Learning to listen to women. On the journey to develop ManListening, Stuart shifted from speaking and “getting your point across” to listening carefully with an openness to what is NOT being said in words. We all do better when under-represented voices are heard. Stuart discovered the hard way it’s in the best interest of men to learn to listen to women.
Surviving being fired and loss of identity. During COVID-19, job loss is growing. Suicide rates are especially high among white men. The opioid epidemic is another side of the same issue. Stuart talks about how he survived a company taking away his identity and how he got his sense of self back. He also talks about the toxic effects of rage and the healing power of forgiveness.
Asking the right questions to uncover family + other secrets. Stuart was placed in foster care the day he was born and adopted four months later. He expertly used his investigative skills to find his family of origin and reunite with his birth mother and his full blood brother and sister. Stuart reveals investigative techniques in a simple way so anyone can unearth important stories.
Storytelling to heal from trauma and addiction. Telling his own story helps Stuart heal. Storytelling can help others heal, too, and Stuart can explain how. Stuart’s biological father died of alcohol addiction. Stuart has more than a quarter century of continuous sobriety thanks to the support of a vibrant recovery community.