Motivational speaker loses hers Cool factor!


I’ve always heard how important it is to give random acts of kindness. Isn’t there a saying about how important it is to give as if no one is watching or something like that?  I must be in a really good place right now, because when I feel good, it’s easier to do those little things for others.  I am more convinced than ever that small acts of kindness can lead to big blessings!  Recently I was speaking in front of a group of agents and bureaus that book speakers and I was feeling great.  I finally had my chance to showcase what I do in front of the people who could book me.  As a motivational speaker, that is huge!  After months of planning (a 20-minute presentation is a lot harder than a 60-minute one!), my 20 minutes went great.  Then there was the cocktail reception and awards gala.  I was feeling relieved, elated, joyful, and hopeful and not wanting to overstay my welcome, headed up to my room before last call at the bar.  Out of the corner of my eye, I could see a couple of guys; dressed way down but obviously heading toward the elevator banks.  It was late, and for a split second, I wondered if I would be safe.  (I watch way too many real life crime stories on TV).  I know some people would have gotten on the elevator and hit the close door button quickly so as not to have to wait for other customers.  But, I wanted to practice a small gesture to two strangers who were coming my way.  I entered the elevator and pushed the door open button and waited.  They were dragging their feet as if they had had a long day but I didn’t mind, I was feeling good.  I was right; they were headed toward the elevator and entered.  I stood back with that warm feeling knowing that it’s the little things in life that make people feel good.  Then, I looked closer at these two guys and feeling particularly chatty said; “You look like you sing for Earth, Wind, and Fire” (one of my favorite all-time groups who I talk about in my keynote speeches!)  To which they both turned around and looked at me and smiled.  I recognized right away the lead singer of Earth, Wind and Fire.  I said, “Oh, you ARE Philip Bailey! Wow – what are you doing here?” They had just finished a corporate gig.  My cool vibe stayed on the lobby level and I started rambling about the time his cousin, or was it his nephew, who took me back stage at a Vegas concert and introduced us and I was so grateful for the big hug,  and that moment in Vegas turned into a story I share in my keynote presentations about getting a front-row seat in life  blah blah blah.  I’ve been telling that Earth Wind and Fire story for years, and would be telling it again the next day for my own corporate client. To say the  moment was surreal would be an understatement.  To think that I was so composed not two minutes earlier!

So, I got the random act of kindness down, but now I need to work on my random act of coolness and composure!  I’m just curious, what would you have done – the ultimate elevator speech – if someone you admire or respected or was the subject of a story you’ve been telling for years suddenly appeared in an elevator with you?

From your tying to be more cool 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. LOVE this story. And I would add it to my keynote when you tell the original! And you are an original, Marilyn. Keep sharing and motivating us to get that front-row seat!

  2. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this story Marilyn! And it just goes to show that those little acts of kindness can come back to you! Awesome!

  3. GREAT story, Marilyn!  This is the way the story is SUPPOSED to go – and it’s so great to see it happen that way.  And of course it only happened that way because of the choice you made.  Nice!

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