Above: part of the Business class I spoke to at CSUSM…LOTS of promising stars here!!
Hello SOTGC community,
I recently did my first SOTGC speaking engagement to an amazing Business Class at CSUSM, on “Intrapreneurship and Corporate Venturing,” they also had questions on my experience into becoming an entrepreneur.
Two years ago I had my “Mirror, Mirror” moment when I took a week to fly into the corporate office of my company and spend a week helping train the new sales reps we had hired. A week after I returned I got an email with the feedback from the class and it was BRUTAL. Their comments were basically, “although Marney is obviously an excellent device rep, she made us feel belittled, she was cold and unapproachable, and kind of an a$$hole.”
That began my journey of becoming more self-aware, of personal growth and development on fixing my internal insecurities so that I could accomplish what I wanted to externally (educate and inspire), and now two years later…it looks like the hard work is paying off.
Below is an email from the course instructor who was kind enough to give me a shot at public speaking. Thank you Jim and to all the amazing students in the class I spoke with. The sky is the limit ladies and gentleman, can’t wait to see you fly!
Once again, thank you for taking the time to speak to our class. In answer to the 3 questions:
1. I learned a lot from the speaker’s presentation
2. I enjoyed the speaker’s presentation.
3. The speaker was inspiring to me.
We received agrees on all of them (Disagree/Neutral/Agree) with the strongest response to “The speaker was inspiring to me.”
I’ve appended the open-ended comments from the class below.
Jim Hamerly, Ph.D.
Director of Business Community Relations
College of Business Administration
California State University San Marcos
I really appreciated that she was honest and genuine about what she told us. There was no lecturing or preaching to us, she told us how she got where she is right now and things that helped or hindered it. I enjoy that you could tell she was being herself and was willing to talk about her faults as well as the things that made her successful.
Marney has good public speaking skills and should continue to pursue it.
She is also very motivational and I believe she could help give a lot of women the push they need to go after what they want.
I had a question I really wanted to ask at the end about the glass ceiling, but since we were talking about a very sensitive topic to many, I couldn’t find the proper way to phrase my question.
I liked the setup of having us ask questions before hand to facilitate a class discussion.
When she talked about perception versus reality, I felt that every one of us has a struggle with that at some point and maybe consistently to some extent. I feel that after I complete a group project I immediately have a perspective on the assignment that is different than later. It is important to me to keep this in mind as I continue through my life so that I can act on reality, not just a perception of it.
The speaker was good and she answered some of my question I wrote on the assignment before. I like how she is a women entrepreneur because if you look around there not lots of women entrepreneurs. When I look around my entrepreneurship classes the most girls I have ever seen would be six. Having her come in made me realize that I, or any women can be entrepreneur.
Marney was easy to relate to and easy to talk to. She made herself open and honest. I was still a little confused what her plan was for the next couple years whether it was continuing Stilettos on the Glass Ceiling or working in her current company.
I felt that Marney was very approachable and relatable. She talked about the transition that occurred in her life from going out to focusing more on success which resonated with me because I feel that I am slowly starting to switch to this mind frame. Jenn also introduced the reality of financing a new venture when she revealed that she is waitressing part time. It was inspiring to see two people who are very driven to succeed because you could see their passion about their respective ventures.
I enjoyed how candid Marney was. Through her explaining that her ego was the downfall in her attempt as an intrapreneur, I saw the humor in what she was explaining. Sometimes we feel as if we need to be tough or over-confident, as females, in order to be respected. Ultimately, I learned through her story that being true to yourself will get you farther than putting on an act. I thought she was relatable and witty. I enjoyed the presentation.
I really enjoyed Marney’s presentation. Her personality really stood out to me and I believe that she has the right mind set for her business ventures. She was inspiring to me to want to be successful and start a business as soon as I can. She also gave us an insight to business interviews and how to go about picking a company to work for. I like the fact that she learned from her mistakes and was able to share them to us.
Below: The introductory slide…hey…it’s my first speaking engagement…this is really exciting for me 🙂