Brené Brown became a worldwide sensation after a 2010 TEDx talk where she talked about vulnerability, shame and authenticity. (She says that if she wants to shut up her airplane seatmate, she says she's a shame researcher!) This talk has had an incredible 31.4 MILLION views. Brené is a bestselling author (her latest book is called Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone) and she has more than a thousand people certified to teach her work and integrate it with their own. About three-quarters are clinicians (social workers and therapists) and the other quarter are leadership coaches and organizational development professionals. I am on the home stretch of becoming a Certified Daring Way Facilitator. It has taken most of this year as we have done a deep dive into all of her books and how to facilitate her programs. I am no stranger to certification-ville, having suffered from credential-seeking behaviour for almost two decades. But this has been unique and caused me to dig deeper than was comfortable many times. Brené said that her research caused a spiritual awakening aka breakdown that sent her into therapy. She is comfortable with other people's vulnerability, but realized that she was not at all comfortable with it herself. Yet the price of daring to be oneself automatically involves vulnerability. Anything we put out there can and will be criticized. How do we learn to do it anyway, and recover when - not if - we fall? Brené's books are practical and engaging, and so are her seminars.

I am offering two workshops in Regina called Daring to be Yourself at Work next month. They are standalone sessions, i.e. you can take one and not the other. The first one will teach the concepts required to risk being oneself at work, with boundaries, while being politically savvy. The second one will deal with how to get up when you fall. These will be highly interactive, so they're limited to 14 participants each. We will engage in conversation over dinner and wine, my favourite libation (I am from Montréal, after all). I hope you'll join me.

November 7, 2017, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

November 21, 2017, 5:30 to 8 p.m.