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Soft Skills for STEM industries – keynotes, workshops & masterclasses

Interactive, framework-based, effective




These days, technical mastery is not enough by itself.
Soft skills are in high demand, even among the STEM workforce.
The ability of individuals to communicate effectively, to collaborate and to build working relationships is a must in the science and technology sectors.
Our unique approach is ideal for tech and IT professionals who are short on time and love to learn via frameworks, formulas and systems.

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STEM professionals are more valuable when they combine their technical expertise with strong social skills. – CSIRO

Shola provides workshops, seminars and talks for businesses on the following areas:

  • Public speaking
  • Communication frameworks
  • Think on your feet skills
  • Workplace empathy
  • Influence and persuasion techniques for personal impact
Select one topic or several for a high energy and engaging session.

Not convinced that empathy is the way forward?

Watch media mogul Gary Vaynerchuk and hear why he thinks empathy is the key to creating a successful and nimble corporate culture.

77% of workers said they would work longer hours in a more empathetic workplace. – Business solver

All of Shola’s work with audiences and delegates is interactive, impactful and transformative.

Shola uses a framework-based approach that STEM professionals find naturally easy to grasp and deploy. She provides situation-based systems that make it easy to select a suitable mode of communication for each setting.
We use experiential learning techniques so that each and every participant comes away with first hand experience of the tools and frameworks they’ve just been exposed to.


Early in my career I was working as a management consultant in a firm with a heavily STEM oriented workforce. I realised that despite having strong on-paper qualifications, this wasn’t enough to help me communicate effectively with clients, colleagues and prospects. In fact, I sometimes dreaded the ‘softer’ parts of my job – meeting facilitation, negotiation, working in teams.
I soon realised that what got me ‘there’ wasn’t enough to keep me there. I turned around a probation period in one role and stayed on successfully for several more years. But later, after 6 months in an account director role, when the industry took a turn for the worse, I was let go.
Poor communication skills in meetings was one of the reasons cited by my boss during my exit interview.
These days, as a professional award-winning speaker, author and coach I take the transformation of my audiences, readers and coaching clients very seriously. My experiences in the workplace allow me to not only tell entertaining stories of firings and probationary periods (!) but they also allow me to empathise and connect.
I like nothing better than to create a learning environment during my speeches and coaching such that people walk out with new skills which they’ve already practised.
Clients feel empowered, inspired and informed. They’re ready to take on the challenge and rise to the occasion, stepping into new roles and responsibilities, and relishing the opportunity to put their new-found communication tips, tools and frameworks into practice.

Is it time to increase your employee:

  • value

  • productivity

  • loyalty

  • satisfaction

  • and mobility throughout your company?


  • Retain employees – With a more communicative, empathetic and understanding workplace, staff loyalty and productivity are increased.
  • Promote from within and save thousands on recruitment fees – By equipping your team with the necessary people skills you can allow them to step into client-facing, management and sales roles with ease, saving yourself time and money hiring mid-management staff.
  • Get the best out of all your people – Many STEM professionals are introverts and may need a bit more support when it comes to stepping up and offering opinions during meetings and Q&A situations.
  • Reduce inter-departmental friction – Technical professionals and IT departments are sometimes called upon to deliver bad news such as missed deadlines or the inability to deliver desired software features and functionality. When speaking to stakeholders, diplomacy, tact and greater awareness are vital skills for harmonious relationships.
  • Prevent growing pains within your organisation – Tech SMEs can grow at a lightning pace. Get your culture sorted BEFORE you grow big. These masterclasses  tie in well with equipping staff with skills they can use when they become managers, staying and growing with the firm.
  • Increase your bottom line – Encourage the retention of diverse staff by creating a workplace of understanding and empathy. Studies have shown that diverse teams lead to increased profits.

The best teams at Google exhibit a range of soft skills: equality, generosity, curiosity toward the ideas of your teammates, empathy, and emotional intelligence. And topping the list: emotional safety. – Project Aristotle/The Washington Post

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Choose from a variety of delivery methods

  • keynote speech
  • 2-3 hour masterclass
  • 1-day seminar

Shola also has a variety of training videos you can license and use with your staff to ensure an ongoing learning experience.

Testimonials and Reviews

Women in Tech testimonial
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Shola at the Financial Conduct Authority

Here’s why Shola is the right choice for your STEM or technical team

Shola has a unique background as a former IT management consultant with a science background, who went on to become a professional performer and speaker.
She is the author of two communications books. Her second book, Speak Up on the Spot, is packed with frameworks and tips that are useful to STEM workers, professional services staff and those that need help speaking spontaneously, showing how to make the best of their superpowers in meetings and during presentations. She shares these insights during her talks and workshops.
Shola delivers from personal experience, rapidly creating a connection with her audience. During her talks and workshops she shares stories of how she initially struggled in the workplace.
Her public speaking blog is one of the top 10 most highly rated in the UK. She has successfully delivered seminars and keynotes for a range of clients including Deloitte, Lloyds Bank and The Financial Conduct Authority.

Shola is an award-winning teacher (Royal Society of Chemistry Scholarship), an award-winning speaker, and has degrees in Natural Sciences (Cambridge University) and Analytical Chemistry (Emory University, USA).

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