Ever met a problem-solving content collaborator before? You’re in for a real treat cause my guest is a truly special one. The unique experiences in which my friend Diane Wyzga has partaken throughout 30 years of story work, in courtrooms, boardrooms, universities, retreat settings and hospitals have taught her that authentic story principles are key to conscious connection, and to clear, concise and cogent communication.
In her podcast, Stories from Women who Walk, her Quarter Moon Story Arts consultancy and My Life as Compost blog, Diane generously shares her wisdom and brilliant insights into Engaged Storyism, genuine story as a means of sharing learnings and vulnerabilities with each other.
With a deliciously diverse career, working as a nurse, corporate businesswoman, platform storyteller, lawyer, and litigation consultant, before becoming a solopreneur, story artist, wordsmith mentor, and podcaster, Diane never leaves home without her growth mindset, embracing learnings every step of the way.
And as a person who loves living life to its fullest, she’s been known to say: “Hell, Yes!” to: scuba diving the Continental Shelf, flying one plane and parachuting out of another, and walking the 500 mile (780 km) Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain. I can’t wait to share even just a fraction of what she’s discovered on her adventures with you.
Join us for episode 23 of Let’s Clarify It, in which Diane shares:
What she means by the beautiful term: to listen a story out of someone?
Why are 60 second podcasts her current favorite form of communication?
And which three questions can we each use to become more intentional listeners?
Curious? Let’s Clarify It!
Diane’s 7 Categories of Metaphors - Draw on what’s known to explain the unknown
metaphor = is; she is a fox
simile = like or as; that guy is smart like a fox
1. Sports: games, teams, heroes
2. Cultural: ethnic, racial, etc. that you apply *inside* your group
3. Mechanical: tools, cars, architecture, buildings, cornerstone
4. Material: food, clothing (your love is a cloak), household
5. Organic: nature, weather, animals
6. Mythic: gods, lessons, laws, folk & fairy tales, important dead people
7. Literary: media, TV, YouTube, characters, movies
About Diane Wyzga
Remember the first time you rode a bike and took your hands off the handlebars? And then because it felt fun and daring you did it again - and again - riding down a hill with the wind in your face, arms up over your head screaming, “Look, ma! No hands!” You showed up. You did it. The arc of my professional career stretches from working as a nurse, corporate businesswoman, platform storyteller, lawyer, and litigation consultant to becoming a solopreneur, story artist, wordsmith mentor, and podcaster, who was lucky enough to scuba dive the Continental Shelf, fly a plane, parachute out of a perfectly good plane, walk the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, and so much more. Over my lifetime I've been letting go of the handlebars but-just as often-having my fingers pried off when I’ve been most afraid. At some of the darkest moments in my life where the true way was wholly lost to me, a person or opportunity beckoned and I said "Yes!" That’s the place where the story changed.
Would you like to get your story words out of your head and on to the page? Feeling stuck on how to identify, shape and effectively deliver your message? I can help you sort it out. How? 30 years of story work in courtrooms, boardrooms, universities, retreat settings, hospitals and more has taught me that authentic story principles are key to conscious connection, to clear, concise and cogent communication. Together we'll distil complex ideas into easily understood metaphors and direct emotional language using words with power, passion and precision. The result? Let's transform your hazy messages into connection-making stories, and those stories into sequels.
Connect with Diane
Quarter Moon Story Arts (website): https://www.quartermoonstoryarts.net My Life As Compost (blog): https://www.quartermoonstoryarts.net/blog/ Stories From Women Who Walk (podcast): https://www.quartermoonstoryarts.net/podcast/ LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/diane-f-wyzga-78403919a