Speaker

Speaker

I have a saying - that we are wounded in relation to our genius.  What does this mean?  It means that I come alive in front of an audience.  I am inspired, in flow and in my genius when I am speaking.  And terrified, of course.  But for years, the story I told myself was that I was insignificant and had nothing to say.  Best not step out of line.  Best stay in your lane.  Don't embarrass yourself.  Or anyone else. As a result I was painfully self-conscious growing up. I learnt not to express myself freely, to hide and to wear a bunch of sophisticated masks.

My mother is one of the least critical people I know.  Once day, not toooo long ago, she heard me speak.  She turned to me and said, "Wendy, you were terrible."  I was shocked.  She went on to say,  "That wasn't you, up there. I couldn't see YOU!" And she was right.  This was one of the best things she could have told me. Shew!  So... I took myself off to Toastmasters and started to change my story.  And I have not looked back.

As I write this, I am reading Marianne Williamson's book "A Return to Love".  Here is a reminder of her famous quote:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

I get out of bed in the morning to coach, teach, empower, challenge and inspire. It has thrilled and humbled me to receive amazing comments which show that I am on the right track!

Here are some of the key areas that I talk about

Presilience

The Resilience Dashboard

The Brilliance Dashboard

The Presence Dashboard

 

Here are some of the words people have consistently used to describe my talks and presentations:

Wendy is:  engaging, inspiring, entertaining, energetic, witty, warm, passionate, intelligent, professional, knowledgeable.

Wendy’s talks are:  eye-opening, thought-provoking, enlightening, inspirational, interactive, well-prepared, challenging.

“Wendy is a warehouse of enlightenment”

“Wendy’s talk on Resilience is a must for leadership”

“Thank you for sharing your wisdom”

 “Wendy is an excellent speaker”

Margie van Zyl Chapman, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Geratec

“Wendy is an inspirational, authentic speaker who is able to engage and connect with her audience in a meaningful way. She is also appreciative of contributing to the greater good in society.”

Angela Blackwell, Digital Marketing Director, Accenture

“Wendy gave a presentation to the Accenture Woman’s Forum. She is smart, funny and approachable.  I found her talk valuable, enlightening and thought-provoking. It was a real happiness booster, too!”

Sue Olivier,  Solution Architect, Senior Manager, Old Mutual

“Thank you Wendy for an AWESOME morning. You have really given us aspects to think about and to also get us talking. Infact I heard a number of the women still talking about your inspirational and practical take-aways on our return to the office. Your session was well thought out, and the content was relevant to the group. You are an inspiring woman – and we loved how you brought in your own experiences into the talk. Thank you again, and we are looking forward to further interactions with yourself in the future
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 Patti Graham, Founder of the Fine Women Business Network

“Wendy spoke at Fine Women Business Network on the subject of Resilience. She has excellent verbal skills and use of language, she is passionate about what she teaches and her material was extremely well received and valuable to us all. I highly recommend her.”

Presilience Presentation