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Award-win­ning speaker Stephanie Allen shares her story in Dream­ing Big, Be­ing Bold

The Amherst News - - FRONT PAGE - BY CHRISTO­PHER GOODING christo­pher.gooding@amher­st­news.ca Twit­ter: @ADNchris

Award-win­ning speaker Stephanie Allen shares her story in Dream­ing Big, Be­ing Bold.

Dream big. Be bold. Be both. It seems sim­ple in prin­ci­ple but many who have found them­selves be­stowed with the in­no­va­tor ti­tle will tell you be­com­ing a trail­blazer, vi­sion­ary or change maker is no sim­ple task. Lo­cally, how­ever, Cum­ber­land County has its very own case study to share her story.

Lifestyle ed­u­ca­tor, ther­a­pist and in­ter­na­tional pre­sen­ter Stephanie Allen is one of 25 con­tribut­ing au­thors to Dream­ing Big Be­ing Bold: In­spir­ing Sto­ries From Trail­blaz­ers, Vi­sion­ar­ies and Change Mak­ers. The op­por­tu­nity, Allen said, came dur­ing a re­cent sem­i­nar in On­tario.

“I speak pro­fes­sion­ally, so I was at a con­ven­tion for the Cana­dian As­so­ci­a­tion for Pro­fes­sional Speak­ers in Ot­tawa, and I met a pi­o­neer in this,” Allen said. “Her name is Paula Mo­rand. She ac­tu­ally lived in Monc­ton for 18 years. Orig­i­nally from On­tario and she’s since gone back. She is re­ally vi­va­cious and ex­cited about help­ing peo­ple not only live their story but in­spire and em­power oth­ers.”

Fol­low­ing the con­fer­ence, Mo­rand in­vited Allen to be of the con­tribut­ing au­thors and shar­ing her own em­pow­er­ing story. The in­vi­ta­tion, Allen said, was her first writ­ing as­sign­ment but ac­cept­ing a chal­lenge is noth­ing new to Allen. When she en­tered the realm of mo­ti­vat­ing and en­cour­ag­ing oth­ers, she re­al­ized if she were to reach a wider au­di­ence she would need to take on a role she wor­ried over: pub­lic speak­ing.

“Pub­lic speak­ing is not some­thing I would say comes nat­u­rally to me, although my fam­ily would say oth­er­wise. When peo­ple say their num­ber-one fear is pub­lic speak­ing, I would agree with that… and yet I knew I had to per­fect some sort of speak­ing to have an im­pact,” Allen said. “You can work with ten peo­ple and it will take you ten hours, or I could speak an hour to 10 peo­ple and I can do that more eas­ily.”

It was a de­ci­sion that lead her to be in the right place at the right time to be in­vited to be­come a writer.

Now an award-win­ning in­struc­tor and speaker for over two decades, the Amherst-based en­tre­pre­neur trav­eled and found both suc­cess and fail­ure abroad be­fore re­turn­ing to Amherst and turn­ing her life lessons into both a lifestyle and ca­reer.

Allen’s story is a fa­mil­iar East Coast take. Un­sat­is­fied with the work­force lo­cally, she trav­eled West where she found fi­nan­cial suc­cess. Later, find­ing her­self on the wrong side of a cal­cu­lated risk to the United States de­tailed in her chap­ter of Dream­ing Big Be­ing Bold, Allen was again faced with re­build­ing her for­tunes. In­stead of be­ing bit­ter or dis­mayed, how­ever, she chose to take all the pos­i­tives she ac­cu­mu­lated up un­til then and make them the foun­da­tion of a new jour­ney, one she shares as a speaker and in­spir­ing oth­ers to do the same in her con­tri­bu­tion.

“It’s my jour­ney to the re­al­iza­tion that ev­ery­thing you are ac­tu­ally look­ing for is right un­der­neath you but we don’t know how to dis­cover it, or we don’t have the clar­ity or the courage to re­ally go for our dreams,” Allen said. Allen is mak­ing a do­na­tion of her book the Cum­ber­land Li­braries’ Four Fathers Memo­rial Li­brary in Amherst, and copies will be avail­able through her com­pany’s web­site www.gate­way­de­vel­op­ment.ca.

A Kin­dle ver­sion is avail­able through on­line re­tail gi­ant Ama­zon.

CHRISTO­PHER GOODING/AMHERST NEWS

Stephanie Allen trav­elled many miles and en­coun­tered many ex­pe­ri­ences be­fore de­ci­pher­ing the things that she says brings hap­pi­ness and ful­fil­ment to our lives. Her story is now part of Dream Big Be­ing Bold.

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