Testimonial â Tsu Shan Chambers – 2013 Outstanding Business Woman of the Year
I would like to share my experiences with youâŚ.on to be frank, the most worthwhile business awards to enter on the Sunshine Coast!
And, itâs not because I won the âOutstanding Business Woman of the Yearâ last year.Â Â If you havenât entered any business awards before â do it!Â Â It is the most beneficial process to go throughâŚfrom learning more about yourself, what you can improve on in your business and importantly, what you are actually doing well.Â Â Sometimes, you are working so hard that you donât step back to see how far you have come and what you have achieved.
What I love about this particular award, is that from the moment you receive confirmation of your nomination, you receive instant support in your entry with a phone call, congratulating you and offering you information on how to put in a great entry.Â Â The women in this network genuinely want you to succeed â how damn refreshing is that!
What most women do well is speak from the heart and I find the questions that are asked in the entry very different to other awards which focus more on the business processes and financials.Â Â In these awards, I believe the judges and other business women want to find out more about you, your passions, what are the traits that make successful business woman.Â Â So, my advice when writing your entries is â speak from your heart.Â Â We want to hear YOU.
If you are fortunate enough to become a finalist and go through your interview, what I found was that the best things I said came directly from my heart.Â Â Â Again, the support I had, even turning up to the interview was much appreciated.Â Â I saw friendly, familiar faces before and afterwards which helped with the nerves and sweaty palms.Â Â The recognition you receive from becoming a finalist in itself is a huge achievement and so if you want to raise your profile in the local business community, then this award is the best on the Coast in helping you do that.
On the awards night last year, I took my husband and reception team with me â they are my quiet achievers, the ones who work so very hard next to me and so are so very deserving of sharing every success that I achieve.
Interestingly, last year before the awards night, one of my receptionists told me that she had a dream that I actually won.Â Â I thought she meant the Young Business Womenâs Category, which I was a finalist for.Â Â Never in my mind did I think I would win the Outstanding Business Womenâs Category.Â My husband told me afterwards that I was so stunned that he had to push me out of my chair.
And, the journey since then has been like thatâŚa push out from my chair and go with however I land â whether it be standing up tall or flat on my butt wondering what just happenedâŚ..I have been so grateful for every minute.
It actually took me a week to come to terms with my win.Â Â (Again, the learning about yourself never stops!).Â Â What I discovered was I instantly felt an immense sense of responsibility on how important it was to inspire other business women out there to keep going, to never give up on what may seem impossible.
I was determined to use this opportunity to not only put Yin Health on the map on the Sunshine Coast, but to also help others.Â Â The win gave me more confidence, belief in myself and definitely more fuel in the fire to keep going.
And you know an extra bonus with being a part of the awards process?Â Â You get to connect with other inspirational business women, share ideas and help each other lift.
When my husband was made redundant and accepted a transfer to Sydney around the same time I won the award, despite the immediate challenge I faced, it was this heightened belief in myself and the support from one of my fellow winners who looked me straight in the eye and said, âYou can do it, I know you can.â
So, I say to you now, âYou can do it, you definitely canâ.Â Â Â Be a part of the Sunshine Coast Business Womenâs Network and go for GOLD!