do?

A: Being a successful business person in male-dominated industries takes some real strength. However, for me, it was important to remain feminine and true to myself and this meant creating my own measuring stick of success. Redefining what success meant to me.

I will be sharing as many tips and tools as I can to help you build your confidence. For example I have designed these spectacular jackets and every time I wear them someone comments in a positive way and it makes me feel really good. We all have those things that make us feel really good. Allow yourself to feel good, dress-up for yourself, dress in something because you enjoy it. It can really be as simple as having a few tricks on your tool-bag to improve you confidence and change the way you interact with people in your working life.

Q2. How will you be able to help women – what skills will they learn from you

A: Learning how to nurture positive self-talk is one of the core elements of confidence. There are two key elements I will cover on the day:

  1. The Winning Circle – how to find that winning energy in any moment that you need it.
  2. How to identify the way you self-sabotage. By being aware of this trait, can have a huge positive impact on your life

Self-sabotage will manifest itself in many different ways Anxiety is normally fear of future choices (typical in procrastinators). People who are overwhelmed or depressed will have issues from their past that have not been dealt with.  I will be asking the hard question: “How does it self-sabotage manifest to you?”

By uncovering your self-sabotage, you will be able to move closer to being more confident powerful women in your daily life practices.

Q3. Share a personal story – how have your skills helped someone in your professional career

A: Nargella is a women I sat next to at a conference. When I first spotted her in the crowd, I had a reaction that made me questions myself. She was a beautiful women dressed in a hijab. I thought: “would I have anything in common with her” and was doubting my own racial biases. In that moment I decided to sit down next to her. As we started to get to the talk and share our story, we exchanged cards. We had the same colour business cards. Looking further we had similar design features: Hers was heart – mine was a heartbeat. Instantaneously, we broke down any barriers, and we started to get to know each very well.

She shared with me that she didn’t really have the confidence to step out and tell people about her business. She had been doing her work for three years now but had some real blocks.  She became a client of mine, and through my coaching sessions, we discovered that she wasn’t connecting her real and personal story to the business. Nagella was keeping it very professional without engaging in the person.

By changing this behaviour, and being able to share her voice from a place that connected with a deeper sense of who she was, she has been able to grow and share her business with more people.

The most exciting development was that she has recently been invited to New York to speak.

It has been a really rewarding journey to watch unfold, and it all comes down to having confidence in ourselves.

My key take-aways in this story are

  • Have the courage to meet and talk to somebody, who you think you may not anything in common with.
  • Don’t be frightened that some people are not going to gravitate to your story, you know what, some people may even object to it – and that is ok.
  • Find your voice, find your story, and your will find your audience.

Q4. What led you to share these are your top 5 tips?

A: These 5 tips are what work for me and have worked for many other people, and it is about sharing what works. If everyone has an open-mind to learn new things, it can make the world a better space.

  • Everyone can be confident it is a taught skill, be prepare to practise
  • Have a plan, setting achievable goals and measure your progress.
  • Wear something that makes you feel fabulous. It may be your underwear from Paris, but you know you are wearing it!
  • Be kind to yourself, nurture the positive self-talk, cancel clear negative self-talk and recognise self-sabotage
  • Write on a card, 4 things that make you happy and keep it in your ‘pocket’

Q5. What inspires you? And why do you want to be involved in this event?

A: The intrinsic strength of women drew me to this event. The opportunity to reach out to like-minded women who are hungry to learn things they resonate with. It is a truly rewarding place to be able to contribute. I can see other people become stronger, bolder and more capable as they develop the confidence in through their own strength and in their own style.

I am looking forward to sharing a day with women and become part of their journey as they begin to look for new roles in their life as career women.

  • An interview with Phillippa Henderson (Written by Alexia Brbich)
  • Fit 4 Business:
  • Speaker at our project:  Re-energising Women to Re-enter the Workforce
  • Presentation Topic:  Confidence
  • Event:  30 June 2016 @ Bunbury CCI, 15 Stirling Street, Bunbury, Western Australia




    • •Personal Wellbeing: Create your life vision (Goal setting, Purpose, mindfulness), Confidence , Balancing the transition back to work
    • •Personal Skills Development: Budgeting & Financial Independence, Time Management, Social Media for Professionals
    • •Job Ready: Writing Resumes, Personal Branding, Interview Techniques
    • •Career & Business Development: Business start-up, Networking, Leadership Skills

    Check out our full list of speakers for this event: Speakers 16 Nov 2016

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    Author: Phoebe Wong