As a farmer’s daughter growing up on a farm in the West of Ireland in the 1980s, the notion of being confident wasn’t something that was on the radar for me!
As a child who was painfully shy and would go red every time I had to speak up in class, my communication skills weren’t the best! I look back now and that world seems like a million miles away from where I am now – a confident communicator who empowers others to live their potential as leaders, business owners and entrepreneurs.
So how did I make the leap?
Sometimes there is a fire inside of you that is stronger than what holds you back. For me, that fire & passion was my love for English and History. The power of words, the adventure of history – stories of courageous people who changed the world – how can you not be inspired? I studied English & History in University College Galway and went on to teach English as a foreign language (having qualified as a TEFL teacher) in Turin, Italy.
Despite being just 21, I was teaching English to business owners, corporate professionals, University Students, lawyers, international trainers & antique dealers.
It was here that I learned the importance of communicating clearly and also to appreciate diversity and inclusion.
When I moved back to Ireland, I started working in Vodafone. This was also where I began my leadership path and earned a reputation as someone with a passion for people and results winning the “Empathy Champion” and “Hero Awards”.
A transition to the Financial Services sector brought me to whole new industry where I led claims processing teams for an Insurance company. After five years, it was time to explore the world of eCommerce. eBay beckoned and it was here, as a leader of multicultural, multifunctional teams that I was awarded “Manager of the Year EMEA” as well as various awards for innovation and team engagement.
Regardless of whether it was telecommunications, financial services or eCommerce, I have always found that success in business and leadership always came from empowering people to reach their potential by helping them to build their confidence and communication skills.
So in 2014, I decided to create my own entrepreneurial adventure based on that exact concept – Empowering people to reach their potential in business and leadership through confidence building and improved communications!
I am particularly passionate about female entrepreneurship because as a female entrepreneur myself, I know we have a few extra hurdles to climb over in terms of confidence so this is a topic that particularly excites me!
With a professional life, executive & career coaching qualification (QQI award in The Ethics of Coaching), I have worked with professionals from Financial Services, Investment Banking, Pharmaceutical, Public Sector, Medical, eCommerce, Wellbeing, Recruitment and Public Relations industries as well as hosting workshops in the areas of confidence, communication, business, entrepreneurship and leadership.
When I am not running workshops, doing talks or coaching people, you’ll find me at home with my lovely husband, two beautiful girls and miniature schnauzer! I am a member of Toastmasters and have had the privilege of holding a number of committee positions including Secretary, PR and Club President. I am probably one of the few people you will ever meet who counts public speaking as one of her hobbies!
I am beyond thrilled to be living my passion and feel that by empowering people to be better leaders and successful business owners. I am living my purpose and I want to help you to live your’s. If you feel that confidence and communication are skills that would make you a better leader or a more sucessful business owner, do something about it. Check out my list of events here…