On Leadership and Writing with Ash Beckham


People aren’t born ready to lead. Leadership is a continuous process of growth, connection, and courage. And while it can seem scary, it also means that you can be a leader right now. You just have to commit to the process. 

In episode #119 of The Author’s Corner, Robin is joined by Ash Beckham, an activist and leadership expert. They discuss a few key traits of a leader such as authenticity, courage, individuality, and grace. Ash shares how she adapted her speeches into the book, and how the book has provided a new way to connect with her audience. And they discuss the fear of stepping up, and Ash asks listeners to challenge themselves.


Key takeaways:

  • How to step up as an author
  • Ash’s leap into authorship
  • The difference between a book and a presentation as a medium to connect with your audience and share a message
  • The responsibility of creating intimacy with your reader
  • How to authentically engage with your audience
  • The fear of stepping up
  • How you can step up and be a leader today
  • And more!


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About Ash Beckham:

Ash Beckham is an inclusion activist, inclusive leadership expert, professional trainer, workshop facilitator, motivational speaker, business leader and author of Step Up: How to Live with Courage and Become an Everyday Leader.  Known for her unique voice, intrepid, relatable and intrinsically comic style, and powerful guidance, Beckham’s TEDx Talk “Coming Out of Your Closet” became a fast viral sensation. A popular speaker and leadership educator, she frequently addresses topics including embracing a different vision of leadership to create change in our workplaces, schools, places of worship, communities and more. Ash has presented keynotes and workshops for more than 200 corporate, government and collegiate events and conferences including The Boeing Company, Bank of America, Microsoft, the Out and Equal Summit, and more. 

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