79: Kelly Fern - On Bringing Your Story To Life
Remember Joe Schmit, one of my guests from last season? Suuuuper nice guy - TV sports anchor - speaker and author? Well, he sent me an email (I love it when guests stay in touch!) and said to me, "You should have Kelly Fern on your show." (If you know this show/know me, and think someone would be great for me to talk with, let me know!) I thought, ok sure! And then I read her story. You guys, her story is incredible. It's the kind of story that you think is likely made up in some back room in Hollywood to sell tickets to movies - but no, this story is real. And for us as speakers and storytellers, there are so many important facets to bringing voice to our own experiences. So, Kelly - author, speaker - the subject of documentaries and interviews on radio and television - well, we talked about how we can bring our stories to life - even difficult stories. Even stories that haven't been told before. Maybe even especially those stories.
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Show highlights: On Bringing Your Story to Life
[Tweet ""We try and hide [ourselves], but eventually we realize it will not work." Kelly Fern on @ThisMovedMe"]
In the show we talked about:
- The role of shame and vulnerability (shout-out to Brené's amazing TED talk!) in our roles as speakers
- The power and usefulness of a coach who can help you repackage your message
- How doubt can play a role in sharing our stories
- Kelly's website: https://songsofmyfamilies.wordpress.com/tag/kelly-fern/
- Kelly's memoir, Songs of My Families [affiliate link]
- Songs of my Families Facebook page
- To hear to more of Kelly's story, listen to this great podcast on the Re-Launch Show, a wonderful podcast about re-launching your life after a big change: http://relaunchshow.com/courage-love-forgiveness-kelly-fern/
This Moved Me Moments:
KELLY: Listening to the show All in the Mind about a young man who realizes that he was schizophrenic. And what struck Kelly about this is the realization that, eventually, our stories come out. We cannot hide from them. So, we might as well share them!
SALLY: Have you watched any of the Super Soul Sessions with the all-powerful Oprah yet? You will likely not be shocked that I love Oprah. And I love this series, which is chock FULL of amazing speakers. I spent a chunk of time watching a few (among them are some of my all-time faves, including Elizabeth Gilbert and Brené Brown - I mean, GAH!, awesome) - but this was the one I wanted to share with you.
Shawn Achor - happiness researcher - has a really wonderful sense of comedic timing. He makes me laugh without being "funny" - which is, I think, a nice example for many of us who don't think of ourselves as "funny" - but who can still find ways to bring joy and laughter to their audience.
AND - bonus - it's great:
My best to you as you are out creating talks that move this world of ours,
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