I was recently invited onto the Rise of The Achiever Podcast hosted by Robert Muruli. We recorded this podcast with a literal ocean between us as Robert is in the States and I’m based in the UK. Robert has a passion for telling unique individual stories from across the world through voices from the African diaspora and it was good to discuss some of the lessons I’ve learnt in business and in life as a whole. One of my key takeaways from this conversation was the fact that I had so much youthful vigour when I first started my business. I had a hunger and a passion that did not take into consideration the very real barriers that I would face as a Black woman who grew up working class in the UK. I admit I was inspired and motivate not only by my environment but by the idea that you can achieve anything when you put your mind to it. Though there is some truth in this statement it doesn’t take into consideration external factors that are often out of our control – no amount of positive thinking or motivational quotes can dismantle structures that are set up to limit and discourage marginalised groups. So while I appreciate and honour my journey I am aware that entrepreneurship isn’t necessarily the fix all leveller that I grew up thinking it would be. But that makes my journey even more unique and hopefully more encouraging – my honesty serves to offer insights that are sometimes overlooked in the journey of success. I am grateful for the opportunity to share my story:
Robert highlights stories of individuals from known and not-so-known backgrounds who are self made and who have built their path to achievement brick by brick. In this episode we spoke about the changing landscape of public relations and what businesses can do to stay relevant and stay mindful during a crisis.
Finding opportunities to bring PR and current affairs together is something that I absolutely love to do. The ability to assess and breakdown every day news and even pop culture from a public relations perspective is not only insightful but allows for deeper critical thinking. I recently joined Bieneosa and Paul of PR Bants on Episode 43 of their podcast. We had a great conversation which was not only challenging but allowed us to take a deep dive into some of the issues that were trending on our social media timelines at the time of recording.
The episode covered:
The leaked Labour Party report #LabourLeaks
How world leaders are responding to the coronavirus pandemic
Why Downing Street should open up press briefings to diverse media oulets
How to tackle 5G conspiracy theories and dealing with misinformation
Zoom’s security issues and the impact it’s having on the platform’s reputation
Bieneosa Ebite and Paul Nezandonyi both work in public relations and use the PR Bants podcast as an opportunity to explore current affairs through a PR lens with a bit of banter thrown in. Tweet @PRbants using the hashtag #PRbants
During difficult times like the one we are currently collectively facing in 2020 it can often feel hard to find moments of joy. We are faced with traumatic news updates that can often feel overwhelming. For those of us who are working or run a business we are still trying to maintain our workflow under uncertain circumstances and it can all feel so stressful and confusing. There is also an underlying pressure to carry on as usual despite the very real fact that everything we are currently going through is unusual. This pressure can compound our collective anxiety and make us feel lost or alone. This is why it is so important to show ourselves compassion and be empathetic to others wherever possible. Finding joy during this time is key and though it may not always be easy, allowing ourselves to be joyful not only offers us hope but it can be soothing, reassuring and uplifting. Having conversations is one way that we can find joy and this conversation with Marverine Cole on her Fabulous Woman Podcast is an example of this. We looked at our coping mechanisms and what our collective “new normal” looks like. I believe that it is important to give ourselves the space to feel the fullness of our emotions and so finding joy is not about denying our pain, sorrow or sadness during this time, for me it is about keeping ourselves hopeful and mindful that we can heal and get through this. Tune into our conversation here which is the first episode of the second season:
The Fabulous Woman Podcast features personal accounts from ordinary women, who are doing some extraordinary things in their lives. Marverine Cole an award-winning radio and television presenter and news reporter who created this podcast series to highlight the voices of great women from around the UK.