Penny Haslam is a former business journalist having enjoyed a 20-year career on the national media in the UK. She was a regular presenter on BBC Breakfast, the News Channel, Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live. She has also reported for Panorama and The One Show.
She is now an award-winning motivational speaker, who inspires and entertains. A popular choice for business and employee events, her content focuses on Communication and Confidence. Penny’s talks are packed with relatable stories, sector specific insight and hugely practical take-homes.
As well as speaking at events, Penny works with leaders and emerging talent in some of the world’s largest organisations – through training, coaching and with the Make Yourself a Little Bit Famous® programme to increase the visibility of women in leadership.
Among her long client list are Google, Dell, NatWest, Silicon Valley Bank, EY and Adobe.
Penny is the author of two business books, Make Yourself a Little Bit Famous and Panel Discussions – The Ultimate Guide.
And she is a TEDx speaker on The Power of Visibility for Women, and has been awarded UK Speaker of the Year by her professional association the PSA. In 2018, Penny was named by Condeco as a top ten social media influencer.
Unless you want to be a best-kept secret, the importance of getting exposure for what you do cannot be understated. Penny provokes thinking and urges action by showing audiences how to power up their personal brand profile and communicate with impact, so they can enjoy greater influence and engagement among the people that matter to them – colleagues, clients, candidates, suppliers, stakeholders, the wider sector and even policy makers. This upbeat and entertaining session is for those who want to progress their career, develop their leadership role, raise brand awareness, build relationships and networks.
Penny had fulfilled her lifelong ambition of becoming a live TV presenter, but she had a problem that no-one else could see – imposter syndrome and a lack of self-assuredness, that regularly threatened to take her under. Penny has now distilled her experience into three steps that helps audience members build their confidence – so they can navigate the future, ride out uncertainty and set a course for personal and organisational success. Her talk is hugely entertaining, memorable and full of practical guidance for anyone who would like a little more confidence.
Presenting to colleagues, speaking up in meetings, pitching to clients – all situations where your heart beats faster, your voice goes wobbly and that rash on your chest appears again. All of which is horribly undermining. Throughout her highly adrenalised broadcasting and speaking careers, Penny has made it her business to get a firm grip on nerves and adrenaline. She can now claim she’s comfortable with being uncomfortable. Penny works with her many clients on this debilitating aspect of communication. In this funny and useful talk about knocking knees and spontaneous eye twitches, Penny shares her practical pro-tips for managing this kind of visceral stress – before, during and after your moment in the spotlight.
Penny Haslam’s story of success has two sides to it. The perception and the reality. Over twenty years, Penny went from the typing pool to the TV studios as a business journalist and presenter, to founding a successful business that helps others communicate with confidence, called Bit Famous. The personal backdrop of that seemingly easy success story is a long battle with self-doubt and imposter syndrome, low mood and anxiety and a ‘lone wolf’ attitude that threatened to sabotage her success. Alongside Penny’s relatable, funny and entertaining stories she incorporates the three steps she took to find the work she’s best at, the networks that support her and the romantic relationship that was the rocket fuel for her success. This talk quietly supports audience members to consider how they define success, and their own confidence and resilience, and contains hugely practical take homes.
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“Penny Haslam’s remote session for our EMEA leaders was sensational and they’ve gone on to use what they learnt to great effect. What was also highly impressive was how she engaged them through the camera and held their attention from start to finish.”
Tabitha Brear, Industry Engagement Lead, EMEA, Google
“Penny Haslam absolutely lived up to her reputation! She delivered a ‘Make Yourself a Little Bit Famous’ 90-minute session for Adobe Women - and the feedback has been amazing. She makes you think and people left with tangible actions. I highly recommend.”
Tara Rule, Senior Director of Commercial Strategy & Operations, Adobe
"A fantastic session that stimulated ideas and supported us to build our confidence amid the challenges we face. We’re a growing company that values the ideas and experience of our people and we want them to feel confident about speaking up and sharing these. It brought us together both professionally and personally. Penny was entertaining AND thought provoking, and the feedback from delegates has been nothing but positive."
Claudia Wootten, Senior Director, Business Systems and Sales Operations, Turnitin
“Funny, engaging, informative and professional are how I'd best describe Penny! She was professional from start to finish and the whole process was seamless. The fact that attendees are still talking about what you said explains that our money was well spent.”
Steve Smith, Chief Executive, NWEEG
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