Tech Future Female Leaders Session 3: Confidence. Bravery and Career Path Changing

Jun 25th, 2019

I’m over half way through the series now and I feel more confident, talk  more confidently and even walk  more confidently around the office.  I’m feeling fully equipped to carve out the future that I’ve always secretly wanted.

Our Tech Future Female Leaders programme is designed to develop and empower female leaders in the technology sector. In session 3 our cohort heard from motivational speaker Penny Haslam on how to make themselves a little more famous, here Maria shares her experience of the session.

Have you ever been to a workshop and you felt like you’ve really connected with the agenda and the trainer?  Well workshop 3  led by Penny Haslam was one of those workshops!

It was centred around how to raise our personal brand and profile both internally and externally, and seeking out opportunities to become that little bit more famous.  The content was engaging, insightful, practical and gave us plenty of food for thought.  And as has been the theme throughout this series of workshops, we, as a group, communicated well, and continued to share our experiences, challenges, hopes and fears.  The respect we have one for each other is palpable and we’ve created a safe environment to be open with our feelings, which has been really quite cathartic!

Moving on to the exercises on the day, these were interactive and well, fun!  Penny threw us in a bit at the deep end with standing up and giving mini presentations to the rest of the group but we were all up for the challenge and supportive of one another. The second half of the session involved the Big Task and we had to pick from one of three options –be part of an interview panel, stand up and give a three minute presentation using the ‘Face’ framework or  the video challenge…a 90 second selfie video on a topic which is pertinent to you.  

I must have been feeling brave that day as I volunteered to do the video,

although the minute I put my hand up, I was having second thoughts. I opted to go for a work related topic I was passionate about it and invested in, and then  I was given 30 minutes to prepare what I was going to say and  in which order and then straight into it, no messing.  Lights, camera, action. And do you know something, it wasn’t that scary and I did it in one take! 

Well this brave version of Maria must have still be hanging around later in the evening as I felt the impulse to share my video on LinkedIn and the reception I’ve received   has been overwhelming.  My little 90 second video has had over 3800 views to date and loads of likes and comments. And not just about being brave and sharing on social media, but there were comments on the topic I was talking about sparking off little side discussions and debates. Result!

I don’t know if I’ve said it already in a previous blog, but

this course is career path changing. 

I’m over half way through the series now and I feel more confident, talk  more confidently and even walk  more confidently around the office.  I’m feeling fully equipped to carve out the future that I’ve always secretly wanted.

The next cohort of Tech Future Female Leaders starts in September 2019 for more information and how to apply get in touch hello@techreturners.com