A Party For Encouragers!

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Posted June 30, 2020 from Philippines
Kudos to Ambassador Mae Ann for taking this photo.

"The beauty of any first time is that it leads to a thousand others." - Pico Iyer

World Pulse organized its first Encourager Party on June 26, 2020. It was a blast!

As Encouragers joined the Zoom meeting, our party host Dawn Arteaga, Director of Community Engagement, played a groovy music prepared by Manasa Ram Raj, Community Engagement Coordinator. 

The mood felt like we were chillin' with friends in a relaxing ambience. It was lovely to watch Encouragers sway to the rhythm of the "Encourager Playlist" while waiting for the rest to join the meeting.

Jensine Larsen, World Pulse CEO and Founder, welcomed everyone, "I heard there was a party!".   She shared a heartwarming moment when encouragement touched her life. It was inspiring to know how World Pulse was born because there were people who gave encouraging words to her.

Dawn shared the Encourager Vision: Every Storyteller Feels Heard. 

In line with that vision is a question for Encouragers, "How can I help women feel heard?"

Based on my personal experience as a World Pulse Storyteller/Vocal Contributor and the responses I receive as an Encourager, I shared 5  Tips on Encouragement. Here they are:

1. Practice Empathy.

2. Use Empowering Words. 

3. Quote What Speaks to You. 

4. Seek Connection by Asking Questions. 

5. Encourage from the Heart. 

Then it was PARTY TIME! A timer was set for 15 minutes for everyone to visit the World Pulse site and find stories that they are interested in. After that, the World Pulse Team, along with Ana Lozano, moderated break out sessions where Encouragers talked about what stories touched them. 

Exchanging reflections was fun! There were those who said, "the time is so short!"

Dawn asked Encouragers to share their thoughts about the stories and breakout sessions. 

Based on the poll we conducted during the Party, majority was happy about the event, and they will definitely join next month!

How will I describe the Encourager Party? Four words come to mind.

SOLIDARITY. It was a call where we are united with a purpose to "LISTEN" to women.

BOND. We have been commenting on each other's post on World Pulse. A deep connection is formed.

JOY. Seeing Encouragers' faces online feels like a reunion of long lost friends.

IMPACT. Knowing that these Encouragers face personal challenges and yet decide to show up to support women is an encouragement in itself.

Ambassador Busayo Obisakin shared a statement that resonated with me, "Even Encouragers Need Encouragement" as she expressed how the Encourager Party uplifted her. 

As a whole, the Encourager Party was a space for Encouragers to talk about our roles. For weeks, months, years, we help women feel heard. That memorable day, it was the Encouragers' turn to feel valued, appreciated, and affirmed.

A SHOUT OUT to the Early Birds!

A SHOUT OUT to the World Pulse Team!

A SHOUT OUT to the Encouragers!

Please mark your calendars now and JOIN US on our next Encourager Party, July 31, 2020, 3PM GMT. Kindly check your emails from World Pulse for more updates!  

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Tamarack Verrall
Jun 30
Jun 30

Hi Karen,
The Encourager party was so much fun, and your leadership with your 5 Tips is so wise and helpful. When I first saw that it was possible to be anEncourager I thought, Wow! An invitation to be in touch directly with all these amazing members! I hope lots of new members jump in.

Hello, Tam,

Awww. I love your feedback. Thank you so much. Yes, it is possible! I hope every World Pulse sister becomes an Encourager because they are so many inspiring stories here that we can learn from.

World Pulse is a University of Women!

Yes, this invitation is open to all, even to non-World Pulse members. There are those who are more drawn to encouraging than telling their stories. Let's invite them!

Chi8629
Jun 30
Jun 30

Thank you lovely Karen for sharing . Thank so much .
Love always Chi.

You're welcome, love. We missed you! I hope to see you on the next Party! Please save the date.

Chi8629
Jul 02
Jul 02

I will not miss it Lovely Sister ,I sure will save the date . Thank you so much.

Yey! I look forward to meeting you online, dear. See you!

Manasa Ram Raj
Jun 30
Jun 30

Such a beautiful post, Karen! No one could have summed up the party better than you!! ♥️ I learn so much from you and from all wonderful sisters here. Thank you for all that you do!

Awww. Thank you for the kind words, Manasa. You did an awesome job in the preparation of this Encourager Party, and everyone who joined loved the music you prepared. Kudos, dear! Thank you for your hard work.

I'm learning from you and with you, too. World Pulse is a University of Women!

Bim Adegbite
Jun 30
Jun 30

Thanks for sharing. Missed it but glad this is ongoing. Looking forward to the next one.

Hello, Bim, how are you coping now?

It's understandable, but we hope to see you on the next one. The energy itself is encouraging. See you! Please save the date.

ANJ ANA
Jul 01
Jul 01

Dear Karen,
Thank you so much. Indeed it was a lovely moment together we had that day. I was feeling a monotonous life during a lockdown and these days no demarcation of professional and personal life and the party was like chilled freshwater or a crispy salty and sour chips. The soothing music, the lively interactions, and the togetherness were really very great.
love you all, thanks for this great opportunity.
best regards,
anjana

Hello, Anjana,

Our earliest attendee. You were already online while I was busy setting up and preparing. I appreciate you for coming early.

Ohhhh. I love how poetic your words are. Yes! It was fun and light. Hope to see you again on the next one. Please invite friends, even those who are not on World Pulse yet.

Thanks! Please stay safe.

Jill Langhus
Jul 01
Jul 01

What a lovely post, and synopsis of the first Encourager Party! Sounds wonderful.

The set up sounds really interesting, encouraging and inspiring. I'm looking forward to joining the next one.

Thanks so much for sharing so I don't feel like I missed out quite that much...ha:-)

XX

We missed you, Jill! You'd love the groove and positive vibes. Yes, please join us! Let's dance to the music together. You may invite friends, too.

See you on the next Party! Bring wine! LOL.

Jill Langhus
Jul 01
Jul 01

Aw. Thank you! It sounds like it!

Okay. It's just for encouragers, or wannabe encouragers?!

ANJ ANA
Jul 02
Jul 02

Of course, we missed you dear Jill. I mentioned to you in a private chat too that why you were not there. Hope to have a good time in our next parties. xoxo

Jill Langhus
Jul 03
Jul 03

Aw. Thanks Anjana:-)

Yes:-)

XX

Yes, even wannabes.

Jill Langhus
Jul 03
Jul 03

Got it!

Maya Iwata
Jul 01
Jul 01

Karen,
Thank you for this post! Unfortunately, I had to miss the party but I love how you captured the spirit of the event as well as lifted up 5 tips for writing encouraging comments and captured the event in 4 powerful words. So deeply appreciative of your sisterhood on World Pulse and the light you bring in everyone's life here and beyond. Wow, Wow, Wow!

Hello, Maya,

Yes, we missed you, but you said you were with us in spirit.

Awww. Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate you more. I hope you can join us one day.

Catherine De Freitas

Hi sis, oh wow, I signed up but missed it. I think the time zone did not permit me. I am so happy it went well. Hopefully I would be able to make it for the next one. I would love to connect with everyone. Yay, I am excited already. :) Love and blessings to you.

Hello, Catherine,

Oh. I understand. Time zones can be confusing. Yes, please. It's lovely to see Encourager' faces online. Hope to see you, dear!

Sowmya Swaminathan
Jul 01
Jul 01

Dearest Karen,

Thank you for generously sharing insights from the Encouragers Celebration Party! It sounds so much fun and I'm sure was a wonderful space for everyone to learn and connect deeply. I felt bad for missing it, but I have marked my calendar, and will be there for the next one!!

Thank you for your voice, and for lifting everyone up, especially the Encouragers. You make World Pulse better everyday, Karen.

Love and hugs,
Sowmya

You're welcome, my sweet sister. Yey, looking forward to meeting you online.

Awww. Thank you for your kind words, dear. Each of us make World Pulse better everyday!

Love and hugs!

Esther olulode
Jul 02
Jul 02

Wow! Thanks for sharing
Much love for you ma

Please join us, dear Esther, so you can meet our loving Encouragers.

JJB
Jul 02
Jul 02

I am so glad that I was part of that party. I am encouraged and will certainly be attending the July event. Thank you to All!!

Hello, JJB,

It was lovely to meet you online! Thanks for joining the fun. Yey! See you on July!

Chidimma
Jul 03
Jul 03

Hello Dear Karen, I really missed the encourager party. I was so busy that I forgot. I hope to be in attendance next meeting.
Cheers.

Hello, Chidimma,

We missed you, dear! I understand. It was a busy week. Yes, please. I'm looking forward to meeting you online!

jessg411
Jul 03
Jul 03

Lovely post thanks for sharing and I'm hoping to make it to the next one :)

Thanks for reading, dear Jess! Yes, we hope to meet you online soon. :)

Isabelleize
Jul 03
Jul 03

1. Faites preuve d'empathie.

2. Utilisez des mots stimulants.

merci pour ses phrases , qui vont surement m'aider
3. Citez ce qui vous parle.

4. Recherchez la connexion en posant des questions.

5. Encouragez du cœur.

Vous êtes les bienvenus, chère sœur. Encourager les sœurs est un excellent moyen de se connecter les unes aux autres.

Veuillez vous joindre à nous lors de notre prochaine soirée d'encouragement! À plus!

maeann
Jul 04
Jul 04

Hi Karen :) I so loved this... see you on our next Encourager Party.

Thank you, Mae Ann! See you on the 31st!

Kika Katchunga
Jul 06
Jul 06

Hello Karen;
it's wonderful my sister; thank you for sharing; thank you also for these tips; well note in me

Thank you for appreciating, dear Kika. Hope to see you on the next party!

Adanna
Jul 07
Jul 07

Nice one sis.

Thank you for sharing.

Love,
Adanna

Thank you, dear Tech Genius Adanna! Hope to see you on the next party!

Isabelleize
Jul 08
Jul 08

I have do not know what party you are talking about, but hey it sound good so yes why not,

We have an Encourager Party every last Friday of the month, dear. Please mark your calender. I hope you receive an email from World Pulse about the details. Hope to see you!

QueenVirtuous
Jul 09
Jul 09

Darling Karen,

I missed it. Had a doctor's appointment. But looks like it was so much fun!!! Calendar marked, won't be missing the next one.

Does the Encourager Team have a WhatsApp group? Just wondering.

Hello, QueenVirtuous,

We missed you! I hope all is well with you and nothing serious (re doctor:s appointment). It was fun!

We don't have a WhatsApp group for the Encourager Team. We prefer to use the World Pulse inbox (although not as perfect as WhatsApp).

Please add me up! I would love to connect with you on WhatsApp!

Hawwah
Jul 11
Jul 11

That was an amazing summery Karen.
Thank you very much.
I must definitely be at the next party.
Can't wait to see you all.
In love and sisterhood,

Hawwah.

Hello, Hawwah,

We missed you! Yes, please join us this July 31. Please save the date. The more, the merrier! See you!

Elizabeth Ziro
Jul 12
Jul 12

How nice, sad to have missed. I will definitely join in the next God willing. Thanks for sharing Karen and please do keep safe

Hello, Sis Lizzy,

We missed you! Yes, please join us on July 31. It is a great time for Encouragers to meet and greet. Hope to see you online! Please stay safe, too!

Regina Afanwi Young
Jul 13
Jul 13

Hello Karen dear. Hope you and the family are doing okay.
It was an amazing encourager party . I was so blessed to be part of it . I learnt so much especially from your 5 tips of encouragement and that makes me even want to encourage more.
I look forward to this month's encourager party. I pray my internet connection would be more friendly.
Stay safe dear and see you at the party!!!!!!

Aww. Thank you for joining, sis Regina! Wow. That's a great feedback.

Yes, I look forward to seeing you on this month's Encourager Party. I pray with you, sis. Please stay safe, too! See you!

Kabahenda
Jul 18
Jul 18

Hi Karen,
I missed the party because the invitation went to my spam emails!

I will make sure not to miss the coming party!

It seemed that you had a wonderful time and thanks for the tips.

Looking forward to seeing you soon.

Adriana Greenblatt
Jul 23
Jul 23

Hi Karen dear thank you for this update! Things in Montreal are rock and roll a little tougher at the moment tug of war with social media and feeling challenged personally as we all are,

I would love to reconnect with peeps online if I can join the party, even if I am like Jill says, a wanna be? As of late I’ve been off line a bit!

Hugs!
Adriana

Hello, Adriana,

Oh, sorry to know that, dear. Our city has one of the most number of COVID-19 cases so I understand.

I'm glad to hear from you. It's a form of encouragement to meet Encouragers online. Hope to see you this Friday. Please find the link of the Encourager Party on the World Pulse newsletter. You'll be given a Zoom link after you register. See you!

Hugs!