Over 50s Lifestyle Podcast Vlogcast

 Trust Your Instincts, Find Your Power and Tell Your Story: 5 Key Steps 

February 21, 2022

My guest today is Annette Simmons,  keynote speaker, consultant, and author of four books, including The Story Factor, listed in The 100 Best Business Books of All Time. She got her business degree from Louisiana State University in 1983, spent ten years in Australia in international business, got an M.Ed. from North Carolina State University (1994), and founded Group Process Consulting in 1996.

Today we are discussing her new book, Drinking from a Different Well: How Women’s Stories Change What Power Means in Action. Learn more at her book’s website.

Women often face the systematic erasure of their perspective and stories — told they’re being “difficult” or “irrational.” But women deserve to be listened to — and need ways to resist being shut down.

Why it matters: Women’s wisdom and ability to see the bigger picture is a powerful force. They often see things in a moral context — and that’s a vital balance to the competitive systems that tend to drive too many decisions.

During our conversation we discussed 5 Key Steps to Trust Your Instincts, Find Your Power and Tell Your Story

  • How women can come to trust their own instincts
  • How can women push back against systematic gaslighting, pushbacks and denial.
  • Learning to take the space and time to be heard without direct confrontation that are powerful and effective
  • How women can insist on their own narrative and stick to it
  • Why moral emotions are so important
  • How to construct a shared (and convincing) frame of reference

Stand your ground – patience does not mean weakness. No one can take your power from you.

Annette Simmons

Let’s go to the Conversation

Drinking From a Different Well – the Book

Connect with Annette

Websites: www.differentwell.com (also www.annettesimmons.com)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Annette.Simmons.StoryFactor/@thestoryfactor
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/annettesimmonsstory/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thestoryfactor/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/AnnetteSimmons/featured

Sue Loncaric

Women Living Well After 50

Living Life Your Way


  • Reply leannelc February 21, 2022 at 11:04

    It sounds like a fascinating converstation Sue – and her focus on women leading in an authentic “womanly” way – rather than trying to model their approach on how men lead sounds interesting. I think women bring a lot to the table in business if they approach it authentically and honour their strengths. I’ll be popping over for a listen.

  • Reply Retirement Reflections February 21, 2022 at 13:56

    Thank you, Sue and Annette for this inspiring conversation. I agree that woman excel at seeing the big picture, the important details and the moral context. I greatly enjoyed this discussion.

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee February 21, 2022 at 15:11

    Off to investigate the well book. Sounds interesting. I will listen to the instincts podcast as it’s something I’m not that confident with atm,

  • Reply Debbie February 21, 2022 at 16:23

    I really look forward to listening to this podcast Sue, it sounds very interesting and topical! You always have such inspiring people to talk to 🙂

  • Reply Toni Pike February 21, 2022 at 16:46

    This is really fantastic, Sue and Annette. Toni x

  • Reply Jennifer Jones February 21, 2022 at 18:23

    This conversation sounds fascinating Sue. I’m looking forward to listening. Up until recently I’d never heard of the word ‘gaslighting’. It’s now so obvious that its happening, and it’s deplorable. I look forward to hearing your speaker talk about the subject

  • Reply Denyse Whelan Blogs February 24, 2022 at 08:49

    You are to be congratulated on the range of women you get to share with your community. Well-done.
    Thank you for linking up to Life This Week at Denyse Whelan Blogs.
    Next Monday, on the last day of February, I have a special announcement of interest to all who link up their blog posts with my blog’s link up party.

    I look forward to catching up with you then.


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