Marilyn Sherman

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Marilyn Sherman is not just a speaker, she is a force of nature. With over 25 years of experience in corporate training and professional speaking, she has established herself as one of the most sought-after keynote speakers in the industry. Her passion for helping people achieve their goals is palpable, and her engaging and fun personality makes her the perfect choice to open a conference or close a conference, even with the most hard-to-motivate audiences. 

Marilyn’s dedication to her craft has earned her the distinguished honor of being inducted into the National Speaker’s Association CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame in 2018. This designation is only given to the most accomplished professional speakers in the world. Her body of work and commitment to her clients is a testament to her unwavering passion for excellence. 

Marilyn has written four motivational books that have inspired countless readers to take action, get out of their comfort zone, and get a front-row seat in life. All of her books offer practical advice and inspiring stories that encourage readers to live and lead with more passion and purpose. 

Audiences learn her simple yet powerful message: life is too short to settle for mediocrity. She believes everyone has the potential to achieve greatness, and she is dedicated to helping people develop the skills and mindsets need to succeed.  Like an usher at a Las Vegas show, Marilyn illuminates the path to success by shining her light to help others get to the front row of their lives.



Front-Row Success: How Top Performers Never Settle for Balcony Seats

How do you motivate your teams to show up and give their best effort every day? According to a recent Gallup poll, 60% of today’s workforce are emotionally detached from their work, and 28% are miserable. Now is the perfect time to help your teams re-engage, re-inspire, and re-ignite their passion for their work. Marilyn has figured out what it takes to motivate even the hard-to-motivate audience. From car salespeople to medical supervisors to IT professionals, the most common phrase Marilyn hears after this keynote is, “You were speaking directly to me, and I needed to hear this today.” This dynamic program is ideal for an opening or closing keynote because it has the perfect blend of inspiring stories coupled with actionable items that attendees can use immediately. People walk away ready to implement success strategies based on her S.E.A.T. of Success formula: SEE the outcome you desire. Top performers know that success begins with a clear, articulated vision. You must see the end result first so you are inspired to make decisions that will support moving you in the direction of your dreams. Be ENERGY-focused toward your vision. Instead of focusing on time management to accomplish what you want, focus instead on Energy Management.

Don’t waste your high-energy time with low-impact distractions. And certainly, learn how to set boundaries with others who want to sabotage your time by asking you for favors at any time during the day. ATTITUDE adjustment. We all know that people do business with people they know, like, and trust. And, people with a positive, optimistic attitude are MORE likely to be trusted and certainly liked by others. If you want to sell a product, a service, or an idea, try adjusting your attitude to be optimistic and positively project what you want. TENACITY at MAX Capacity when faced with adversity. There are obstacles all along the path to the front row. Marilyn inspires attendees to handle adversity with courage, compassion, and kindness. It takes courage, first and foremost, to see where you are sitting in your life vs. where you want to sit. Then, have some compassion first for yourself. You’ve been through a lot. We all have. And, if you show compassion to yourself, you are more likely to show compassion to others. Kindness happens when we take a moment to notice someone who may need a little boost. It doesn’t take much to show kindness, but it can have a huge impact.

Desired Outcomes: Increased sales, increased employee engagement, a more motivated workforce, and bigger results.

Communicating for Results: From Conflict to Cooperation

There is a heightened tension in the workplace lately, and there is more potential for conflict. Yet, no one likes conflict, and most people would rather avoid critical conversations in order to keep the peace. However, conflict avoidance never works. But how do you confront someone without having a constructive conversation escalate into workplace drama? Marilyn shows you what to say, when to say it, and how to say it in order to resolve potential conflict situations before people get too upset. Plus, teams are so much more effective when people are straightforward in their communication without harboring any resentments from past unresolved conflicts. This presentation will have you walking out knowing that you have the tools to keep your cool when confronting others, or even when you’re being confronted by someone else. Oh, and by the way, you will now know what to say to the bully, so they won’t bother you again. You will be able to tell it like it is but in a way that brings people together and does not alienate or divide.

Desired Outcomes: Clearer communication, less conflict, higher performing teams.

Managing Change for Optimal Results: Are You a VICTIM, VACATIONER, or VOLUNTEER?

Organizations are encountering change more than ever before. But how are you managing and navigating that change? People default to one of three mindsets when faced with change: victim, vacationer, or volunteer. If you are a VICTIM to change, you feel and act like people are out to get you and you take change personally. You don’t feel your voice matters, so you never speak up. If you are a VACATIONER, you are disengaged and wait for others to make the conversions necessary. You don’t pay attention until it’s crunch time; then you try to ask for help with urgency and last-minute stress. The third and most valued mindset is one of a VOLUNTEER. This is where you are engaged, ask good questions, and are resourceful in making the change a success. This workshop addresses how you can manage victims and vacationers and help your team become volunteers to navigate change in order to increase the likelihood of success.

Desired outcomes: Identify behaviors that help not hinder change, increase communication with teams, decrease workplace stress associated with change.

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Thank you Marilyn for your time, energy, and most importantly, sharing what you love with us! Some comments: “I really came away thinking about my work differently, I want to be as effective as I can be. The keynote speaker and the personal accountability to be a better, more highly effective leader was excellent!’ Thank you again Marilyn for inspiring others to be better than they were yesterday!

Melinda Altamirano, Regional Director, Starbucks Coffee Company

Thank you so much for presenting to the McDonald’s Global Internal Audit department. We received wonderful feedback on both sessions: ‘Marilyn’s presentation was impressive’ ‘Wow – Marilyn has so much enthusiasm in her presentation skills that it’s contagious!’ ‘I was so empowered to take charge and change some things in my life’ ‘I found Marilyn’s presentation very interesting and alive. She is a great speaker, knows how to keep our focus and attention.’ ‘I absolutely loved the presentation!’ We hope to work with you again.

Amy Jones, Internal Audit Manager, McDonald’s Corporation

It was a pleasure to host Marilyn Sherman as our keynote speaker…her customized approach will pay dividends to our company for years to come. We recently booked her for a fourth engagement!

Steven M. Sweeney, CEO, Chartwells