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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My Story and How Lightbeamers Came to Be

 

I thought I’d share a bit of my story with you — as I am always encouraging you to share your story with your audience.

I realize not all of my listeners/followers really know who I am; you might not know the backstory on why I’m so passionate about storytelling and helping others find their story.

My journey began inside a CBS Television newsroom in Texas… where I was working the absolute worst hours ever trying to cut my teeth in the world of Journalism. I hopped around the southeast to a few different TV stations in the early years of my career — each step trying to land a better job with better pay and better hours.

While I loved those early years -- I learned so much about broadcasting, storytelling, journalism -- I also discovered I was completely in the wrong industry.

I did NOT love network news: The high-stakes pressure of gaining ratings; the rush to beat others stations to the story; the hovering over a police scanner waiting for...

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Real Stories Really Matter

 

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When was the last time you cried at a commercial? 
I know it probably doesn’t happen that often, but when was the last time a commercial made you take a pause and you thought to yourself, “Oh that was so good?” and that story touched your heart? 

Did that commercial talk about the features and benefits of it’s product…. or did it tell a story???

My guess is it told a story! 

I say this all the time…. everybody has a story! And they do! Everybody does indeed have a story — but not everybody is actually using their story to reach out and touch people, to create a human connection that makes people remember you.

Learning to tell stories to your audience is something that is so within your reach; If you aren’t already skillfully weaving stories into your messages, I want to...

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Come Gather Around the Table

 

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One of my goals with LIGHTbeamers, is to bring you great stories from time to time, as I discover other women in the world who are up to some pretty amazing things.

This weekend, I learned about Sarah Harmeyer of Dallas Texas. Sarah is what she likes to call “a people gatherer.”

She says her favorite thing in the world is to gather around a table and celebrate with others. So, Sarah asked her Dad to build her a farm table that would seat 20 people, and because there wasn’t room for this inside her house, she set the table up outside in her backyard.

She decided to invite her neighbors over for a potluck dinner, to fill her table and create an opportunity to get to know the people living all around her. 

She created a post on the community social media app, NextDoor, and invited anyone in the neighborhood who wanted to...

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