My name is Noelani Sugata, and I am born and raised in Hawaii. I attended Kamehameha Secondary School, and I continued my education at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. I have a BA in Communications, and my passion for storytelling started in high school.
As a student at Kamehameha, it was mandatory to make a speech. Out of all the classes I took in high school, communication fundamentals have stayed with me until today. As a freshman, I knew how to take stage fright, convert it into positive energy, and create a powerful message. Public speaking has always been something I did because it was part of my curriculum, and by the time I graduated from high school, I knew I wanted to pursue a degree in communications.
I took a class in college called storytelling. It was considered an "easy" class. However, I was reminded that public speaking is a fear for many when one of my classmates started to cry before her presentation. I was supposed to go after her but volunteered to go first to show her how "easy" it was. At that moment, I realized I had the "gift of gab," and I could engage and maintain the attention of an audience from a room of 20 to 100.
Fast forward to 2015. I had left a job of almost nine years of working in the non-profit industry and found myself on Maui doing similar work except as an independent contractor, living in the most expensive places in Hawaii, and navigating Maui politics. There were times I felt like I didn't have a voice. My "a-ha" moment came when social media platforms started to have the option to use video to "go live." I was introduced to Periscope in late 2015 and was persuaded by one of my classmates to hit the "go live" button. I did, and my knack for storytelling became digital. My audience grew from local to national and even international. I continue to tell stories for my business, and I assist clients who want me to create content to grow and engage their audience.
I have been able to network with people I have never met in real life and create a community sense. They have been a resource when I had no idea what I was doing. I have used their tips and hacks in my own business to create "social proof," and I am happy to share what I have learned with others.
Are you looking to grow and engage your online audience? Do you want to connect with other entrepreneurs? Do you want to work with someone that thinks outside of the box? If the answer is YES, please send me an email today.