50-for-50 interview: Dyana Valentine, instigator

dyana valentine, instigator

Encountering the full force of Dyana Valentine is not unlike being caught in klieg lights at a surprise birthday party with 200 of your closest friends after drinking four cups of coffee: she is—and this is putting things mildly—intensely alive. Fortunately, she’s found ways of channeling all of that gorgeous energy into a variety of productive pursuits. She is a coach (and a kick-ass, nonstop-idea-generating one) for those who have all but abandoned a beloved project. She is a performer-cum-emcee, lighting up the stage with stories and group-rallying. And she is a tireless champion of potential, coaxing it out of the most recalcitrant until they wonder why they ever didn’t want to come out to play. For this very special writer-lady, a very special interview: on video. Because when it comes to Dyana, words alone just won’t do.

Dyana Valentine is not for the faint of heart. She’s spent the past 12 years instigating entrepreneurs and teams to complete seemingly impossible projects—we’re talking major brand overhauls, six-figure product launches, full-fledged manuscripts. She serves up straight-from-the-hip advice in online magazines and columns all over the ‘net…in a past life, she was an idiot-savant microsurgery tech, worked for the Olympic Games organizing committee, and was personally approached by the FBI with a recruitment invitation—for classified reasons – on two separate occasions.

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