YBB001: How Owning Your ‘Elephant Story’ Can Lead to Oprah (X4) with Karlyn Percil

Gwen Elliot, September 9, 2015

How do you get featured on Oprah? Own your story. Especially, your ‘elephant story.’ Karlyn Percil coined this term and she shares an incredibly vulnerable story on today’s podcast.

Karlyn Percil is a Women’s Leadership Coach, author and creator of Sistertalk. She also the creator of The Sistertalk Circle Leadership Program – a licensed program for women who would like to empower other women to live their best lives. Karlyn has been featured four times on the Oprah Winfrey Network including on LifeClass with Oprah and Brene Brown. She’s also been featured on Global, HuffPost Impact, and HuffPost Live to name a few.

I really do hope you can listen to this full episode. It’s powerful, and inspiring beyond belief. But if you only have a few moments, we made it easy for you. Below are the different times specific questions are asked and our fave POWER QUOTES!

Question: 03:15 – How did you get started on your career path?

Question: 06:26 –  What is an elephant story?

Question: 09:27 – Where did you decide to first share your story publicly?

Quote: 11:23 – Dr. Brene Brown (shame and vulnerability expert) “We can be brave and we can be so afraid at the same time.”

Question: 12:19 – How did you get prepared to go on the Oprah Winfrey Network and share your story

Quote: 15:29 – “You only share your elephant story with people who have earned the right to hear your story.”

Question: 16:37 – Can you share with listeners how the LifeClass experience happened? Can you share that experience?

Quote: 20:58 – When Oprah first shared her story of being sexually abused on her show, I couldn’t watch it. I actually didn’t like her for quite some time because I felt like, why is she saying those things? Why is she trying to get me to do something I’m not ready to do? Because Oprah represented truth for me. She represented something that I wasn’t ready to do or to deal with.”

Quote: 23:13 – Dr. Brene Brown “We cannot selectively numb our emotions.”

Question: 24:16 – How would listeners work with you?

Quote: 25:19 – “Shame thrives in silence.”

Question: 26:33 –  (Audience Question) “How can listeners or people who hear an elephant story, what can we do to educate others, and even ourselves, to be more compassionate and non-judgement of other people’s past experiences or stories?”

Quote: 29:53 –  “To feel shame is to be human”

Question: 32:28 – What is your best quick tip for killer confidence?

Question: 34:54 – What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

Quote: 34:56 –  “Don’t let shame tell you who you are.”

Question: 35:02 – Where can people go to connect with you?

Video + Further Links: On the podcast we talked about Karlyn being on Oprah four times.

Here are a few links to what we talked about:

Karlyn on OWN Canada: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWqAPdyISqI

SisterTalk on LifeClass: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3AK4UKTYp0

SisterTalk event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndwkfqxf4h4


If you’re in Toronto (or are ready to jump on a plane), join us on October 10th for Sistertalk: A Celebration of Sisterhood.


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Thank you so much for listening! I’d love to hear your ‘aha’ moments or feedback in the comments below! <3

Also a special thanks to my fantastic podcast editor Trey from WEKR3ATE, content gal Karyn Elliot, and web gal Erika Donovan for all of your help with making this show happen! <3