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Melissa Drake

July 11, 2019

Business Skills on the Dance Floor

You have to be right here, right now. Poised, ready, and responsive. Not looking ahead, not worrying about the past, and certainly not...
May 20, 2019

10 Reasons why Prince is the Ultimate Entrepreneur

From the humble beginnings of a spiral notebook to a musical legacy and destination for purple family members to celebrate and connect, it appears to me that Prince’s entrepreneurial vision gains new life with each passing year.
May 11, 2019

Does ‘Work’ Have to Look Like Work to be Effective?

I was challenged to be constantly on the hunt to find more work to do (and keep myself busy in an effort to be more "valuable"). One day, my CEO boss said something that jarred me a bit. He said, "I'm also paying you to think."
May 1, 2019

10 Reasons why Prince is a Master Collaborator

I was recently asked how I got the title of “Master Collaborator.” Here’s the truth about the title—I made it up a few months ago. To […]
April 17, 2019

How I Landed a TEDx Talk—and How You Can Too (A Series)

Since delivering my TEDx Talk, The Dance of Collaboration at TEDx Almansor Park last month, a question I get daily is “How did you do that?” Because this isn’t about […]
April 16, 2019

Hoarding Control, Information, Resources, and Credit Keeps You Broke

In late 2017, I began writing the first draft of my TEDx talk. This is it.
April 9, 2019

I Totally Rocked It—And Lackluster Shapewear Didn’t Stop Me

I saw more joy, more love, and more connection. By this point, my concern about the shapewear was gone. Do I have a great graphic designer who can Photoshop the lumps and bumps out? You bet your ass I do. Would I do that? Hell no.
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