Category: Public Speaking

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How the Hopeless Find Hope Again

How the Hopeless Find Hope Again

My Granny had a saying, “You have got to reach up and git yo self, now.”  She always said it with such a stern voice.  I think because of t ...
How Survivors of Sexual & Domestic Violence Can Make History

How Survivors of Sexual & Domestic Violence Can Make History

Fannie Lou Hamer!Dr. Martin Luther King Jr!Rosa Parks!Angela Davis!Dr. Maya Angelou!Nina Simone!Malcolm X!Names you’ve heard.   Just judgin ...
Silent Lies: Why Black Women Must Continue to Lead the Resistance

Silent Lies: Why Black Women Must Continue to Lead the Resistance

"I learned how to stand up for myself from the civil rights movement. We learned from you."   Original post appeared 7/22/15 (updated) T ...
From All Angles: 4 Ways Survivor Speakers Can Help Folks Heal, Know, & Grow

From All Angles: 4 Ways Survivor Speakers Can Help Folks Heal, Know, & Grow

Domestic and Sexual Violence are tough issues to discuss.  BUT, thankfully, speakers have quite a few options for approaching the topic.  In t ...
How to Get the Truth Around Obstacles of Myths, Lies, & Distraction: Infographics

How to Get the Truth Around Obstacles of Myths, Lies, & Distraction: Infographics

Let Me Tell ItI once worked as the sexual assault Outreach Advocate for the state of Virginia. Here is what I learned.  What one thing ...
How to Break Through Group Think and Get Your Message Delivered

How to Break Through Group Think and Get Your Message Delivered

You might have heard of a concept called “group think”.  Short version: It means when everyone goes along in the same direction because that is w ...
Tonya’s Top Picks for Best Sexual & Domestic Violence Storytelling for Survivors

Tonya’s Top Picks for Best Sexual & Domestic Violence Storytelling for Survivors

One of my best writing teachers taught me a great lesson.   Read, read, read.  Write, write, write. The best way to learn to write is to stu ...
How Survivors Can Preserve the Lessons from Their Experiences for Storytelling

How Survivors Can Preserve the Lessons from Their Experiences for Storytelling

In order to tell your story, you are going to need the details. No one can tell your story like you can. And Survivors have some of the most fascina ...
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