Testimonials

“I recommend Lauri’s work to any leader who wants to have greater impact in your role.  You will get expanded authenticity and a new confidence in your ability to deliver any message from the most important to the everyday.  She’s the real deal.  You’ll walk away with this inside of you and not just a ‘good idea’”.

 – L.A. Reding, President L.A. & company, faculty member of the Co-Active Leadership Program.

“Lauri’s vocal presence coaching has been inspiring, demanding and rewarding. I especially appreciate how the 7 Step Vocal Presence Path gives me a scaffold which I can use whenever and wherever I speak. The feeling of connecting with others and then sharing what matters to me is liberating and exhilarating!”

Jean Kathryn Carlson
Vibrant Living Alchemist

“When I think of Lauri, the words “Leadership  presence” come to mind. Her posture, her voice, and even her silence convey a strong presence that any leader would dream of.

She is creative, inventive, and has an original approach to addressing important psychological and physical realities. Her workshop “Vocal Presence – Find Your Voice” has helped many women in our organization improve their self-confidence at the negotiation table and choose to be vocal about what is important, coming from a space of contribution and commitment rather than self-doubt or insecurity.

Lauri is very professional, understands and adapts to the needs of her clients, and I strongly recommend her services. “

Nolwenn Goddard
Head of Education, eBay Women in Technology
Senior Manager, North America Markets, PayPal

“Can 1 hour make a huge improvement in your speaking?  It certainly did with mine!

Lauri taught me how to put my arms around my audience with my voice.  I’ve experienced her skill twice – once in an NSANC Salon and the second time as a coach.  In the salon, I saw the difference she made in her coaching of audience members.  In a few minutes, their vocal resonance – and the way the audience felt about what they were saying – changed dramatically.  In fact, that’s what made me sign up to have her coach me.  And I wasn’t sorry.

Lauri attacks the skill of speaking from a unique perspective – the voice as an instrument of connection.

You still need to create good content and become skilled at delivery.  But what Lauri teaches is often – I believe – overlooked.

Don’t miss an opportunity to hear her present, if the chance becomes available.  And if you want to see what a great difference an hour of coaching can make, pack up your content with your current delivery skills, and hire her for an hour’s coaching.  You definitely won’t be sorry!”

– Claudette Good-O’Neill, CC and CL
2014 Semi-finalist in Toastmaster’s International Speaking Contest, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

“I highly recommend it. It was exhilarating and challenging, calling me out to be me – without the armour that I use to hide. It was about embodying my message, breathing life into what I was saying – it made me realise that my message is so important, the vision I have of Electric Woman, I need to feel in my body and in my bones. We did breath work exercises and Lauri asked me to hold the space of the room with my voice. It was less about what are others thinking of me and more about this is me. This is my message and standing powerfully in it. This is a course for Leaders who want to complete alignment with their message, I am in awe of your work Lauri, you are so perfect for it.”

– Nikki Armytage, founder of Electric Woman and CEO of thelifestylist

“With her ‘Vocal Presence – Find Your Voice’ workshop, Lauri displayed world class professionalism, polish and focus. Our participants were blown away.  She capitalized on every moment for each participant to have a powerful experience and to come away with a unique set of tools.  By the end of the workshop the participants expressed themselves in heightened situations using their individual, authentic Leadership voices. To this date, many of the participants are still talking about the workshop as it has made a difference in their professional and personal lives.”

Jack Jia
Founder, Trusper/Baynote/Interwoven
Partner, GSR Ventures
Angel Investor

“As a Gestalt Therapist I was trained to get to the [psychological/core] fire of an issue rather than trying to deal with the [mental] smoke of a client’s issues.  Lauri is incredibly gifted at unleashing the speaker’s natural fire and passion for speaking their authentic message.  If she charged $1000 for a day I would still think it was a steal of a deal.”

– Dr. Tina Thomas

“‘Lauri Smith is an engaging, dynamic leader and coach.  I was a participant in Lauri’s Vocal Presence workshop and I cannot express the impact with enough words.  The benefits extend from my one-on-one conversations to larger group work too.  She has a warm and creative way of training you to comfortably express your passion, purpose and message.  The workshop is so much fun, that I didn’t even realize the ‘work’ I was doing until the end of the workshop and I stood in front of the group and impactfully spoke like time was standing still.  Thank you Lauri!’

– Dr. Kristen Bentley, Optometrist, Speaker, CPCC, Certified Physician Development Coach

“Lauri holds a very safe space for everyone to express their authentic, flawed, and perfect selves.  She models what she teaches beautifully, standing in herself confidently and effortlessly.  In her workshop, I was able to access a vulnerable speaking issue that I’ve struggled with my whole life but never had the courage to look at with anyone.  I walked away from it with a greater understanding of myself and of how to create what I want in the realm of speaking.  I would recommend her work to anyone with a message that they want to get out to the world.”

Lani Klaphaak
Relationship and Dating Coach
Social Studio Coaching
Berkeley, CA

“Lauri, I want to say you have a great gift, but actually, what I mean is that you ARE a great gift.  The way you ran that class last night was absolutely inspiring, and I cannot stress enough how lucky I feel to have been a part of it!  You have a talent, knowledge, and way of delivering things that could add so much to the world.  Please continue to allow others to learn from you….”

– Alexandra Cowell, Opera Singer, San Jose, Ca

“Your session this weekend changed my experience of myself while speaking so dramatically
that I know I really want to work with you.”

Julie Meissner, COO – CCO at San Francisco Sentry

I’m so grateful to Lauri and the Vocal Presence – Find Your Voice workshop. When we began, I had a sense of what mattered to me and how much I wanted to tell others about it. But I was incredibly nervous about speaking—how people might receive the message. As Dawna Markova says, “Fear is passion without breath.” By the end of the day, I had literally breathed life into my passion. It came alive in a way I hadn’t known before, and I’m excited about how my voice in the world matters.

– Lynn Coye, workshop participant, January 26th 2013

“Right out of the gate I was encouraged to step out of my comfort zone by investigating and sharing my ultimate truth.  Lauri’s workshop invited me to recognize, articulate and own what I bring as a unique individual into the world.  Finding my voice allowed me to become clear about how to effectively communicate my message in an all inclusive, confident and authentic way.  I am touched and inspired by Lauri’s work and I highly recommend this day of transformational awareness and courageous action!”

~Ivy Petersen, CPCC, workshop participant, January 26th 2013

“At the end of our one-day workshop each participant was asked to speak briefly to the group about something they were passionate about.  I was amazed and moved at how powerfully, movingly, and eloquently all these people–mostly without prior public speaking experience–spoke, after just a few hours of simple exercises.”

– Tom Bennigson, workshop participant, January 26th 2013

“Lauri is a fun, creative, dynamic coach. By the end of a day-long workshop, she had everyone enthusiastically standing in the front of the room delivering eloquent, passionate speeches. I had strongly connected to my authentic self and I imagine that was true for the class. I left excited and confident about my vocal presence, and I had a simple bunch of tools to use for the next time I gave a talk or an elevator pitch. I highly recommend Lauri!”

 – Laura Paradise, workshop participant, January 26th 2013

“One of the gifts Lauri bestowed me with was the gift of belief. She believed the fire in my eyes and encouraged me to pursue it. If you keep your eyes, ears and mind open, because of her professional and emotional investment in everything that she does, you can guarantee to see improvement within yourself sooner than you expect.”

-Bezachin Jifar, Actor, San Jose, Ca

“Lauri truly acknowledges the person in front of her and, because of this, she is unusually sensitive and perceptive.  She will see you even when you do not. “

                                                             -Ara Glenn-Johanson, Actor & Educator, Toronto, ON

“Dear Lauri,

My interest in your class was to connect my speaking words and voice with the intention of my business.  The route you provided, connection with passion; opening my heart was a great experience!  Shifting from my the energy of my analytical mind, I reconnected with  a skill I thought I had lost, speaking with a group.  And it was fun.”

In gratitude,
Linda Balestrieri

“I had the pleasure of attending Lauri Smith’s wonderful workshop “Speaking From Your Authentic Voice”.  I, like many, am basically terrified of speaking in front of a group of people.  Lauri helped to demystify the process for us by sharing tools and techniques to gain confidence in our speaking.  She addressed the inner game, the physical characteristics, and all with a light and supportive touch.  I came away form the workshop with more confidence to face my fear.”

Cheers!
Ellen Forrest

“Lauri is clearly an expert at what she does. My expectations were met almost immediately – an understanding of why my voice doesn’t seem to project. Where Lauri stands out from the crowd is her ability to see each person uniquely – she draws out their individual expression of true vocal presence.”

Shannon Ratay, CPCC, Professional Business & Life Coach

“Lauri Smith is a master at Vocal Presence!  Through her workshop, I’ve gained invaluable skills which have increased my effectiveness in the front of the room.  In the past, speaking to a group felt awkward and disconnected.  Through Lauri’s workshop, I’ve gained a newfound confidence as a speaker.   I’ve learned  how to connect with myself and my message, along with more fully engaging the audience.   Lauri brought valuable tools and  practices which has shifted my perspective about speaking; from fear, to a newfound ease and flow.  Her approach is so simple, yet so effective, that speaking is now energizing and fun.   I recommend Lauri’s workshop for anyone who is seeking to become a better speaker, or even improve their everyday connection with teams. Bravo to Lauri for bringing her powerful stuff to help us create a powerful impact with audiences!”

     Dana Kadue, Coach

“Lauri’s experience and mastery of the vocal arts comes out during her teaching. Her teaching touched my heart and empowered me to stand up and claim my voice.”

Corey Vanderwouw – Owner, Somatic Life Coach and Intuitive Bodyworker, Body Healing Arts

“Lauri is an extraordinary trainer and leader. I attended her Vocal presence coaching in May 2012 and it helped me realise how I hold myself back when speaking in-front of groups because of the self-doubt I sometimes have about my presence on stage and in front of others. However, after just a few hours, I released these worries and felt so much more powerful and confident to speak. Lauri gave us some brilliant techniques which I use today and since the workshop I have spoken in front of groups of 100’s and I now have such confidence in my natural speaking ability after this voice training. Thank you Lauri.”

Nikki Armytage, CPCC, Leadership Coach & Director, The Life Stylist

“I’ve always admired people who can stand in front of a group and speak with powerful presence and authority. It’s a skill set I’ve wanted to work on, for a long time. Lauri’s Vocal Presence program, leverages her extensive theater background to help you get out of your head and really grow your on stage skills. I came out of her class with a powerful new set of tools to help me feel more confident and speak with more strength and conviction. Lauri has a soft and gentle, while strong and powerful style and she creates a really fun, safe environment to learn in. I loved this class and I will definitely go back for more.”

-Dan Lawless – Cupertino, CA

“…as a speaker, spending just a short time with Lauri greatly improved my ability to communicate with clarity and authenticity.”

– Paul Larsen, Pro-track (NSA/NC)

“Lauri’s Vocal Presence(TM) Coaching provides the missing link in presentation coaching in how she helps clients “put it all together.”  She demonstrated her amazing coaching ability by helping me better integrate the critical physical and emotional elements required in giving a presentation. Lauri works in a very elegant way, and has facilitated growth in everyone I know who has worked with her, myself included. Her extensive background in theater plus excellent social skills makes her unique and a real find.”

– Lynn Fraley, Board Member – National Speakers Association

“Lauri creates a safe space for aspiring speakers. I appreciated her coaching and showing me directly how my breathing was holding me back.”

—Manuela Paurer, Pro-track (NSA/NC)”

“Lauri, I was excited about having you come speak to the Silicon Valley Coach Federation. As a speaker, I’m always seeking to learn more. But your presentation so far exceeded my expectations I just had to write and tell you! In our brief time together, you taught me things that will radically improve my speaking, and I am very grateful. Everyone who attended was likewise blown away! Please invite anyone who is curious to contact me to hear me gush about you! :-)”

Warmly,
Dr. Joel Orr
Program Chair and Board Member
Silicon Valley Coach Federation

“Lauri’s work has been incredibly impactful.  Before working with her, I had alot of ideas that I could put on paper or express when I was alone and yet when in front of another, I would have trouble putting them to voice.  As a result of her techniques and training, I have made great strides in getting past my limiting beliefs and old stories.  I have found new, easy and authentic ways to connect to the message I am so passionate about and express it in verbally – whether I am speaking to one person or a group.  I have engaged in new, exciting working relationships and I attribute these to my new ability to express and articulate myself.  Lauri is an inspiration and what is particularly inspiring is how she creatively and magically connects me to what inspires me and helps me make that link to get that out to the world with the impact and passion that I have longed to achieve.  I would recommend Lauri’s work to ANYONE that wants to sharpen their number one marketing tool – you and how you say what you believe in.”

 – Kristen Bentley, CPCC,CPDC, CTI – Ambassador Toronto, Corporate Healthcare

“Lauri’s beautiful utilization of childlike play and cultivation of your natural sense of wonder makes for a truly unique experience that transforms the horror of a nervous audition into a fun and personable experience in imagination.”

– Krystal Seli, Actor, New York, NY

“Lauri brings a unique and powerful set of tools to coaches based on her specialized training and work in theater and with actors. Lauri’s contribution is especially significant to coaches considering public speaking or media work as part of their practice.
I have been conducting workshops successfully for 20 years, and still learned a host of useful tools and practices around presence, breath, inclusion and conscious use of voice that were brand new.
If you are interested in deepening your communications’ impact with your audience, work with Lauri will pay great dividends.”

 – Steve Charrier, Professional Co-Active Coach, Woodacre, Ca

“Lauri’s classes have given me the tools that I need to always give my best performance, even on my worst days.  She has a wealth of knowledge that helps her to find the best possible technique for each individual person.  Lauri’s voice classes allow you to deepen your understanding of your body as she shows you how to work with your body to achieve it’s potential in voice and expression.  She is a caring and attentive instructor who is determined to help each of her students to succeed.”

                                                                                         -Nicole Williams, Student, San Jose, Ca

“I had the best TBA audition of my acting career this past January, and Lauri was a huge component of this success. She helped me feel confident about my audition because we did exercises that allowed me to find the joy in being ME in front of people, while performing my pieces. By the end of our coaching session, I was prepared to go into my TBA audition with an attitude of sharing the best part of me with a group of people that were warm and excited to see me. This process was different from other classes because it focused more on teaching the actor to be comfortable in their own skin, and showing themselves through the audition pieces rather than completely hide behind a character. The work paid off; the audition was extremely fun(believe it or not!) and I was well received by the attending companies.”

– Sarah Griner, Actor, Menlo Park, Ca

“In just three months, due to Lauri’s insight, encouragement, and her willingness to tell me the difficult things that I needed to hear, I have been able to come to a point in my life, where I can truly say that I am at peace with myself.  I am now able to value who I am, right at this moment in time.  I also know that I will continue to grow deeper into the qualities that I have chosen for myself to be stronger in.

In other words, with the help that I am getting from Lauri Smith’s coaching, I am, for the first time, at the helm of my life, not the other way around.”

                                                                                         -Lori Grass, Student, Portola Valley, Ca

“Lauri is truly invested in her work. She has real skill in providing her clients with effective tools to shift their perspectives and inspire them towards growth. Her joy and enthusiasm at her clients’ progress makes her an especially encouraging and supportive coach.”

– Emily Halpern, Student, New York, NY

“Lauri’s work has helped me face my fears and conquer them with a new-found love and faith in myself. I learned to respect myself again, and the goals I have set with Lauri have given me a purpose and a brightness that flows into each day.

 – Sarah Griner, Actor, Menlo Park Ca

“Lauri Smith is one of the most important acting coaches that I have had the privilege to work with in my life. Through her classes and coaching, I have learned to champion my sense of imagination and defeat my inhibitions. Acting, I have learned through Lauri, can be as easy as breathing and as simple as playing. With Lauri’s guidance, that sense of childlike wonder in me was brought back to life and back onstage.”

– Krystal Seli, Actor, New York, NY

“Lauri Smith was a godsend!
The daily class exercises and games led us into familiarity with unknown corners of ourselves that would then be available for roles, loosened our bodies so that we could better use impulses, and brought awareness to how we connect and collaborate with others to create together. All in all, a recipe for greater authenticity within ourselves and with others, which leads to a happier life.
And guess what? I learned to act!
The process was so smooth, and each new stage had been so well prepared for, that it felt seamless… and more fun than I had ever anticipated.”

-Raji Raman, Student, Mountain View, Ca

“Lauri is very approachable.  Her style of teaching puts you at ease and takes away any inhibitions or distractions you may have.  I thoroughly enjoyed her class and look forward to doing an even more advanced course with her in the future.”

  -Gauri Pendharkar, Student, Los Altos, Ca

“Lauri’s class was a blast and the games and techniques she taught lead me to have much more natural responses in my acting.  It was easier to trust my instincts and allow my imagination to literally come to life before me.  I review my notes often and hope to come back for another class soon!”

– Keri Genie Darner, Student, Mountain View, Ca

“Lauri is an inspirational navigator who truly believes in process over product. Her teaching style is incomparable to say the least. I thoroughly enjoyed discovering myself in different ways and expanding my creativity’s boundaries.  Lauri shares lessons with her students that can be applied to every aspect in life, not just acting.”

– Latrice Bennett, Student, Los Altos, Ca

“As an acting teacher she made me explore my acting abilities and expand my boundaries in ways I never thought possible. She is an inspiration and I learned so much from her.”

– Victoria Weber, Student, Redwood City, Ca

“I really enjoyed Lauri’s class.  She provided a safe nurturing environment which made for an ideal space to explore my work.  I really appreciated her dedication to the craft and her students.”

– Denise Amrikhas, Student, San Jose, Ca

“Lauri Smith is one of the most personally motivating and inspirational instructors I’ve had.  Her ability to see and draw out her students potential is empowering.”

– Rachael Hammer, Student, Mountain View, Ca

“Lauri Smith is an inspiring acting teacher.  She does not only focus on audition techniques like with other audition instructors I’ve worked with, but she also allows her students to explore their psychological awareness and their imagination.  I learned to let go, follow my impulses, and have fun on stage and not worry about making mistakes.  As an actor, I have grown so much with my vocal projection, physicality, and stage presence.  She provides every student the individual attention he or she needs to progress extensively in her class.  I highly recommend Lauri Smith’s audition class to anyone looking to pursue theatre or film.”

– Maricar Knize, Actor, San Jose, Ca

 “Lauri’s Vocal Presence workshop was very interactive and transformative.   Though it was a group setting, I received plenty of feedback specific to my case.  I learned more from Lauri than I did working one-on-one with a speech therapist for 6 sessions and I left the workshop with more hope that my vocal presence will grow stronger and more impactful.  Thank you Lauri!”

– Jenn Hall, MC, Co-Active Life Coach, Vancouver BC