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Re-connecting with your story

It’s summertime, and another long winter is behind us, and likely, ahead of us.  Summer is a great to time to focus on reconnecting – with nature, with the people we love, and with ourselves. It’s also a time to reconnect with our dreams and visions of what we want to achieve, where we want to go. The slower pace of summer gives us a chance to take some time out – to step back and have a look at the lives we were busy building over the past winter, and to take stock of everything that’s happened.

“The opportunity to recharge, reflect, and reconnect is key to mental well-being and growth.”

– Ruqaiyah Najjar

Turning to speakers, conversation in a digital is a focal point of Sherry Turkle’s work. She reminds us that, “If we can’t find our own center, we lose confidence in what we have to offer others.” Jake Batsell work in journalism and engagement explores how interacting with readers could actually add value, purpose, and authenticity to journalism.

What are your plans for reconnecting, whether it’s with yourself, with others, or simply with the abundance of the natural world?

As we prepare our fall offerings, we want to know what you’d like to see from us. What is your vision for when the summer is over, and how can we help you achieve it?


P.S. If you are looking to create an amazing experience for an event and need help with ideas on content or speakers, send us a note and let’s talk.

Unequal States

Every quarter, Speakingwell hosts an interactive, interdisciplinary discussion around inequality in it’s many shapes, forms and causes. In September 2019, we are planning our annual conference to review the quarterly discussions and highlight ways in which inequality intersect. The discussions are designed to be intimate and are therefore invitation only– but getting on the list as simple as sending an email to hello@speakingwell.co and just expressing why you are interested.

The beta preview of Unequal States explored the United States vs the World and really dove into the Global 1% and compared it to the reality of poverty within the contiguous states. We showcased photography from Johnnie Miller who has amazing aerial photography of houses in Nairobi and just how close and how far poverty is vs wealth.

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Live Storytelling: Josh Lawson, Don’t Panic

Josh Lawson: Don’t Panic

Recorded live at Giant Dwarf Theatre in inner-city Sydney, Story Club invites comics, writers, media personalities and storytellers to take a seat in a plush lounge chair and spin a yarn. The stories? They’re nearly always funny and light, but – as they round the final bend of their 15 minute length – will often deliver a poignant gut punch, too (surprise!).

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Frankly my dear, we DO give a damn

A lot of companies are filled with people who go along to get a long. Not here. Thinking outside the box is not a fancy catchphrase, it applies to all our work. We actually care. Dissenting opinions are what allow us to read between the lines and fill in the gaps. We respect perspectives that highlight our differences and champion what we bring to the table.

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The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: artists, inventors, storytellers-creative and holistic ‘right-brain’ thinkers.
Daniel Pink

We haven’t lost the art of storytelling, thought it feels like it at times. There is just more noise than every and more people yelling. We have a harder time finding a way to rise above the cacophony. Speakingwell believes in not only perfecting how you tell your story, but also how to place the message where it can be heard and have the utmost impact.

Reclaiming The Art of Conversation

More and more today, we’re communicating with the people in our lives through screens. While this has greatly improved efficiency, there are some drawbacks that have come with the decline in face-to-face conversation. My guest today, Sherry Turkle, has written a book (Reclaiming Conversation) about what we’re missing when we don’t engage with people in face-to-face conversation. In today’s show we talk about what we can do to reclaim conversation with the people in our lives, and there are a lot of actionable tips that you can implement right away.

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