I had the huge honor of speaking to the top leaders within Stella & Dot from all over the US and Canada last week at our annual conference, Hoopla. Speaking at Hoopla was a secret goal of mine! When I was selected as a panelist to share my top tips for effective team communication, I was over the moon! After mulling over the tips I would share, my next thought was, “what shall I wear?!” This little orange dress was absolute perfection for the occasion.
Does anyone else feel a few inches taller in a great dress?! I’m never too nervous when it comes to public speaking due to my experience in the Miss Virginia pageant. Since I presented to top 1% of Stylists in the company, I wanted to make sure I felt ultra confident in my ensemble that day.
The Orange Dress
I recently discovered Coco Blush Boutique online and absolutely adore the styles. The Delia One-Shoulder Dress stood out. The swingy style is chic, yet comfortable enough to wear for several hours sitting in a conference space. A bold color is absolutely perfect for projecting a self-assured presence.
Iliana, the owner of Coco Blush Boutique, provided incredible sizing guidance. I got to know Iliana over the phone and am thrilled to support a shop owned by a bold woman. The orange dress arrived in the most adorable pink tissue, complete with a bow and thank you tag. Details are so delightful. I am also impressed with the quality of the garment, especially at such an accessible price point.
The orange dress coordinated perfectly with my Jessica Simpson statement wedges. These shoes took the outfit to the next level and were also perfect to wear onstage during the panel! We sat in director-style chairs, so they were on full display. Win! 🙂
I completed the look with my Stella & Dot Delilah Pendant, a bold necklace that kept up with the statement wedges. Something more delicate would simply be lost in the midst of the bright color and eye-catching shoes. A long necklace also elongated the look and complimented my newfound height. I finished the look with a gold Stella & Dot arm party, vintage Stella & Dot cuff, and Hammered Wire Hoops. I love how the look came together and I’ll definitely wear this orange dress again – probably to a UVA football game!
Iliana has generously offered a 10% off discount to anyone who would like to shop her boutique. I have my eye on the Justine Cold Shoulder Dress and the Kassandra Dress. Visit Coco Blush Boutique here and use the promo code CHARLOTTE10 upon checkout! YAY!
I’m spilling the good stuff and share the top 3 tips on how I effectively communicate with my team that I shared on the panel for my fellow Stella & Dot sisters. Non-Stella Stylists, feel free to tune out here. 🙂 There are 2 levels: general communication and personal connection. You can be authentic, yet strategic in both areas. I use three categories: Facebook, Group Communication, and Personal Connection.
1st tip: How to use Facebook effectively
3 Quick tips for posts:
- You’re going to get the most engagement if you post a photo or a video.
- Keep it short and ask a question or post an action item to encourage engagement with the post.
- Limit team Facebook posts to only 1-2 per day.
Overall, be strategic. I always ask myself if the post is adding value.
I use a weekly schedule for my content.
Here’s a sample week at-a-glance:
- Motivation Monday
- Team Tuesday
- Wild Card Wednesday
- Thankful Thursday
- Follow-Up Friday
2nd tip: Get off Facebook and get personal!
Genuinely get into their lives. Be intentional about reaching out while remaining authentic. Here’s my strategy:
- I use Smore to kick off each month with a team email newsletter and send a mid-month update. This includes kudos, team recognition, upcoming events and incentives, and a personal note.
- I have an open team Zoom meeting each month.
- I schedule group Zoom calls for Stylists who are working towards a similar goal.
- I reach out personally to my team to catch up and connect.
- I also call each new stylist after they join to welcome them aboard and let them know I’m here to help.
3rd tip: Come from a place of service and create a team culture that’s focused on fun, friendship, and connection.
I view myself as a resource for my team and a partner in helping them achieve their goals. Beyond that, my top priority is to be a friend above all. I really want my team to know that my friendship is not contingent on their sales or trunk show pipeline.
I build community and forge connections within my team. I introduce stylists to one another and help them find common ground. Keep it FUN! Regardless of their business goals, stylists stay engaged with Stella & Dot because of the relationships.