There is necessity in repetition. Hence, the title here: the story is the story is the word.
It’s my turn to speak at one of my women’s local networking groups. I belong to two, and each one inspires me in different ways.
On Thursday, September 7th, I will be speaking at Wings: Women in Network Generate Success. It’s a small group, at this moment, between 10 -15 at any given meeting, led by Jacquelyn Jones, a smart, talented woman with great insight into the spirit of being an entrepreneur. It’s a growing group of women who are serious about what they do, and who recognize the value of support group. These are smart, talented women who go beyond networking and offer a kind ear, when needed. These are the kind of women I encourage to write a book, at every meeting I attend.
At the meeting this week, my presentation is set for ten minutes. While that seems like a short amount of time to tell a good story, and make no bones about it, everything we do is telling a story, I am happy for the limited time frame. It requires focus and purpose; one needs to prepare the essence of the talk, and make the story compelling without a great deal of narration.
As I work on my talk, I consider the stories of so many other women I’ve known. Some whom I have had the pleasure of working with, and some that I have not. My goal in the ten minutes that I have is to energize my colleagues. I won’t be telling deep stories of how this woman or that woman succeeded in her business by writing a book. I won’t be sharing my story about writing a book and how it helped me move my business forward. I won’t be delving in to the great narrations of poets and writers who have endured through the ages.
I will be talking about words.
As some astute readers may discern, stories are made up of words. In present day U.S. (and all over the world, I dare say – at least, wherever there is ink and paper), some stories include pictures, cartoons, colors and images that purport to be worth 1000 words. I will not be covering those, in my presentation. I am focused entirely on the words. The listener may and should supply the images.
Words, in my experience, are as mighty as any hurricane. As enormous as any mountain. As important as any religious tome. Words live, breathe, and propagate, in our minds, in our hearts, and in our souls. It is in homage to words that I continue to pursue my craft – as a book coach.
At the moment we are living in a world full of strife. Strife from hurricanes, political unrest, and ignorance. I would say our moment in time is similar to other moments, but let’s all admit, Charles Dickens said it better than I ever could;
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”
I love this sentence. It’s a favorite and I quote it often. The message is so clear it’s like a hammer slammed into your face. The words and phrases – epoch of incredulity; winter of despair; noisiest authorities; superlative degree of comparison – put us on our toes, and set us up for a bumpy ride, indeed.
Life is full of strife. That never changes. It’s a necessary part of every tale we tell. Isn’t it? Without the strife, without the story that is the story, that embodies the word – creating a moral, of course – there would be no humanity.
It is precisely because of this, this enduring quality we humans being to our very existence, that I wallow in words on a daily basis. It is why my presentation will focus on the magic the women I speak in front of are all bringing to the work they do. I will talk about the power of the words they use to describe their services, their elevator pitch, themselves – are the words exploding with the magic needed to entrance prospective clients?
It would be a great horror if they were stuck using poor, stale, overdone words. The kinds of words often found in marketing-speak, or bandied about at higher institutes of learning; words often used to convey betterment. Whatever that might mean to the person using them.
Our fearless leader at Wings, Jacquelyn Jones, shares 200+ positive feeling words, in her book, 7 Step to Soaring Transformation. I leave you with but a few – the few that speak to me, every day I have the opportunity to open my eyes and see:
Abundance * Boldness * Brilliance * Cherished * Daring * Exquisite * Fabulous * Fantastic
Grateful * Inspiring * Magic/Magical * Optimistic * Passionate * Sacred * Sincere * Thankful
Are you any of those? Or all of them?