Norma T. Hollis has a unique intellectual creativity that she applies to understanding human nature from personal, professional and spiritual perspectives. She is a change agent and transformational catalyst who has created a program that connects people to their authentic self, promotes self-awareness, and helps organizations create environments that foster engagement so that people enjoy coming to and being productive at work.
“It seems like everywhere in society that I look, people are wearing masks, being someone that they are not. I’ve studied this for over 30 years and have concluded that the masks are because people lose sight of who they are. It often starts when young children are discouraged from making the noise that comes from expressing natural gifts such as singing, talking and playing instruments. Or told to be still when all they want to do is dance, run or play with a ball. Over time, these young children let go of their natural tendencies and replace them with behaviors that they feel are dictated by society. And because these behaviors are not necessarily natural to them, they create masks to be the person they feel society wants them to be rather than being their authentic self. These masks can last a lifetime. ”
Norma helps people remove their masks and reconnect to the natural gifts and talents they were born with. She offers tools and techniques to enhance both personal and professional life including methods that enable organizations to build more engaging work environments.
The first one was an early intervention program for preschool children. This was during her first career directing various child development programs. Her first program identified the potential challenges children would encounter by not using their natural gifts and talents. The program was offered in three cities in two states in the Midwest. This, along with her degree in Child and Family Life Sciences gave her a chance to understand human nature.
The second program that Norma developed was the R.A.P.I.D.S. Speaking System. This was done when she owned a speaker bureau. Norma was the first black woman to own a speaker bureau for black speakers and through this 14-year journey she learned that there are many rungs to the ladder of becoming a successful professional speaker. She now helps speakers learn the process through her certification programs.
Norma’s third program is the Authenticity Program to help people find, live and share their authentic voice and be their authentic self. Through this program people deepen their self-awareness. She searched but could not find a segment in society that teaches self-awareness. Recognizing this gap, Norma seeks to fill it by teaching people what she has learned.
Her journey to authenticity started when she was 28 and realized that although she had done everything her parents had suggested for her – husband, teaching job, cars, house and money in the bank – she was miserable. She didn’t know what to do with herself because she didn’t know who she was. She had become her parent’s version of who they thought she should be. This started her on a 30-year quest of self-discovery.
The result is a nine-dimension Authenticity Grid and its corresponding Authenticity Assessments that helps people and organizations look at the story of their life, re-discover their natural gifts and talents and identify one thing to ‘tweak’ in their life or organization to better understand and get in alignment with their authenticity.
The work that she has done with authenticity is amazing. People leave her presence with great enthusiasm and focus. She impacts people’s lives and transforms them as they watch and listen.
Norma is here to share this phenomenal system with the world. You should take advantage of it!