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Kirsty Spraggon Kirsty Spraggon talk show host. life liver. people lover.

Kirsty Spraggon is a speaker, founder of Konnection Global, and Executive Producer of KirstyTV, premiering March 3rd. She believes in the healing power of sharing stories. [www.kirstytv.com]

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It’s incredible that all the seemingly random things you do in your life can be connected like a beautiful patchwork quilt. I never thought that being a real estate broker in my early years, my time running a pub in England, becoming an author and motivational speaker, and now becoming a talk show host would have anything to do with one another.

Real estate is where it all began. In sales you need to master the art of communication, rapport and networking. However the icky, manipulative style we were all trained in didn’t work for me. I realized early on that I was going to have to take ‘the road less travelled’ and I copped some flack for that. “What is she doing wasting so much time talking to people?” or “Why is she having coffee with people and wasting time when she should be closing the sale?” were some of the comments I would hear. I went on to be awarded as one of the top 1% of 120,000 sales agents worldwide within three years.

People matter not just in business, but also in life. They are a key determiner of our success. They enrich the journey. They provide support and comfort, and if we spend time nurturing those relationships like seeds they grow.

Sometimes the value comes in a beautiful connection, by being able to help someone, learning and teaching. Every connection is a gift.

Sometimes we don’t realize the power our words can have on another. Our words are one of the most beautiful gifts we can give to others. As Zig Ziglar famously said, “You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”

My most recent piece in my patchwork quilt was becoming an interviewer for my new talk show, KirstyTV. My first day shooting I interviewed a woman who had been abused in a domestic violence situation and another who suffered depression. I cried. It was the most incredible experience. Something happens in an interview. You have a level of permission to ask questions you wouldn’t normally ask and perhaps you reach a deeper connection, a vulnerability.

People truly want to feel heard. When we share our stories and listen to others’ stories, it heals us both.

– Kirsty Spraggon

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