Sarita Maybin

Sarita Maybin

Communication Expert, TEDx Speaker and Author of "If You Can't Say Something Nice, What DO You Say?"
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If You Can't Say Something Nice, What DO You Say?: A Constructive Confrontation Presentation
This high energy presentation based on Sarita’s book provides practical approaches and actual phrases for those times when you need to say something NOT so nice.

How to Maintain High-Touch Relationships in High-Tech Times
From Facebook to email and texting, technology has taken over as the primary means of communication. Yet conversations are still a crucial part of relationship-building, both professionally and personally. This upbeat presentation will provide real-life strategies for maintaining “high-touch” relationships while taking advantage of the innovations of “high-tech” times.

How to Turn Negativity Into Possibility…at Work and Beyond
Find out how to respond to negativity and keep its contagious effect from rubbing off on you, including the 3 P’s for staying positive.

Total Teamwork: Working Together for Better Results
Fun, interactive workshop featuring a team simulation activity that reveals the positive and negative roles team members play and provides strategies for improved team communication.

How to Get More Done with Less Stress
Discover how to get done the things that matter most and set limits with people who make demands on your time and energy.

Communicating for Success
Learn how to communicate in a way that gets your ideas heard and gain the cooperation of others by using Sarita’s top 10 positive communication phrases.

Adapting, Succeeding and Thriving in the Workplace(Alternate Title: How to Stay Positive and Focused in Uncertain Times)
Find out how to stay motivated at work, 7 steps for thriving in the face of change and 5 ways to rekindle passion for your career.


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Growing up in a military family, Sarita lived in many places, including 9 years in Germany.  Moving frequently, she discovered the importance of adapting, staying positive and “playing nicely.”

After earning a Masters Degree in Counseling from the University of Maryland, College Park, Sarita pursued a career in University Administration. Over 13 years she held positions at four state universities including University of Maryland, Old Dominion University, University of California-Davis and University of California-San Diego.

Making a career change in 1993, Sarita became a full-time professional speaker. She started her speaking career as an independent contractor with CareerTrack Seminars and then moved on to her own speaking business.

Her high-energy keynote speeches and workshops help audiences have fun learning how to stay positive, confront tough communication challenges and work together better!

Sarita has spoken at campuses, companies and conferences in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Jamaica, Canada, England, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, and Iceland.    Her clients include Hewlett Packard, Kaiser Permanente, WD-40, Los Angeles County, Department of Navy and the Las Vegas Convention Center among others.

Sarita was voted a 2012 Top 5 Communication Speaker and had the privilege of speaking on the prestigious TEDx stage.   She also served on the Board of Directors for her local YMCA and is a recipient of other honors/awards including:

-San Diego Women Who Mean Business Finalist
-Who’s Who in the South and Southwest
-International Who’s Who of Professional and Business Women
-Outstanding Young Women of America
-Toastmasters Humorous Speech Contest Winner

She is also a Past Chapter President of the National Speakers Association and has been interviewed by the media about her book “If You Can’t Say Something Nice, What DO You Say?”

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“Sarita, your high energy presentation to over 2300 counselors was EXCELLENT! We appreciated your stories about real-life situations. You actively engaged the audience with humor while making a point and gave us strategies to better ourselves! You are a fabulous speaker who makes learning fun!”
--Texas Counseling Association

“You were very pleasant and easy to work with – a meeting planner’s dream. Your high energy level and your ability to get the audience involved were key to the success of our conference.”
--Idaho Hospital Association

“According to the feedback, 100% of those attending rated Sarita’s presentation in the EXCELLENT category! You can’t get much better than that!”
--American Business Women’s Association (ABWA)

“The audience thoroughly enjoyed your speech! You are an excellent communicator who is entertaining, motivating, invigorating and humorous! The advice on practical solutions for dealing with difficult situations was a great “takeaway.”

“Sarita, you exceeded my high expectations! Thank you for energetically and professionally engaging our audience today in a most memorable and positively impactful presentation. You are amazing!"
--Comerica Bank

“The evaluations showed that you were far and away the most favored educational forum presenter of the three days! You were personally very ‘real’, you got to know the audience ahead of time, and then once you owned the room (after about 5 seconds!) you spent 90 minutes talking WITH your audience, not AT them. That is the mark of a true professional.”
--National Management Association

“Thank you for sharing your special gift with our membership. It was a great morning, relevant and inspiring!”
--Ventura County

“I watched in awe as Sarita engaged over 200 attendees as if she were speaking one-on-one. She was articulate, interesting and – perhaps the most appreciated by our audience – she was well prepared about the industry issues facing our attendees. She did her homework! And we all learned tools to better cope with the formidable challenges we face daily. I strongly recommend Sarita in any future keynote role!”
--Affordable Housing Management Association (AHMA)