Entries by maryanne

How to Create an Experience for Your Audience

My wedding day was one of the best days of my life, because I got to do two things I never thought I’d be able to do:   Get married! (I was already over 40 – let’s face it, statistics weren’t in my favor); and Dance with my father, while his Alzheimer’s was still in […]

What to Do When There’s No Undo Button

My husband and I are big fans of musical theater, and on Saturday, as a belated Valentine’s Day celebration, we went to see the show “Hadestown” at the Academy of Music.   WOW.   The music was incredible, and the story was more than a little relatable.   Inspired by Greek mythology, it centers around […]

What I Want for My Birthday

Yes, it’s official: Today is my birthday!    I’m not usually one to make a fuss or need a party, (although I’ll never turn down a nice dinner that I don’t have to cook!) and I don’t need boxes to unwrap.    I’m much more about the effort. It’s not the magnitude of the effort, […]

Do You Speak from Your Right Brain or Left Brain?

I heard it again the other day.   In speaking with a colleague, she described her partner as being “such a Type-A personality.”   I had to laugh, because while we’re all familiar with the notion of the stereotypical “Type-A personality” as being structured, rigid, perhaps a bit uptight and/or even a control freak, I […]

Do You Wish People Could Read Your Mind

When I was first out of college (many, many moons ago,) I taught third grade in south-central Los Angeles. One of the most surprisingly perplexing subjects to teach was cursive handwriting. I did my best not just to model how to correctly formulate each new letter, (“the lowercase ‘m’ has three round mountains, with no […]

How to Explain Your Business in One Sentence

Q: How is solving problems like wearing a miner’s headlamp? A: Because it let’s you see everyone else’s clearly, but you’re still in the dark when it comes to looking at yourself. Do any of these sound familiar?   “I tell others not to beat themselves up for mistakes, but I have a hard time […]

What To Do When You Can’t See the Staircase

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” -The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   Yesterday we commemorated the incredible life and works of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   I won’t begin to pretend to understand the reality of the […]

When to Use Honey and When to Use Vinegar

“Which is right? Being clear and direct, or sugar-coating everything?”   If I had a dollar for every time a client asked this question – or some version of it – I could have retired by now. (Okay, maybe not, but I’d be a lot closer!)   It’s a common expression of frustration when people […]

How to Become Captivating in 2022

( Comic by José María Nieto @humorjmnieto)     Happy New Year!   Why happy? Because I’m choosing to make it happy.   Don’t get me wrong – it would be easy to join the blamers, complainers and nay-sayers. After all:   Most of my family had some (thankfully minor) version of Covid over Christmas […]

9 Ways to Finish 2021 With a Smile

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. – Oprah Winfrey   We did it again! We are in the home stretch of 2021 and looking back, I am incredibly grateful for everything I have: a nice home […]