Hi there …
Life often has a way of giving us a gentle or in my case, a painful nudge toward taking action and realising our true purpose. In 2013, I slipped a disc in my back. Four epidurals later eventually lead to me having a successful microdiscectomy in early 2016.
Forced to step away from my successful career in the corporate world, several months of recovery presented me with time to reflect. The defining realisation was that it was time to follow my intuition and true calling.
A bit about my past….
I was raised as the eldest of 4 by a long line of ‘newspaper men’. My father Des, his father (Des senior) and indeed my Great Grandfather all worked for the National Press in Dublin. My mother, Barbara was a Clerical Assistant with the Department of Education and my stepmother June enjoyed a career in administration with the National Union of Journalists.
When I was 3 years old, my mother was diagnosed with manic depression alongside her existing epilepsy. It was a different time and I grew up with the stigma of mental illness and hid in the side-lines, finding solace in the online world.
I was gifted my first typewriter at the age of 10 and it soon became one of my most prized possessions. I spent endless hours typing letters to as many as thirty pen pals dotted around the globe. An early sign of my penchant for LinkedIn, all things social media and my instinctive knack for connecting and nurturing contacts.
I went on to study Honours English and French at university. On graduating I decided that I didn’t want to become a teacher or a journalist (the irony that I now teach and write is not lost on me!).
I’ve always been a lover of travel and decided to spread my wings and worked in Belgium, Holland and Australia before heading to London.
No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t break into the world of publishing so I decided to reinvent myself. I became an Executive Assistant and was adept at juggling and throwing to do lists in the air on a daily basis. I enjoyed a background role for 15 years and helped support others to shine in the spotlight.
On the face of it I was thriving financially but one thing held me back – my fear of social media and how to best use it. I started studying a social media diploma with Pitman Training and the rest as they say is history. I became known among my peers and this resulted in me winning several regional, national and international awards and raising my profile.
My Super Connector is committed to helping service based entrepreneurs and professionals to achieve visibility, to have a voice and to create and add value in their lives. For the world to change we need to change the world.
Beyond my personal network of empowered men and women I count my husband and the love of my life Michael as my greatest champion. True to form, we met online and are happily married and based in beautiful Shaldon in South Devon.
What lies ahead?
My mission for My Super Connector is focused around the fact that you don’t have to be the loudest person to get noticed, you’ve just got to be the most effective.
If you need help getting your voice in the room please get in touch!
Let me help you connect, collaborate and thrive.