I’m a firm believer that prevention is better than cure. I love empowering women to change, to unpick destructive coping habits and form new, loving ways of treating themselves and progressing in their lives. However, the opportunity to speak to teenagers, especially girls, and to pass on the life lessons I have learnt through my own journey, means that they might chose a different path for themselves from the outset.
Instead of being negatively influenced by external pressures such as their peers and the media, slipping into ways that are self-destructive and learning through costly mistakes, after hearing my talk girls become inspired to choose a path that is full of honouring themselves, standing up for themselves against a range of outside pressures, resilience in the face of setbacks, and courage to raise their aspirations.
My talks to teenagers are best suited to ages 14-18, and fit extremely well into school PSHE framework, as well as into a lunchtime or after school lecture slot.
The feedback received so far is that my story impacts, inspired and empowers girls enormously. My talks combine my usual engaging style that weaves powerful stories with calls to action that make the learnings directly applicable and implementable.
I am a student in year 10 and you delivered a speech to us about how we should go with what we want as women and how we should be ourselves and not change for anyone else because the more we change for others, the further away we get from our true selves. I found your speech really uplifting and remarkable. It really made me think and realise that if things do go wrong in life then there is always a second chance for everyone, like there was for you. I found your speech about your life very inspiring and made me feel good about myself as a young woman growing up in the society we live in today. I’m sure lots of the other girls in the audience feel that way too. Thank you for teaching me that being yourself is the best you can be and that nobody should change who you truly are – I found that very eloquent and inspiring.
I’m in year 10 and was in the front row slightly left of you, when you gave your Permission to Shine speech today. I felt a need to tell you how amazing I thought you and your speech was. As soon as you started talking and moving you blossomed into this amazingly beautiful inspiring person. I felt that I knew you because you were so there, in the moment. Everything you said was valuable and one thing in particular was the phrase ‘say what you mean but don’t be mean about what you say.’ I instantly loved that and I already want to swear by it. It was one of my New Year’s Resolutions to be courageous and actually feel what I want to feel and say what I want to say. I felt so much awe for you, and respect. The way you made some things that we have heard before be different, not cringey and like a breath of fresh air is true talent. I have already started to reflect and there have been several occasions in the past when I’ve gone along with things I don’t like or felt like I had to bitch about someone, but I say no more! So, Harriet I just wanted to personally thank you more than I can say in words for making me realise stuff, for making me feel more inspired than I have ever done, for making me and my friend have a 20 minute conversation about everything you said, and for making me feel empowered! Now I’m walking home in the rain and I’m cold but it doesn’t matter, because I feel great and I feel INSPIRED. p.s. your hair frickin’ rocks!
Your story touched and inspired me, that the past is in the past, and we should be proud of who we are. I just wanted to thank you for coming to talk to us.
I’m a highly sought-after speaker in the personal development, corporate and educational worlds. Speaking gives me the chance to inspire and empower large groups of people at once, passing on my wisdom, experience, tools and processes. My style on stage is to use a mixture of delivering great content, story-telling and audience engagement through impactful exercises to brilliant effect.
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