What’s your story?

Seeing my mom in a whole different light!

Seeing my mom in a whole different light!

I can't stop looking at this picture of my mother when she was 16. You may be wondering why I would write a blog about my mom. Is it because I am showing off how stunning she was? 

Maybe a little.

But, that's not really it. 

It's really about understanding people's stories. 

You see, when I'm hired by corporate and association markets to inspire audiences and teach them communication skills to reduce conflict in the workplace, one of my 'last resort' techniques is to make up a story about someone's childhood. This helps people have more empathy, patience and understanding with others (especially difficult people) when you don't have the opportunity to find out who they really are and what there real story is.  

What this picture did for me was to ask my mom, when and where was this photo taken? What's the story?

She told me she was on one of her first dates with my dad. She pose this way because of the part of the sign that says 'don't miss it', which cracked her up. And oh yes, she made the dress.  I just think this story speaks volumes about a time so long ago, about her time. Now I know a little bit more of my mom and how playful and fun she was (and still is).  This picture makes me to want to know more about her real story – and THAT is the point of my blog. Who do you want to know more about? Who do you want to have a deeper than usual conversation with to find out a little bit more about why they are who they are today? 

What a gift it is that I sitll have both of my parents that I can have these precious conversations. 

From your excited to know more of the story 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 http://www.MarilynSherman.com

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. Great post Marilyn! As a motivational speaker, I LOVE stories. And I love finding out the story behind the face. Just one little piece of information about someone can make you see them in a whole new light. And when you hear their story – they become real – and we have more empathy for each other – and we are more connected. At least that's my story, and I'm sticking to it!


  2. I knew you'd love the story angle Kelly – you are so good at bringing your stories to light.  But it's true, just one little piece of info can make all the difference in the world!!!

  3. Motivational speakers are frequently wired to find the story behind the story. Or at least I am. I didn't want to wonder about my 93 year old grandmother, so I brought my little audio recorder to her beside, asked her a bazillion questions and recorded her answers. Now if I could only find the darned recording!!

  4. Yes, Marilyn, your Mother is stunning in that photo! Call it maturity, but I know listen to my Father's repetitive stories with joy, rather than frustration. Perhaps it's because I know one day I'll long to hear them one more time.

  5. Now you have me curious. What year was the picture taken? You say "a long time ago."

  6. She passed down her beauty, Marilyn!  You are fortunate to have both your parents still around to continue to dig a little deeper into their stories.  That's where connections are made; with our families and with our audience.  Thanks for the great advice!

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