About Mary Fran Bontempo

MARY FRAN BONTEMPO is a speaker, author and humorist who teaches audiences to control their most powerful influence: Self-Talk. Author of The Woman’s Book of Dirty Words, and Not Ready for Granny Panties, Mary Fran proves small changes in self-talk yield big life changes, allowing individuals to redefine their lives both professionally and personally in a rapidly changing world. A Huffington Post and Thrive Global contributor, and regular columnist for Women’s Voices Magazine and Best Kept Self, Mary Fran inspires and motivates readers and listeners to tame the self-talk beast, leading them to personal and professional renewal and success. After thirty years’ experience as owner of a full-service recruiting firm, and finding herself in the middle of a perfect life storm—turning 50, a crashing economy, and most devastating, a son with serious addiction issues—Mary Fran created the blog, Not Ready for Granny Panties, authoring two books in the series and developing a life-affirming brand full of practical wisdom and wit. A frequent media guest and speaker, audiences delight in her empowering and entertaining message.

Nice Can be a Dirty Word!

  It's a year, a new day, and time to get stuff done! Sometimes, "Nice" can be a dirty word for us, especially when it means we do for everyone but ourselves, becoming resentful and miserable in the process. And helping no one, especially not ourselves. Don't be afraid to put on your "Bitchy Pants" once in a while and claim your time, your space and your life. It's time to git 'er [...]

January 7th, 2018|0 Comments

Interview with John Lee Dumas of EOFire! Listen in!

John Lee Dumas is a podcast superstar. And I was honored to be a guest on his show, Entrepreneur on Fire! Listen in as we drop "truth bombs" and talk about how owning your life experiences adds authenticity to your business. Even the worst of situations contains a kernel of opportunity. In this interview, we talk about how my son's addiction issues brought my life to a screeching halt, yet ultimately made me [...]

November 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Join Me on The Big Talk, with Tricia Brouk!

It's always a great day when I get to have amazing conversations with smart, fantastic women. Today, that's especially true, as I join the fabulous Tricia Brouk on her podcast, The Big Talk! Tricia is a choreographer, director, producer and speaking coach based in NYC. Her program teaches aspiring and experienced speakers how to deliver their message in a powerful way that truly connects with their audience. "Drop in" as we discuss the [...]

November 9th, 2017|0 Comments

A Daily Plan of “Whatever”

  Fall is harvest time, when you reap what you’ve sown, at least as far as farming cycles go.  But on a more personal level, we’re all reaping what we’ve sown, for better or worse, all of the time. At least that’s what’s supposed to happen. A harvest requires a carefully executed plan, if you have any shot at reaping anything worthwhile. I like a good plan. A plan makes me feel like [...]

September 26th, 2017|2 Comments

Hey, U2–Back Off!

This is what I usually see when I push the home screen button on my phone--my darling grand babies, the closest little people to my heart in the world. Seeing their happy faces makes the unrelenting pounding of technology a little easier for me to deal with. Imagine my surprise, then, when a few weeks ago, I hit the home screen button on my phone and instead saw a bare-chested man crouching and [...]

August 29th, 2017|0 Comments

When “I’m Sorry” is the Wrong Thing to Say

I've spent a good part of my life apologizing for myself. I'm not that awful; I just wasn't big on confrontation and figured it was the easiest way to keep the peace. Well, I'm over it. I have a few mantras in my life. One is, "Lord, let me be a blessing to someone today." My latest, however, is, "Sorry, Not Sorry." Read more at Thrive Global. Feel free to share! https://journal.thriveglobal.com/why-im-over-unnecessary-apologies-b8d05b4835db  

August 15th, 2017|0 Comments