Your Stories Dont Define You, How You Tell Them Will
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4: Getting Out Alive: A Story of Professional Survival
"We were barreling down the road, at least double the speed limit in a 35 zone. And when we hit the highway, he was driving at least 110. For the first time since those warning signs I ignored during the interview, I realized I wasn't just risking my career, I was risking my life." John White made the decision to invest in his future that day - by jumping into an MBA program he'd been considering for a few years. We had a great conversation about that moment in his life when he made the...
3: How Storytelling Shapes Your Internal Messages
Leili McKinley is a business and personal branding expert who developed a system of questions to identify a solid foundation of brand characteristics. In this episode of Your Stories Don't Define You. How You Share Them Will., she introduces the concept of building a foundation, a structure, to help you step out of your comfort zone and explore. She uses a metaphor that's pretty unique to the fashion design industry: Boning a corset. That means using real whale bones to provide a solid...
2: Is Imposter Syndrome Damaging Your Internal Stories?
Imposter syndrome, according to Cambridge dictionary online, is "the feeling that your achievements are not real, or that you do not deserve praise or success." In other words, when you're outwardly successful, but often feel like a fraud, like at some point everyone will know about the "real" you. In this episode, I share a story of an internal message that came from a basic physical characteristic: Being small. Our physical characteristics often change the way people treat us, and...
1: Micromanagers Inspire... You to Quit
This podcast follows our theme of sharing a story from the past that we consider to be a pivotal moment in our lives. Cheryl shares a story demonstrating her vulnerability in her late 20s when she faced a difficult leader in her organization. He was traditional in terms of hierarchy, and an intense micromanager. He was threatened by her because she had great relationships with the other leaders in the organization, and he made her life miserable with last minute changes and corrections to...