Expressing Your Authentic Value with KC Baker

Aug 06

Our power is often locked up by fear and shame. Countless women have told me about important financial conversations that they regret because they didn’t prepare adequately. Think of the last few money discussions you had. Were you satisfied with the outcome? Money is the #1 cause of stress in America, so get some relief by talking openly about it!

I recently identified these three keys to having satisfying money conversations:

  1. Strength with vulnerability.
  2. Create a fertile container.
  3. Reflect alone, prepare.
  1. Strength with vulnerability. You can establish trust by opening a conversation with an expression of how you are feeling. For example, “I’m a little nervous to talk about money, but it’s important. Is now a good time to talk about some financial matters?” If you need an agreement of confidentiality, than make one. There is immense value in the compassion and empathy that is cultivated through deep listening to another’s authentic expression of self.
  2. Create a fertile container. Make sure you have the time and space to both be heard. Choose a time where you’re well fed, rested, and calm. Make preliminary agreements, such as putting away distractions for an agreed amount of time. Agree to speak in “I” statements as much as possible, to discourage criticism
  3. Reflect alone, prepare. Each person reflects on some questions ahead of time, considering her hopes and fears as well as her visions (perhaps in writing). Consider bringing financial statements, reports, documents, or written lists of questions or concerns about the agreed topic. Contemplate your intended outcome, and imagine alternative outcomes, not to make them rigid but to open wide to possibilities.

Prosperity develops through speaking with courage. Yet it can be so hard to share authentically, right? Whether with a large audience or one-on-one with intimate topics, such as money, we all know that fluttering feeling before sharing, talking, or performing with one or hundreds of people. For many, fear of public speaking is supreme.

Our guest, KC Baker, offers a couple of powerful practices to more wisely use that surge of energy that happens as we share authentically.

Our discussion (listen above) inspires me because:

Your unique genius is valuable. 

Your contribution matters. 

Vulnerability creates connection.

You deserve satisfaction from authentic expression.

The satisfaction of connection is greater than money can buy. When we prepare for agreement before talking about money, we cultivate authentic connection.

KC exposes one of the most common fears women have of being financially powerful. Learn from her intimate story about how she dissolved her shame in order to have more productive financial conversations with her partner.

You know that uneasy feeling when you’re about to speak before a group, or have an important financial conversation? Perhaps your heart flutters and you feel a knot in your stomach. KC offers three powerful techniques to use this intensity of energy to your benefit in this “Speak Your Truth, Change the World” free video training. speakup.kcbaker.com

KC Baker was previously an investment banking analyst and assistant for two U.S. Senators. She is an international trainer and speaker about women’s leadership and public speaking. A two-time TEDx speaker, she is renowned for her unorthodox and highly effective methodologies.

KC believes that the key to positive transformation in our world lies in supporting women in unleashing the brilliance of their voices. Featured in the Wall Street Journal, The Daily Love, and Women 2.0, KC has been hailed as “One of the Top Planetary Changemakers” by Origin Magazine. She has supported thousands of women around the world in finding the freedom, confidence, and clarity to speak up and create change.

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