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The

TRANSFORMATIONAL POWER

of a Good Story

The Community Garden

There was a small community garden that always seemed to struggle. The soil was dry and infertile, the plants were withering, and the garden was overrun with weeds. Neighbors barely talked to each other. When they did speak, it was only to place blame for the garden's negligence. One spring, the mayor announced a garden contest. Excited by the challenge, everyone decided to team up and give it their best shot.

Emily, a woman renowned for her green thumb, stepped forward to lead the planting. Sam, an engineer with a knack for innovation, designed a clever irrigation system that would ensure the garden's health. Carla, the local artist, used her creativity to make colorful signs, adding a touch of vibrancy to the space. The kids and grandparents, with their boundless energy and wisdom, pitched in, pulling weeds and watering plants. 

As they worked side by side, they began to bond. They shared stories of their childhood, their struggles, and their dreams. Laughter echoed through the garden, and a sense of togetherness blossomed along with the flowers. When the judges arrived, they were amazed by the lush, vibrant paradise. The garden won first place, but the real prize was how it united the community. It showed them that teamwork could transform not just a garden but their relationships, too. Neighbors who once barely spoke to each other were now friends, united by a common goal and a shared sense of achievement.

What did you think? Are you inspired by what's possible in 150 words or less? Most times people think a story has to be hundreds of pages, thousands of words. It's not true. I wrote this in one pass, no edits. I'm sure had I taken more time to edit, it would have been better. Except, I never seek perfection. That's what trips us up most (if not all) of the time. It's what stops most people from sitting down to share the story in the first place.

Good, sometimes, is good enough. If I was working with an out of sync team, each person would write their own version of this community garden story from their perspective. Their life experiences. Then we would create a shared story, selecting the best lines from each person's story.

This is how co-creation transforms disconnection into cohesion and community.

What's great about this story is that I got it out of my head (that's the hardest part) and, if I did my job right, it was engaging and inspired you with the what's possible through storytelling!

Ways I Can Help You...

Introducing

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We all love a good story!

We live our lives through stories, from streaming on Netflix, listening to a good mystery novel on Audible, to gathering around the fire pit, our smores over the open flame. But, have you ever considered what storytelling does for the brain? Why stories resonate? Why they should be a bigger part of our day to day - in and out of the office?

Not to over simplify it, but at the 40,000-foot level, our brains just love stories. Clear narratives help us cut through distractions. They help us stay focused – especially in this "short attention span" era. The better story, the longer we're willing to listen. The better structured the story, the longer we'll remember the message and the way it made us feel.

In business, a well-crafted story can attract new customers. They can make you a better leader or help you elevate your career. And, the more adept you become as a storyteller, the better your communication and presentation skills.

The stories we tell shape our world. If you want to change the world, change your story.

StorySync integrates the transformational power of storytelling with Lean Six Sigma principles and methodologies. (Lean Six Sigma is a Japanese process improvement methodology.) I'm SUPER geeky on process, but I'm also highly creative. So, I combined the knowledge I gained from my Masters Degree in Writing and Communication with my expertise as a Six Sigma Black Belt to merge the worlds of process, change management, and storytelling to develop these transformational programs!

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Using the power of story to help troubled teams realign with clarity, cohesion and commitment.

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Empowering women to showcase their successes and overcome obstacles in their professional journeys.

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Supporting teens dealing with bullying or struggling with the need to fit gain a sense of belonging and resilience.

Need a Keynote Speaker?

I draw on my extensive background in leadership, process improvement, communication, and education to craft speeches that inspire and motivate my audiences. Each time I go onstage I am committed to empowering women, strengthening leaders, and improving team culture (what I like to call "good getting along.") I also love working with children of all ages. I leverage my mastery of storytelling to teach them valuable life skills and leadership principles in a way that is engaging and accessible — and will last a lifetime!

I've been told that I am exceptionally engaging, funny and passionate when I speak. I attribute some of that to my time as a standup comedian. A lot of it, most in fact, comes from my upbringing and the influence of my mother — my first authentic leader – to create stories that connect with her audience. Her approach to delicate subjects is with honesty, authenticity, and vulnerability and she is a master at challenging and captivating audiences of all kinds in a way that forces them to take pause and listen from the heart, something she believes we need more of if we want to make the world a better place.

Organizations hire me to:

 

  • Deliver thought-provoking, inspiring, and engaging keynote speeches.

  • Inspire and increase innovation, productivity, and employee retention and engagement.

  • Provide transformational storytelling, leadership development, communication, and wellness/self-love coaching and workshops.

  • Work with new and emerging leaders and teams as a Coach & Team-building Facilitator.

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Check out my second, and most viewed, TEDx

"Enough with Race Already, It's Time for a New Social Construct!"

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Who I Work With...

I am very selective about the people I work with. I don’t do this work with just anyone.

 

I only work with heart-centered leaders. Leaders who are well intention and want the best for their people, in and out of the office. Leaders who recognize something has gotten out of sync and are willing to do what it takes to get the team realigned. And, especially, leaders who are willing to look inward to assess and acknowledge how they may have contributed to or created the problem.

 

I only work with women who are ready to change. Women who have lived in someone else’s story and are tired of playing small for someone else’s comfort. Women who are ready to take charge of their lives, connect with their true authentic self, and move forward in their lives with courage and confidence.

 

I work with after-school programs designed for middle and high school students who are in need of love and support. Teens who are struggling with being bullied or just trying to navigate the tumultuous terrain of being an adolescent. Teens who need to know someone cares.

 

If any of these resonate with you...

Robert, CEO
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What People Say...

I would definitely recommend Glodean to anyone looking for someone with a wide range of skills and abilities. From motivational speaking to group facilitation training Glodean can do it all!!

Andrea, Sales Director

Glodean's patience and understanding of our groups needs allowed us to get to the heart of the matter and recognize our strength. I highly recommend Glodean! Her energy is contagious, her knowledge is exceptional, and she will make you work to accept and resolve the divide in your team so you’re back in sync.

Brandon, CBDO

I had the absolute pleasure working with Glodean as she led a Kaizen Event for one of the most broken, complex, and frustrating process in the organization. Glodean is a gem and anyone lucky enough to find her should keep her on for as long as they can.

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