"Encouraging others not only makes them feel good, it makes me feel good, too”- Renee Swope
Our monthly Encourager Party gets better month after month! This time, we have a male attendee, Sujit, and new World Pulse sisters with us! Awesome!
World Pulse organizes Encourager Parties every last Friday of the month, 2PM GMT. This is a time to gather new Encouragers, appreciate the active ones, celebrate Featured Encouragers, share tips, encourage sisters on World Pulse together, and listen to Encouragers' responses. As always, an hour is not enough, because an hour is time spent well when you are with Encouragers!
Our fifth Encourager took place on October 30, 2020. I would like to give a shout-out to the earliest of the early birds: Fanka Maurine (Cameroon). She was there minutes ahead before the World Pulse team log on Zoom. Then there's, Meenakshi (India), Mae Ann (Philippines-Ireland), Jill (USA- Spain), and Nini (Kenya-Australia).
Dawn Arteaga, our superb World Pulse Community Director, was the main host of the party. She welcomed everyone, asked them to participate in the poll, and to introduce themselves on the chatbox. Manasa, brilliant Community Engagement Coordinator, helped with the transcription on the chatbox.
It was the night where we acknowledged and celebrated our *October Featured Encouragers! They were those who were consistent in writing quality comments on World Pulse stories. They are Marie Abanga (Cameroon), Shirin Dalaki (USA), and E.J. (Nigeria). We asked them to read their quotes on what is encouragement to them or why they encourage on World Pulse. I recommend you check the recorded video on their responses because each has beautiful words to say. If you registered for the event, you will receive the recordings. If not, kindly reach out to me or Manasa so we can share the link with you.
It was a lovely time to listen to why they are encouraging on World Pulse. Sincere people with kind hearts are rare in this wounded world. Thanks to World Pulse for bringing us together.
After we cheered and congratulated our Featured Encouragers, we read Anne-Chantal’s quote:
"The stories I felt really mattered to me, I put up on World Pulse. The comments were heartwarming and touching. I met ladies I never knew. There were none of my stories the encouragers didn't react on and they sent too much support and love. I felt happy to belong to this group of sisters and I then saw the big picture of the World Pulse sisterhood. So I made a conscious decision to participate in the World Pulse Forum more often, not just in a bid to return the sisterhood love I have so generously been given, but because I know that this is a place where what I write will be seen by this big family I now belong to and my voice will go further. Thank you World Pulse for the gift of Sisterhood."
(When the Encourager Team comes across quotes related to encouragement, we highlight them at the Encourager Parties to let encouragers see their impact when leaving supportive comments.)
Before I share encouraging tips, I took the opportunity to thank "World Pulse Encouragers for your support and encouragement to me, from the time I joined World Pulse to the time I had that unforgettable speaking engagement at the Aspire Reinvent Conference.
I know who I was before I joined this global platform and how much I have grown just by being an active Encourager. To be able to speak about encouragement so passionately before 1500 women leaders at Aspire was a testament to how your encouragement uplifts me and empowers me through all these years.
Whatever opportunities I have today and in the future, dear encouragers, you are all part of my journey. Once again, from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU SO MUCH!"
These were my two tips for Encouragers:
- Mention your storyteller’s name!
- Build on the existing comments/replies on the post
(Note: From the month of June to October, we have accumulated 14 Encourager Tips! If you want a copy, kindly reach out to our beloved Manasa.)
After the sharing of tips, it was also a moment to listen to Hawwah's short yet meaningful quote:
"Being with World Pulse has taught me that I have always been enough. I just didn’t know it."
The activities mentioned above were preparation for PARTY TIME! The time was set for 15 minutes for encouragers to enjoy good music while leaving comments on World Pulse stories.
After that, the meeting was divided into four breakout sessions. This is a time where Encouragers get to share what World Pulse posts resonated with them. Jill. Alyssa, Dawn of the World Pulse team facilitated the breakout sessions.
An hour quickly passed during Encourager Parties. As always, some World Pulse sisters want to chat longer and enjoy each other’s presence. Just looking at each Encourager’s face is an encouragement in itself. With all the troubles that surround us in the world today, knowing that there are encouragers who make a difference on this platform brings courage, strength, and hope.
Dear Encouragers, I hope you know that impact you are creating on World Pulse, one comment at a time. I know it changed my life. I hope you keep on keeping on. You have no idea who you are empowering. Thank you for making World Pulse a COMMUNITY of ENCOURAGERS! You rock!
Please share about encouragement on this Call for Stories: Stronger Together.
Special announcement: Our World Pulse Ambassador Busayo Obisakin (Nigeria) is one of the speakers at the upcoming Aspire Resolve UnConference on December 3-4, 2020, 3PM-8PM UK Time. Busayo has been with World Pulse since 2009. Check out her inspiring story on her World Pulse page. It will be a joyful moment to listen to her as she talks about “Creating your Life the Way you Want It & Finding your Own Truth”.
Great News! Our beloved Jill once again secured 100 FREE passes for World Pulse sisters. If you want to join and participate, please send you name, country, and email address to her (while supply lasts). First come, first serve! A shoutout of thanks to you, Jill!
It would be a wonderful opportunity to connect, expand our network, and learn something new, but most of all cheer on our last month’s Featured Encourager Busayo!
Hope to see you at the Aspire Conference!
Hope to see you again at the next Encourager Party (November 27, 2020)! Register here: https://bit.ly/EncouragerParty
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