Having the Courage to Be Unique

Over the past couple of months I have been invited to speak at a couple of Women in Leadership forums.
These are exactly the type of gigs I love doing and I’ve actively been working towards creating more of these opportunities.
Though what has been interesting is looking at the different way the organisers put their event programs together.
Both of the organisers started with the premise of you are an inspiring leader and champion of change, and your input would be of tremendous value to the program and delegatesWe are more than happy for you to draft a session that is tailored to your expertise.

As a former Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of a publicly listed company who has been to a few leadership forums over the years, I created a session with all the knowledge and wisdom that I now have and wished I’d had in my bag of tricks whilst rising the corporate ladder and being a wife and mother.
I’ve lived the life of a woman who is tired, worn out, depressed, over-worked, and underappreciated and know that this can only happen for so long before something goes wrong in her life.
I also know that with the knowledge I now share, a woman can easily create a life where she is appreciated, heard, valued and shown respect.  An empowered woman is a joy to be around and it is easy to see how this can be a win-win situation for all.

Details of the Session
The session was titled “Succeeding as a Feminine Leader” with the following outline:

  • Learn the importance of It all Begins with You:
    • Develop a basic understanding of yourself bio-chemically & physiologically
    • Tips to creating life balance as it’s the key to your success
    • Ascertain what may be getting in your way
  • Learn about the importance of being true to your innate qualities:
    • Allowing yourself to trust your intuition
    • Walk your talk and you’ll inspire the masses to follow
    • Collaboration and Delegation is the name of the game
  • Succeeding in a male-dominated workforce without compromising authenticity
    • Developing a self-assured feminine communication style
    • Allowing Heart and Soul along with Knowledge and Expertise to guide you
    • Creativity and uniqueness are the cornerstones of your success

What was interesting was that one forum, where my contact was a man, responded with “Thank you so much for this – really fantastic. I’ve just made a few minor edits to the copy just to keep it in line with the rest of the brochure, but nothing significant. I’m looking forward to working with you on this.” 
The other forum, where my contact and her manager, were both woman, responded with “Thank you for your interest in presenting in the Summit. Unfortunately I will have to decline your outline for the Expert Commentary for this particular Conference, as it needs to hold a focus on the skills needed to transition into a leadership role.” 
At first, I must admit I was a little surprised by the second response, especially as the session provides awareness and insight that will enhance their leadership role.  Though, upon checking further, I noticed that whilst they had some great speakers, the topics were not very innovative to champion change in women’s leadership representation.

Einstein’s infamous quote certainly came to mind:


Continual growth through feedback

Whilst I know that I bring an unique perspective and wisdom, I’m very passionate about sharing the awareness and insights at events and in the workplace, as I know your overall wellbeing and mindset affects your ability to perform and lead a successful team.

So with this in mind, I would love your assistance please.

Please re-read the session above and then answer these questions.
•Why do you feel I received such different responses?
•Are you interested in learning about these topics?
•Would you like to learn tips that assist you to be true to who you are, whilst creating the life of your dreams and desires – personally and professionally?
•Please provide any other comments

Either respond below

Thank-you, I really appreciate you taking the time to assist me.

Until next time…..

Be well and remember to make each day meaningful, memorable and magical………..and never, ever, ever stop dancing!

With Love & Gratitude
Karen Chaston.

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