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Top 20 Best Ever Tips for Absolutely Super Awesome Networking

(Disclaimer:  Using these networking tips may result in an enormous Rolodex,  through which you might change the world.)   1. You will say something inane, at some point, to someone.  Someone will reject you, look for someone more interesting, or only be half listening.  Get over it. Keep going. No one really cares.   2.

Top 20 Best Ever Tips for Absolutely Super Awesome Networking2018-07-25T15:58:27+00:00

Leading with Confidence is the New “Fake It ‘Til Ya Make It”

Men lead with confidence. Women lead with competence. In fact, studies show that men vie for promotions, initiate salary negotiations (and ask for bigger increases when they do), and run for office with far less prompting, if any, than women. And why is that? If you ask a woman whether or not she is ready

Leading with Confidence is the New “Fake It ‘Til Ya Make It”2018-07-25T16:11:06+00:00

Being a Boss Bitch

At the 2018 Academy Awards, Frances McDormand closed a traditional Best Actress blah-blah-blah-I’d-like-to-thank-the-Academy acceptance speech with this: “I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: inclusion rider!” It was said so seriously, so oddly out of cadence with the rest of the personal, heartfelt vibe of her remarks.  It was industry

Being a Boss Bitch2018-07-25T16:12:29+00:00

Confessions of a Confidence Coach: I’m Not as Confident as You Think

There is a funny thing about confidence: sometimes the people who look like they have the most actually have the least. For me, it’s not confidence that has fueled my success, but optimism, romanticism, idealism.  What most people see as confidence is just those things disguised as forward motion, action, and determination. You see, I’m

Confessions of a Confidence Coach: I’m Not as Confident as You Think2018-07-25T16:14:46+00:00

Talk to Yourself Like a Badass

Have you ever written down some of the things you say to yourself when you self-doubt self-talk? In your mind, these things sound okay, almost reasonable, in fact. Maybe you're really not that smart, maybe you’re really not that ambitious, maybe your butt really could benefit from a few more squats at the old gym.

Talk to Yourself Like a Badass2018-07-25T16:15:55+00:00

Life Lessons Learned from Mile 20

You'd be surprised at the life lessons you can learn running marathons. Back when I used to run them, I'd say that there is a moment at mile 20, when you know you have six more miles to go, where you have to make a decision. Six miles, 10 kilometers. That’s all you’ve got left.

Life Lessons Learned from Mile 202018-07-25T16:17:21+00:00

All Hail the Sidequest!

I woke up this morning -- I mean really woke up, like for the day, with no chance of return to the prized, floaty, cocooned slumber from which I was so unceremoniously yanked -- at 12:45am.  12:45am! That’s practically still last night. Perhaps it was the sriracha shrimp tacos I ate for dinner. Or, maybe

All Hail the Sidequest!2018-07-25T16:19:15+00:00

Nobody is Perfect; Everybody is Perfect

Guess how many perfect candidates I found in twenty years of doing an executive search? Precisely zero. Guess how many incredible, world-changing leaders I placed? Approximately all. Why does this math make sense? Because no one is perfect. So, that begs the question: What are you waiting around for? You will never have every qualification.

Nobody is Perfect; Everybody is Perfect2018-07-25T16:21:53+00:00

Your Brain is Lying to You

How many times have you stopped short of a goal because your brain said you couldn't do it, you weren't ready? I took up rowing two years ago. I found some early success, mostly because I was already in good physical condition and simply needed to apply a new skill set to an already fit

Your Brain is Lying to You2018-07-25T16:23:57+00:00

You’ll Never Be Ready

“I really want to launch my own business, but I just don’t think the time is right.” “I’d like to go for that next big job, but I just don’t think I’m qualified yet.” “I want to apply to give that big talk, but I just don’t think I’m ready.”   Psst! Here’s a hard

You’ll Never Be Ready2018-07-25T16:25:34+00:00
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About Laura

Laura helps innovators, idealists, and iconoclasts get “unstuck” — and achieve extraordinary results.

Laura speaks with change agents, entrepreneurs, investors, leaders, and donors to get them past the doubt and indecision that consign their great ideas to limbo. She delivers strategic thinking, well-honed wisdom, and catalytic perspective informed by decades of navigating change across the start-up, nonprofit, political, and philanthropic landscapes.

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