THOUGHTS ON WRITING
JOY & BADASSERY

The keynote you’ll never forget

I've always had this thing against putting "keynote" or "speaker" on your LinkedIn headline.  I mean, anyone can say that right? And everyone does. (OK, eventually I caved and put it there anyway, cos #expertadvice.) But what differentiates the amazing speakers from...

The power of baby steps

Baby steps to an unknown destination This is a story about the freaking incredible things we can accomplish with baby steps. With just doing one thing and then wondering what the next thing is that we could do. No great plans, no Big Hairy Audacious Goals, just do one...

Planning my son’s funeral

Trigger: this post talks about suicide First of all, please know my son is most definitely alive as I write this. Second, please know I’m really scared to write it. I’m really scared that people will be offended, or disagree, or tell me that I’m wrong. A bad mother,...

Connection is the panacea

I’m sitting in a wharenui as I write this. Kawa Marae, Aotea - Great Barrier Island I’ve just been privileged to hear the whakapapa (genealogy) of my Carver Boy’s people. I’ve been thinking about identity. About knowing who you are. About the strength of that. About...

Email or phone?

The very practical part of me is cringing as I write this. Do we really need to have a discussion about whether it's better to email or phone? Is this really a question we need to ask? IT JUST SEEMS SO FREAKING OBVIOUS! But. It is a question I get asked often in...

I’m good at…

How to claim your superpowers We are SO BAD at claiming our strengths and talents. In Aotearoa New Zealand we have this on a range of levels: Tall poppy syndrome (pull down who's reaching higher than the restKaua te kūmara e kōrero ki tana reka (the kumera doesn't...

A crisis of confidence

Crises of confidence are normal. Everybody feels that way sometimes. It’s ok. It’ll pass. Your fears and self-doubt are not truth. They’re just thoughts.

Emails – The Conversation Follow Up

I think most of us are smart people. We know that lots of things are best done in person or over the phone rather than through an email conversation. Things like getting something sorted when there’s confusion or tension or differing opinions or an issue to resolve,...

Are you a rock pool?

2020 is the year of the rock pool One summer I was walking around some rocks on Aotea Great Barrier Island, and I thought about rock pools. Today feels like a pretty appropriate time to share that story.Because I stopped at every single one, inspecting, looking to see...

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...
The power of baby steps

The power of baby steps

Baby steps to an unknown destination This is a story about the freaking incredible things we can accomplish with baby steps. With just doing one thing and then wondering what the next thing is that we could do. No great plans, no Big Hairy Audacious Goals, just do one...

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Planning my son’s funeral

Planning my son’s funeral

Trigger: this post talks about suicide First of all, please know my son is most definitely alive as I write this. Second, please know I’m really scared to write it. I’m really scared that people will be offended, or disagree, or tell me that I’m wrong. A bad mother,...

read more
Connection is the panacea

Connection is the panacea

I’m sitting in a wharenui as I write this. Kawa Marae, Aotea - Great Barrier Island I’ve just been privileged to hear the whakapapa (genealogy) of my Carver Boy’s people. I’ve been thinking about identity. About knowing who you are. About the strength of that. About...

read more

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

  • 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  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  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  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  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