Interview with Amy Minyard

 

This girl has a story! Amy Minyard has overcome so much in her life -- a single mom who's victory over abuse, abandonment, and obesity is a testament to the power of a woman determined to rise.

She first appeared in the LIGHTbeamers Community about 3 years ago with a heap of a story, but had no clue what to do with it.

3 Years later, she shares her story with ease and is on a mission to teach other women the power of Self Love!!!

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What Will Others Think?

 

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I’ve been thinking a lot about how much people STOP themselves from doing things that are stirring in their heart.

They stay quiet & hidden for fear of judgement from others. That simple question or thought — what will others think — can be so damaging and toxic if you let it stop you from moving forward in life or business.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
The people who are ahead of you, those who are making waves and playing big, aren’t going to judge you!

Nope! They’ll see you and say, “You go girl! I know what it takes to get here and you are being so bold & brave! I commend you. Here’s my hand. Grab it! I’ll pull you along.”

So the judgement you fear is about the people behind you; the ones NOT stepping up their own life in new & exciting ways but rather playing small and sitting...

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Have You Ever Felt This Way?

 

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I have a storytelling tip that’s so simple, you’ll be shocked when you hear it — yet I’m going to guess many of you are not using it. There is a simple question you can be asking in your content — whether it be written content like emails or blogs, or your social media posts, or live videos, or in-person talks and workshops.

If you start to sprinkle it into with your story — you will inherently draw more people in closer to you and get them to start seeing themselves in your story.

The question is ….. “Has this ever happened to you?” — or another iteration of it is ….. “Have you ever felt this way?”

Asking your audience directly if a part of your story is something they’ve experienced too is so powerful because what we experience we remember….. and asking them if...

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How to Upgrade Your Story Endings

 

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Maybe you've heard that all good stories begin with a really great hook --- a visual or statement that hooks you into the story and makes you want to know more.

But here's another element your stories really need --- a deep, meaningful ending.

Far too many stories endings being told in business today are too shallow. They are too corporate. They concentrate on rational, economic benefits like make more money rather than emotional outcomes that are more focused on how it changes their life.

Let's face it. Your audience doesn't really care about your product or service.... and too many businesses spin their stories in a way that makes the products or service the hero.

Your audience has needs that have nothing to do with your products or services. .... and it's important you figure it out.

When you begin to tell stories in your business that speak...

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How to Open a Curiosity Loop with Your Story

 

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I know this happens to you — You go to a networking event, or you meet someone new, and they ask you the simple question: What do you do?
And suddenly, you feel unprepared! It’s like all of a sudden what you do for a living has to fit into this tiny capsule. And it seems no matter how you answer the question, it never feels adequate… and it certainly doesn’t spark conversation.

Here’s the deal — these moments aren’t about selling yourself…. they are about piquing the curiosity in others.

How can you answer that question in a way that will make the person who’s asking want to know more??

The one thing you don't want to do is to answer them in a predictable way.... "I sell insurance" or "I am a nurse" or " I'm with a networking marketing company that sells essential oils"

BOR-ING!

Instead you want to...

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Women & Money: What You Need to Know

 

For too long, the financial business sector has been dominated by men.... and educating women about money has come from their perspective.

It's time women take back their power by owning their financial future!

This is an important topic for every woman on the planet. 

We are diving deep into this today with Nicholle Overkamp -- Founder & CEO of Wilcox Financial Group.

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Brain Dump- A Journaling Exercise for the Cluttered Mind

 
 
Brain Dump - A Journaling Exercise for the Cluttered Mind
As a life-long journal’er, I’m often surprised to meet people who don’t journal. You may be one of them. I find people who don’t journal often feel confused about HOW TO journal, how to get started.

I have to say, I think journaling has been instrumental to my love-affair with storytelling. The two just go hand in hand.

Stories don’t come to me on a silver platter…. I often have to go hunting for them. And more times than not, I’ll find them inside my journal.

One of the things I do the most is a basic brain dump. Whatever I’m thinking, I write. It’s stream of conscious writing where you literally write down every word as it comes to you in your head. It doesn’t always make sense…. but you write it down anyway.

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Turn On Your Flashlight

 

 

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I’m coming off a huge weekend high, as I launched and hosted my first LIVE event in Dallas Texas on Saturday — the first Storytelling Symposium to empower women.

4 other Speakers joined me for the half-day workshop, as we poured into the audience our best advice, tips, and inspiration to help them step more fully into their own story — and use it to shine a light into the world.

I shared with the audience a vision I had recently while meditating at a women’s retreat I attended last month.

The meditation had me imagining a golden light shining down on top of me. I immediately saw this light in my minds eye, and could see myself as a dark shadow under this golden light.

And in that moment, I heard a click — and it was as if I turned on a flashlight. Suddenly, the dark shadow was gone and below that big golden...

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You Can Be Like Debi

 

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Every Monday I share a photo in my online community for the members there to practice their own storytelling skills using the photo as a visual trigger.

I want to share with you an example of how one of the Community Member’s used this prompt recently.

The photo was a winter wonderland scene where the entire landscape was covered in beautiful white snow, except for one tree, that was sticking out in the middle of the photo — a beautiful red Japanese maple tree — the contrast between the bright red leaves against the all white landscape is what made photo interesting.

One of the women in my community later shared how she’d taken that photo and written an entire post for her LinkedIn Profile.

Debi is an accountant, who has her own business helping other small business owners with their accounting and bookkeeping needs.

She...
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