WIP Workshop: Raising your profile and sharpening your public speaking skills

The EPA’s Project Diversity will be organising a series of Women in Paytech workshop. The first one will be held on 28th March.

The workshop will focus on encouraging women to participate in speaking and panel opportunities at payments conferences and to provide helpful processes and methods to solve the nerves related to public speaking. This will involve guidance and advice around preparation, delivering interactive presentations, and an extensive question and answer session. The ‘Raising your profile and sharpening your public speaking skills’ workshop will be led by an experienced executive coach and will feature a panel of female payments professionals from the EPA’s Women in PayTech group.

The event will be hosted at K&L Gates (1 New Change, London EC4M 9AF) between 4 pm to 6 pm and will be followed by networking drinks. Please ensure you arrive promptly between 3:30 – 4 pm.


16.00 to 16.45: Session 1:
•    Introduction and ice-breaker
•    What public speaking events should we be speaking at?
•    How do we get invited?
•    What is stopping us from accepting them, if we are offered?
•    In pairs, think about what topics would we want to speak on? What do we want to be the “go-to” person on?

16.45 to 17.45: Session 2:
•    Addressing some of the concerns that may have been highlighted above, the coach will share some tools and techniques to overcome them and to give everyone the confidence to speak at the next event they are offered.
•    It will be a really practical and interactive session with plenty of practice in small groups.

17.45 to 18.00: Wrap up and commitments

18.00 Networking

Victoria Speers – Executive Coach

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Victoria has been a full-time Executive Coach since 2009 and draws on her extensive knowledge of leadership, consultancy and corporate experience to coach senior executives and leadership teams to reach their full potential in order to drive tangible business and personal results. Victoria coaches in a broad variety of organisations on a global basis. She has extensive experience working within Financial Services, Insurance, FMCG, Technology, Retail, Manufacturing, Media and Publishing as well as in SMEs. She splits her time between coaching individuals and senior leadership teams.

Victoria started her career in the telecommunications industry and was the European HR Director of Telecom Italia. Victoria was then part of the leadership team which set up a telecoms brokerage and was involved in multiple acquisitions across the globe. It was during this time (at the start of the dot.com boom) that she realised there was a gap in the market for HR outsourcing to support fledging firms in their growth, sale and IPO ambitions. So in the late 1999, she set up an HR and recruitment outsourcing consultancy called Definitive Resource Management, which grew rapidly and supported a large number of successful companies in their early days. In 2001, Victoria sold her consultancy to TMP Worldwide / Hudson Global Resources and then went on to run Hudson’s Talent Management Consultancy for a further 8 years. During these years, she worked extensively within financial services and FTSE 100 firms developing and running their leadership programmes.

Victoria works with leaders helping them to find their authentic leadership style, to grow their confidence as a leader and to help them navigate and engage with the complex matrix systems they tend to find themselves in. Victoria’s style has been described as energising, pragmatic, action-oriented, challenging and entirely focused on developing individual and team performance to drive business results. She works closely with her colleagues developing coaching techniques and interventions and is a guest lecturer on the University of Chester coaching course (Barefoot).


-Post Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching, University of Chester

-BA (Hons.) French & Italian, University of London and fluent in Italian

-Member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council


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Mar 28 2017


04:00 PM - 06:00 PM


K&L Gates
1 New Change, London EC4M 9AF