Alicia Dara is a nationally acknowledged speech and presentation coach based mostly in Seattle, Washington. She works to assist CEOs, VPS, Executive Directors and even Presidential candidates to interrupt by way of their blocks and discover their ‘Power Voice‘ which she has coined as, “The clearest, strongest, most assured manner of expressing your self so you will get seen, heard and seen at work.” And whereas she helps leaders of every kind connect with their inner voice and achieve confidence, she is especially enthusiastic about serving to ladies to push again once more office sexism. Today Dara is continuous to work with a broad swath of company shoppers and in addition starting to jot down her first guide.
Dara’s story, as informed to The Story Exchange 1,000+ Stories Project:
Women are dealing with critical obstacles on their profession path: sexism, racism, homophobia and transphobia that may depart them feeling undervalued and downright invisible. Yet the ladies I work with are clever, achieved, and extremely hard-working, they usually need to be seen and heard. My background as a singer means I’ve all the time been in contact with my Power Voice, and I acknowledge the distinction it makes. My work as a feminist activist means I perceive the facility of ladies’s voices talking out, individually and collectively.
When I began to show Power Voice speech, presentation, and communication methods to my shoppers, I noticed that they’d enormous breakthroughs of their work efficiency and recognition. I additionally noticed that when ladies discover their Power Voice they will work collectively to push again on the forces that search to oppress them within the office. I would like all ladies to know this energy.
I imagine that success ought to all the time be outlined by the person by way of her private priorities and values. That mentioned, I acknowledge the significance of collective success for ladies as we work to realize political, social and financial parity. For myself I do know that monetary success holds no worth with out the robust sense of objective I really feel in my work with ladies, and the methods I see it manifest of their successes.
My largest successes come from breakthrough moments when shoppers understand that they’re way more highly effective than they beforehand believed. Working with a bunch of over 2,000 ladies from world wide throughout a Microsoft occasion final yr was a excessive level, as so a lot of them nonetheless write to inform me the extraordinary issues they’re doing with their Power Voices.
As a solo enterprise proprietor I’m the technique, advertising, monetary ops, and client-serving power of my enterprise, which takes a ton of time that I’d reasonably spend with shoppers. Up till this level scaling has come from working with giant teams of ladies, which I’m in a position to do by way of my company shoppers. Like all solopreneurs I’m engaged on a “huge break” second the place I can create one thing that appeals to a a lot bigger viewers. This is why I’m presently engaged on my first guide, however I’d additionally love to do an episodic TV present the place I can showcase the work I do with ladies and their many extraordinary accomplishments.
My position fashions are the extraordinary shoppers that I get to work with. Aside from that I’m impressed by the Power Women of music like Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, and Janet Jackson, all of whom overcame great obstacles to change into legends.