Falcone Lecturer

December 13th, 2012 Posted in Foundation News & Events

Foundation and Alumni Staff members with Yvonne Conte. From left: Mary Kriever, Louise Wilson, Yvonne, Marty MacKay and Carol MacKenzie.

Did you know that 20 seconds of belly laughter equals 3 minutes of strenuous rowing?  Or, that laughter promotes productivity and builds confidence?  Internationally renowned motivational speaker, author and humorist, Yvonne Conte, brought down the house with laughter Thursday, November 8.  The Cayuga Community College Foundation presented the Noreen and Michael J. Falcone Lecturer to a packed crowd in the Cayuga Café.

Yvonne is a sought after motivational keynote speaker for conferences, conventions, and company training; including Fortune 500 companies.  Conte is a radio and TV personality and best-selling author.

Conte shared the “Positive Power of Humor,” which ranges from physical responses such as lower blood pressure and promotion of good health, to stimulating creativity and encouraging teamwork.  Her unique ability to relate personal stories was evident by the roars of laughter from the audience.  Her advice on how to “De-Stress The Mess” came at the perfect time for the pre-holiday crowd.

Of the six books she has written, her latest, “Cry, Laugh, Cook” included cookie recipes that have been passed down by generations of her family members.  The author was touched by effort made by the Foundation staff to have some of these cookies baked to be shared with the audience.

The combination of humor, cookies and camaraderie made the event an enjoyable evening for all in attendance.  This lecture was open to the public and free of charge.

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