authentic communication

Michele Dudley

Director of International Initiatives, SEEDS of Hope

I had the opportunity to put what I learned at Interact into practice when I traveled to Southern Sudan to conduct a 3-day women’s conference for 55 leaders. I facilitated several extra courses with minimal preparation. The teaching conditions were not ideal…I spoke through a translator in very hot conditions…but the women embraced me and the teaching. I took to heart the authenticity I learned from Interact and shared several relevant personal stories. My vulnerability broke down barriers that allowed the women to open up and share their own experiences. We all found that we had more in common than perhaps we expected.