Hi, I'm Sam
and I'm unashamedly an introvert.
It's taken me a long time to feel this way.
For as long as I can remember, I have struggled with my self-confidence. Struggled to feel ‘enough’.
I never really felt like I belonged anywhere; I didn’t fit in.
Bullied throughout my formative years, I was challenged by friendships and believing others would accept me for me. I’d people-please, and put others first, in an attempt to be liked, or accepted, but that only further chipped away at my already low self-esteem, stole my time and left me feeling isolated and stuck.
I didn’t understand my worth, and I definitely couldn’t communicate it; I was a high-achiever yet a slave to Imposter Syndrome and limiting beliefs.
My life changed when I began making more authentic choices – and so can yours. If I can do this you can too and you’re not alone. You’ve come to the right place: welcome home!
A little more about me...
1. I'm a HSP
That's a 'highly sensitive person', which means I feel everything deeply and I can get over-stimulated by light, noise and people. It also means I care. A lot. Combined with being a Meyers-Briggs INFJ personality type, one of my main drivers is to help others.
2. I battle anxiety daily
Some days are better than others, and I've become a master at finding strategies that work to manage overthinking as well as my mental health. This was the main driving force in me finding a way to work part-time for full-time income a decade ago, as I found permanent, full-time, employment so depleting and damaging to my mental health.
3. Resilience is my superpower!
I've experienced more than my fair share of challenges in life, including bereavement, redundancy and high-threat situations but discovered a way to ensure that, no matter what happens, I can turn any situation into a positive: mindset is everything.
Even though I have often felt alone in life, I have been bringing people together for many years - and I LOVE it! At university I founded a rock/ metal society that still runs today; in 2016 I began an initiative, This is Kizomba, to dispel misconceptions about a dance I loved, which attracted global attention; whilst working on #IamRemarkable I helped grow the LinkedIn community from under 5 to over 30k members and, most recently, I have founded This is Me as a safe space to encourage growth.
Things I love:
I've worked with some of the world's leading brands
I’ve been facilitating training, and providing learning consultancy, since 2012 and have worked with some incredible brands (only some of which are pictured). Some of my favourite projects include:
I’ve worked with audiences as diverse as high school students and teachers, to leaders at the Ministry of Justice, and I am equally comfortable facilitating online as I am face-to-face.
I’m also an ICF qualified coach, working mainly with introverted leaders, and a keynote speaker.
It was during my work with underrepresented groups as Google’s Global Training Specialist for the #IamRemarkable initiative that I realised many others are struggling with the same issues as myself, and I witnessed first-hand the power of understanding that you’re not alone.
This is Me was born from the desire to build a community where everyone can come together to uplift each other, and a safe space to encourage growth: my vision is to help others to understand that they ARE enough, right now, and help them navigate Imposter Syndrome and limiting beliefs so that they can be confidently, and unashamedly, their authentic selves and live freely.
I can help you.
Discover how introversion is actually a superpower and how being your authentic self can help you achieve balance, clarity and confidence.
Support your workforce with bespoke training for leaders and DEI professionals so that you can support your introverted talent and create a more inclusive workplace.
I’m a passionate storyteller who has been described as ‘dynamic’ and ‘inspirational’; I mainly talk around the topics of: introversion, including introverted leadership, authentic confidence for introverts, Imposter Syndrome and DEIB.
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Watch Sam’s interview with Liza Wisner and Megan Ysassi after her nomination as the PowerUpHero Agent of Change’s Hero of Empowerment. Find out more about PowerUpHero here.