High-Energy Entrepreneur Responds to My Comments About Speaking


When my recent online newsletter talked about the 3 messages every speaker sends, my longtime friend–also a colleague I admire very much– Linda Sztanko from Wellington, Ontario responded with these comments:

FANTASTIC Words of Wisdom Today.. and I couldn’t agree more. So many times I have gone to hear speakers who are charismatic and engaging on the stage, but when the spotlight is off… so is their interest in YOU! As long as they are selling.. they are smiling and happy and ALL about the audience. But when you get the opportunity to talk, many (not all) are so busy looking around the room to see if the “important”people are there, and NOT engaging a real conversation or even a polite acceptance of a thankful heart, from the “little nobody” in front of them. SHAME… That “nobody” could turn into the “important person” one day and will remember the bad behavior bestowed on them.

She concluded: When you are the person people are coming to hear…I believe it is your duty to give ALL THE VALUE and ATTENTION to everyone who comes into your path.

My July newsletter featured an article about the 3 major ways a speaker impresses his or her audience: actions before the speech, during the speech, and after the speech. You can read my advice about that topic as it appears in EzineArticles online:


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Linda is an Award Winning Entrepreneur, Master Networker, Speaker, Trainer, and Author. Her website is under construction at www.lindasztanko.com and you will want to keep checking that link, soon to be active. For now you’ll find her at http://www.sendoutcards.com/sztanko


Linda and I will welcome your comments. Click the Comments link above her photo.

Her Life is Grand, and She is Grateful

Linda and Dan, Together in Life/Business

Ever-zestful Canadian Linda Sztanko describes her life this way: “Life is grand, and I am grateful every day.”

If you assume that her life has been easy and exciting all along, your guess would be way off base.

How exciting was her life during the 27 years she worked on an assembly line in an automobile plant?

How easy was her life when she endured cervical cancer twice? During twelve years of her illness, she spent eighty percent of her time in bed. Additionally, Linda still confronts the challenge of Epstein Barr, an immune deficiency syndrome.

Yet Linda took control of her life when she retired from her assembly line job. She enrolled in Continuing Medical Education courses for credit. Her reason: “It was because of the improved quality of life I experienced from Glyconutrients that I went back to school…not to find out about my medical condition, but rather to learn why these products worked where traditional medicine failed.” Eventually, she built a client list for two health care products she found beneficial.

Linda recognized that to succeed in managing her own business, she would have to learn plenty from marketing experts. She reads books and attends seminars. She listens to educational and motivational CDs as she drives, engaging in what she calls “car university.” In her words, “I am building my self esteem and confidence.”

Three years ago she became a passionate representative for SendOutCards, an innovative greeting card service that operates online. She helps her clients walk through the simple process of customizing cards that get mailed without the sender having to make a trip to the post office or a greeting card store.

She says, “How can I not love my job? I make people smile every day.”

Linda speaks highly of Kody Bateman, the man who founded SendOutCards. She comments that he is “true to his word that he truly wants to change the world through kindness.”

When Linda sent me a copy of Bateman’s autobiographical motivational book Promptings, I produced this brief video review for Amazon:

Linda and her husband Dan work together as a team professionally. Personally, they have “two great kids,” 16 and 19. “We are at the stage,” she notes, “where the kids need constant chauffeurs.” Add to her family credentials that she is a very versatile cook.

As I became acquainted with Linda through Facebook and a referral from our mutual friend Gina Carr, not only did I admire her for moving beyond a monotonous job and serious health issues, I found her sense of humor delightful. Late one evening she wrote, “I am falling asleep. The snoring of the two puppies beside me is addictive.” On another occasion, “The kettle is boiled and my tea is calling my name.”

Let’s go back again to what makes Linda Sztanko feel that her life is grand, and that she is grateful every day. In her words: “Making someone else feel special is always a good thing.”

She recognizes that her amazing resilience and her strong values are not entirely self-generated. Quietly yet steadily, she points to her religious belief as central to her success in business and in life.

Linda inspires me. I look forward to the day when our professional travels put us in the same city, and we can share lively conversation in person.

You’ll find more information about her, including her contact information, on Facebook:

Also, check her wonderful SendOutCards business on this site:

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