From the YouTube clip page, you can see the following extract: “Michelle is an Inspirational Speaker, International Coach, and Corporate Trainer with the John Maxwell Leadership Team. She brings her vivacity, personal anecdotes and passion to energize and evoke positive change around her.”  For me, I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Michelle since my arrival in Colorado Springs. I always knew there was something special about her, and after watching her TEDx Talk in Colorado Springs earlier this fall, I can see that she has a true gift for leadership and storytelling. Many people can give three actionable ideas to become a better person; few have the gift to do so in a such a compelling fashion.  To quickly summarize, the points are:

  • Have a plan (“if you don’t have a plan, you are just wandering”)
  • Eat dessert first (“all the wonderful things in life”)
  • Avoid ruts (“the difference between a rut and a grave are the dimensions that you build it”)

My favourite quote that speaks to her unique perspective:

“The glass is not half-full; it’s refillable.”

Over the course of 19+ minutes, you will be brought upon a life-long journey and be standing right next to Michelle during happy times and heart-wrenching moments as she shares life and leadership lessons from her amazing mother-in-law Mary (hence the name of the talk and this title). Michelle (and TEDx Colorado Springs) – thank you for sharing this story. If Michelle’s story resonates with you, then please leave a comment on the YouTube Page – more comments increase Michelle’s possibility of getting selected for national-level TED Talks.

For VOCL listeners/readers – have you been fortunate enough to have a Mary in your life?  If so, please let me know!

For more information on Michelle, please go to her website.


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