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From Facebook Phobia to 900 Friends

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My Facebook page is part class reunion, part family get-together. Some days it’s a therapy couch, others it’s a podium. I’ve found friends I thought would forget me and befriended strangers. My clients mix it with my mum and mum mixes it with everyone.”  Read More→

How Adam Goodes Found His Voice

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Last night Adam Goodes shared a story about finding his voice.

I was all ears last night at an event featuring eminent Australian, indigenous footballer Adam Goodes as the keynote speaker. It was an intimate setting on the sixth floor of Sydney’s MCA at Circular Quay. An empty white banquette sat a few feet from the low stage so I headed over with my glass of champagne, soon joined by three other women.

Goodes was interviewed by TV presenter John Mangos. They’ve known each other since Goodes arrived in Sydney and seem close as family. The interview was warm and candid, covering school (Goodes attended thirteen primary and six high schools), footy (his first game was soccer, but that changed when he moved from South Australia to Victoria), family (lots of respectful and loving references to his mother) and getting married. Goodes has been married just seven months!

Mangos pointed out Goodes was an uncertain prospect and inconsistent player during his first years in Swans reserves and first grade. Goodes recalled an end of year ballot, where teammates voted for the most valued player. Goodes didn’t receive a single vote and didn’t know why.

It can be a turning point to receive such reflection from your peers. Incredibly Goodes turned that brutal thumbs down around in just twelve months.

He shared how he went from being a player without a vote, the man with an uncertain future; to be awarded the Brownlow Medal, the games’ most prestigious award, in just twelve months.

With the initial end-of-year disappointment he discovered how much he wanted to be regarded as a leader. He needed to find out how.

I also hear the confusion and disappointment of people who don’t understand why they are not already viewed as leaders. Why aren’t they invited to speak? Why are they being passed over by competitors?

It’s especially hard to swallow if you were once known as a pioneer but now someone else is taking the industry limelight. Nobody seems to remember – let alone respect – you were the first.

These same people are often uncomfortable building a stage for themselves (no grandstanding right?) and don’t want to use social or digital media (they’re a waste of time, right?). Somehow the market is meant to just know of your leadership and brilliance. But it doesn’t.

When Mangos asked Adam Goodes how he achieved his turn around, Goodes answered with certainty, “I had to find my voice and learn how to have an opinion.”

As my work is based on helping people find their voice and guiding them to opinions, I was fascinated to hear this. At question time, I asked him to elaborate on that aspect of his leadership journey. “The Bloods values were clear”, he said, pointing to the gallery wall behind him, as if the Sydney Swans’ Bloods values were painted right there. The successful Bloods team culture emerged at this same time in Goodes’ career.

He said it was about the sense of belonging to this club, knowing those values, and acting and speaking to them. He said he had to be courageous. “Mine might not have been the best or only opinion, but I learned to speak up”.

This week one of my business clients Richard Boele spoke at an event in the House of Lords, Westminster. The subject was business and human rights, a cause he has advocated for over twenty years. Gradually, he has been affecting global change on human rights and the social impact of business whilst running his own sustainability and auditing business, now known as KPMG Banarra. A month ago at the Dangerous & Brilliant Writers’ Retreat, I interviewed him about the personal journey of using his voice and expressing strong opinions. He said, “I just had to keep giving myself permission.”

Adam Goodes was just twenty-two when he discovered this. Since, he’s twice received the most honourable award of his sport, is referred to as the greatest Swan ever, been an Australian of the Year and is a respected spokesperson and ambassador on anti-racism, reducing violence against women and Indigenous education.

Leadership goes hand in hand with voice and opinion. I’m a bit of a fair weather football fan, but an ever-proud mentor and supporter of business owners wanting to take on leadership roles and cultivate a courageous voice. On my recent retreat, I stood with a business owner as she discovered her Dangerous Voice, “That’s my big voice”, she said. It was a moving moment for both of us. Her voice is already transforming her industry and beyond.

What a blessing for this country that Adam Goodes found his voice and the courage to have an opinion.

Is the world in need of yours?

Ready to discover your Dangerous Voice and opinions?

To attend the upcoming Dangerous Blogging Workshops (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane) or three day residential program Dangerous & Brilliant Writers’ Retreat (May 24-27)

http://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/katie-mcmurray-owner-katiemac-publicity-2818776274

(Photo of John Mangos and Adam Goodes by Francesca Lever. Thank you Shadforth Financial Group for the invitation and hospitality.)

Rip Her to Shreds: Women’s Voices in 2017

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There is a problem with women living and speaking from outside the box.

Growing up in Brisbane in the 1970′s, very few roles were modeled for girls. Our river-bound suburb filled with brand new blonde brick homes, and the homes filled with babies. Apart from school teachers, check-out ladies and the woman next door who ran a ballet school, women didn’t work.

 

But every afternoon, TV brought me a different woman. She was smart, funny and even quite crazy. She wasn’t Penny from Lost in Space, Melissa from Little House on the Prairie or Jan from The Brady Bunch. She was Australian, like me. This woman sat in a suspended cane chair, playfully talking to and pulling the nose of a rubbery Pink Panther toy she called Banana Nose. Her name was Jacki MacDonald and she was my idol.

On the one hand she was just introducing the cartoons; she was one of few women who introduced me to a possible life beyond that river.

Thirteen years on, I was offered a job producing and presenting my own daily TV show. I had just finished university and it was an extraordinary achievement. I was equally thrilled and terrified.

But not everyone was as happy. Some university friends rounded on me. The pretexts were my sell-out (to evil mainstream media) and transgressions from feminism (I’d be wearing make-up for TV). Even people I didn’t know had opinions about me. At the time it felt and was very personal. In retrospect I hear a shatter as I shot past anyone’s expectations of what would happen to us next.

Fast forward thirty years and this elephant is still in the women’s room. It was recently spoken to me by a female client. I was stunned when she told me a woman had made this remark to her. I asked her permission to share with the other women to establish how common it is. There have been knowing nods. It sounds like this, “Who the fuck do you think you are?”

This is spoken by women – and men – to push back a woman. It’s spoken when she challenges an expectation of how she should behave.

Here are other ways it is spoken:

You’re too /She’s too opinionated
You need to/She needs to calm the fuck down
You’re/She’s a bitch
You’re/She’s ambitious
Don’t take yourself/ She takes herself too seriously
You’re/She’s overreacting
It’s all about you/her
You/She talks too much
You’re too clever for your own good
There are scores more…

How do you think a ten year old girl might respond to that comment, “You’re too clever for your own good”?

I can tell you. That girl was me. First it shuts you up. It also confuses the hell out of you and makes you wonder if in future you should behave in a way that won’t attract those kinds of comments.

On International Women’s Day I’ve enjoyed a surf morning with Brenda Miley, the founder of Lets Go Surfing, one of Australia’s first surf schools. Brenda established the school twenty-one years ago to encourage more people, especially women, to surf. I am one of them.

I celebrate the waves of change, yes. But let’s watch for the undercurrents. We live in a culture which persistently shames, denigrates and silences women, and those women who are claiming their own ways of life and unique voices are special targets.

I am no angel. I grew up with the conditioning and am part of this society. I’ve caught myself thinking these very same thoughts.

I don’t make people famous by having them on my TV show anymore. Nor do I make them famous putting them in media, as I did for decades. These days I guide men and women to their own voice and public visibility via writing as Dangerous Bloggers. It’s done in a partnered program, which means I am present and available as they take these bold steps out of invisibility.

I see now why guiding and partnering are important aspects of this journey. Women, especially, look for social permission and need to feel safe. We’ve been told to shut up many times. We hear the negative comments about other women so often we almost don’t hear them at all.

Next time we think or hear someone say words that sound like “Who the Fuck Does She Think She Is?” let’s call it out. Because when we let that comment pass, we allow anti-woman culture to stand unchallenged.

The theme for International Women’s Day is Be Bold for Change. I love boldness and I love bold women. I also want to be bold enough to challenge and change anything in myself and others which impedes authentic, creative, original and much-needed voice of woman.

I ask myself what is the opposite of “Who the fuck does she think she is?” I’ve come up with “Becoming Her”. I’d love your suggestions too.

#IWD 2017 #beboldforchange #wtfdstsi #becomingher #dangerousvoice #dangerous #women #rawtoroar #katiemacpublicity

To see upcoming Dangerous Blogging Workshops and Dangerous & Brilliant Writers’ Retreat (May 24-27) http://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/katie-mcmurray-owner-katiemac-publicity-2818776274

Announcing my inaugural Dangerous & Brilliant Writers’ Retreat

This is your Invitation to KatieMac Publicity’s inaugural Dangerous & Brilliant Writers’ Retreat – a Unique Blogging Event for Business Owners.

Are you ready to leave behind invisibility and find your Authentic Voice? Would you love to learn how to write Dangerous Blogs? This retreat offers you time, focus and support.

Do you want to write more powerfully and beautifully?

Do you get frustrated about your creativity or inspiration? Just not sure what to write about next?

Do you seriously need more time to think and write?

Could your positioning and voice be stronger and more influential?

Are you looking for ways to be a better writer?

 

The Dangerous & Brilliant Writers’ Retreat offers you:

 

Three full days of thinking and writing immersion!

Time to focus on writing more powerfully.

Discover your strongest possible positioning.

Learn about and find your own Visionary Voice.

Learn to access your continuous inspiration and creativity.

Practice turning your personal stories into wisdom.

Draw on inspiration from great writers and leaders for your own writing.

Three full days and six dedicated blog writing sessions; with Katie’s direction, guidance and feedback.

Ready to enjoy three days of Dangerous & Brilliant Writing?

When

Wednesday February 22 (6pm welcome) to Saturday February 25 (6pm retreat closes)

The Retreat Program runs for three full days

Where

Parklands Country Gardens and Lodges, Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath

5 Star luxury and comfort

Adjacent to World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains

Village in walking distance for lovers of books, coffee & cake

Retreat Director

Katie McMurray: Katie McMurray is owner of KatieMac Publicity (founded in 1998), creator of Dangerous Blogging and trusted writing mentor and guide to future-influencers who want their voices to be heard. Katie supports clients to become great writers and genuine thought leaders.

As Retreat Director, Katie will be your facilitator, guide, writing editor and critic.

“I have not met anyone else who understands the foundation to personal thought leadership branding, and how to put that together in a unique and powerful way.” Anthony Howard Author, Humanise: Why human-centred leadership is the key to the 21st century, Wiley. Katie mentored Anthony’s writing and Leadership Voice from 2012-2014. As a direct result of their work together, he wrote and published the white paper, ‘It’s Time for Moral Leadership‘, then wrote his first book, ‘Humanise‘ (published by Wiley).

Join business peers from Katie’s Partnered Professional Publicity Program, Dangerous Blogging for Business Owners Workshop, and beyond, to write with danger & brilliance.

I hope you can spend these three days with me. It’s going to be an amazing event to discover your voice and create new writing. Please contact me directly to arrange a conversation and establish if this event can help you explore and articulate your vision and wisdom.

Yours in danger & brilliance,

Katie

Katie McMurray

0422 590 321

katie@katiemac.com.au

www.katiemac.com.au

Upcoming Dangerous Blogging Workshop Nov 7, Sydney

The Dangerous Blogger Workshop for Business Owners

Are you afraid of staying invisible forever?

You’ve poured your blood, sweat and tears into your business, but your competitors are better known than you are.

You can build the reputation you deserve. How? By discovering your “Dangerous Voice”.

What is your ‘Dangerous Voice’?

Leaders in any industry stand out. They don’t sound like anyone else. Challenge what’s possible. You can do the same – when you use your Dangerous Voice.

What is your Dangerous Voice? It’s when you use your own wisdom, knowledge and experience to create your business profile.

When you’re in touch with your Dangerous Voice, you’re connected to your authentic voice. Your Dangerous Voice helps you develop a platform that you can use in social and mainstream media.

Above all, your Dangerous Voice allows you to present yourself uniquely and powerfully to the rest of the world.

How does the workshop make sure I develop my Dangerous Voice?

At The Dangerous Blogger Workshop for Business Owners, I make four promises to guarantee you develop your Dangerous Voice:

1. If you’ve never blogged before, you will write your first blog.

2. If you have blogged before, you will write your most Dangerous Blog ever.

3. You will leave with at least five ideas for more Dangerous Blogs.

4. You will have step-by-step instructions for using LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook to build your platform.

As well, at the four-hour workshop, you’ll learn:

The answer to the question: what quest am I on?
How to find your inner Hero and see how your Hero is the key to your Dangerous Voice.
How to Open Your Mind and come up with more ideas for Dangerous Blogs.
Uncover your Limelight moments and fully leverage them to expand your profile.
Master LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook – while guarding your reputation! – so that you have a platform for sharing your authentic Dangerous Voice with the world.
Stop being invisible! Book your place at The Dangerous Blogger Workshop for Small Business Owners today.

But I’m afraid?

Three fears stop the people who need it most from coming to the Dangerous Blogger Workshop.

Fear #1: ‘I’m not ready.’

It’s never too early in your business to start developing your Dangerous Voice.

‘We’re never really ready, ever, but you have to start. I did, that’s why you’re reading this. It’s proof of Katie’s ability to communicate ideas and get you to take action that just might change your life.’ – Timothy J. Eaton, CEO, MOJO Real Estate.

‘Katie Mac opened my mind and my heart today to the possibility that my authority voice is worth valuing and sharing.’ – Jenni Mears, Heart Radiant Women.

Fear #2: ‘I don’t have time.’

Anything worth doing costs time and money, doing nothing, however, costs more time and more money.

‘Katie gets to the essence of your “why”. She challenges you to feel the fear and do it anyway. I am grateful for some timely guidance that has allowed me to define my future mission and Dangerous Voice.” – Kim McGuinness, Solo CEO.

Well worth the time and effort. Discover the real voice of your business and how to get it out there.’ – Damien Cerin.

Fear #3: ‘I don’t trust social media.’

The Dangerous Blogger Workshop shows you how you can have an authentic values-driven approach to social media that builds your platform and enhances your reputation.

‘I was quaking with fear when I pressed send on my first Dangerous Voice LinkedIn post.’ – Dr Joanna Hickey, Owner, Wellness Medicine

End your invisibility for good. If you feel the fear, book your place at The Dangerous Blogger Workshop for Small Business Owners today. Get ready to unleash your Dangerous Voice on the world and raise your public profile.

WHO IS KATIE MAC?

My name is Katie McMurray, but everyone calls me Katie Mac. My first career was in TV journalism. My second was as a publicist, owner of Katie Mac Publicity. As a publicist, I became known as Australia’s best business publicist. In 2014, I discovered my Dangerous Voice and now I mentor clients on how to build their profile through The Dangerous Blogger Workshop and the Partnered Professional Publicity Program.

HOW TO BOOK: For more details on the workshop http://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/katie-mcmurray-owner-katiemac-publicity-2818776274
CONTACT KATIE TO CHECK IF THIS WORKSHOP IS FOR YOU: 0422 590 321

Are you afraid of staying invisible forever?

The Dangerous Blogger Workshop for Business Owners

Are you afraid of staying invisible forever?

You’ve poured your blood, sweat and tears into your business, but your competitors are better known than you are.

You can build the reputation you deserve. How? By discovering your “Dangerous Voice”.

What is your ‘Dangerous Voice’?

Leaders in any industry stand out. Ruffle the status quo. Challenge what’s possible. You can do the same – when you use your Dangerous Voice.

What is your Dangerous Voice? It’s when you say the things that need to be said, even if they cross the line and disrupt the status quo.

When you’re in touch with your Dangerous Voice, you’re connected to your authentic voice. Your Dangerous Voice helps you develop a platform that you can use in social and mainstream media.

Above all, your Dangerous Voice allows you to present yourself uniquely and powerfully to the rest of the world.

How does the workshop make sure I develop my Dangerous Voice?

At The Dangerous Blogger Workshop for Business Owners, I make four promises to guarantee you develop your Dangerous Voice:

1.   If you’ve never blogged before, you will write your first blog.

2.   If you have blogged before, you will write your most Dangerous Blog ever.

3.   You will leave with at least five ideas for more Dangerous Blogs.

4.   You will have step-by-step instructions for using LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook to build your platform.

As well, at the four-hour workshop, you’ll learn:

  • The answer to the question: what quest am I on?
  • How to find your inner Hero and see how your Hero is the key to your Dangerous Voice.
  •  How to Open Your Mind and come up with more ideas for Dangerous Blogs.
  •  Uncover your Limelight moments and fully leverage them to expand your profile.
  •  Master LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook – while guarding your reputation! – so that you have a platform for sharing your authentic Dangerous Voice with the world.

Stop being invisible! Book your place at The Dangerous Blogger Workshop for Small Business Owners today.

But I’m afraid?

Three fears stop the people who need it most from coming to the Dangerous Blogger Workshop.

Fear #1: ‘I’m not ready.

It’s never too early in your business to start developing your Dangerous Voice.

‘We’re never really ready, ever, but you have to start. I did, that’s why you’re reading this. It’s proof of Katie’s ability to communicate ideas and get you to take action that just might change your life.’ – Timothy J. Eaton, CEO, MOJO Real Estate.

“=’Katie Mac opened my mind and my heart today to the possibility that my authority voice is worth valuing and sharing.’ – Jenni Mears, Heart Radiant Women.

Fear #2: ‘I don’t have time.’

Anything worth doing costs time and money, doing nothing, however, costs more time and more money.

‘Katie gets to the essence of your “why”. She challenges you to feel the fear and do it anyway. I am grateful for some timely guidance that has allowed me to define my future mission and Dangerous Voice.” – Kim McGuinness, Solo CEO.

‘Well worth the time and effort. Discover the real voice of your business and how to get it out there.’ – Damien Cerin.

Fear #3: ‘I don’t trust social media.’

The Dangerous Blogger Workshop shows you how you can have an authentic values-driven approach to social media that builds your platform and enhances your reputation.

‘I was quaking with fear when I pressed send on my first Dangerous Voice LinkedIn post.’ – Dr Joanna Hickey, Owner, Wellness Medicine

End your invisibility for good. If you feel the fear, book your place at The Dangerous Blogger Workshop for Small Business Owners today. Get ready to unleash your Dangerous Voice on the world and raise your public profile.  http://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/katie-mcmurray-owner-katiemac-publicity-2818776274

WHO IS KATIE MAC?

My name is Katie McMurray, but everyone calls me Katie Mac. My first career was in TV journalism. My second was as a publicist, owner of Katie Mac Publicity. As a publicist, I became known as Australia’s best business publicist. In 2014, I discovered my Dangerous Voice and now I mentor clients on how to build their profile through The Dangerous Blogger Workshop and the Partnered Professional Publicity Program.

Dangerous Blogger Workshops 2016

The upcoming 2016 Dangerous Blogger Workshops for Business Owners are:
Wednesday, 3 August SYDNEY 9am to 1pm
Monday, 15 August MELBOURNE 9am to 1pm
Friday, 19 August SYDNEY 9am to 1pm
Monday, 29 August MELBOURNE 9am to 1pm 

The event details are here: http://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/katie-mcmurray-owner-katiemac-publicity-2818776274

How to Blog Like an Astronaut

How to Blog Like an Astronaut

March, 2016

I often accompany clients through a terrifying moment. No, it’s not life or death, but I know it feels as serious in that moment. I know the symptoms, I get them too. I start rubbing my face and arms when I feel this fear. I perspire too much. Some clients report they are literally shaking. Read More→

A Lovers’ to Becoming a Writer

Feb 24, 2016

I’d never considered myself to be a writer.

In primary school my teacher sent a note home to my mother, telling her I had obviously copied a poem. It really was my own work. I felt confused.

I must have rated myself as bookish, because I took 3 Unit English. I was more determined to succeed when my teacher, PJ Hughes, told me I was not up to 3 Unit standard.

PJ Hughes knew what he was doing and it worked. I was soon writing essays for my University degree in English and Linguistics. I also wrote film scripts for fun and movie reviews for a weekly community radio show. But it didn’t occur to me that I was becoming a writer. Read More→

The story of the red dress

I was invited to a themed 40th birthday party. The theme was Hollywood
Glamour.

That day, I visited the local op shop and found a fabulous
dress. It was red velvet with a fur trim across the front. It was floor length,
with shoe string straps.  I bought a cheap blonde wig at the $2 shop and was all
set. As I put the dress on at home, I realised it had a slit at the back that
went very high.

I looked over my shoulder at the mirror. Did I dare? I
did. Read More→