Your story matters to me

SFWCbanquetI spent the past few days immersed in the San Francisco Writers Conference and am still flying high from all the energy and enthusiasm generated from all of our stories! This was the 14th year of celebrating the craft of writing. I’ve had the privilege of being part of this amazing journey since the beginning. What holds true every year is the amount of incredible talent who come together to inspire, inform, encourage, awaken, light a fire and unleash the writing spirit in all of us.

For the past several years, my job has been to coordinate the free consultations participants have at their disposal with Independent Editors. Break-out sessions covering all aspects of the writing process are conducted in other parts of the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins Hotel, while my group, the Independent Editors, spend our time during the conference in the Garden Room dispersing our expertise in eight minutes one-on-one sessions with conference attendees. We hear all about the who, what, when, where, how and why of their stories. We share advice, good will, guidance, instruction, support, wisdom, along with generous amounts of understanding and compassion.

Every story is unique.  

Every story is unique to the storyteller.

Every storyteller is the same with a tremendous desire to be heard and seen. My mission is to support the storytellers who hesitate to share their story because 1)  they fear no one will want to hear what they have to say, and 2) who would want to listen to them if they were to speak up? 

I promise you that your story matters to me!

My mission is to support the storytellers who hesitate to share their story because 1)  they fear no one will want to hear what they have to say, and 2) who would want to listen to them if they were to speak up?

No one except you can tell your story because it is yours alone to tell.

I guarantee that someone is waiting for you to tell your story. They need to hear your story so that they can see themselves reflected in your story.

Hop over to my Facebook Page and let me know what you think of this story!

 

[Free Training] It’s What you know and Who you know

Mary-E.-Knippel-Teresa-LeYung-Ryan-teach-Be-Your-Own-Editor-at-SFWC-photo-by-Margie-Yee-WebbWe’ve all heard that it’s often not what you know but who you know. Of course, we know how important it is to get out there and spread the word about our message. We are among the lucky ones if we are fortunate enough to have friends who would help us prepare for an event, coach us on content and delivery, and then be our support “team” on the day of the event!

I’m sending a huge THANK YOU and lots of love to my friend, head cheerleader and my Mentor, Writing Coach Teresa LeYung Ryan.

On more than one occasion Teresa has been there when I’ve been the featured speaker or facilitated a workshop. We have co-presented numerous times at the San Francisco Writers Conference. I had the opportunity to present Create Your Success Story to a fabulous group in San Francisco. This was a speaking opportunity as well as a mini-workshop with writing, collage, and conversation resulting in lots of creativity. When folks were asked to introduce themselves, Teresa was the first one to stand up and say she was there because of today’s fabulous speaker!  

Your success is determined by what you know AND who you know. My friendly advice is to be confident in not only what you know…to also recognize that you are not in this alone…to acknowledge the tremendous impact of those who support you in sharing your clear, concise and compelling message with the world.

Teresa and I have known each other for over a decade now and are members of the Women’s National Book Assn-San Francisco Chapter and California Writers Club-Peninsula Branch. She amazes me with all that she does for everyone else, encouraging, supporting, and documenting our accomplishments. I have opened myself up to new opportunities and had some incredible experiences because Teresa nudged me to consider taking on a bigger role.

Do you have someone who lifts you up?

How do you lift up others?

Tell someone that they shine today.

You’ll be glad you did.

Photo Credit:  Margie Yee Webb

[Speaker tip] Timing is everything!

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Julia Glyde & Mary E. Knippel at Ladies Speaker Extravaganza and Mixer Event

Time…you can’t stop it, it won’t be rushed and must be respected!

Have you noticed how the subject of time is the focus of so many aspects of our lives?

We are governed by time…from going about your life to accomplishing goals & tasks to the amount necessary to satisfy dreams & hopes.

As a speaker, you have an opportunity to capture the attention of your listeners and touch their lives with inspiration and information. No doubt, you must do this task in a specific period of time.

As the amazing speaker you are, you accept this opportunity to share your message in a timely fashion.

Now, here is the speaker tip:  Make friends with the timekeeper!

As the amazing and passionate speaker you are, you want to be able to give your audience your full attention. You intend to deliver your compelling message with dynamic delivery in the time you have been assigned by the event organizers. You do not want to be cut short before you’ve shared what you came to share. By making friends with the timekeeper, you will know where to look for the cues of exactly how much time you have left. (Also, verify that what your presentation time matches the agenda!) And you will have a friend in the audience helping you to give a fabulous presentation.

I attended one of  Julia Glyde’s Ladies Speaker Extravaganza Mixer event and was happy to help Julia as her timekeeper. I sat in the front row and everyone on stage knew who I was and what my job was. They watched me because I was their friend helping them with their presentation!

Every event has to have an agenda/schedule so that the organizers as well as the attendees know what to expect.

Time does march on despite our best efforts. When it’s your turn to be the speaker, make sure time and the timekeeper are on your side!

Women’s Voices…

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WNBA-SF Experts Women ignited!, Authors and Poets: (l-r) Mary E. Knippel, Linda Lee, Catharine Bramkamp, Linda Joy Myers, Julia Park Tracey

Yesterday, I spent time with Women’s National Book Association colleagues and new friends at a fabulous special event featuring WNBA Experts, Authors and Poetry.

I was really excited at the prospect of presenting a five-minute talk (patterned after Ted Talks) entitled  “Women’s Voices.” I based my comments on the quote many of us have heard:

“The world will be saved by the Western woman.”

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You and I are the Western Women he’s talking about who are called to save the world and I’m asking…where are you using your voice?

Born at this time and in this environment, you are positioned to affect change by being your authentic self and sharing your gifts with the world.

You don’t have to haul water from the river and walk for miles to your hut.

You don’t live in fear and have to cover your faces in public.

You have choices on how you live your life and the freedom to change your mind.

I’m not suggesting that you be the next Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Madame Curie, or don a cape and become a superwoman…

I am inviting you to be your authentic self, use your voice to save yourself first …then approach saving the world…going from making dinner to making a difference.

Start by listening to your own voice and your inner wisdom.

Acknowledge the women’s voices who have spoken truth into your life. Think about the women who influenced you, praised you, challenged you to push yourself to be the person you are born to be…they know your greatness even if you don’t.

Who are these women?

Perhaps …a family member, teacher, mentor, or someone in the public eye who you  have never met, but influenced you greatly.

Those women’s voices delivered powerful messages and motivated you in your thoughts and deeds.

Growing up on a Midwestern farm, I never envisioned that one of my mentors would be a feisty giant who probably stood less than 5 ft and didn’t weigh over 95 pounds soaking wet. Our beloved Effie Lee Morris is no longer with us, but I can clearly hear her voice imparting wisdom and cheering me on…”Mary, you are doing such a wonderful job as president of the WNBA-San Francisco chapter.”

Just one example of how one woman’s voice and influence. I’m sure you all have your own story.

Today, the internet is an easily accessible global platform to share your voice and your message around the world. You matter and your message matters. Your personal message has universal impact. No one can tell your story from your perspective. And someone is waiting to hear your story…it will change her life.

Speak up! Let your voice be heard because YOU are the Western Woman who is called to save the world.

 

 

[Speaker] Women Ignited – sponsored by The Women’s National Book Assn-San Francisco Chapter

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WOMEN IGNITED!
In the WORLD of the BOOK
A special event with WNBA-SF
Experts, Authors, and Poets
Sunday, April 3, 2016
1:303:30 pm
 
Register for this exciting event!
Register today and bring a friend for Free!
 
  You are invited to The Women’s National Book Assn-San Francisco Chapter (WNBA-SF)* own version of Ted Talks with WNBA-SF publishing experts. We are calling it Ignite!. Although shorter in length, our 5-minute version of the TED talks promises to deliver information and inspiration for all writers wherever you are on your writing journey.  
 
Additional Bonus:  learn more from the expert of your choice at one-on-one sessions after the talks.
 

Hear WNBA-SF Member Experts

 
      Catharine Bramkamp, author. Photo by Deanne Fitzmaurice

Catherine Brankamp

Social Media for Authors

 
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Mary E. Knippel

Women’s Voices

 
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Websites for Writers

 
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Linda Joy Myers

The Power of Your True Story

 
 
How could it get any better?
 
WNBA-SF Members AUTHOR SHOWCASE!
WNBA-SF Members will display and sell their books at genre tables that border the large and spacious room. Meet and greet authors of memoir, fiction, historical, mystery, teen and children’s books, as well as non-fiction. Author prizes!
 
 
But there’s more…
 
 
POETRY READINGS from member poets to begin and end the program to celebrate the poetry month of April, featuring Julia Park Tracey, Alameda Poet Laureate. 
 
 
Join us at the Rathskeller–enjoy the value of WNBA!

  Register today!

Alameda Elks Lodge, Rathskeller
A charming historic building,
“The Liveliest Lodge in Elkdom”
2255 Santa Clara Ave,
Alameda, CA 94501
$35 – WNBA Members
$45 – Non-members
Includes snacks, desserts, and refreshing drinks. Free parking.
 
*The Women’s National Book Association was established in 1917..long before the basketball association. In a time before women were allowed to vote, a group of women, who were refused admittance to the publishing establishments on the East Coast of the United States, formed their own collaborative association devoted to everything associated with books. The San Francisco Chapter was established in 1968. Members include authors, indexers, librarians, editors, graphic designers, researchers, publishers, and more. With chapters across the nation, this non-profit organization is an advocate for literacy around the world and a non-voting member of the United Nations.

[speaker] Unleash 2016 with Business Mastery!

EXPERT word cloud, business conceptThe Enchanted Womantm Business Mastery Conference

February 3, 2016

9:30am – 5:30pm

Contra Costa Country Club
801 Country Club Dr., Pleasant Hill CA

 

Come discover how to claim your expertise and shake things up to unleash your best in 2016!

  • Blow the dust off that Business Plan
  • Shore-up your Business Systems . . . Including your Money and client attraction Systems
  • Update your Marketing Plan
  • Hear about some 6-Figure Sales Systems to Automate Your Business
  • Revisit  your Sales Process
  • Look at your Planning, and Time Management Strategies
  • Reconnect with your “Personal Why!”  
  • Stand out passionately as an Expert
  • . . . and more  

The mission of The Enchanted Womantm…and a few Good Men…is to foster authentic personal and professional development, to inspire, educate and support women entrepreneurs (and a few good men) to carve their character with unstoppable intention, to make choices as though their legacy is legend, and to live, lead, and work with vision and volition, in the spirit of true collaboration, and Enchantment. Cyndee Paulson-Heer founded The Enchanted Woman with Authenticity, Triple Win Collaboration, Mutual Success, a strong sense of purpose and a more than casual nod to childlike wonderment, enthusiasm, resilience and an unstoppable will

Not only am I a Professional Member of The Enchanted Woman Community, I’m excited to be a featured speaker at the Business Mastery Conference. Please join me along with many other amazing speakers for a day packed with inspiration, information and stimulation to catapult your business to the next level. 

Early bird tickets are $67. Register here!

[Speaker tip] As time goes by…

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Julia Glyde & Mary E. Knippel at Ladies Speaker Extravaganza and Mixer Event

Time…you can’t stop it, it won’t be rushed and must be respected!

Have you noticed how the subject of time is the focus of so many aspects of our lives?

We are governed by time…from going about your life to accomplishing goals & tasks to the amount necessary to satisfy dreams & hopes.

As a speaker, you have an opportunity to capture the attention of your listeners and touch their lives with inspiration and information. No doubt, you must do this task in a specific period of time.

As the amazing speaker you are, you accept this opportunity to share your message in a timely fashion.

Now, here is the speaker tip:  Make friends with the timekeeper!

As the amazing and passionate speaker you are, you want to be able to give your audience your full attention. You intend to deliver your compelling message with dynamic delivery in the time you have been assigned by the event organizers. You do not want to be cut short before you’ve shared what you came to share. By making friends with the timekeeper, you will know where to look for the cues of exactly how much time you have left. (Also, verify that what your presentation time matches the agenda!) And you will have a friend in the audience helping you to give a fabulous presentation.

I recently attended  Julia Glyde’s Ladies Speaker Extravaganza Mixer event and was happy to help Julia as her timekeeper. I sat in the front row and everyone on stage knew who I was and what my job was. They watched me because I was their friend helping them with their presentation!

Every event has to have an agenda/schedule so that the organizers as well as the attendees know what to expect.

Time does march on despite our best efforts. When it’s your turn to be the speaker, make sure time and the timekeeper are on your side!

[Free Training] Friendly hint on sharing your message

Writing Mentor Mary E Knippel and Writing Coach Teresa LeYung Ryan

We’ve all heard that it’s often not what you know but who you know. Of course, we know how important it is to get out there and spread the word about our message. We are among the lucky ones if we are fortunate enough to have friends who would help us prepare for an event, coach us on content and delivery, and then be our support “team” on the day of the event!

I’m sending a huge THANK YOU and lots of love to my friend, head cheerleader and my Mentor, Writing Coach Teresa LeYung Ryan.

On more than one occasion Teresa has been there when I’ve been the featured speaker or facilitated a workshop. We have co-presented numerous times at the San Francisco Writers Conference. I had the opportunity to present Create Your Success Story to a fabulous group in San Francisco. This was a speaking opportunity as well as a mini-workshop with writing, collage and conversation resulting in lots of creativity.  When folks were asked to introduce themselves, Teresa was the first one to stand up and say she was there because of today’s fabulous speaker!  

Your success is determined by what you know AND who you know. My friendly advice is to be confident in not only what you know…to also recognize that you are not in this alone…to acknowledge the tremendous impact of those who support you in sharing your clear, concise and compelling message with the world.

Teresa and I have known each other for over a decade now and are members of the Women’s National Book Assn-San Francisco Chapter and California Writers Club-Peninsula Branch. She amazes me with all that she does for everyone else, encouraging, supporting, and documenting our accomplishments. I have opened myself up to new opportunities and had some incredible experiences because Teresa nudged me to consider taking on a bigger role.

Do you have someone who lifts you up?

How do you lift up others?

Tell someone that they shine today.

You’ll be glad you did.

[Free Training] Play with your words

When you were little did anyone ever tell you not to play with your food? Well, I suppose the lunchroom lady and your mom didn’t like it when you dawdled over your food. Did you make mountains out of your mashed potatoes, or march the peas down the steely gangplank? Be that as it may (as Mr. Petersen used to tell us), variety in your choice of language is something else entirely. Whether you like Scrabble, or crossword puzzles make you crazy, let’s tap into your creativity here. Both sides of your brain will be engaged to come up with the answers.

  • Suppose you experiment with word choices and challenge yourself to see how many different words you can come up with that convey the same meaning (no fair checking the Thesaurus!)
  • Make a list of words which have a double meaning and see how many you can come up with (I’ll get you started with an easy one:  mouse).
  • Study the phrases and specific language you use on a daily basis…

Consider the words your clients and customers use…are they a match? If you are not speaking the same language, your message won’t be heard and those who you are meant to help will not receive your gifts. Yes, there are some terms that must be used because of protocol or they are in everyday use. But, there is so much jargon, slang and abbreviations, that it is hard to tell what it all means. Breaking it down into simple language and relatable terms helps to conquer a multitude of barriers. For instance, you don’t have to be a computer technician to appreciate the function of the “mouse.” (Not many people know, it’s called that because the first devices had long cords which resembled a tail.)

Now, you try. Let me know what you come up with on your own.

Go on…Play with you words!

 

I love hearing how our stories connect…

DSC03679It’s almost time for another San Francisco Writers Conference.  I am amazed and in such awe at the wealth of talent and enthusiasm for the craft I observe throughout the event.

It is incredible how the threads of individual stories connect with the universal story.

Over and over during our Independent Editor Consultations I have been  privileged to witness the courage of writers telling their truth…drawn into their story…carried along on a current of connection.

  • Tales of espionage, mystery, negligence, rebellion, redemption, forgiveness, disease, devastation, and compassion.  
  • Stories of love, loss, spirituality, relationships lost, relationships mended, families overcoming unspeakable challenges, and resillience 
  • Remarkable stories about the limitless love of God and generosity of loving kindness.
  • Devastating stories of unspeakable challenges and the resilience of the human spirit.
  • Empowering stories of catastrophic illness and the healing capabilities we have within ourselves.

After my colleague Teresa LeYung-Ryan and I presented our break-out session“Be Your Own Editor,” at a past SFWC, I had a conversation with one of our attendees. She commented that she enjoyed everything about the conference. She really got a lot from the keynote speakers and the breakout sessions, but that standing in line and being in the audience with the other attendees was just as much of an education about the writing life. 

Whether it is a non-fiction memoir or autobiography; a prescriptive non-fiction in the form of a how-to script; or fiction in the form of the next great American novel…every writing project had a common theme…we are all writing what we are passionate about.

Each of the attendees who shared their writing project with me brought a precious gift.  

Thank you for entrusting me with your story.  The writing magic continues Feb. 12-16…come see me and have an 8-minute consultation from an  Independent Editor!

Come to the Coastside for Bliss Community Unleash Your Story…

Let’s get together and celebrate Women’s History Month!

clip art girlfriendsWe’re celebrating Women’s History Month and sharing stories…among the many women we could celebrate from world leaders, accomplished entertainers, or distinguished scholars, don’t forget to honor the one who greets you in the mirror every morning – You! Yes, You. You are a leader in your corner of the world. Join us to talk about your story…the story of your business.

We’ll be talking about writing…as a business owner, writing is part of your day-to-day experience. I am Your Writing Mentor here to help you demystify the writing process. As the Writer Unleashed and the founder of The Unleashed Homemaker, I help my clients come home to themselves and go from making dinner to making a difference.

Let’s make writing an experience you have confidence in and look forward to as a means to share your message.  Reluctant writers can overcome their fear of the blank page/screen. I’ve got a secret for you…don’t tell anyone, but we’re in good company in facing this fear. Yes, I’ve hesitated in starting writing projects and wondered what in the world I was going to say, if anyone would care, or even read what I wrote.

Join me for the March Bliss Community Event ($30, Wed., March 19, 2-5 p.m.) to  learn the secret to creating your best business…and your best life in just 15-minutes a day! We’ll discuss how to build up those writing muscles and why your blog is the most powerful adverting tool at your disposal in today’s economy.

You will also have a chance to explore your creativity in making your own work of art, your personal journal, in which to capture your HerStory!

Unleash the writer in YOU! 

 

 

[Workshop] Unleash Your Potential with Smarts & Style

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photography-curious-housewife-cleaning-home-window-love-image29455477Are you a Woman in Transition who took a break from your career for your family and now want to return to the workforce…or…looking to reinvent yourself? 

You are cordially invited to a morning workshop designed for YOU!

Unleash Your Potential with Smarts & Style

Wed., Jan. 22 9a.m. – noon at the Crow Canyon Country Club 

Discover the tools available to empower you on your journey to tomorrow with these dynamic speakers:

  • Sue Bock, certified coach, CEO,  and President of Courage to Adventure Coaching…learn how to present yourself genuinely and  unleash your potential. 
  • Teri Hockett – CEO of What’s For Work? A community of empowered women that encourages members and companies to work together, to inspire, and help each other grow. Value your Employed by Life skills.
  •  Carolyn Rovner– owner of C2 Style, A Style Consultation and  Personal Shopping Service. Carolyn guides her clients to discover their unique personal style. Learn the 10 “must haves” for every wardrobe.  
  • Mary E. Knippel, speaker, author and founder of The Unleashed Homemakertm. Polish your words so that they sparkle and shine from the start…go from making dinner to making a difference. 

Register now for this juicy, information packed morning.

Join us and start your journey today…be inspired, reclaim your voice, discover how to look good and feel good!

Childcare is available.$25 pre-register/$30 at the door.

photo credit:  Dreamstime.com

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