I just saw a profile on linkedin and then googled her and then found her website http://www.helenastahl.com/.
It was a professional looking website and just clicked the video. Here there is a strong inspiring woman talking about business and leadership, with selected correct words, correct tones, nice gestures..and how she believes in young generation ..then the most effective part was..in the final it was the time I decided to, somehow, convince her to be my guest at one of lectures (not to have spoiler alert, better if you check her this video).
I decided to email her and then add her via linkedin because I wanted to bring her to one of innovation and entrepreneurship related courses that we teach with my supervisor Terrence Brown at KTH. She was very positive to contribute to the class, but I have to say that she was one of the most difficult guests I had. Not in terms of being a difficult person, but preparation. She asked so many questions about students, about the course, about the program, she did not want to come without having one to one meeting so that she can align expectations from me and students. I was still into inviting her because I could see how impressive person is she but on the other hand, ”what if I am wrong” question was in my mind also. I have seen some many impressive people that could not deliver what they pretend to represent.
She started her presentation before presentation, actually, because until we started to the lecture, she had already hand shaked and greeted all students that were in the class already. By the time she started, there was no one she did not have eye contact within a meter.
She did not try by starting how impressive she was nor did she talked about with her success. She presented how many times she failed yet could manage to stand up and stand on her own values (friendship, family and charity) and could make a very nice living both in terms of economy and fullfillness. Students did not let her to have break when class had a break, and students did not leave the class after her presentation. They were inspired, moved, impressed and touched with her stories and her niceness.
I know how she could get only very few customers but charge hem a lot because she delivers high quality content and she does it in very proper and professional way.
I think, she could impress all of us because of her genuineness. She was not faking to look nice, to be nice, to act nice, to treat nice, to look professional, to look funny. She was nice, optimistic, funny and professional person, that is.
If you wonder why my headline is “todoahelena”?.
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