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What is the secret to giving the world’s greatest advice, and how do stay curious long enough to do it? Join Laura Gassner Otting as she hosts this episode of LGOtv with special guest, Michael Bungay Stanier – Provocateur, Man of Letters, Feminist

2:45 – Who is MBS?
3:13 – The LGO/MBS Origin Story: a rejection.
4:28 – Not everyone can get sued by a law professor for defamation, but MBS managed it.
5:30 – “The Balloon Incident”
9:22 – Self-Publishing, and selling nearly a million copies.
11:00 – How to “Do More Great Work”
15:12 – “I have a sense of in-built confidence and self worth that is just magic beans.”
18:18 – There’s a fine line between arrogance and confidence.
14:47 – How do you leave a company you founded, grew, and ran: Leaving Box of Crayons.
28:51 – When did you know it was time to go?
32:44 – Knowing the difference between good advisors and bad advisors.
36:01 – LinkedIn Live Festival
40:40 – How do you give the world’s greatest advice?
45:29 – Do you feel like most of the time people who want advice just want praise?
48:56 – How do you get your coaching clients to see the forest has trees?
52:52 – The secret to staying curious longer.
56:28 – There is a place for giving advice, it’s just a little later than you think.
56:50 – Shutting up your Advice Monster.


Washington Post Best Selling Author and Motivational Keynote speaker, Laura Gassner Otting, inspires people to push past the doubt and indecision that keep great ideas in limbo because her presentations make listeners think bigger and accept greater challenges that reach beyond their limited scope of belief.

She delivers strategic thinking, well-honed wisdom, and perspective generated by decades of navigating change across the start-up, nonprofit, political, as well as philanthropic landscapes. Laura dares listeners to find their voice, and generate the confidence needed to tackle larger-than-life challenges. She leads them to seek new ways of leading, managing and mentoring others.