On Being a 43-year-old “Girl” Speaker in a Male Dominated Industry

On Being a 43-year-old “Girl” Speaker in a Male Dominated Industry

Well … this 43-year-old “girl”, professional speaker, digital nomad pioneer, and business owner of 14+ years who presented 5x in 5 days to audiences of 200+ per day … was amused that he would use his stage in this way.

Unprofessional at best.

While I’m not sure who said them, two quotes came to mind for me in that moment:

1.) “You never look good trying to make someone else look bad.”

and,

2.) “There’s no such thing as bad publicity.”

Unlike most other RV trainers and speakers who focus only on the mechanics of things and don’t address the real, practical issues related to RV life, I speak and coach and teach on all the thing … from finances, meals, health, relationships, safety, and so much more.

After I delivered my speech at the Supershow each day, my partner Carl joined me on stage for the Q & A portion and together we answered all kinds of questions:

>> How do you get your mail? >> How long do you generally stay in one place, and why? >> What advice do you have about downsizing? >> Why did you choose the RV you did? … etc…

Another notable difference is that most RV trainers in the industry are gray-haired white men, as was the man who chose to speak about me from his stage.

Thankfully, he of course does not represent all seasoned RV professionals.

Imagine my delight after receiving this today from Dave, the Florida RV Supershow Director who took the risk to have Carl and I as new presenters:

“Tara and Carl bring so much experience and knowledge to living on the road and that really comes across in their seminar. This was the first year we included Nomadic Living as a topic at the Florida RV Supershow in Tampa, and based on the size of the crowds alone, it was a hit!

Raving evaluation forms show the audience really liked the topic, the information, and the way it was presented. Tara and Carl bring their first-hand knowledge to a lifestyle that many people are interested in as possessions are being scaled back in exchange for life experiences. I recommend including this seminar in your lineup and I look forward to having Tara and Carl return as Supershow presenters in the future.”

~ Dave Kelly, FRVTA Marketing Director

We are excited and determined to be actively changing the narrative and helping woman and couples of all ages to experience the freedom of Nomadic Living.

 

And, oh, we are just getting started….

TALK TO ME:

==> Are YOU a woman in a male-dominated industry?

==> How do you respond when someone uses their “stage” or their “office” or their platform to try to belittle you or make you look bad or incompetent?

==> Are you amused? Are you angry? Perhaps a bit of both?

Want to live and work from anywhere?  Grab this free video training where I share the three strategies that will make the transition easy and get you road-ready for the journey of a lifetime!  HOW TO GET STARTED WITH NOMADIC LIVING + THREE STRATEGIES THAT WILL MAKE YOUR TRANSITION EASY

 

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After much thought, preparation, practice and planning, I stood on stage as the only female speaker at the 2019 Florida RV Supershow a few weeks ago, presenting on the topic of Nomadic Living.

Making my way into a male dominated industry has definitely been interesting and, for the most part, it’s honestly been delightful. As a whole, my experience of RV culture has been that it’s full of kind, generous, friendly people.

That said … I had one rather unsavory experience that, I think, is important to share.

On this particular morning, after having presented my Nomadic Living seminar (I had the 10am spot, for 5 consecutive days) I walked into the seminar room, both to hear one of the other seminar speakers present, and to collect any of my remaining flyers while I was there.

As I walked in, the man at the front of the room was talking about ME.  

During his introduction, he remarked, “The girl who leads the morning seminar didn’t clean up after herself. There are flyers on your seat that are of no use to you.” <<< word for word.

I was stunned, and a bit irked. But, more than anything, I was amused.

While there were flyers for all kinds of things in the room (mechanical resources, RV tour companies, and the like) he made a point to mention mine – and me.

Well … this 43-year-old “girl”, professional speaker, digital nomad pioneer, and business owner of 14+ years who presented 5x in 5 days to audiences of 200+ per day … was amused that he would use his stage in this way.

Unprofessional at best.

While I’m not sure who said them, two quotes came to mind for me in that moment:

1.) “You never look good trying to make someone else look bad.”

and,

2.) “There’s no such thing as bad publicity.”

Unlike most other RV trainers and speakers who focus only on the mechanics of things and don’t address the real, practical issues related to RV life, I speak and coach and teach on all the thing … from finances, meals, health, relationships, safety, and so much more.

After I delivered my speech at the Supershow each day, my partner Carl joined me on stage for the Q & A portion and together we answered all kinds of questions:

>> How do you get your mail? >> How long do you generally stay in one place, and why? >> What advice do you have about downsizing? >> Why did you choose the RV you did? … etc…

Another notable difference is that most RV trainers in the industry are gray-haired white men, as was the man who chose to speak about me from his stage.

Thankfully, he of course does not represent all seasoned RV professionals.

Imagine my delight after receiving this today from Dave, the Florida RV Supershow Director who took the risk to have Carl and I as new presenters:

“Tara and Carl bring so much experience and knowledge to living on the road and that really comes across in their seminar. This was the first year we included Nomadic Living as a topic at the Florida RV Supershow in Tampa, and based on the size of the crowds alone, it was a hit!

Raving evaluation forms show the audience really liked the topic, the information, and the way it was presented. Tara and Carl bring their first-hand knowledge to a lifestyle that many people are interested in as possessions are being scaled back in exchange for life experiences. I recommend including this seminar in your lineup and I look forward to having Tara and Carl return as Supershow presenters in the future.”

~ Dave Kelly, FRVTA Marketing Director

We are excited and determined to be actively changing the narrative and helping woman and couples of all ages to experience the freedom of Nomadic Living.

 

And, oh, we are just getting started….

TALK TO ME:

==> Are YOU a woman in a male-dominated industry?

==> How do you respond when someone uses their “stage” or their “office” or their platform to try to belittle you or make you look bad or incompetent?

==> Are you amused? Are you angry? Perhaps a bit of both?

Want to live and work from anywhere?  Grab this free video training where I share the three strategies that will make the transition easy and get you road-ready for the journey of a lifetime!  HOW TO GET STARTED WITH NOMADIC LIVING + THREE STRATEGIES THAT WILL MAKE YOUR TRANSITION EASY

 

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After much thought, preparation, practice and planning, I stood on stage as the only female speaker at the 2019 Florida RV Supershow a few weeks ago, presenting on the topic of Nomadic Living.

Making my way into a male dominated industry has definitely been interesting and, for the most part, it’s honestly been delightful. As a whole, my experience of RV culture has been that it’s full of kind, generous, friendly people.

That said … I had one rather unsavory experience that, I think, is important to share.

On this particular morning, after having presented my Nomadic Living seminar (I had the 10am spot, for 5 consecutive days) I walked into the seminar room, both to hear one of the other seminar speakers present, and to collect any of my remaining flyers while I was there.

As I walked in, the man at the front of the room was talking about ME.  

During his introduction, he remarked, “The girl who leads the morning seminar didn’t clean up after herself. There are flyers on your seat that are of no use to you.” <<< word for word.

I was stunned, and a bit irked. But, more than anything, I was amused.

While there were flyers for all kinds of things in the room (mechanical resources, RV tour companies, and the like) he made a point to mention mine – and me.

Well … this 43-year-old “girl”, professional speaker, digital nomad pioneer, and business owner of 14+ years who presented 5x in 5 days to audiences of 200+ per day … was amused that he would use his stage in this way.

Unprofessional at best.

While I’m not sure who said them, two quotes came to mind for me in that moment:

1.) “You never look good trying to make someone else look bad.”

and,

2.) “There’s no such thing as bad publicity.”

Unlike most other RV trainers and speakers who focus only on the mechanics of things and don’t address the real, practical issues related to RV life, I speak and coach and teach on all the thing … from finances, meals, health, relationships, safety, and so much more.

After I delivered my speech at the Supershow each day, my partner Carl joined me on stage for the Q & A portion and together we answered all kinds of questions:

>> How do you get your mail? >> How long do you generally stay in one place, and why? >> What advice do you have about downsizing? >> Why did you choose the RV you did? … etc…

Another notable difference is that most RV trainers in the industry are gray-haired white men, as was the man who chose to speak about me from his stage.

Thankfully, he of course does not represent all seasoned RV professionals.

Imagine my delight after receiving this today from Dave, the Florida RV Supershow Director who took the risk to have Carl and I as new presenters:

“Tara and Carl bring so much experience and knowledge to living on the road and that really comes across in their seminar. This was the first year we included Nomadic Living as a topic at the Florida RV Supershow in Tampa, and based on the size of the crowds alone, it was a hit!

Raving evaluation forms show the audience really liked the topic, the information, and the way it was presented. Tara and Carl bring their first-hand knowledge to a lifestyle that many people are interested in as possessions are being scaled back in exchange for life experiences. I recommend including this seminar in your lineup and I look forward to having Tara and Carl return as Supershow presenters in the future.”

~ Dave Kelly, FRVTA Marketing Director

We are excited and determined to be actively changing the narrative and helping woman and couples of all ages to experience the freedom of Nomadic Living.

 

And, oh, we are just getting started….

TALK TO ME:

==> Are YOU a woman in a male-dominated industry?

==> How do you respond when someone uses their “stage” or their “office” or their platform to try to belittle you or make you look bad or incompetent?

==> Are you amused? Are you angry? Perhaps a bit of both?

Want to live and work from anywhere?  Grab this free video training where I share the three strategies that will make the transition easy and get you road-ready for the journey of a lifetime!  HOW TO GET STARTED WITH NOMADIC LIVING + THREE STRATEGIES THAT WILL MAKE YOUR TRANSITION EASY

 

The Expanding Tara-tour-y!

If you’ve been following my recent journey, you know that I’ve embarked on an exciting new adventure in nomadic living and remote working. Together with my boyfriend and dog, we are on an open-ended road trip in our 20-foot RV/mobile tiny house.

Last week we were lakeside in northern North Carolina [enjoying sunsets, campfires, simplicity and peaceful serenity while we did our work and followed the rhythms of nature]. The week before, we were in Richmond, VA [went salsa dancing, went on a walking tour of the Liberty Trail, ate yummy falafel, and on Sunday tooled around an artsy little area called Carytown …with no cares about time or to-do’s – the way Sunday is supposed to feel but honestly hadn’t in years…]

And now we’re in the Raleigh/Wake Forest area staying with my step-sister Kellie and her delightful family. Well technically, we’re their driveway neighbors since we brought our house with us and hooked it up to their water and electric. And today, my friend, soul sister, and mastermind colleague, Marcy, had me over for a delicious homemade lunch. So good to see her!

If home is where the heart is, than my home spans continents. I chose this nomadic lifestyle, in part, because it means I can visit friends and family that I don’t get to see very often. It’s a real treat to be getting some in-person time with people I missed, and feeling right at home.

It’s part of what I’m calling ‘The Tara-tour-y’. Get it?

I’m on tour, and I’m my own agent. Our loose plan is to head south and then west.

Want to join the tour?

Want to meet for a bite, and maybe an interview? Want to host us in your driveway? Want to help me line up a book signing in your town? Or a workshop in your living room? Let me know! Let’s see what we can do to coordinate our paths crossing…

Here’s to the unfolding journey! 

xo

Tara Sage

Master Coach, Possibility Queen, Author, Speaker, Nomad, Salsera, Life Hack Pro, Location-independent business owner.