November Encourager Party (Plus Special Announcement!)

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Posted December 1, 2020 from Philippines

"Keep encouraging, because your words may be the only pillars of strength for someone who is pulling up themselves to stand”- Anonymous

Our November Encourager Party fell on the U.S. Thanksgiving Week! It was delightful to see encouragers join our party. 

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 sixth Encourager Party took place on November 27, 2020. I would like to give a shout-out to the early birds: Busayo (Nigeria), Jill (Spain), Chidimma (Nigeria), E.J. ( Nigeria), Arrey-Echi (Cameroon), Regina ( Cameroon), Uche Lin (Nigeria), Marie Abanga (Cameroon), and once again our only male participant Sujit (India)! 

Manasa Raj, World Pulse Community Engagement Coordinator,  was the main host of the party. She welcomed everyone with words of encouragement that a month more to go before the year ends, and we survived 2020. She asked them to participate in the poll, gave an overview of what to expect, and explained the Encourager Program. 

Although it was a holiday in the US, World Pulse Community Director Dawn Arteaga showed up to help with technicalities including playing the party music and providing transcription on the chatbox. Jill, World Pulse Mentoring Coach engaged actively with encouragers as they join the Zoom call. [Unfortunately for me, I experimented using my smartphone during the call and placed it our a table tripod, I couldn't read the chat messages nor reply to them coz it was on a fixed stand. My apologies to sisters who I wasn't able to respond to during the party. I know better next time.]

That day we gave kudos to our November Featured Encouragers! They are encouragers who go above and beyond in leaving quality comments to ensure storytellers feel seen, heard, and valued.  

We celebrated and gave World Pulse claps to  Chidimma (Nigeria), Adriana Greenblatt (Canada), and Paulina Nayra (Philippines). We asked them to read their quotes on what encouragement means to them or why they encourage women on World Pulse. Please check the recorded video of their heartfelt responses.  It's great to know the "WHY" behind we encourage each other on World Pulse. Read their awesome quotes here. [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.]

We also featured quotes from World Pulse posts that highlight how encouragement create an impact on their lives.

This one is from Amanda Obideke, the winner in the Microsoft for Start-ups: Diversity in Tech, Ireland in the Rising Star Award category and Top 3 in the Female Innovator of the Year at the AFRICOM Tech Festival, :

" The World Pulse platform has not only proven to be a connection to growth, but a family that supports and love each other. Joining the World Pulse community was one of my greatest happiness last year. It has been an uplifting community and I am grateful to everyone. Thank you so much."

This one is from Tendo, director of a community-based organization Hope of the Rocks Ministries in Uganda,

"World pulse sisters' comments have built me up. I always share stories and in turn am encouraged, advised, motivated, and loved through comments. Through comments under my posts am shown how I will and am impacting my community positively. Am so glad world pulse crossed my path"

[When the Encourager Team comes across quotes related to encouragement, we feature them at the Encourager Parties to let encouragers see their impact when leaving supportive comments.]

The Encourager Party is also a time where I share tips on encouragement. Here are my two tips:

  • Relate your experience to the story. It gives validation to the storyteller that you understand what she's going through. A strong connection is formed when we show our own vulnerability. It conveys a message of empathy, "I get it. I've been there."  Just remember to bring the attention back to her story or topic.
  • Recognize the storyteller's potential. Observe what her strengths, skills, and experiences are. Build her up by casting a vision of what she can do, where she can go, and who she can be.

[From the month of June to November, we have accumulated 16 Encourager Tips! If you want a copy, kindly reach out to our beloved Manasa.)

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 breakout sessions. This is a time where Encouragers get to share what World Pulse posts resonated with them. The World Pulse team facilitated the breakout sessions.

When we all came back to the main room, we listened to those who wanted to share. One of them was a new World Pulse member Barakat (Nigeria). We also greeted those who celebrated their birthdays in November!

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 ANNOUNCEMENTS!

  1. Our next Encourager Party will be in the third week of the month, December 18, 2020. It's a week earlier!  [The last Friday is December 25, 2020. We want those who celebrate Christmas enjoy their time with family!]
  2. Our World Pulse Ambassador and Encourager 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”.

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Nini Mappo
Dec 01, 2020
Dec 01, 2020

Hello Dear Kaye :)
Thank you for your faithfulness in writing these summaries and honoring the participants by recognizing all their contributions!
It's becoming more difficult for me to join in (Baby don't wake no more, but mama feel too sleepy ha ha ...probs catching up on all that lost sleep!)
So thank you for writing this so I can catch up with what I missed!
Love, and take care. I hope that you are a bit more rested lately?

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 01, 2020
Dec 01, 2020

Hello, Nini Love,

It's my pleasure. :) We missed you! Yes, I understand. It's quite late for your time already. Mama needs her sleep. Thank you for appreciating! The flow is basically the same, but the bond and connection during the calls are priceless!

On "more rested", I hope I can say yes. Haha. But I take naps whenever I can. Thanks for asking! Have a great week and hugs to your little loves.

Tendo
Dec 02, 2020
Dec 02, 2020

Hey Nini am also happy that Karen gave us these summary update. Isn't she a beautiful soul?
Hope you and the baby a well sister Nini.

Tamarack Verrall
Dec 01, 2020
Dec 01, 2020

Dear Karen,
I also had to miss this Encourager party, so it is extra special to have the news, and imagine all the fun. Encouraging is such a brilliant backbone of World Pulse, where we have the chance to lift each other's work up, to really meet each other and make connections, to carry in our hearts the details of work being done by sisters. Thank you for your leadership though this. I am assuming the next will still be a Friday? The 18th?
Much love,
Tam

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 01, 2020
Dec 01, 2020

Hello, dear Tam,

We missed you! I understand you have a lot of activities for the 16 Days Campaign with the Ambassadors. That's truly important work. Thank you for your insight and appreciation, dear Tam. Thanks for your quick eye, too! Yes, it will be on December 18, 2020. I edited it already!

Jill Langhus
Dec 02, 2020
Dec 02, 2020

We missed you, Tam!

Tendo
Dec 02, 2020
Dec 02, 2020

Hey sweet Karen I really bless the Lord for you, am happy that my story was shared in the party, am sorry I missed because I was visiting some teen moms who got miscarriages because of malaria and I was encouraging them by the time I came back the party had ended, but I promised to attend the next one.

Thank you Karen for the updates of what happened at the party

Jill Langhus
Dec 02, 2020
Dec 02, 2020

Hello Dear, Kaye,

What a lovely synopsis, as always. Thanks for the special shout-outs, again:-)

XX

Regina Afanwi Young
Dec 04, 2020
Dec 04, 2020

Hello Karen dear thank you for the detailed write up. Good job to you and the World Pulse Team for always making sure all goes well.
Thank you so much for your tips on encouragement.
Been having so much trouble with network these days so I was off and on the call but I felt do relaxed seeing all of you.
I hope you and your family are safe.
.big hug to them all
Regina

OGA PRECIOUS
Dec 07, 2020
Dec 07, 2020

World Pulse is doing great, honestly I love this sisterhood, my passion for women led me to world pulse, I thought of what I can do at this age 20 but I have seen encouragement from World Pulse and I believe that even at 20 I can do exploit. Thanks Karen for sharing with us, one day I believe I will be a witness.

Queen Sheba D Cisse
Dec 08, 2020
Dec 08, 2020

Dear sis Karen, thank you for sharing the updates with us as many of us are soo very busy with our families, work or the lack of, NGOs occupations and the exhausting unfortunate global pandemic.
Encouraging Parties bring and ignites fuel to enlightening flames likened unto a burning torch of HOPE. Yes HOPE is a good word. May we embrace it for all of humanity.
We thank you!
hopefully,

Mama Queen

Millynairi
Dec 09, 2020
Dec 09, 2020

Dear Karen,
Thank you for this detailed report. Unfortunately I joined late but enjoyed every single minute I was there. World pulse is indeed a greet sisterhood platform.

Rahmana Karuna
Dec 09, 2020
Dec 09, 2020

Thank you Karen for the summary and information. i would love to join the dec 18 encourager zoom party. is there a link?
virtual hugs (((((((((((((((((( ))))))))))))))))))))

Caroline Bokwe
Dec 09, 2020
Dec 09, 2020

Hi Karen,
Thank you so much for making those of us who missed the party catch up with all that happened. Time difference has always messed me up, I logged in when the last 6 participants were saying their good byes. I appreciate the hard work from all the admin and members, let the candle of peace keep burning.
Loads of love