About Merri

By day Merri coaches attorneys in public speaking and communication strategies.

Eager w MM group presentation

She is an introvert. 64% of lawyers can relate to this temperament.

Although she understands the desire to plan ahead, to avoid self-promotion and to minimize over-stimulation by not public speaking, she knows the power of responding in the moment, voicing one’s personal value, and sharing novel ideas. She helps her clients break down barriers to accomplish this.

She is an educator. Attorneys consistently research and interpret.

Merri values depth of study and preparation yet understands the audience need to hear a clear, honed message relevant to their needs. She helps her clients break down barriers to stay true to what’s important to them while also helping them influence the actions and feelings of others.

Graduate of Bowling Green State University, teacher of speech/theatre for 16 years, trainer of the Certified Networker program for 4 years, and trained in adult learning

She is a performer. Like the attorney, who needs to get things done.

The professional’s ability to shift from anxiety to enthusiasm, when all eyes are on them, is the mark of true performance.

Trained as both a director and performer, Merri helps lawyers relax into the challenging circumstances of having the spotlight on them,  of sharing constructive feedback, and of motivating action. Merri workshops and coaches her clients in authentic delivery, full-body expression and best use of voice to perform for best results.

Gregg Goldston School of Mime at Gambier College/Kenyon University; National Shakespeare Conservatory

By night Merri is a singer in a band and a pyromaniac.

Hamming it up in Backroads!

Many evenings and weekends Merri builds fires in her wood-burning fireplace to relax and decompress, yet also gets energized by its force. She also rehearses and/or sings with a Toledo-based band, Someone’s Daughter which taps her creative side and keeps her feeling whole. These roles extend Merri’s ability to consistently spark fires that last and perform well when outside her comfort zone. Not only do these things help Merri, they help her relate to her clients.

Clients include

Law firms

Columbus Bar Association

Ohio Attorney General’s Office

Ohio Supreme Court

Individual managing partners, firm partners, litigators, leadership teams, associates, new lawyers, interns, paralegals, job seekers, entrepreneurs

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