Speaking to Authority Figures

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A Word from Your Teacher

Sometimes, we have to put ourselves out there to really get where we want to be in life. Oftentimes this involves speaking with, and sometimes confronting individuals in positions of authority over us. It all starts with knowing your audience and being confident about what you have to say. Prepare before talking with authorities who have the power to make decisions for you. When you're talking to someone who is in a position of authority over you, remember that they once were not in that position. It is also important to remember that people respect those who take the initiative to learn from past mistakes. If you are extra nervous and feeling self-conscious, take a Super Man pose before starting. This can help you break out of your shell and get things started on a positive note!

About Your Author:
Ampai Thammachack is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Step Above Stigma a nation-wide mental health charity, the Co-Founder of Alucia, a patent-pending technology start-up, and the Co-Founder and Co-President of the Glass Slipper Organization that has donated over 1,100 prom dresses to students in financial need since 2015. As a result of her efforts, she has been honoured as a recipient of the Agnes Benidickson Tricolour Award, one of the Top 22 Under 22 Most Inspiring College Women in the World; Entrepreneur of the Year by CSPN, a L’Oréal Paris’s Women of Worth 2022, and as Ascend Canada and RBC’s Social Impact Award winner. She has also earned a spot on the Dean’s Honor List every year throughout her university career and has received the Marketing Excellence Award from the Smith School of Business, and the Wisdom of the Market and Audience Choice Award from the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre, and Canada’s Student of the Week by campusrankings.com. Passionate about politics Ampai has shared policy recommendations across Canada and has even spoken at the House of Commons.

A Word from Your Teacher

Sometimes, we have to put ourselves out there to really get where we want to be in life. Oftentimes this involves speaking with, and sometimes confronting individuals in positions of authority over us. It all starts with knowing your audience and being confident about what you have to say. Prepare before talking with authorities who have the power to make decisions for you. When you're talking to someone who is in a position of authority over you, remember that they once were not in that position. It is also important to remember that people respect those who take the initiative to learn from past mistakes. If you are extra nervous and feeling self-conscious, take a Super Man pose before starting. This can help you break out of your shell and get things started on a positive note!

About Your Author:
Ampai Thammachack is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Step Above Stigma a nation-wide mental health charity, the Co-Founder of Alucia, a patent-pending technology start-up, and the Co-Founder and Co-President of the Glass Slipper Organization that has donated over 1,100 prom dresses to students in financial need since 2015. As a result of her efforts, she has been honoured as a recipient of the Agnes Benidickson Tricolour Award, one of the Top 22 Under 22 Most Inspiring College Women in the World; Entrepreneur of the Year by CSPN, a L’Oréal Paris’s Women of Worth 2022, and as Ascend Canada and RBC’s Social Impact Award winner. She has also earned a spot on the Dean’s Honor List every year throughout her university career and has received the Marketing Excellence Award from the Smith School of Business, and the Wisdom of the Market and Audience Choice Award from the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre, and Canada’s Student of the Week by campusrankings.com. Passionate about politics Ampai has shared policy recommendations across Canada and has even spoken at the House of Commons.

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