If the idea of participating in a two-hour intensive program on public speaking, followed by delivering a presentation on a subject of your choosing on a stage, fills you with “the fear”, then you should unquestionably consider making yourself a candidate for next year’s ‘Finding Your Voice’ cohort. I assure you; you won’t be disappointed!
Out of a pool of 27 applicants, five of us were fortunate enough to be selected for this exciting opportunity. Gathered from various backgrounds and experiences in the field of finance, Lackshana Ponnampalam, Magui Santos Silva, Caroline Vincent, Megan Pope, and myself (Camilla Mather) started the bootcamp with Alison Campbell coaching us. With a two-hour time-limit, we needed to select a topic and master the art of delivering it in an impactful and captivating manner, with our skills to be put to the test in front of an audience of peers from across the finance sector. Despite the limited time, the group quickly bonded, engaging in fruitful discussions about our individual passions and developing the narratives for our respective speeches.
The two hours flew by and before we knew it was our turn to take to the stage, as the room filled, our nerves heightened but we mustered the courage. One thing which we always had in our minds was the supportive environment that we were in, the audience wanted us to succeed and that really helped suppress any nervous thoughts. The time on the stage was such an adrenaline rush but every one of us left the lectern with a huge sense of achievement and pride. Magui and Megan were voted as joint winners by the panel, both speaking to highly emotive topics and very much deserved.
We were all lucky enough to be invited to participate on a panel at the IMPower FundForum in Monaco; an exciting opportunity to put the skills we learnt to the test. The focal point was centred around the scenario of “If I were a CEO,” prompting us to delve into the necessary qualities that modern-day workforce leaders must possess, distinctly different from those of a decade ago. We had a newfound confidence from the bootcamp and this definitely came to the fore when speaking in front of industry leaders.
It was a truly empowering experience and a good lesson learned that when “the fear” kicks in and your mind wants to say ‘no’, these are most often the opportunities you should take!
A great initiative organised by WIAS and hosted by Informa.