Georgia Varjas is the bestselling author of “The Rule Breakers Guide To Step Up & Stand Out” and “Rule It! How To Step Up & Stand Out”.
In our recent interview, she divulges how she developed her 3 C’s – Confidence, Courage and Creativity during her career in showbiz and how you can use them in your life.
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Georgia: I think my experiences in showbiz, but particularly in the music business gave me these three very powerful words, which I write about and speak about and are in my books:
I call them the three big C’s.
Being in the music business, you had to be confident. You’re going to go up on stage and you’re going to play from your heart sometimes from memory, but mostly improvised.
So you had to have confidence. You had to have courage and you had to be creative with it.
And so there were very big lessons in life, not just doing my art, my music, but also communicating with people in show business in the music business. Cause it was tough as a woman. It was very much part of my life to develop these wonderful three big C’s as my skills.
Lauren Kinghorn: Would you like to give us three tips that you would give a young fempreneur, woman entrepreneur, who is just starting out, how to step up and really shine.
Georgia Varjas: I think one of the most important things is to recognize that we have two fabulous communication tools available our voice and our pen.
I encourage young women to develop that confidence, the courage and the creativity to use their voice and their pen to:
- spread their message
- their point of view
- their expertise
- their experience
- their wisdom
- their knowledge
Use these powerful tools and learn to redefine confidence for yourself.
Because for women, it is quite different, especially courage. Courage is not about Spider-Man and firemen. It’s about how we as women define our own type of bravery. It’s not about saving lives. It’s a very special thing. And I think women need to really redefine that.
Creativity, yes, we are very creative but we can also think creatively and that is a powerful message for young women.
I think the second tip I would offer is about decision-making. We’re not really taught or encouraged to make big decisions in our life. We make little ones like what we should wear and what we should drink and which road and bus to take.
But the big decisions in life, we often hesitate and turn to other people for expert advice. When we know if we tuned into ourselves and learned to make good decisions for ourselves, had more self-confidence, courage, and creativity, we would make better decisions and stronger decisions and recognize that we have the ability to do that.
And the third thing is very much about self-belief and self-love and bigging yourself up.
Some cultures frown upon boasting and showing off when you’re talking about yourself, but self-love and self-belief are crucial.
Nature does it all the time, she shows her most beautiful colours. Why shouldn’t we?
And when you’re selling something, you’re going to sell it in its most beautiful and perfect condition. So why shouldn’t we be showing and sharing our talents and skills in the most positive way?
So confidence, courage, creativity.
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Lauren: What do you do for a living?
Georgia: I am a Book Writing Coach
Lauren: What is your zone of genius?
Georgia: Helping my clients see their genius and the bigger picture. My USP is I have experience in many genres.
Lauren: How did you come up with the idea?
Georgia: It was staring me in the face!
I have been writing plays, poems, short stories, scripts for speakers MC’s and myself and of course, I have published 4 books and contributed to 6 anthologies.
Lauren: What has been the number one highlight of your career?
Georgia: So many.
As a creative person, I have moved from writing and producing plays to spending many years as a professional saxophone player and as a Spoken Word artist.
I loved the music business, I loved my Spoken Word career and now watching writers turn into satisfied and fulfilled authors is just as exhilarating for me.
Lauren: What has been the greatest challenge for you to overcome in your career?
Georgia: The glass ceiling
Lauren: Do you have any daily rituals to maintain a work-life balance?
Georgia: I can’t sit for too long. I have to get up and move my energy.
Either I walk around the garden and snip a few plants, or do some stretches, lunges or downward dogs…dance a little and even do a household chore.
Lauren: Do you have a message you would like the world to hear?
Georgia: Several! Our voice and our pen are our 2 most powerful tools of communication. Grab your confidence, courage and creativity and use them.
Lauren: Is there a book that has had huge significance or meaning in your life?
Georgia: I re-read and dip into Danielle LaPorte White Hot Truth
Because she is discerning and not judgemental, she has humour and experience and shares generously. She talks about the paradoxes of wisdom and I wrote about them a lot myself in my books. Use And instead of But.
She says…Don’t just get what you want, BE what you want.
I like that!
Lauren: What advice would you give someone just starting out as an entrepreneur?
Georgia: Keep learning and listening and turn all your mistakes into future fun stories.
Lauren: Is there anything you wish you knew when you started out as an entrepreneur?
Georgia: Not to be scared of tech stuff!!!
Lauren: What have you gained by becoming an entrepreneur?
Georgia: I realise that the more I learn, the more I have to learn and that gives me the energy to grow.
And, I believe it is super important for women to be financially independent.
Lauren: Who has been enormously helpful to you?
Georgia: My VA!
Honestly, all the amazing things she does behind the scenes for me!
I have always loved working in a team, so first credit goes to all team members paid and unpaid.
And people often come into your life just at the time you need more guidance or knowledge.
Lauren: Do you have mentors in business?
Georgia: With all the member groups and networking events online, I have been involved in I have come across some wonderful brainstorming sessions…these people, mostly women are my real mentors.
Lauren: Are there any courses or studies you feel have been essential to your success?
Georgia: Having first hand and recent experience as a writer and author has given me essential professional knowledge and wisdom for teaching and training new authors.
Also, the Women’s Writers Circle, which is a group program I run for women writing their first book.
It is absolutely inspirational to me, not just how they support each other but how they offer their best wisdom to each other too!
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Lauren: If there was any way I could help you, what it would it be?
Georgia: I think you already are Lauren.
When we give generously and share our platforms with each other, you never know who is going to benefit from hearing or reading what you offer.
Lauren: Who is your target market? If I were to give you a referral, who would I be looking for?
Georgia: Women (or men) with a message to share, with expertise, experience and wisdom that could really make a difference to someone else’s life.
And of course a few good stories.
How to Step Up and Stand Out – Working with Georgia Varjas
Georgia has two Coaching packages available for those who are ready to write their books.
- The Premium Package, a 12-week one-on-one book writing program
- The Women’s Writers Circle- an 8-week group program.
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If you’re ready to write your book, schedule a free book planning call with Georgia.
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