About Me

If you’re on this page that means you want to know more about me.

Well let’s see…I was born and raised in Ohio. I have a degree in journalism from Ohio University—not to be confused with THE Ohio State University. I’m a Bobcat—not a Buckeye, although come football and basketball time I root for BOTH!

I was a cheerleader in high school and a member of the Forensics Team. Being a member of the forensics team helped develop my speaking skills. I am forever grateful to David Brunner, my high school speech coach, who made me his personal project and helped me to soar to the level of a national champion.

I’ve always been a communicator. I love to talk and get to know people. I am fascinated with the stories of others and how they’ve overcome some obstacle in life to go on and achieve something wonderful. I knew at a relatively young age that I wanted to work in some form of media—to tell positive stories of people. Unfortunately, traditional media isn’t about the business of telling the “good stories.” They focus more on the “if it bleeds, it leads” mentality.

My career has taken me to West Virginia, Boston, New Hampshire, Connecticut, North Carolina, Guantanamo Bay Cuba and Saudi Arabia.

Something you may not know about me is I worked for Merrill Lynch at one time and learned quite a bit about the stock market.


Little did I know 20 years ago that my greatest challenge at that time would become my greatest passion and joy today. Back then I was struggling with my now-grown daughter— who used to believe the whole world spoke “ebonics!” Through my constant nagging about the importance of “good grammar” and teaching my daughter how to market herself to get a job, I discovered a sincere desire to work with young people and have become committed to helping them succeed in their professional and personal lives.

As a result of my 30 years of media experience, public speaking background, youth volunteer work and youth-based focus groups, I created the Your Time to Shine Workshop Series, which provides tools and resources young people need to market themselves professionally and with confidence. Along with a team of young professionals, we have come up with an engaging, fun and inspiring way to educate young people!

I’ve had the good fortune to be on both sides of the microphone. In addition to working for the media, I have also appeared as a guest on numerous radio and talk programs including MSNBC-TV and the locally-produced My Carolina Today. I was also featured in the New York Times for my first book. I’ve written four books total including the Amazon Best Seller, How to Get on the News Without Committing Murder and have written for, or been covered by the Huffington Post, Forbes, and Newsweek magazine.


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15 Responses to About Me

  1. Glad to learn more about you Beverly and to find out you are a fellow Buckeye, well technically a Bobcat and I too was a cheerleader in high school! I went to Ohio State but eventually found myself in NC and graduated from UNC. I look forward to interacting with you often, and perhaps talking about mutual interests and ventures.

    • beverlym says:

      Hi Nancy!
      Thank you for stopping by my website and I think we’re connected on Twitter, right? We seem to have a few things in common. Hopefully, we can connect in person soon.

  2. Hi Beverly,
    We host a long format interview show where we interview business authors and industry leaders.

    Would you be interested in an interview?

    We conduct these over a Skype video call, although some authors prefer telephone or pure audio.

    We have interviewed a wide range of authors already, supplied to us by McGraw Hill.

    Your subject matter complements our programming very well.

    Please take a look at our site and let me know if something like this would interest you.

    Best regards,

    Kersten Kloss
    Kersten Kloss recently posted..Skype Interview Invitation

  3. Alene Evans says:

    I was searching for ning networks for grandmoms for my mother and there you were. I read the article on The 919 Business Network. I clicked on your link and would like to know more. I need to know how to promote myself better. I am knew to the social media network stuff. However, I am aware this is the way of our future. Please email me on how I may be able to use your services. Blessings, Alene

  4. Deb417 (from Twitter) says:

    Hi Bev,
    We had a hard time getting sponsors for the conf. as well and this is the 4th annual (my 1st year being on the board). There are NO returning vendors, hardly any returning attendees (from 2010 & 2011). Mostly it is the economy I think, the younger women I know who would have taken time off from work (event is a Friday) say things like “I would have come if it was a Saturday”….it is a challenge.
    Good luck, yours looks interesting. Deb417

    • beverlym says:

      Thanks for stopping by Deb–
      The economy is certainly challenging everyone’s business these days. I went from doing a social media summit to a reinvention summit because women in my age group are reinventing themselves and are looking for resources to make the transition a little smoother. That’s what I want this conference to deliver. Best of luck to you and let’s touch base after they’re over and compare some more notes 🙂

  5. Jon Goodman says:

    Hi Bev-

    I’m a producer at NBC/Peacock Productions in NYC. I’d like to speak with you about possibility of interviewing you – or someone you recommend – for a major broadcast feature on Baby Boomers. If you’re amenable, please contact me at your earliest convenience.



  6. Deb417 (from Twitter) says:

    Bev, fill free to send email to the gmail.com account I included. Wanted to tell you what was popular at our conf. yesterday, I listed the highest attend first:
    9:30 – Emotional Intelligence; Your Personal Brand; Engagement Mkt; Your Passion as a Viable Business (Panel including 1 woman who has had a catering co. for 30 years; a teacher who became a event planner 17 years ago & an art therapy teacher who became an artists more than 8 years ago – all are making money in their businesses); Baking Class; Wine & Cheese Pairings (TOO EARLY!!)
    10:30 – Communication Toolbox; 4 Generations in the Workplace; Panel about Bucket List Items; Social Media
    11:30 – Time Management; Social Media; Interpreting Your Life; Panel about Reinventing Yourselves (Attorney to Real Estate Agent; TV Producer to Hypnotherapist; Engineer to Baker).

  7. Deb417 (from Twitter) says:

    should have said: “…feel free…” LOL. Deb

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  9. Hi Ms. Beverly!!….I am so glad to have in contact with your website!…You are my superwoman ((you just don’t know it yet)) *giggles*. I really could use your help & wisdom!! I am a motivational speaker, life coach, and author. I am presently enrolled in online school for mass communications for Journalism. I am struggling to get my name out and to get the publicity that I need to soar. Hopefully we can talk soon! Thanks a million.
    Yoeshikoe Creer

    • beverlym says:

      Hi Yoeshikoe,

      Thank you for taking time to visit my site and leave a message. Your enthusiasm is infectious! Please advise how I can reach you and the best time to reach out. I look forward to chatting with you.

  10. Hello Beverly Mahone

    My name is Jenelle and I work for 107.5 WBLS and 1190 WLIB in NY. I understand that you are promoting How to Get on the News Without Committing Murder and I wanted to see if you would be interested in joining us for our Circle of Sisters Expo in October.

    The Circle of Sisters Expo is an annual event that we do in New York City at the Jacob Javits Center to motivate and empower women of color. Last year we were blessed with an attendance over 40,000 people. This year we are adding a special experience by creating a Book Pavilion to highlight Authors and I believe this is the perfect venue to introduce How to Get on the News Without Committing Murder to our loyal listeners. The costs are modest but the rewards can be significant.

    I have attached a recap video for you to view of last year’s festivities at Circle of Sisters: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6paz27YFtM&feature=youtu.be

    If interested, I would like to send over a package that gives more detail to our event and Book Pavilion. I hope that your team can join us as we have amazing opportunities at this event that are super affordable and can help build exposure for you.

    You can contact me at (212) 592-0523 or jenelle@wbls.com and we can discuss how we can promote your business through our signature event.

    I look forward to hearing from you. God bless and have a great day

  11. Hi Beverly,
    Back on Oct. 8, I took your wonderful class “How to Self Promote to Grow Your Business” at Wake Tech in Cary. Again, I want to thank you for sending me your Power point notes. I’ve added some notes of my own to the “Write” section and am sending them back to you (see below). Please note that iSnare no longer exists and that IdeaMarketers is now ignitepoint.com.

    As a writer, I went over the part about “Write” to learn how to put my blog posts out there for others to find, with hopes they’d link back to my book website. However, I couldn’t find any article websites for blogs like mine that contain images or videos.

    Thank you very much for any help you could give me.

    My blogs:
    My websites:

    · Position yourself as an expert by writing something for an industry publication.
    · Submit your article to some of the top Articles Directories (avg word lgth 400-600 words):
    o Ezine Articles (for experts) (http://ezinearticles.com/)
    § brings real-world experts and ezine publishers together. Our searchable database of hundreds of thousands of quality original articles, posted by Expert Authors & Writers, allows email newsletter publishers who are hungry for fresh content to find articles to include in their next newsletter (up to 25 articles per year per our Publisher TOS).
    o Helium (for beginners to intermediate) (https://www.heliumnetwork.com/)
    § Helium Network is a division of Helium Inc., an online publisher offering a range of topic-related, information-based publishing platforms, as well as full-service custom content solutions via its business division, Helium Content Source.
    o Suite 101 (http://suite101.com/)
    § Suite101 is about different perspectives. It’s a place to share ideas and opinions, to debate and dive deeply into subjects that move us.
    o GoArticles (http://goarticles.com/)
    § The Web’s Largest Free Content Article Directory. One way – put your blog in a directory and others will find it.
    o ArticleAlley (http://www.articlealley.com/)
    § We love original well written interesting content that engages our readers. To get published your work needs to be unique to our site and not used or distributed elsewhere.
    o iSnare
    o IdeaMarketers is now ignitepoint.com
    ArticlesBase (http://www.articlesbase.com/)

    Cheers! Pat Simpson

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