He was my partner in life and in business. Every day I learned from him about living a more positive and appreciative life, even as his illness started limiting his physical and mental capabilities over the past 10 years.
It was with Eddie that I began networking many moons ago, at local chambers of commerce, Rotary, veterans groups (he was a proud Vietnam vet), and other organizations. We both learned to be speakers. Ed emerged from the world of sales, became a university adjunct professor, and I transformed myself from being a shy former journalist into an entrepreneur. He did motivational presentations and sales training while I focused on sharing techniques to improve speaking and teamwork.
Speaking aside, Ed was known for his exuberant compliments and for his upbeat one-liners in response to nearly any question, in English or Spanish. Let me share a few to give you some smiles today:
- How are you?
Edâ€™s answers: If it got any better for me, theyâ€™d have to pass a law! If it got any better for me, Iâ€™d need to be a twin! Healthy, happy and terrific! Every day that I can look down and see grass is a great day!
Â Â Â Â 2. Whatâ€™s up?
Ed: The sun, the moon and the stars!
Â Â Â Â 3. Whatâ€™s new?
Ed: New York, New Jersey and New Haven.
Â Â Â Â 4. Comment: Iâ€™ll be joining you for lunch.
Ed: Lucky me!
Many of you who knew Ed have written thoughtful notes and shared memories with me, and I remain grateful for your kindness. He would have wanted me to get back to my weekly blogs, to share some upcoming events where Iâ€™m speaking (so you can come or let others know), and news about the books and new programs underwayâ€¦so here we go!Â Â
April 12 @8:30- 10 am – Transform Networking with Your WowPitchâ„¢ Self-Introduction, Rise and Shine Breakfast Series of Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce, co-sponsored by National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO).Â Free for first 35 who register.
April 14@ 6 â€“ 8 pm â€“ How to Avoid the Five Biggest Mistakes That Business Leaders Make, Fort Lauderdale Chapter, National Association of Women Business Owners.
April 21. @ 6-8:30 PMÂ – How to Open Your Message So They Donâ€™t Look at Their Phones
International Coaches Federation, South Florida Charter Chapter https://speakoutinc.com/event/open-message-dont-look-phones/
The final manuscript for my new book, Public Speaking for the GENIUS, was submitted yesterday, a project nearly three years in the making! Will keep you posted about the expected publishing date for the printed and digital versions. And Iâ€™ll be offering a free webinar and a four-week E-course starting next month. Stay tuned for details!
Meanwhile, keep speaking out for what matters to you. Ed would be proud of you!