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Stop saying sorry

Maja Jovanovic

travels from Canada

Women's Advocate, sociologist, author, and TEDx speaker

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5 out of 5 stars

“Wow, Professor Maja’s was not just excellent – it was the best I’ve seen in 7 years organizing our conference”.

Erin Burba, Senior Program Director, EUCI See all references

Why you should book Maja Jovanovic for your next event:

  • She has a strong academic background with a Ph.D. that focuses on the sociology of women’s health.
  • Her informal, humorous, and energetic speaking style both educates and inspires women to get right out of their comfort zone and take action.
  • She can customize her talks and presentations to different audience types and needs.
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Maja Jovanovic is a sociologist, author, and TEDx speaker. She is a genuine confidence-builder who dislikes unnecessary apologizing. She comes from an academic background and graduated with a Ph.D. in sociology focusing on the sociology of women's health. She has dedicated years of her life to researching the reasons behind why women may, unfortunately, lack confidence; and focus on perceived personal faults as opposed to focusing on strengths, skills, and abilities.

Why you should book Maja Jovanovic for your next event:

  • She has a strong academic background with a Ph.D. that focuses on the sociology of women’s health.
  • Her informal, humorous, and energetic speaking style both educates and inspires women to get right out of their comfort zone and take action.
  • She can customize her talks and presentations to different audience types and needs.

After graduating, Maja Jovanovic had no clear idea of what she wanted her career to be, but then she attended an academic conference which completely changed the path of her research, her career, and indeed her life. At the conference, Maja saw how women at the pinnacle and prime of their careers would over-apologize for mundane issues. From that point on, she went on a genuine crusade against apologizing – no more sorry!

Maja Jovanovic the author of “Hey Ladies, Stop Apologizing… and other career mistakes women make”, is downright sick and tired of women apologizing – when saying sorry is a trait primarily associated with women and girls, we are faced with a very serious problem. Only when women cease to focus on the purely negative aspects of life and begin to give themselves credit for all the wonderful things they are doing. One can become more confident on a personal level and begin to boost feelings of self-worth. After all, It is ok to remind yourself that you are great!

When she is not giving talks, Maja is either teaching Sociology of Health part-time at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, or conducting her own research.

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Forget the Apologies & learn how to lead with confidence

Do you find yourself apologizing for no good reason? Do you deflect praise or minimize your accomplishments? Are you frustrated that women’s confidence is often perceived as arrogance? Do you find it exasperating that we live in a world of double-standards where the burden of proof for women’s competence is so much higher? If this sounds like you, then this is the workshop for you!

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover why women over apologize, how we’re perceived and how we can switch out “apology-lingo” for leadership-lingo
  • Discuss how our confidence & communication styles are influenced by unconscious gender & racial biases
  • Learn about the latest research on confidence & apologies coming out of Prof. Maja’s 5-year global study
  • Discuss actionable science-backed strategies on how we can grow our confidence
Keynote by Maja Jovanovic

Perfectionism is Paralysis: How to boost your confidence without multitasking or people-pleasing

Does perfectionism or fear of failure hold you back? Do you set impossible standards and goals for yourself? Do you get overwhelmed with the strains on your time that you resort to multitasking? Do you say “yes” to other people’s demands of your time when you really want to say “no”? If so, then this is the workshop for you!

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss different types of perfectionism and how it shows up in our personal and professional lives.
  • Examine how our Automatic Negative Thought (ANT’s) can fuel our perfectionist tendencies and lead to poor coping strategies (like procrastination, multitasking & people-pleasing).
  • Examine how our people-pleasing habits (the disease to please!) keep us locked into saying yes to everyone else’s demands of our time.
  • Learn how science backed strategies of monotasking and deep work are the antidote to multitasking.
Keynote by Maja Jovanovic

How Male Allies & Gender Bias influence women’s confidence

Are you frustrated that women’s confidence is often perceived as arrogance and lack of likeability? Are you frequently interrupted during meetings? Do you deflect praise or minimize your accomplishments? Are you wondering how men can be part of the solution too? If so, then this is the workshop for you!

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss how our confidence & communication styles are influenced by unconscious gender & racial biases
  • Understand how male allyship is a state of learning & knowledge sharing combined with consistent ally actions in both public and private settings.
  • Learn about the latest research on confidence coming out of Prof. Maja’s 5-year global study
  • Discuss actionable science-backed strategies on how men can be better allies to women at home, in their social life and at work.
Keynote by Maja Jovanovic

I thought it was just me: Unpacking the Imposter Syndrome we all feel

The imposter syndrome is the inability to own your successes. Have you ever felt like you don’t belong, that you’re not good enough? Do you worry that you’ve fooled people and you’ll be exposed as an imposter or fraud? Imposters tend to deflect praise and minimize their accomplishments. They attribute their successes to external sources like “being lucky”.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the common fears behind the imposter syndrome and identify how it shows up in your life
  • Discuss how our confidence & communication styles are influenced by unconscious gender & racial biases
  • Learn the latest research on confidence coming out of Prof. Maja’s 5-year global study
  • Understand the poor coping tactics we employ that lead to procrastination, avoidance & perfectionist habits

Maja Jovanovic's TEDx: How Apologies Kill Our Confidence

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5 out of 5 stars

“Wow, Professor Maja’s was not just excellent – it was the best I’ve seen in 7 years organizing our conference”.

Erin Burba, Senior Program Director, EUCI See all references

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