BE the Difference!

Barbara Teicher, author of It’s HOW you say it, shared with us some great communication ideas on our Your Life, Unlimited radio show today.

She shares her guest post here:

BE the Difference

Have you ever felt like you’ve attended a workshop because you needed to be “fixed?”  If so, you’re going to the wrong workshops.  Instead of telling you what needs to be fixed, I’m telling you that you already have what it takes inside you.  All you need to do is refine it a little, and recognize it to use it more effectively.

How many times have we been told we “can’t” do something?  As my daughter once said, “What if Helen Keller would’ve believed it when someone told her that she was just another disabled person and she couldn’t do the things “normal” people do?  What if Martin Luther King, Jr. thought one person couldn’t make a difference.  Or Einstein!

One person can change the world. How?  When you went to school, didn’t you feel you could make a difference in engineering, or teaching, or whatever area it was you were passionate about?  ALL of us have traits that would allow us to help change the world.

As you were growing up, who were your heroes,  (or “she”roes!)?  If you were to write a list of the words that describe  that person that made a difference in your life, an impact that you still can remember today, what words would be on that list? If I were to ask the people you work or live with to write a list of the words that describe you, would the words be the same?  If not, why not?

I don’t have the traits, skills and talents that you do.  I would probably never want to take on the projects that you do and you may not want to speak in front of 5,000 people.  Regardless of what we do, we make a difference every day… sometimes positively and sometimes negatively.

We don’t feel we can make a true impact, a true difference, so we defer – to the government to make a difference, to our corporations to make a difference, to our neighbours.  YOU are the difference maker, one small difference at a time…

BE the Difference!

You can listen to the entire show here, where you will also meet,  Brendan McAndrew, owner of White Pine Fixies Bicycle Co. Brendan enlightened us about Fat Biking and other cool – bikey stuff!




Stephanie Staples, CSP* is the author of When Enlightening Strikes – Creating a Mindset for Uncommon Success, an internationally acclaimed motivational speaker, and the recipient of the 2014 Manitoba Woman Entrepreneur Award for Contributions to Community. Stephanie empowers audiences & clients across North America to bring their ‘A’ game to work and to life. Stephanie has a special interest in working with and empowering nurses and healthcare providers. She happily calls Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada home. You can get loads of complimentary resources to help with issues such as work/life balance, wellness, stress management and happiness in general, as well as find out more information about her coaching and speaking services at

* Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), conferred by the National Speakers Association is the speaking profession’s international measure of professional platform proficiency. Less than 10 percent of speakers have earned this credential and are recognized as some of the best in their fields. Stephanie was one of only five professional speakers in Canada (and the only woman) to attain this designation in 2013.


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