SPOTLIGHT: Deb Cummins Stellato

Every once in a while, a unicorn falls out of the sky and lands in your lap. 

That's how I feel about Deb Cummins Stellato. 

A little over a year ago, I received a private message on Facebook from Deb. We weren't connected. We weren't friends. She wasn't a member of the LIGHTbeamers Community. And we didn't have any friends in common. 

Yet, she was reaching out to me saying someone had referred her to me. She needed a Storytelling Coach, and could she please book a call with me?

When we got on our first call,  within about 2-seconds, I felt like I was talking to my long-lost sister. 

There was immediate synergy and connection between us, and needless to say, Deb became one of my private 1:1 clients and we immediately got to work working on her story (that would eventually be shared heavily on her Podcast, another project we built together). 

Deb has embraced storytelling like the A+ student she is, and she's approached all of her work as a Certified Life...
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SPOTLIGHT: Kimberly Smith

When I first met Kimberly Smith, she had landed in my Community during a storytelling challenge I was leading called Storyweek. 

I fell in love with her from the start because I could sense there was much more to her than originally met the eye. In the challenge, she was dipping her toe in the water of "getting visible" with her story. 

Turns out, it was the beginning of Kimberly going 'all in' and writing her memoir. 

Kimberly later came back to me, with her book in hand and when I began reading it.... I was blown away. This was not the same Kimberly that showed up for our challenge!! 

This was a raw, vulnerable, totally exposed Kimberly who was sharing her story so openly it took my breath away! 

Her new book, Beautifully Broken, is a gorgeous account of how she was rescued from a life of abuse, brokenness, and heartache when she met her friend Jesus on the journey of recovery. 

This isn't a bible-beating type of story. This is a one woman's open...
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SPOTLIGHT: Melanie Wolff

There is something to be said about a woman's confidence and how it translate in the clothing she wears. When you walk into a room, sometimes how you carry yourself can be directly reflected in whether or not you feel good in what you are wearing! 

This is why I love the work of Melanie Wolff, a personal stylist who owns Your Confident Style. 

When Melanie first landed in the LIGHTbeamers Community, she was struggling to find her own confidence with being more visible and sharing her offerings to a larger audience. Putting some of her own advice to work, she started showcasing her style tips and putting on her best outfits to make herself feel more energized about getting Visible! 

And she really dove head first into Video -- showing up weekly during our Wednesday Live sessions to get more comfortable on camera! 

And it has all paid off! 

Today, Melanie has a thriving business and a growing social media presence helping other women dress with confidence. 

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SPOTLIGHT: Reaiah Rose Cubero

One of the best parts of the Lightbeamers Community is to see a woman burst onto the scene and then watch her rise!

Reaiah Cubero of ReeCreation Ministries first showed up during one of our Wednesday livestream days — she appeared quiet, nervous, unsure, yet concretely determined.

She stuck with it.

Week after week her confidence grew and her gorgeous storytelling unfolded.

She surprised us with her talents around spoken word poetry and artistic endeavors!

She’s passionate about mental health, and incredibly grounded in her faith.

She shows shows up regularly on live-streams on her various channels and is making a huge difference in this world, especially for other women who may also be struggling with mental health, conflicts around their faith, and identity crisis.

Take a minute to get to know her better in this months Lightbeamers Spotlight!!


APRIL: Tell us a little bit about your journey leading to the creation of ReeCreation Ministries?

REAIAH: It's...

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SPOTLIGHT: Louisa Garrett

 

I first met Louisa Garrett through a mutual friend on the internet. I was taken immediately by her enthusiasm, bright smile and laugh, and intense determination to "Make Kind Loud" 

Louisa is the epitome of a LIGHTbeamer because she uses her social media channels relentlessly to share her message of Kindness. 

She shows up LIVE every single day spreading a message of compassion and empathy toward others. You can't help but fall in love with Louisa within 2 seconds of meeting her. 

She's infectious.... and a powerful LIGHTbeamer leading the way to make this world a better place. 

I'm honored to feature her for this month's LIGHTbeamers Spotlight! 

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APRIL: You are the powerful creator behind The Kindness Summit and Make Kind Loud... tell me how that began. 

LOUISA: I started my "Kindness journey" nearly a decade ago. But before that, I was super sarcastic. I lived and...

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SPOTLIGHT: Susan Tomlinson

BRAND NEW FEATURE SEGMENT 
I'm thrilled to bring you a brand new feature to LIGHTbeamers -- a monthly community spotlight highlighting the story and journey of one of our resident LIGHTbeamers. 

INTRODUCING Susan Tomlinson
Susan first stepped into the spotlight at LIGHTbeamers during one of our annual storytelling challenges in the Fall of 2019. Immediately following the challenge, Susan joined our VIP membership, the Visibility Accelerator. 

What I noticed about Susan right away was her tenacity and consistency.
She was eager to learn, and willing to share her story! Every single month since she joined, Susan has showed up for every group strategy call and she's participated in all of our quarterly challenges and ongoing story prompts. I'm so impressed by her willingness to try things new and take action! 

I love an action taker -- and Susan is an action taker!

When I first had the idea to start these monthly Spotlight features, Susan immediately came to mind...

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Back to Basics- 5 Ways to Ease Back into Video

 

Let talk about VIDEO.....

In case you've been living under a rock -- Video is here to stay.

It's the most powerful tool for communication we have -- and far too many people are underutilizing it.... or not using it at all!

Let me drill it back to the basics for you today in this special training.

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Back to Basics: Showing up

 

This is a foundational principle I've implemented in my business since DAY ONE, and it has served me so well -- I can literally pinpoint IT as a key factor to the amazing business growth I've had over the years.

Let's discuss this ONE THING in today's Back to Basics training.

It's so simple, you'll probably roll your eyes. But if your honest, your probably not implementing it enough.

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The Foundations of Storytelling: Your Message

 

Listen to our daily blog-casts on Amazon. Enable our "What's Your Story" daily flash briefing and listen using your Alexa device!

All this week, we’ve been talking about different foundational type stories that are ideal to share with your audience…. stories that really help you share a bit more about you, and will help you create connections with those who follow along.

The first is Your Origin Story. The 2nd is your Transformation Story.

If you’ve missed either of those flash briefings, click the links to see the transcripts Your Transformation StoryYour Origin Story


Today is the final installment of the Foundations of Storytelling — and it’s your Message. This is what I like to call, “what you now know for sure” story.

This is probably the most connected story you have as it relates to your business or your mission… because this is the story you are sharing on a regular basis.

When you look back on your...

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The Foundations of Storytelling: Your Transformation Story

 

Listen to our daily blog-casts on Amazon. Enable our "What's Your Story" daily flash briefing and listen using your Alexa device!

Yesterday, I took you through an exercise to help you work on your origin story — one of the 3 foundational pieces of storytelling you need to share with your audience. Your origin story is a piece of historical context that you can trace back to the beginning of your own story iIf you missed it, you can get the replay and full transcript on my blog.

I’m going to take you through all 3 pieces— next is the 2nd foundational tool, which is your Transformation Story.

With each of these foundational stories, you want to consider the message you are spreading to your audience with your work. Whatever it is you do, however you have an impact on others, that’s what you want to keep in mind as you evaluate your stories.

Your Transformation story is that moment or series of events in your life & business when you experienced a big...

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