Michelle Johansen is a popular and engaging public speaker. In addition to having hosted over 120 Women’s Development Forum meetings in Guernsey and Jersey she regularly speaks for professional bodies and companies at “lunch and learn” sessions.
Over the years Michelle has spoken at events for the Chamber of Commerce, Institute of Directors, CIPD, Women at One, U3A, Business Connect and the Jersey Leadership Conference amongst others.
Each year Michelle offers her services free for a limited number of charitable, professional body and community events. For other speaking engagements she charges a fee for her services details of which can be obtained by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org Michelle’s talks are available from 20 minute to 1 hour.
Michelle calls herself a feminist and advocated gender equality in many of her talks. However she is keen to engage with mixed gender audiences taking the stance that being pro-women doesn’t mean being in anyway anti-men.
The topics below are a sample of talks Michelle has given in the past and would be happy to give again. To discuss possible other topics please contact her on the email above, since, as and when time allows, she is happy to design other bespoke talks.
Unconscious bias happens when our brains make incredibly quick assessments of people and situations without us realising. These biases are influenced by our background, cultural environment and personal experiences. This is all totally normal and indeed in many cases very useful.
What we learn however is that issues such as gender bias aren’t the work of nasty consciously biased people, but the consequence of the unconscious programming in both men and women.
Therefore the only way to make change happen is for us all to become conscious of and then own our biases.
Public Speaking for the Terrified
Public speaking is routinely rated as one the top phobias, but it is usually a fear of being afraid imprinted as children that keeps us stuck in this unhelpful loop.
Having overcome her own fear of public speaking Michelle introduces some of the science and know-how behind how to overcome this fear to make a possible career derailer into a potential career enabler.
This talk won’t cure your fear but might encourage you to sign up for a course of action that will!
From Patriarchy to Partnership
A gallop through 5000+ years of the Patriarchy and how attitudes towards the roles of men and women in society evolved through the 20th Century. Moving on into the 21st Century with the advent of gender fluidity, #MeToo and fourth wave feminism.
In this talk we explore how gender equality isn’t a battle to be won by taking sides, but requires each of us to realise what we need to do differently to create a true partnership between the genders at work.
Overcoming Immunity to Change
Research shows that when doctors tell heart patients they will die if they don’t change their habits, only 1 in 7 will be able to follow through successfully.
Desire and motivation aren’t enough, even when it’s literally a matter of life and death; the unconscious desire to stay the same will usually prevail.
Utilising the ground breaking “Immunity to Change” Model by Kegan and Lahey, we can discover our hidden commitment to inertia and move past these internal blockers.
The lack of good mentoring and sponsorship for women are some of the most sited reasons for lack of progress in women’s careers.
In this talk we look at how mentoring might be different for the genders and how to benefit from the plus points while avoiding the pitfalls.
We also look at repercussions of #MeToo on mentoring relationship in the workplace.