Katy Jon Went speaking at Forum Curve Norwich Pride

Talks, Training & Public Speaking

Talks, Lectures, Training, Public Speaking

Be Different, Be Yourself - Katy Jon Went, TEDx UEA, 2018
Be Different, Be Yourself – TEDx UEA, 2018

Experienced public speaking from head and heart with humour. A vibrant and vulnerable authentic voice from someone who has experienced the volatile ups and downs of life, identity, faith, mental health, business, and relationships.

Well travelled in America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, as a photographer and multilingual cultural explorer – always preferring the trips and tales that are off the beaten track.

As seen on various media including Film, TV, TEDx, Radio, Podcast, Youtube, & Press. 

Find and book me on Pick My Brain for free calls, paid sessions or online and in-person talks.

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Confident and comfortable with audiences

CN Lester and Katy Jon Went panel on why Trans rights are not just a fringe issue Pride 2014
On a Norwich Pride panel discussion 2014

I’m very happy in any kind of public speaking environment. Ironically, when I was a younger adult, audiences and clients petrified me! The supposed trick of “imagining them naked” only made it worse! Now I love it – the talking that is, not the imagining them naked! In fact, my talks are often, “naked, raw and vulnerable”, to quote Carl Rogers on ‘Being Yourself’. 

Katy Jon Went on a podcast interview 2021
Katy Jon Went on a podcast interview 2021

Confidence and comfort with lots of people came with discovering myself, being transparent, vulnerable, sharing from my heart as much as from my head. I had plenty of experience teaching and speaking in my 20s and 30s in church and college environments, being a former theologian and Hebrew teacher, but often public speaking was a case of “fake it until you make it”.

“head and heart with humour. A vibrant and vulnerable authentic voice”

Subsequently, coming out as an LGBTIQA person, dealing with mental health ups and downs, relationship and career changes, business and personal gains and losses, all meant becoming comfortable with myself. Now, public speaking is second nature as I’ve nothing to hide or fear though overcoming anxiety and enjoying the moment is always invigorating!

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Conferences, Panels & Keynote Addresses

Chairing ClexaCon on Trans on TV
Chairing ClexaCon on Trans on TV

I’ve spoken at many conferences and am very happy appearing on or chairing panel discussions across a range of issues. Although I am passionate, I have perspective, and can happily entertain and explore ideas and beliefs that I may not agree with. Seeing both or more than two sides to something enables me to engage and not get enraged. I love debate and discussion, but don’t get angry or personal, I choose not to take offence, even though my energy and passions may get stirred.

Find and book me on Pick My Brain for free calls, paid sessions or online and in-person talks.

An Array of Audiences

Future Radio talk show Sep 2009
Future Radio Sep 2009

I’ve addressed rooms full of politicians or psychiatrists, in prisons, schools, colleges, universities, businesses, at public demonstrations and political rallies with 2,000 people, and, most terrifying of all, in front of audiences at stand-up comedy gigs! I’ve also done my first TEDx talk. Everything is easy after that.

I’m regularly on several radio and TV stations and been filmed several times, rarely needing a second take, being very comfortable live, ad-libbing and waxing lyrical.

Extensive range of Topics

Gypsy in the Field music, stand-up comedy, poetry festival, Aylsham 2012
Gypsy in the Field festival, Aylsham 2012

I’m very happy speaking on everything from socio-political issues, to sex and gender; on business, technology, and entrepreneurship; on social confidence, authenticity, and overcoming fear; on mental health, human rights and humour. I’ve spoken on everything from theology to torture, transgender, and translation, and that’s just the T’s!

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Recent Talks and Lectures given

A Respectful Conversation About Gender, NAC, 3 Feb 2019
A Respectful Conversation About Gender, NAC, 3 Feb 2019

This selective list does not include internal talks and non-public D&I diversity and inclusion training given to businesses, organisations and public sector clients including Police, MOJ, Fire & Rescue, NHS, City & County Councils, Schools, Colleges, Job Centres…

  • Supporting trans and non-binary employees in a binary workforce world, Great British Businesswomen Forum, Oct 2021
  • Mood & Neurodiversity in StartUp teams, Tech BBQ Conference, Copenhagen, Sep 2021
  • Keynote at WHEN – Women in Higher Educaton conference, Sep 2021
  • LGBT Inclusion in Community Life, Eden Project, Festival of Discovery, Nov 2020
  • Intersex & Trans Awareness panel, Hughes College, University of Cambridge, Nov 2020
  • The best sex I (n)ever had, True Stories Live, NAC, Oct 2020
  • Lunch and Learn talk on LGB, Flagship Housing, Aug 2020
  • Talk for workplace WI on Transgender, Flagship Housing, Jul 2020
  • Lunch and Learn talk on Gender, Flagship Housing, Jul 2020
  • Lean in Leeds – LGBTQ+ Panel, Jun 2020
  • Chairing ‘Where has trans activism got to’, WOW Festival, Mar 2020
  • Speaking at ‘One Billion Rising’, Norwich, Feb 2020
  • LGBT+ Activism panel, Hughes College, University of Cambridge, Feb 2020
  • Chairing ‘A Respectful Conversation – About Representation’, NAC, Jan 2020
  • A Trans Woman’s [hidden] journey in an All-boys school, St Albans School Diversity Society, Jan 2020
  • Chair Q&A at Penny Pepper, The Naked Punk, National Centre for Writing, Nov 2019
  • Chairing ‘A Respectful Conversation – About the Planet’, Forum, Oct 2019
  • Sex/gender & sexuality outside the cishet binary, Sexpression Training, UEA, Oct 2019
  • Hate Crime Vigil speech, Forum, Oct 2019
  • Chairing ‘A Respectful Conversation – About Migration’, UEA ASA Conference, Sep 2019
  • The Science of Sex and Gender, ResNet (UEA etc), Jul 2019
  • Intersectionality, Reclaim the Night, Norwich, Mar 2019
  • Chairing A Respectful Conversation – About Free Speech, NAC, Jul 2019
  • Breathless‘, True Stories Live, Dragon Hall Writers Centre, Jul 2019
  • Intersectionality, Reclaim the Night, Norwich – Mar 2019
  • Who or what is a Woman – diversity and dissent, Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge, Mar 2019
  • Chairing A Respectful Conversation – About Brexit, NAC, Mar 2019
  • LGBT+ Activism & its importance, Aviva, Feb 2019
  • Chairing A Respectful Conversation – About Gender, NAC, Feb 2019
  • Atypical Sex and Gender Variant Medical Health, N&NUH ObGyn Conference, Jan 2019
  • Miles to Go‘, True Stories Live, NAC, Sep 2018
  • Teaching & Training on TransGender & Non-Binary in the workplace, UEA, Masters in Gender Studies, Jun 2018
  • LGBT talk during Diversity Week, Clarion Housing, Jun 2018
  • LGBT, Mental Health & Stress, UEA Headucate keynote, May 2018
  • WOW Festival (opening panel, what the papers say with Jude Kelly, and trans in the media panel), Norwich, Apr 2018
  • Art, Photography & the Fe/Male Gaze, UEA, Mar 2018
  • Reclaim the Night, Norwich, Mar 2018
  • IWD – Biology & Diversity, Swainsthorpe, Mar 2018
  • Asexual, eNBy & Trans Relationship Reality, Wendy Capewell Podcast, Mar 2018
  • Being Different, TEDx at UEA, Norwich, Feb 2018
  • Asexuality, Plymouth Uni, Feb 2018
  • Who, or what, defines you as a woman?, BBC, Feb 2018
  • Progress & Regress of LGBT+ Rights around the world, LGBTHM, Essex Uni, Feb 2018
  • Transgender Day of Remembrance, UEA & Forum, Nov 2017
  • Intersex, Wellcome Genome Campus, Cambridge, Nov 2017
  • The Human Library – my story, Positive News, Oct 2017
  • Gender Dysphoria – nature or nurture?, Essex University, Jul 2017
  • Gender Revolution, N&N Fest, May 2017
  • Trans Like Me interview with CN Lester, N&N Fest, May 2017
  • Identity Panel, N&N Fest, May 2017
  • Supporting Trans victims of crime & abuse, Victim Support, Apr 2017
  • From gender rights to human rights, Norwich Humanists, Apr 2017
  • LGBT rights in Chechnya, Chechnya LGBT demo, Apr 2017
  • Safeguarding Trans and LGB persons from DASV, Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital, Mar 2017
  • An identities journey, Norwich Sunday Assembly, Mar 2017
  • International Women’s Day – A different kind of woman, Swainsthorpe, Mar 2017
  • Norwich Reclaim the Night 2017 Poetry & March for Safer Streets, Norwich, Mar 2017
  • Exploring LGBT identities and intersection with religious beliefs (panel), UEA, Feb 2017
  • Around the World in 80 Genders, LGBT HM UEA, Feb 2017
  • Beyond LGBT Exploring Identities in the ‘IQAP+’ Tail, LGBT HM UEA, Feb 2017
  • Women loving Women (panel), UEA, Feb 2017
  • Beyond the Transgender Tipping Point – diversity and dissent within trans identities, UEA, Nov 2016
  • Being Yourself and Challenging the Glass Ceilings of Gender – Baffled by, and my journey beyond, the Gender Binary, Queens College, Cambridge, Nov 2016
  • Should Primary Age Kids be taught about Trans & Intersex?, Mustard TV, Nov 2016
  • LGBT & Mental Health Stigma, Equal Lives, Norfolk, Oct 2016
  • No to Hate Crime Vigil, Forum, Norwich, Oct 2016
  • Suffolk Hate Crime Vigil, Bury St Edmunds, Oct 2016
  • Literary panel on T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets chaired by Melvyn Bragg, Oct 2016
  • Barriers to DASV Support Services for Trans People, Leeway DASV, Sep 16
  • Norwich stands with Uganda Pride rally, Norwich, Aug 2016
  • Solidarity with EU and International Migrants Speech, City Hall, Norwich, July 2016
  • Norwich Stays Pro EU Speech, City Hall, Norwich, July 2016
  • Orlando LGBT Club Massacre Vigil, City Hall, Norwich, June 2016
  • Trans Needs (part of a diversity training day for counselors & youth workers), MAP, 16-Mar-16
  • Around the World in 80 Genders, Sex/Gender outside of M/F & Western labels, SOAS, London, 2016
  • Intersectionality and LGBTIQAP+, UEA Pride+Amnesty, 2016
  • Being Different, Being Yourself (Anti-Bullying Week), EN College, 2015
  • The Growth of Trans, Norwich Pride, 2015
  • Sex, Gender & Mental Health with Dr Hadrian Ball (NSFT), NHS Suffolk, 2015
  • Coming Out & Being Yourself At Work, Aviva LGBT Network, 2015
  • Torture: Definition, Spread, Dehumanising, Stop, Amnesty UEA, 2015
  • Non-Binary Gender in History & Making History Now, LGBT HM UEA, 2015
  • Fifty Shades of GreySexuality, MOGAI & Tumblr, EN College, 2015
  • Fifty Shades of GreySexuality, Gender & Sex, LGBT HM UEA, 2015
  • Trans, Gender, Language & Mental health with Nick Conrad (Radio Norfolk), BBC Radio, 2014
  • Sex, Gender & Mental Health with Dr Hadrian Ball (NSFT), NHS Norfolk, 2014
  • Anti-Bullying & Trans Awareness Week talk, EN College, 2014
  • LGB/TI separate or together? What has gender to do with sex/uality?, TG14 UEA, 2014
  • LGBTI Human Rights Abuse in Russia & Uganda, Amnesty UEA, 2014
  • Gender & Sex Variant History, UEA, 2014
  • Russia: Boycott or engagement, NoToHate Vigil, 2013
  • The Architecture of Gender, PK, 2013
  • LGB & TIQ, Where do Sex & Gender Merge & Diverge?, Pride, 2013
  • Depathologisation of Transgender, TG12 UEA, 2012
  • A History of Trans & Gender Non Conformity to 1800, LGBT HM UEA, 2012
  • Trans Myth & Real Life, UNISON, 2010
  • Social Confidence, HC, 2009

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Pro Bono, Costs and Fees

I deliver just over half of the talks I give for free, mostly getting travel expenses and a box of chocolates – for my waistline, I’d rather a book token! The other half is split almost equally between corporate-level reimbursement, struggling public sector finances, and further education minimal fees. You can book me direct through Pick My Brain (please ask for a discount code if you are a charity, university or cash-strapped sector)

Katy Jon Went at True Stories Live, Miles To Go, Norwich Arts Centre
Katy Jon Went at True Stories Live, Miles To Go, NAC

For me, it is never about the money, and on many topics, I will always deliver the same professional content subject to my availability, energy and travel expenses. Like anyone, though, I need to keep a roof over my head and balance the free with the fairly remunerated in order that those who can afford to pay help to underwrite and maintain my freedom to provide more economical or expenses-only options for those without the same resources.

I believe in the Sacred Economics ideas of the gift economy and of paying both what you can afford and what you think I’m worth – when you can afford it! I once did some training at what I thought was fair commercial rates and was told afterwards that if I’d charged double they would have paid it. Needless to say, they didn’t give me a tip after the fact and thus they got a bargain! I prefer to over-deliver rather than underwhelm.

Please contact me if you are interested in offering me a speaking engagement or training opportunity and we can discuss all the options.

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Stand-up comedy, Public Speaking, Talks, Humour, After Dinner Speaker
Stand-up Comedy 2012

“Katy Jon Went, as if Katy needs any introduction, shy retiring [not!], is a regular speaker discussing mental health and is fantastically honest and when I see her name popping up on my switchboard I always punch the air for joy because you know she’s going to say something outrageous, although there’s no delay or filter on the microphones today!” – Nick Conrad, BBC Radio Norfolk

“an exceptionally engaging and fascinating speaker. I could have sat and listened to you all evening well done more!” – Marcus Dickey Horley, Curator of Access at a leading London Art Gallery

“Very effective communicator”; “Enlightening – thank you for sharing such personal information”; “Excellent speaker.”; “Excellent, intelligent and enlightening presentation. Thank you for your honesty.”; “Excellent speaker, very clear, non-repetitive and good mix of lived experience with theory.”; “Very interesting and engaging”; “interesting, informative, and inspiring”; “Very informative, perfect introduction, and also moving in parts”; “So honest & open. Very informative.” ; “very articulate” – Various, training seminars feedback

“An astounding speaker.” – SM

“As the Student Welfare Coordinator in a sixth form college, I am always on the lookout for inspirational speakers to come in and speak to our students on a range of issues. We have been lucky enough to have Katy delivering two talks this academic year; one about life as a transgendered person as part of Anti-Bullying Week in November, and one entitled ‘Fifty Shades of Grey: An Alphabet Soup of Sexuality and Gender’ as part of our LGBT Month celebrations in February. Katy is immensely knowledgeable about her subject area and presents it in a very engaging and accessible way. While she is undoubtedly an intellectual heavyweight, there is no sense of superiority, and attendees at her talks genuinely feel that they could ask her anything without fear of offending her or being made to feel stupid. Katy engages incredibly well with young people, and her lively, slightly naughty approach means her audience warms to her immediately, making for an extremely enjoyable hour. I would wholeheartedly recommend Katy to other educational institutions; it is rare to find someone not only with so much knowledge, humour and openness who is prepared to deliver talks on potentially sensitive issues…” LO, Student Welfare Coordinator

“Unexpected, unbelievable, delicious and memorable…an experience and a half. Katy is like no other individual I had ever met. She can speak on any topic, is extremely well read, hilarious in every sense, passionate, authentic…A human library. Literally and figuratively…she will impact you in an incredible way.” – MC (PMB CEO)

Katy Jon Went speaking at True Stories Live
Katy Jon Went speaking at True Stories Live

“Katy is a whirlwind, and I’m just going around collecting the bits of washing machine left in the yard after the twister blows through.” – MB

“Honestly one of best people I’ve heard speak” – SH (UEA)

“You from my perspective are one of a few people who can understand what it is to ‘take on the world’. I don’t know if that is how it is for you, but wow, you have from my perspective.” – CD

“A sane voice in a mad world” – JB (SUTR)

“One of the loveliest people I know and even sit down with absolute arseholes and let them spout their pathetic ideas as part of debate because of that level of wonderful tolerance. You’re like some kind of non-binary Jesus, sitting down with the equivalent of tax collectors and sinners.” – SC

“You have so much to say about being human that people should listen to.” – OO

“Your writing is articulate, well reasoned, researched and intelligent. I love reading your words, hearing you speak.” – CK

“Amazingly thought-provoking talk” – Victim Support

“One of the sweetest and most intelligent people I’ve ever met. I may not personally believe in all that you stand for, but I believe in your right to do what you want to be the person you are.” – PT

“ever thoughtful, challenging and inspiring” – PS

“From my perspective, you are one of a few people who can understand what it is to ‘take on the world’.” – CD

“An incredible campaigner, speaker, and activist” TAP (UEA)

“Your posts and talks are always inclusive, instructive, promote great safe debate and are sensitive to all others feelings and opinions” – KB

“Very much worth going! I could listen to KJ all day! Lucky to know such a remarkable human!” – CH (TEDx)

“Amazing keynote event. Charismatic and inspirational speaker with insightful stories as well as humour (and cats 🐈)…authentic, insightful and hilariously funny talk, we couldn’t have asked for more! Such a strong voice form an incredibly inspiring person.” – Headucate UEA

“I’m not alone in seeing you as an inspirational person… Of all the people I met, you are the one who gives me hope for the future” – DP

“I love reading your posts and opinions. I value your candour and strength to answer dumb questions. I think what you do is amazing.” – SS

“I think you are a thoughtful, kind and intelligent commentator and I find your posts hugely valuable.” – CO

“I always read your posts – I don’t always agree but I think you are a fabulously intelligent, thoughtful voice in midst of a batshit crazy world.” – KP

“You are amazing and inspire me so much. You are incredible and inspiring, and I’m SO SO happy you exist in the world” – FR

“Brilliant and inspiring TEDx talk…excellent. Not as spontaneous as some of your talks, but well-written, fascinating and genuinely inspiring.” – AHS

“Your speech at the Norwich Remains Rally last summer was the most inspiring I heard that evening… it was inclusive, informed and sensitive to why some voted Brexit.” – EJG

“Keep being marvellous and eloquent… yes, you are showing the change curve is possible, overcoming the insurmountable for others… and just so you know, yes you are pretty good at saying what needs saying.” – AG

“We both enjoyed your talk… Your Be-you-full line was the one thing a wrote on my leaf for the wall, fucking brilliant. Great job!” – ML

“Genius and star and proud to be their friend” – JB (politician)

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Public Speaking Coaching

I am available to coach on self-confidence, speech writing, delivery, adding humour, and other tips to aid your own public speaking opportunity. 

“Katy’s help hugely improved my presentation both in content and delivery. Delightfully informative approach with lots of little tips that actually make all the difference. Following her coaching I did my first public speaking gig to an international audience of 2,500 people.” – Rob Whitworth Photography

Public Speaking or Training Enquiry

Please contact me if you are interested in booking a training session, school/college talk, educational lecture, public speaking opportunity, after-dinner speech, or any private coaching or consultancy. You can also find and book me on Pick My Brain for free calls, paid sessions or online and in-person talks.

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