42: Trauma Bonding or Authentic Connection? A Call for Responsible Storytelling

May 7, 2024

42: Trauma Bonding or Authentic Connection? A Call for Responsible Storytelling

Jacqueline deep dives into the ethical dilemma of using raw, lived experience stories for charity fundraising events.

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Are we forging connections or exploiting trauma? Join Jacqueline as she navigates the fine line in charity storytelling.

In this thought-provoking episode of Speaker Driven Business, we dive deep into the ethical dilemma of using raw, lived experience stories for charity fundraising events. With a keen eye for the fine line between engagement and exploitation, she challenges the audience to rethink the way we leverage trauma narratives to forge emotional connections.

Jacqueline’s words resonate with a profound understanding of the potential harm caused by both re-traumatising and desensitising audiences to the human experience behind these stories. She calls for a shift towards authentic storytelling, where the magic of genuine resilience and hope takes centre stage, leaving a lasting impact on both the audience and the storyteller.

WHAT YOU’LL DISCOVER IN THIS EPISODE:

  • The ethical quandary: Engagement vs. exploitation in charity fundraising events (00:20)
  • The need for responsible and authentic storytelling (01:45)
  • The impact of trauma stories and how to shape and deliver them to deeply connect with audiences (02:44)
  • Mental health awareness: The profound effects and potential risks of storytelling (05:43)
  • The double-edged sword: Going beyond mere shock value (07:01)
  • The tension between impact and sensitivity and the risk of re-traumatization  (08:34)
  • Conditioning the narrative: The dangerous cycle of amplifying only extreme stories (09:59)
  • The fine line between raw power and exploitation in authentic storytelling (12:48)
  • The missing wisdom: Completing the hero’s journey with insights, not just survival (13:14)

QUOTES

“The possibility of people in your audience having personal lived experience, resolved or unresolved, is high. And if we don’t actually hold that in our hands as we speak, then we shouldn’t be speaking.” – Jacqueline Nagle

“We still are not understanding the profound impact that these stories can have in the wrong direction, where they can destroy instead of build up, where they can spin people into a dark place instead of delivering hope.” – Jacqueline Nagle

“It’s crucial for storytellers, especially in charity-driven narratives, to navigate these waters with care, not for themselves, and not for the charities, but for the people sitting in our audiences. They must carry with them a commitment to do no harm.” – Jacqueline Nagle

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