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Embracing Your True Voice: Journey of an Empowered Speaker in Corporate America

Updated: Feb 21

Hello, Wonderful Community!

Today, I want to share with you a story that's both deeply personal and universally relevant, especially for those of us on the path of becoming an empowered speaker and personal growth.

The Raw Truth of Vulnerability

Let's get real for a moment. Picture this: You've just delivered a keynote speech that you poured your heart into, only to be met with mixed reviews. It's a scenario I recently faced, and it shook me to my core. Criticism, especially when it challenges your authenticity, can be a hard pill to swallow.

My Experience: A Tale of Two Reactions

After my talk in Los Angeles, I was riding a wave of contrasting emotions. On one hand, I was uplifted by the tears and praises of many attendees, women who resonated deeply with my message. On the other hand, a few voices labeled my approach as overly dramatic, unfit for the corporate world. This feedback left me reeling, questioning my methods.

The Power of Reflection

In these moments of doubt, I leaned into my practices of centering, grounding, and meditating. I reflected on my intent: to share my story and the stories of countless other women who've battled feelings of inadequacy. I used a dramatic, yet sincere method – the metaphor of a rose, petal by petal, to convey our collective journey.

Standing Strong in My Message

Despite the mixed reactions, I stand firm in my belief: It's time for a new paradigm in the workplace, one where women support each other to thrive without leaving their hearts at the door. Yes, my approach was dramatic, but sometimes, that's what it takes to drive a message home.

Understanding and Compassion: The Keys to Connection

This experience taught me a valuable lesson about leadership and communication. It's not just about what we say, but how we say it. Leading with curiosity, understanding, and love can transform the way we connect with others, whether in a corporate setting or any other aspect of life.

The Misconception of Appearances

Often, we judge ourselves and others based on outward appearances, assuming that a polished exterior reflects an equally composed interior. Through my journey and the experiences of my students, I've learned that this isn't always the case. Even the most poised individuals can struggle with self-expression and confidence.

Learning from the Greats

Reflecting on the wisdom of Robin Sharma and the paths of icons like Oprah, Brene Brown, Nelson Mandela, and Madonna, I've come to understand that originality often meets resistance. But it's in pushing through this resistance that true growth and impact occur.

My Mission and Yours

As I continue to champion heart, compassion, and truth in corporate America, I encourage you to do the same in your spheres. Remember, your voice matters. You have a unique message that the world needs to hear. Don't shy away from your truth, even if it feels edgy or unconventional.

Lynn Kirkham- Mirror Work

Your Role as an Empowered Speaker

You are more than just a speaker; you are a beacon of inspiration and change. Embrace your true voice, share it with conviction, and know that in doing so, you are not only fulfilling your purpose but also enriching the lives of others.

Together, let's transform our vulnerabilities into our greatest strengths. Let's be the speakers and leaders who dare to speak from the heart, knowing that our voices are not just heard, but deeply felt.

With heartfelt encouragement and unwavering support,

Lynn Kirkham - Yes You Can Speak - Public Speaking Coach

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