In this episode, I talk with Susan Sharp. Susan is a motivational speaker that helps people get unstuck. After a string of successes outside of higher education, including her book, Mid-Life Wisdom, and her art selected for use on the set of the Netflix drama Orange Is The New Black. She left life as a professor of 23 years in theatre and public speaking, to focus on her own speaking, art, and writing--all of which are about bringing a message of hope to people who feel stuck. As a motivational speaker, she helps people get unstuck by breaking through the boundaries that are limiting them or the team and has them re-frame the problems they're facing. Her positive, motivational speaking inspires audiences to action. Whether it’s a mid-life rut, a lackluster workplace, or motivation to aim and dream bigger, Susan helps people make a lasting impact.
We talk about making the jump from a life with a safe and secure job as a professor, to jumping off the deep end into the world of entrepreneurship. She talks about the self-talk need to make the move and keep going forward. What the struggles were as a professor in this new world of teaching to the most sensitive person standard. Plus much more on dealing with unruly coworkers and navigating the risky uncertain self-employment world.
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Meet Susan Sharp
Susan Sharp grew up in Eastern Iowa on the banks of the Mississippi River. That rural upbringing irrevocably shaped her to love quiet, fresh air, and open spaces. For all the quiet she craves, she has a 24/7 internal buzz of creative ideas and she often cannot get them on paper fast enough. Susan just recently left her job as a professor of theatre and public speaking after 23 years to focus full time on honing her skills as a motivational speaker, artist, playwright, and author.
Humor, Insight and Light bulb Moments
Susan Sharp is a motivational speaker that helps people get unstuck. After a string of successes outside of higher education, including her new book, Mid-Life Wisdom, and her art selected for use on the set of the Netflix drama Orange is the New Black, Susan has just left life as a professor of theatre and public speaking to focus on her own speaking, art, and writing--all of which are about bringing a message of hope to people who feel stuck.
Whether as a keynote speaker, a workshop leader, or in a small group Q & A, Susan helps break through the boundaries that are limiting you or your team and gets them to re-frame the problems they're facing. From church volunteer teams to educational and non-profit organizations, Susan can help! Let her show you how to move from the world of yesterday's regrets to the world of tomorrow's victories. Susan wants to have real conversations about things that are keeping you in a rut!
Her positive, motivational speaking inspires audiences to action. Whether it's a mid-life rut, a lackluster workplace, or motivation to aim and dream bigger, Susan can help you reach your audience with lasting impact. Susan speaks and writes about nurturing our creativity, finding one's most meaningful work, how to move beyond our past into a glorious future, teaching in higher education, the challenges of Christian living, and about the competing values which lead to interpersonal breakdowns. As a Color Code Certified Independent Trainer, Susan can show you how to work with others with disparate ways of thinking.
Susan is passionate about excellent communication and she gives each audience a loving kick in the patootie to make the changes they must while affirming the greatness that's already present.
Learn more at asharpdifference.com/speaking
Susan's book is out! For those of you nearing mid-life, this book is part wisdom from Susan's own life and part journal for you to capture your own wisdom!
Are you at or approaching mid-life and starting to feel restless? Or perhaps you're asking, "Is this all there is?"
Mid-Life Wisdom encourages you to look back to see just how far you've come and to celebrate the wisdom you've acquired along the way. This book is a dose of encouragement, a nudge toward self-reflection, and a promotion of forgiveness--of self and others--as you move ahead to the best time of your life. The book is a unique format of journal, self-discovery exercises, and candid essays from the author's own journey to mid-life that will help the reader to frame their own journey to this point. The reader is not instructed on how to survive mid-life, but rather to learn from the past, laugh at ourselves, and embrace our middle years and make them everything we want. Forgive yourself, forgive others, and move into a wonderful place of peace and self-love.
Book recommendations and more: Susan Sharp