We had the good fortune of connecting with Jenni Prisk and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jenni, alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
When I founded Prisk Communication, it was with the mission to provide public speaking skills for individuals and corporations.. Over the 30 years I have been in business I have discovered the importance of effective communication in every arena. We all want the world, or our close community to hear us, to understand us and to acknowledge us. My experiences in Africa, Peru, the US and San Diego have afforded me opportunities to provide a platform on which people can stand and deliver their messages successfully. It has been my privilege to work closely with women who are changed when they find the strength of their voices to deliver their messages with integrity and power.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My clients have always told me that what sets me apart is my accent! Born and raised in New Zealand, i have lived for 37 years in San Diego, My husband and I moved there when he was offered a position with Nasa developing lung physiology experiments that flew on the Space Shuttle. I couldn’t work when we first arrived so I volunteered and met my first friends. For five years I worked as a PA at the San Diego Union Tribune while completing a diploma in Speech & Drama. This led to founding Prisk Communication. It was a struggle at first to establish my business, I wasn’t known in the community, however, after I began hosting fundraisers on KPBS TV, the tide turned and I was recognized as a trusted resource. I networked like crazy, utilizing every opportunity to present my business. I joined women’s organizations to learn from others who were successful. I became very sick, had to have surgeries, and experienced deep depression. I have learned that allowing others to support and assist you is the way to good health and good business. As is giving back to the community, something I have done always. Belief in myself, my passions and my purpose make all things possible!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would start with theatre! We are blessed in San Diego with a plethora of wonderful companies that cover the spectrum of drama, musicals, LGBTQ, women’s issues and diversity. That would be the first evening (and probably others as theatre is a passion of mine!) followed by a glass of wine at Mr. A’s to take in the sweeping views of San Diego and the harbor at night. The next day, a drive along the gorgeous coastline to Carlsbad, stopping at Torrey Pines Beach for a walk. A visit to the San Diego zoo is a must and a drive to the Safari Park. A meander around Old Town, with margaritas and delicious Mexican food. A ferry ride to Coronado with stunning views of the city and beyond, with tapas at a bar by the bay. A stroll through beautiful Balboa Park, taking in the museums and galleries, gardens and music, with lunch at the Prado. Explore Liberty Station and all it has to offer with art and crafts, food, drink and the Women’s Museum. End the week by the ocean in La Jolla, after a walk along the cliff tops, shopping in the lovely town and watching sunset over the water from one of the restaurants while dining on exquisite cuisine!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many people who have helped me along the way! My husband, Kim, has never wavered in his support of me and some of my (crazy) ideas. My friend Carol who has constantly believed in me. My sister Allison who has always loved me. My young mentor Sam who encouraged me. My clients who trusted me and let me help them find their possibilities. The board of Voices of Women (the nonprofit I founded in 2001) who were constant in their support. The San Diego Rotary Club who have provided friendship and inspiration.
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Other: https://voicesofwomen.org https://www.globalwomen.org.nz