I attended a Woman in Business lunch talk yesterday which I thoroughly enjoyed, I attended a similar session last year and could not wait to see what was installed this time around and pleasantly, I was not dissapointed at all. I found it really wonderful to meet other women during the networking session and to be empowered by the talks I heard by two inspirational and motivational speakers. The session started with Gemma Bourne, the Business Development Manager of Natwest saying that 52% of the population in UK are women and how important women are to the business world, she then went on to introduce the first speaker, Tana Dawn a women empowerment specialist and a No 1 best-sellers author on Amazon and Quilly Award recipient from the National Academy of Best-Selling Authors.
During the session Tana asked us a few important questions like:
How do we define ourself?
She said things such as where we are born, our education, culture, religion, parents etc defines us.
What holds us back from being the best version of ourselves?
Low self-esteem, low self-worth, low self-confidence, self-limiting beliefs, self-sabotage, feeling vulnerable and feeling inadequate/not good enough but most importantly she emphasized, it is FEAR.
She went on to say that we can change our ways and belief system by using one of the most powerful tool, our brain which consist of 3 pounds of muscle. She also said that by changing our ways we can create new neural pathways to help us change how we do things. She asked us to continually think of positive thoughts and empower ourselves by letting go of self-limiting beliefs, letting go of people, situations that no longer serve us, retrain the brain, self-love, self-care to empower ourselves and to use our voice – YOU ARE WHAT YOU THINK –
The Second speaker was Mandy Mitten, who is the Managing Director of Mitten Clarke. She spoke to us about her journey as a member of Team Great Britian on the Clipper Round the World Race and what she endured from United Kingdom to Rio and then to Cape Town which took about 3 months. She is such a strong woman to endure living is difficult conditions, constant 45 degree angle, with limited sleep, not being able to wash, confined living space and harsh weather conditions. She told us about the injury two of the crew obtained during the journey as well as one death. She told us about the hardship she went through as well as the joy and strength the journey has given her and how proud she is.
Hope you have enjoyed reading this post and it has inspired you a little. I will leave you with a quote by Marianne Williamson which Tana shared :
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequade
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?
Location : North Staff Medical Institute
Organised by: Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce
Sponsored by NatWest Business Banking
The money raised during the event was donated to : Alice Charity