Meet Some of The Voices Participating In
The Conversation Project
Sophie Turner, Creator The Conversation Project, Principle Brazen & Co
Sophie’s passion is to empower people to freely be themselves through the work they do, the people they lead, and the lives they experience. After leaving a 20+ year career in the marketing and communications industry, Sophie went in search of purposeful work that would amplify her dedication to inner knowledge, transformation and her passion for playing big, in meaningful ways.
She created The Conversation Project as a result of a constant theme that appeared in her work with clients – people were denying accessing their authentic selves in everyday life situations and in professional environments, impacting consciously connecting with others out of fear of personal or perceived judgement. Instead, many of them grew reliant on technology to help speak for them.
Sophie’s ultimate vision is for everyone to believe they belong and feel accepted – despite differences. She desires for people to have greater awareness of their stories that effect their beliefs, relationships, and ability to connect freely with others. Her purpose in creating The Conversation Project is to inspire people to live more mindfully, show their quirkiness, and to simply be themselves – all the time, regardless of situation and/or environment.
Learn more about Sophie and the work she does to revolutionize stories at Brazen & Co.
When Sophie asked what’s the value to a great conversation?
Here’s what some of our contributors had to say:
“Real conversation creates deep true connection and strong healthy relationships which is what I need and believe other human beings need to thrive.”
Kat Byles, PR & Creativity Consultant | katbyles.com
“Conversation forces us to face a couple of things – our perspective (what is true for us), another’s perspective (what’s true for them), and provides us the opportunity to gain clarity and understanding of what simply is – not making it about being right or wrong. The healthiness comes from tapping into the voice of our hearts and the wisdom that exists, giving expression to that place. Imagine if we all did was to openly listen to another, with just the intention to understand and then share our thoughts, how it would feel to live in this world?”
Shelley Schanzenbacher, Truth Seeker, Coach, Facilitator, Mediator | inthepause.com
For a large part of my life, I told myself stories convincing myself I wasn’t good enough. I would withhold my ideas as I figured no-one really wanted to hear them. I would shy away from success as I didn’t think I was really deserving. I would deflect compliments as I didn’t really do anything to earn them. In other words, the lack of meaningful conversations had me surrendering a lot of my personal power to others, without them really knowing it.
The three fundamental questions being asked by every human life are: Am I enough? Where do I belong? and Do I matter? Conversation can answer all of them. Conversation is a source of healing when our interior dialogue with our truest self reconnects us with the most beautiful and neglected parts of who we are. Conversation is the way we stop hiding, announce who we truly are, and find our people by choosing to be with those who rejoice in the announcement. And conversation is the way we develop a clearer vision of our passions—the things which we love to do and which we are here to do. Conversation can ultimately reassure us: you are enough, you’re not alone, and you have a purpose.
Dr. Kelly Flanagan, Clinical Psychologist, Writer | drkellyflanagan.com
Actually, although I am drawn to these kinds of questions (like a moth to a flame), I actually find them somewhat intimidating and exciting all at the same time. It’s a moment in time which opens up a chance to step into an adventure…to leave what is known and sure and safe and enter a space in between.
Sure we can bring our ideas and thoughts and opinions into the gap with us. But we need to be prepared to let them go, or at least to stir them up with others thoughts and opinions and ideas and come up with something different, possibly new. Like alchemy.
Sometimes we emerge onto the other side of the conversation with a more solid, connected perspective. Sometimes we come out having left our safe, known shore of ideas behind for now or forever and are confused or muddled. If we enter with the right intention, surprise awaits. No necessarily certainty. Or comfort. Or something to move forward with and turn into action. But we will be changed – expanded or shaken up or enlightened.
And that’s why I called my business Playing with Sparks – ideas are sparks to conversations. And if I take a playful attitude, I am less likely to avoid it and more likely to face it with an open heart. Jennifer Davis, Expressions Coach | playingwithsparks.com
Conversation is connection. When a conversation is flowing, the participants are engaged in a playful dance, at times leading the other and at other times following. Conversation is exploration. We explore our relationship like adventurers out on a hike, checking out what it’s like over here, and then over there. Conversation is vulnerability. When we are truly present to another person in conversation, we allow ourselves to be open and are willing to be changed by them. Allyson Woodrooffe, Certified Coach | allysonwoodrooffe.com