Northwest Regional College
Stephanie Staples is… wait a minute – why am I talking in the third party here? Probably because that’s what pretty much everyone does on their bio pages – check it out, you’ll see for yourself.
But I’m not like everyone. I’m a little different, quirky some might say. It’s part of my charm (that’s what I tell myself anyway!). 😉
So hi, it’s me Steph, how about I just talk to you like I normally would?
Thanks for finding me (how did you find me btw?)! I assume you are on this page to find out a little bit about me, which is fine, but then you have to tell me a little bit about you (it’s only fair!).
So…here’s my story in a capsule (yes, I know it’s supposed to be nutshell, but you already know that I’m a little unique)…
Once upon a time I had a nice little house, filled with nice little kids and a nice little husband (well average sized actually). I worked as a nice little nurse (5’2”) and overall a nice little life in general, but something inside of me wasn’t happy. Well I was happy, but I wasn’t happy, happy.
Something was wrong and I didn’t know how to make it right. Something was missing and I didn’t know where to find it. I knew that there was something more but I didn’t know what that ‘something’ was. It was a frustrating time and I felt guilty that I wasn’t happy, happy when I had this really nice life.
And that’s when I fell into the world of personal development and everything changed, not only for me, but for those around me. For the first time in my life I worked harder on myself than on anything else. I stopped trying to change other people, other situations, other circumstances, I just worked on changing me.
It didn’t take long before I started feeling, thinking and acting different. Better, stronger, happier. Like happy, happy! 🙂
I realized that I could love and appreciate all the ‘nice’ that I had in my life and still strive for something more and that was ok – no guilt required!
People started noticing that I had changed for the better, they started asking me how I ‘did it’ and if I could help them ‘do it’. Right about that time, I had one of those pivotal moments when you remember exactly where you were and what you were doing – this was one of those. I was lying in bed, reading a magazine article about this new thing called personal coaching and it was like the clouds parted, the heavens opened and angels started singing! I bounced out of bed to tell The Hub, “Helping people make their lives better is actually a profession!”
I was over the moon, this was what I was going to do with my life!
I planned a big party to make the big announcement, I was going to leave nursing and become a coach! The problem was it was 2006 – life coaching was practically unheard of. I will never forget that day in my living room, when I made the announcement to all my friends, the room suddenly turned into a library, it was soooo quiet. Finally one of my friends spoke up. “We have no idea what that is, but we are sure you will be very good at it!” At that everyone burst into applause. lol
So I trained to be a coach. I started doing personal coaching, then I did group coaching and then someone asked me if I could present at their event. I’d never done that before but I had a message to share and an overwhelming desire to share it so I said yes. And then one day the Mayo Clinic called and I was on a stage in front of 1000 nurses. The next thing you know you came to check me out – how cool it that?! OK, well there were a few steps in between coaching, training and the Mayo Clinic but you don’t have all day to read about me. Do you?
If you want to know more you can download my book When Enlightening Strikes – Creating a Mindset for Uncommon Success with my compliments here…http://YourLifeUnlimited.ca/WES (fair warning, the first part is called Confessions of a Motivational Speaker)
Speaking, I discovered, allowed me to share my message and help many more people than I could with personal coaching – I could ‘coach’ from the stage and make significant impact to more people than I could ever coach one to one. Turns out I was also pretty good at it – whew!
My recent epiphany – I am not the best speaker in the world – far from it, but I am real and genuine and authentic and when I speak whether it’s at Mayo or in the Middle East – people wake up, people get it – not everyone of course (I can’t want a better life for someone more than they want it themselves) but enough to matter, enough to know that I am making a positive difference, I’m doing something very necessary, very, very important.
I’m not perfect but no one, no one, can tell me that this is not what I’m supposed to be doing for a living. I know to the core of my being that speaking is how I’m supposed to share my gifts with the world. People think what I do now is very different from what I did while nursing but I disagree. I went into nursing to help people and speaking is how I help people, speaking is how I nurse, speaking is my specialty. Not OR or ER, it’s connecting with people speaking and keynoting – that’s my specialty.
Work harder on yourself than on anything else. If I only had a few seconds with an audience that’s what I would tell them. It’s my desktop screensaver. It’s what changed my life and helped me find that something more that I knew intuitively was missing.
If you feel the need to know about some of my official ‘accomplishments’, here you go…
In 2013 Stephanie was awarded the highest earned designation in the speaking industry, Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), conferred by the National Speakers Association. The CSP is the speaking profession’s international measure of professional platform competence. The CSP designation helps meeting professionals looking to hire the best of the best, those with a commitment to the profession, top-notch speaking ability and a track record of professionalism and success. Only the top 10 percent of speakers earn this credential and are recognized as some of the best in their fields.
- Print columnist- you can read about me in fancy-schmancy magazines like Redbook, Good Housekeeping (much to my mother’s shock) and I’ve actually been interviewed for O Magazine Impressed? Don’t be – the articles are on the cutting room floor. Oh well, maybe next time!
- Founded three businesses (two successful – one a nightmare, you can’t win them all!)
- Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Contribution to Community award winner (Manitoba). To me, giving back to the community locally and globally is equally important as building a successful business.
- Multi-titled author, radio personality (Your Life, Unlimited weekly show – 12 years on Corus Entertainment)
- Digital and online content creator, app developer
- ‘Specialized psycho-social employee-wellness & workplace-health services consultant’ for Health Canada, yeah, they gave me that title, I’m not quite sure what it means either but it sure sounds important doesn’t it?
- Healthcare consultant, working with everyone from front line staff to physicians to the CEO’s, to help develop their heart for personal leadership and serve their patients and colleagues with excellence.
- Professional MC (Emcee/Master of Ceremonies) I can make the telephone book sound fun – wait – what’s a telephone book? Beyond Keynoting I do love to help conferences spice up their entire event by offering this service. I was host/producer/MC of momondays Winnipeg for five years, a wildly successful, super-fun and uplifting evening that brought hundreds of people together every month for ideas, insight and inspiration, that’s I learned to be an awesome MC (if I do say say myself, which I just did).
- I am a forever advocate of Toastmasters International. As a Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) an elite award earned by showing dedicated service and leadership over multiple years. I believe everyone can benefit from this great organization.
- Spirit of CAPS (Manitoba) award winner for demonstrating the spirit of sharing, leading and inspiring others and possessing the qualities of generosity, spirit, professionalism and reflected outstanding credit, respect, honour and admiration in her Chapter & community.
- The Hub and I have been a pair for many decades (in a row!) and we actually still like each other, isn’t that a pleasant surprise! We recently ran away from home (central Canada) to start a new life on beautiful Vancouver Island (West Coast of Canada) – we are happy, happy there!
- I have three crazy, awesome, healthy, happy, contributing kids and one really perfect grandson (I know it’s amazing because I’m only 37??). His name is Noah and he is as cute as a button! Currently the moon and stars are revolving around him! 🙂
- I remain a personal development “junkie,” and both family and friends scramble to get away when I tell them, “I have an idea …” they know that a new “technique” is about to be tried on them!
I really try to infuse every keynote and program with humour, heart and with relevant, innovative and do-able content to help people feel and think differently. It is only then that people can be activated to actually use the tools to immediately to improve the course of their lives, personally and professionally.
Laughing, crying and regular moments of enlightening are all part of the package -no extra charge!
This is me…Distinct. Fresh. Unusual. Quirky. Words I can’t deny. Words that work in my world!
Thanks for researching, visiting, reading. I hope I at least made you smile. If I’m not the right speaker for your event, please know as I am very well connected in the speaker world. Reach out let me know what you are looking for and I’d be happy to make a recommendation.
Now…it’s your turn to tell me something about you! Click right, it’s easy. Go ahead, do it. I’m waiting for you!