Episode Summary

In this episode of QueerHustle, Michelle chats with Arshad Hasan and Vicki Roush, Principals at Convey Communications, an organization that works with rising leaders, especially BIPOC, womxn and members of the LGBTQIA+ community to develop the skills and confidence to communicate. Arshad has an extensive background in executive leadership and, specifically, public communications. Vicki brings a lifetime of musical theatre discipline and decades of experience in radio, TV and special events moderating. Together with Michelle, they discuss the importance of overcoming fear, speaking your truth and the collective power of being heard.


What we covered

00:47 – Introducing today’s guests, Arshad Hasan and Vicki Roush who share their the work they are currently doing to amplify marginalized voices with their organization, Convey Communications

08:02 – Arshad and Vicki speak to the importance of overcoming the fear of speaking up as a marginalized person, taking up the space you deserve and how it translates to the field of business

18:44 – Specific pressures that marginalized groups and individuals face on a daily basis

21:06 – The power of connecting through body language

23:28 – Arshad and Vicki discuss the resounding impact of COVID-19 and how they have pivoted their business strategies and practices amidst this global pandemic

34:02 – Michelle thanks Arshad and Vicki for joining the show


Tweetable Quotes

“The progressive world has been seeing a new and different kind of leadership. And that’s where we come in. Our specific mission is to work with women, people of color, and LGBTQ folks to lift up their voices.” (04:39) - Arshad Share on X “A lot of us – in the way we’ve just sort of grown up through professional life – have learned maladaptive traits to make ourselves smaller. When Vicki talks about owning the room, it’s doubly important for womxn, people of color, LGBTQ people to walk… Share on X “I can tell – and so can everybody else – when you’re not taking up the space you deserve.” (10:10) - Arshad Share on X “That’s what it is. You just learn skills to work with those fears basically. And then the more you practice and the more you realize that the audience is not your enemy and they’re not gonna eat you, then these fears go away. They start to diminish… Share on X “Once you connect with someone, if you connect with them in some way with your own story then you become a more credible source to them. They are more likely to follow you as a leader, or agree with you as a leader, or come on board with your… Share on X “There’s no point in doing this work if you don’t have integrity.” (33:09) - Arshad Share on X


Links Mentioned

Convey Communications Website

Convey Communications LinkedIn

Convey Communications Facebook

Convey Communications Twitter

Convey Communications Instagram

Arshad’s LinkedIn

Vicki’s LinkedIn

Michelle’s Website


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