THOUGHTS ON WRITING
JOY & BADASSERY

There are 2 car seats in my back seat

There are 2 car seats in my back seat. My youngest child is 16 now, and here I find myself with 2 toddler car seats on the backseat of my car. My beautiful, late model Mazda CX-5 that I bought for myself BRAND NEW because I could. And because I deserved it. My...

Writing for outcomes – Part 3

How to strip back your business writing OK, so you’ve taken care of your up-front framing, and you’ve started to drill down to the clarity you need to write an amazing, fit-for-purpose document that’s gonna help you take over the universe. Now...

Access For All: Plain Language is a Civil Right

An unmissable global virtual conference If you, like me, believe plain language and accessible information is a civil right, and you have the internet, then this virtual event is for you no matter where you are on the globe. This is the first time...

Evidence that I’m a good parent

Don't let the evidence you're a good parent, slip past unnoticed. My children know that if I could go back I would not have chosen to be a parent. This is not the same thing as saying I don’t want them. They are (especially currently – keep reading) an absolute joy,...

Writing for outcomes – part 2

Fit-for-purpose document structure achieves results In my trainings, document structure is one of the most common things participants say they want help with.  Fit-for-purpose document structure achieves results! They hope I'm going to give them a standard report...

Aaaaaand next!

"Must get caught up...must get caught up!" I've just had 3 days of filming, and that’s something I’ve never experienced before. I adored it. It was intense. I feel shattered and exhilarated. And as the camera crew drove away, my brain said, Aaaaaand next! It started...

Writing for outcomes – part 1

Document structure and reader behaviour What does understanding reader behaviour have to do with fit-for-purpose document structure? Let me explain. Template torture People are always asking me for templates. Have you got a report template, Shelly? A business case...

What are you doing for fun?

Finding fun There’s this thing I like to do when I’m at home on Aotea (Great Barrier Island). My house is right by a waterhole, and I like to spend time there doing what I call “landscaping.”  You know how kids like to build damns and make sandcastles and dig...

Emails: How to deliver hard messages

People ask me a lot about how to deliver hard messages by email. My answer?  Keep it short, keep it simple, and above all, be MATTER-OF-FACT. The art of being matter-of-fact - (avoid the dramas, people!) What do I mean, hard messages?  I mean the emails you don't want...

All things change

So when did jeans become appropriate business wear? I was training at Air New Zealand a few years ago and I walked down a corridor behind two senior pilots. They were wearing dress shoes, business shirts, and jeans. And it dawned on me, all things change. At some...
Writing for outcomes – Part 3

Writing for outcomes – Part 3

How to strip back your business writing OK, so you’ve taken care of your up-front framing, and you’ve started to drill down to the clarity you need to write an amazing, fit-for-purpose document that’s gonna help you take over the universe. Now...

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Evidence that I’m a good parent

Evidence that I’m a good parent

Don't let the evidence you're a good parent, slip past unnoticed. My children know that if I could go back I would not have chosen to be a parent. This is not the same thing as saying I don’t want them. They are (especially currently – keep reading) an absolute joy,...

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podcasts

In the past, money meant stress and fear.  Now it means freedom and choices - Shelly Davies

Get cosy and comfortable with your money (July, 2020)

Shelly joins Money Mentalist Lynda Moore in her new fireside chat series, to get real about our relationship with money.  As women in business, we can have challenges around valuing ourselves and charging our worth.  If you’re looking for some clarity around the choices you make with your dollar bills, listen in!

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Profit First by Mike Michalowicz (July, 2020)

Shelly joins Identify Marketing expert Rachel Klaver to discuss this book and Mike’s money management system for small business owners.  Together they share what it is, how it works, and why it’s a great choice for you!  As they share the amazing wins they’ve had implementing his processes, you’ll learn that making a profit and paying bills and taxes on time is actually possible!

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How bad emails stop you from getting things done (June, 2020)

Shelly joins Visible Thread CEO Evelyn Wolf in her Modern Workplace Woes series, to talk email communication.  Learn how empathy and plain language can remove your email pain.  Learn the value of focusing on the needs of your reader and walk away knowing how to write better emails that will get things done!

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How to kick-ass with a powerful, personal brand (June, 2020)

Shelly joins the stellar team at Blue Sky Recruitment to get real about what a truly authentic brand can do!  Are you doing YOU?  Bravely?  Unapologetically?  Are you courageous enough to be fully transparent with the world?

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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!

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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!

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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

  • 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!!!

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    lucia keaveney
    6/24/2019
  • 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.

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

    Mat Collins Avatar
    Mat Collins
    7/11/2019
  • 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)

    Deb Gilchrist-Geyser Avatar
    Deb Gilchrist-Geyser
    6/23/2019
  • I found Shelley to be a highly entertaining presenter. Teaching plain English is her passion and her mission. She excels at it.

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    Caroline Doust
    5/12/2019
  • 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!

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    Maxine Moana Tuwhangai
    7/01/2019