The Unlikely Speaker
Hi, I'm Margaret Gill and I'm an Unlikely Speaker. You see I was an incredibly shy child who rarely spoke at all. I spent my teens playing in a bands and lucky for me I was the keyboard player so I could hide behind all those racks of synths and pianos. I was backline and I loved it back there!
Eventually I moved to the corporate world and worked my way through the ranks in the finance and accounting areas, starting in payroll and working my way up to becoming a hotel financial controller in a large inner city hotel. Accounts were always hidden somewhere in the bowels of the hotel and rarely came out into view. In latter years I developed a talent for sorting out major problems in big corporate environments, usually working between the accounting, IT and management of the organisation. I was solving problems I hadn't caused and I was treated like the Angel of Death because eventually I'd find the problem which meant someone's head, or a whole teams head's were going to roll. I was always ushered out fast once the job was done!
It felt like I had sandpaper rubbing on my soul every day. Even thought I was good at it, I hated it!!!
Eventually I stepped out to live my dream to work positively with people. Imagine my horror when I eventually figured out that I had to step into the limelight and sell myself constantly. The only way I could survive was to get to bigger audiences. That meant I had to learn to speak!
The journey has been long and hard and I had to overcame massive amounts of fear and self doubt, but finally I stepped out of the shadows and onto the front of the stage. Weirdly, speaking is now one of my greatest loves and I have become passionate about helping other shy, quiet humans step up and get their voice heard from the front of the room.