Alumna Publishes Second Book Collection

Posted on: December 17, 2013

Meeuwenberg-Linda-featureLinda Meeuwenberg, M.A. Communication '90, overcame her fear of public speaking and is sharing her story of success in a new collaborative book titled "Overcoming Mediocrity: A Unique Collection of Stories From Dynamic Women Who Have Created Their Own Lives of Significance!"

The book is a collection of personal memoirs from 22 women who range from established leaders making an impact on a large scale to those making a difference in the daily lives of a select few.

Meeuwenberg became involved with the project after attending a writer's workshop, Book Bound by Michelle Prince, in Chicago, Ill., where she met Christie Raffino, Founder of Dynamic Professional Women's Network, who was seeking authors for her next collaborative book.

In the book, Meeuwenberg focuses on her fear of public speaking and how she overcame it while working as a professor. Now the President and CEO of Professional Development Association Inc., Meeuwenberg provides seminars and keynote addresses to large groups.

"I began speaking as a community service to inform groups of the importance of oral health and was required by tenure and promotion criteria to present papers at national meetings. I found I really liked it and that I could supplement my income by becoming a speaker at meetings, conferences and continuing education seminars," Meeuwenberg said.

While earning her master's degree at MSU, Meeuwenberg found the services offered on campus and in the community to be ideal for a single mother. Her daughter attended elementary school at Spartan Village School (now a community center) with children from 51 different countries.

"My daughter loved Spartan Village. She could walk to school with her friends from Lativia, China, Nigeria and one from Grand Rapids," Meeuwenberg said. "My teen babysitter was from Indonesia and taught my daughter native dances. She presented us with a box of music and a native costume."

With her daughter being cared for, Meeuwenberg was able to focus on her schoolwork, which she credits as having accelerated her goal of teaching and writing curriculum for health care providers.

"I did research at the hospital. They asked me to conduct training and referred me to Blue Cross HMO and other hospitals that allowed me to gain extra income and establish myself with the medical community. A great experience at MSU," Meeuwenberg said. "I even had a chance to develop an independent study working with the medical school where I assisted on teaching medical and nursing students communication skills."

This is Meeuwenberg's second collaborative book. Her first was "Stepping Stones to Success," written with Jack Canfield and Deepak Chopra.

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