Today we’d like to introduce you to Kirsty Spraggon.
Kirsty, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
It’s been a windy road to becoming a transformational speaker. I started out in what now feels like a past life as a Realtor and was ranked in the top 100 of 120,000 agents worldwide.
If you have seen the movie Eat Pray Love or read the book? I love this book because she took herself on an adventure and on a journey of self-discovery. For her it was through eating in Italy, praying in India and finding love in Bali. She found herself on that journey her true self.
For me my journey, my greatest adventure has been being an entrepreneur, or perhaps I should say in becoming an entrepreneur. It is has been my greatest love because I too found my true self along the way.
It’s been seven years since I sold everything I owned, at the height of my career in Australia and moved across the planet with two suitcases to Los Angeles.
So what do I know for sure? I know that I could have lived with losing it all and having to go home and live with my parents and eat baked beans, but I could never have lived with the not knowing or the not giving it a go.
This journey has been my greatest teacher. I have grown, stretched and become someone I wasn’t seven years ago — a wiser, more open, vulnerable, authentic ME. The lessons you get when you put yourself into such an uncomfortable situation are profound, they make or break you.
I hope you find your own recipe for success but in the meantime feel free to borrow mine, all you need is ‘a pinch of delusion, a dash of audacity and a shot of courage.’
Has it been a smooth road?
I would need at least 100,000 words to share all the struggles but here’s the thing their only struggles if we see them that way. I learned something a while back from a psychotherapist. Our emotions are not discerning so when we numb pain, fear, discomfort, and the heavier stuff we numb joy, happiness, and the lighter emotions. Basically, you will feel something in the middle & never feel fully alive.
I decided I wanted to feel it all. Yep, that can be tough at first, but eventually, you start to see the gifts in the harder emotions. The challenging times become teachers and lessons and beautiful gifts.
So I started to reframe pain, sadness or fear & I tried not to label my emotions as good or bad, right or wrong. They just ARE. So I now I choose to lean into them when they show up (as they never go away if you continue to stretch yourself) and I ask myself what the fear is? Or I go into a meditation and ask. I really try to sit with the fear and make it my friend, I try to see the gift it’s bringing me.
I strongly believe that we cant go professionally where we won’t go personally and what holds most people back is their past showing up in their present. For me, most of my struggles have been with myself, my past, my identity, my mindset. I struggled with my fears about having the courage to step outside of ‘the box’ I placed myself in, in life, as a speaker, or healer, or coach, or author… all these labels kept me small so having the courage to step outside of them, to uplevel and change what I am doing on stage has been the journey to freedom for me.
Five years ago, for example, I gave a TEDx talk & shared a very vulnerable personal story, I was so terrified to do that at the time but now I see it led to a deepening of my work and it shifted my direction, the fear I had then and going beyond it was a catalyst for where I am now.
What keeps me going at even the most challenging of times is a ‘knowing’ that this is what I am supposed to do, inner guidance that keeps pushing me forwards. I hope you find your own recipe for success but in the meantime feel free to borrow mine, all you need is ‘a pinch of delusion, a dash of audacity and a shot of courage.’
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Konnection Global – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I am most often booked to open or close a conference. Or facilitate a deep dive retreat.
There are very few speakers that can make an audience feel psychologically safe and be willing to go as deep & be as vulnerable as quickly as I do. I am known for my ability to shift the tone of room, to help the audience connect with themselves— and others in a deeper, more meaningful way and to help clients foster a culture of vulnerability throughout their event and beyond. I rarely use powerpoint unless it is a 3 -day retreat.
I am present and connected with my audience as they are to me & by removing as many distractions and crutches as possible such as slides, the audience can connect more deeply. What differentiates me is that every session I deliver whether it’s a 1-hour keynote or a three day facilitated retreat is what I call an INTUITIVE SESSION. There is no cardboard cut out ‘performance’ that’s been delivered to ten other clients that week.
Each audience, room & session I deliver to is intuitively created based on what they need at that moment. Yes, there is a topic and a thread that flows through all my work, but every session is an experience that is uniquely tailored and organically created with the audience on the day. I draw from the research I do prior, the conversations I have with the board or leadership team, and I talk to those in the room prior and on the day to get a feel for what is coming up for them that may need to work through.
I have worked with diverse audiences all over the world, including employees from Fortune 500 Companies & global brands. I am trusted by her clients to design and deliver an experience that is deeply moving, healing and transformational. That inspires change, challenges thinking and accelerates personal and professional growth.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and the least?
Los Angeles to me is a city of dreamers, dreamers with such a powerful dream, with such passion to make it happen that they come to La La Land. The city can be tough and can chew you up, but I have found by surrounding myself with like-minded kindred spirits I have a soul family.
Plus the weather and the beaches make it pretty appealing!
- Website: www.kirstyspraggon.com
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