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Shola Kaye

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Award-winning speaker & founder of communications training company Speak Up And Shine, coach, author and singer

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The keynote speaker Shola Kaye is the founder of communications training company Speak Up And Shine. Shola delivers training and coaching, and has been featured in Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar and the BBC. She is a truly inspiring and unique speaker who knows how to entertain and engage with an audience.

Speaker Shola Kaye helps individuals communicate effectively in the workplace. Having the ability, courage and confidence to share your ideas authentically means you’ll avoid those “what if” moments. A diversity of voices and opinions helps organisations become more successful. Teams become more  innovative, more creative and build better solutions.

Award-winning speaker Shola Kaye shares practical tools, easy-to-use frameworks and insightful advice. Shola also delivers keynote presentations on public speaking and networking.

She is the author of two books: the soon to be published “Speak Up On The Spot” which helps readers become more effective during meetings and high pressure situations and “How To Be A D.I.V.A At Public Speaking” which uses accessible examples from the world of entertainment to help people become more engaging and effective presenters. Shola also provides corporate training, executive and employee coaching, as well as custom online programmes.

Shola has an undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University, studied teacher training at Oxford University and has an advanced degree in Neuroscience. She is often called upon to speak to STEM groups on the importance of combining tech skills with excellent communication.

Shola is also an international entertainer, having performed on four continents and studied stand-up comedy. As a speaker she is humorous, energetic and one-of-a-kind. Shola’s keynotes are interactive and engaging and she customizes them to fit the exact audience and event. Shola is ready to transform your audience and help you achieve success.

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    The Confidence to Speak Up & Succeed!

    • In this 1-hour, entertaining and interactive keynote, you will learn:
    • How to define confidence so you never undermine yourself with ‘comparison-itis’
    • 3 strategies to build your confidence
    • A variety of ways to deal with negative feedback and naysayers

    Keynote by speaker Shola Kaye

    How To Be A D.I.V.A At Public Speaking

    • In this powerful keynote presentation you will learn how to be a Dynamic and Inspiring speaker who creates Value and is Authentic
    • This keynote is based on Shola’s highly praised book “How To Be A D.I.V.A At Public Speaking”

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    Speak Up On The Spot

    • During this highly practical and interactive presentation, you’ll discover frameworks and strategies to help you excel during high pressure situations
    • Learn how to think on your feet and speak coherently with minimal preparation; use frameworks and structures that will enable tight, focused answers during Q&A sessions and job interviews; and hedge like a politician!
    • This presentation is useful for anyone who has to communicate under pressure, from execs and managers to those starting out in their careers
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"It was an absolute pleasure working with Shola at the Women in Engineering and Women in Technology Events that we ran this autumn. Shola is incredibly professional and flexible in her content set. It was evident from the start that her calm personality really put the conference delegates at ease, making them happy to take part in the interactive break out sessions. Her natural story-telling technique and humour kept the audience engaged throughout. Thank you Shola!

Campus Media- BigChoice Group

Campus Media- BigChoice Group

Shola was professional and friendly. She delivered an engaging speech and got the entire audience interacting with each other which was great.

Francesca Laudat

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
05.11.2018

Interview with Shola Kaye

How did you begin your speaking career?

I’d been working as a professional singer for a number of years when I read one of High Performance Coach Brendon Burchard’s books about sharing your message. In one chapter he described the life of a public speaker, and what it felt like to inspire an audience and transform people’s lives. That chapter made me feel incredibly emotional and I took it as a sign that public speaking was for me.

A while later, I signed up for some speaker training and as soon as it began, I was hooked. I knew that I wanted to speak professionally and within a year and a half of that day I secured my first professional speaking opportunity.

What are your biggest goals in your life/career currently?

One of my current goals is to complete my second book, called ‘Speak Up On The Spot’. I need to make a few more corrections before I send it off to be edited. I’d wanted to complete it last year but life gets in the way! The book contains strategies for communicating with more power using frameworks, dealing with difficult questions and being heard during meetings.

As an introvert who once had a corporate career, it’s a book I would have benefited from hugely during my days as as a consultant and an account director and I’m hoping that many who struggle with communication in the workplace will find it useful.

What are 3 habits for success?

I actually have a speech about this! I would say that three habits that have served me well are

  • To think as an experimenter rather than an expert. We can get really attached to being right which leads us to take fewer risks and to be less innovative, so I think it’s important to realise we don’t have all the answers.
  • To delegate certain tasks so I can focus on my areas of strength. I have a mechanic type personality profile which means I like to try things out and get involved in everything. But sometimes that’s not the most efficient or effective behaviour.
  • To realise that done is better than perfect. Roll up your sleeves, get on with it and don’t procrastinate!

Who or what inspires you most?

I’m inspired by people who make the tough decision to speak out and stand up for the greater good, even when it’s easier to hide away or stay quiet.

Why do clients typically hire you to speak?

I tend to combine communications skills training, storytelling and (sometimes) a bit of singing in my speeches, as well as lots of interactivity and audience engagement. Clients typically want me to wake the audience up, make them smile and transform they way they communicate, whether during workplace meetings, tough situations or more conventional public speaking scenarios.

Do you have a favourite experience from your speaking career?

I recently gave the closing keynote at an event here in London and afterwards, several attendees approached me and said that they were inspired to speak up and be more visible at work as a result of my speech. I inject a bit of humour and lighthearted fun into every talk but ultimately, it’s a huge honour to be able to influence people’s lives and it’s one I take very seriously.  

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5 out of 5 stars

"Shola was professional and friendly. She delivered an engaging speech and got the entire audience interacting with each other which was great."

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