My best friend of 35 years once said to me, “Tricia, I think you could make a story about a garbage bin sound interesting”.
She must have been right because storytelling has been my professional craft for more than 25 years.
I started my career as a cadet journalist at the number one rating metropolitan radio station where I grew up (just for fun, here’s a clip of me reading the news when I was 21 years-old and just five months in to my career).
In those days typewriters were the norm in TV newsrooms and mobile phones were bigger and heavier than house bricks.
Journalism took me to Channel 7 TV as a news and current affairs reporter and award-winning prime time presenter, and to the ABC as a radio news director and breakfast presenter.
What satisfied me most as a journalist was meeting people and telling stories that explored what it is to be a human being navigating the complexities of life, in all its messiness and beauty.
I believe in the power of sharing our personal stories to make an impact and difference in our own and other people’s lives.
I believe know we connect with stories and they impact us far more powerfully than any other type of information. I frequently experience this when I speak to audiences, as do my clients. I know how to ensure stories stay with audiences long after they hear or read them.
I believe the world needs more women to stand up and speak about what really matters (hint: it’s not money, power or winning wars in the ways we’ve been taught it should be).
I believe that trying to get more women on boards and into senior leadership positions won’t change a thing if we try to fit in with the ways it’s always been done. It’s time for us to stamp our unique brand of leadership on our missions to make a genuine difference that benefits the world, not just shareholders’ back pockets.
I believe it’s the stories we don’t dare tell that have the most power over us, and if we do decide to share them, we free ourselves and can help others too – if we want to.
I believe the quality of our voices matters, and we need to speak the truth. Good things might not always happen, but the right things will.
I believe there are people hungry to learn from your experiences, stories and wisdom. Your stories matter. They really do.
I believe that speaking our truth doesn’t make us “difficult”. I also believe it’s not easier to behave in ways that make other people feel comfortable at the expense of your own truth, even if it sometimes seems like it.
I believe there’s nothing wrong with you. You don’t need fixing. But deep down, you’ve probably bought into the notion that you do. It likely permeates your ideas, assumptions, habits and beliefs about yourself, and the way you stand up and speak – or keep your mouth shut.
I believe changing your mindset and doing inner work makes the biggest difference, but let’s not pretend it’s entirely up to us, individually, and that that’s enough. We’re up against a system designed to keep us silent and small.
I believe we can all be women of influence, far more simply and easily than we realise, if we stay close to our truth and protect ourselves from getting sucked in to the traps set all around us.
I believe we’re better together, when we support one another as a community.
I believe our stories and true voice – yours and mine – can change the world.
Each week or so I send a letter to my tribe sharing what I’m learning about being a woman trying to speak powerfully. You can get yours here.
I’ve played many roles in my career. For 20 years I worked as a prime time TV and radio news and current affairs journalist and presenter. I’ve been a consulting astrologer for 20 years, which included a stint as celebrity astrologer at Olivia Newton-John’s Gaia Retreat (I even did a reading for P!nk!). I also talked about what was happening in the heavens every week on Radio 4BC.
I’ve been a corporate communications consultant, women’s retreat leader, executive coach, voice artist, and I’ve taught disengaged teenagers. I’ve won awards as a TV newsreader and written two books.
Helping women to own who they are and what they say and do is my offering and mission, and gives me immense meaning in my world.
These are my formal qualifications:
- BA (Journalism)
- Diploma of Astrology (AGE International)
- Executive Coach: IECL Level 1 & 2
- Certificate IV in Training & Assessment
- Accredited Leadership Circle practitioner
- Certificate in Fierce Conversations
Here’s what you’ll get when we work together…
My full presence. Insightful questions. Deep intuition. Love and care. Access to the most powerful version of your yourself and your voice.
I’m known for my extraordinary warmth, easy laugh and humour. I’m also direct and no-nonsense, and see through to the parts you’re longing to let go of or let rip.
I want for you to become a powerful speaker and woman as much as you do. One more of us choosing inner peace and freedom over good and should makes a difference – for all of us.
If you’d like to find out more about working together, please click here.