"Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say Without Being Mean When You Say It" ~ Meryl Runion Rose                                ShoppingCart Plum NB 50

  • The Talk

    Do you say what you mean?

    Do you express your true self effectively? Or do words fail you?

    When your mouth opens, whose voice comes out?

    Being someone you're not is hard work. Being you is easy…once you get past persona.


  • The Walk

    Do you mean what you say?

    Do you honor your words? Can people count on what you say?

    If you don’t mean it, don’t say it. Talk your walk and then walk your talk. That protects the power of your words.

  • The Grace

    Do you say what you mean and mean what you say WITHOUT being mean when you say it?

    Are your words weapons, or expressions of wisdom?

    Sincerity is far more effective than brutal honesty. The SpeakStrong Method is gracefully effective.

  • The Method

    What is your communication method?

    Do you prepare for important conversations? Or do you wing it?

    It’s amazing what deliberate communication skill practice can do to help you express your true self effectively.


  • The Path

    You can go cheap or go deep.

    Persona projects an image. Personhood radiates you. Which will it be?

    The SpeakStrong Method isn’t for everyone. Let me help you tap in to the power of being “youer than you” and to express your true self effectively.

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Looking for some tips to push your weight around? This isn't the place. Looking for a way to express your true self effectively? This is for you. Read on.

I'm sitting at a table with conference attendees the day after my keynote. One woman tells me:

"During your talk, I turned to the gal sitting next to me and said: 'Meryl just said the opposite of what the speaker before her said.'"

"Thanks for noticing!" I

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Express your true self effectively. That's what Speaking Strong is all about! There are so many ways to tap in to your own authentic power. The resources below are just a few.

While communication excellence takes knowledge and skill, we know that Excellence Takes Practice. We aren't about theory here at SpeakStrong. We're about talking the walk AND walking the talk. 

So when we invite you to join us in our adventure, we're

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This page offers a plethora of fantastic tools and free resources.   Start with the Online Tools, where you can take the Communication Style Inventory and learn what style you lead with.  Online Tools also contains inspirational movies, an interactive exercise and a tutorial on how to use PowerPhrases!  You can view the SpeakStrong database of helpful articles, subcribe to the newsletter, blog, or quote of the day . There are also some free downloadable posters at

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I Works With Words Because Our Voices Matter

Hi. I’m Meryl Runion Rose. It pains me when good hearted and wise people are unable to speak the truth - unable to influence a situation. I'm talking about myself here sometimes too. When I know my input is just what a situation needs, it's important to be able to give it. 

I earned and MSCI, and a CSP. I identify more with my perspective as a  Communication Alchemist. I know the

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What's New?

  • What is your Communication Style? +

    Assess to Express Your True Self Effectively My SpeakStrong Method has two free online communication quizzes for your personal and organizational use. Read More
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    If you're still wondering, "Is this Method right for me?", then click here to read a success story and learn more! Read More
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    Click Here to Read Meryl's Latest Blog! Read More
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SpeakStrong Kata

Communication Excellence Takes
Practice. Here's how.

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The flames of the fire - so close and still so far away

We're home. After eight days and two evacuations, we are so happy to be here. It's almost surreal to know that we almost lost everything and actually didn't lose anything. We were yards away from complete devastation and now have cause for total celebration, on a personal level anyway. 

Happy to be home smA friend asked if we have survivor's guilt. Not a trace. Sorrow, yes. Guilt, no. Our hearts do ache for those who lost their homes. We are finding out today who in our circle suffered great losses. And we care deeply about the people and the animals who have lost their homes.  We know it was the same shift in the wind that saved our homes that cost the homes of others. Our personal blessing does not eclipse our sorrow for those who lost so much. 

We're always happy to see our wonderful neighbors, but never so much so as we were when we arrived home yesterday to learn that while the fire reached the perimeter around our enclave, it left every home standing. 

Walking today, we saw evidence of several battles with the fire that our guys won. Literally a stone's throw away from our home but hidden by greenery, are scrub oaks bathed in slurry, fire lines circling burnout areas, trees felled on one side of the fire line and piled on the other. The footpath that was my hiking trail is a dozer line now. 

There's so much to say and nothing to say. I've never been in a position of having my future depend so directly on the skill, dedication and bravery of others. I walked down to the Cascade Volunteer Fire Department yesterday and chatted up a few firefighters who were standing in the delightful fine mist of water that sprays over the door for the trucks. I shared my thanks and interest. They were happy to talk. I was delighted to listen. Our story is nothing next to theirs. But thanks to them, we have a good story with a happy ending to tell.

Soooo grateful to sooooo many people. 

Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you and YAY! 

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I blog daily when I have a lot to say. When I don't have much to say, I stay silent. Kind of how it outta be, don't you think? Lots of great communication tips.

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A great way to jump-start your SpeakStrong Method practice. Phrases, stories and concrete communication "kata" - practices for excellence.