Former director of Talent Management and owner of a consulting firm, Mani Goulding, was invited to speak at the 49th Annual OSA convention held in Michigan last July.
The event, which was themed Bridging Generations: Celebrating ODIA Unity, is a large gathering of the Odisha Society of the Americas (OSA). People of Oriya origin from different parts of the USA and Canada mingled and shared experiences of ethnic living during this annual get-together.
Mani Goulding, who is the author of the upcoming book, Ready, Set, Launch! (How to Help Your Teen Find a Career That Gives Them Purpose, Passion, and Fulfillment), enthusiastically shares her unexpected but triumphant story in her first speaking event to launch her new book.
“I had a lot of anxiety about this first event, and despite a lot of preparation, as the day approached, it seemed a lot of things were not going right. The conference organizer had given me a less than desirable time slot. When I showed up for the seminar, despite giving them my technology requirements months in advance, there were glitches in using my MacBook with their projector system. And to top it off, because of schedule slippages, I did not have my physical book with me to do book sales and signing at the event,” reveals Mani.
Thinking that nothing was going her way, Mani decided to make the best of it and proceeded with the presentation, keeping in mind the reason why she wrote her book.
Ready, Set, Launch! is a career coaching guide for parents and teens. The book is written to help parents and their children sort through a very difficult and overwhelming decision which is selecting a career path after high school.
Despite a false start with technology problems, Mani started to speak from her heart. The audience was magically moved by her words.
A lesson gained from this experience? Mani says that even if everything does not go your way with a speaking event, just go ahead and do it!
Mani Goulding walked away from the event with a pile of emails from people wanting to follow up with her and even had three speaking engagement requests. The best part was when the event participants introduced themselves personally after the event and praised her as an inspiring woman.
“So, go ahead with your speaking events. They may not be perfectly implemented, but you will still reach the people that have been waiting to hear your message,” enthuses Mani.
Mani Goulding, B.Comm., MBA, CPA, is a graduate from Queens’ University. She is an experienced and dedicated career coach, an author, a speaker, and the owner of Career Passion Limited, a consulting firm that works with organizations on a wide variety of OD and talent management issues and provides executive coaching to individuals.