Susan Barber is an accomplished Executive Coach, Leadership Development Facilitator and Information Technology & Consumer Goods Business Leader.
She spent over 20 years in the Consumer Goods Industry as an IT and Leadership Executive. She left her corporate career to become a leading Executive Coach who partners with business professionals to accelerate their results by building confidence and enhancing their leadership skills.
On today’s episode Susan talks about her journey, struggle and shares some insights and invaluable tips on how to pursue our passion, face our fears, do what we love, stay disciplined and true to ourselves.
My challenge was to give a 7 minutes inspirational speech. It was my first time ever, and I nearly had a heart attack before I went up the stage. Public speaking was my biggest fear but fortunately, I never, ever shy away from any challenge or fear so I faced it head on. By saying that I got a lot of help from my wonderful friends, mentor and hubby and the speech was well received. I won the first two rounds and came third at Division level.
No trip to Vancouver this year, sorry to all my Canadian friends!
After each competition, people came up to me and asked if I could record my speech because they want to share it with their loved ones.
I was hesitant at first because I didn’t think it was good enough. But one day I overheard my hubby’s good mate Gary Vee saying “don’t be fancy” so here it is :)
Genna is a beautiful young lady. She dedicates her life and sacrifices her personal finances to help the poor and the underprivileged half way around the world. At the age of 19 she raised enough money to build a school for the people in a remote community in Kenya. And she has been unstoppable ever since. She has a nine to five job just like most of us and every free moment she gets she spends on raising funds to provide financial assistance, basic needs and teach the women and children in Kenya life skills so that they can stand on their own feet.
She’s full of life, passion and love. She goes above and beyond to help those in need. She’s a rare kind and such a great pleasure to know.
My guest for today’s episode is one of the most humble and grateful beings I have ever met.
Deng Adut was snatched from his mother’s arms when he was just six years old. He was forced to fight for the South Sudanese rebels as a child. After several years of fighting, by chance, he ran into one of his relatives and was smuggled out of the country. He immigrated to Australia as a teenager where he taught himself how to read, write and speak English. He earned a scholarship with the Western Sydney University and went on to become a defence Lawyer, refugee advocate and an author.
You are all invited to my friend Deng’s book launch on the 26th October 7pm at Kinokuniya bookstore in Sydney. Please come and join us.
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Watch the short and powerful video which brought Deng’s story to mainstream attention
Claire Ashman spent most of her life unwillingly in different cults. Almost four decades later she woke up to reality and walked away from the only environment she had known. She left the cult, her husband and raised eight children on her own. She spent years of soul searching and professional counseling to get her life back on track. Today, Claire is an aspiring author and an anti-cult activist. She travels around Australia sharing her life journey and helping others in similar circumstances to deal with the challenge.