Life’s Full Of Escalator Speeches

We need escalator speeches for different scenarios besides a job search.


If you blog, you need an escalator speech for your blog.  This should be longer than your tagline but shorter than your 30 second elevator speech.

My name is Michele Kearns and I write the blog “JoyReturns” which is a tool I use to reorient people’s beliefs and perceptions about grief and widowhood by sharing my good, bad and joyous life adventures since becoming a widow.


My name is Michele Kearns and I am the photo-blogger behind OgleOhio.com, a site dedicated to showcasing various scenic, mini-vacation sites through-out the “Buckeye” State.  Every Tuesday I give you a mini-Ohio vacation via one of my photographs.

Your Own Business

My name is Michele Kearns and I am a career coach specializing in helping widows reintegrate themselves back into their jobs so they can perform up to the standards their company requires as quickly as possible.

(That is just an example.  I am not a certified career coach for anyone else, only myself.)


My name is Michele Kearns and I am a volunteer with Golden Retrievers In Need, affectionately known as G.R.I.N.  It is my personal mission to help the organization in any way possible so we can find “forever” homes for displaced goldens.  My current project is securing donations for our annual Golden Gala, which is our biggest fundraiser.

George Clooney (or any other stud you want to hook up with)

My name is Michele Kearns and we should “hook up” because I’m a real woman with real life experiences under my belt and not a stereotypical Hollywood starlet looking to further her career.


I am sure there are other scenarios in life where “escalator speeches” would come in handy.  You just have to apply this technique to the appropriate areas based on your life’s circumstances.


Polonius On LinkedIn

This above all: to thine ownself be true,

And it must follow, as the night the day,

Thou canst not then be false to any man.


Hamlet Act 1 Scene 3

William Shakespeare

The other day someone looked at my LinkedIn profile and all that showed was “Anonymous LinkedIn User.”


What about all the talk I hear from different people stating:

  • Be yourself
  • Be authentic
  • Be relational
  • Tell the truth

How is having your LinkedIn profile set to “Anonymous LinkedIn User” being authentic, being relational, being yourself and telling the truth?

If you are George Clooney I can understand why you need an Anonymous profile, but odds are you are not George.

I know it is Halloween but don’t hide behind a mask.  Take a chance and let the world see you in all your wonderful glory, even on your LinkedIn profile.

To thine ownself and everyone else – be true.

You just might find some joy in it.


I Never Understood…

my mother-in-law and women like her, until now.

That is women who were widows and never remarried.

Occasionally I would meet or read about widows and how they moved forward with their life but never remarried.  Talk about something not making sense, I mean why wouldn’t a widow want to remarry again?  

Then I got married and over the years I slowly started to understand why some widows did not remarry. 

Unlike a lot of couples, Joe and I discussed death.  He wanted me to remarry because I needed to be married, according to him.  Our conversations would always get me thinking and I was unsure the desire to remarry would be there if I were a widow.  

Then it happened and I was a widow and all of a sudden I understood. 

If  I want to remarry I would have to find a single man somewhere (probably over the rainbow), date for a while, meet each other’s families, become engaged, plan a wedding (preferably one in Las Vegas with Elvis officiating, buy our house (he would not want to live here and I would not want to live in his place), and settle into married life.  It all sounds like a lot of work and thinking about it exhausts me and gives me a splitting headache.  

There is enough activity in my life with looking for a full-time job, being Co-facilitator of a Griefshare group, Membership Co-ordinator for Golden Retrievers In Need, Rommie’s Mommy (my golden), a blogger, daughter, sister, niece, and aunt.  I do not need a relationship too.

Although this is my opinion today  (Jan 31, 2010) being a woman I reserve the right to change my mind – especially if when George Clooney becomes available.

Wishing you a week not only filled with joy, but lots of love, hugs and sloppy wet kisses.

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently using those skills as a virtual logistics contact center representative for a Fortune 100 company. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com