Be care of public conversations – people are listening!

I recently met with a dear friend from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and it’s a good thing we are two positive, stay away from the snarky comments and gossip kind of women!  Let me explain how a nosey waiter really reminded me what a small world it truly is, and also to be careful of what you are saying because you never know who’s listening!

We were catching up over lunch at a local restaurant and conversation soon led to my work as a motivational speaker.  When I mentioned my next event was speaking at Purdue University for their foodservice employees, the waiter just happened to be re-filling our water.  He inserted himself into the conversation asking what I did for a living.  So I told him that I inspire audiences to get out of their comfort zone and get a front-row seat in life. I also said that I’m not limited to, but speak a lot in the world of foodservice.  Just then, a man eating lunch alone next to us spoke up. 

“I couldn’t help but overhear your conversation but do you know my brother? He does that too!”  What are the odds that I would know his brother who lives in Salt Lake City who does staff training for a restaurant chain?  Pretty slim.  So I explained that I don’t work for a specific company, but I typically speak at conferences and conventions.   Then, he told me that his brother was the past president of CHART which is the Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers.  Well, that got my attention and I immediately looked at my contacts on my phone and there was his brother's name.  Yes, he was part of the committee that hired me to deliver a keynote address at their conference a year ago! I called his brother on the spot and asked why he hadn’t called his brother lately.

We really had a good laugh over this.  It really is a small world.  But the lesson here is to really be careful about what you say and who you say it to.  Imagine if I had been gossiping or complaining and griping and then I meet the brother of a past client?  I cringe at the thought.

I am thinking of my colleague and friend Colette Carlson who has a message about speaking your truth.  I’m am grateful that my truth is pretty positive and I should keep it that way, just in case someone else is listening!

From your living in a small world 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. Marilyn, GREAT article, and I appreciate the shout out. Appreciate you are a positive speak your truth gal! As someone who has a black-belt in eavesdropping (tight airplanes, what can I say?), I'm often shocked at what others share without a concern in the world over who may be listening. And also a reminder to me to keep my trap shut unless it's something positive and truthful. It is a small world, and you never do know who's listening.

  2. I hear that! :)

  3. Wow! So true! You really never know who might be listening! Thanks for the reminder Marilyn!

  4. True – and – motivational speakers are always talking to somebody! In fact LOTS of somebodies! And we never know who knows who in this world! GREAT reminder!

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