When Regina Holliday tells her story, there isn’t a dry eye in the room. Her story is so impactful that people can be heard talking about how it resonated with them long after hearing it. Regina Holliday exemplifies why telling your personal story is so important.
What made her story so compelling? How was it that after only 10 seconds, she has the audience hooked? One of the best attributes of great storytelling is authenticity. Regina Holliday is genuine, and she connects immediately with the audience by telling something they can all relate to and then seamlessly connecting it to why she is on stage.
Regina starts with a story about her childhood and how she struggled in her upbringing. Hearing about her early life, one feels a sense of sadness for the issues no child should face. Then she lifts you up speaking about a happy time when she married the love of her life. You feel hope as she winds the listener on her journey, only to be brought back down to the tragic reality she faced losing her husband and how she was helpless during the process.
After her husband’s untimely death, she joined a movement called Participatory Medicine. She also created the Walking Gallery as an opportunity for people to share their story from a moment in their lives and be heard through wearable art displayed on the back of a jacket. The images are very personal and focused on healthcare experiences.
What is so beautiful about the Walking Gallery, is taking people’s story and making it a visual imprint that has even more impact than words ever could. Seeing a message is often more memorable than only hearing it, and these jackets empower the person wearing them to continue the patient’s story even if they are no longer with us.
People often hesitate about sharing their story. They think it is maybe too personal, or might not be relevant to other people. And yet if they share it with a stranger, that person is often captivated wanting to hear and learn more about them.
As parents we may feel we shouldn’t share something that happened to us growing up with our children. Perhaps it is still painful, or might feel embarrassing. To our daughters, it shows strength courage and confidence. It demonstrates not only that you were able to survive but it also gives credence when you say to your daughter “I understand”.
Do you have a story to share? We would love to feature you on our inspiration page! We have a short questionnaire and it is easy to do. Let us know by sending us a note. We hope to hear from you. Together we can make a difference!