Posted April 16, 2015 by Mandi Bryson 

Lessons Learned from Marsha Herman-Betzen

2015 marsha herman-betzen mugshotThroughout the past 30 years, Marsha has shared many lessons with those around her. During “The Last Interview” keynote session at the 2015 annual conference, Marsha shared some final lessons learned with the delegation. Below are those lessons:

Lessons learned—unhooking ourselves:

  • Electronic connections are not conversations.
  • Be kind and engage with each other, because the more we talk to people, the more we realize everyone is fighting a hard battle.

Lessons learned from being vulnerable:
  • Don’t take yourself too seriously.
  • Make the best of any situation.
  • If you are a leader, people will take their cues from you.
  • Be comfortable with yourself. People respond to authenticity, even if you make a mistake.

Lessons learned through personal sacrifice and reflection on past experience:

  • Time has a wonderful way of showing us what really matters.
  • Never get so busy making a living you forget to make a life.
  • “If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don't be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning 'Good morning' at total strangers”—Maya Angelou

Rapid Fire Lessons

  • Lessons learned through small stories shared
  • Don’t put anything in writing you don’t want others to read.
  • There is truth in advertising, and then there is TRUTH in advertising.
  • Sometimes less is more.
  • If you can dish it out, you better learn how to take it. (Side note: There was just something so wrong abut the 1980s.)
  • Don’t underestimate the value of a handwritten note.
  • Try to stay in the moment.
  • Know your audience.

Lesson learned on being an expert:
  • “On any given subject, a tiny number of people are experts. The rest of us want an explanation that doesn't require specialized education in the subject, one that we can understand when we read it”—Marilyn vos Savant
  • “What if” is a cognitive rehearsal.

And at the end of the day…

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened”—Dr. Seuss

Mandi Bryson

Mandi Bryson is the Associate Director for Events & Operations at College of Charleston.


Thank you for this -- please email me a copy.
Joseph Benedict
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