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Creative Collaboration at #NACEEXP18

Creative collaboration is a key element for your business growth. At #NACEEXP18, small business coach Cyndie Spiegel will dive deep into the concepts of collaboration and competition as it relates to your business. Cyndie’s experiential #MotivationMonday general session will provide tools to powerfully collaborate and confidence to make it happen. *WARNING: Cyndie will use words like “intention” and “authenticity” but may also drop some F-bombs along the way.

We asked Cyndie a couple questions about her creative process and got an exclusive peek into her session:

Q: Caterers and event pros come from all different walks of life. They all have unique paths for how they ended up in this profession. What is your story? How did you end up where you are today – a speaker and consultant?

A: My career has been a windy one. I spent the first 15 years of it in the fashion industry. At the time I left fashion, I was the director of accessories for a luxury brand in New York City. From the outside, I had the ultimate job. I was flying to Italy several times a year, drinking champagne in business class lounges, eating at restaurants in the hills of Tuscany and leading the development of a gorgeous accessories collection. All should have been great, except for the tiny truth that I’d outgrown what I thought I’d spend the rest of my life doing. I have a master’s degree in Global Fashion Business, I studied in Paris, Hong Kong, and New York and had a successful career track; the fashion industry was all I ever knew. Two days after Spring 2013 fashion week, I gave my notice and never looked back.

It was a rough eight-month transition of trying to figure out what the hell I was supposed to do with my life as a 35-year old woman that should have already figured this out. When I say rough, I mean, laying on the floor of my Brooklyn apartment in tears at 3 am with months-long insomnia, growing debt and an expensive lifestyle to pay for. It was not good.

Slowly, I started consulting designers on building fashion businesses and then was offered a teaching position at Parsons’ that was much more aligned with my coaching work. It focused on teaching design students how to build successful teams. I transitioned Cyndie Inc. to consulting and coaching for women building small businesses. Within one and a half years of leaving fashion, I was officially a grown ass woman no longer in the industry. Though I wasn’t financially in a place I was comfortable with yet, I confidently fit into my skin in a way that I never had before. As a result, my business flourished. And I founded The Collective (of Us) and eventually The Community (of Us.)

A part of me always felt like a fraud in fashion because I didn’t give a shit about the industry. Instead, I was passionate about business, collaboration and building awesome teams. The container for that work just happened to be the fashion industry.

What I’ve realized since then is that when you’re meant to do valuable work in the world (and we ALL are), you have to allow yourself the flexibility and grace to be open to what is possible. My only job is to know my why; the rest will fall into place. As trite as that may sound, I know this to be true. I could never have planned the life I have today if for no other reason than I couldn’t know what I didn’t know.

The foundation of everything I do is about empowering people, building community and allowing myself to be who I am, imperfections and all, in an effort to mirror that behavior for others. We are all permission givers for one another when we stand in our truth. There is courage is standing in your individuality and once you know how to do that well, the world is yours for the taking.

Since I left my former career, I’ve built a successful six-figure business, founded two different communities for women, spoken at countless conferences, spoke on a TEDx stage, married my husband and my first book comes out in December of 2018.

It’s been a whirlwind for certain, but I think my career speaks to the power of fear; courage, individuality and being heart wide open to possibility.

Q: What’s the one piece of advice you have for those who are “stuck” in their creative process right now? Whether it’s due to budget constraint, mental blocks or exhaustion, what do you do when you’re “stuck”?

A: It’s very difficult to make decisions without perspective. As much as you are able, take a step back. I cannot stress this enough. Give yourself the time to sit with the situation, whether it’s a week, month or several months. I recognize that telling someone who possibly has no income coming in to “sit with it” feels counterintuitive. But the reality is that when you’re so entrenched, there isn’t any other way out. You have to show yourself patience and allow the next best answer to come to you. And that generally does not happen by forcing an answer right away.

Q: As a speaker at our NACE Experience conference, what are you looking forward to sharing with our attendees?

A: I’m thrilled to share tangible tools for building powerful collaborations but also to break down the bull**** myths associated with collaborating. This talk is incredibly impactful because you witness the power of collaboration firsthand in the short time we’ll spend together. I’m also looking forward to sticking around for a day and getting to connect with many of the attendee’s in-person.

Catch Cyndie at the 2018 NACE Experience Conference this July in Palm Springs and follow her on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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