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Speaking Of... Blog by Vivian Cobb

How it Started ... How it's Going! May 11, 2021

The Short Story -

Nothing like returning to a dream. 
 
The Longer Story -
 

It’s never too late to dream, and it’s never too late to start working on an old dream.

 
That’s one of my favorite messages to share to inspire and motivate others to start dreaming AND doing, and it’s also my story. My dream of being a speaker began in what feels like a few lifetimes ago. Before children, before several successful careers, I stepped onto a stage for the first time as a child and fell in love. And it didn’t hurt that I won a gigantic trophy for coming in third place in a speech contest. (Competition is one of my top CliftonStrengths talents, after all!)
 
But even if I hadn't won anything tangible like that trophy, I would have kept going. I fell in love. Not only did I enjoy being in front of an audience, but I also loved how my words could move people. How they smiled or laughed or nodded or disagreed — it didn’t matter as long as they were affected, as long as something I said led to them thinking or feeling something.
 
As life has a way of doing, of course, I did not follow this new love of mine. Not right away. Not for years, in fact. By the time I made my way back to the stage, I was a mother of three with all the speech content one could ever hope for…if one could have avoided all the painful parts that came with it. 
 
Yet, if there’s one thing I’ve learned in life (sometimes more than once), it’s that there is something to learn from every experience. Every single moment of hurt, of pain, of struggle, and also of joy, holds so much for us to embrace, grow from, and push through. My life is rich with experiences (and I bet yours is, too), and though it hasn’t always been easy to press on, it has been necessary — and worth every minute.
 
I'm excited to keep going on this journey of life with each of you.
 

If you're ready to bring me to YOUR organization or classroom so we can learn and live our dreams together, let's talk!

Memoirs COS, First Live Stage Event of 2021 Apr 27, 2021

Last night was AMAZING!!!
 
If you made it out to watch, thank you for supporting me in person. If you couldn't be there, I know you were with me in spirit. THANK YOU!
 
 
And a huge thanks to Memoirs COS - True Stories, Unfiltered. for my first (but not last) live stage of 2021!
 

 

I can't even describe the joy it brings me to share my stories, and even more so when I get to do so with other amazing speakers. Such a beautiful night.

 

"You were outstanding tonight. You could have heard a pin drop during your talk. Everyone was glued to your story." -Robert Kittridge

 

If you're ready to bring me to YOUR stage, let's talk!

How Do You See Your Life? Apr 25, 2021

"All of these lines across my face
Tell you the story of who I am
So many stories of where I've been
And how I got to where I am"
-Brandi Carlile, The Story

 

 

There are two ways I can look at my own life: I can either see it as a series of unfortunate events, or I can embrace that it has — and continues to be — full of rich experiences. Obviously, I have chosen the latter. 

And every experience is a story to share. 

How are you looking at your life, at your stories?

 

 

Competition, Trophies, and Growth Apr 19, 2021

May 1 is coming and I am so excited! Once again, I get to compete in a Toastmasters competition — the next level of the International Speech Contest!

Now, if you know me even a little bit, you know how excited I get about competing. And yes, I do love winning, too! But let me talk to you about what winning actually means to me.

See this picture?  

 

My arms are full of trophies, sure, and I loved earning them while practicing my passion. Yet, what they really represent to me is the work I have been putting in. I set a goal a handful of years ago, and I have been showing up every day to work on it. 

While one of my top strengths is Competition*, and it truly is fun to compete against other amazing speakers, what I’m really doing is competing with myself to be better and better every time I step up on the stage.

Still, each actual win — each trophy — represents another chance for people to hear my message. A new level of competition means often a new audience, and sometimes even people from previous audiences who may be in a different place and can receive my message in a new way. What I dream of most of all is a life of continuing to inspire and motivate people to live and love and push through, whether through pain or onward to their own dreams.

And I am so thankful for every single person on this journey with me. 

Ready to book me to speak to your audience? Let's talk!

 

*CliftonStrengths

The Right Tool for the Job Apr 14, 2021

It’s amazing how the right tools at the right time make all the difference!

 

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Ready to spring! Apr 11, 2021

Life is always waiting just below the surface, ready to spring, and so are we! 

So let's get ready for the next season. Let's open our hearts and ready our minds. 

Upcoming: Memoirs COS "True stories, unfiltered." Apr 07, 2021

I'll be taking the stage on April 26, 2021 in Colorado Springs. Register to attend this free event HERE!

You can also follow their Facebook page HERE.

I can't wait to see you April 26!

It's time to move in Apr 05, 2021

Are you actually living in your life or is it finally time to move in and make it yours?