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The Art of Living Well Podcast®

May 25, 2022

We are very excited to welcome today's guest, Valerie Gordon, who is an award-winning television producer, content creator and longtime storyteller. Through her career and communications strategy firm Commander-in-She, Valerie offers keynote presentations, group workshops and personal and corporate strategizing to help clients harness the power of story.  

A 10-time Emmy and 3-time Edward R. Murrow award winner, Valerie’s television work has appeared on HBO Sports, CBS News, ESPN, Weekend Today and Lifetime. 

Through Commander-in-She, Valerie combines her storytelling background with her passion for advocating for women in the workforce. She provides high-achieving women with the career tools and communication skills necessary to ascend the leadership ladder and works with corporations to develop and retain future talent.  

Her recent book, “Fire Your Narrator! A Storyteller’s Guide to Getting Out of Your Head and Into Your Life” explores the impact and influence of the stories we tell ourselves on our career success and satisfaction. 

In today's conversation we discuss:

  • Valerie's story about how she left her once satisfying career as a producer after she found herself crying to her dog on the floor of her closet.  

  • How Valerie started asking herself what she didn’t want anymore so she could figure out what she did want. 

  • The “red flag” words from our inner narrator that hold us back from achieving what we desire.

  • How to get out of your head, squash your inner narrator, turn down the volume of the gremlin voice and become the author of your own narrative.

  • How to name our inner narrator, that voice that is telling you that your not good or worth enough.

  • How to flick the inner narrator off your shoulder and tell it where to go.

We also discuss Valerie’s new book: "Fire Your Narrator! A Storyteller's Guide to Getting Out of Your Head and Into Your Life".   

Valerie's book is funny, real and vulnerable with lots of stories that you can relate to; we highly recommend reading it.

As you listen to today’s conversation we invite you to think about the stories in your head, and ask yourself how are they serving you now?  What do you want your story to be?  And what are you going to name that inner narrator so that you can tell it where to go the next time he/she shows up.

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