Are you looking for a speaker for your next event? Are you interested in reaching out to the disadvantaged or hurting in your community? Do you have members who need encouragement to seek help?
My powerful testimony, combined with up-to-date research, encourages participants to look at issues in a refreshing and supportive, yet challenging way.
Contact me to discuss how you'd like me to adapt my stories in a unique way which matches up with your business's current area of focus.
Some of my topics are:
I inspire others to face up to their fears. As a young adult, I never would have dreamt I'd be a public speaker. In 2008 I had to overcome my fear as I began to speak out. Over time it became easier. I will encourage audience members to step out of their comfort zone and follow life's paths bravely.
Working with the Disadvantaged
I taught literacy and numeracy to TAFE students who were homeless, abused, ex- prisoners, on drugs, and self-harming. From there I moved to a secondary college where students had severe learning difficulties, in many cases a result of their home-life. I then moved into chaplaincy at a primary school, where I worked with a large number of broken families, very young parents, third generation unemployed, and refugees. I have great compassion for the neediest people in our society. I share these experiences, encouraging others to see the disadvantaged in a new light and to reach out to people in need.
As a result of workplace bullying, I experienced depression. Counselling led to many areas of my past being uncovered and dealt with, so that I was able to step out into the public sphere and overcome many of my fears. I speak about how dealing with depression has set me free. Depression is still an area many people feel uncomfortable to talk about or admit to having. I aim to remove these fears and to encourage others to seek help.
Bullying and Abuse
Much has been in the news of late about people who suffer abuse in its various forms. I have experienced abuse in many spheres. As a child, I was afraid of her father. I was bullied at school myself and experienced my own children and students being bullied. Later, I experienced a subtle form of verbal and text bullying in the workplace, which gradually pulled me down until I took stress leave. I have observed over-control of partners in others' marriages and seen the long-term effect on the spouses and children. I explain how to recognise bullying, even in it's more subtle forms, as well as its long-term impact on people's lives.
I suffered from epilepsy for many years and, while parenting three children under the age of 10, had brain surgery. This led to six months of being incapacitated. I speak about living with epilepsy, the fears of surgery, the wonderful help I received, and how this decision changed my life.