Owning Your Professional Voice with Kim Boudreau Smith – Episode 87
Kim Boudreau Smith is passionate about helping women own their professional voice. A born entrepreneur with 25-years as a leader in Corporate America, Kim rocks at showing female entrepreneurs and high-performing professional women how to develop their speaking confidence, level up their presence, and increase their profitability. Prior to launching her career as a professional speaker and speaking coach, Kim was the head of a radio station and for 25+ years ran a thriving fitness business. Kim is also the co-author of several Amazon bestselling books.
Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | iHeartRadio | Stitcher | Spotify
Key Takeaways from my chat with Kim:
What Kim is most curious about, outside of her work: Building relationships with dynamic professional women
How Kim is making an impact with her work and the inspiration behind why she started: As far as Kim can remember, she has always had a passion for helping women feel more confident with their professional voice. She shares the story about she found some old journals in her “annual” holiday organizing spree that reminded her of how long she’s been dedicated to this work.
When reflecting on a time when Kim didn’t feel connected to her own professional voice: It happened as early as this year. She reveals that the programs she set out to launch for 2021 didn’t feel congruent with the way she wanted to do business and what had to happen in order for her ideal client to start seeking her out.
The thing that keeps professional women stuck: Kim says it’s important to do some work to understand your core values. When we understand what we stand for, it’s amazing what starts showing up for us.
Future projects Kim is excited about: In addition to hosting a mastermind for women she has worked with in the past, she’s working on a new book (more on that to come) and she’s preparing for her TED Women’s Talk in 2022.
Advice for those who struggle with owning their professional voice: Eliminate listening to the opinions of people who have no desire to do what you want to do. Instead, seek building authentic relationships with people who are doing what you want to do (or who have already done what you want to do).