I’ve realised how we take our voice for granted a lot. Expecting it to be there on demand whenever we need it. It also got me thinking about the importance of using your voice and impacting change and empowerment through speech, especially when speaking to corporate and women audiences.
I’ve always believed in the transformative power of words. They have the potential to inspire, ignite change, and drive individuals and organisations to new heights. This belief is the driving force behind my passion for public speaking, particularly when it comes to delivering talks for corporate companies and women audiences.
I believe one of the best decisions I made was investing time and some of my salary in developing my public speaking skills.
1. Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in Tech
As an IT professional, I’ve witnessed the underrepresentation of women in the tech industry. It’s a challenge that can’t be overlooked. To address this issue, I’ve made it my mission to promote diversity and inclusion in tech. Speaking to corporate audiences provides a platform to discuss the importance of creating workplaces that are open, diverse, and inclusive, not just for the talent they attract, but also for the ones they need to retain. It’s a chance to shed light on the talents and potential that often go untapped, just because of gender. Through my talks, I aim to inspire organisations to embrace change and create opportunities for all.
2. Fostering Empowerment and Confidence
Empowerment is a word that holds immense significance. For women in tech, confidence is often the key to unlocking their full potential, and the thing that is lacking. The path to success in the tech industry is not always straightforward, and it’s marked by moments of self-doubt. When I speak to women audiences, I strive to instil confidence and self-belief. I share stories of individuals who have overcome barriers, who have dared to defy norms, and who have emerged as leaders in the tech world. My talks are a source of motivation and encouragement, a reminder that every woman has the capacity to excel in tech, irrespective of the challenges they may face.
3. Sparking Meaningful Conversations
Public speaking is not a one-way street. It’s an opportunity for me to connect, engage, and converse with audiences. When I deliver talks, especially for corporate companies, it’s not just about delivering a monologue; it’s about sparking conversations. I encourage questions, discussions, and the sharing of experiences. These dialogues lead to deeper insights and create an atmosphere of learning and growth.
4. The Ripple Effect
The impact of a single talk can be far-reaching. It’s the ripple effect of empowerment. As individuals leave my talks with newfound inspiration and insights, they take these lessons back to their workplaces and communities. The impact multiplies. In the corporate world, it can lead to more inclusive policies and increased support for women employees. In women’s networks, it can foster mentorship, sponsorship and mutual support. This, to me, is the true essence of my work.
5. Nurturing Leadership
Leadership isn’t defined by gender; it’s defined by the qualities and actions that drive change. When I speak, I aim to nurture hidden leadership qualities in all my listeners, many of which probably don’t realise themselves as a leader. Whether I’m speaking to a corporate audience or a group of women in tech, I emphasise the significance of leadership. It’s not just about climbing the career ladder; it’s about leading by example, fostering teamwork, and inspiring others to be leaders in their own right.
My passion for delivering talks to corporate companies and women audiences is rooted in a deep desire to drive change, foster empowerment, and create opportunities. It’s a way to contribute to a more diverse, inclusive, and confident tech industry. Through words and stories, I aspire to create a future where every woman has the opportunity to shine in tech, and where every corporate organisation values and harnesses the full potential of its workforce, and through sharing lived experience of the good and bad of the mission to improve diversity and inclusion in tech and highlighting the benefits it has on business, they will have the willingness to adapt their organisational culture to support and nurture more women in the tech space.