In this blog, #YesSheCan speak to Zoe Bennett. Zoe has suffered tragedy in her life, but she remains positive and dedicates her life to motivating and inspiring others to be the best they can be!
My name is Zoe Bennett also known as The Motivational Queen. You may ask why do people call me The Motivational Queen? Well…that’s because I inspire confidence and create transformation in other people through the 1-2-1 mentoring I deliver. I deliver international motivational talks on a number of topics, including resilience, leadership, Never Give Up, Business Networking, I can I will, entrepreneurship and employability. I have also written a book called “Networking Personified” about how to make the most of your personal network and have a personal development limited company called “Training Personified” as well as my many humanitarian projects. All of these you can find further information about here on my website www.motivationalqueen.com
I have gone through adversity, and one particular event created immense tragedy in my life. This has shaped who I am but I would prefer to focus on the positives and the future but if you’d like to know more then here is a link: https://youtu.be/9klQDHgCrE8.
All of the work I do is with the intention to help others. I’ve worked with women in business to help them level up. I developed and deliver a course for the DWP to help the unemployed and hard-to-reach self-coach themselves back into work.
I enjoy spreading positivity through my presenting skills as I am told my energy is infectious, both face-to-face as well as on-screen!!
“I learnt the art of listening, rather rebelling against”
How did you get to where you are now and did you face any challenges along the way?
I had the support of a great mentor, my father. I learnt the art of listening to him rather than rebelling against him.
What do you think gave you the drive and determination to succeed?
Being told that I would not amount to anything by teachers and some of my peers, from a racist point of view. I wanted to prove them wrong.
What is your biggest achievement in life?
Attending No 10 Downing Street! So much for not amounting to anything!
What is the biggest lesson that you’ve learnt along the way?
To learn to strategise in a constructive, none emotional way.
Outside your work, what are your favourite hobbies and pastimes?
To help people, which is an extension of my work. Because I love what I do, it doesn’t feel like work.
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
Do you have a mantra you live your life by?
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
What three tips would you give to young females starting their careers?
What is the best bit of advice that you have ever been given?
It’s never too late for a shower of rain – a Jamaican expression which means even when you think you’re down and out there’s always a way back. Never give up.
Do you think enough is being done by businesses to address gender imbalance?
Not yet. Until females are paid the same as their male counterparts there can’t be balance.
What advice do you have for women aiming for leadership positions?
Take the emotion out and put the passion in. Individuals will always try to use your emotions against you. Be impartial, deal with facts and strategy.
What’s one key leadership lesson you’ve learned along the way?
I control my destiny. If I want it enough and persevere, I can make anything happen.
What would you say to your 16-year-old self?
Understand the importance of acquaintances, friends and business colleagues and the difference between them. Not everything is going to go your way. You will succeed eventually and ultimately failure is success in disguise.
Thank you Zoe, you have certainly inspired us!!! If you would like to read some more blogs, please click here!