Motivational speaker addresses Plumas Bank and FRC employees

Debra Moore
Staff Writer

If Oprah Winfrey is known for “aha moments,” Gail Cohen is known for “NOW.”

Because “now” is when the motivational speaker and author thinks women should realize their dreams and their potential.

Cohen spoke to Feather River College and Plumas Bank employees March 25 at an event titled “A Celebration of Women,” coinciding with Women’s History Month.

Dr. Joan Parkin, an English instructor at the college and Cohen’s daughter, introduced her mother to the roughly three dozen women who attended the morning seminar.

Parkin credited her mother for being where she was “quite literally,” but also for the example and inspiration that she set for her and her sister.

“I feel very lucky to have a motivational speaker for a mom,” Parkin said.

Cohen had participants dancing, laughing and soul searching.

She shared her own story — how she transformed herself from a single mother waiting tables to a successful real estate agent to a published author, life coach and motivational speaker.

In her latest of nine books, “How to be Your Personal Best,” Cohen shares the tips that she practices on a daily basis.

During her seminar, Cohen encouraged everyone to pick something that she wanted to accomplish, personally or professionally, and then gave the attendees four steps to take to realize that goal: knowledge, action, risk and NOW.

Knowledge: Cohen encourages life-long learning and said knowledge is key to achieving goals.

Action: “Acts consistently repeated yield gargantuan results,” she said.

For example, if a person’s goal is to write a book, penning just one page won’t be successful. But one page a day, for a year, results in a book.

Risk: She asked the audience how many times they had delayed achieving their dream, because the words “I can’t because …” became their excuse.

Now: “How many years have you wanted it?” Cohen asked those assembled. She instructed the audience to set a specific time within the next three days to take the first step.

Cohen also shared tips for what she considers the five areas of well-being: physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual and social.

For more information on Cohen, visit her website at

Feather River College, Plumas Bank and the Quincy Chamber of Commerce hosted the event.

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