The Simplicity of Speaking

By Marsha Petrie Sue, MBA
Professional Speaker, Executive Coach, Author

“Be brilliant from the platform – always,” was the very first advice I received from the fabulous Glenna Salsbury in 1997. Excellent advice and pretty simple, but what does that really mean? Here is what I’ve learned and how I have grown my business. Each step is important if you want to develop a successful speaking practice.

  • Always be authentic. Don’t attempt to have the style of another person. Audiences are smart and they will know if you are genuine or not.

Managing Misfits

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by Marsha Petrie Sue, MBA

mis·fit, noun – a person whose behavior or attitude sets them apart from others in an uncomfortably conspicuous way.


Polish up your communication skills and get ready to manage these people who rob you and the team of time and energy. Here are the top four problems currently seen in the workplace. They come in the form of egotists, chronically absent, skill gap and time wasters.


Issue: Employee or co-workers who think of themselves as indispensable and have a superior attitude. Their untouchable attitude is upsetting and will lower morale unless the manager addresses this off-putting behavior. Rules don’t apply to them and they will alienate others forcing the group to work in silo.

Abrasive or Persuasive: A Leadership Difference


Why do some leaders have a natural following and others don’t? Their chosen style of communication has much to do with their likeability and ultimately their success as a leader. In today’s fast paced environment, leaders are rocketing to new heights at a mind boggling pace and promoted because they are sharp, not necessarily because of their ability to connect with the group. Problem? This abrasive approach is used because of lack of understanding the benefits of a persuasive approach. This can increase the turnover of the best and brightest because they will shop for a more pleasant environment.



How did life become so amazing? I’m sitting at my desk in Scottsdale listening to the chatter of two Great Horned Owls who live in a backyard Mesquite tree. The cool breeze brushing through the window reminds me how blessed I am to be living the life I have chosen. For me, it’s all about gratitude.

I’ve used a Success Journal for years and it has morphed into a Success/Gratitude Journal.

What I’ve learned in reflection:

  • If I’m reading and find a typo, I’ll focus on all the words spelled correctly.

Ruffled Feathers: Five tips to manage anger


by Marsha Petrie Sue, MBA

The election is over. There will always be winners and losers. That is the way democracy works. Many feathers are ruffled.  Poor babies. We get upset and often don’t know how we arrived in an ugly fight. This is a waste of time and I’ve made a choice not to buy into anyone else’s craziness or bitter comments. I have learned how to not get my own feathers ruffled.

Conflicts become growth opportunities when you deal with them effectively. Here are five tips:

Maturity: How to address the elusive detail of personal responsibility


by Marsha Petrie Sue, MBA

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Maturity is underrated, misunderstood, and in a downward spiral. Hiring in business is done with the hope a fully-grown brain and mature thinking comes along with the human body in which it is housed. There is a name being given to a disorder that describes people who lack maturity; IED or Intermittent Emotional Disorder. Don’t let this be a built-in excuse!

Here is another wrinkle. In the past, many experts believed the brain had finished developing in the mid to late teens. Today, consensuses of neuroscientists agree brain development likely persists until at least the mid-20s – possibly until the 30s. (Mental Health Daily, 2/18/2015).

The Truth About Lying

by Marsha Petrie Sue, MBA

We’re lied to 10 to 200 times a day, and tell a lie ourselves an average of 1 to 2 times in the same period according to Psychology Today magazine. How do you spot someone who is not being perfectly honest? Here are seven ideas to spot someone whose pants are on fire.

  • “To be perfectly honest” begins a sentence. Beware! This can be an immediate sign that something is being hidden.

Validating Perception: 7 Steps to Make 360 Reviews Effective


by Marsha Petrie Sue, MBA

How do your colleagues, superiors and subordinates view you? Do you know? Do you even care?  You better!  As an Executive Coach this tool has become valuable in understanding behavioral blind spots. It validates perspectives and perceptions.  This great instrument must be carefully introduced with emphasis on uncovering the good and the blind spots.

  1. Introduction: Make it positive and frame the activity as a learning opportunity. Frequently the person being rated is nervous because they believe this will be their demise. Begin by having people privately rate themselves. Take a copy for your records. At this time, I prefer to give no feedback.
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