I try to be authentic and creative.
People respond best to something they can relate to.
What a beautiful journey…
One of my earliest memories is playing under a desk in a university classroom while my mom delivered a lecture to a roomful of future teachers. Some 25 years later, I was the one standing on the stage of a university auditorium, delivering a talk about gremlins and the creative voice, and there was my mom, sitting in a front row in rapt attention.
From the pencil-ready crowd of the Roanoke Regional Writers Conference to the video mosaic of a continuing education presentation for the International Coach Federation, my mom has been there. Though not in the audience among the precocious students of the Roanoke Valley Governor’s School or at my keynote for the Council of Community Services, she caught up later by way of recordings. Other talks still – like facilitating the roundtable of keynote speakers at the Montgomery County Women’s Conference and presenting to community at the Taubman Museum of Art – she heard about in what was likely excruciating detail in overly-long phone calls.
She and I do love an overly-long phone call.
Should we talk?
I’d love to hear about your upcoming event and brainstorm how I can support your message.
I am here to support you…
My TEDx Talk in 2013? That one my mom watched via livestreaming.
While her influence is relevant every time I step in front of a crowd, my mom is not the only common thread of my workshops, facilitated discussions, and keynotes. Others include my:
- Intense love of sharing every bit of what I’ve learned about creating bigger lives, badder selves, and epic teams.
- Experience with overcoming adversity – especially the kind we all carry inside us as the gremlin voices of self-diminishment.
- Quality that author/trainer/speaker Annette Simmons described as a “bubbly, casual delivery style [that] opens listener’s minds and hearts so wide they can’t believe how much they learned.”
Maybe you’re excited to get your conference attendees back in the same room and are seeking an energetic keynote…
Maybe your remote team needs some glue for greater cohesion…
Maybe the coaches in your association are seeking new and meaningful ways to deliver ancient wisdom…
Reach out to discover how a custom-crafted SB Rawz experience can fit the bill and make you the MVP of your gathering.
You are creative, resourceful and whole.
When you scale the great learning curves, you will discover that you are the guru you were seeking on the mountain top and that you’re in the company of seekers, learners, and driven folks from throughout human history.
We can all benefit from the perspective and collaboration of a person who has tackled similar learning curves, and accompanied hundreds of others doing the same.
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Known equally for her laughter and her cogent questions, SB is the business coach who takes a holistic view and the empowerment coach who brings the work down to earth. While her psychology degree from UNC-Greensboro and coach training from the Coach Training Alliance shaped her understanding of human behavior, her innate abilities to create cohesive pictures out of seemingly disparate parts and see people from the intersection of what is and what could be are what makes coaching with SB a particularly unique experience. From the brick ranch on a creek in Southwest Virginia that she shares with her partner, Theresa, and their pit bull pup, SB collaborates with those seeking their bigger selves and badder lives across the country and around the world.
Here’s the latest from the blog.
Hidden in all the horrors of the pandemic has been some silver linings, including the way pandemic-related tweaks to our wedding scooched me off the ledge of perfectionism.
When some sneaky bugs left my ankles dotted with painfully itchy bites, I found not only time for sitting still while my legs were plastered in a baking soda paste but also another opportunity to deepen my practice of acceptance.
Our memories are also prone to our fully human imperfection.