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Thanks for sharing your much worth reading article Trish. That you live up to what you encourage others to do has been remarkably proven with your book “Breaking Barriers, 10 Entrepreneurial Women Share Their Stories”. To make the talents of high performers visible and to motivate them at the same time to take their rightful place on stage is not only a form of kindness, but pure leadership for the benefit of others.

Stefan Kuhn
Founder, INCS - Stefan Kuhn

I am so impressed by your commitment to women entrepreneurs and to working with them to share their stories and build their businesses.  I am happy to be part of your network.

Susan Sommers
Co-Founder at WOOTEN & SOMMERS

I was so grateful that Trish Tonaj asked me  to check out her fabulous project shareyourstories.online and to consider being a guest blogger on this great platform!  I accepted and shared some of my fresh content as part of a series that is intended to support the entrepreneurial spirit by sharing our stories.

Love the way she has formatted the series!

As a contributor, you are asked what your “Lightbulb Moment” is and when it was, as well as your “Three Words of Advice” and why they matter to you and the best, but most challenging for me to come up with… what “Three words of advice” would you give the readers. It is deep yet simple.

Loved writing it!

But the best part is …..from that experience I have been asked to bring my content to a series of online summits as well as participate as an expert on a new Netflix style platform for dating. It gave me some very focused exposure as well as brought me into a community of great contributors.

Thanks Trish! You are a connector and an empowering woman to boot!

Warmly

Victoria Lorient-Faibish MEd, RP, CCC, BCPP, RPE
Victoria Lorient-Faibish MEd, RP, CCC, BCPP, RPE

I nominated Trish to be a woman of distinction because she is a cheerleader and advocate for women in business.  She finds new and creative ways of shining a bright light onto others in order to celebrate their accomplishments.  Not only does she promote these women and their businesses but she supports them in growing and evolving within their companies and their lives as a whole.

Erin Dunham
Co-founder, The Other Bird

Whenever I’m around Trish Tonaj, good things happen! Aside from being a fountain of wisdom on all things entrepreneurship and leadership, she’s also a savvy connector. Meeting her at a Hamilton Fempreneurs event and later participating in her workshop led me to working with two of the badass female founders in her orbit.

It’s been my life’s work to help others craft and share their stories, so it was a treat to be invited to share my own for this series. Thanks, Trish!

Ashley Letts
Writer and PR Consultant
Trish has created a space with shareyourstories.online where individuals have an opportunity to gain exposure to new people and markets. This exposure helps individuals gain self-confidence, credibility and exposure to those who may benefit from our services and products. With Trish’s input, I personally gained an understanding on how to present what I do to people I would not normally be exposed to… Trish has the ability to simplify the complex and this forum of sharing is much appreciated.
Shehnaz Hussain
Intuitive Financial Solutions, For the whatIFS in life

“ShareYourStories.online has been a wonderful format to share my own story and support others in their journey as well. We all learn more when we connect with each other! My own 3 words of advice: start, believe and share, are all derived from what I have learned from my own mentors. And I’m thrilled to be a part of the Share Your Stories community that values making new connections to help us all grow and achieve more in our businesses and lives. Thank you Trish Tonaj for creating such a forum!”

Bonnie Flemington
MBA, CNP, RNCP, Certifed Nutritionist

“Trish delivered an excellent keynote presentation to 180 female entrepreneurs at the October meeting of the Womens Business Network of Peterborough. Her approach was down to earth, clear, concise and funny. I had the pleasure of sitting next to her at dinner and enjoyed her company immensely. We discovered a shared passion for wellness, art, connection and leadership. You never know when you’re going to meet a kindred spirt!

Trish’s topic of Mentorship is near and dear to my heart. She invited us to think of turning points in our life, those moments when we had an epiphany, when one door had closed, another door opened, and we stepped through it!!

Every successful woman has been inspired, challenged, taught and encouraged by one or several mentors. As they say “when the student is ready the teacher will appear.” Trish asked us to think of the mentors in our own lives and reminded us “You’d be surprised who’s watching YOUR journey and being inspired!”

Maura Joy Lustig
Transformation Coach/Artist, Helping Women Create the Body they Desire & the Future they Deserve!

“I loved having Trish as a guest on my ROGERStv show, Real Life Talks. She is energetic, personable and professional with a wealth of knowledge and a great story. We discussed the value of mentorship and being a mentor. She is certainly an expert on the topic and authentically shares her truth from the heart. She even invited me to participate in her guest blog series, ShareYourStories in the spirit of gratitude and believing in my message. I am grateful. So glad to have connected with Trish and I recommend you do the same!”

Yvonne Heath
author, host and campion of Love Your Life to Death

“Trish Tonaj was one of the emcees for this years canfitpro conference and trade show. The largest fitness event in the world!   As part of the network, Trish introduced 4 international leaders from the industry on our Power and Performance stage. We received feedback that Trish was fantastic with wonderful energy. Thank you for contributing to another world class event.”

Angela Samchek
canfitpro Event Experience Coordinator

“Trish, thank you for scheduling time to be part of the Speaker Faculty at the 2019 CPTN Personal Trainer Summit. The delegates benefitted tremendously from your knowledge, organization of the material and thoroughly enjoyed your stories.”

Lucinda Jensen
CPTN Conference Manager

“Trish has been my personal mentor and coach for 8 months at the time I write this.
She has been instrumental in my growth and the acceleration of my company since I met her. Trish has a keen understanding of the entrepreneurial journey and day to day challenges that we face. This positions her to be able to speak the language, listen without judgement – truly listen – and give good, solid and meaningful advice and direction. She has a wide breadth of business acumen that she draws from and the ability to translate that into something useful.
She has truly been a dream to work with; thank you!”

Opal Hurteau
Founder, Sun Vixen Swimwear Inc.

“The Mechanics of Flow2 modules have helped our team align in goal setting and strategic planning.  Our company and the managers within it have used the modules to help define our roles as individuals in the company as well as how we work together to achieve success.  The added bonus is the personal coaching that helps refine our focus.”

Erin Dunham
CEO | The Other Bird

After listening to Trish Tonaj speak at a Company of Women luncheon, and understanding that her tagline, “Sharing Stories to Inspire Great Ideas!” was something that really resonated with me, I quickly invited her to attend a meeting with a group I Co-Founded, called Cambridge Authors.

We are a group of writers who are passionate about our work, and together share our love of writing and telling stories. The one question every author asks themselves, after the arduous work of finishing their passion project, is whether to self-publish or to try to get published by a traditional publishing house.

Trish not only offered her advice on which path to take, but her stories truly inspired our group, AND she even invited us to be included in her “Share Your Story” initiative! What a wonderful opportunity for our authors to share their story with Trish and the other amazing people who have shared their story on her website.”

Tara Mondou
Author
, Cambridge Authors

“Trish spoke to women at a Company of Women meeting about achieving their goals. She did a great job in covering her material in a friendly, fun way as well as providing practical, useful information to assist the women in being successful. She was professional in her style and told stories that helped the women understand the concepts she was presenting. I would highly recommend Trish for speaking engagements.”

Anne Day
Founder, Company of Women

I had the privilege of working with Trish in my role as CEO of the Canadian Women’s Chamber of Commerce (CanWCC).  Trish was the Keynote speaker for CanWCC’s first Anniversary Celebration event – a significant milestone for our organization.  Working with her was – and continues to be – a fantastic experience.  She actively engaged in the event planning process and even generously helped to promote the event!  At the Celebration, Trish’s keynote was the highlight of the evening.  Her presentation style was polished but relatable and fun. 

As a final gift, she provided the guests (and all CanWCC members) an opportunity to tell their stories on her guest blog.  I highly recommend her books and speaking services.  Thank you, Trish!”

Nancy Wilson
Co-Founder & CEO of the Canadian Women’s Chamber of Commerce (CanWCC)

“Trish Tonaj gave an engaging reading and presentation at the Grimsby Public Library. Attendees were inspired by the content of her book Breaking Barriers, and they also enjoyed a casual conversation based on the themes and topics raised.”

Ryan Waldron
Deputy Chief Librarian, Grimsby Public Library

“Highlight of my day was to sit with Trish Tonaj along with Hamilton Fempreneurs & listen to her overview of how to reach the state of FLOW. If you haven’t read her book, “Breaking Barriers” you need to go to Amazon & change that!”

Sarah Kiani

In the fall of 2015, Trish acted as MC for our official opening event. Her warm and welcoming manner perfectly suited the occasion. She moved through the agenda in a gracious yet efficient manner, welcoming each speaker and introducing their particular contribution to the many aspects of getting a new business venture off the ground. I have no hesitation in recommending Trish as a speaker. She brings well-prepared content to her events and tailors her presentation to her audience. She creates an absorbing and thoughtful performance that is both informative and satisfying to her listeners.”

Karin Schuett
Funeral Director and President, Circle of Life Cremation and Burial Centre Inc.

“Supporting individuals in business in general and entrepreneurs in particular, has the potential to make a profound and positive impact. Trish is contributing to that success through her work and most importantly, by being a living example.”

Sharon Gilmour-Glover
Chief Implementation Officer, Light-Core

“Trish has been a relentless supporter, mentor and trailblazer for individuals in business. I first became acquainted with her because of her book, Breaking Barriers. I have found that she truly walks the talk, leading, encouraging and challenging individuals to go to the next level, never give up and to assist with the development of their own opportunities.”

Jennifer Kelly
CEO New Initiatives Marketing Inc.

“Breaking Barriers 10 Entrepreneurial Women Share Their Stories: A wonderful anthology of stories,advice and inspiration from female entrepreneurs. These real life women business owners share honest accounts of their triumphs and struggles of running their own business. Nothing is sugar coated and it is comforting to know that other people have been on the same journey and that it does take time, patience and hard work to build a thriving business. I can see something of myself in every story. Trish Tonaj has done a fantastic job bringing together women running all kinds of businesses from Health and Wellness, Marketing, Hospitality, MLM, Fashion and even the funeral industry. No matter what industry you are in I am sure you will benefit from the advice they share. As a business consultant, helping entrepreneurs design and grow their businesses I would highly recommend this to my clients as a real life account of what they can expect as they build their business (the good and the bad) and how they can move through their challenges and struggles. Congratulations to everyone involved in this project and thank you for sharing your stories that will inspire other women to follow their business dreams. Special thanks to Jennifer Kelly for sharing this book with me.”

Natasha K. Mitchellon

Our team participated in Trish’s EQ worksop and one-to-one coaching that left us with the communication tools and action items that will help guide us through our next phase.  Trish was able to connect with all the different personalties in our group to bring us together and help us innovate and collaborate new ideas. These tools will help shape our organizational culture. I would highly recommend this program and Trish because she gets results!”

Erin Dunham
CEO, The Other Bird

“Trish’s insights really did help my personal and business growth. I knew a lot of the theory on what I wanted to do; too much in fact. I needed a sounding board, someone who could provide insights, and help me weigh the various potential pathways. I could only trust, and value the insights of someone who had faced those challenges themselves, and had helped others like me. That was a hard thing to find, but Trish was recommended to me by someone I trust. So I’m passing on the favour with this unsolicited recommendation.”

Collin Ferguson
SGH Studios

Trish is a polished, well-spoken and charming leadership coach and speaker. I had the pleasure of meeting Trish at a Women’s professional development group and could not resist inviting her to speak and provide a wonderful bookend to a 2017 Women in Leadership mentorship program. Above all, I was impressed at her enthusiasm, willingness to help and give back. She comes with my heartfelt recommendation as a speaker and coach.”

Tricia Ryan
Board Chair – Women In Leadership Foundation

“A Diary of Change 12 Personal Tools: “Trish embodies the message, energy and confidence of the words and exercises in her book. When you read the book and hear her speak about her journey, you will know how to attract the same success to your own life.”

Alexandra M
Supervisor Staff Training & Development

“Having the opportunity to engage with a supportive, enthusiastic and intuitive professional such as Trish was an amazing experience. She expertly layered the ideas I gleaned from the Short-term Planning module from The Mechanics of FLOW2 into a cohesive plan of action. By actually discussing the next steps, I was spurred into action and have seen my productivity improve immensely. I highly recommend working with Trish as a step to build your business.”

Amber Morrison
Hon. B.A.

“As the curator of Spoken Lives Toronto West, I was thrilled to have Trish speak at our June event.  Her story was entertaining, relatable and told with humour and intelligence. Having been a part of Breaking Barriers: 10 Entrepreneurial Women Share their Stories, I knew the story of how the book came about but was re-inspired when I heard Trish’s presentation. I recommend Trish as a motivational speaker, leader and mentor for any event.”

Martha Henderson
Curator, Spoken Lives

“When I first met Trish, I knew immediately that we would be fast friends.  Her openness and professionalism were very apparent and made for a seamless partnership in working on my 1st Annual Women’s Networking event.  Trish was my guest speaker, relaying a powerful talk around the importance of ‘Finding our Why and a Sense of Purpose’.  Sharing our stories is part of this process and in sharing her story, she captivated the room of 68 women with such awe and inspiration.  Whether these women are looking to figure out their next step, trying to build their small business or have experienced a life altering tragedy, they all could relate to her words of wisdom and candidacy.

I publish 3 community magazines that help to connect people within their own communities.  Trish’s presentation was engaging and exactly on point with bringing these like minded women together to share their stories and create new connections within their communities.

I would highly recommend Trish as a savvy business woman, speaker and motivator of people.  Her eloquence, empathy and authenticity is what has made her a success to date and an absolute pleasure to collaborate with. Thanks so much Trish for helping to make my 1st annual event a resounding success!”

Carol Eby
Publisher with Best Version Media

“Trish Tonaj and her team have created a wonderful resource tool through the FLOW2 modules. The program is well positioned across a number of indices to provide shared process, clarity to power, productivity. The modules are clear, concise and very user friendly. FLOW2 provides a clear destination and opens the door to action.”

Ellie ter Harr
CEO New Zealand Pharma

“The Mechanics of FLOW2 with phazewellness.com Module on Vision was an engaging method to get me examining important questions about my business. Defining my values and creating a clear picture in my mind about where I want to go is imperative in helping me lay the foundations that will get me there, and will continue to guide me through future growth. Flow is not only a useful tool in figuring out what my business really means and how I will serve others, (the biggest, most thrilling and audacious possibilities), but I will also be able to use this exercise ongoing. As I am faced with new challenges, I have clarity on my approach, processes, and vision for my brand. Thank you Trish Tonaj!”

Nicole Millard Photographer
Entrepreneur, https://www.nicolemillardphoto.com/

“After celebrating 10 years in business, I was operating from day to day and felt I was in a bit in a fog. The Business Strengths module with Trish helped me to reignite my passion for why I started the company and how I am going to focus my energy on growth. This has given me a new sense of excitement for the future! A great exercise; I highly recommend it!”

Maude Leger
https://soldrightaway.com/

“Trish Tonaj is a powerhouse when it comes to breaking down barriers – not only for herself but for countless of others, too! Trish is truly a breath of fresh air to those of us in the Entrepreneurial World! Trish sees you, hears you, values you, and elevates you!”

Lisa McDonald
Author, TV and Radio Host - Living Fearlessly

“I participated in the ShareYourStories series after teaming up with Trish as my business mentor.  She asked if I would like to participate and because she made it so easy, I jumped at the opportunity.  As a new business owner and solopreneur, I think it is critical to your business success to get yourself and your story out there.  Trish makes is so easy for us to start doing this with her platform.  It was so easy, in fact, that I recommended it to a few of the women entrepreneurs in my network.  They had a positive experience and were grateful for the opportunity to share their stories as well.  This is a great opportunity to get your message and business out there for everyone to see and learn about.  I highly recommend.  One added bonus is that Trish also invites you into her Share Your Stories facebook community. Thank you to Trish for creating this amazing platform and community and for championing entrepreneurs.  She’s a true inspiration.”

Opal Hurteau
Founder of Sun Vixen Swimwear Inc.

“If you’re looking for a platform where connections can be made, then ShareYourStories.online is your ideal community. When Trish reached out and told me about her new series, I immediately jumped at this exciting and inspiring opportunity Being a part of this collective has enabled me to reach out to other women entrepreneurs, start conversations and grow my own podcast. Had I not been part of the exciting collective, I feel I would have missed out on making important connections.

Thank you, Trish, for including and featuring me in your series.. I always look forward to reading about each story and learning about her – what she believes and what brought her to where she is.”

Tanya Otterstien-Liehs
Self-Care Excpert, Health and Wellness Coach

“My journey to establish Shift Happens Coaching has included a number of generous people, of whom, Trish is one. Sharing my entrepreneurial story and the reason why I started Shift Happens Coaching reminded me of the distance I have come and the amazing work my organization has completed. The Share Your Stories platform is an amazing opportunity to highlight the power and importance of believing in yourself and the potential impact of your work. Share Your Stories was an accessible vehicle for sharing my story and created numerous opportunities for me to reach out to new audiences. I am grateful to Trish for offering me this chance.”

Carol McLean
Executive Director, Shift Happens

Thank you Trish Tonaj for profiling my story in your guest blog and for your inspiration when we met at a SheEO Summitt in March 2017.  It was a coversation you likely don’t remember, but I didn’t forget. These mirco-moments that we give to each other can do so much.  I hope you take the time to find one or two this week.  You never know what it might lead to!

Carolyn Swora
Workplace Culture Architect

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