Replacing Bikinis with Interview Questions & How LikeSo App Helps: The Skinny from Former Miss Nevada & Crown Coach Gina Simms

Gina Simms is a former Radio City Rockette and Miss Nevada having competed in both the Miss USA and Miss America pageants.   Today she is “The Crown Coach” and has developed a platform to nurture and teach girls empowering strategies … Continue Reading

Voices Carry! Cornell Student Entrepreneurs in the Making Learn to Speak Up

“Voices Carry” (‘Til Tuesday).  That was the song playing in my head as I guest lectured to students in Professor Deborah Streeter’s course, “Women, Leadership & Entrepreneurship.” Maybe because I sang “Voices Carry” in my band at Cornell? Or maybe … Continue Reading

Back to School: What I Learned from Guest Lecturing at Cornell

A woman’s place is in the home…or, NOT!   Unless that home is her faithful alma mater. Last week, it was my joy and privilege to return to Cornell and guest lecture and workshop with Cornell Professor Dr. Deborah Streeter’s … Continue Reading

Like, Can I Check Your Reservation? How My Dad & an App Got Me to Stop Talking in Similes!

“Stop talking in similes!” This is a phrase (and often an exclamation!) I have come to know all too well throughout my life. It originates from none other than my own father, and one he wishes he didn’t feel compelled … Continue Reading

Who is, Like, in Your LikeSquad?

The way we speak is contagious and a tribal form of bonding (like, ya know, totally!). We are all so busy wanting to be part of the tribe that we don’t realize how habitual verbal crutches become – how they … Continue Reading

Giving New Meaning to “Fillerbuster”

Ever since I had the epiphany that the use of filler words are at epidemic proportions, and that an app could help us all be better speakers, I have been frustrated by the lack of words to describe this pervasive phenomenon. … Continue Reading

Don’t Throw Away Your Shot! LikeSo for Auditions

I was thrilled to reunite with a friend from my Broadway theatre days when we were “younger than springtime,” “side by side by side,” and dared to “dream the impossible dream.”  No, we were not performing on stage, but the … Continue Reading

SNL Debate 3 – bostonglobe.com

No, I Didn’t “LikeSo” the Debates – But, See What Happened When I “LikeSo’ed” the Eloquent Michelle Obama!

No, I didn’t “LikeSo” the Presidential debates. Honestly, I was too busy hiding my eyes behind my hands, gulping my wine, and following the Twitter feeds that somehow managed to make the consequential spectacle bearable. With the speech app, LikeSo, in … Continue Reading

“My Mom is Like…Whatever!” – Life, liberty and the inherited teenage right to speak with conviction (but can we reduce the number of “likes”? And, are we to blame?)

It is the right of every teenager to find their parents exceedingly annoying and embarrassing.  And, as parents, it is our duty to have a thick skin and to stay the course, giving them the assist, the emphatic push, the knowing … Continue Reading

Like, Can We Talk? The Girls’ Lounge Scores 95% Articulate! #SayItLikeSo

On Tuesday, my 16-year-old daughter Amanda and I found ourselves in a hotel suite decked out with everything a girl could desire – delicious pink and white candies, fresh fruit, probiotic skin treatments, racks of designer clothes and professionals offering … Continue Reading