When facing tricky situations, your Diva Cloak can be your secret weapon. Put it on and swish it as you walk into a room, and you’ll feel the power and confidence surging through you. Your Diva Cloak will protect you from any negativity or self-doubt, shielding you from the pressures of the moment. With your Diva Cloak wrapped around you, you’ll feel like a true diva, ready to face any challenge with style, grace, and a touch of sass. It’ll be your shield and your strength in any situation.
Why a Diva Cloak is more than just a professional persona
I’ll never forget the day I created my Diva Cloak. I was a young Account Executive, tasked with pitching a new concept to a room full of intimidating investment trust managers and marketing directors. This was the pin-striped world of finance in London. The Creative Director at my ad agency was double-booked, and my Account Director called in sick. I was on my own, and terrified.
But I put on my Diva Cloak and walked into that meeting with confidence and poise thinking “What would Madonna do?”. I blagged my way through the pitch, and at the end of it, the scariest client in the room gave me a thumbs up. I had nailed it, and my Diva Cloak had protected me every step of the way.
I may have channelled Madonna in the early days, but over the years, my Diva Cloak has evolved into a more mature Pat Butcher-Madonna hybrid. And let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want to project that level of style, confidence, and sass?
So, am I shallow?
A Diva Cloak is like a subtle filter that enhances your professional persona. It’s not about pretending to be someone you’re not, but rather amplifying the best parts of yourself. For me, that means being bolder, more vivid, and more dynamic – qualities that I found especially helpful during my time in London.
Just like how we might speak differently at a job interview than we would with our closest friends, our Diva Cloak is simply a way to project a more polished and professional version of ourselves. It’s not about being fake or revealing multiple personalities, but rather about showcasing our best qualities in a way that is tailored to the workplace. In fact, when we nail our Diva Cloak, there’s only a slight variation from who we are when we’re lounging on the couch in our leopard print joggers binge-watching The Last of Us on Netflix (I am hooked). Our Diva Cloak is an extension of our true selves, just amplified to help us succeed in our professional lives.
Creating your Diva Cloak
If you’re looking to create your Diva Cloak, here are some tips that have helped me:
Find your inner diva. As I mentioned, my Diva Cloak is a mix of Madonna’s daring spirit and Pat Butcher’s outspoken style. It’s important to find a Diva Cloak that feels authentic to you – even if it’s a bit quirky.
When it comes to dressing for success, don’t be afraid to show off your personality. Your work attire doesn’t have to be strictly professional and polished – instead, aim to make it authentically ‘you’. For me, this means adding bright colours, leopard print or oversized (Pat) earrings and trainers. I used to think I had to power dress in heels and shoulder pads, but it wasn’t really me. Now, I still embrace the 80s shoulder pads, but I also incorporate elements that feel true to myself. And let’s be honest – my big earrings are my strength!
How a Diva Cloak can help you
A strong Diva Cloak can help you in several ways:
Boost your confidence. Knowing that you’re projecting a strong and authentic professional persona can give you the confidence to tackle difficult tasks and situations. It’s like an armour.
Set you apart from the crowd. In today’s competitive job market, a strong Diva Cloak can help you stand out from other candidates and catch the eye of potential employers. If you visualise it well, it’ll change how you walk into a room.
Show off your unique qualities. A Diva Cloak can help you highlight your strengths, skills, and values in a way that’s memorable and effective.
A Diva Cloak is like your own personal red carpet – it’s a way to leave a lasting impression on the people you meet and work with. So don’t be afraid to channel your inner Pat Butcher-Madonna hybrid and let your unique qualities shine through.
Embrace your inner diva, find your own unique voice, and project it with confidence and authenticity. Your Diva Cloak will help you navigate the professional world with flair and grace and make your mark as a true force to be reckoned with.
Final word from Pat
After all, as Pat herself once said, “There’s nothing wrong with a bit of style, is there?”