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E26 Curious Janine with Janine Brisebois

Bio for Janine Brisebois

Janine Brisebois, BSC, RMT, M-NLP, is an MC, speaker, facilitator, author, successful entrepreneur, business professional in sales and training, and a personal consultant with decades of success. Her studies in psychology, neurology and communication allowed her to dedicate her life to serving people as a rehabilitation counselor, educator, injury control coordinator and registered massage therapist.

It is in the massage room where Janine compiled her knowledge into a dynamic system that identifies trauma in the nervous system and works to release it quickly. She became a master at how thoughts trigger one’s health and wellness – emotionally, physically, socially, and neurologically. She believes we are made up of at least 7 Dimensions. Her passion is to assist leaders to become aware of these dimensions and thereby empower their teams, reducing attrition and creating cultures based on trust.

Episode highlight

Janine Brisebois’ life is defined by her curious nature. Join in to learn how she has unravelled life’s lessons by asking the right questions.

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Quotes

  • “I hadn’t really considered the difference between mind and brain ever, really, because for me, one needed the other in order to perform properly.”
  • “When I look at you because you’re different, it’s not because I’m discriminating against you, I’m simply curious about you.”
  • “I became quite introspective about who I was and what was important to me and I recognized that it is about reaching into the hearts of other people, quite literally, and experiencing them the way that they are.”
  • “God is love and we have that within every single one of us and that’s our job as people… to find that love in each other and make it shine.”
  • “God, for me, created each of us and we’re all… amazing miracles.”
  • “It’s very easy to put yourself down if you’re not doing what everybody else is doing.”
  • “I am in awe of the journey that people have been on and how they get themselves to where they are today and it’s really exciting for me to understand how they… found ways to cope or to overcome or to nourish themselves and the impact that that has on those around them.”
  • “I haven’t met anybody yet who has not had trauma… those traumatic experiences shape us and shape our decisions about who we’re going to be and what we think of the world around us… When we go back to the rootedness of that trauma, that’s where we can make a change – that’s where we can impact our going forward because… trauma… dwarves us emotionally, spiritually in a manner that doesn’t allow us to become the best version of ourselves.”
  • “When the leader recognizes the impact that they can have on the culture in that organization, by their communication process, they can completely alter the culture of the organization… [from] one that is rooted in fear… [to one] that is rooted in trust.”
  • “I would say that every day is an absolutely fantastic day and it’s the miracle of… who we are and where we are is in this very moment, right here, right now, because we don’t know if we have another moment. So, live it, be it, and enjoy it”.

Takeaways

Childhood incidents:

Janine was born with a medical condition which forced her to spend time in the hospital away from her family. She noticed that the other children had different experiences than she did, since some were sicker and some better than her. She developed her curiosity from that young age, wanting to know more about those children.

Janine grew up on a farm, which became the basis of many actions she took in life.  She shared a poorly insulated house with her 7 siblings and parents. There was no electricity, and running water meant running to the well! They raised animals such as cattle, chickens and pigs for slaughter. This part of her survival experience piqued her curiosity about the workings of the body and made her thirsty for knowledge.

When Janine held a warm heart of a cow for the first time in her hands, she was amazed at the bunch of muscles which kept such a large animal alive. She says her father “was phenomenal at answering questions in a respectful manner”. Even though he didn’t always have the answers, his approach encouraged her to view life, always questioning what everything meant, for herself, for others and through their perceptions.

Around age 12, Janine began massaging people and thus began noticing how the musculature of human animals was different to their non-human counterparts. However, when she graduated high school, she wasn’t allowed to study massage therapy since it was not viewed as an honourable profession. She went to university for a science degree instead, where she studied psychology, the brain and the nervous system, dissecting brains to understand how they related to the rest of the body.

When two of Janine’s younger sisters drove a car into a dugout, they almost drowned. While people were trying to pull the car out once the girls were safe, Janine noticed the otherwise noisy geese on the other side of the dugout quietly observing the entire time. She recalls, “For me, they were just birds, they were just food. And yet, they could sense.” She wondered what about the stressful event had impacted the geese enough to change their behaviour, further fuelling her curiosity.

Groups you were born into and belonged to:

Janine was born into a French-Canadian family living in a rural farming community which was English. Her parents faced discrimination and travelled often for social activities to the French community located a distance away. As a young child, Janine was curious about the reasons behind this rift. She and her siblings were also discriminated against because their French was not perfect.

She grew up in the Catholic Church, and her house was often the gathering place for breakfast. Though her mother didn’t share her father’s social nature, Janine was curious about the lives of everyone who came home. Faith played an important role in their lives, and the community prayed together to get them through the difficult times they faced as farmers.

Being a life learner, Janine has joined many different groups to satiate her curiosity. Though she has learned a lot about people this way, she looks for a different group to join “if the group isn’t learning and growing.”

Temperament and personality influences

Janine has always been a curious person, but people called her nosy. She is also a kind person and believes in giving to the best of her ability, to any situation or person. She admits to occasionally having a bad temper. Through her studies, she has developed an understanding of people and a deep respect for them.

A time I became aware that my way of doing things was cultural and specific to my cultural experience

Janine is animated in her joy and excitement, and her self-expression is always authentic and honest. However, she has been asked to tone that down by people who are not as “explosive” as her in a state of happiness. Janine is firmly of the opinion that “they don’t know how to have fun”!

Janine would stay at jobs till she had learned what she wished to, then would move to a similar job in a different location to have new experiences. She found that the people in all the places she lived in – Yukon Territory, Saskatchewan and Alberta – had different cultures and lifestyles from her and from each other.

Advice to an employer to work with me

Janine advises that the best way to work with her “is to be open, first and foremost”. She works to unearth problems and help find the right solutions. Only by being receptive can organizational leaders learn about the concerns of their direct reports to reduce the attrition rate and achieve success. “Stop being disconnected from the people”, she urges.

More great insights from our guest!

Janine conducts one-on-one and group workshops for people to make the most of their personal and/or professional lives. She is also in the process of developing self-exploration workshops for young adults to help them carve their paths ahead. She is devoted to empowering her audience to shift their mindset from lack to abundance, to rediscover their dream and to act on their beliefs to achieve the life they truly want.

Tagline

Inside Out: A French-Canadian business professional shares the wisdom on the miracle of life and death she gained by examining the bodies of animals on her farm.

Extro

When Janine Brisebois experienced holding an animal heart in her hand and seeing lungs expand, she added this understanding of how the inner workings of nerves, muscles, ligaments came together to a deep understanding of how to work with people and help with their physical and health issues from the context of the universe and the human spirit.

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