Writing a Compelling Sales Pitch

entrepreneur, innovation, Leadership, mentor, research, sales pitch, teaching, true north, vibe

We write a sales pitch to our best friends.

According to the statistics across the nation, Indigenous children make up the highest percentages of a growing demographic across Canada. In some cities, this means it is our children who are fastest growing demographic.  What that means is what sources or resources, or entry points are there to help not only our children but ourselves, move forward into a pathway of light, innovation and prosperity. While we know about the negatives, we strive to have a peaceful place. That home. That energy of love and light. Community and belonging.  This is not some far off thought. This is truth.

Yesterday when I sat with a group of moms, the themes that came up were,

-We want the best for our children

-We feel language programming in our Indigenous Language or an Indigenous Language would serve our children in a deep healing and supportive way, though it is not happening. What would and could make that happen? We do know models that work.

-We know we deal with racism and feeling safe in most aspects of our live, racism is tiring, though something we don’t want to use as an excuse but something we want to be seen as a real lived experience. What and how to create safety and mentor positive relationships?

-Safety knowledge is different for us when we leave our homes to the cities, and the friendships we also build are very unique, to other moms,

-We know that education starts and stays with us as knowledge keepers of our culture and communities, which becomes very difficult in a city and with new relationships to make with classroom teachers, principals etc.

-We know that our communities may thrive and our kids may thrive off better back home in our communities, though we are in the cities for work, for school, for health.

-We do feel we lack connectedness to resources.

-We feel compelled to show leadership to our children in our many amazing fields of knowledge bases. We are teaching our children many amazing things thanks to help as well from the frontline workers who are acting too like family to our families.

-We carry within us strengths.

-We’d like to be able to build upon those strengths in places where we can be mentored.

There are many more stories here. When I sat with the women, I shared my own stories as well. Like constellations of some distant star, we mapped out our stories in a short visit.  There certainly was time for more.

Writing a compelling sales pitch is about spending time with those stories that sit close to your heart. It is about exposing your vulnerable truth. That is by the way your gift. It is then finding your tribe. 

The one thing I learned a long time ago: deep sharing and sharing about our lives is not ego driven, or egotistical. Deep sharing or even sharing in general is a way we identify ourselves. When we can talk about vulnerable issues without even thinking they are vulnerable we are moving past ego. We are shifting a mindset that has been blocking us, our relationships, even our own view. We are moving into a mindset that serves to help, to build, and to ignite.

The answers really do lay within us.

We only turn to books and research to verify what we already know. Books are amazing things that we should all be writing too.

Carrying a gift is really something we need to honour. We know that because our Elders tell us that. Understanding what our true north is and believing in that, is something all of us wake up to do each day. We also know what is within us, and what makes us feel inspired.

What you love to do may not be expressed on paper. Finding what you love to do is about aligning your heart to your mind. This is your sales pitch. That story there which you dream about and know about because it feels like your voice is parallel to the other voices who also speak, or express that same vibe.

Some of us have to remember those “omg yes” experiences to remember that is your passion. Your kindred moment.

That is your sales pitch.  That place that warms your heart.

 

All Our Relations: Finding the Path Forward Presented by investigative journalist and bestselling author Tanya Talaga

Leadership, Reconciliation

2018 CBC Massey Lectures venue and ticket information

All Our Relations: Finding the Path Forward
Presented by investigative journalist and bestselling author Tanya Talaga.

Thunder Bay, Tuesday, October 16 at 7 p.m.
Lecture One

Thunder Bay Community Auditorium, 1 Paul Shaffer Drive
Presented in partnership with the Nishnawbe Aski Nation
Tickets: Through the generosity of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) this will be a free event, a community celebration with Indigenous and civic leaders of the first of the 2018 CBC Massey Lectures. No tickets are necessary – everyone is invited.
For more information, check the following websites:
Nishnawbe Aski Nation: nan.on.ca/massey
Thunder Bay Community Auditorium: tickets.tbca.com

Fashion, body & story

body, Goddess, Indigenous

515427f836c6c9b1c255e375d3e71399--native-indian-native-artBody image and who we are is a question each of us wakes up to each morning.

Am I where I want to be physically.

Do my thighs touch. Did they touch 20 years ago?

What or why does that matter?

After having three sons, I look at my body and think, on most days, what have I done.

I knew I was sinking and running out of time after my third was born and I was so tired, not only from raising them, and being a mom but from not knowing how to (A) separate from my children (B) how to exercise with my children.  (C) work.. work out.. raise children.. how does this balance itself?  Even though I nursed all my kids a super long time it never helped with the weight.  I nursed for less than a year for baby 1. Nursed 2.5 years for baby 2. Then 9 months later had baby 3, who I nursed for 5 years.  Private stories sure, context: I’ve given a lot, and in return, I have become, a different version of myself.

At this point in my life, and I do admit I have a few buckets of stored clothing, that are multiple sizes, I will keep them for now.

I’ve posed in various pictures over the years on the beach, in various bathing suites, and gotten my husband to take the photos. Who knows what he has thought, seeing his wife change shapes, mostly drastically.

Ive found old photos of me.. thinking wow. As we all do I am sure, of ourselves years ago. Though, remembering our beauty where we are now, is critical, for so many that one reasons. This is one reason why I still wear bathing suits and refuse to cover myself up. In fact, instead of flat out black, Ill go for colours. Ill do this for my sons. Ill do this for me. I want them to know they had a mom who was floral and loved vibrant things. I want them know the healthier versions of me but I want them to know me and that I love me for where and who I am now. That this version of me, is still me. That of course I want that former fit version. And Ill get there.

In the meantime I came across the Indigenous Goddess Gang and I think of goddesses all the time, what that means to be fully female and fully 100 percent into my feminine self. I’m glad to see other Indigenous women, unapologetic, and creatively loving themselves. It makes me feel content. It makes me feel love.

What does that look, feel, and sound like.

Yes, I have always taken  lot of care for me.

And, at other times, appeared to be trying and not as much, but life, priorities, spaces, and times.

“I must be a mermaid… I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.”

Do check out, this:
Indigenous Goddess Gang

Kokum Skirts

Tahlequah

grief, life cycle, ocean, whales

pod

Goodbye little one and may your spirit soar in with the ocean salt and other babies that you will meet on your journey, and ancestors, your strong Mother Orca who demonstrates so much love and courage, swim on, and Tahlequah know we were grieving with you, and are still grieving by your side

The orca represents many different attitudes and ideas, often revolving around luck, compassion and family. They are known to some tribes as the guardians of the sea, protecting the people (especially sea travellers) against sea monsters. Because of their strong group behaviour orcas represent the strength of love and the bonds of family.

Boas tribes believed that if you saw a killer whale pass by and spat seawater towards it, the killer whale would heal your illnesses.

The Lummi Nation talks about answering the call to help  another injured Orca, during this ordeal, which is another Orca related to the pod.  A vet who tried to help out“ As a veterinarian, at the end of the day it’s caring about animals, which is my driver and the big driver for all the folks that have come to aid J50,” said Haulena.

“It is why I do what I do, to come to the aid of an animal, in particular an endangered species living right in our back yard.”Scientists want to do everything possible to keep J50 alive because of her reproductive potential. The whale has always been smaller and shorter than a typical orca whale at her age, but has not gained weight as expected.

So many teachings about Orcas, here are a few:

  • Female orcas have been having pregnancy problems because of nutritional stress linked to lack of salmon.
  • This calf cited to be the first born in three years of this pod.’
  • The death of the orca calf is a heartbreaking reminder of the urgency we face in saving these iconic animals,’ the governor’s spokesman Jaime Smith wrote in an email.
  • The orcas are distinct from other killer whales because they eat salmon rather than marine mammals.
  • “To learn the orcas’ natural and cultural history is to understand how closely connected a mother and calf are, how tight-knit their bond.” Mother orcas have a unique bond with their offspring, who rarely leave their mothers’ sides.

Sources:

Grieving and Orcas

Salmon and Orca

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/after-17-days-and-1000-miles-mother-orca-tahlequah-drops-her-dead-calf/

Lummi Nation

Indigenous

 

Theatre Thoughts

learning, Professional Development
EM“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.”
William Shakespeare, As You Like

Years ago i read about popular theatre as developed by Augusto Boal, Brazilian dramatist. I learned about Boal, and I learned about other’s as well but he stood out.

The concept is theatre is used to show, a story- the main oppressive story, usually in random locations, where others would not even suspect it was theatre. Then truths are unveiled in the the theatrical performance. So where ever you are you could use that theatre to share a message based on mirroring that issue as well as solution, esp in the case of liberation, and to express that story, by using the platform of theatre.
The point to develop dialogue b.w the audience and performer, which I think could be useful in so many ways, Problem solving, highlight feelings where difficult topics exist, building trust, building relationships, sharing stories, etc.
Why this came to mind? Maybe more opportunity to do random theatre of the oppressed in my work? Maybe, this live action would also help those experiencing stories that are need light and life, a place. This could apply to numerous situations and themes. Theatre can be brought in to expose stories, in any context really. Maybe we should all be doing more theatre? Maybe it could teach us something.
One of my fav. classes which I think of often is a theatre class i took in university. In fact, I took two one year, one mainstream and one Indigenous that were both in theatre. Both professors amazing.  The mainstream professor Steve, was this very relaxed professor., I feel he used to come in from the University of Toronto to Peterborough. The Indigenous theatre class was led by Edna Manitowabi, a professor I admired so much in university who had so much to share and add to my life. I remember her expressions in theatre, her singing and her gifts that she share with me, and that recently she was also featured in Indian Horse. She looks so amazing in her role in the movie, I have to still see it.
I also took theatre in high school and was never a super brave actress, in fact, often did sideline stuff. I never was featured in the main stories. Did I ever want to? Maybe if there was content that I related to. In high school I was more of the student who was trying to figure out things especially in relation to social injustice? I’d be worried about climate change, war, environmental themes, other major themes. I realized I was pretty empathic to concerns at a young age, in fact, I felt things deep. It was art that gave me that space to express those feelings: I would find myself in literature as well. Characters. Stories. The main point is theatre was a good energy in my life.
When I took theatre training in university, Steve would get us all  moving immediately. Our class was set in this very amazing theatre space in downtown Peterborough, not your usual sitting lecture style. (Can I tell you how bored I was in sit down lecture style classes of 200 students, can I say nap History 101) When in Steve’s class, he’d come in  he’d be doing various interesting activities. We’d be encouraged to be barefoot, feel the stage, move around to various tempos, as part of the warming up activities. The two hours we spend together weekly was always intriguing, and upbeat. It was engaging and interesting in a deeper way of thinking, I had not experienced in any of my learning. We’d take our theatre with us whoever we went. We’d find spaces to do our theatre in the city, which was not that big, but exciting nontheless. Theatre was like a saving grace to act out and experience life differently.  For Edna’s class, we were in a room on the main campus. It was a different experience, and also a place where I felt transformation and good vibes. We’d experience many stories together. I was truly honoured to have those experiences.
Steve and Edna were such intriguing professors, much like healers.  I had a friend who I took this with and it was really important as we took the class very seriously. We used drama in a different way maybe to act out and express the harder topics we contended with around racism, as well.  Theatre helped me like no other b/c I was assaulted in my second year of university and being a survivor of that, was a super hard and impactful so the theatre helped to gain confidence again, and find that creative vibe, feeling supported, good vibe, healing type learning program etc. Theatre most definitely was my healer and something I think is and should be a part of my daily life.
Theatre is interesting for healing purposes because it takes your creative story, and moves it into something alive, three dimensional. I think healing is something that transcends onto all corner of our lives. We can feel stuck at times but we have to remember things that worked for us. Sometimes too we get stuck, we get pigeon holed, we get placed, in the narrative of the other. Removing yourself from that place is important.
I am glad I had the theatre thought this morning. Its made me remember how much theatre has been an old friend.
Incorporating theatre into my work, would be an ideal concept. often wonder how I could use theatre in my current practice? Is there a way? How could I. How could popular theatre help to discuss bigger narratives that we see and deal with? How much of me, would benefit from theatre again? Is theatre a shift I need in my life as much as something I can use to help support others. Maybe time for me to explore theatre again.  here are some theatre links and I will also upload them to the resources on this page. Theatre though, so much about the audiences and population you work with as to how effective theatre can be. Theatre for me was a place that helped me facilitate deep discussion on topics, or helped me to learn more deeply.  I’d hope to one day be able to do that work in a cool studio or lecture hall.  Learning is never about just sitting there.
“The stage is a magic circle where only the most real things happen, a neutral territory outside the jurisdiction of Fate where stars may be crossed with impunity. A truer and more real place does not exist in all the universe.”
P.S. Baber, Cassie Draws the Universe
“I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.”
Oscar Wilde

Entrepreneurship & Tribes

Leadership, Professional Development
shallow focus photography of sunflower

Photo by Brett Sayles on Pexels.com

You want to make a difference. You are not sure how. One way is through developing your own business because here is where you can develop your tribe and elevate your vibe.

There are many examples of entrepreneurs who did one thing and one thing only: they followed their heart.

Depending on your circumstances, or story, entrepreneurship may be the exact thing you need. When I ventured down the journey myself, I felt consultant was the correct name for my line of work given the length of years I spent in education it seemed right. After all some of my competitors may have a higher education but 0 time spent in a job. That is 100% true. Some people with a PhD which I think could be one of my main competitors, have went from high school, to university to the Masters and straight up to the PhD. Some within the same institution! Some with some job experience. Chosing what works for you, because maybe you have lived experiences, and if you were to do an inventory of all that you have to offer, is those direct experiences, which means that is your unique skill set, which technically you can also become a consultant or specialist in.  Here is an example of a young entrepreneur who did not want to see her own grandmother without services and seen a gap, so built a business on it. Cleary her tribe is around providing that care for her grandmother and other Elders in the same situation. Her tribe, a helping one.  We all have that fire within us.

This family owned business states:

An exceptional team, including sister Avery, who heads operations, is vital too. “We hire for heart and soul,” says Hamilton, explaining that before each hire she asks, Would I want this person caring for my loved one? “You have to truly care. It’s not a job, it’s a calling. If you focus on that, clients feel it.”

That family members bring personal knowledge, experience and passion is also meaningful. “If I just wanted to make money, I could have chosen a hundred other industries,” says Hamilton, whose seen many jump into the field only to leave soon thereafter, unable to deal with the challenges. “You need to be in this because you’re passionate about exceptional care and about people being treated with the dignity and respect they deserve,” she adds. “It isn’t an easy industry, but it’s very fulfilling – if you’re in it for the right reasons.

Caring for Elders

Call out for Sponsors

Indigenous Knowledge, Leadership, learning, Professional Development

Hosting a conference from the beginning to the end is work in itself.

Ideally it would be amazing to have seats provided for Elders who would like to participate from a program in the city, or a youth group.  Everyone can benefit from engaging in a conference for learning purposes and to connect.

Please consider this call out for support and if your organization would like to participate or can support please be in touch besuperiorlearning@gmail.com

See the attachment, & thank you,

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on thoughts, and actions, G. Cajete

Leadership

The thoughts that we think, the actions that we perform, the understandings and the insights that we gain, the celebrations as well as the sadness that we feel are all registered on the Great Mother of the turtles’ back.

Moon Calendar in Anishinabemowin-MSKOMINI GIIZIS RASPBERRY MOON JULY

Indigenous Knowledge

Were welcoming another full moon tonite, this time for the month of July 2018. Here is a link to both dialects of the moons since we follow a lunar calendar,  with the understanding that there are 13 full moons in a year, the moon, or Grandmother Moon, Nokomis is very important our our connection to our Nokomis is evident each month, the she is fullest,

The seventh moon of Creation is Raspberry Moon, when great changes begin. By learning gentleness and kindness, we may pass through the thorns of its brush and harvest its fruit, as we gain knowledge that will help in raising our families.

 

Creating activities for children are ideal so children understand their unique cultural teachings around Grandmother moon.

Here are two links, and in our own ways we can facilitate those important teachings as parents, from what our grandparents have taught us or Elders, and mentors; in recognition of our connection to the Moon, the Waters, to all of Creation,

Activities for

Native Reflections Activity

-Ojibway, Cree, Mohawk 

Tribalfull moon