Listening for Fearlessness.

 Participants in my Storytelling! The Musical workshop at Soul Camp West. These five fearless adults improvised their original mini musical called "Under the Pond! The musical." about a bitter and jaded bass who falls in love with a Stand Up Paddle Boarder who falls into the pond.  #nailingit #creativity #freedom #selfexpression

Participants in my Storytelling! The Musical workshop at Soul Camp West. These five fearless adults improvised their original mini musical called "Under the Pond! The musical." about a bitter and jaded bass who falls in love with a Stand Up Paddle Boarder who falls into the pond.  #nailingit #creativity #freedom #selfexpression

I just returned from Soul Camp West 2016 and my chakras are aligned, my angels have been channelled, and my spirit is nourished.  This Soul Camp experience proved to be far more introspective than my Soul Camp East experience.  I led two "Storytelling! The Musical" workshops, facilitated a conversation around Hacking the Fear of Public Speaking, and MC'd the talent show.   As I reflect on the highlights and takeaways from this experience, I'm immediately sent back to the Talent Show.

As a public speaking coach, I oftentimes take for granted the courage it takes to stand onstage and allow oneself to be revealed.  After years of doing it professionally it can become "just another day at the office."  At Soul Camp, I was reminded of the emotional and psychological hurdles many leap to cover the distance from offstage to onstage.  "Talent Show" doesn't adequately describe the experience. It is a Generosity Fest.  One after the other, participants stood onstage and sang, danced, shared stories, performed stand up, and played the drums.  Their offering was genuine.  There was nothing to prove.  There was nothing to show off.  There was an authenticity, vulnerability and sincerity to each participant's share that captivated us in the audience for over 3 hours.  3 HOURS!  No intermission.  Millenials sitting still for 3 hours.  Miracle - No.  I believe it was connected to the intention of the evening.  The audience knew that their job was to hold space.  They had a responsibility to show up, listen, love and give back.  The audience was responsible for witnessing and acknowledging the breakthroughs on stage.  The performers offered us their soul, their story, their humanity.  We received it and offered our souls, our hearts, our humanity.  It was magical.

So here's my request for the coming weeks: Where can you take on listening from a space of generosity and acknowledge the breakthroughs happening all around you?  I guarantee they're happening.  You just have to be present and listening to catch them.  Please feel free to share on our Facebook page!

Below we have information about our upcoming events.  I'm excited to be hosted by Mt. Holyoke College in Mid November, and thrilled to be sharing our third A Fearless Force: Public Speaking for Visionary Women Leaders in New York City in partnership with the Centre for Social Innovation.  To order tickets for the final presentations on December 8, 2016, click here!