At just 12 years old, Inspiring Vanessa is an international, multi-award-winning motivational speaker. She’s a Youtuber, Author, Child Presenter and the ultimate Kidpreneur. She also happens to be our youngest Female Leader!
You are one of the youngest motivational speakers in the world! When did you decide you wanted to inspire others?
I decided to become a motivational speaker when I was 9 years old, in 2016! The idea of speaking came to me when I attended an inspirational seminar that had a speaker who we had been following on Facebook. He then asked me if I wanted me to go on stage with him. After being in two states of mind, I chose to go on stage and face my fears. When I was on stage, there was a spark. A spark of realisation, passion and excitement. I finally realised that speaking with impact, all around the world and helping people was the perfect career. I was so excited, I couldn’t wait till I was an adult, I had to start straight away and that’s what I did. Ever since that day, my attention grew as well as my Inspirators!
How did you gain the confidence to speak out?
It started at a seminar and to be honest I didn’t even know I had this talent and I am glad I had discovered it as I have been inspiring lives of others around the world. And now I teach confidence to the younger generations and adults too.
Tell us about your biggest accomplishments so far.
My biggest accomplishments so far were to travel to Kenya, Slovakia, Bali, Malaysia and New York. When I went to Kenya, I was doing volunteer work to support the children in an orphanage, in Western Kenya. This made me the youngest volunteer to go out, which makes me feel very honoured; I’m actually planning to go back at the beginning of 2019! When I spoke in Slovakia, I had the opportunity to speak in front of 1000 people and it was such an incredible experience. My other accomplishments include attending different movie premieres and meeting my idols as well as presenting shows like the London Fashion Week in 2018, February and September!
You wrote a book called “The 5 Secrets To Public Speaking Success” – What is your number one tip for anyone with a bit of stage fright?
My number one tip to those who are scared of public speaking is to practice because – practice doesn’t make it perfect but it makes progress. The more you practice, the more you will become better at what you do!
Earlier this year, we partnered with Disney for the European premiere of A Wrinkle In Time, which you also attended. What was your highlight and key takeaway from the evening?
My highlight of the European Premiere of A Wrinkle In Time is meeting the one and only Reese Witherspoon! It was so amazing to meet her and her kind heart lit a smile on my face! The movie was truly inspirational as it included many powerful messages which were shared through the empowering actresses that were cast in the film! Not only is the film itself beautiful, but every actress and icon made it all very more stunning! I would’ve loved to meet one of my top idols, Oprah Winfrey and Storm Reid, but unfortunately, I didn’t get to meet them.