Trained as an educator from Bowling Green State University, a mime from Greg Goldston’s School of Mime (Kenyon College) and a stage performer from the National Shakespeare Conservatory in Manhattan, Merri Bame taught speech, communication and theater for 16 years in NW Ohio with the desire to help others find their voice - in the same way her favorite teachers helped her. Merri was awarded local teacher of the year in 1991 and nominated for Hancock County teacher of the year in 1999. In 2000 she started BDB Communication, coaching attorneys and other professionals how to communicate to get what they want by increasing their confidence, their clarity and enhancing connections.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I think I will continually modify my "favorites" list because I read so much, but the top two books that make an impression on me are these: The Little Prince - it captures my desire to never let go of the child within as well as to make good use of my time Think and Grow Rich - reminds me that growing is a continual process
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I am a small-town girl who grew up in a village of 300 folks. When sitting on our front porch of our Main Street house, I could see tractors across the street, the railroad "clanking poles" which marked the half-way mark downtown, the post office, general store and local bar.
This way of life sent me often into my head, ruminating about people and ideas instead of running around with friends. An introvert, I am one of the chattiest folks around, except that's mostly in my head. I believe we introverts have a lot to say but we tend to dismiss it or try it out in writing first. Small town life gave me much to reflect on - whether because of the beauty of nature in the area, the fear of small-town judgement, or a combination of both.
What if you were to commit 30 days to growing your confidence? What would it do for you as a person? What could this growth do for your professional life? your relationships? your faith? No matter your age, your gender or your life circumstances, when you commit to growing your confidence, your life blossoms. Do yourself a favor - absorb this book over the next 30 days and see what happens!