ABOUT

Time to SHINE!

“The highest honor on Earth that you will ever have is the honor of being yourself…your only true job as a human being is to discover why you came. Why you are here.” – Oprah Winfrey

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WHO AM I?

Hi, I’m a multi award-winning speaker, specialising in communication, leadership and D.E.I (diversity, equity & inclusion).

I once worked for blue-chip corporates in the high pressure industries of investment banking and IT management consulting in New York and London.

Sometimes I experienced the frustration of not making an impact, mainly because I lacked confidence and didn’t know how to frame and deliver my message.

As someone who was never a naturally gifted speaker and communicator, I think this makes it easier for me to plan helpful learning activities and make a connection with my clients.

I understand how they feel, having been there myself!

Now, I’ve performed for, or spoken in front of tens of thousands of people internationally. I’ve delivered for clients like American Express, Tate & Lyle and The United Nations, and been featured in or written for Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar and the BBC.

I bring my expertise and experience to the table to help leaders create happier, more engaged and more equitable workplaces, and to encourage teams and individuals to speak up with confidence, impact and influence.

If formal qualifications are your thing and you’d like to see my CV, then please scroll to the bottom of this page.

Speaking at a corporate event and singing at The Savoy Hotel

WHAT I DO

I’m passionate about helping people share who they are and become their best selves. Whether I do that by keynote speaking at an event, delivering a masterclass or working with a leadership team, it’s what makes me tick.

It’s so important that organisations create an atmosphere of belonging for their people and for those individuals, in turn, to be provided with the skills and the opportunities to make their full contribution at work.

When individuals have the confidence and tools to share their brilliance, amazing things happen. People are transformed into leaders. Teams and groups perform better. Everyone gains.

I, like many others, have been in the situation where I was afraid to speak up at work. Afraid to share my message in case it came out wrong or was rejected by my colleagues, clients and bosses.

As a child, I spent some time in foster care (it was a happy time – my foster parents were wonderful) and as an adult I’ve experienced being sidelined at work.

I know how it feels to not belong.

And that’s why I’m so committed to helping people feel included and supported at work.

No more delaying opportunities to speak in meetings or putting life and business on hold by withholding ideas, creations and opinions because of disengagement.

When people stifle themselves and fail to share their magnificence it can have so many negative results including stress, resentment and poor performance.

On the other hand, being encouraged to contribute can have a significant benefit in the workplace:

  • We feel courageous and confident
  • There’s more energy available to get things done – we’re not wasting it on covering up who we are
  • Our example encourages others to speak up too
  • Our stories help colleagues and clients to get to know, like and trust us
  • Diversity in the workplace is promoted
  • There’s greater potential for collaboration
  • Fresh ideas lead to progress and innovation

And the list goes on!

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Want to work with me?

COMPANIES, ASSOCIATIONS AND ORGANISATIONS:

Find out about keynote speaking

Interested in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion? Find out about the Empathy to Equity Blueprint program

Find out how I can inspire your audience with a virtual keynote

BUSINESS OWNERS AND INDIVIDUALS:

Find out how I can help you with books, courses and free guides

Want something less personalised?

Buy my latest book “Big Talk, Small Talk and Everything in Between” (published November 2020)

Buy my book “How to be a DIVA at Public Speaking”

VLOG, PODCAST & FREEBIES:

Connect on LinkedIn

Check out my blog which has more than 50 training videos on public speaking

Listen to the podcast ‘Shortcuts to public speaking success’ on Spotify or iTunes

Download a chapter from the book How to be a D.I.V.A. at Public Speaking

Sign up to the email list (check the footer of this page for the form) for regular advice and to learn about my newest free tools

Check out my Instagram page for inspiring tips

Qualifications

Clients include Deloitte, The Financial Conduct Authority, The United Nations, and American Express

Author of Amazon.com bestseller ‘How to be a D.I.V.A. at Public Speaking’ on presentation skills

Author of ‘Big Talk, Small Talk and Everything in Between’ on everyday communication

Jenny Seagrove Speaker Award 2016 (awarded top result worldwide)

TEDx Speaker on Empathy in the Workplace

Featured in Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, The BBC, Forbes

LinkedIn Learning Instructor

B.A. Natural Sciences, Cambridge University

Postgraduate Certificate of Education, Oxford University

Master of Science (Analytical Chemistry), Emory University, USA

Distinguished Toastmaster, Division Champion and two times Triple Crown award winner at Toastmasters International

Qualified NLP Practitioner

Former Management Consultant and Account Director in New York and London

Coached and mentored numerous leaders and private clients including CEOs, lawyers, project managers, engineers and entrepreneurs

Why choose me?

  • I’m an engaging, entertaining, inspiring speaker who knows first hand what it’s like to be disengaged, underutilised and excluded at work. I go further than the typical corporate keynote speaker to truly connect with and inspire your audience using real life stories blended with pithy learning points and applicable step-by-step tools.
  • During my keynotes I encourage interaction and also allow participants time to reflect and assess, helping to cement the message.
  • As a black, female introvert I’ve experienced some of the biases that exist at work and I share insights in a way that everyone can benefit, not just other underrepresented groups, but the entire workplace. My tools are relatable experiences, impactful evidence, and frameworks and models you can apply immediately.
  • I have a unique background, having worked in the fields of education, tech, science and entertainment. I’ve performed for tens of thousands of people internationally so I’m no stranger to large audiences and I maintain a conversational style.
  • With training in Stand Up Comedy, TV Presenting, Sales and more, I bring a wide range of skills to the table, all focused on helping your audience have a rewarding and impactful experience during our time together; creating an awareness that leads to lasting change. 
  • My clients come from a range of industries including healthcare, media, tech, financial services, FMCG, education and beyond.