It’s because I believe that each of us have something special to offer, but sometimes it takes a leap of faith to be willing to share that gift. I think this belief started when I was three. I was in the children’s choir at my church, and one Sunday we were going to sing “This Little Light of Mine” during a service. We were all told to put one finger in the air while we sang these lyrics: “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.” My parents said I was the one who dared to be different by putting my whole arm in the air while wiggling it and my hips while I sang, grinning from ear to ear. I let my little light shine that day and believe that when you are following your passion, your little light shines too!
Sometimes the encouragement needed is not about sharing your gift, but coming through uncertain times. Change can be difficult, even if the change is expected.
I believe that our thoughts are powerful and that it makes a difference what we tell ourselves, so I focus on positive, encouraging thoughts. Being able to engage with people and offer support and encouragement has enabled that light in me to shine brighter than before. So tell me, are you following your passion? How can you reignite that light inside of you to shine brightly?
As a speaker, my role is as a teacher and an encourager of change.
With each group I support, there is an element of change they want to make happen. Perhaps they want to set a new level of performance and need encouragement and guidance to get there. Perhaps they are fearful of the unknown and need reassurance and ideas on how to move forward.
Change is neither good or bad – it just is. Yet change can be one of the scariest things we face because we are leaving what we know and moving out of our comfort zones.
You believe in your group and want them to grow…. and I do, too.
"I had the pleasure of attending Jennifer Milius’s presentations made during the Virginia Association of Healthcare Auxiliaries and Volunteers (VAHAV) Annual Educational Conference on October 4, 2016. Jennifer conducted her sessions sharing her insights and experiences in the areas of Customer Service as well as effective Interpersonal and Business Communication and electronic communication etiquette. Both of her sessions were well attended. The feedback I received was extremely positive. Her programs gave insight on the ever-timely topics of effectively communicating within the workplace and suggestions to provide customers with the type of service any successful operation should strive for. Her material was relevant and up-to-date. Her presentation style was interactive and engaging. She was friendly, focused, knowledgeable, and relaxed. She spurred comfortable audience participation and used her PowerPoint presentation effectively….I would recommend Jennifer to any group seeking to improve their service and communication mindset."
"Jennifer Milius is a talented and inspiring motivational speaker and author. When she visited our school, she made time to speak and read to all Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade classrooms. She was enthusiastic and joyful with each and every class. She shared her writing process and her wonderful Einstein and Moo books with our students. Every student and teacher was so excited, enthusiastic, and motivated about reading and writing following Mrs. Milius’ presentation. A teacher came up to me afterwards to tell me she felt inspired to write that children’s book she had been brainstorming over the years. Also, a 1st grade student in my classroom felt so motivated and excited following her presentation that he wrote a book of his very own at home. The very next day, he brought an illustrated and “bound” (lovingly with tape and staples) book to school. The joy and confidence on his face while he shared was such a gift to witness. We thank Jennifer Milius so much for inspiring our young students and faculty – What a fantastic presentation!"