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Knowing how to become a public speaker can sometimes be as challenging as actually being a public speaker. Whether it’s developing your voice or tailoring your message, knowing how to hone your public speaking skills is crucial to becoming a successful public speaker. Since the age of 16, Ashley Olafsen has been building a strong public presence, speaking on countless stages including TedX, UMass Amherst, Brown, Yale, Dartmouth, Boston University, and Northeastern WISE. In this powerful presentation, you will learn everything you need to know about getting booked and paid to speak directly from the experts. We'll discuss how to develop an engaging talk, how to build your credibility and speaker assets, how to utilize your network to get your first few speaking gigs, and when + what to charge. You'll walk away with the steps to get going and start speaking!
Ashley Olafsen is a 2 time published author, TEDx speaker, and social entrepreneur who is passionate about building inspiring businesses. Ashley accidentally became an entrepreneur at the age of 16, when she gave an empowerment workshop to a group of 8th grade girls.
After realizing her passion for helping others, Ashley co-founded MOVE, LLC, through which she has directed over 100 workshops and 6 week-long summer programs for teenage girls, focusing on self-esteem, body image, leadership, and more.
During college, Ashley created an online video series focusing on the same topics, for students. The 10-part online workshop series, titled ‘Let’s Talk About It: The Workshop Series For Students’ is implemented in wellness and guidance curricula all over New England. She won $36k in funding for her venture. After graduating college, Ashley founded Visionaria Consulting, and supported small businesses with her consulting services.
Today, Ashley is a StartUp Coach at IFundWomen. Ashley has been featured in Forbes, is a 2019 VS PINK GRL PWR Project winner as sponsored by Victoria’s Secret, and Vital Voices fellow.