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It's not the things that happen in your life that define you, that create your identity. It's how you talk about those things. That’s the theme behind this podcast. Research shows that the stories you tell have a major influence in how you see yourself and in how others perceive you, so it’s important to be intentional about which stories you share and how you share them. Guests on the podcast share the pivotal moments in their lives and careers, offering keen insights and “ah ha” moments to ...
 
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Hundreds of stories, people from all over the world, and life-changing conversations all have to lead to this special 200th episode of the "Your Stories Don’t Define You, How You Tell Them Will" podcast. Sarah Elkins and her good friend, Neil Hughes, look back to the beginning of the podcast’s creation and the unexpected moments and lessons that em…
 
*Note from Sarah: We're one week away from publishing our 200th episode! If you're a fan of the podcast, we'd love to hear from you and include your words at the beginning of that episode. Simply email your thoughts to sarahelkins@elkinsconsulting.com, or record a short voice memo on your phone and email it to me. The deadline is Fri. October 22, 2…
 
*Note from Sarah: We're just two weeks away from publishing our 200th episode! If you're a fan of the podcast, we'd love to hear from you and include your words at the beginning of that episode. Simply email your thoughts to sarahelkins@elkinsconsulting.com, or record a short voice memo on your phone and email it to me. Thank you in advance for hel…
 
*Note from Sarah: We're just a few weeks away from publishing our 200th episode! If you're a fan of the podcast, we'd love to hear from you and include your words in the beginning of that episode. Simply email your thoughts to sarahelkins@elkinsconsulting.com, or record a short voice memo on your phone and email it to me. Thank you in advance for h…
 
*Note from Sarah: We're just a few weeks away from publishing our 200th episode! If you're a fan of the podcast, we'd love to hear from you and include your words in the beginning of that episode. Simply email your thoughts to sarahelkins@elkinsconsulting.com, or record a short voice memo on your phone and email it to me. Thank you in advance for h…
 
John Dunia didn’t become the Shame Doctor overnight. His journey from a junior high kid discovering his love for music to releasing his first book took years, and the struggle of his 22-year-old marriage falling apart was a catalyst in his personal growth and professional career shift. He found writing his novel was a time to self-reflect and conte…
 
She grew up in a solidly middle class household with little exposure to the underbelly of her community. As an undercover cop posing as a prostitute, Diane Halfman got a quick and unlikely education about that world. She had to learn to trust her instincts and own her space, her power, and her current coaching clients get the benefit of her knowled…
 
*This episode was recorded while Hillary was in-transit, sound quality is limited.* "I consider our country as a whole" is how Hillary Johns explains her appreciation and love for the variety of experiences our country offers. As a bi-coastal attorney, Hillary explores everything from entertainment law, civil litigation, business law, torts, employ…
 
It was his search for happiness that took him down the road of dramatic changes in his eating, his thoughts about exercise, and his idea to start a podcast. Trey Kauffman was on a mission, and it didn't take long, or very many episodes, really, for him to realize that happiness was the wrong goal. He had to search for meaning first. And when he gra…
 
Leslie Rasmussen didn't intend to write a novel. Her idea was to interview people in their 40s, empty-nesting or nearly empty nesting, in long-term relationships or newly divorced, hearing their stories and finding commonalities. She found so many that she decided to combine the patterns she was hearing about to write the stories of one fictional f…
 
It seems ridiculous now, imagining parents of a 17 year old agreeing to send her on a road trip across the country with her 18 year old sister to perform their music at small venues, mostly on college campuses. But that's exactly what Terre & Maggie Roche's parents did. Terre's father even met with the principal of her high school where she was sup…
 
Your stories don’t define you, how you tell them will. Hi! I’m Sarah Elkins, your host and Chief Storymaker of Elkins Consulting. Many of my clients reach out to me because they are in transition: Their children are hitting milestones, they want more from their work, they’re hitting a big-number birthday… and they want to develop clarity about thei…
 
This week’s episode of Your Stories Don’t Define You is part 2 of a series I’m exploring: Last week I shared what it is like to have Command in your top talents using the StrengthsFinder assessment. This week I’m sharing about what my top two talents, Strategic & Activator look like for me, and next week I’ll share stories of how these talents, com…
 
This week’s episode of Your Stories Don’t Define You is part of a new series I’m exploring: For the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing brief stories about my experiences in understanding my natural strengths and using them with intention. As a Gallup certified StrengthsFinder coach, I’ve taken opportunities to work with other coaches for two reasons, …
 
Suzanne Simonetti sees herself in each of her characters, but she relates most closely with Krystal in her award-winning novel The Sounds of Wings. Our conversation easily flowed from topic to topic, and it was clear to both of us that the themes from the book are highly relevant in many of our friends' lives, as well as our own. Each of the protag…
 
Jeff Furman is an extraordinary combination of his parents. He has the gift of intense observation of people and surroundings, while also demonstrating significant empathy. The two together allow him to predict student behavior in the classroom, making him a highly effective educator. He shared a story of clarity: Watching his girlfriend (many year…
 
"I'm allergic to that." When she arrived in Spain, a shy, incredibly picky eater and study abroad student, that's what Rachel would tell people to avoid having to try new foods. It didn't take long for her to choose to be polite and try the foods, and that simple act of kindness and curiosity became the key to unlocking her adventurous spirit and b…
 
Her life didn't start with unicorns and butterflies, and like many people who grow up without, she didn't really know it until school years when the comparison game began... seeing other girls with new, trendy clothes and all the accessories made her keenly aware of what she didn't have. She knew there was more for her, and when a mentor saw her fo…
 
"I just don't think that way - in a linear timeline of events. I read your book, but I couldn't start collecting my stories, even when I tried to use the exercises and worksheets you provided." Mary was getting ready for a series of interviews, and she knew preparing a few personal stories would be critical to truly engaging her interviewers and th…
 
"Who are you? I don't even know you!" A friend of Teresa Quinlan witnessed a different person when they visited her family. Around her mother Teresa regressed to a surly teenager, and that was her friend's reaction. It was that moment Teresa realized she had to take control of her own behavior, she didn't like who she was when she was around her mo…
 
Laura DiBenedetto goes down rabbit holes regularly, exploring random thoughts that drive her deeply into a variety of questions, leading her to nowhere and everywhere. Her curiosity is what drives her, what has always driven her to question authority, traditional roles, and beliefs. She is one of those people who has always marched to the beat of h…
 
Nicole Santer has been in the event industry since she was a child. She remembers helping her family fold napkins and set tables for huge banquets and gatherings. It wasn't until after she enjoyed a career in completely different fields for many years that she came back to events, and when she did, it felt exactly right to her. She knows all the th…
 
Christian Jarrett remembers being interested in psychology as a young teenager. It was when he applied to be a stocker at a grocery store when he was 16 that he became even more eager to learn about why people do what they do, and whether people's personalities change over time. At the Tesco store near his home in the UK, his application was accept…
 
How do you describe a caring leader? Heather Younger's book, The Art of Caring Leadership, offers 9 key aspects to consider, and a free assessment to quantify whatappear to be qualifying character traits. What I love about the book is that the expectation isn't for every leader to be caring in the same way. Heather knows that each of us must be tru…
 
Based on a collection of true stories from a variety of women, Swati Singh's Her Brave Journey is a fictional tale, bringing them together as if one woman experienced it, offering a deeper exploration of how each experience shapes a woman living through abuse, emotional transformation, and eventually discovering her strength and resilience. “Each o…
 
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