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Meet Stacey Jata of Stacey Jata, Unmuted

Today we’d like to introduce you to Stacey Jata.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Stacey. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I believe I have always been on this path. Even as a child, I loved to teach, write, speak and read. I was pretty shy as a child, but I must have had an inkling of what was to come because I would record myself on the cassette recorder do live news reports called, “New News”! My aspirations took me to study journalism and then Radio, Television and Film in college. I had aspirations to become a writer for TV. Life had a different plan.

Somewhere in my college career, I had a professor who said I was a terrible speaker and had no future in Radio or TV. That increased my shyness about speaking in public, needless to say, God had a different plan for me!

My working career started when I was about 14. My mother was an entrepreneur, so I learned early about the art of customer relations, public relations, marketing, and business, After college, I moved into financial services where I received a great deal of sales training, had incredible mentors, and was introduced to the ideas of personal development and success coaches. The financial services field was also where not only did I serve my clients through listening and strategizing with them to reach their financial goals, I also started educating people through seminars and corporate training.

Once I became a mom, I transitioned to home to focus on my family. I made it 6 weeks before I launched a marketing consulting business. While I have had several entrepreneurial opportunities over the years focusing on various interests I seem to have built the foundation for what I do now. I have sold the product, trained teams, spoken to large groups, consulted business strategy and even written a children’s book!

I always knew that these experiences were pulling me in a direction, and as my love for personal development and truly helping people in their lives grew– I knew that I had found my calling.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Ha! That is funny. No, it has not been a smooth road, and I am glad it wasn’t. When things are easy peasy, not much learning happens. It was during my hardest trials that I learned my greatest lessons. Most of my lessons were about myself, that I was resilient and resourceful. All of that stubborn energy that I had was useful in regrouping and pusuing through. It has been the hard times that give me perspective and relatability with my clients. It brings compassion and empathy, wisdom and experience. And, more often then not, it provides humor and requires humility!

I was told I was no good as a speaker, I was fired as a writer. I watched a business crumble as sales slid. I have failed many times over. I have fear, just like everyone else. But all of these experiences made me stronger, it made my vision clearer and has pulled me closer to my calling. At each bump in the road (or pothole) you have to ask yourself, “What did I learn?” That is a powerful element in a successful and intentional life.

Please tell us about Stacey Jata, Unmuted (often referred to as Unmuted).
The mission of Stacey Jata, Unmuted is to help people live unmuted lives. I focus on two areas: personal development and leadership. My path for my mission of helping others has been realized as a member Certified Member of the John C. Maxwell Team as a Teacher, Coach, and Speaker.

It is through the avenues of speaking to groups, training teams, providing focused learning sessions, and private coaching that I can truly help people find their voice. Too often, people put their life on mute. They have silenced their dreams, desires, love, creativity, goals, and spirit because they are running in a daze on the hamster wheel of life. My objective is to help them realize their possibility and achieve their potential through intentional choices.

This is not an easy task. It takes partnership and commitment. It takes time. But, it is so worth it to feel the fullness of life! Leadership is a key area for my teaching because we lead ourselves first. As John Maxwell says, “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” So if you want things to improve, you have to start with you. Leadership is key in the family, community and corporations. Our world today is hungry for leadership. Teenagers are seeking leadership and whoever they cling to is what they will learn. Children look to their parents as their leaders, It is a key factor for success in our communities.

People assume that title automatically makes you a leader, but the truth is, everyone leads something every day. The interesting thing is that one can grow in their level of leadership. It is the exercise of becoming aware of and strengthening the muscle.

What sets me apart from others? Love. I love what I do. Thomas Acquinas says,”To love is to will the good of another.” And that is my mission. I want good for others. In their spirit, family, workplace and world.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
No, I love where the crooked roads have lead. It has been messy and adventurous. I have made friendships and bonds with people that are invaluable in my life and business. It has been full of surprises and rewarding. I love it just the way that it is.

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