Sarita Maybin

Communication expert, author, TEDx speaker, workplace relationship expert, author of If You Can’t Say Something Nice, What DO You Say?: Practical Solutions For Working Together Better






Sarita Maybin shows her audiences how to transform uncomfortable
conversations into constructive communication. With real stories, real
solutions and a relatable presence, Sarita breaks down barriers to reveal how to work together better.

Sarita has made it her mission to inspire others to embrace positivity, even amid the challenges of our ever-changing high-tech times. In her 20+ years as an international speaker and communication expert, Sarita has spoken in all 50 states, 10 countries—including Iceland—and on the prestigious TEDx stage.

Raised as a “military brat” moving from country to country, Sarita quickly learned how to make fast friends and finesse stressful situations.

She is a former university dean of students and literally wrote the book on how to answer the perpetually perplexing question: If You Can’t Say
Something Nice, What DO You Say? She continues the conversation in her new book Say What You Mean in a Nice Way.

Sarita’s programs range from 30 – 90-minute conference keynotes and
breakout sessions to two-hour staff development kick-offs and half-day workshops. In-person, virtual or hybrid presentations available.

Keynote Presentations

Say What You Mean in a Nice Way: Working Together Better in High-Tech Times

Learn how to transform uncomfortable conversations into constructive communication in this upbeat presentation based on Sarita Maybin’s new book Say What You Mean in a Nice Way. Take away real solutions for communicating with compassion, kindness and civility—in person and online.

Gain fresh insights on how to say what you mean and mean what you say in a nice way.

Presentation highlights include:

  • How to communicate with C.A.R.E. to create positive results
  • You’re Not the Boss of Me – How to gain cooperation when you’re not in
  • Do You Play Nicely? How to lead, follow or get out of the way
  • How to navigate dialogue dilemmas when communicating online
  • Are you a L.I.A.R.? – Four behaviors that make or break relationships
If You Can’t Say Something Nice, What DO You Say?: A Constructive Confrontation Presentation

We’ve all been told “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” This high energy presentation based on Sarita’s first book provides practical approaches and positive phrases for those times when you need to say something NOT so nice. Learn how to respectfully deflect the negative comment of a well-meaning manager, kindly clue in a co-worker and constructively convey concerns…without destroying the relationship.

Presentation Highlights Include:

  • How to know if you should confront a situation or just let it go
  • Three-step process for conveying concerns with tact and respect
  • How to soften the sting when giving negative feedback or bad news
  • How to respond when someone asks your opinion, and you have nothing nice
    to say
  • How to set boundaries with your boss—without being insubordinate
How to Stay Positive and Focused in Uncertain Times

Alternate Title: Adapting, Succeeding & Thriving in the Workplace

The ability to stay positive and productive in the face of change, challenges and uncertainty is essential for success. In this uplifting presentation, you will learn how to recharge your energy using “resiliency resources,” reset after recent setbacks and rekindle passion for your career.

Presentation highlights include:

  • Strategies for thriving on change
  • How to cope with workplace situations that are beyond your control
  • Five ways to rekindle passion for your career
  • Three P’s for Staying Positive
  • How to use your “resiliency resources” to bounce back from adversity
Communicating for Success: Working Together for Better Results

Learn how to communicate in a way that gets your ideas heard and encourages the cooperation of others. Take away tools that will empower you to communicate at all levels within your organization and effectively build trust within your own team. Sarita will share her Top 10 Positive Communication Phrases and five proven strategies for overcoming listening barriers.

Presentation highlights include:

  • Discover what your body language is really saying
  • Overcome listening barriers using five proven strategies
  • Find out how well you listen – Listening Checklist
  • Build trust using Sarita’s Top 10 Positive Communication Phrases
  • How to receive negative feedback without getting defensive

Sarita Maybin Testimonials

“Sarita is truly ONE OF THE BEST! She wowed our audience in the Carolinas and really connected with everyone. I hope to hear Sarita speak in the future and would recommend her inspirational presentations to everyone.”
Brian Boss, CCM, Club Managers Association (CMAA) – Carolinas Chapter

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

“Being a keynote speaker for us is not necessarily an easy job as people at UM often have high standards. The evaluations from the conference attendees were excellent. Typical comments were ‘Fantastic!’ ‘Loved her’ ‘Learned a lot’ and ‘I’m using what she taught us already.’ In short, Sarita delivered exactly what we needed.”
Deborah Orlowski, University of Michigan

“As a committee chair, I cannot express enough what a pleasure it was to work with you before the conference. You are extremely organized, know your material and always followed through on anything you committed to do for us. Your flexibility was helpful to us as we tailored the presentations to our audience.”
Dolores Harper, American Association for Women in Community College

“Your lively presentation not only entertained our attendees, but also provided them with some great tactics for dealing with workplace stress and succeeding despite workplace challenges.”
Robert J. Carey, Department of the Navy

“I watched in awe as Sarita engaged over 200 attendees as if she were speaking one-on-one. Perhaps the most appreciated by our audience – she was well prepared about the industry issues facing our attendees. She did her homework!”
Joe Diehl, Affordable Housing Management Association

“Sarita thanks so much for creating such a positive and high energy beginning to this conference.”
Jim Koontz, California Association of Health Facilities

“Many attendees commented that your presentation was the highlight of the conference. What a great way to begin the week!”
Linnet Baskett, Hospitality Financial & Technology Professionals

“Sarita’s keynote was the perfect way to conclude the conference…her standing ovation was well deserved.”
John Bowen, Wisconsin School Counselor Association

“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! Sarita, you are a fabulous speaker who makes learning fun.”
Debra Bettis Britton, Ed.D., Texas Counseling Association

“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 great takeaway.”
Judie Vullo, Boeing Leadership Association of Southern California

“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!”
Pam Lovett, Comerica Bank