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Finding my Inner Comedienne

Suze Orman“The best ideas come as jokes.  Make your thinking as funny as possible.”  David Ogilvy

How did Suze Orman’s picture become the focal point of my blog?  A joke.  A throw-away line to lighten up the September ’09 planning meeting of the speakers for the Texas Women Who Rock.  The Theme was “You and Your Money”.  So, off the cuff I suggested, “wouldn’t it be funny if someone played Suze Orman?” Four pairs of eyes simultaneously drilled into mine, and…a new “Suze” was born.  

Those lost days when my brother, Thom Tydeman and I, played in our living room giving life to imaginary comic book characters, rock stars and the latest Saturday Night Live actors, came back to me.  My creativity and imagination soared!

So, as I take the stage at Texas Children’s Hospital tomorrow as my “Suze Orman” character, I step out of my customary role of  business adviser, executive coach and consultant to companies  looking for communication harmony and productivity. Instead, you’ll meet my” inner comedienne” where I share some  “funnies” from life with  my family and my own imagination on what it must be like to be an icon, like Suze. 

And if you miss the corporate twist to this blog, check out “The Levity Effect: Why it Pays to Lighten Up” by Adrian Gostick and Scott Christopher where they share in their first two chapters, …”If They’re Busting Their Gut. They’ll Bust Their Butts” and …”If They’re Laughing, They’re Listening. “

Inspiration leads to aspiration!



A trumpet´s flareWhen I was a young child in the ’50s in New Orleans, I’d watch TV every night just to get a glimpse of our friend, Frank Maguire, reporting the news and weather. I’m told I was quite “mad” at Frank that he didn’t wave back. Frank still laughs about that one.  He’s gone on to accomplish some pretty impressive public things, from serving in the White House with JFK to being the VP of PR for Colonel Sander’s when he was a regular on the Johnny Carson show.  Even as an international speaker inspiring leaders all over the world, Frank’s ease of jumping on a platform to share his story as a founding exec of FEDEX  is conducted with grace and encouragement.  Frank has inspired me in a big way.

What occurred to me today, as the Texas Women Who Rock event  (See Texas Women Who Rock Breakfast Promo) quickly approaches, is how many women and men, who have inspired me, became role models for my aspirations.  Two of my co-presenters have touched my life in an inspirational way and now I am rocking with them!

Donna Fisher, my co-presenter and speaker, author and entrepreneur is going to share how she’s transformed personally and professionally over her career.  My first memory of Donna is when I was in the corporate world almost 20 years ago and recommended her to my company President.   It takes guts to get up there and expose yourself to a group of people who may not “get” you.  Thinking back, I still remember how the President marveled at how quickly she made a connection.   

Karen McCullough and I have fun memories of meeting when she first started her speaking business.  We discussed networking and building referral business…a hot topic of the day.  Not knowing it at the time, I referred her to the first speaking client she ever had!   Attending one of her events a few years later, I appreciated why my client liked her so much…she was great and I was inspired…still am.  

We have enjoyed telling many friends that eight years later I walked into the National Speaker’s Association’s Pro-Track Class and guess who was the Leader? Karen!!  So, yes, your inspiration can become your aspiration. 

Come join us Friday, September 25th by REGISTERING HERE.   

Who has been your inspiration?

Throw away the strait jacket!

Step out of your self-imposed strait jacket, stop repeating the expected and add some fun and balance to your worklife. Whether you are looking for an event that will get your office jazzed or a model of how to put on a great meeting, come join the Texas Women Who Rock September 25, 2009. 

I’ll be the MC and I hope you recognize me! 


                  “If I were a Rich Girl…. yada, yada, yada”

Texas Women Who Rock Event
Friday, September 25, 2009
8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
The Council – Auditorium
303 Jackson Hill, Houston, TX 77007
reserve your seat by registering here: $79.00


Here are the Topics we’ll be Covering


1.  How to Look Like a Million Without Spending It!

2.  Showing Your Value in Tough Times      

3.  The Real Deal about Being Your Own Boss

4.  Improve Your Financial Life NOW!


and… lots of fun and games sprinkled throughout!




This is like no other event you have ever attended!
You get IT ALL – Relevant Information – Fabulous Fun-Powerful Connections
and a scrumptious breakfast!
Friday, September 25, 2009
8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Doors open at 7:45 a.m.
Breakfast & Networking 8:00 to 8:30 a.m.
Program starts at 8:45 a.m.
Only $79 (breakfast included)
$89 after September 21
$99 at the door (if space available)
Free Parking
Event is brought to you by the Texas Women Speakers Who Rock:
Pat Dolen, Karen McCullough, Charlotte Stallings, Laura Lopez, and Donna Fisher
Here’s what some of the Women Who Rock attendees said about our previous event:
It was so different and it was fantastic! I’m making sure my entire office attends the next one, thanks!
“The Texas Women Speakers absolutely “rocked” yesterday!  It was a great program – informational and entertaining.”



ing out in my speaking career and

"Pat brings her charm, wit and insight into her advisory relationships and shares the same with her audiences. She's got the systems to back up her concepts."

- Frank Maguire FEDEX Senior Founding Executive

John Maxwell


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