Kim is using Bravery; Our Journey of Faith, Hope & Love as a platform for various speaking presentations, including motivational and inspirational engagements. Ranging from students to seniors, Kim speaks at a variety of venues and believes anyone can benefit from her positive influence.
Through her own life experience, along with her family's rise above adversity, Kim demonstrates how it is possible to have a wonderful life, even if it is not what we expected it would be. In her words, “No matter who we are, we will all face great life challenges; some will go through unbearable amounts, while others will escape with less, but it is how we deal with it that can make all the difference.”
Equipping her audience with the essential tools to believe in themselves, she explains how faith, persistence and desire can take people to new levels of success. It is her passion to share how important it is to not let anyone take away our belief that we can be successful, and reach our goals. If we want something bad enough, and believe we have the ability to accomplish it, then we can absolutely make it happen.
There has been far too many people who have stopped short of their goal because they didn't think they were good enough, or smart enough to get there. Kim wants to help turn limiting beliefs into anything is possible. One of her favourite quotes from Albert Einstein reads, “Imagination is your preview of life's coming attractions.”
Recently having been Impact Speaker with United Way’s 2016 Workplace Campaign, Kim’s experience of speaking to over 80 successful company’s and organization’s brings a wealth of knowledge and information to share. Invite Kim to speak at your workplace, school, or any special Event!
Kim’s TEDx Talk: The Value of Human Connection - Unplugged.
Kim's Speaking Topics of Interest
~It’s never too late; extinguishing limitations
Some people are Many people don’t find success until their later years, so its important to understand.....its never too late. Some of the most successful people in the world didn’t reach their achievements until in their fifties. It is completely one’s mindset which determines their a ambitions and limitations. I recently was talking to a lovely elderly lady about my book. She said, “I’ve always wanted to write a book, I have so many interesting stories I can share, but I am too old now.” I said, “Why do you feel you are too old?” And she replied, “Well I could die before its finished.” I said, “Or you could live to see it finished.” Tomorrow isn’t promised to anyone. I’m happy to say she has started her book.
~Happy people are productive people Happiness is contagious. When we smile at someone, it coaxes them to smile back, and it actually releases a feel good chemical in our brain that helps us look more attractive, and increase our chances of living longer! Harvard University’s study of Human Development that began 79 years ago, and still following the over 50 men and their families today, demonstrates how it is our relationships more than anything else that keeps us living longer and happier. One of the reasons we love to be around babies is because they smile up to 400 times a day, versus the happy adult who smiles about 50 times a day, and the average being only about 20 times a day! We need to smile more, and why not....it feels great!
~How to find your gratitude
Life is busy, and it’s easy to get caught up in the stresses of everyday life.....often we find ourselves continuously wanting more, but finding less and less time in the day. However, we must take a few minutes everyday to try and find something positive and uplifting. It doesn’t even have to be about our own life. It can be as simple as looking outside and finding a beautiful bird flying by, soaring effortlessly in the sky. This will instantly provide an uplifting feeling, even if only momentarily, but may make the rest of your day much more positive. There is always something to be grateful for, even during our darkest of days, and I can show you how it’s possible! My son was born with a critical heart defect and had multiple heart surgeries and suffering Code Blue’s, respiratory arrest, renal failure, and much more. In the midst of his valiant battle to live my dad suddenly dies of a heart attack at home, and my beautiful three year old daughter receives an autism diagnosis. I had to find gratitude or I wasn’t going to survive.
~Face your fears; it’s easier than you think
I was always petrified to public speak, but for some strange reason I would keep getting a calling to want to share my message. One day my son said to me, “Mom, why do you want to do public speaking if it is so scary to you?” It was a great question, and after giving it some thought I said, “Well, I guess it is because my message is more powerful than my fear.” It was a great realization, and inspiration to push through my fears. Once we understand that fear is simply a state of mind, we have the power over our fear! We can’t experience any joy when we are living in a state of fear. Of course there are times in our life when fear is a good thing.....this is why we generally don’t take up high wire walking as a hobby.
~Why we must ignore naysayers and bullies....and how!
Bullying can affect us at any age, and although we’d like to think we’ve made progress, we have a long way to go. We need to understand how we can use tools to stop bullying in its track when it is affecting us. We must understand that no one has control over our thoughts and feelings, but ourselves. Sometimes this is easier said than done, and we need to be reminded of our defense strategies when bullies come our way. I almost didn’t write my book Bravery because my English professor basically said I was a waste of desk space. When we are young, we are often insecure and told to believe the professionals. For years I pushed the thought of writing Bravery away, but finally realized my English professor couldn’t stop me...no one could!
~We all face adversity; it’s what we do with it that determines our future
We may not have a choice with some of the curve balls life throws at us, but we have a choice with what we throw back. I had the best mentor in the world, my grandma. When she was a young mom she was run over by an out of control speeding car while standing on the sidewalk talking to a friend. She wasn’t expected to live because her right leg was crushed and the doctors couldn’t stop the bleeding. Miraculously a blood clot formed, but her right leg had to be amputated. In that split second, her entire life was completely changed forever. But, what she did with it was most remarkable. She lived on to help all those in our community who would lose a limb; taking them to the best prosthetic places and telling them they would be okay. Showing them through her example how life can be wonderful, even if it doesn’t go as we expected or planned. When tragedy struck my own life, I was fortunate to have all the amazing life lessons she taught me to guide me through my rise above adversity. We all need mentors!
~Giving back - How to do more of what makes us feelamazing
We get back what we give out. It’s true, and study after study proves it. Whether we give our time, money, wisdom, etc, not only will we receive more abundance in return, we will feel more complete as a person. It is in our nature to help others......we are one. Sometimes we just need to be reminded of a past experience where we helped someone, and how it made us feel. Equally as important we need to remember how wonderful it felt to receive help when we needed it. Technology and innovation make life easier for us in many ways, but personal relationships are becoming more isolated....so much of our communicating is done online. It’s our connections with people that will create the awareness of our need to help.
~The Universal Law; it really works....Thoughts Become Things(Alternate title – How to Achieve Our Goals)
I was a believer in the Law of Attraction ever since I was a little girl and read the story about the tiny train struggling to make it up the hill, and it kept saying, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can. I realized then, and still find it interesting today when I think about how most people who believe abundance is at their disposal, have exactly that....lots of abundance! Those that believe abundance in their life is unattainable....well guess what??? It is unattainable for them! This is not rocket science we are talking about here, and whether it’s money, happiness, health, or any of our desires, it does not matter as our definition of abundance may be different for everyone. But we need to have a clearly defined goal of what we want to see. If we have complete faith in the unfolding of our desires, find the gratitude that fills our hearts with joy, and work diligently towards our manifestation, we will be astonished at the results! (I have some terrific examples of how the Law of Attraction has worked for me once I applied the principles, and they are very interesting and entertaining!!)
What People Are Saying!
Finding a keynote speaker who speaks from their heart is often challenging. I've had the pleasure of featuring Kim at two events (Optimist Club and Valley Women's Network) where she had us laughing, crying and cheering as she related her family's journey from the brink of sorrow to the heights of success. Her daughter Jesse and her son Avery are two of the most inspiring and determined young adults I've had the pleasure to meet and Kim shares the family's heart wrenching story through the wonderful pages of her book, BrAvery, and through her inspirational keynote presentations that deliver loud and clear the message - NEVER GIVE UP!
Glenda Standeven, bestselling author and speaker
It was fascinating to watch the students while Kim spoke at our Middle School. Typically they lose interest after 5 minutes, but their eyes remained clued on Kim as she shared her life experience and valuable life lessons learned along the way. Many of the kids lined up to have a chance to speak with her following her performance. I hope she will come back again!!
Sherri Marshall, Grade Nine English teacher
In 2013 we were very fortunate to have the author of Bravery; Our Journey of Faith, Hope & Love - Kim Gemmell accept our invitation to be the keynote speaker for our event. With over 200 people in attendance Kim spoke of the challenges her family faced, how they overcame these hurdles and what they found to be their greatest assets. The experiences Kim shared were straight from the heart. Kim’s genuine approach was received with heartfelt empathy and sincere appreciation from the audience. You could hear a pin drop in the banquet facility as listeners tried to fathom the hardships the Gemmell family faced. Donations to the silent auction that followed far surpassed what we anticipated. This no doubt can be credited to Kim’s presentation. Kim’s message acted as a tremendous springboard for the sale of Bravery ;Our Journey of Faith, Hope & Love within Save on Foods and helped all listeners to appreciate even more the amazing work that B.C Children’s Hospital does for so many. Thank you Kim for an outstanding job!
Cal Siemens, Overwaitea Food Group, Regional Director