Are you energized or drained by other people?

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What does success mean?

A question that was posed in a group chat recently was "Are you an extrovert or an introvert?"  Trust me, not all motivational speakers are extroverts, but I am. I get energized when I'm around people.  I think that's why my husband gets so excited when I book another speech – because I come back so happy and energized after being around so many people!

But, there's more to it than that. What do you need to succeed? Before I go on stage, I want to feel like I know my audience. In my pre-calls, I always want to know what's going on the night before my presentation. Sometimes it's a cocktail reception, sometimes it's an off-site excursion (recently a client rented out SeaWorld for a private function), sometimes it's a concert. Yes, Earth Wind and Fire was the entertainment for one group. (Did I tell you I LOVE my job?) 

Whatever the event is, I ALWAYS want to attend. I meet the most interesting and sometimes extraordinary people. I get to know who they are and what drives them.  Often times, I have used an example from the night before in my presentation the next day. Does it show them that I care? Does it show that I'm going the extra mile to be involved? Sure. But, that's not the total reason I do it. 

I need to feel a part of the group. I need to feel included. I get energized around people, and that's what I need to succeed.  Not all speakers are like this.  I know someone who needs quiet, solitude, and relaxation before a presentation. And, if he is required to go to a pre-event? He charges extra in his contract!

So what do you need to succeed? Once you figure that out, find a way to get it.

From your energized-around-people motivational speaker, Marilyn Sherman


Marilyn Sherman, CSP is a Front-Row Leadership Expert helping people get out of the balcony and get a front-row seat in life. For over 20 years she has inspired audiences with topics on Visioning, Goal Achievement and having a No More Excuses attitude! Check out her fun, dynamic style at

Marilyn Sherman, Owner UpFront Presentations - Helping people get a Front-Row seat in their life!
9030 W. Sahara Ave #444
Las Vegas, NV 89117

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  1. This really made me think, Marilyn, and sometimes that hurts my brain! :) As the newest motivational speaker on the block I'm starting to broaden my view of what it takes to succeed in this business and I'm crystal clear that it isn't just being great on stage.  It's the relationships we make all  along the way from the first phone call with the meeting planner, to the attendees whose lives we touch and those who touch us back all the way to the final wave goodby.   I used to follow the Macrobiotic Diet which translates to "Large View of Life". That's how I see myself succeeding in this wonderful business!

  2. This motivational speaker has taken a page from your book and looked for opportunities to attend the entire conference if my life and schedule allows. I only wish these events encouraged work-out attire so I could zip right from the plane without feeling the pressure to glamorize before showing up or cramming yet another outfit into my luggage that coordinates with my shoes, jewlery, purse, etc chosen for my time speaking. One of the few times I wish I was a man and could simply add a shirt! But I digress…showing up is where it's at and you rock at making it happen, Marilyn.

  3. Awesome question, Marilyn!  I don't know if I've ever asked myself what I need in my life to succeed! And as a motivational speaker, I always say you can't get what you want until you have defined it. Time for me to define it.  One thing I know for sure….I need you ladies.

  4. GREAT question! Not only for motivational speakers, but for everyone! And as for me, well, sometimes I need quite, alone, focused time, and other times I need people, conversation and connection. I just kind of go with what I need at any given point – OR what is NEEDED of me at any given point. 

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