Women Crush Wednesday: Deborah King

At KML, we not only love Deborah as a friend, we have adopted her as part of our family. As President of Final Touch School located in Texas, we consider her the “First Lady of Etiquette and Social Graces.” She is classy as well as gentle and pulls you in like a magnet. Deborah is a deep well of wisdom and knowledge. When your in the same room with her, you can't help but be captivated by her strength and professional presence. She has taught all over the world, trained staff for Fortune 500 companies and is a highly sought after speaker, trainer and coach.

Deborah has impacted KML Ministries with her life changing classes, “The Art of Confident Living for Women, Deluxe Life Skills and An Evening of Etiquette.” The little details from knowing:

How to dress for the occasion.

How to give a correct handshake.

How to navigate a dining experience. 

How to introduce yourself and others.

To how to be a gracious hostess or guest,

has empowered and given us the confidence to say yes to “opportunities” that come our way and feel at ease.

We know you will love her as much as we do. 

Tell KML about yourself and your heart for women.

As a teen, I always thought everyone else knew the “secret” of how to dress and how to interact with others, but no one would tell me. This left me feeling isolated and doubting my worth. It wasn’t until I entered into a personal relationship with Jesus, that I realized that “secret” was part of God’s plan for my life. Little did know, that the lessons He would teach me would become my gift to others with a business designed to empower women with the life skills they needed to flourish personally and professionally. 

In 1989, I launched Final Touch in Seattle, Washington, and have had the joy of helping thousands of women (and men) across the US and around the world to improve their social skills so that they can confidently enter any situation with ease and grace. We all are making an impression every time we interact with others – let’s make it a great one so that we are remembered for all the right reasons. 

Why is it important for every woman to feel valued and worthy of love?

My true value can only be realized when I am saturated with God’s love. When I allow other things to enter my heart – fear, doubt, lies – I question my worth. A woman who feels loved knows her value and can navigate life more confidently. 

Like you, I have been hurt by other women – and I have likely hurt other women, even though I never intended to. The truth is, a hurt woman, hurts others, and a loved woman, loves others. While my friends provide a glimpse of God’s love, only God can love me in the fullness that my heart longs for. 

How do you cultivate a sense of worthiness and value in your own life?

My worth and value come from knowing whose I am. I am a daughter of the Most High. He has created me with worth and value. He adores me. His plans for me are good, and He is my very best friend. I love our time together in conversation, the Word, and in worship. He is the first place I run when my heart is breaking, and the first place I run to share my greatest victories. 

Why do women need community and a place to belong?

We were created for connection. Connection with God, and connection with others. It is core to our wellbeing. As women, we need other women to support us, challenge us, laugh with us, and to hear our heart. We need a safe place to land. 

Time with a trusted girlfriend has the power to heal, uplift, correct, and inspire us to face another day. Sadly, the busyness of daily life and social media has left most women isolated and feeling empty.  When we do step out to gather with other women, we can be so busy comparing and competing that real connection never takes place. Other times, we are given the cold shoulder and excluded from conversations. We feel invisible and wonder why we even bothered to show up. Few realize that isolation is one of the most significant forms of bullying and incivility.

While I cannot control how others behave, I can do my best to be inclusive and give to other women the gift of friendship. We do reap what we sow. 

If you could give your 20 year old self any advice – what would it be?

I would tell my 20 year-old self, follow your heart. God has placed in you His nature and His customized plan for your life. Don’t worry about what others think of you. Everyone has an opinion, and the only one that matters is God’s. You are not crazy – you merely see the world differently. Your perspective and experiences are linked to your purpose. Look, listen, and lean into Him. He lovingly and patiently is guiding you.  

What are your favorite things to do in your free time?

I see “free” time as “investment” time. A time when I choose to invest in me. These moments are when I nourish my soul, refuel my body, and refresh my spirit. Some of my favorite ways to do that are walking along a sandy beach, sipping a cup of coffee with a friend, preparing a beautiful meal, and getting lost in worship. 

To find out more regarding Deborah King.
Final Touch School - www.finaltouchschool.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/FinalTouchSchool/
More Than Lipstick - www.facebook.com/More-Than-Lipstick

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