48 minutes | Aug 27th 2020

SL077: Silencing Your Inner Critic

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Silencing Your Inner Critic In this episode James Taylor interviews Denise Jacobs and they talked about silencing your inner critic, dealing with imposter syndrome and Denise’s journey from college teacher to speaker. In today’s episode Denis Jacobs talks about silencing your inner critic, dealing with imposter syndrome and Denise’s journey from college teacher to speaker. Denise Jacobs is a Speaker, Author and Creativity Evangelist who speaks at conferences and consults with companies worldwide. As the Founder and CEO of The Creative Dose, she promotes techniques to unlock creativity and spark innovation in people, teams, and workplaces, particularly those in the tech world. Denise is the author of Banish Your Inner Critic, the premier handbook on silencing fears to unleash creativity. She is also the founder of Rawk The Web and the Head Instigator of The Creativity (R)Evolution. What we cover: Silencing Your Inner Critic How Denise dealt with imposter syndrome Denise’s journey from college teacher to keynote speaker Resources: Denise’s Website Denise’s Free Gift to you. Please SUBSCRIBE ►http://bit.ly/JTme-ytsub ♥️ Your Support Appreciated! If you enjoyed the show, please rate it on YouTube, iTunes or Stitcher and write a brief review. That would really help get the word out and raise the visibility of the Creative Life show. SUBSCRIBE TO THE SHOW Apple: http://bit.ly/TSL-apple Libsyn: http://bit.ly/TSL-libsyn Spotify: http://bit.ly/TSL-spotify Android: http://bit.ly/TSL-android Stitcher: http://bit.ly/TSL-stitcher CTA link: https://speakersu.com/the-speakers-life/ FOLLOW ME: Website: https://speakersu.com LinkedIn: http://bit.ly/JTme-linkedin Instagram: http://bit.ly/JTme-ig Twitter: http://bit.ly/JTme-twitter Facebook Group: http://bit.ly/IS-fbgroup Read full transcript at https://speakersu.com/silencing-your-inner-critic-sl077/ James Taylor Hi, it's James Taylor, founder of SpeakersU. Today's episode was first aired as part of International Speakers Summit the world's largest online event for professional speakers. And if you'd like to access the full video version, as well as in depth sessions with over 150 top speakers, then I've got a very special offer for you. Just go to InternationalSpeakersSummit.com, where you'll be able to register for a free pass for the summit. Yep, that's right 150 of the world's top speakers sharing their insights, strategies and tactics on how to launch grow and build a successful speaking business. So just go to InternationalSpeakersSummit.com but not before you listen to today's episode. Hey James Taylor here and I'm delighted today to be joined by my good friend Denise Jacobs. Denise is a speaker, author and creativity evangelist who speaks at conferences and consults with companies worldwide. As the founder and CEO of the creative dose she promotes techniques to unlock creativity and spark innovation and people teams and workplaces. Particularly those in the tech world. Denise is the author of banish your inner critic, the premier handbook on silencing fears to unleash your creativity which has just come out as well. She is also the founder of rock the web and the head instigator of the creativity revolution as my great pleasure to have her join us today. So welcome, Denise. Denise Jacobs Thank you so much for having me, James. It's such a pleasure and an honor. James Taylor So something happened for you this week, which I know the speakers is like, it's always a big deal. Your your new book came out and you would you did your book launch event as well. So how was that first of all? Denise Jacobs phenomenal so the book came out last last yesterday and it was wonderful because I was waking up in the morning with text messages from friends that are like, I got the Kindle. I got it dropped. I got it, which was really really nice. One friend sent me sent me a picture of the of the Kindle announcement, and then he sent a little gift that said, Hey, boo. And then I was getting like text messages and calls from friends that are just like I'm so proud of you this is great. But all of that I get I won't say his overshadow but I will have to say was even more enhanced by the book launch event that I had at my favorite local independent bookstore called books and books here in Miami, Florida, phenomenal bookstore. And it was great, you know, on Facebook, I think, like 74 people said they were going to attend in 259 people said that they were interested, which I was like, that's not that doesn't suck, right. So and then a friend of mine was like, well, it's Miami so you can count on like half the people who said that they're interested, you know who were going to come coming, but it doesn't matter. It was standing room only for the most part. All the chairs were filled. They didn't have enough chairs. Everybody We started on time, which is also uncharacteristic for Miami. Everybody was there by seven. And I had a panel. So it wasn't just me doing a standard reading. I had a panel of four friends of mine who were also like do amazing work in the community here. One friend is an author and a professor of creative writing at the University of Miami. And she does a lot of work activism with the Filipino community worldwide. And also with writers of color like mentoring and teaching writers of color for a program a fellowship program over the summer. Another friend started it was a co founder of a company that gives news and events and everything for local communities. There's one in Miami and they just launched one in Seattle, and then they're launching them all over the country. But she also does like entrepreneurship training and mentoring and stuff for the LGBTQ Another one started a startup here that has become incredibly successful doing face recognition. And then he also mentors, other entrepreneurs, young entrepreneurs pitching printers of color. And then finally, the last guy is a professional musician. He started an organization that helps keep at risk youth off of the street by teaching them music and giving them the ability to learn music and to become musicians and to perform phenomenal people. Right and but there are these phenomenal people who all deal with the inner critic, and I'll deal with self doubt. So we had this fantastic conversation based on the structure of the book about the ways that they experienced self judgment, high self criticism, compare themselves to others, denied you know, their creativity, and then how they've overcome all of that to contribute to the world meaningfully with their talents and gifts. It was insane. It was so good. James Taylor I didn't know that that whole process was speaking to you as you were going through a writing a book, very solitary process. And I know you're really excited now to kind of get on the road be keynoting about it, be speaking about it do book events about it as well. So before we kind of go into some of the things around the book and how it specifically how it relates to to authors, take us back. How did you get into the world of speaking? How did you start your career as a keynoter? Denise Jacobs So, I have a bit of a story, but the short version of it is, is that a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I started making soap, herbal handmade soaps and people started asking me what's in the soap. And I said, it's super easy. I can teach you how to make it come over to my house. I'll show you how to make it. So I did that a couple times had like five, four or five, six people each time and I thought to myself, if I had like 20 people, that would be like, outstanding, and at the time, it wasn't making much money. So I was like, I could make like $800 in a day. When that becomes Back in the late 90s, and so I started teaching the soap making class. And so there were a couple of things that happened. The first one was that I had this very strong sense that it was going to be very popular. But the place that was going to be putting the class on said, you know, it's better instead of having like two sessions of the class, it's better to have one than have it be mostly filled then have two that are half filled or not much filled at all. And I was like, thinking to myself, but you don't understand this is gonna, like totally take off and I was like, Okay, okay, we can do that. So, three weeks after their fire had gone out into the mail, and it's like, you know, distribution of like, 30,000 units all over Seattle, where I used to live and everything. The director calls me up and she's like, hey, Denise, it's Tiffany. I was like, what's up tip? She says, your class is full headspace for 22 people who said it's full. And there's a waiting list of 16 people. Did you want to open up another session? And I was like, Yes. So when I did the class, I hadn't slept the whole night. I had worked so hard on the handout, I got to the venue probably 15 minutes before the class started, I was exhausted. I pulled boxes up three flights of stairs. I mean, it should have been an awful experience. It was one of the best experiences of my entire life up to that point. I was walking on air afterwards, I had an audience I had people who wanted to learn I, I talked for three hours, I led you know, the exercises and everything. And I got to crack jokes and I got to be informative, and I got to share you. It was just it was such a wonderful experience. And after that, I was I was hooked. I kept wanting to do the workshop and then, you know, I was also working in the web industry. And it finally occurred to me after being in a meeting where my man was a project manager, which is the worst thing for me to do ever in the history of ever on the planet. My manager had, like, totally dressed me down in front of like everybody on the team and the team meeting and I was in the room crying, just despondent and everything and I kind of picked myself up, it's okay. I have a, I have a soap making class tomorrow, it's all going to be
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