Motivational Speaker’s Traveling Truths: Bob’s Old…And Relevant

funny motivational speaker Colette Carlson meets Bob“Those of you in the exit row have extra leg room that comes with extra responsibilities!” said the Southwest flight attendant.  The 93-year-old man sitting next to me turned, our eyes connected, and through the power of laughter, we instantly bonded.

Although my intention on the short flight was to read one magazine grabbed from the sky-high pile back in my office, my plans changed. Maybe it’s because my own father is 87 now, but when I looked into this man’s crinkled eyes, I knew the knowledge of how to look leaner, longer and 10 pounds lighter instantly — was going to have to wait!

Life Lesson #1: When frustrated with another, look in the mirror.

Bob was off to visit the older of his two daughters. “I stayed four days with my youngest one over the holidays, but with this one, I can only stay three days as she’s too much like me!” His comment made me reflect on a funny truth in life with my own girls. Oftentimes the little things that drive us nuts about others are the same qualities we have in spades. The reason the control-freak in the office might drive you to drink is because it frustrates you not to have it YOUR way!

Life Lesson #2: School is Never Out for the Pro

Not only does Bob show up weekly for the Seniors Computer Group of San Diego, but he’s Vice President of Membership – 103 members strong! Next time I’m learning a new app and wanting to throw my phone across the room, I’m going to visualize Bob for a dose of inspiration and perspective.

Bob, like my father, exercises daily. Guess I didn’t need to read that magazine after all!



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. Colette, I love that we both just posted the same idea of holding up a mirror!  I also love the reminder to stay active, stay connected and  continue to learn new skills.  Thanks Bob!

  2. Excellent, Colette!  And thanks to Bob as well!  But mostly to you – for finding the lessons in every day life.  Great reminder about that danged mirror.

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