I Did It, I Spoke In Public For The First Time About Being In Business And Social Media
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I Did It, I Spoke In Public For The First Time About Being In Business And Social Media

Helena Gilhooly

Wednesday the 5th of April 2017 will go down in my life story as the day I completely stepped out of my comfort zone and into a new me. I nervously got on stage in front of 250 women and told my story.

I was invited to speak at the Women's Inspire conference in Cork. The theme for this networking event was 'tell your story' and I was going to share mine. I was on stage for a 15 minute time slot to tell everyone how Social Media changed my life. I was nervous as hell, with every minute leading up to it feeling like an hour. 

I deliberately did not write a speech because I didn't think I could pull it off. Plus vanity meant I would have had to wear glasses to look down at my notes. I wanted my talk to come from the heart. It's my story and I know it off to a tee. I did have bullet points to keep me somewhat focused. 

I wanted to share how social media is not a scary place. Even if you think it's not for you, it could be where your customers are. You have to have a presence to be present. 'Engage to be seen' is my mantra.But none of that would have happened without one woman - Samantha Kelly. Samantha told me a couple of hours after we first met "you will go far missy" This was the beginning of a journey where I had decided I wanted to better myself. Samantha believed in me when I had more doubts than beliefs within myself. She sprinkled her #twittermagic for sure. 

When I got off the stage after my talk, my phone went into a meltdown. Beautiful, emotional and caring texts, tweets and messages from friends and family have been pouring in. All telling me I had inspired them and telling me they were proud of me. This was deeply uplifting. 

If you feel you don't know how to use social media I advise you to take a workshop or do a class. Do whatever you have to do to get your "presence" seen and your sales will come in.  

Thank you to everyone in the Women's Inspire Network. You are all simply amazing. 

6 months on and I still get lovely messages from people telling me how I made them feel, I can't thank the women in the network enough for all their constant support and I encourage everyone to take an active role in the group and attend the events because the benefits outweigh any fears or doubts. 


Ps I even got a tweet from America telling me they watched me from New York

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