Entries by maryanne

What NOT to Do in Your Investor Pitch

I love an encore. An encore means the audience loved every minute of the experience and wants even more. I love going to concerts, hearing all my favorite hits, and not wanting it to end, cheering for the band to come back out and play one last song.   And the honor of GIVING an […]

When I Had to Eat My Words

I don't know about you, but I'm really glad words don't have calories… because I eat WAY too many of them.   When I was a kid, I didn't necessarily know what I wanted to be when I grew up, but I knew what I did NOT want to be: a TEACHER.   I came […]

What My Kids Taught Me About Leadership

Today is National Sons Day and what better way to celebrate this than to honor the boys (and all children) in our lives. Raising my boys has been a blessing (and often a challenge,) but for all I have tried to teach them, I've probably learned just as much if not more from them in return, regarding […]

Here’s Why You Should Still Look the Part

A couple of weeks ago I had an experience that felt oddly foreign to me.   I had the pleasure of heading out to do a live “Speaking to Influence” leadership communication training for a client (something I've missed very much), and in getting ready to go, I put on… pumps.   As soon as […]

Forget Lemons- What To Do When Life Gives You Manure

Many of you know that I live in a suburb of Philadelphia, not far from the beautiful Longwood Gardens. (You may remember Paul Redman, CEO of Longwood Gardens, who was my guest on Episode 6 of the Speaking to Influence Podcast. Definitely check out our conversation here.)   Well, Longwood Gardens is in a town […]

How Your Mindset Pulls You Away from Your Dreams

Yesterday was Labor Day, a day to reflect with gratitude on the work we have, and all those who labor to make the world go round. Especially in this pandemic-inspired era, I know I'm even more aware of those essential workers who take care of us physically, drive the delivery trucks, stock the grocery store […]

When You Should Not Mind Your Own Business

(Read all the way to the bottom to learn about an exciting new Discovery Network show!)   My third grade teacher, Mrs. Kolker, had a favorite expression whenever one of us engaged in a favorite eight-year-old pastime: tattling.   “M.Y.O.B.” she would declare – Mind Your Own Business – before turning back to her work […]

What It Takes to be an Influencer

Don't you wish that when you explain things to people, they'd just listen, get it, and follow your advice?   Whether you want to be an “influencer” in the above sense, or the trendier “Influencer” on social media who endorses products and advocates causes, the simple fact is that influencers are leaders. And that brings […]

Are You Afraid to Raise Your Hand?

On Friday my 5-year-old son came home from the library with a storybook I'd never heard of before: Raise Your Hand, by Alice Paul Tapper.     It's a wonderful, autobiographical story about a little girl who is afraid to raise her hand in school for fear of being embarrassed if she gives the wrong answer in […]

How to Raise Awareness of Your Brand

If there's one thing I have learned in 13 years of entrepreneurship and starting four different companies to varying degrees of success, it's the importance of constantly working to increase brand awareness. In other words, how do you help more people to know that you exist, and why you're the expert they've been looking for […]