Self Reflection before Projection When you’re standing on stage addressing a paying audience, you really ought to know your subject matter pretty thoroughly. But what if the focus of your presentation is, in fact, you? If you answered yes, there’s some groundwork you really need to do first... The first time I publicly spoke about my accident was absolute shambles. About three years post injury I was asked to speak at my old high school. Looking back, it was clear I was absolutely not ready...
Professional speaking can often seem a glamorous profession. The bright lights, packed auditoriums and the insatiable feeling of all eyes on you. But being on stage delivering your keynote is just the tip of the iceberg... I wear many hats in my life (literally – you should see my collection!) but one I feel very fortunate to wear – and indeed get paid to do – is public speaking. To be given the platform of talking to a captive audience for an alloted amount of time is a real privilege,...
I’ve stumbled across a term recently which I feel perfectly summarises what I try to do every day, as both a professional speaker and inclusion advocate. It explains the language that I often use, the certain clothes that I wear, and yes – it even explains the moustache. It’s called Social Engineering. Social engineering is the act of ‘tricking’ someone into divulging information or taking action, usually through technology. It’s a phrase commonly associated with the world of...
Challenging your Natural Bias Picture a typical day. You get up, have breakfast and get ready before dropping the kids to school. Afterwards you decide to swing past your local coffee shop. Appropriately caffeinated, you’re ready to get into whatever lies ahead – work, chores, life admin. Fast forward to bed that night. As you pull the doona up, ready to close another chapter before doing it all again tomorrow, you reflect on the day that’s been. Ask yourself: how many times were you...
If you’ve followed me for long enough, you’ll know how much of a social media fan I am. And it’s not because I finally have an avenue to show off my incredible dance moves* – because it’s finally given a voice to so many people who have been shouting to be heard. You’ve probably heard of the term ‘Cancel Culture’. While it’s been widely reported in the media in recent times, it isn’t necessarily a new concept. Cancel culture refers to the practice of withdrawing support for...
The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with
a Disability is approaching its one year
anniversary since public hearings began. Incredibly, every person who has given evidence so
far has done so with full knowledge their identity is being broadcast as well.
When you don’t have the same abilities as others to perform simple tasks – like getting
ready for the day – there are people in the community who willingly step in to help. Finding
the right person requires a lot of trust; so, how can you be sure that person’s abilities,
enthusiasm and dedication match their qualifications?
Having resilience does not eliminate stress or erase life’s difficulties. People who possess resilience
don’t see life through rose-coloured glasses. They still experience every emotion from pain and
anger to grief and disappointment, but their mental outlook allows them to work through these
types of feelings.