The best speakers, leaders and communicators are great storytellers. Turn your passion, message and vision into a great story that people will remember. As a TEDx speaker, speaker coach and filmmaker, Kate McKenzie will provide practical tools to be more persuasive and engage people with your ideas. Enjoy a specialty lunch prepared by Café Blanca Executive Chef. Registration $25 (lunch included) at Cafe Blanca or register through EventBrite http://bit.ly/1Kv5Krd
Training for a marathon, triathlon? Gearing up for a new job or trying to stay motivated from home? Looking for ways to better handle challenges and obstacles? Learn practical strategies to give you the competitive edge by building mental resiliency. Attend our lunch&learn at Cafe Blanca by registering today!
A positive mindset is the greatest competitive advantage in the modern economy. It is essential in rapidly changing environments and allows for greater personal and professional success. This interactive workshop lead by filmmaker, educator and positive storyteller, Kate McKenzie will provide practical tools to remain resilient, improve inter-office relationships and harness the power of positive-storytelling. Enjoy a specialty lunch prepared by Cafe Blanca Executive Chef. Registration $30 (lunch included) at Cafe Blanca or register through EventBrite
May 13, 12:00-12:30pm at Cafe Blanca 240 Riverfront Ave SW, Calgary
I always encourage my students to take a step out of their comfort zone and be okay with taking risks. I even have broken track and field hurdles up around my classroom to remind them that it is okay to run at life’s obstacles at 100%. If you fall, I remind them, it’s okay, just remember to get back up and keep going.
Somehow, when I have to take that advice myself it gets a lot harder! I was invited today to speak at TEDxYYC. I’m honoured, excited but mostly nervous! This talk will be an amazing opportunity to share positive news with a new group of people and to honour those who participated in Worldviews Project. There’s a part of me though that still always feels scared. What if no one is interested? What if I mess it up?
I guess I’m also nervous that I’ll be branded as “Positive Story Girl” instead of Kate. I’m not positive all the time. Sometimes I’m angry and I want to punch people or yell or scream. I just try to work really hard to control those feelings and act in a better way. I’m scared that somehow giving this talk will make people think I have it all figured out, which I don’t. I’m just trying to be brave enough to say that my intention is to be positive.
I’m not so different from my students, taking that first step and staring that obstacle in the face is hard. I’m determined to do it though. I want to be the kind of person who approaches these kinds of challenges with courage rather than fear.
I will need all of you supporting me in this journey. I need to know when I step on that stage on June 14th that there is a community of people behind me cheering me on. Because, ultimately it’s not about me at all. I’m giving this TED talk because I believe that we need to share positive news. So even if I’m not the perfect ambassador for this message I’m going to give it my best shot. Keep your fingers crossed for me! Or better yet, buy a ticket and come be a friendly face in the audience!
Over the last few months, I have been working tirelessly with my current Gr.8 students to create podcasts. Their mission was to go out into Calgary and expand their worldview. They had 20 tasks to complete ranging from trying a new type of ethnic cuisine to taking a new form of transportation. It was amazing to see my students tackle new experiences head on and look for ways to explore everything Calgary has to offer! Too often we fail to see the wonder and beauty that’s in our own backyard so it has been awesome to have the chance to see Calgary through a new light!
We partnered with Calgary 2012 GIGYYC and Danielle Nerman from CBC Radio to be able to create 16 podcasts! We will be sharing each of these stories this Thursday, April 11, 2013 at Alice Jamieson Girls’ Academy at 7pm. We look forward to seeing you there!
This Saturday youth can join Kate via Skype at the Calgary downtown library to learn practical skills to help them in projects they are currently undertaking, learn how to get involved in their community and meet other youth that want to make a difference! Do you know someone who would be interested? Send this poster their way.
Thank you so much everyone for your support! We had over 80 people out for the first Worldviews Project Fundraiser and enjoyed amazing music from Sydney Crutchley, Old Beard Soft Shoe, Last September and Boreal Sons. A big thank as well to Marlene for her help in helping us find this this beautiful venue!