VoiceStory Live is a platform created to provide a safe, positive space where any adult, regardless of age, gender, ability, race or sexual orientation, can share a moment of their lives and inspire others.
This event IS NOT about promoting a business, pitching you a product or trying to sign you up for a program.
What it is about is putting away the cell phones, disconnecting from the hustle and taking a moment to be with yourself and others.
It’s all about people telling their authentic stories of facing their fears, overcoming adversity, accomplishing achievements, and experiencing great adventures. People empowering people through storytelling!
In 2019 we changed venues and VoiceStory Live is now happening at The Vancouver East Cultural Center aka “The Cultch”.
You can purchase tickets to any of our upcoming shows via The Cultch online box office.
The next show is June 10 @ The Cultch!
There was a time when Sue was down to 92 pounds and still felt fat. “It was like looking at myself in a funhouse mirror when the image was all distorted. I was dying inside yet at the same time I was dying to feel alive.” Only after writing a poem did she realized that she needed help.
On June 10 Sue shares her insight that anorexia is not about food and was more about weighing her own self-worth, believing that she wasn’t enough. When she became aware that “the shift had to start in my own mind”, did she start her path of self discovery & healing and uncovering a gift that she uses now to help others heal trauma, to love themselves and live their full potential.
Jessica is a self proclaimed Introvert. She spent most of her life not realizing that she had chosen to self seclude and avoid genuine connections with people, all people; her family, her friends and even the men she had relationships with. Then about 10 years ago she had an “A-HA!” moment that changed everything for the better!
Join us on June 10, as Jessica shares that moment with us and explains how it helped her to realize that she had done all of this to herself, and only she could undo this herself. So she made the conscious decision to allow herself to be Vulnerable and “I started allowing people to actually get to know me and by doing this, it also would force me to get to know myself as well.”
Jill & Chris are a spiritual power couple and they return to the VoiceStory stage.
On June 10 come experience their story of how a moment of crisis in their relationship allowed them to see past the threshold of grasping, to the freedom of letting go and allowing themselves to be genuine without the fear of what might happen to the relationship.
They share their experience that “The freedom to feel the vulnerability of the relationship made our relationship cleaner and clearer” and how the fear of losing someone keeps you from loving genuinely and also keeps us from being our authentic selves.
Growing up Robert had a love of cars and a special relationship with his Dad’s race car. It was hard enough trying to figure out his place in the world as he transitioned from a youth to an adult, but it was his first experience with that car, what happened on that first solo drive that made him aware of so much more.
On June 10 Robert shares the story of that first drive, the understanding that we can learn about vulnerability in many ways and that there is nothing wrong with us, as we are all perfect the way we are.
One year ago I never heard of Brené Brown, but I thought I knew what vulnerability was all about, then I met Anita Anand and realized my understanding of the subject of vulnerability was very rough indeed.
Join us on June 10 as Anita shares with us what vulnerability is all about, from the viewpoint of the work Brené Brown does, the impact Brené’s work has on the people who have experienced a workshop and from the own point of view as someone who has immersed themselves into the subject.
It will be a conversation that could end up recalibrating what you already know and filling in the blanks of what you don’t.
With many ups and downs in his leadership journey, Mark knew there were some great moments. At times though it still felt hard to identify them. It wasn’t until something out side of the work place helped him identify the magic ingredient in relationships – all which he would find directly carried over to the leader’s journey.
Come experience his story as on June 10 Mark shares that it doesn’t take a hard exterior, strong appearance or loud voice to gain respect and build relationships with employees (or others). It turns out one of the best tools is something that will catch up to you even if you try to avoid it. But by embracing it, you will be empowered.
“Vulnerability is something we come in this world as. We rely on those around us, but sometimes those we rely on take advantage of us.” For Bonnie it is with sheer dedication that has brought her back around full circle in being vulnerable once again, to shed the light on trauma and how to stand on ones story.
On June 10 Bonnie shares that vulnerability does not make us weak, but instead makes us strong and unstoppable. When we ditch the shame and own our past and mistakes, we can only go one way! Forward. Vulnerability is the key to being true to yourself and those you inspire around you.
Winston, sorry it has taken so long to respond.
I wasn’t really able to convey the overwhelming feeling I got from the VoiceStory tribe on Monday. This past weekend I had a lady tell me they bought pens from a middle school that were basically the same as what I had and I suppose from a practicality standpoint, they are. But so is a bic. What I wanted to ask her was to thank me for subsidizing the kids project through my municipal taxes but alas I took the slightly higher road although I traveled it at a very slow pace.
Then came Monday night. A group of people who understood the symbolism. No explanation was needed, no justification was needed, there was just a basic understanding that the pens were more than pens.
After I loaded the van and got in, I had a moment. The times you have asked yourself why you do what you do are times I have also had. Then there are reminders, they come as events like VoiceStory or couples wanting to have a pen with heart and meaning that are made from a place of love. A comfortable space where you can tell your story and a space where those that listen to that story can understand and even relate. You offer a place where people from all walks can connect on a human level and that is more important than ever. Thank you!
– Trevor Neuman
I spoke at VoiceStory because I thought it was a cool concept. I had no idea the impact it was going to have. After speaking I was contact by several people wanting to talk about their experience with the Metoo movement and personal accountability.
One of these people agreed to be a guest on my radio show and he spoke about how he was raped. For me it was a pivotal moment because it cast a light on the fact that up until that point, while I thought I was enlightened when it came to gender issues, I had been discounting the male experience. It’s changed everything.
I have since taken steps to create a mypart movement and a course around personal accountability. None of this would have happened without having stepped on the VoiceStory stage.
– Alison Donaghey