Many thanks to all those who attended the Book Launch of From Wallflower to Sunflower and Celebration of 20 years of Making Moves.
People came from far and wide to attend: Here’s a video to give you a flavour of the event and photographs of the event.
Many thanks to Rene Toussaint who shot and edited this video.
Many thanks to Nirish Shakya who took these photographs.
I’ve just added more videos from the book launch including short talks by me on the inspiration for the book, and performances and talks by Making Moves participants.
Talks by Claire
This is my introduction and welcome to the event.
In this video, I describe how I overcome shyness through a series of coincidences that lead me to develop Making Moves and the Sunflower Effect. Drama was the last thing I wanted to do!
In this video, I explain how the 9 elements of my confidence building system, the Sunflower Effect, work together to the break old patterns that keep “Wallflowers” locked behind powerful psychological walls.
Performances and talks by Making Moves Participants and Associates
20 years of Making Moves – my longest standing participant, Thelma, who almost came to the very first session I offered in 1996, speaks of her many experiences of my courses over a 20 year period. She attended the 2nd session of a 6 week course I ran.
Jaycee la Bouche performs her poem “Don’t believe the Hype” about confidence and body image. This poem is for you if your confidence is undermined by concerns about body image or how you look. Jauvee shows us in her distinctive way that most of it is all “hype”.
Jaycee is a performance poet, author, self-care expert and coach. She is passionate about supporting people gain the tools and mindset to live a happy and balanced life. She participated in the Performance Course and the “I don’t know what to say” Improvisation course so that she could feel more authentic and natural as a performer.
“Karen’s” story of overcoming “silent anger” is featured in Chapter 8 of the book, speaks of her experience of an individual session and 2-weekend workshop Breakthrough Plus. Included a quotation about silent anger from Cicely Berry.
Jaycee’s second poem addresses issues of the root of many confidence issues – the often painful process of growing up.
Lela tells her story about how she had “no voice” before she came to Making Moves. On seeing this video she said, “I sound so angry”. This is the passion she felt for her transformation and the anger she understandably feels for the pain and trauma she experienced that took many years to release and heal – and what it took to free herself from it.
Fran Singer, therapist, artist and teacher wrote one of the endorsements for the book. Here she tells us how easy it is to grow sunflowers.
John Grant, author, strategist (marketing and innovation) spoke about the innovative work he did with me , in the nineties. He says he is moving from “Sunflower to Wallflower”. The journey that most extroverted people need to make – to find that contemplative parts of themselves.
At the end of the video he speaks movingly about his son, who really struggled with being visible in a social setting – and the agony he saw his son go through.