Leadership expert Janet Taras has collaborated with female Rappers across the UK to launch ‘RAP into the Workplace’, a masterclass to help women build confidence, assertion and empower them to have more difficult conversations. Think about it – have you ever met an insecure rapper?
Typical difficult conversations many women dread at work include:
1. I deserve a promotion
2. You’re not performing well
3. No I won’t, No you can’t!
4. I need more money
5. Stop interrupting me
Taras brings her signature session into the corporate space because she believes it will encourage more women to express their frustrations in a productive way.
When used properly, rap offers the perfect recipe to allow for a healthy vent while helping to rationalize anger and ultimately build the courage to express their thoughts.
Studies show that avoiding difficult conversations can cause an adverse effect on mental health. Based on research published by the American Psychological Association, repressed anger can also weaken our immune systems making us more susceptible to physical and mental illness. Taras believes that we need to do more to ensure a positive work culture.
Rap, like most music, has the power to change moods but Taras takes this genre even further by encouraging people to find a more authentic voice through rhyming verse, and by building confidence with some respectful attitude.
Janet’s current keynote speeches and training programs have unleashed 1000s of supressed conversations over the past 5 years, resulting in better team collaboration and increasing productivity. She is also a rapper (albeit an amateur middle-aged mum rapper) and writes lyrics to help her deal with everyday stress. Mrs. Taras says: “Our silence has consequences, some of which could be very harmful to ourselves and our business. We need to speak up more often, respectfully, in a way that people will listen”.
Janet has inspired women from all different kinds of companies and industries Merck pharmaceuticals to Prudential insurance.