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Our speakers share their stories to help others and become part of a community creating Circles of Support. Speakers condense their stories to 15 minutes and focus on the lessons learned, to reduce the learning curve for other women.
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Sharing our experiences can build one’s confidence and faith. As a sole proprietor in a competitive, difficult industry, Spoken Lives is a foundational support for me, as I endeavour to stay true to myself and my goals. Through Spoken Lives, I am reminded that we can create communities that support one another rather than destroy ourselves through needless competition. Thank you Elizabeth Verwey for helping us to build new approaches that are sustainable and supportive.
Spoken Lives gave me the opportunity to reflect on myself and to weave together my activities – writing, weightlifting and canoeing, to make sense of how my ‘third act’ was unfolding. It was also an opportunity to share a more complete picture of myself with friends who came to listen, who were familiar with only part of my story. I received great feedback and the process itself has inspired more writing.
Curated by: Elizabeth Verwey - Founder
I first learned to live alone at 55 years of age. After 36 years of marriage, we were divorced. I turned to friends during my life makeover for support. I hosted a series of Nurture Nights in my new place and invited friends over for pot luck evenings. Most of the women had a story to share about their own challenges and the lessons they learned while meeting their life challenges. When they shared their life lessons, I felt empowered.
These events grew as my friends invited their friends and I moved these gatherings to a public space to make room for everyone who wanted to join us.
For seven years, we made “herstory” by sharing our stories in a more formal way. Over 200 speakers have shared their stories and it's time for me to empower others to start their own speaker or storytelling series. It took me over a year to prepare Your Applause Academy - a three-part online course that teaches you how to 1) Plan Your Series, 2) Launch Your Series and 3) Earn with Your Series. This course is packed with insider knowledge that I can share after successfully adding a business layer to my passion project.
Authentic Women. Genuine Community. Real Stories.