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?
Ed’s answers: If it got any better for me, they’d have to pass a law! If it got any better for me, I’d need to be a twin! Healthy, happy and terrific! Every day that I can look down and see grass is a great day!
2. What’s up?
Ed: The sun, the moon and the stars!
3. What’s new?
Ed: New York, New Jersey and New Haven.
4. Comment: I’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 I’m speaking (so you can come or let others know), and news about the books and new programs underway…so here we go!
April 12 @8:30- 10 am – Transform Networking with Your WowPitch™ Self-Introduction, Rise and Shine Breakfast Series of Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce, co-sponsored by National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). Free for first 35 who register.
April 14@ 6 – 8 pm – 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 PM – How to Open Your Message So They Don’t Look at Their Phones
International Coaches Federation, South Florida Charter Chapter http://www.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 I’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!