Can I Get a Witness?

If I have the courage to show myself to you do you have the courage to truly see?

If I would be so brave as to bare my soul for you can you look at all of it and love all of me?

Do you need to be both jury and judge or can you simply stand as a quiet witness of me?

Could you stand to look at what I long to shield without grimace, without pity, without shame?

Can you stand to see me and the benefit of my whole being or do you see only what is not of me?

Do you count my many treasures that I hold here within or do you subtract the “have” not, the “waste” not, the “want” not, the “is” not, the “should” not, the “did” not, robbing me again?

When I look into your eyes, what will I see? An enlightened witness or less of me?

#TFTBN does #BattenVEDA

VEDA

/vā·də/
noun
1. Vlog Every Day in August (or April).

Since May of this year, each Tuesday has been met by the TFTBN Tuesday Prompt. Its purpose was to get creative minds inspired and collaborating with others who answer the prompt. It was a virtual creative commune of sorts. It has been that way for almost every Tuesday since the first week of May… but this is no ordinary Tuesday.

This is Pre-VEDA Tuesday!(Okay. I just made up that term but making up words is kinda my thing.)So what the heck isVEDA?

The long and short is that people interested in vlogging create a post a video every day for the month of April or August. If you were around in April when I participated in #SSSVEDA then you know all about it.

Now, in August, I will be aligned with #BattenVEDA coordinated a different marketing agency. Battenhall registration networks us all – seasoned and new – as we take this challenge together. You are never alone!

We share knowledge, inspiration, and encouragement. We give each other meaningful feedback and suggestions. We become more than a network, we become a tribe helping to grow each other into the best expressions of ourselves.

So for the now, I shall forego posting prompts and posts and post the #BattenVEDA videos here and also on TFTBN YouTube. Please view the videos, share them, comment and give me feedback. I want to hear what you have to say.

Now… Stop Looking at Me and Go Write Something!

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TFTBN Monday Creative Shoutouts: Elevator Pitch

The #TFTBN Tuesday Prompt and #TFTBN Wednesday Discussion seemed simple at first. Tell me who you are, what you do, and why I should be excited about it too. Simple, right?

But… wait. There’s a catch! There’s always a catch!

The catch is you have to do all of that communication in the time it would generally take to ride on an elevator from the lobby to an upper floor in a building. I was also suggested to me that it is about the attention span of someone sitting next to you on a plane that notices a logo and asks, “[Insert Brand Name from logo]? I’ve never heard of them. What do they do?”

We had one mighty warrior poet who rose to the challenge and answered this week’s prompt. I think she did a fantastic job and if you do not count the time she used to explain to viewers the objective of the challenge, I think she nails it! But don’t take my word for it, take a look for yourself.

 

Now… stop looking at this and go WRITE SOMETHING!!

Ciao for now,
Denitra Letrice

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TFTBN Thursday Post: My Elevator Pitch

Here is my 200 word “Elevator Pitch”. Check out the Tuesday Prompt or Wednesday Video to find out what you can do to create your own.

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I’m Denitra Letrice. I count myself more than a “writer”. Don’t get me wrong. Writing is without a doubt my first love and my strongest gift, but that word alone does not fit. It is too linear, too compact, and too neat. My passion tends to disregard labels and color outside the lines.

I am a Storyteller. It is my craft. It is my calling.

The medium does not matter – pen or PC, conversation or presentation – it all tells a story. I write stories, speak stories, blog stories, vlog stories. Storytelling wakes me each morning and rocks me to sleep each night. Even my dreams tell me stories that I give to the world as a gift and receive my own joy in return.

My goal is to inspire people to take hope, to express joy, to enlarge their lives, to be the biggest version of themselves. I am as transparent as I dare. I lay it all out on the line. I communicate not only to tell my story but our story, the human story. I try to remind us – even in darkness – we are not alone.

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Now, stop looking at this and GO WRITE SOMETHING!

Ciao for now,
Denitra Letrice

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TFTBN Wednesday Discussion: Elevator Pitch-iness

TFTBN Tuesday Prompt: Give us your best elevator pitch. In one minute or 200 words, tell us who you are, what you do, and why you do it differently than anyone else on the planet. Get us as passionate about what you do as you are. In short, GET’TAH pitching!

Don’t forget the TFTBN schedule:

Tuesday: Creative Prompt
Wednesday: YouTube Video Discussion
Thursday: Post Collaboration

Anyone can participate by simply commenting on any post. I look forward to hearing from you.

Now… Stop Looking at Me and Go Write Something!

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TFTBN Tuesday Prompt: Elevator Pitch-iness

You are getting into an elevator and you hear a voice call out from behind you, “Please hold the elevator!” With ninja-like agility, you simultaneously press the “door open” button and hurl your hand between the doors, tempting fate and saving the day.

In strolls Oprah Winfrey, who thanks you and offers a smile. She says, “I could use someone on my team that is fast acting and not shaken when the plan suddenly changes. Tell me, what do you do?”

Holy crap! Your mind instantly floods!

Do you tell her what you currently do or what you want to do? Do you tell her your title or your talent? Do you tell her about your hobbies or how you are certain to receive a Grammy as soon as they let you record an entire album of you singing in the shower (because you sound REALLY good in there… to yourself)?

Simmer down. Simmer down. You know just what to do. You smile and confidently deliver your elevator pitch. Nailed it!

What? You don’t have an elevator pitch? You don’t know what the hell an elevator pitch is and why you need one?

With a previous employer, part of my training upon entering the company was to develop my own elevator pitch for the company. The objective is to outline what you (or your company) do, why it’s exciting, and why they need you in their life.

M’kayso… I am paraphrasing a bit. For greater understanding, you can read this article on Forbes entitled, “The Perfect Elevator Pitch: In 20 Seconds or Less, Tell Me What You Do”. (Actually, if you search the term “elevator pitch” on Forbes Online you will find a slew of articles including, “How to Create an Elevator Pitch.”)

So there you have this week’s challenge…

TFTBN Tuesday Prompt: Give us your best elevator pitch. In one minute or 200 words, tell us who you are, what you do, and why you do it differently than anyone else on the planet. Get us as passionate about what you do as you are. In short, GET’TAH pitching!

Don’t forget the TFTBN schedule:

Tuesday: Creative Prompt
Wednesday: YouTube Video Discussion
Thursday: Post Collaboration

Anyone can participate by simply commenting on any post. I look forward to hearing from you.

Now… Stop Looking at Me and Go Write Something!

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