Speaker Hoarseness: Vocal Hygiene

My frequent hoarseness drove me to see a specialist to rule out cancer with a laryngoscopy. Then, I had 8 sessions with a speech pathologist who specialized in 'Vocal Hygiene,' (I love that title) for preservation and healthy maintenance of the voice. My hoarseness improved even on days when I went in with a hoarse [...]

By |2016-10-14T15:18:13-05:00August 3rd, 2015|Overall Health, Speaker, Storytelling|3 Comments

What does HOPE mean? Not necessarily ‘a CURE.’

If you ask a cancer survivor what HOPE means to them, their answer may not necessarily be 'a CURE.' It may be 'feeling well enough to attend a family event in two months,' or 'accomplish a task within the week', or  'have a pain-free moment'. After my presentation at Grand Rounds, I had a tour [...]

Creative Commercial Tells a Story

This commercial tells a compelling story. They are not selling services. They are selling their passion to make a difference through STORY. No better vehicle to engage listeners and be memorable than through a story. It certainly worked with me! It's a story about a healthy active woman diagnosed with cancer but survives well due [...]

By |2016-10-14T15:18:13-05:00September 28th, 2014|Storytelling|0 Comments

Talk 4 Hope: A Love Story

“We were engaged 35 years ago, but never married. Now, we are engaged again,” explained the couple sitting at the next table at the restaurant. I started talking to them when the server rolled the cooking table over with the ingredients to prepare my favorite dessert in the world, bananas foster, which is served flaming. [...]

Talk For Hope: Turning Loneliness into a Business

When I meet a person, I'm anxious to know their story. What do they stand for? How has their life experience shaped them? I met Samantha through this article in Business Insider and her story is worth telling. She is a professional hugger. She hugs people for $60/hour and makes $7200 a month. Soon she [...]

Talk For Hope: Overcoming Limitations from Cerebral Palsy

A story not silenced. When I spoke to this radio interviewer, I heard words are slightly slurred  and others annunciated with a struggle. Very quickly into the conversation, I got past the struggle and heard the strong vice and smart mind of this man who has a passion to improve the world by being an example himself [...]