Say It Skillfully® Our Voices – Alison Thompson, Love in Action

Say It Skillfully®

Sep 12 2023 • 1 hr

Say It Skillfully® is a show that helps you to benefit from Molly Tschang’s expert guidance on the best possible ways to speak your mind at work in a positive and productive manner. Episode 197 is the 39th monthly feature of “Our Voices,” intended to accelerate social change that levels the playing field—helping everyone live to their full potential. The aim is for you to see a bit of yourself in these journeys, and embrace—we’re more similar than not. In this episode, Molly is joined by global humanitarian volunteer, Alison Thompson, whose journey inspires us to serve our community and world in ways we may never have imagined! Growing up in Australia, her father a preacher, Alison moved frequently in a missionary lifestyle and she found herself most comfortable in her early habitats of developing world and jungle.. She recalls her parents’ unconditional love and beaming love into the eyes of those in need, though she thought she’d grow up, have a candy store and four kids, vs. immerse herself in helping people in refugee camps! Along her way to her dream role, Alison’s career took her to nursing, math teacher, investment banker and film school. She implores, “Don’t be scared to take a new path!” On September 11th, 2001 Alison lost 64 friends and that day changed her life trajectory. She worked for 9 months as a first responder at Ground Zero and shares how she managed to cope and then to thrive after something so senseless. In founding “Third Wave Volunteers”—30,000 medical and non-medical volunteers on the ground responding to disasters globally—Alison takes you through mistakes, learnings and the highs and lows. Hear how each of us can make a difference! She shares her experience with large aid organizations and the power of a hug that doesn’t let go. Hers is a love story (and how she met the love of life—hear how they make their relationship work). No surprise, Alison believes that the secret to happiness is service to others. Don’t miss this moving episode. She inspires us all to know no boundaries and to commit to taking action so that all can be safe, seen and heard, and our true best selves. Learn more and support here: (including her award-winning documentary “The Third Wave” that chronicles her volunteering in Sri Lanka after the tsunami and book). Molly’s thought for the week—Thank you Alison! “It’s easy to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, but it’s leadership to be at the wrong place at the right time. P.S. Alison leads to her full potential by communicating to influence and inspire! To help you do the same, I created my 1st LinkedIn Learning course, “Leadership Communication in the Flow of Work.” Here’s the link for free 24-hr access