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What’s Your Story?

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Sharing stories is the only way we can connect as humans. Learning more about someone and their story enables us to understand them on a different level and hence form a deeper connection. By hearing stories we can learn from others’ experiences. Story sharing gives us amazing insight into taking action and experiencing something that we may never have heard …

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Share Your Story

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At StoryLab we believe there is no better way to involve another person than through story sharing. The difference between story sharing and storytelling. “Telling is transactional. When you tell someone something, you shut down true communication.” Sharing creates meaning. It is about actively listening and having valuable dialogues. “It’s about moving beyond sympathy to empathy.” It is the most …

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Story Lab

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StoryLab is more than storytelling, we provide speakers who share personal stories that heal. When you share your story, experiences, and truth with others, you gain a different level of respect. Listening to things and reading things with an autobiographical context is something that has the ability to grip someone emotionally. In doing so, people are forced to reaffirm or …

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Rising Boldly

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WHY RISING BOLDLY The theme Rising Boldly is about seeing life through a different lens. I believe we have all experienced so much fear with this pandemic and it’s how we adapt and change our attitude. I have certainly had to change my outlook and have adopted a more organic and blended approach. When we face our struggles and allow …

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The Voice Inside My Head

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By Sherri-Lee Kriedemann, Founder and Owner of Semicolon Consulting. www.semicolonconsulting.co.za | sherrilee@semicolonconsulting.co.za | 074 960 9906 I was 12 years old, had blonde hair, tanned skin, just started high school with complete innocence. That was the first time that I heard the voice inside my head, “Sherri-Lee, are you okay? I didn’t know where this voice came from I didn’t …

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FORGIVENESS IS THE GREATEST GIFT.

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Forgiveness is a daily practice that involves honesty, courage, self-reflection, and the ability to listen closely. It is a process and starts first and foremost with you. Forgiveness of self involves a change in how we view ourselves. Instead of feeling a lot of guilt, shame, and anger toward ourselves, we begin to replace those feelings with empathy, compassion, and …

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IF YOU HAVE A STORY, IT’S TIME TO TELL IT. 

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I believe that we all have a story within us. Telling your personal story takes courage and allows you to find your voice and be seen. When you share your story, and give a voice to issues and topics that are usually kept silent, you shatter the stigma and stand for all of who you truly are the good, the …

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LESSONS FROM THE MOUNTAIN

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By Stuart Cole www.verticalcoaching.co.za I remember running the Drakensberg Northern Trail on the Free State border in 2018. I had been running only for three months. I reached the top and there was so much mist you could hardly see in front of you. I knew there was a sheer drop off the cliff face to my left of a …

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ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS.

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Life is full of promises, we hear them from the words that are carried in everyday life. Words carry a lot of promises, but it is through our actions that we bring them into reality. This is what it means when we say actions speak louder than words. What are we saying and what are we doing, are we making …

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CONNECTION BEGINS WITH REFLECTION

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“The most important relationship is with yourself.”  On hearing we would have to lockdown and isolate in March 2020, Cape Town, South Africa, for 21 days, brought sensations of panic, overwhelm and my trigger of fearing deprivation. Thriving on connection, getting my energy from people, my surroundings and experiences, for a moment I couldn’t imagine how I was going to …