“It only takes doing one thing differently to make a change; Lee gently encourages people to step out of their comfort zones to make a change and make a difference! By doing so, she makes a difference to so many. Her style and techniques are very refreshing in this day and age, and her messages are ones that help everyone grow and experience life, at work and at home, in a more meaningful manner.”
Jennifer L. McWain, audience participant

“Lee’s presentation to the New England City Clerks Association in 2013 was dynamic, energetic and fun. She was able to engage the audience immediately and kept our interest and strong participation for the three hour session; no small task in a large room of almost 200 people. Attendees commented the session was one of the best they have heard in several years and felt they were able to connect with Lee personally. They were impressed with how very personable Lee was and her warmth and sincerity shone through immediately. It was a real pleasure hearing Lee’s presentation, and it most definitely was a conference highlight.” Kathy Montejo, Lewiston City Clerk

“Captivating an audience after a long day of work and a robust dinner is one of the greatest challenges for a speaker. Lee not only captivated my audience in a spirited manner, but she also provided valuable and practical tools and left the audience wanting more. Lee’s energy is felt off-stage as well; she exudes professionalism in preparation and planning, ensuring the accuracy of every last detail. She makes my job easier and charms my audiences.”
Tanya Kolonoski, Executive Director, Center for Financial Training & Education Alliance

Demo Video

Described by audience members as "the best presenter we have ever had."

Enjoy this video that includes a variety of Lee's messages.

Letters of Reference (click on each for the complete letter)

"You can tell from the accolades and the awards that Lee has become an accomplished facilitator and educator, and she now helps many businesses in Maine and beyond maximize the potential of their human resources." Laurie Bouchard, LBouchard & Associates, LLC.

"Whether your voice will speak of religion, race, or freedom, we all have a voice. What I have learned from the class, Speak with Confidence, Comfort and Conviction"…….. Michael Flagg, Project Specialist, AVP, TD Bank

"EVERYONE attending your sessions leaves in a better place. You are one of the lucky ones who have found your calling and gracefully share it for the wellbeing of everyone." Kandy Moreau, Director of Lending, Infinity Federal Credit Union

"Lee has proven to be an excellent partner for our organization, augmenting the educational programs we offer in a commendable manner."  Tanya Kolonoski, Executive Director, Northern New England Center for Financial Training

"My retirement community has been so pleased with Lee’s presentations that we have already contracted with her to do staff development training with our employees to further improve the quality of their interactions with our residents."  Suzanne Miller, RN,BSN,CCM, Quarry Hill Retirement Community


About Lee Ann Szelog

Lee Ann Szelog“I am flattered with all the kind sentiments that so many audience members share with me. My greatest satisfaction comes from knowing participants are trying some of the techniques that I impart, and finding success with using them. The audience deserves the credit for trying new skills.”
Lee Ann Szelog

A professional speaker and award-winning author, Lee Ann Szelog had her first serendipity at the age of 7, although she didn’t realize it at the time. She was extremely shy and decided she wanted to overcome her fear of communicating. Since then she challenged herself every day to speak up, write and conduct presentations and overcome her fears. Her persistence paid off; after enjoying a successful 28-year career as a marketing and training executive, Lee founded Simply Put, LLC, specializing in presentations to help people communicate more effectively and live life rather than react to it. Clients partner with Lee when they want to help their audience improve their communication skills, attitude, level of engagement and job satisfaction, and maximize their overall happiness and capacity, personally and professionally. Many clients have said, “Lee is the best speaker we’ve ever had!” She is known for bringing out the best in people by combining real-life stories and conversational techniques that connect with the audience in an intimate, intense and individual level.

Striving to achieve her maximum capacity, Lee also works with her husband, Tom, using their words photographs to inspire people. From living in a lighthouse on the coast of Maine to a log cabin in the Maine woods they have documented life, human and wild, in two quintessential Maine homes. The result is the publication of two award-winning books by Down East Books titled, Our Point of View-Fourteen Years at a Maine Lighthouse, featuring Marshall Point Lighthouse in Port Clyde, Maine, and By a Maine River – A Year of Looking Closely, which explores the natural beauty found in their own backyard. Lee and Tom are both passionate wildlife advocates and use their words and photographs in presentations to educate and inspire people about the important and beneficial role our natural world plays in our lives.

“I can’t believe that’s the same little girl who used to hide behind me and suck her thumb.”
Anna Guesman, Lee’s Mom

Inspiration and Tips

Enjoy today while you have today to enjoy! May my messages and tips guide you with inspiration on the days you need it most. If you like these tips, please join my Facebook page, so you can obtain inspiration on a regular basis.

Is your life like a roller coaster, merry-go-round or fun house? Whichever it is, be sure to enjoy the ride.
Smile at as many people as you can today; you’ll not only change their day, but you’ll change your day too.
Pearls of wisdom have greater value than pearls of the sea
Like bread dough, do you rise to the occasion when you’re needed?
The Earth is our canvas. What masterpiece will we create and leave for the next generation? Protecting the Earth, protects us.
A new day. A new opportunity for dreams to come true.
A warm smile is a lasting gift.
Life is a gift. Open it with enthusiasm every day.
Good morning! Simple yet powerful words with which to greet everyone to help them embrace and enjoy today!
Surprises bring joy to the recipient and the giver. Surprise someone today and create joy!
Refresh your life with a breath of fresh air.
Don’t just get through the day; explore the day.
Disconnect from electronics to connect with the people around you