Episode from the podcastSpeaking of Influence

Life After A Cult with guest Brooke Walker

Released Friday, 11th September 2020
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Continuing my 'Dark side of influence and persuasion' series, I was lucky enough to be introduced to an amazing lady whose family joined a personal development based cult in the 80's and the effects this has had on her life since. That lady is the incredible Brooke Walker who has gone on to heal her life and help others to improve and heal their lives through meditation with her company 100 Years of Bliss.

Brooke talks about life inside the cult as a child, when she first realised she was in a cult, when she made the decision to leave and also how she ended up going back after she escaped. We also spent a good amount of time talking about 'spirituality' and what we would each define that as, and also the benefits and life healing Brooke has experienced since then.

Brooke has over 20 years’ experience as a business leader in the areas of management, law firms, health, and leadership. Her experience in psychology, finance and the healthcare industry has made her an asset to businesses and the holistic views she brings. Brooke has spent more than a decade teaching, speaking, achieving sales goals and leading in these fields.

She is the founder of 100 Years of Bliss, a wellness company focusing on the culture and health of other companies. Today her passion is to Empower, Educate and Advise companies on the benefits meditation and mindfulness has to increase health, productivity, sales and the bottom line.

Find out more about Brooke on her website 100YearsofBliss.com where she offers listeners to this show $50 off her meditation program.

You can also connect with Brooke on social Media:
If you'd like to know more about influence and persuasion skills and the art of speaking and presenting, visit Present Influence.

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The number one leadership skill in this age of communication is public speaking. It has traditionally been classified as a soft skill but I believe it’s a meta-skill and a critical ability to have in your business tool belt.Since the days of Plato and Socrates, public speaking (oratory) has been a prized quality in leadership and still remains one of the best ways to gain credibility and followers. The art of rhetoric was born and public speaking has become the top tool for influence and persuasion in the worlds of politics and business.If you want to become a key person if influence in any field, you will need to master public speaking and presentation skills. We now know much more about the tools of influence and persuasion than the ancient Roman orators, thanks to luminaries like Robert Cialdini and Robert Greene, as well as many others.According to Linked In, persuasion was the most important skill to learn in 2019, and for good reason too. We are in a time where most jobs and work as we know it are in the process of automation thanks to developments in AI and robotics. Presentation skills and public speaking sit at the perfect nexus between education and entertainment that will mean those who possess these skills will still remain in demand.In the podcast, we’ll get to speak with professional speakers, as well as professionals who use speaking as a part of their branding and marketing. You’ll hear from psychologists, marketers, agents, actors, comedians and more as we discuss all things relevant to presentation and influence skills, even the dark side.Make sure you subscribe to never miss an episode.

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