This is very unusual for me. No matter if I was on vacation, in the middle of pitches or starting my new job, I ALWAYS posted.
So what happened this time?
I spent the past week at the annual Cannes Lions Advertising Festival with the rest of the global ad community. And I was over-taken by Cannes, France.
First, the weather was so outrageously magnificent and the scenery so breathtaking that I couldn’t contemplate spending time in doors.
Second, I was running around meeting clients, prepping for my presentation, and doing the necessary LATE night socializing (did I say late night? I’m talking going to bed at sunrise, late night!)
Finally, I was so exhausted just trying to GET to Cannes, that I couldn’t expend any more ounces of energy. Why ? Not only was I working late hours to get ready for our presentation weeks before the trip, but I also spent a lot of effort trying to get “Cannes ready”, in other words, getting the hair, clothes, make-up and shoes to ensure I look stunning everyday and night.
But it was all worth it. If ever you make a quick but lasting impression, its in a place like Cannes where you’re constantly meeting people. The shopping and beautification process I had to undergo came with its share of struggles (including a major fight between me and my husband over being super late to come home after one particular shopping excursion).
But despite it all, I was glad I put the effort into looking good. The confidence it gave me was amazing. And without confidence, there was no way I could network, present in front of an audience, hob nob with clients the way I had, and, of course, impress the ocasional well-dressed vacationing Parisian 😉