Author Archive | Lauri

How to Cure Brain Freeze

Remember that feeling after eating a frozen Popsicle or drinking a Slurpee too fast as a kid?  Ouch! Now imagine yourself giving a speech in front of a BIG crowd when suddenly, your mind goes blank … Oh no! Those two experiences can be painful and brain freezing in very similar ways. Which brings me […]

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How to Give a Tantalizing Introduction

People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. – Maya Angelou   Have you ever been asked to introduce yourself in 30 seconds or less to a group of people you’ve never met before?  Zounds! The pressure… Whether it’s in a […]

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Take the First Steps to Thriving in the Conversations that Matter

Take the First Steps to Thriving in the Conversations that Matter If we’re living fulfilling lives, every so often we’re going to find ourselves having important conversations.  Fortunately, this is a hot topic these days among emerging leaders.  I’m thrilled to see people exploring actions to show up and speak their truth.  Unfortunately, the approach […]

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The Tap & Run

This week I thought I’d share this helpful (and sometimes humorous) look at the difference between Anchoring & Including and other speakers’ habits.   Notice the power of Anchoring & Including in comparison to other options we might habitually choose. This video is the first in a series of three.  Come back soon for the […]

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Never Underestimate the Impact of your Presence

Earlier this year, as I was running errands, I was reminded of the power of our presence – even when we don’t speak.  As I walked through the parking lot toward the Target store, I noticed two men in the middle of the parking lot row.  Their cars were both partially backed up.  It was […]

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The Path to Charisma

Have you ever seen a speaker and felt as if she was speaking directly to you the entire time? Great leaders make us feel this way.  So how do they do it?  Is this something that people or born with?  Or can we all learn to do this?  The answers are yes and yes.  We […]

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The Other Half of Leadership

In the wake of the 2012 election in the United States, the nation and the world watched as President Obama gave his acceptance speech. He’s good. He’s an effective speaker. When he finished speaking, I googled “top public speakers throughout history.” Barack Obama makes the cut. Some of the other names that appeared frequently were […]

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Shattered Forward

Just as I’m feeling shattered, at times unable to move forward on the very things I (used to) care deeply about, the Jivamukti Yoga theme for the month arrives in my inbox. “It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it. “ Huh. Timing. Thank goodness. Thank you Jivamukti Yoga, Sharon Gannon and David […]

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