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Friday Femmes: Tanya Geisler | Starring Role Producer, Coach and Teacher

This July will be four years since I met this Friday’s featured Femme in the Danforth area in Toronto. She was co-hosting our beloved Susannah Conway for the Ontario leg of her book tour.
I remember walking in, not recognizing anyone. And there she was, as she had her back facing me, she slowly turned, with her glorious head of wavy raven hair. Her smile was captivating and her gaze was sincere and commanding at the same time.
“Hello! Are you here for Susannah? Thanks for coming – I’m Tanya. Tanya Geisler” as she offered her outstretched hand out for me to shake.

That was the most cinematic moment I’ve had with any of the Friday Femmes I’ve featured here – and wait for it… she had me at ‘Hello’.
Tanya Geisler – she’s an Impostor Complex wrangler, she’s a Ted talker, she’s a huge nurturer (I’d copy and paste our emails here if I could, but that would be too embarrassing – for me), a relatable teacher, and she’s funny as all get out, and did I mention she’s got that freaking hair? It was an instant connection and we worked together that fall. She was one of the first people whom I told about my then pregnancy – mainly because I had to explain to her why I was an emotional wreck within the first 7 minutes of our Skype meet. Her coaching method was one I could really get behind and on board with. She was direct, but compassionate; she was tack sharp with her wit and humour – and she understood mine with my expletive-laden quips; she was action driven and pushed you to be the same.

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More importantly: she got me – she knew the insecure little girl underneath the facade of the Type A persona with a penchant for unattainable perfectionism and never-ending what if’s and but’s. She saw right through the rollicking loud cackle and honed in on the sheepish look behind my eyes. She’s THAT fucking good, people. It unnerved me a little bit, but man, she got to me. And I haven’t stopped loving her since. Pas possible, mes amis.

At the end of  November 2015, I was able to work with her again, along with a glorious tribe of like-minded people at a day retreat in Toronto. That day reignited the pilot light that had been dormant in me for many months. It was, in fact, a revelation and a catalyst for all the work I’ve been doing to this very day. I can’t even tell you how much I learned about myself at that retreat – and the people whom I met and connected with is a whole experience in and of itself. The talent, the ideas, the support that I was surrounded with – it was amazing to have herded all of them in one room at the same time. But of course, Tanya could do such a feat. Because she is a beacon of sublime inspiration and generous community. I wish for you to experience Tanya in her full glory too. She is actually doing the same retreat in Ottawa towards the end of this month (check it out here). You should totally go – you won’t regret it. And also. . .  you’re welcome.

Here she is, the star producer and one of my freaking favourites and absolute loves:

Name: Tanya Geisler

Profession/Vocation:  Speaker, Leadership Coach, Teacher

Online Presence if any:

www.tanyageisler.com

twitter.com/TanyaGeisler

instagram.com/tanyageisler/

facebook.com/tanyageislercoaching/

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Headshot by Holly from Roger Mahler Photography
  1. Where are you from/where do you live?
    I live in Toronto. Always have.
  1. How long have you been doing your profession/vocation?
    If you were to ask my third grade pals, they’d tell you at least that long.  Probably longer. But it wasn’t until 2007 that I knew that coaching was a THING. And it wasn’t until 2008 that I knew that it was MY thing.
  1. What are your challenges in your line of work?
    They say: “be careful what you wish for.” I say: “be careful what you teach.” Because I teach leaders how to navigate their Impostor Complex, so of course I am required to come up against it continually such that the content remains pure and fresh true and brimming with integrity. Lucky, lucky me. :)Also? Keeping up with all that I want to create. The list is endless. Inspiration is like that. Hallelujah. And? Exhausting.

    Aggie Armstrong Photography Gallery London, Ontario - Toronto, Ontario lifestyle family photographer, same-sex family photographer, newborn family photographer, muskoka, port franks, collingwood family photographer, Tobermory, Montreal Family photographer aggiearmstrong.com, cablearms blog, asquaredaperture photography Friday Femmes Tanya Geisler aggie armstrong blog interview
    Headshot by Holly from Roger Mahler Photography
  1. What do you love most about what you do?

    Q: How long is a piece of string?
    A: As long as I wish it to be.

    I get to create that which is mine and mine alone.

    I get to work with, for and alongside the most incredible and inspired people on the planet.
    And after a couple early years trying to figure out how I SHOULD be doing things, it clicked that my heart knew the way. And the way is the truth. The closer an offering, product, or event that I create is to my heart, the deeper and more fearless a client session runs, the more honest my written and spoken word is, the more impactful my work becomes. There is no end to what is available to me. (Nor to you.)

  1. Can you tell me about your ideal reader/subject/student/patron?
    They’ve been called. They have big work to do. And they are over and done with ignoring the calling. Because the excuses and the “maybe laters” and the “if this, then that”s simply weren’t working any longer. They know that this calling is the honour of a lifetime.And so, armed with that desire they turn to heed the calling.One problem: The Impostor Complex. On the precipice of activation is where it shows up: “who are you to…” or “it’s already been done” or “you’ll never be able to pull that off again”.
    This is where I come in. I hand them back the reins to their calling.
    Their reason for being on the planet. The starring role that they are uniquely designed to manifest, bring forth, and share.
    Like I said: BIG work.
  1. What surprised you most about being a { TEACHER }?
    So I speak in the language of “Starring Roles”. And as part of my own evolution, I keep work on stepping into the next role, then standing in it, working from it, with an eye on the next one. I’ve stepped into Leadership Coach, Speaker, Writer and most recently, Teacher.When I actually looked at what “Teacher” meant to me as part of my process, as part of my understanding about what I resisted, or what I found compelling, I had to unpack a lot of ancient baggage about who GETS to be a teacher. I didn’t think it was quite so loaded. But the belief that “teachers had to know all” was clearly the belief that had kept this role at arms’ length for me for some time. I had forgotten that my best teachers (and I’m not talking “life-experience-as-teacher” here, I’m talking “give it your all, smoke ‘em if you got ‘em, committed to a students’ excellence teacher”) knew about their subject matter, to be sure. But more than all else? They were curious, tenacious and deeply desiring on behalf of their student’s expansion. And that, blessedly, is easy like Sunday morning for me.
Aggie Armstrong Photography Gallery London, Ontario - Toronto, Ontario lifestyle family photographer, same-sex family photographer, newborn family photographer, muskoka, port franks, collingwood family photographer, Tobermory, Montreal Family photographer aggiearmstrong.com, cablearms blog, asquaredaperture photography Friday Femmes Tanya Geisler aggie armstrong blog interview
Headshot by Holly from Roger Mahler Photography
  1. Where/Whom do you find your inspiration from?
    My daughter. My clients. My dreams. My meditation mat. My friends and colleagues. My missed steps. My wins. My desire to know joy and all that it means for me. My understanding that life is short and precious and intended to be lived. Also? Collective Hub. 🙂

 

  1. How do you foster your inspiration and creativity/productivity/talent?
    I’ll try something entirely new. With full permission to be a trainwreck, I’ll try my hand at a different style of writing, or pitch a talk to an organization that seems way beyond reach, or go recipe-free in an attempt to make a dish I’ve never done.
    In short: I swing out. And, like an uncomfortable yoga pose, it will have stretched me. Such that I’ll either have discovered something new that I’d like to master OR I’ll cross THAT off the list and will gratefully come back to my home base.
  1. Who/what helps you fuel the fire during your least inspired days?
    I have two answers:
    1) I allow space to rest.
    2) And when that is not available to me, I call in my crew. I am a big big BIG proponent of asking for help and firmly believe that no one has to go it alone. YOUR people want you to succeed. Just as mine do. So when my fire is running low, I ask, and they show up, gasoline cans at the ready. And we burn it UP.
Aggie Armstrong Photography Gallery London, Ontario - Toronto, Ontario lifestyle family photographer, same-sex family photographer, newborn family photographer, muskoka, port franks, collingwood family photographer, Tobermory, Montreal Family photographer aggiearmstrong.com, cablearms blog, asquaredaperture photography Friday Femmes Tanya Geisler aggie armstrong blog interview
Photo by Marius Masalar

 

  1. What would you tell your 21 year old self today?
    Your people want you to succeed. 😉
    Don’t do the Atkins diet. It will mess up your metabolism.
    Remind Mom to live her mantra “don’t postpone joy” while she still can.
    Don’t fret the soul-sucking jobs, friends, lovers and obligations to come. They are priming you to know what you deeply want. And so when you make it all happen? Honey, it will taste more sublime than you could imagine.
    You’re the answer.

Aggie Armstrong Photography Gallery London, Ontario - Toronto, Ontario lifestyle family photographer, same-sex family photographer, newborn family photographer, muskoka, port franks, collingwood family photographer, Tobermory, Montreal Family photographer aggiearmstrong.com, cablearms blog, asquaredaperture photography Friday Femmes Tanya Geisler aggie armstrong blog interview

 Bonus – last thoughts, anecdotes, tips you are willing to share:

You are learning what you are here to teach.

Bishop TD Jakes sez: Your ministry is where your misery has been.

Yes.

And I’ll add: your joy too.

 

All love.

ALL.

xx/TG

 

Aggie Armstrong Photography Gallery London, Ontario - Toronto, Ontario lifestyle family photographer, same-sex family photographer, newborn family photographer, muskoka, port franks, collingwood family photographer, Tobermory, Montreal Family photographer aggiearmstrong.com, cablearms blog, asquaredaperture photography Friday Femmes Tanya Geisler aggie armstrong blog interview

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Hello! I’m Aggie; I make photographs.I loved the idea of capturing a snippet in time and elevating it into more than just an instant.