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The education system teaches us to learn and recall information and at the end of it we are tested and expected to then pass exams. After all said and done the reality is, we are supposed to get a job at the end of it. I was unaware of the difficulties I would encounter at work especially as a Black Woman. How do I navigate work and how do I keep a job? Education institutions do not prepare you for work, racism, bullying, and oppressive managers in the workplace. Where the education system has not prepared you, I will. Toya Talks is a platform birthed on my day to day uploads on Snapchat. I discuss the realities of work from the perspective of a Black Woman and how I have successfully navigated work using my experiences. Toya Talks Podcast covers the world of work and not just the corporate world. Black Women for too long have been overlooked and underrepresented in the workplace. Toya Talks is a safe place and a platform to share, grow and learn, more importantly, educate ourselves and everyone else so we can navigate and grow in the world of work more smoothly. This Podcast contains my opinions and feelings based on my lived experiences, my opinions and my Black experience. My views and experiences are in no way intended to cause offence. Lets put the sensitivity to one side, prepare to laugh, learn & grow!!!!

Toya Talks Toya Washington

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 12 Ratings

The education system teaches us to learn and recall information and at the end of it we are tested and expected to then pass exams. After all said and done the reality is, we are supposed to get a job at the end of it. I was unaware of the difficulties I would encounter at work especially as a Black Woman. How do I navigate work and how do I keep a job? Education institutions do not prepare you for work, racism, bullying, and oppressive managers in the workplace. Where the education system has not prepared you, I will. Toya Talks is a platform birthed on my day to day uploads on Snapchat. I discuss the realities of work from the perspective of a Black Woman and how I have successfully navigated work using my experiences. Toya Talks Podcast covers the world of work and not just the corporate world. Black Women for too long have been overlooked and underrepresented in the workplace. Toya Talks is a safe place and a platform to share, grow and learn, more importantly, educate ourselves and everyone else so we can navigate and grow in the world of work more smoothly. This Podcast contains my opinions and feelings based on my lived experiences, my opinions and my Black experience. My views and experiences are in no way intended to cause offence. Lets put the sensitivity to one side, prepare to laugh, learn & grow!!!!

    The Negotiation isnt Negotiating

    The Negotiation isnt Negotiating

    Negotiation is a topic that I am passionate about because once I understood my value and the concept of leverage, I have been able to negotiate favorable contract terms including financial negotiations that have enabled me to navigate my career and climb the career ladder faster. I have also dedicated a chapter in my book to negotiation. (Book coming soon....)

    In this episode, we discuss a Black Queen who commenced negotiating her hourly rate but hit a roadblock when her prospective employer gave her a take it or leave it to offer. Her application of what she learned from the Toya Talks master class was wrong.  - let's discuss!

    *For those of you who want to also follow me on my YouTube channel,  I will be vlogging. Vlogs from November uploaded every Sunday.
    ‘At Home With Toya’.
    https://youtube.com/c/AtHomeWithToya

    Email me:  hello@toyatalks.com
     
     Twitter: @toya_w (#ToyaTalks)
     
     Snapchat: @toyawashington
     
     Instagram: @toya_washington & @toya_talks
     
     www.toyatalks.com

    • 1 hr 45 min
    Mummy Issues (PT1)

    Mummy Issues (PT1)

    This is the taboo topic that has you thinking this is a you problem rather than appreciating that some of us do have mummy issues, we are shamed into silence and told we are the problem. I have lightly touched on this in previous episodes but haven't had the capacity to dedicate an episode to this topic. I had to speak to my therapist in advance of recording this, it is one thing speaking to my therapist and another recording a podcast but it's time and I know there are women who need to hear this. We are navigating life & work

    In this episode, I discuss how mummy issues have dominated my life from how I saw myself to having to unlearn toxic behaviors and learn to recognise and address the flawed mother and daughter relationship society doesn't discuss enough.  Culture and religion tell us our mother can do no wrong, recognising this thinking is wrong and toxic in itself. 

    Not everyone has had or experienced the idyllic mother and daughter relationship. Many of us do not know what that feels  like and some of us continue to crave some of us knowing accepting that this may not happen. I have been very honest with my journey with therapy in parenting the younger me. As I now sit in and navigate adulthood I am filled with disappointment that I was not enough and that I haven't had the mother daughter relationship my younger self craved and my adult self needed. 

    Email me:  hello@toyatalks.com
     
     Twitter: @toya_w (#ToyaTalks)
     
     Snapchat: @toyawashington
     
     Instagram: @toya_washington & @toya_talks
     
     www.toyatalks.com

    • 1 hr 56 min
    Picking The Sense Out of Nonsense

    Picking The Sense Out of Nonsense

    Following on from the last episode 'Closet Racist' we have the conclusion to my formal grievance complaint against Ronald McDonald.

    In this episode, we also discuss the outcome I was pursuing and understanding the difference between vengeance and karma.  

    Email me:  hello@toyatalks.com
     
     Twitter: @toya_w (#ToyaTalks)
     
     Snapchat: @toyawashington
     
     Instagram: @toya_washington & @toya_talks
     
     www.toyatalks.com

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Closet Racist

    Closet Racist

    Many think racism is overt and clear discriminatory language, it's easier to prove if racism is overt. However, we know it also exists in disadvantageous treatment. The UK is the architect of racism and is responsible for the evolution and protection of racism.

    Many organisations refuse to stand behind their race discrimination and equality policies but would rather maintain the facade of performative support. Leading on from Episode 75 (Season 2) 'No Caller ID', I submitted a formal written grievance complaint against Ronald McDonald on the following grounds
    Race DiscriminationSex DiscriminationHarassmentBullying Victimisation Bullying by coercion.I made sure to cc Ronald. 

    In this episode, I read you the grievance complaint and explain the route I took and how HR sought to gaslight me. Despite the clear evidence, I had to ensure HR understood I was willing to go as far as I needed to address my treatment.

     Email me:  hello@toyatalks.com
     
     Twitter: @toya_w (#ToyaTalks)
     
     Snapchat: @toyawashington
     
     Instagram: @toya_washington & @toya_talks
     
     www.toyatalks.com

    • 1 hr 35 min
    Sick Note - (Dilemma Episode)

    Sick Note - (Dilemma Episode)

    In this dilemma episode, we will be discussing x2 dilemmas.

    How to inform your employer that you are unwell and unable to work and in the case of the first dilemma unwell having caught covid. 

    I use to have the mentality that I will work through my sickness to hold onto my job too afraid to call in sick to protect my job. But I soon realised if I dropped dead tomorrow my role will be advertised within 24 hours. 

    In this global pandemic, it appears organisations are finding new ways to harass employees reporting sickness due to covid.

    Email me:  hello@toyatalks.com
     
     Twitter: @toya_w (#ToyaTalks)
     
     Snapchat: @toyawashington
     
     Instagram: @toya_washington & @toya_talks
     
     www.toyatalks.com

    • 1 hr 40 min
    No Caller ID

    No Caller ID

    The suffering of Black Women is not the anthem of our existence. The last two weeks have been a lot and honestly, I recognise that whilst my current workplace is the gift that keeps on giving the gift is heavy.

    When we discuss workplace bullying we have a common understanding of the definition of bullying but do you realise that some of these racist white males we work with discriminate and harass and use bullying to further their pursuit of harassing you with the sole objective of breaking you. WHY? Because for them seeing a Woman and a what more a Black Woman in a senior position or Black Women excelling and doing well infuriates them to see us breaking their racist stereotypes and the ceiling of minimum wage.

    When we are plagued with the definition of strong Black Women we feel as though if we say something it makes us weak. No, we are tired of being punching bags for racist white men and women who get off on reminding Black Women that they own and control the structures we work in.

    There has been a shift in society we are calling out racism we are shaming the devil and we are tired.

    The last 2 weeks I have been bullied at work and the harassment and bullying have been all via email. No conversation voice or video exchanges just an email trail and if you know anything about me I have been building the burn folder keeping everything professional not taking the bait... then the ancestors showed up to defend their own. Ronald decided he wanted to die on the hill so we are going to war with my burn folder and email trail in tow.

     Email me:  hello@toyatalks.com
     
     Twitter: @toya_w (#ToyaTalks)
     
     Snapchat: @toyawashington
     
     Instagram: @toya_washington & @toya_talks
     
     www.toyatalks.com

    • 1 hr 47 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

La'Donnia ,

So Needed!

I came across Toya W on Lydia Dinga’s YouTube channel. That prompted me to follow her on Instagram (as I didn’t have Snapchat). A full year later and I finally decided to tune into her podcast and I’m so disappointed that it took me so long. Toya spits truth! All of her information, advice, feedback is useful and I believe years from now this information she’s sharing will remain relevant.
She has been instrumental in helping me navigate the workplace as a black woman climbing the corporate ladder. Thank you, Toya.

babydollbanks ,

I so needed this

I’ve been binge listening to these podcast Toya Talks is amazing and inspiring. I’m learning skills to cope with the micro aggression in the work place.

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