Hosting a Podcast Has Revolutionized How I Use My Feminist Voice

While I’m confident in my writing voice, my vocal voice is taking plenty of training.

Gillian Sisley
Nov 27, 2020 · 4 min read
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But I never expected to be the host of one.

As the editors of Fearless She Wrote (Maggie Lupin & Jessica Lovejoy) and I talked earlier this year about the next step to expand our community and extend the storytelling of our messages… creating a podcast seemed like the most logical one.

And thus, Fearless She Spoke podcast was born.

As three writers, we Fearless editors have no trouble expressing our thoughts and values through our writing.

But talking? Hosting a podcast? Putting actual airwaves to those thoughts? It was a surprisingly challenging transition to make for all three of us.

That said, with a little practice it has been a fiercely fruitful one.

For anyone looking to work on developing their own speaking voice, whether as a professional or a feminist/activist, this is what you can expect from the process:

You grow more confident to speak up in everyday life.

I used to tone down my outspoken, social justice warrior voice in everyday life, and reserved the strength of that mostly for online publishing.

Through revisiting these issues I truly care about on the podcast, and living in the dumpster fire that is today, I’m not staying quiet for one second with those I encounter in my life who express views that are blatantly discriminatory.

Especially with family members and in-laws, this gets especially uncomfortable, but I’m leaning into that discomfort.

It’s still a learning curve figuring out how to protect my own energy in that process and interactions, but I’m working on it.

There is no better time for us to stand up and use our voices for good than right now.

In the face of injustice, prejudice, discrimination, and anything that categorizes other human beings as lesser, we can all benefit from the powerful habit of practicing using our activist voices to further the cause for a better tomorrow for all of us.

You become more unapologetic about the issues you really have a heart for.

It’s safer to publish your views online than it is to publish your actual speaking voice.

There’s something safely removed by about written views — you can still stay anonymous if you wish, and readers can put just about any identity they wish to your written give.

But with airwaves, the views that are on our Fearless She Spoke podcast aren’t anonymous. They’re out there, my voice is attached to them, and there’s no getting around that.

And despite my initial nerves, I’m now completely okay with it.

Put that sh*t on my tombstone, because I know exactly why I use my voice, and I’m not about to shut up any time soon.

Everyone deserves basic human rights and access to their community. Equality for all. I believe survivors, period. Silence in the face of injustice holds you as responsible for those who are committing the injustices.

Use that voice for good, and don’t f*cking apologise for it!

You become more open than ever to dialogue and uncomfortable conversations.

Getting practice in how I express myself and formulate my points has frankly made me a better person, because I spend less time on the sidelines.

I’m also getting better at not interrupting others in the middle of their thoughts — this used to be a problem I had! But by having fellow co-hosts, and hearing how terrible it is in the mixing and editing process when I interrupt one of them, it’s made me more self-aware of this bad habit.

I’m getting better at sharing space during dialogues, and recognizing that what I have to say isn’t any more important than what someone else has to say.

Especially when we’re so used to being the only voice in our written work, or maybe even among a certain group of people in our lives, listening properly and giving space to others in important dialogues is the first step to becoming a better ally, a better friend and a better person in general.

Final word.

Our Fearless community is all about sharing life, telling our stories and healing with one another. It’s an honour to read the powerful pieces submitted by you, our Fearless writers.

Imagine how much more powerful these stories become when we as writers develop equal skill in storytelling through the spoken word, rather than the written word exclusively?

This opens a world of possibility and life-changing potential.

For all of you out there who use your voice every single day, whether through writing or speaking, you are powerful.

Your words matter.

Your experiences are valid.

And every time you share your pain and struggles and life lessons with others, you are helping change a life.

Never doubt the utter power of your beautiful, fierce voice.

Fearless She Wrote

This is a space to empower differences, tell our stories…

Gillian Sisley

Written by

Online solopreneur. Tea drinker. Committed optimist. I write about womanhood, writing & entrepreneurship. Never miss a single beat 👉 https://bit.ly/33XgtKT

Fearless She Wrote

This is a space to empower differences, tell our stories, and share our lives together. We will not be silenced. We will be fearless. And we will write.

Gillian Sisley

Written by

Online solopreneur. Tea drinker. Committed optimist. I write about womanhood, writing & entrepreneurship. Never miss a single beat 👉 https://bit.ly/33XgtKT

Fearless She Wrote

This is a space to empower differences, tell our stories, and share our lives together. We will not be silenced. We will be fearless. And we will write.

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