Joya Dass, LadyDrinks – InnovaBuzz 167
Joya Dass, LadyDrinks
In this episode, I’m really excited to have on the InnovaBuzz podcast as my guest, Joya Dass, TV anchor, documentary filmmaker and founder of LadyDrinks, a women’s networking initiative. Joya is a frequent speaker, emcee, and moderator. She is an outstanding interviewer and TED Speaker.
We did have the odd momentary dropout during the interview, but they are quite small and this is going to be another insightful and informative episode, so get ready to be inspired!
In our discussion, Joya talked to me about
- using her experience of adversity and success in her career to help others
- writing as a means to gain confidence in presenting on stage and in front of a camera
- she suggested we consider taking Improv classes
Paula Rizzo on episode 161 introduced us to Joya.
Listen to the podcast to find out more.
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Key points and take-aways from this episode include:
- A life without writing is like a life without oxygen for Joya.
- LadyDrinks is a networking platform that provides a space or place for successful South Asian businesswomen to meet monthly and share not just resources but also in open conversation, so they can truly support each other.
- Taking an Improv class teaches you to think on your feet and be more facile with your words.
- Lead with authenticity. When you are willing to be vulnerable in front of somebody, it opens up doors for other people to feel that they can be vulnerable.
- As an entrepreneur, you’ve got to take care of your mental health.
- Stop trying to be what you think you should be and just be yourself, because that is the most unique thing that you can bring to the table.
- Just be yourself because nobody else is going to be YOU.
- Lead by example.
- At every brand touch point, you need to be consistent and you need to think about how you make people feel.
The Buzz – Our Innovation Round
Here are Joya’s answers to the questions of our Innovation round. Listen to the interview to get the full scoop.
- #1 thing to be more innovative – Going to things that are completely outside of my vertical. You’ll never know what you are going to learn by listening to somebody else’s vertical that is completely tangential to yours that you can take and slice into your own business.
- Best thing for new ideas – Having a “coachery” of coaches. Using each of these people and their modalities as sounding boards and drawing ideas out of me. Having that sounding board is critical in being able to talk it out, out loud.
- Favourite tool for innovation – Pinterest and Instagram. Seeing how other people are marketing themselves and putting themselves out there.
- Keep project / client on track – Communication. Constant reminders and checking in. Own the eco-system like if at in any junction in time something falls through, follow-up and make sure to tie up those loose ends.
- Differentiate – Sitting down and taking inventory of what makes you unique.
To Be a Leader
Believe in yourself. If you don’t believe in yourself, nobody else is going to believe in you. If you are misaligned with what you are doing, you are not going to sell anything.
Joya suggested I interview Cate Luzio, Founder & CEO of Luminary. So Cate, keep an eye on your inbox for an invitation from us to the InnovaBuzz podcast, courtesy of Joya Dass.
Cool things about Joya
- She was named Joya, after the Hindu goddess of wealth.
- She always wanted to be a TV anchor and has been on air with Bloomberg, CNN, ABC, CBS, NY1.
- She was named Executive Director of the South Asian Film festival presented by HBO.