I’m happy you clicked through to meet me. My name’s Cherry Woodburn. Paradigm-shaker. Listener. Speaker. Funny. Accepting. Lover of ideas. Storyteller. And, of course, Borderless Thinker.
I want you to feel good about yourself; to gain the confidence to behave in ways that are true to yourself, your interests, your values. Your energy will expand and you’ll want to walk into a new world of possibilities. I’ll be your guide to the Land of No-Regrets for what you didn’t try. So you can see yourself the way I do
- a unique container of self-wisdom
- having the ability to “be the change you want to see in the world.”~Gandhi.
A Peek Into What Made Me Who I Am Today
I was a shy kid.
My mom told me that even as a young child I understood when someone was joking and loved to giggle and laugh.
But I was frightened of trying new things. Each year before the start of the new school year (and even into the school year) I’d cry and beg to stay home. Yet, I was a smart kid and the lessons came easily.
Poor mom, she’d enroll me in activities, creative programs where I could have learned what I liked but I cried my way out of those.
Things improved as I grew older, at least in terms of my outer “mask”. But inside I was still a frightened kid who didn’t believe in herself very much.
I came of age with The Women’s Movement.
I joined NOW, attended women’s consciousness raising groups, went to rallies and marched. I volunteered for the Rape Crisis Council (RCC) and learned I couldn’t handle working the Hotline; I became too emotionally involved. So the RCC asked “Would you be willing to go into the community and become a speaker?” “Sure,” I replied, “I’ll try anything.”
At my first presentation I couldn’t breathe for the first three sentences but then relaxed and found my natural speaking rhythm. Stories became the emotional connection to the audience, the way to convey the message. I came to love telling stories. And stories came to inform my [then] consulting business. I in change management for mom & pop organizations as well as Fortune 500 companies. The work required an understanding of the power of people’s resistance to change and the need for people to have flexibility within a structured approach.
My process improvement and change management consulting work expanded into speaking at conferences across North America. The reviews were great but I wasn’t speaking about what I loved. However, I was a single parent of two sons and needed the good income. Now Seth and Aaron are on their own and pursuing their dreams. Good for them and good for me! I felt secure in changing the direction of my business to my life-long passion: helping women believe in themselves in order to reach their dreams.
My programs, workshops, speaking gigs and retreats are designed for you to relax into being yourself. From that safe place your learning, growth and joy begin. I’ll be your guide through activities that create aha moments and, with your efforts, get you permanently unstuck by transforming the negative beliefs you have into positive, ♫ rocking beliefs about yourself.
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