Mel Robbins

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Mel Robbins
Melanie Lee Schneeberger

(1968-10-06) October 6, 1968 (age 50)
Alma mater
OccupationMotivational speaker
CNN commentator
Talk show host

Melanie "Mel" Robbins (born Schneeberger[1] on October 6, 1968) is an American television host, author, and motivational speaker. Robbins is widely known for covering the George Zimmerman trial for CNN[2]; her TEDx talk, How to Stop Screwing Yourself Over, with millions of views on YouTube alone;[3] and her book, The 5 Second Rule.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Robbins grew up in North Muskegon, Michigan.[5] She attended Dartmouth College.[6] She received a J.D. degree from Boston College Law School in 1994.[7]


Prior to joining CNN as a legal analyst, Robbins worked as a criminal defense attorney, launched and sold a retail and Internet technology company, according to her official Web site[8] and hosted Cox Media Group's The Mel Robbins Show, A&E's Monster In-Laws, and Fox's Someone's Gotta Go.

In 2011, Robbins published her first book, Stop Saying You're Fine. She was asked to talk at TEDx San Francisco, where she first gave the basis for The 5 Second Rule. Her talk, viewed more than 18 million times on YouTube[9] as of April 2019, launched her public speaking career. Robbins is the most-booked female on the speaking circuit.[10]

On February 28, 2017, Robbins released her second book, The 5 Second Rule.

The 5 Second Rule was the top non-fiction book on Audible and sixth most-read book on Amazon in 2017.[11][12] It was named Audible's 2017 Book of the Year in the category of Self-Development.[13]

She then collaborated with Audible again to launch Kick Ass with Mel Robbins in June 2018[14] and Take Control of Your Life in 2019.[15]

In September 16, 2019, her syndicated daytime talk show with Sony Pictures Television, The Mel Robbins Show, will launch.[16][17]

Honors and awards[edit]

In 2014, Robbins received the Gracie Award for Outstanding Host–News/Non-fiction.[18]

Personal life[edit]

In 1996, she married entrepreneur Christopher Robbins. She has three children.


  1. ^ Lois Smith Brady (March 12, 2006). "Mel Schneeberger and Christopher Robbins". The New York Times. Retrieved June 2, 2015.
  2. ^ Robbins, Mel. "Mel Robbins on day five in the Zimmerman trial: "It's kind of shocking, what the prosecution let the defense get away"". CNN. Retrieved 2015-02-28.
  3. ^ TEDx Talks (2011-06-11), How to stop screwing yourself over | Mel Robbins | TEDxSF, retrieved 2019-04-23
  4. ^ Franklin, MJ. "Amazon's top books of 2017 reflect the crazy-ass year we just lived through". Mashable. Retrieved 2018-01-30.
  5. ^ Rachel Baker (November 2007). "Mel Robbins Is Not the Bashful Type". Boston. Retrieved June 2, 2015.
  6. ^ "Mel Robbins, LinkedIn". LinkedIn. 2018-01-30. Retrieved 2018-01-30.
  7. ^ "Stop Saying You Are Fine Bio". Retrieved 2015-02-28.[dead link]
  8. ^ "About — Mel Robbins". Mel Robbins. Retrieved 2016-11-01.
  9. ^ How to stop screwing yourself over | Mel Robbins | TEDxSF on YouTube. Published 2011-06-11.
  10. ^ "Mel Robbins | Speaker Agency, Speaking Fee, Videos". Keynote Speakers Bureau. Retrieved 2019-04-23.
  11. ^ "This Year in Books by Amazon Charts". Retrieved 2018-01-30.
  12. ^ Take Control of Your Life.
  13. ^ Take Control of Your Life.
  14. ^ Kick Ass with Mel Robbins.
  15. ^ Take Control of Your Life.
  16. ^ Andreeva, Denise Petski,Nellie; Petski, Denise; Andreeva, Nellie (2018-10-30). "Mel Robbins Syndicated Daytime Talk Show Set For Fall 2019 Launch". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-04-23.
  17. ^ "Mel Robbins Syndicated Daytime Talk Show Cleared In 90% Of U.S. For September Launch". Deadline Hollywood. April 24, 2019.
  18. ^ "2014 Gracie Awards Winners". Archived from the original on February 26, 2015. Retrieved 2015-02-28.

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