The Power of the Hunker

While studying acting during graduate school, fellow grad student and good friend Ara Glenn-Johanson taught me “The Hunker.” There’s a long lineage for the hunker: from Jerzy Grotowski to Stephen Wangh, to Ara, to me, to my acting students, and now, to my Leadership...

Dead Poet’s Society, My Quest and Finding Your Voice

When I first saw the movie Dead Poet’s Society at the age of 17 it was my favorite movie (and to this day it is still one of my favorites of all time).  At the time, I thought the reason that I loved the movie so much was because one of the main characters dreams of...

Inflection Schmection

Has anyone ever told you that your voice is monotone?  Have people asked you to add more variation to your pitch? We can address others’ cravings for a more varied pitch in two ways: we can take the “Outside-In” path or the “Inside-Out” path.  I’m a fan of the...

It Happens to the Best of Us

Once, while co-leading a workshop with Alexis Ryon-Melcher, a participant raised her hand and shared, “I’ve just discovered a new Soul Sucker.  The ‘I’ll never be as good as Lauri’ Soul Sucker.” I was simultaneously shocked, humbled, perplexed and empathetic. I...