Expert Speaker at ZomatoCon | Who Me?

When I was asked to speak as an expert blogger at the first ever Blogger’s Conference that happened at Zomato, many questions came into my mind: “Am I an expert? What do I have to speak about? I still have so much to learn! There are so many other bloggers who do a great job! I am not yet there!”

Little did I know that there were a lot of people out there who wanted to hear me speak. I never realized this – having made Creativity with Kay – A brand with a voice more than a face, I never thought that there were people out there who wanted to hear my story.

As days came closer to the Conference date, I started trying to talk around with many of the bloggers in the country. I was surprised when people told me – ” You are the reason we signed up for the conference.We want to know your story.” To those people who told me these words, and have always supported my journey without knowing who I was – Thank You. Thank You. And, Thank You!

I was very nervous as days got closer to the Conference. I had sleepless nights! I hadn’t spoken in public or on stage for four years. The last time I did it was at my graduation in 2013, and it wasn’t even my life story. I was no expert in the field. It was a presentation I did as a student.

Finally, the D-Day happened. I couldn’t focus on anything that was happening – I hadn’t gotten a chance to rehearse. All I did was walk on stage to estimate the height of it, and that was all.

I kept waiting for it to be my turn. Finally, my turn came, and I went up on stage, and spoke. I spoke of things I hadn’t planned. I stumbled with words a few times. I was nervous to the very last word. At least, I didn’t trip on stage. My speech was done!

And, I walked down. The reaction I got to see on Social Media was nothing like I ever expected. I got a lot of messages from not only fellow bloggers, but, also from a lot of people who had been following my blog from a long time. They told me I was an inspiration for them. Someone who never showed her face on Social Media, and still being able to stand up on stage, and speak as an expert inspired them. I never imagined that I would really hear these words. But, I did hear them. This has to be the milestone for my blogging career this year.

And, because a lot of people look up to me for inspiration – bloggers, and non-bloggers alike, I will always work hard, and work better each day, and never give up. For all the moments, I never gave up, and went through hard times, they were all worth it. For I would never get here without having gone through them all.

No journey to the top is easy. The top spots are not reserved for anyone. You can pave your way to the top.

And, a message that I had on my speech – I would once again love to give it out here to you all – Never let anyone tell you what you are capable of. You know your strengths, and you know your weaknesses better than anyone else. Work with integrity, and honesty, and work hard. You will definitely eventually end up where you ought to be.

A sneak peak into some of the posts that totally touched me, and reactions from the conference:

Every Rose has its Thorns . . The highlight of yesterday’s #ZomatoCon for me was @creativitywithkay ‘s speech!! Apart from all other constructive inputs of her journey as a blogger, one major point she reiterated was to be a kind person!!! You can either choose to be MEAN or be KIND. I choose kindness!!! And I wish there were more people like this lovely lady in this world 💕💕 . . #ZomatoCon #inspiration #speech #speeches #inspirepeople #bekind #killemwithkindness #behappy #beyourownboss #blogger #bloggerswhoinspire #blogging #blogginglife #bloggergirl #likeforlike #l4l #likesforlikes #whathastocomewillcome #bloggerconference #conference #kuwaitblogger #bahrainbloggers #uaebloggers #middleeast #middleeastern #aboutlastnight #constructive #motivation #motivationalspeech #oneshotlatte

A photo posted by Kate | One Shot Latte (@oneshotlatte) on

 

This is just a glimpse of all the overwhelming messages that I got to see after the Conference. Thank you everyone. Thank you Zomato. Thank you for any of you who is reading this post. I wouldn’t be here without you!

Kay

Qatar blogger entering Food, Fashion, Beauty & Travel Experiences in her online journal.

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21 Comments

  • Sally Clark
    November 28, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    I’m all the way hear in Aus and was watching snippets of your speech on snapchat. Wish I could have been there to hear all of it! Well done Khansa! You definitely have one of the blogs that inspired me to start mine <3

    • Kay
      Kay
      November 28, 2016 at 8:34 pm

      Thank you Sally. That is so kind of you to say. You can watch my speech over here: https://youtu.be/Ch3gszmXnvM
      It’s not professionally shot. Just one from my camera. But atleast so you can see 😊

      • Sally Clark
        November 30, 2016 at 4:17 pm

        Oh yay!!!! Thanks so much for the link. Just saw your reply now! Will check it out soon ❤️

  • Luckilylenny
    November 28, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    Your words during the zomatocon event flashbacks in my memory while reading your post K! <3 Thank you for inspiring!

    • Kay
      Kay
      November 28, 2016 at 8:34 pm

      Thank you Lenny for your kind words. It means a lot to me

  • Ms. Hala
    November 29, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Masha’Allah Khansa, you did a fantastic job at #ZomatoCon!! I’m extremely proud of you and as a fellow blogger and friend. <3

  • Kathryn
    November 29, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    I knew you’d be great! Roll on the next one…….x

  • Nicky Quinn
    November 29, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    Very positive and constructive. Well done!

  • Dilraz
    November 29, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    Awwesome!!
    So proud of what you have achieved!

  • Clumsy Chic
    November 29, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    The world needs more bloggers like you. Stay true to who you are and well done!

  • Sahar
    November 29, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    You are a good inspiration! I know I always tell you this. Haha! What do I write more.

  • roua
    November 29, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    I saw snippets of your speech, and it was truly inspiring, and truthful. Great Job 🙂

    • Kay
      Kay
      November 30, 2016 at 11:44 am

      Thank you Roua for your support. 💗

  • Kiren Phul
    November 29, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    Amazing, amazing, amazing, You have achieved so much and an inspiration to your blogging community xxx

    • Kay
      Kay
      November 30, 2016 at 11:43 am

      Thanks Kiren. You are too kind!

  • Manju
    November 30, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Kay, from the beginning (after i met you) I always felt that you are a great example for every blogger. I couldn’t register for the conference. I have saved the video URL and till now I dint get time to see it. But the snippets of the slideshows are very inspiring. You deserve more appreciations, lady!! You have done such a wonderful job!!

    • Kay
      Kay
      November 30, 2016 at 11:43 am

      Thank you Manju. I feel so humbled by your words

  • Rachel
    November 30, 2016 at 11:32 am

    The best part of the day!

    • Kay
      Kay
      November 30, 2016 at 11:42 am

      Your presence would have made it a lot better. Would have been great to get thoughts from an expert

  • Polly (Follow Your Sunshine)
    November 30, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    Ahh, loved reliving this again! What a great experience for you – and you really deserved every single one of those comments, you were inspirational.

    Polly xx

    • Kay
      Kay
      November 30, 2016 at 11:48 pm

      Thanks Polly! I am glad its over and I can breathe now. I still feel as small as ever 😂

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