So far we have read books that covered some of our favorite topics- money, career, lifestyle, and female empowerment and our latest book is slated to give us all of that. This month’s She Makes Cents Book Club selection is from author and master life coach, Cara Alwill Leyba. Cara is known for encouraging women to create a ”Champagne Life” that entails living effervescently, celebrating themselves every day, and making their happiness a priority. Through loving guidance, support, and an expert perspective, Cara empowers women to challenge their fears and create a lifestyle and career that feels authentic, vibrant, and inspiring. She sounds like #shemakescents, right?
The Girl Code
Every time I take a trip to my favorite bookstore, I come across this book, Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur and I tell myself that I will add it to the SMC book club reading list. Well, that time is now! This book has a rating of 5/5 on Good Reads and I can’t wait to dive in. You may be thinking to yourself, “I’m not an entrepreneur” but I am confident that the information and inspiration from this book can apply to all women at every stage of their careers.
How Our Book Club Works
Every other month we select a new book and announce that selection a week before the start of every month. This will give you time to go to your order from the online bookstore, borrow from the library, or download here. Selections for the books come from a mix of editor and reader suggestions. For reader suggestions, we ask that selections embrace powerful women, business cents, fictional favorites, and anything that informs and inspires us. As you read the book, please leave your questions for the book club in the comment section below. We will begin discussions for this book on Sunday, May 21, 2017.
As an avid reader of the Cosmo, I have been a fan of Joanna Coles, former Editor-In-Chief, since her early days of at the magazine. She expanded the content to career advice, finances, and other less traditional “Cosmo” topics making it my all around go to along with Forbes and Inc. That’s right, I am a Cosmo girl. My fan girl experience, with regards to Joanna, went to a level 10 when she liked and retweeted something I wrote back in 2014 about rock star women in business. I felt like that was a small example of how supportive she is of women and their careers. She is one of my celebrity mentors (in my mind) that I actually have never met but learn so much from.
Career Advice from Joanna Coles
While watching episode 1 of So Cosmo, Joanna imparted her wisdom on a group of unsuspecting millennials visiting the Cosmo office. During an introduction exchange between Joanna and the group, one woman introduced herself by her first name only. Joanna explains, “First rule of Joanne Coles, women in particular should always say both names [when introducing their selves]. Women always go, hi, I’m Julie. You have to go hi, I’m Julie Thompson. Men never ever worry about doing that.” She further goes on to explain her rationale behind the “first rule of Joanna Coles” to relationship expert, Matthew Hussey, who overheard the exchange between Coles and the millennials. “It is very important. It’s my signature thing. Cause you think of yourself as Matthew Hussey, but if you were a girl you would just think of yourself as Matthew.”
Hello, I am….
In that moment, I replayed several instances when I introduced myself to clients as simply Danielle when my male counterpart would introduce himself first name last name. While doing a little research about introductions, I found that when people properly introduce themselves by first name last name, the other people is more likely to rememer you and your name. Remember my whole, Hi nice to meet you, I forgot your name already phase?? Perhaps this would have helped everyone back then. What I like about the “first rule of Joanna Coles”, is the expression of assertiveness and dominance in the first introduction. It’s like “leaning in” before anyone has even had time to make any judgements, good, bad, or indifferent, and letting them know you are a boss chick in the room. If this is the first rule of Joanna Coles, I can’t wait to see what else I learn from my celebrity mentor.