THOUGHTS ON WRITING
JOY & BADASSERY

Focus – Is your laser pointing the right way?

When it's high summer and I'm sitting on my deck on Aotea (Great Barrier Island), the cicadas are deafening. Great Barrier Island - NZ What’s interesting to me, though, is how that sound, which is actually REALLY LOUD, is a sound I equate to quiet, peaceful, calm –...

How to power

A while ago I was at a client's premises and found myself locked in. I’d finished my training a little later than their usual work day’s end, and then took my time packing up my things.  By the time I went to leave, the building was deserted. I had a visitor’s...

In the light of a new day

I've learned, over the years, that my best tool when I'm feeling emotional distress is SLEEP. I simply don’t know if it’s the same for everyone. But for me, when I’m not coping and nothing else is working, I know that sleep will make things look different. Maybe I...

How to sound professional and human in your business writing

I’m a firm believer that people don’t need to know the technicalities of grammar to be good at writing.  If you can talk, you can write. But. If we want to sound both professional and human in our business communications, then one of the things I think we...

Angry, much?

Anger, fear, anxiety. Emotions have a job to do. Anger can be part of a process of progress and awareness. What’s causing yours?

A rant about spam

I’m really intrigued by spam. It’s a spectrum of boredom to intrigue to eye-rolling to sheer offense, wanting to track people down and do… I dunno. Something. Today I got a spam email offering me funeral insurance PLUS A BONUS GIFT. A bonus gift? To go with my...

Thinking towards and thinking away from

What’s the last change you tried to make in your life that didn’t stick? Or that was torturous? (And damn, how quickly did you populate a list in answer to that question??) If I said to you, don’t think about a purple elephant, well, you know what happens. Where's...

Want to increase your ‘happy’? Be grateful

Did you know that research has proven that being consciously grateful for a few things each day, literally increases our happiness.

How to make a living as a writer

Think bigger You use words. You use words to evoke emotion, tell stories, record concepts, sell ideas or services or products, engage a following. Whichever of those you do, think bigger. People are always asking me if I specialise in a particular type of writing....

How to be happier

Love the rain It was high summer and on that day it was raining. I’d been revelling every day in the heat. The sunshine. The creek, the beach. Great Barrier Island I love warm nights sleeping with just a sheet and cool mornings on the deck when you know there’s only a...
How to power

How to power

A while ago I was at a client's premises and found myself locked in. I’d finished my training a little later than their usual work day’s end, and then took my time packing up my things.  By the time I went to leave, the building was deserted. I had a visitor’s...

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In the light of a new day

In the light of a new day

I've learned, over the years, that my best tool when I'm feeling emotional distress is SLEEP. I simply don’t know if it’s the same for everyone. But for me, when I’m not coping and nothing else is working, I know that sleep will make things look different. Maybe I...

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podcasts

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 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
  • 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  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  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