Are You Willing to Take Off Your Mask Today?

Communication-Speaker-Colette-CarlsonA big part of Halloween fun is the chance to be someone else for a night – a vampire, a witch, or a naughty something-or-other. (Notice how every costume now comes in the “naughty” variation? It’s one thing for adults, but some of those pre-teen costumes make girls look like Prosti-tots! Just sayin’). But what about those personas, those masks, we wear throughout the year?

As a motivational speaker, I remind people, “Speak your Truth.” A major part of that includes living as your authentic self. But sometimes we’ve played a role for so long – spouse, parent, child, employee, supervisor — we lose sight of who we really are. We define ourselves by how we believe we “should” behave within the boundaries of our roles. It’s safe and comfortable there, isn’t it? Allowing your true self to be seen requires risk, and a big one for many of us: What if people don’t like me? News flash: Everyone DOESN’T like you. But you’re still breathing, right?

Perhaps you’ve played a role for so long, you’re not sure who your authentic self is. If so, start to listen to your feelings — the ones that surface when you say yes to another distraction disguised as an opportunity when you’ve just told another you’re overwhelmed. Listen to the feelings that surface when someone doesn’t come through for you and you respond, “That’s okay.” Listen to your truth. What better time than now to take off your mask and be yourself?


Step into the Truth Booth, improve your life, and laugh along the way with funny motivational speaker Colette Carlson. How did she go from emotional coward and the Pizza Delivery’s favorite customer to #1 sales producer for sales legend Tom Hopkins and Brian Tracy, featured in Success Magazine, a 50 lb. weight loss, and inspiring audiences at Microsoft, Accenture, Pepsi, Boeing, and organizations worldwide? Visit her at or call 760-230-1212.

Colette founded Speak Your Truth, Inc. to share her success systems and inspire others to Think It! Speak It! Live It! Her tools and takeaways create authentic, long-lasting change in every aspect of your life. With a MA in human behavior, a successful business and 2 teenage daughters, Colette provides a unique combination of education, research, real-life experience, and heartfelt humor to motivate you with her high content programs. Improve your Communication Skills, Work-Life Balance, Sales, Leadership, Assertiveness, Negotiation…all wrapped in the genuine power of Speaking Your Truth.

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  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE this post. I'm going to share it. No wonder you are such a powerful motivational speaker Colette – on stage and off.   My favorite line was:  "What if people don’t like me? News flash: Everyone DOESN’T like you. But you’re still breathing, right?" Coming from an ex-people pleaser, it never occurred to me this way. BRILLIANT! I'm going to share this post right now. Thanks a billion!

  2. What, not everyone likes us?  I think that is one of the biggest lessons I've learned.  As a motivational speaker, I often tell my audiences that it's okay for everyone to not like us.  In fact, there are some people that I welcome them to not like me!  (you know those pesky negative nelly's who are always complaining). My role in life is not to have everyone like me.  And, my role is not (and this is a big one) for me to fix everyone!  Thanks Colette – you constantly show such compassion and heart when it comes to helping people speak and live their truth. 

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