Want to Make a Great Impression? 25 Go-To Phrases That Work Magic

“Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you’re willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” – Brian Tracey

Does the thought of attending a networking event intimidate you?  What you need are some go-to phrases to help you step out of your comfort zone into  your growth zone.  Inc.com writer Bill Murphy says to think of the following phrases as a charisma cheat sheet:

Want to Make a Great Impression? 25 Go-To Phrases That Work Magic (Especially for Introverts)


‘Yes we can!’: Here is the full text of President Barack Obama’s farewell address

oAmericans around the world  gathered to watch  the farewell address delivered Tuesday night  by President Barack Obama.   Words to live by… ‘Yes we can!’: Here is the full text of President Barack Obama’s farewell address

This was my favorite part of #ObamaFarewell – (kleenex moments):

“That faith I placed all those years ago, not far from here, in the power of ordinary Americans to bring about change – that faith has been rewarded in ways I couldn’t possibly have imagined. I hope yours has, too. Some of you here tonight or watching at home were there with us in 2004, in 2008, in 2012 – and maybe you still can’t believe we pulled this whole thing off.

You’re not the only ones. Michelle – for the past twenty-five years, you’ve been not only my wife and mother of my children, but my best friend. You took on a role you didn’t ask for and made it your own with grace and grit and style and good humor. You made the White House a place that belongs to everybody. And a new generation sets its sights higher because it has you as a role model. You’ve made me proud. You’ve made the country proud.

Malia and Sasha, under the strangest of circumstances, you have become two amazing young women, smart and beautiful, but more importantly, kind and thoughtful and full of passion. You wore the burden of years in the spotlight so easily. Of all that I’ve done in my life, I’m most proud to be your dad.

To Joe Biden, the scrappy kid from Scranton who became Delaware’s favorite son: you were the first choice I made as a nominee, and the best. Not just because you have been a great Vice President, but because in the bargain, I gained a brother. We love you and Jill like family, and your friendship has been one of the great joys of our life.

To my remarkable staff: For eight years – and for some of you, a whole lot more – I’ve drawn from your energy, and tried to reflect back what you displayed every day: heart, and character, and idealism. I’ve watched you grow up, get married, have kids, and start incredible new journeys of your own. Even when times got tough and frustrating, you never let Washington get the better of you. The only thing that makes me prouder than all the good we’ve done is the thought of all the remarkable things you’ll achieve from here.

And to all of you out there – every organizer who moved to an unfamiliar town and kind family who welcomed them in, every volunteer who knocked on doors, every young person who cast a ballot for the first time, every American who lived and breathed the hard work of change – you are the best supporters and organizers anyone could hope for, and I will forever be grateful. Because yes, you changed the world.

That’s why I leave this stage tonight even more optimistic about this country than I was when we started. Because I know our work has not only helped so many Americans; it has inspired so many Americans – especially so many young people out there – to believe you can make a difference; to hitch your wagon to something bigger than yourselves. This generation coming up – unselfish, altruistic, creative, patriotic – I’ve seen you in every corner of the country. You believe in a fair, just, inclusive America; you know that constant change has been America’s hallmark, something not to fear but to embrace, and you are willing to carry this hard work of democracy forward. You’ll soon outnumber any of us, and I believe as a result that the future is in good hands.

My fellow Americans, it has been the honor of my life to serve you. I won’t stop; in fact, I will be right there with you, as a citizen, for all my days that remain. For now, whether you’re young or young at heart, I do have one final ask of you as your President – the same thing I asked when you took a chance on me eight years ago.

I am asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change – but in yours.

I am asking you to hold fast to that faith written into our founding documents; that idea whispered by slaves and abolitionists; that spirit sung by immigrants and homesteaders and those who marched for justice; that creed reaffirmed by those who planted flags from foreign battlefields to the surface of the moon; a creed at the core of every American whose story is not yet written:

Yes We Can.

Yes We Did.

Yes We Can.

Thank you. God bless you. And may God continue to bless the United States of America.”


No. Thank you Mr. President.  God bless you!  You’re a credit to your race… the human race.”


Sunny Fridge, Ph.D.

When You Feel Like You’re Losing Control of Your Life!

Recently, I had a minor but very scary incident while driving one morning on a road I’ve taken dozens of times. As I was turning right on Lakeland drive (from Airport Road), my PT Cruiser started skidding and I began losing control.  When I hit the brakes, the car continued spinning and I held fast to the steering wheel trying to regain control. When the car finally stopped I was facing in the opposite direction of on-coming traffic.  Praise God I was on the grassy median by that time. Although shaken up, I called 911 and a Flowood police officer came within minutes.  He gave me directions to back up and get my car on the road again. It could have been worse, since I barely missed hitting a traffic sign and a pole and felt like the car was going to turn over. And no other car hit me! I’d already thanked God before my journey for safe traveling mercies, but it was a reminder how blessed I am every moment of the day! And yes, I know now that you shouldn’t panic, and never hit the brakes hard during a skid.

As you get a jumpstart on this new year, at one time or another along your journey you may feel like you’re losing control of your life. Continue reading

Cheers! How to Make Heartfelt Toasts for the Holidays

2Thanksgiving is a time to express gratitude for family, friends and blessings, but it can be a challenge finding the right words and the best way to say them. Toastmasters International, the global leader in communication and leadership skills development, offers tips on how to deliver a toast of gratitude this season. As William Arthur Ward famously said, “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” Continue reading

Live2Lead coming to Jackson, MS



Get ready to lift your leadership lid! Live2Lead simulcast is coming to Jackson, Mississippi on October 7th.  Organizers describe it as a leader development experience designed to equip you with new perspectives, practical tools and key takeaways.  The half-day event features New York Times best-selling author, coach and leadership expert John C. Maxwell.  He will be joined by Liz Wiseman, president of the Wiseman Group, Dan Cathy, President and CEO of Chick-fil-A, and Simon Sinek, author, speaker and optimist.  Continue reading

The Law of the Inner Circle

maxchatjohnmaxwell_picWhen it comes to success as a leader, your potential is determined by those closest to you.  If you’re on Twitter, join me today on the #MaxChat show at 12noon eastern.  I’ll be interviewed by the @JohnMaxwellTeam about the law of the inner circle.  This law is from the “21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership,”  the book by leadership expert and best selling author John Maxwell.  A Twitter chat tool such as tchat.io makes taking part in the conversation easy.  Simply log on to tchat.io and put in the hashtag #MaxChat.  Then start chatting!  Here’s a short tutorial on how to use TChat.io

Remember, you are what you tweet (a little bird told me) 🙂



Hey Siri give us a hint about the new iPhone!

Just when you’re getting used to your new iPhone, here comes the new iPhone 6s Plus or iPhone 7!  Today Apple is expected to make the big announcement in a few hours.  I tried asking Siri to give me a hint, but all she said was, “Everything you need to know about Apple products is at Apple’s website.”  Thanks a lot Siri!.  Meanwhile, the new iPhone is rumored to be thinner and “touchier.” In case you’re thinking about upgrading or buying the new iPhone, here’s what you can expect…

Siri not talking!

Siri not talking!



Madea’s Neighbor Chats with Upward Bound Students

UpwardBound2015My how time flies!  Wednesday was the last day of my six week broadcasting class with high school students in the Upward Bound program at Tougaloo College.  It ended on a high note.  Special thanks to actor/singer @DathanThigpen.  The Jackson State mass comm alum who now lives in Atlanta, took time out of his busy schedule to chat with my students via FaceTime.  The teens enjoyed the DVD of “Madea’s Neighbors From Hell” and were ready with questions.   Dathan played “Desi” and talked about how he got the role, what it was like working with executive producer/actor Tyler Perry/Madea, and he also gave career advice.

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Jackson State Campus Media win 19 times at Mississippi AP Broadcasters Awards


Middle Picture: (WJSU Issues & Images team: L.A. Warren, Dr. Sunny Fridge, Kourtney C. Paige). Bottom Picture (JSU mass comm winners Perrymon Wright, Courtni Wilson, Kris Campbell, DaShawna Wright, Regina Toney Gerald Harris).

It was an evening of honors for students, faculty and staff of campus media at Jackson State University at the Mississippi Associated Press Broadcaster’s Awards Banquet.  The event, which was held April 18, 2015,  honored the best in professional and collegiate broadcasting across the state in 2014.

A total of 19 awards were won with WJSU 88.5FM, the public radio station at JSU, nabbing a first place award in the Professional Radio “Best Spot News Story” category.

Mass Communications students won in ten categories, including several 2nd and third place awards for TigerTV, the campus-run television channel, a third place award for WLEZ 98.1, a community radio station, and several awards for reporting for WJSU.   As a journalism educator, and director of programs for TigerTV and faculty host of JSU Connections on WLEZ, it was such a proud moment to see our students receive recognition for their hard work.

I served as host and segment producer for WJSU’s Issues & Images program.  This was my first ‘1st place’ award (last year I received a 2nd and 3rd place award), so needless to say I am so proud!  Kudos as well to WJSU news director and show producer  L.A. Warren; WJSU reporter Kourtney C. Paige; and WJSU engineer Dale Morris.  I&I won 1st place for the show’s coverage of the untimely death of Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba.

AP Judge’s comments: In the wake of the sudden and unexpected death of a city’s mayor, this newscast includes some of the most important voices to hear from — family, the interim mayor, and those who had been close to him and his campaign. (best quote at approximately 5:22 — getting 90 percent of people to agree on something.)

I&I also won third place in the “Best Newscast” category.   I&I’s Dwain Doty also won 2nd and third place awards. Teamwork makes the dream work!

Here’s a listen to our WJSU I&I show that won first place in Best Spot News Story:

AP Plaque WJSU

Winning was such a blessing and a wonderful way to end the semester!



JSU International Week 2015 ” | ” FILM FESTIVAL LINEUP

Slide01Lights…cameras… action! Once again, I have the pleasure of coordinating the JSU International Week Film Festival at Jackson State University. Films will be shown Tuesday, March 24th and Thursday, March 26th at the JSU Student Center Theater. All screenings are free and open to the public.  Two days of diversity and dialogue…culture and conversation.

This year’s film screenings range from immigrant rights to civil rights…. From lost boys of Sudan to “happy” people of Mississippi…. A little religion and rap… survival and triumph… We’ll take you to China…Africa and Cuba…from the cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta to the campus of JSU…and back to the Magnolia State….  We will show a few music videos that highlight the diversity of the Magnolia State.

We will give our audience several opportunities to celebrate diversity and engage in dialogues after the films.
For the first time this year (weather permitting), we will have “Popcorn & a Movie” outside on the plaza on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. “The Good Lie” is inspired by a true story of young victims of the civil war in Sudan who became orphans after their villages were destroyed and their parents were killed. Thanks to a humanitarian effort more than 3500 lost boys and girls received the chance to settle in America.  The film stars academy award-winning actress Reese Witherspoon… who plays a Kansas woman who opens her home to several lost boys of Sudan and follows their transition to a new life.

And on Thursday, March 26th check out “Dirt & Deeds in Mississippi,” a documentary about the U.S. civil rights movement as witnessed by the farmers in Mississippi. It’s the untold story of how black landowners became the secret weapon in the fight for civil rights and equality. Directed and Produced by David Shulman.

For more information you may call 601 979-3601 or log onto http://www.jsums.edu/intweek



Check out the film trailers: (the film times are below)

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