Vanessa Hall On Trust And Transformation



Vanessa Hall has been exploring, discovering, learning and teaching about trust around the world for over a decade. She has written award winning books, has spoken on stage at prestigious conferences alongside women who are changing the world, and has refocused her interest in trust to the role that women must play in restoring balance in politics, government, business, community, family and self, and in raising the next generation of trustworthy leaders. She describes herself as a traveller rather than an expert on trust, and her practical, grounded, honest, raw and compelling stories and insights are what continues to attract people from around the world who know, deep down, that we need to start playing a very different game in a very different way.


  • Writing your story vs writing a book

    Writing your story vs writing a book

    30/05/2019 Duration: 08min

    Writing and owning your story is something that can be surprisingly difficult, especially when we have things in our past we'd rather forget. But owning every part of who you are is critical to how you turn up in the world. Writing a book is a very different process, and often one that does isolate parts of who we are for the benefit of the audience. Vanessa Hall shares her thoughts on these two distinct and connected things.

  • Comfort vs Growth

    Comfort vs Growth

    01/01/2019 Duration: 11min

    Is it possible to be too comfortable? What happens when we seek comfort? At what point does comfort become apathy? Are we supposed to enjoy discomfort? Vanessa Hall explores comfort vs growth and the importance of finding balance between the two.

  • Concrete vs Grounded

    Concrete vs Grounded

    20/07/2018 Duration: 10min

    Women across the globe are repeatedly being told they need to be more 'concrete' in their thinking. But as Vanessa explores, women often bring a more 'grounded' approach to business, and it may well be something their male counterparts should value a whole lot more.

  • Power and Vulnerability - can you have and be both?

    Power and Vulnerability - can you have and be both?

    19/05/2018 Duration: 08min

    Powerful people can be attractive, and often tell us we can be just like them. Vulnerable people can also be attractive in a different way, and often tell you you can be fully you. Vulnerability is opening up to trust, and invites people to be real, and there is power in that. Vanessa explores each of these in her random way!

  • Intention vs Perception

    Intention vs Perception

    29/04/2018 Duration: 11min

    What do you do when you have good intentions about something, but people perceive you differently? Should our intentions alone prove us trustworthy? Can we control others' perception of us? Vanessa Hall explores these questions and wrestles with a trap we can all get caught in.

  • Adaptability versus Dependability

    Adaptability versus Dependability

    04/04/2018 Duration: 10min

    More and more I am hearing this same challenge amongst women - the skill and natural tendency to adapt to situations, to juggle multiple tasks and step in when and where needed is a great strength, but can become a weakness when women lose their sense of self, and are left appearing unreliable. Vanessa Hall talks about the challenges of Adaptability vs Dependability

  • Which part of you do you trust?

    Which part of you do you trust?

    13/03/2018 Duration: 11min

    Often we trust our emotions over our rational thoughts, or sometimes the opposite. We can trust what we see and hear and feel rather than trusting what we know deep down to be true. Vanessa talks about the struggle to know which part we should trust and when.

  • Emotions around the Board Table

    Emotions around the Board Table

    15/02/2018 Duration: 07min

    If we truly want diversity around the Board Table, we have to know how to deal with the fact that some people are going to get emotional about things that others do not believe are a big issue. Vanessa talks about what it means when emotions show themselves and why we should pay attention.

  • Perfectionism is a Killer

    Perfectionism is a Killer

    02/02/2018 Duration: 06min

    It is never going to be perfect, your idea is never going to be perfect, your business is never going to be perfect, you are never going to be perfect. You are never going to look perfect to somebody, in somebody’s eyes, in somebody’s mind, but we are all perfect in our imperfection! The trust part is about just putting it out there, but putting it out there with an invitation to come alongside, come alongside me and help me make this better, so that it serves its purpose better.

  • Purpose Party

    Purpose Party

    16/01/2018 Duration: 11min

    We know this. We know what our purpose is. We always did. We have just forgotten. Now it's time for women to come together and create safe and nurturing spaces to talk, share, laugh, inspire, and help each other remember. It is from this position of strength, a deep capacity to know, trust and do, that women can confidently step up, step out, step away, step into whatever it is that is congruent with who we truly are. Vanessa Hall: Trust and Transform

  • Asking vs Telling

    Asking vs Telling

    20/12/2017 Duration: 08min

    Asking is about inviting in thoughts, comments, feedback. It is a gathering action, a breathing in. But it releases control to the other party and therefore requires trust. Telling is about injecting out information, stories, facts. It is a giving action, a breathing out. It enables more control and therefore is often the favoured approach in sales and communication. We need both, in balance.

  • Dont Ever Let Anyone Tell You That You Cant Do Something

    Don't Ever Let Anyone Tell You That You Can't Do Something

    16/12/2017 Duration: 09min

    It's great to get advice. It's great to learn from others who have been there and done that. However, when we are not trusting ourselves, the vision, the idea, the whisper inside ourselves, and we start seeking advice and direction from others, we can end up in a spin and going nowhere fast. When good advisers tell you that you can't do something, run! If it is in your vision, if you can feel it, even ever so slightly, then own it and trust it.

  • From little things, big things grow

    From little things, big things grow

    14/12/2017 Duration: 10min

    Sometimes trusting the big vision means we ignore the little things, and in the process, we don't have the stepping stones in place to get to where we are going. Those who are trusted with the little things can and will be trusted with the big things. A lesson for all of us. Vanessa Hall shares her thoughts on trusting in the little and the big