HINTERLAND CONNECTS is back! On Tuesday October 11 there’s a night of organised networking with coastal and hinterland businesses and a mini trade show. Maleny Commerce is also delighted to have secured one of Australia’s most dynamic speakers – Carren Smith – to host a free seminar.
Through dramatic and violent, life-changing incidents, Carren Smith has developed a message of determination that is inspirational. Carren explains the personal tragedies of recent years and how she used public speaking to find a way through her pain.
“As a survivor of the 2002 Bali Bombing, I have spent the last three years travelling the country sharing my story of hope, inspiration and sheer determination to overcome the depression and injuries which threatened to rob me of a high quality of life.
“In 2001 my partner committed suicide, and in 2002 I lost my best friend in the Bali Bombing and I sustained massive head injuries. My heart was broken in two! My sister’s life hung in the balance as a result of the 2004 Tsunami and depression was an old friend I’d come to know well. Finding a purpose and a reason to go on eluded me more and more as each day passed,”
“I decided to start speaking professionally in an effort to give meaning to my experiences in the hope that others suffering would see themselves in me and they would know they could find peace again too, if they chose to go looking for it.”
When I first started speaking I was terrible. I truly was. I stumbled and stuttered and often lacked direction, going off on tangents. However I pushed past my humiliation and fear of speaking because I knew that when I had conquered my fear of speaking and had become confident and proficient in sharing my story I could educate and support others to tell their stories.” Join your business colleagues and take a trade stall to showcase your wares at the Hinterland Connects network night. It’s at The Big Barrel (Maleny Mountain Wines, Landsborough Maleny Road, Maleny at 5.30 – 7.45pm. Registration 5pm.
Cost is $20 per person ($60 per trade stall) includes one entry to networking.