When I started my business in 2008, I totally avoided calling myself a speaking coach. I had this idea that if someone wanted to be a “speaker,” they probably loved the spotlight and were way more attracted to attention than to making a difference. And I didn’t want to promote that kind of work in the world.
Regardless of our age or life stage, we often find ourselves soul-searching in the question of what is next for ourselves? Often big transitions and transformation requires help and tools for finding clarity. We chatted with What's Next facilitators, Laura Riordan and Linda Lesem about tools and techniques for determining your next chapter.
Last week we celebrated International Women’s Day with a sold out event, stunningly inspiring speakers, surprise music and poetry, and some incredible souls who bravely expressed what it means to be a courageous woman during our first-of-many, moth-style open mic sessions.
There was once a time I walked into my workplace each day in Corporate America with a tight feeling in my chest and a directed sense of what needed to get done. I would run a quick scan to recall who I was meeting with and what I needed to deliver.
In today's times, fear and uncertainty is becoming part of our lives. Inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert's letter to fear, we collectively wrote a letter to fear together. Dear Fear, we are not afraid to stand up for what we believe in. We are not afraid to be who we are. And, we are not afraid to dedicate our talents and gifts to help make the world a better place, for all.
What a year it's been! As I look forward into 2017 and plan what's next for The Hivery, I looked back to review how far we'd come. As I remembered the journey of this year, tears of joy and pride came to my eyes. The Hivery is on a mission for women and as we move toward a New Year, we are feeling unstoppable.
People often ask how I started The Hivery…where I got the idea, how I knew I wanted to do it. I’ve got my short answer, but the real answer is complicated. The Hivery came from lots of things…like any creative process, it was informed by anything and everything. Let me try to explain.
I am fascinated by this fundamental (and often unmet) need for feeling a part of something bigger than ourselves as individuals. And The Hivery is an expression of my belief in the power of building communities that are based on inclusiveness, kindness, and collaboration.