068: Heather Plett - On Being a Meaning Maker


Today's show focuses in on facilitating, as well as speaking.

A few months back a listener (Hi Jeffrey!) reached out to me on Twitter asking me a wonderful question about holding space - and then suggested I read this article about the concept written by today's guest, Heather Plett.  (He then went on to suggest I have her on the show!) I read the article - was moved - and asked Heather to join me for a conversation. It felt like a meeting of the minds! Heather is a facilitator, practitioner, speaker and incredibly wise guide. (I wrote down quote after quote after quote... ) She understands deeply the 'why' behind our work as speakers, which is that we can create meaning.  That is not a small thing. Thanks for reminding me of this, Heather!

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Show highlights: On Being a Meaning-Maker

[Tweet "I am primarily a story-gatherer. I am an observer of the world." @heatherplett on @ThisMovedMe"]

In the show we talked about: 

  • Heather's arc from writer to facilitator and speaker
  • The difference between speaking and facilitating
  • What it means to host people as a facilitator
  • How we as facilitators balance the need to be open, and also to protect ourselves


Coaches Corner:

Heather talks about the challenge of being vulnerable and open, while still holding your confidence and strength.  She's working on bringing them to the line, but not over it.

This Moved Me Moments:

SALLY: These beautiful, heartbreaking photos of some Syrian refugees. We have to keep humanizing tragedy, or we can become numb to them.

Where Syrian Refugee Kids Sleep
Where Syrian Refugee Kids Sleep

HEATHER: This lovely quote from a speaker sharing personal stories from Africa:

"The world needs more people who have learned how to navigate through the dark."

Yes, they are the ones who can lead the way for us.

Thanks so much for listening! I am grateful for you.

My best,




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