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Mary Fran Bontempo is a 2-time TEDx speaker, author, humorist and podcast host who teaches audiences to control their most powerful influence: Self-Talk. Author of The Woman’s Book of Dirty Words, and Not Ready for Granny Panties, she has written for multiple online platforms, including The Huffington Post and Thrive Global and is co-founder of the podcast, 4 Chicks Chatting.

After experiencing a perfect life storm—turning 50, a crashing economy, and most devastating, a son with a heroin addiction—Mary Fran created the blog, Not Ready for Granny Panties, authoring two books in the series and developing a life-affirming brand of practical wisdom and wit. Mary Fran proves small changes in self-talk yield big life changes, allowing individuals to redefine their lives both professionally and personally in a rapidly changing world. A frequent media guest and speaker, audiences delight in her empowering and entertaining message. Find her at maryfranbontempo.com.

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Featured Speaker

TEDx Lehigh U
TEDx Loyola University
Arcadia University
Atlanta’s Audio Dust Jacket Radio
Be the Talk Podcast Radio
BEN FM Philadelphia Radio
Blog Talk Radio
Bucks County Community College
CBIZ, Inc.
Delaware Valley College
EmCare Physician Services
EOFire Podcast with John Lee Dumas
First Presbyterian Church of Ambler, PA
GNPCC Women in Business Conference
Lessons in Joyful Living Radio
Mercer County College
NATCAP Society of Government Meeting Professionals
NJ Assoc. of School Librarians
Pearl Buck International
Penn Suburban Women’s Network
Polka Dot Powerhouse
Sisters U
Soroptimist International
Society of Professional Women
Temple University
The Big Talk Podcast
The Creative Giant Show
The Great Girlfriends Podcast
The Sophia Group
The Wellness Journey Radio
Victorious Women Gala
Voice of Business Radio
Women’s Business Forum
Women of Willow Grove
Women to Watch Media
Women’s Summit on Entrepreneurship
WWDB-AM Philadelphia
Among Others

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Corporate, Association & Group Programs

Recommended for business organizations, women’s groups, health conferences, book clubs and conferences on aging. (All content is available in presentation, workshop, lunch and learn, and breakout session formats and is customized to your group demographic.)

Leadership and Your Inner Monologue: Tackling the Critic One Word at a Time

Self-talk is our most powerful influence, mainly because it never shuts up! It can lift us up or bring us to our knees, sometimes within minutes. Self-talk can sabotage or save, and what it does is up to us.

Our inner critic has a big voice, but its foundation is in the individual words that guide our thoughts and actions. We must intentionally tackle our self-talk, redefining ourselves based on who we want to be, breaking sometimes decades-old patterns and habits, thus allowing us to live life with intention, power and joy.

In this powerful and entertaining program, attendees will learn to move through life’s transitions and challenges with intention and purpose, discovering the following take-aways:

  • Why we are all “change experts”
  • How fear and ignorance are positive forces
  • How to embrace the word “fine”
  • How “losing control” creates paths for growth
  • How to manage the “B” word—Balance

The 15 Minute Master

You’ve heard, “Take it one day at a time.” Yet hectic lives and an exponentially changing world can make planning and producing for an entire day nearly impossible. But 15 minutes? That we can do.

Focus is in short supply these days. With a 24-hour news cycle and never-ending demands on our time and attention, we feel compelled to constantly multi-task to get everything done. But how well are we doing anything?

This empowering program teaches audiences how to focus intentionally on a single task or issue for 15 minutes, creating a specific, simple action plan to tackle problems, conflicts and responsibilities, leading to increased productivity, success and happiness, while accomplishing more and finding balance in every day. Attendees will discover the following take-aways:

  • The benefits of intense, intentional focus
  • How to break down issues using three specific questions
  • How to determine if action is possible and advisable
  • How to build an action plan
  • How to dramatically improve productivity and success 15 minutes at a time

Lose Control and Take Command of Your Life

Sometimes, the best way to be productive is to lose control. Find out how doing less and surrendering to your loss of control allows you to accomplish more, leading to surprising opportunities.

Recognizing when to act, or often more important, when not to, leads to greater clarity of intention, goal setting and productivity, letting you focus on when or if you have the power to affect change.

Once action is implemented, releasing attachment to outcomes allows for greater focus on current tasks as well as new opportunities.

In this enlightening program, attendees will discover the value of “surrender,” learning to let go of outcomes and experiencing the following take-aways:

  • The value of giving “it” up
  • How to determine when, or if, to act
  • How to detach from outcomes
  • How to find opportunity in surrender
  • The power of “That’s not my problem.”

The Power of Reinvention
Occasionally, life throws a curve ball. Whether it’s a job loss, a troubled child, an empty nest, or just the need for a change, reinvention is a necessity—and a game changer. Learn to hit the curve ball and get back on base by utilizing the power of reinvention through challenging times and beyond.

Are We Having Fun, Yet?
Studies show the importance of fun and play to a healthy lifestyle. Yet most of us are too busy for fun, let alone adventure. Learn to find fun and adventure in your daily life experiences, leading to a happier, healthier, more productive you. Pretty soon, you’ll find your grin again!

Who Is That Woman in the Mirror?
When you’re last on your own list, you usually look it. Self-care is not only physical, but mental and emotional. Learn how to put yourself on a pedestal and “idolize” you, making your health and yes, appearance, a priority in your own life. With a few simple tweaks and some TLC, you’ll soon recognize yourself again!

Student and Teen Programs

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Finding Yourself in a Noisy World

Today’s students are under assault. Whether it’s the media, technology or their own peers, the pressure to be what everyone else wants is unrelenting. In this humor-filled program, students learn how to:

  • “Ignore More” and know when and why to unplug from technology
  • “Be Conspicuous” and decide who they are and want to be
  • “Scare Thyself” and discover how pushing through fear leads to confidence and opportunity