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Each week SHE‘SAID’ features an inspiring woman who has been kind enough to share her story with our readers. She might be a leader in her chose field, someone still on their own path striving to make a difference or simply someone with a remarkable story to tell. These women contribute their own knowledge, expertise and life lessons in order to truly inspire others.

Name and role:

Monique Talbot, business consultant and founder of SHESAID.

Tell us about your role. What do you do on a day-today basis?

Right now, I am consulting to several businesses in Digital Sales and Marketing as well as being a busy mum of two young boys, aged 9 and 11. My day starts at 6am and the morning usually entails getting the boys ready for school, plus walking the dog as well as getting myself ready for work. We then run out the door to drop the boys at school and then I hop it into Sydney to my office to start my other job – Strategic Business Consulting. Phew!

Then I work all day on helping people grow their businesses with my 20 years of digital and business experience, which sometimes means helping people make hard decisions and sometimes just pointing them in the right direction on how to grow their business more efficiently or quickly. Hopefully helping them avoid some of the mistakes I made in business whilst running my own online advertising company for 10 years.

Then it’s a quick run home to do school sport, dinner, see friends as well as fight over homework and bedtime etc as most busy mums know is the daily routine.  That said, I wouldn’t swap it for the world as I get to be the consistent force in my son’s lives and still get to be a successful business woman and get all the mental stimulation I can handle at that same time. It is all about balance and choosing what is important in your day, in my book. Sometimes dropping the odd ball and not berating yourself too badly is a good thing. As is having a little moment to yourself at the end of the day with a good book or even a cheeky glass of wine with a good friend. 

How/when did you know this what you wanted to do as a career? 

I started my own online advertising company Tempest Media in 1999 with some venture capital and have not regretted it once… Ok maybe a few times in the middle of the night when I knew we could not pay the bills but, in reality, that spurred me on the next day to work out a way to pay the bills, keep the doors of the office open and my loyal staff gainfully employed. I still love everything digital and love seeing the industry growing and changing as it is keeps me inspired to be part of it.

Where do you find your inspiration?

Great question – people, people, people! I have always been inspired by smart, driven, passionate people. I love meeting new people and travelling has always helped feed my thirst for knowledge, plus with Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and even Instragram, I can learn from what people are doing, thinking, inventing, discussing and investing all over the world without leaving home.

Did you have a mentor? Who/what helped you to get your career off the ground? 

I have been lucky enough to surround myself with fabulous people over my career. I have never been afraid to pick up the phone and ask people I admire for their help or advice. Luckily for me many of these smart,  driven business people have become long term friends of mine,  and I have had the privilege of helping some of them in return over the years.

What were the stumbling blocks, initially getting started on your career path, and since then?

What besides being a blonde, 30-year-old, loud, outspoken, extraverted chick with no experience running her own company in a media landscape dominated by men? When I started my business in 1999, the online advertising industry was worth about $12-$15 million dollars in advertising revenue and that number, 15 years later, is now over $3 billion, I had loads of ambition and a serious “never say die” attitude which stood me in very good stead when times were tough over the 10 years of running my own business. 

How did you overcome these?

By being bloody determined! Failure was something that I did not want to consider. I was persistent and believed in what I was doing plus had an awesome support team to keep me going when it was really really tough. I saw my father drive his financial business for over 30 years and the saw the sacrifices he made and decided a long time ago that providing a great life for my family was a major goal I wanted to achieve in my life.

What are your goals for the future?

To continue to learn and be inspired by great people as well as being a fabulous mum, sister, daughter and friend, as well as an all-round top chick. I hope to see my sons grow up to be well mannered, kind and generous men that marry beautiful, smart women that will love and appreciate them. No doubt, I will still dance badly and sing loudly and put my foot it with people occasionally, but hopefully I will leave a positive mark on the world!

What advice would you give to someone wanting to follow the same path as you?

It sounds corny but a few of my favourite things to live by are:

  • Never give up
  • Never be too afraid to ask for help
  • Enjoy the journey and surround yourself with good people as you never know when you are going to need a helping hand to keep you going
  • Believe in yourself as you are probably way more amazing than you think you are