Mel Robbins is an inspirational force dedicated to helping people and organizations reach their highest potential. Mel is best known for creating “The 5 Second Rule” and delivering one of the most popular TEDxTalks in the world – “How To Stop Screwing Yourself Over.” She is a powerful keynote speaker that gets off the stage and into your audience; creating motivational experiences with unforgettable engagement, surprising research, vivid imagery, videos and music. Her provocative and compelling views on leadership, risk and human potential have earned her international attention and invitations to train and empower executive teams at some of the world’s leading brands: The PGA Tour, Price Waterhouse Coopers, CISCO Systems, Johnson&Johnson, United Technologies, Chase and Lincoln Financial. When she’s not on stage, she’s on television talking about the biggest stories of our time. She’s an award-winning On-Air Commentator for CNN and drives millions of pages views for CNN.com – where she’s one of their most popular opinion writers. In 2014, the Gracie Awards named her America’s Outstanding Talk Show Host. She’s hosted shows for A&E, FOX and Cox Media; and has appeared in every major show and publication you can name from Good Morning America to Dr. Phil, the New York Times to SUCCESS Magazine, where she served as a Contributing Editor. Mel is a Dartmouth College and Boston College Law School graduate and a serial entrepreneur that’s on a mission to help us all thrive at work and in life. She and her husband of twenty years have three young kids and live outside of Boston.
Mel hits at the heart of what makes for great television. She has the depth to handle very technical and complicated stories and she also has a little bit of Hollywood to her. She sparkles on television and she lights up any room she walks into. She makes a connection with the audience and she makes a connection with everyone here at CNN. She knew the name of just about everyone in the building within six months of joining the team. And I mean everyone, security guards, camera men, producers, everyone. When Mel’s on TV, there’s always something the viewer is going to get - great chemistry, energy, substance, authenticity - she’s a lot of fun to watch because she’s so smart, so real and always right on the mark. When Mel’s on I have the confidence that I’ve got the right person on the story - she’s truly compelling and inspiring to watch. -
Mel's what they would call a five-tool player in baseball. She’s teaching while being provocative and that’s not an easy thing to do. What she adds to the mix at CNN, which is very important, she gives you all of those things we’re looking for, but also gives you some palette of humanity. Because it’s not just about the facts, it’s about the feel. And Mel has that in a unique way. What lawyers often miss is the feeling that you have about a situation when you don’t understand how the process works. Mel gets when things aren't OK and she gets the difference between someone having the right to do something and something being right to do. She gets that from the perspective of prosecutions, she gets that from the perspective of victimization. She just gets it.
Mel’s uniqueness and value is that she’s real. She’s authentic in what she does. She provides analysis that’s down to earth and she’s not afraid to say what she’s thinking. She attacks the elephant in the room at all times. Everybody else would want to say it and Mel just gets out there and ‘boom.’ Then she can get very technical and specific legally. She’s going to address what needs to be addressed and she’ll have done her research. If you’re thinking about it, she’s going to say it. And that has great value because you know what you’re getting at all times—a no holds barred thing. At the same time, she does it with enough of a level of diplomacy such that she’s right on. I can see people in their living rooms yelling, ‘Yeah!’ at the TV. Mel is a tightrope walk, but nobody walks the tightrope better. Because she’s going to give you the perspective that people are thinking about, she’s absolutely not going to run away from the controversy in the issue she’s talking about, but she’s going to add just enough flavor of diplomacy to what she says to get her point out in a very straightforward way that’s no-nonsense, but not offensive. It’s like, damn man, how’s she’s doing this?