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Manon Gruaz
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I was scared to share this delicate information with you but it’s #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, and we need to normalize the conversation about burnout and educate people because it can happen to anyone and more quickly than you imagine.

I may share my full story later and what I’m going through but for now, I wanted to share that this is real and it is hard. There are days where I don’t recognize myself and I feel like I have no value. …


typographic illustration Manon Gruaz

I have always traveled, it’s in my DNA. In 1985, my parents were crazy enough to take me with them to India when I was just 2, then I lived in Thailand for a month at age 7 (homeschooled on the beach). Since then, I travel every year. This year, I did not want to leave for just three weeks. I wanted more. I wanted to live in cities, at their own pace, and take the time to discover, learn and understand them…

My plan: take off for 4 months. Alone. My computer as my office. …


Typographic illustration on a neon green background. The title is The story behind our Interaction 21 program written in fluorescent pink. To the title, a memo emoji is added in the right corner of the image. Below the title is added 10 emojis representing people.
Typographic illustration on a neon green background. The title is The story behind our Interaction 21 program written in fluorescent pink. To the title, a memo emoji is added in the right corner of the image. Below the title is added 10 emojis representing people.
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When building an online conference, it’s easy to think that the content of the talks is what matters most. But that’s not really true. Above all, a story needs to be crafted. A story with a rhythm, a sequence of topics, and a suite of emotions for the audience to experience. Yes, even online.

We crafted the program around 3 emotional pillars: Anger, Accountability and Action.

I want to break these down and share the thinking behind the emotional narrative that will drive Interaction 21.

Day 1: Anger

Let’s explore why we first chose to make you feel Angry. Our intention with the…


illustration typographique de fond rose avec 8 titres écrits en contour noir qui commencent tous par «pas assez», exemple : « pas assez performante». Par dessus les 8 titres, un gros titre sur fond rouge écrit «Fière» qui cache partiellement des parties des 8 titres.
illustration typographique de fond rose avec 8 titres écrits en contour noir qui commencent tous par «pas assez», exemple : « pas assez performante». Par dessus les 8 titres, un gros titre sur fond rouge écrit «Fière» qui cache partiellement des parties des 8 titres.
illustration typographique Manon Gruaz

Ce matin, en regardant le soleil se lever, j’avais envie d’écrire.

Écrire que je suis heureuse même si je vis des inquiétudes. Je n’ai pas peur, j’ai confiance en moi. Je peux littéralement tout affronter, tout faire. Je suis fière de moi.

Je vais répéter les 5 derniers mots pour les gens assis tout au fond de la salle: JE. SUIS.FIÈRE.DE.MOI.

Les 6 derniers mois ont été intenses, révélateurs et formateurs pour ma vie professionnelle. Et je prends même pas en compte l’année et la chose mondiale, dont j’ai pas envie d’écrire le nom. Je suis sortie de ma zone de confort, sur plusieurs fronts en même temps…..et tout ça sans sortir de chez moi. Un comble.

La fierté a mauvaise réputation.

La fierté…

Manon Gruaz

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