THOUGHTS ON WRITING
JOY & BADASSERY

What do business readers want?

OK, so you’re not a mind-reader. But to write well in a business context, you do have to have some insight into what your readers want. Here's the good news The good news is, you DO have a very good general idea of what business readers want, so that’s a strong...

Are you prepared?

I’ve had the privilege in the last 12 months of watching my 2 youngest daughters very rapidly transition into high-functioning, self-sufficient young adults. It happened so fast. I didn’t realise it was coming like that.One minute I had a 15- and 16-year-old at high...

I’m currently afraid of spiders

I can admit it. I'm currently afraid of spiders. The freaking things freak me out. Creepy crawlies. Spiderwebs. All those leeeeegs. Uggh. But here’s the thing. At this stage in my life, I understand that being afraid of spiders is a CHOICE. I’m allowing myself to...

Emails: Saying sorry

Let me start by saying, either you have strong feelings about this, or you don’t. Between my face-to-face trainings and my online courses, I teach thousands of people each year to write better, more effective emails. And the discussions around apologies and saying...

Mānuka as a metaphor for life

I was sitting on my deck listening to cicadas and watching the mānuka swaying in the breeze. Some of these trees have been here since before I was born. Others I’ve watched spring from the earth and climb high, high, high until they’re taller than me. Many of them are...

Evidence of growth

Is that little mess just evidence of your growth? So I redid my office recently and made it all beautiful and I’m a bit in love with it cos I’m so good with making spaces functional but not pretty but I won’t bore you with all the details (*aaaand breathe*). My pretty...

Writing saves lives

And that’s not clickbait. Writing saves lives. Actual lives. So when accountants bring me in and call my work a soft skill, that fucks me off. But anyway… that’s not what I’m here to talk about. I’m here to talk about my growing list of names of people whose lives my...

The stories we tell ourselves

I wonder how many relationships have broken down completely because of a combination of 2 things: An information gap we fill with a made-up storyNot asking a simple question to fill that gap with truth Managing relationships It's been an interesting (and glorious)...

In terms of mastering your mind

I’m all about how our thoughts are the only thing we can control in life. We have the ability to decide what meaning we’ll attribute to any given thing, which then dictates its impact on us – how we feel about and respond to it. For example As I write this I’m facing...

Assertive business emails

How to be assertive without being blunt (AKA how not to sound like a bitch in an email) Can I tell you how long I angsted over whether to write bitch or dick in that subtitle? One's offensive to women, the other to men. So then I considered fuckwit...(please laugh)....
Are you prepared?

Are you prepared?

I’ve had the privilege in the last 12 months of watching my 2 youngest daughters very rapidly transition into high-functioning, self-sufficient young adults. It happened so fast. I didn’t realise it was coming like that.One minute I had a 15- and 16-year-old at high...

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I’m currently afraid of spiders

I’m currently afraid of spiders

I can admit it. I'm currently afraid of spiders. The freaking things freak me out. Creepy crawlies. Spiderwebs. All those leeeeegs. Uggh. But here’s the thing. At this stage in my life, I understand that being afraid of spiders is a CHOICE. I’m allowing myself to...

read more
Emails: Saying sorry

Emails: Saying sorry

Let me start by saying, either you have strong feelings about this, or you don’t. Between my face-to-face trainings and my online courses, I teach thousands of people each year to write better, more effective emails. And the discussions around apologies and saying...

read more

podcasts

Podcast -Shelly Davies - Pukauae

Cutting through the bullshit on The Hits Drive (May, 2020)

Shelly joins the awesome crew @TheHitsDrive,  Stace, Mike and Anika for a quick chat about the benefits of speaking and writing in our simplest form.  Because when we cut through the bullshit (#corporatewankspeak) with #plainlanguage we build trust!  We put the ‘human’ back into our comms!

Podcast -Shelly Davies - Pukauae

Love, empathy and badassery with The On Purpose Podcast (May, 2020)

Shelly joins Ali and Jerrod in a lockdown bubble convo between Denver, COL and NZ as they discuss living life with purpose through her badassery lens. Shelly shares her journey of self-discovery, acceptance and love, and her mission to help others find their JOY!

Podcast -Shelly Davies - Pukauae

Pūkauae with Putaanga Waitoa (April, 2020)

A korero on being your authentic self while smashing misconceptions.  Learning to stand in YOUR truth, being a strong wahine in business and the tensions in serving the kaupapa.  Where do the “prerequisites” for moko kauae come from, and why do we use them as weapons?  We also dive into racism, acknowledging that it is alive when wāhine mau Moko and what it is to be challenged as a fair wahine.

You need to hear her roar with Time To Identify-Rachel Klaver (Nov 29, 2019)

Learn how to in how to communicate like a real person (instead of creating emails using corporate-speak!).  Superstar trainer,  ambassador in badassery, motivational powerhouse and straight shooter from way back – Shelly Davies is so worth listening to! Her story of her coming to understand her own power, and standing in her own truth is incredibly inspiring.

Shelly joins Kiwi Talkz to chat Writing, Joy & Badassery

Reece Reilly spoke with Writing and Communications Trainer Shelly Davies about how to improve your writing and training as well as other topics such as Maori, Profanity, Racism and more. This long-form video podcast will take you on a real journey!

Rich or Good? Burning the Bullshit with Caroline Herfurth (March 11, 2019)

The bullsh*t belief — “You can be either rich or a good person, but not both”  negatively impacted how much Shelly Davies charged for her services. And led to shortchanging herself to the tune of thousands of dollars each day.

Add that up over time and… well… you can do the math.

Good Shit I've learned with The Artful Chiropractor (October 17, 2018)

Shelly Davies is living a dream she didn’t know she had – helping people live more fully, more authentically, and more in their truth.  She does this with a lot of laughs, her new traditional Māori chin tattoo, and a fair amount of curse words sprinkled liberally through everything she does, even her website.  Shelly’s story is one of loving self through dead husbands, depression, obesity, single parenting, running an #accidentallyawesome business, and even, much to her equal dismay and delight, grandparenting. 

Stories of Courage and Self Care with Christina Marlett (July 4, 2018)

Tune into this episode of the Courageous Self-Care Podcast to hear Shelly Davies’ powerful story of parenting, overcoming shame and authenticity. 

Learning from Children with Bettina Tornatora (May 23, 2018)

An honest account of the pain and self doubt that parenting can bring. Listen to Shelly talk about the perfect recipe for disaster that she experienced as a mother. Profound and vulnerable sharing in this podcast.

Passive Aggressive Punctuation with The Content Wrangler (July 20, 2017)

You know all those “rules” you were taught in school about “good writing?” They were lies. Our focus today needs to go beyond grammar and punctuation, and towards clarity and understanding. What works for real people? And what really ARE the rules?

Want me on your podcast?

(I’ve got SO MUCH to say!) 

Boy do I have stories to tell. Yes, I’ve run a fucking amazing business for 7 years now, and YES I want other people to feel THIS POWERFUL in their own universe. I can talk business. Money. Marketing. Brand. Authenticity. Vulnerability. Courage. Someone might have suggested I’m New Zealand’s Brene Brown *blush*. I can talk parenting, divorce, dead husbands, depression, obesity and weight loss surgery, family court, addictions, SERIOUS mental health.

I mean fuck. I’ve lived. What can I say? You don’t become a joyful badass rockstar through a boring, not-much-happened kinda life. So let’s talk. 

 

What people say

  • review rating 5  I found Shelley to be a highly entertaining presenter. Teaching plain English is her passion and her mission. She excels at it.

    thumb Caroline Doust
    5/12/2019
  • review rating 5  Shelly came to tell what would work in the world of communication. We were a bit "ho hum" about the whole thing. However, we were not expecting to be 'wowed'. Shelly is: - Inspiring - Relevant - Current - Engaging - Common sense - Professional - Very, very, easy to understand. - And, funny. But most of all, she understood us. We're all waiting for the next installment!

    thumb Maxine Moana Tuwhangai
    7/01/2019
  • review rating 5  Sheilly is a true inspiration, learnt so much from the time I spent with on the Professional Writing course, changed the way I communicate, just fantastic!!!

    thumb lucia keaveney
    6/24/2019
  • review rating 5  An amazing course, filled with exuberance and insights. Apparently you can teach an old dog new tricks!!!l Back to work inspired and enthused - cheers Shelly, you're bloody awesome! (came back and contracted this last sentence....haha)

    thumb Deb Gilchrist-Geyser
    6/23/2019
  • review rating 5  Shelly has lot to offer!! Whether you are a novice starting your career, or a pro looking to refine you writing style, Shelly can help you! Learn to be more direct, communicate more clearly, and get what you want out of your written interactions. Shelly's tips cover the full spectrum from simple emails to comprehensive policy documents.

    thumb Jos Fryer
    12/02/2018
  • review rating 5  Awesome training and advice Shelly, it's totally changed my approach to report writing and I'm getting great feedback from clients!

    thumb Mat Collins
    7/11/2019