Meet Lauri


My passion is helping people to express themselves fully – both vocally, and creatively. I’ve spent my lifetime as a leader finding valuable tools in theatre, coaching and yoga that can help anyone unleash their voice. I share these gems with change-makers (speakers, leaders and teachers) as they do their part to help change the world.

I want you to know

  • Your Voice Matters.
  • You Are Enough.
  • And … There’s MORE!

What? Those things don’t go together?

Here’s what I mean….


We are our instruments – body, heart, mind, voice and soul. We’re born able to express ourselves fully and completely. As babies, even before we can speak, our bodies are working their best.

Throughout our lives, we’re taught to hold ourselves back: “Don’t be too loud. Don’t be too much. Don’t be too emotional. Children should be seen and not heard. Suppress. Fit in. Hide.”

Those messages take a toll on us. They shut us down. They plant soul sucking thoughts in our mind – constantly telling us that we’re not enough. We also develop physical habits that trap our voices and make us numb.

We can’t be “fine” and charismatic at the same time.

Deep down, at our core, we are all enough. And, in order to fully express that enough-ness, we have to recapture the potential that we had at birth. Retraining our instruments – ourselves – Body, Mind, Soul.

There is a path back to the full expression that we were all born with. We can recapture the freedom that we had as children as we combine that with our sense of purpose as adults. We can be vibrant, radiant and alive when we communicate.

My Journey

Despite knowing at a very young age that I was meant to lead, I had a love/hate relationship with being seen. 

I’m a Highly Sensitive Person and an Introvert. As a teacher, speaker and actor, I experienced some moments when everything flowed effortlessly. I surrendered to the present moment, found my voice and inspired others. Other times, I felt like I couldn’t find my voice.  Like a porcelain doll, I couldn’t think or move.  Or, when I did speak, I felt trapped inside of a deranged manikin wanting to express myself (while being forced to watch the manikin function in the world as a pale imitation of my true self.)

One of the worst parts during this time was that I didn’t understand what happened to create these two vastly different experiences of using my voice in the world.  So, in my early thirties, I embarked on a quest to find out how to speak authentically and powerfully when it mattered most.

Now, through my work at Voice Matters and as a theatre instructor, I’m sharing the answers that I found that work for me and thousands of others I’ve worked with.

About Lauri

Lauri Smith is the author of Your Voice Matters: A Guide to Speaking Soulfully When It Counts. Lauri helps change-makers stand in their power and speak their truth – from the bedroom, to the Boardroom to the TED Talks Stage.

Drawing on her 30 years of experience as a professional speaker, actor, director, educator and coach, she developed The Vocal Presence Path™ and Charisma Zone Coaching™ to help people live their most authentic, creative and powerful lives. Lauri’s passion is evoking people’s innate, unique charisma, so they can make their mark in the world.

With a master’s degree in theatre, she earned certification as an Associate Instructor of Fitzmaurice Voicework® and co-founded Front Line Theatre Company. A certified professional Co-Active coach (CPCC) through the prestigious Coaches Training Institute, she is also a graduate of CTI’s Co-Active Leader Program and certified as a professional certified coach (PCC) through the International Coach Federation.

As CEO of Voice Matters she has coached clients individually and in groups around the world. Known as “The Voice Whisperer,” Lauri has been coaching for over 20 years. While initially focused on actors, she eventually integrated co-active coaching and transitioned to working with professionals and speakers. From California to Dubai, Lauri has worked with thousands of individuals and corporate teams to connect to their deeper purpose and empower innovation. Since developing her own method, she’s coached emerging leaders at a range of levels across organizations including senior executives. She has worked with eBay, Paypal, Electronic Arts, Genentech, and more. Lauri evokes the full creative expression of each and every client she works with – enabling them to speak from their authentically compelling selves when it matters most. She helps Leaders do more than communicate, she helps them move people.