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January/February, 2020  

January/February Newsletter

Who Am I?

Assessing Your Professional Identity

Kay Fittes, February, 2020

Years ago a client asked me, “How will I know when I am SOMEBODY?”  It was such a well-phrased and poignant question.  It emanated from a place of pain and struggle for her.  It was clear she was not alone, as many of my clients expressed similar dilemmas.  In fact, it is just part of the human condition.  You want to know that you matter.  If you think about Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, the theory in psychology proposed by Abraham Maslow about human motivation, that quest is identified as self-actualization.  If you are unfamiliar with Maslow’s work, check this out: Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs.  It was such a compelling question that I created a workshop entitled “Kick Up Your Self-Esteem:  How Do You Know When You Are Somebody?”™

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Kay’s Consulting Corner

Kay Fittes

Each month in this section, Kay offers actionable career consulting tips.

Writing Your Definition of Yourself
as a Professional

  1. Block out time.  You know how much you have to do.  Writing your professional description is an endeavor that falls into the critical tasks to do but it is not urgent.  The very fact that it is not urgent works against you.  It is too easy to put it off until later.  Right now take a look at your calendar and identify a time you would be willing to block off for doing this reflection and writing.  How much time?  The amount of time it will take is very unique to each person but try an hour, as a beginning.

  2. Choose an oasis.  Stop laughing!  You do not have to book a room at an expensive spa or register at a hotel for the night.  Your time and space does need to be uninterrupted, however.  This writing is for you and you deserve it.  Maybe you will chose a cubicle at your local library, perhaps go to your favorite coffee shop or you will go in to work an hour early.  Choose a spot where family, friends or co-workers will not hound you.

  3. Year in review.  Have with you reminders of your strides in the last year.  You might find it useful to have a performance review, your calendar or other documents that will trigger your memory.  Maybe you just need your iPad or a pad of paper where you will do a brain dump of all the development you experienced last year.  Finally, create a statement of who you are as a professional.  It need not be lengthy.  Your statement could be as short as one line or as long as a paragraph.  Once written, read and reread your description, while letting it soak in.  That is who you are today.  Love it, own it, celebrate it.

If you are dissatisfied with what you see and need coaching to change it, please call me at 513-561-4288 or connect with me via email at

Client Testimonial – Cindy Albrecht

Cindy Albrecht

What an extraordinary experience being coached by Kay Fittes!  I first learned of what Kay did for her career at an eWomenNetwork meeting.

After our initial collaboration phone call and scheduling, Kay sent her book “Achieving High-Heeled Success” for preparation of our first appointment.  I learned straight up before we even had a session to embrace valuing and caring for myself first.  I had that female “transmitted” mindset that everyone else is first before me, and boy-oh-boy was it exhausting and angered me at times.  I’m a much better person and grateful for this understanding as well as the many other tools in her book.

Kay’s coaching technique is top notch every step of the way.  Perfectly laid out questions for each area to form your individual unique topics for speaking.  From opening statements, to having an open rapport with the audience, to closing statements; Kay gives you pointers for your own unique agenda and your area of expertise.  I appreciated how frank she was in what would work and what probably wouldn’t work and would tell me why.  I feel empowered now with organizational skills required to pull off a wonderful speaking engagement and personally have grown more confident and secure overall.

She has a gift of communicating efficiently and with diversity.  So very happy that I have had the pleasure to work with Kay Fittes!  My coaching time with her is invaluable to me and my business.

Cindy Albrecht
Certified EPT Practitioner
Healing-Impact, LLC
9078 Union Centre Blvd., Suite 350
West Chester, OH 45069-4992
Phone:  937-414-3626

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