Ep 87: Asserting Yourself & The Gift Of Asking

Does the thought of articulating your needs and desires make you uncomfortable?

It’s probably no surprise to hear that humans, particularly women, have a challenging time speaking up for what they want and need. In this thoughtful conversation, Meg speaks with Kemi Nekvapil, author of ‘The Gift of Asking: A Women’s guide to owning her wants and needs without guilt’ and ‘Power: A Woman’s Guide to Living and Leading Without Apology’. Their discussion explores the societal expectations that often lead women to prioritise others’ needs over their own.

You will learn why asking for what you need is actually a gift to oneself and a way to strengthen relationships. The episode delves into the impacts of not asking and provides valuable insights for cultivating better communication and connection. Join Meg and Kemi and learn the transformative power of asking for what you want.

In this conversation we discuss

▫️ How do we identify what we want and need   

▫️ What stops us from being honest with ourselves and others.

▫️ How to ask for what we want and need.

▫️ And so much more…

You can quote us on that…

“To recognise that we are a human with needs can be quite difficult because we’ve been taught to believe that we’re of service.”

Kemi Nekvapil

“Society rewards women for saying yes to everyone else.”

Kemi Nekvapil

“Asking for what we need and want gives us a sense of worth and value.”

Kemi Nekvapil


Kemi Nekvapil – Website | Instagram | LinkedIn | Books | Podcast


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Hi, I'm Meg!

B.Phys Ed, M. Ed (Student Wellbeing), CIPP

I’m a teacher with experience working in primary and secondary schools across Australia, and a specialist in the field of wellbeing education and coaching. I founded Open Mind Education in 2013 with a vision of sharing practical, enriching wellbeing education with staff, parents, and broader school communities.

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