Tyra Janae on Power Talks & the Importance of Dialogue
In a world where social media is on the rise and there is a lack of face to face interaction, Tyra Janae understands how vital it is to have conversation. Without conversation, we fail to open our minds, and exchange ideas that are important for growth. So, Tyra created Power Talks where she provides a platform for people to have authentic conversation.
Read below to find out how her childhood influenced her career and more.
What was your childhood like? What experiences helped shape the woman you are today?
I had an amazing childhood. I am the middle child of 3. I have an older brother and a younger brother. I grew up in a household with my siblings and both parents. So childhood was a great one. I played sports, choosing basketball as my college sport. But I also played softball and volleyball as well.
Growing up as the only girl made me competitive and shaped my personality tremendously. I’m known as an aggressor. In basketball, I was a point guard so that shaped my leadership skills. As a point guard, you are the captain of the team and the coach on the court so it has ushered me into my current leadership roles.
My family instilled in my faith values as a Christian woman at a very young age, which shaped my walk and how I live my life. Also, growing up in a loving environment has molded me into a person who genuinely loves people.
Growing up did you experience any insecurities? How did you overcome that?
My childhood made me, in my younger days, very secure almost to the point where I struggled with practicing humility. When I speak to people I always mention my personality growing up. I was an arrogant little girl and that mostly came from being spoiled and being the only girl in the family. Being the only girl made me feel invincible as a child but in the long run it has made me a very confident person.
How did you become Power Talks host?
I grew up in a house where we discussed everything from the most sensitive subjects to the most awkward topics. I believe it’s helped me become who I am as a communicator. I believe the more we talk about things, the more insight we have and the more opportunity we have to grow amongst one another.
Power Talks is an idea I came up with. And I became the host because I hosted my first event and decided to be the facilitator. During Power Talks, we have an unbiased panel discussion where the audience participates through questions and comments about things we often don’t feel comfortable talking about.
I noticed a statement in your Instagram bio, “There’s power in dialogue.” What does that statement mean to you?
I believe wholeheartedly in the power of conversing with one another. I believe that there’s healing, understanding, and love to be gained through conversation. When I say there’s power in dialogue I mean that the moment we sit down and start to pick each other’s brain, sharing things, it allows us to connect and grow. I think there’s great power in that.
What are words of wisdom you can give to our readers who may be working toward your same career path but feel like giving up?
Keep going. People need you. You might not immediately see the fruit of your labor but keep sewing. And, if at least one life is changed that’s another strive towards excellence. So just keep going, and allow God to do the rest.
Great advice! Learn more about Tyra by following her on Instagram @Tyrajanae_.