“When I saw this wonderful post from past-President @barackobama today I did a double take; one of his oldest advisers, Valerie Jarrett, has written a memoir called ‘Finding My Voice’ - what a great name for a book!
When I started my business, Positive Pathways, almost 20 years ago, one of my main priorities was to help the people I worked with to find their voice and that’s why I incorporated it into my logo last year.
I realised it was important enough to me that I wanted it to be the first thing people saw after reading my company name.
But what does finding your voice REALLY mean?
Well, like Barack Obama says, it’s about being heard. Really heard. Being able to voice your inner most thoughts with confidence and authenticity, and ultimately about feeling empowered. One of the surprising things that I‘ve come to realise is that I have been helping other people to find their voice, speak their truth and stand in their power.
For so many years, I hadn’t done that for myself. Crazy..I know! It’s like the plumber who has a leaky tap eh!!
I wonder what difference it could have made when I started my business if I had had someone like me to help ME find my voice earlier. This is probably why I have always been so passionate about doing this for my clients.
And it’s not about being a tall poppy and blowing your own trumpet.
This is something that all business leaders need to be able to do to engage their people and get them on board with their vision. It’s what an entrepreneur needs to able to do to get funding for their new ideas and take their business to the next level. It’s about team members being able to speak up and share their ideas in meetings and to stay strong when someone tries to talk over them.
It’s a skill that we ALL need to possess in order for us to thrive; to stand in our power and become the best version of ourselves.
Valerie’s book sounds both inspiring and fascinating. Obama obviously has a huge amount of respect and admiration for her. I love how he says "@ValerieBJarrett’s voice has often inspired me and I know her memoir will inspire others to lift their voices, too.” That’s my purpose. To help others to find their voice, speak their truth and stand in their power.
It often only takes one person to make a difference in someone's life - inspire you to find your voice, change your path or just to believe in you.
Who has inspired you? How did it help you to be heard, change your life for the better or enable you to take a different path?
Let me know in the comments here or over on my Linkedin page where I've also published this article.