Introduce yourself and profession to our readers: My name is Shelley Meche'tte. I am a Women's Life Speaker, an Author, Visionary Strategist and the founder of The PowHERful Woman, a women's empowerment organization designed to empower, inspire and educate women from all walks of life, encouraging them to discover and live their lives...on PURPOSE!
As a Life Speaker, I challenge women to take responsibility for the actions of the person looking back at them in the mirror; to better who they are as individuals and create a positive generational impact. And as a Visionary Strategist, I empower women to find LIFE...through discovering their purpose, outlining their vision, and providing the tools to bring those things into fruition! I also do some acting and hosting as well.
What inspired you to pursue this area of interest? I have always been that person that others come to for comfort, advice or just to talk. I have always had a heart for women. I just wasn't sure of how I could service them. I began to see the hurt in women that I had personally experienced myself; low-self esteem, abandonment issues, loving the wrong person, abuse and I connected with those women.
I had also gone through my own personal journey of discovery to find out who I was. I found that when you know who you were created to be...LIFE begins. You have a true purpose and now you can run after it with all of your heart, pursuing what you were MEANT to pursue. When I noticed that other women's hearts had been broken just like mine and that they were sometimes unable to find who they were, I shared my heart with them. I have been sharing it ever since. The tools that I used to free (and find) myself are now freeing other women as well.
What advice would you share with those interested in a similar pursuit? Know your audience and know your "why". I don't speak and consult because of the "money" or "status". I do it because I genuinely want women to love themselves from the inside...know who they are and stop settling because their esteem has been harmed. Your "why" will keep you when nothing else makes sense...or when you want to quit.
Also, surround yourself with like-minded individuals. They will keep you motivated and pour life into you when you feel you have nothing left. Get around others who already have what you are striving for. It will keep you working for the ultimate goal. And be clear about what you want; your goals. Be realistic and do not be afraid to change the plan. This is YOUR life...YOUR book. You're the author. Write it however you like!
Discuss a professional challenge and how you overcame it: One of my greatest challenges (even now) is that I have very limited marketing skills. I'm a visionary and I spend time creating, developing and planning...all for the women that I love. And then...things just sit in the "que" because I have no idea of how to market certain products, promos, ideas.
It's frustrating at times, therefore I spend a lot of time looking at webinars about marketing, and trying to learn at least one thing a month about marketing. I know that I need assistance in that area, so I am never opposed to hiring an expert, but I also believe that it's super important for me to take time to invest in myself by stepping outside of my comfort zone to educate myself.
What is next for your brand/business in 2018? My 2018 PowHERful Woman Conference will be in March of 2018. I am super excited about that. We are planning a small inner-city tour. We want to bring PowHER to ever city...and soon...every state. I will do more event hosting in 2018 and am set to release a web-series with my daughter in the Spring. I will also spend more time traveling in 2018, showing women LIFE by revealing purpose. I am on a mission to set 1000 women FREE from bondage and love them all the way through.
How can readers connect with you online and through social media: Readers can connect with me on FB and IG: @ShelleyMechette or @ThePowHERfulWoman
Website: www.ShelleyMechette.com or www.ThePowHERfulWoman.com
For bookings, email: BookShelleyMechette@gmail.com
For Conference Tickets, visit: www.ThePowHERfulWoman2018.EventBrite.com