Event: Women in Business Speaker Series – July 28th installment
Host: McColl & Associates, Inc.
Keynote Speaker: Stefanie Zizzo, Professional Career/Life Coach
Topic: Strategies for Staying Positive and Focused During Challenging Times
Venue: Press 102
Stefanie Zizzo gave an interactive speech to a diverse group of women in all different stages of their lives and careers. It was refreshing to see some of Wilmington’s finest women come together to not only listen, but also discuss their most challenging times. Women ranging from their 20’s to 60’s in various backgrounds talked about topics such as balancing family and career, feeling out of control, chronic worrying, perfectionism, and both personal and professional relationships.
Stefanie offered tips such as smiling in negative situations, being aware of body language and focusing on positive aspects. These tips, which seem much easier said than done, were accompanied by actual strategies such as writing down things that worry you to eliminate negative, and often unrealistic, thoughts. Keeping a gratitude journal was another great tactic. Stefanie mentioned that many of her clients who struggle with sleeping find gratitude journals extremely helpful in giving them peace of mind. Try it: write down your accomplishments and things that make you proud, thankful and happy each night before going to bed. It beats thinking about all the things you need to do this week.
Stefanie wrapped up her speech with two powerful quotes. The first, by Mark Twain, was “I have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened”. This quote reminds women of how unproductive it is to waste so much thought on the potential of negative outcomes. The second, by Martin Luther King, Jr., was “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase”. This quote was not only inspirational, but also a catalyst for women to implement a change they wish to see in their lives.
Click here to learn more about the next Women in Business Speaker Series, taking place August 25.
More About the Venue:
Press 102, located inside Hotel Tarrymore, gets its name from the address (102 South Second Street). Their menu consists of pressed artisan delicacies – including French pressed coffee, pressed Panini, and fresh fruits and herbs pressed for classic cocktails and new concoctions. Press 102 celebrates breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as a Sunday brunch. The Veranda Ballroom, which is where this event was held, is available for private parties, weddings and rehearsal dinners. It can seat up to 120 guests for a formal plated dinner or accommodate up to 200 for a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres mix and mingle.
More About the Speaker:
Stefanie Zizzo is a professional career/life coach and workshop facilitator who assists individuals and groups from all over the country in gaining clarity, confidence and direction in their career and lives. She is the author of The Journal of Possibility original art, quotes and coaching questions to keep you inspired & The Journey From Comfort to Possibility: A Workbook of Self Discovery and Personal Transformation, serving as a springboard to those ready to stretch out of their comfort zones and experience more of life.
Stefanie offers personalized career/life coaching and engaging seminars and workshops. She holds her Professional Certified Coach (PCC) designation through the International Coach Federation and serves as Chair of Chix in Business, Inc., a Triangle-area non-profit organization of women business owners who support and educate each other. www.stefaniezizzo.com
By Ashley Hanners