About Laura Gassner Otting

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.

Fire the Thief of Joy

“You are strong, for a girl.” “You did well in that class, for someone not so good at math.” “You look nice in that dress, definitely better than what you wore last time.” Ah, there’s nothing like a well-meaning compliment that runs face first into an insult. I like to give the benefit of the

Fire the Thief of Joy2019-07-31T11:03:13-04:00

I Love to Fly

I love to fly. Like, I really, really love it. Now, if you’re reading this and you have a serious fear of flying, I’m not going to waste your time with tips and tricks, diminish the exquisite immediacy your phobia, or try to negotiate with you about why you are more (so, so much more)

I Love to Fly2019-07-31T11:02:17-04:00

The Stories We Tell Ourselves

Years ago, I was at a posh little restaurant on the fancy isle of Nantucket.   “You’ve got to get their Big Mac!  It’s the best thing ever! You won’t believe how much it’s just like a real Big Mac!” implored my friend and island host. And it was.  If you had blindfolded me and

The Stories We Tell Ourselves2019-07-04T12:55:39-04:00

How to Deal with Naysayers

In my new bestselling book, Limitless: How to Ignore Everybody, Carve Your Own Path, and Life Your Best Life, I implore readers to stop giving votes to those people in their lives who shouldn’t even have voices.  In fact, I believe in this so strongly that it’s literally the very first part of the subtitle of

How to Deal with Naysayers2019-07-08T17:20:24-04:00

The Power of Quiet – Overcoming a Fear of Public Speaking

I'm often asked in the book signing line after I get off stage how I got so comfortable speaking in front of thousands of people, especially when the fear of public speaking surpasses a fear of dying for many. "Speaking in public terrifies me," they'll admit. I would argue that it doesn't. If we speak

The Power of Quiet – Overcoming a Fear of Public Speaking2019-07-08T17:29:29-04:00

Consonance Matters at All Ages and Life Stages

It was first obvious during the 2018 Super Bowl when viewers saw something surprising aside from the Eagles beating the Patriots, the ads were different.  Normally funny (and even raunchy) bits made to promote products like beers and cars, the ads in 2018 featured a significant shift to storytelling arcs about ethos for the companies

Consonance Matters at All Ages and Life Stages2019-06-14T12:36:29-04:00

Break Some Rules

It's Independence Day weekend. That means freedom. And, yet, tyranny abounds. No hats, no sunglasses, no fun. It's time to break some rules. I grew up understanding that there are hard rules and soft rules. Hard rules: don't cross the street without looking both ways, don't steal, don't kill people. Soft rules: the broken cookies

Break Some Rules2019-07-04T12:55:22-04:00

My Country, ‘Tis of Thee

I've been thinking a lot about our country lately. I'm a democracy nerd of the highest order. I once thought I'd be the first female US Senator from the Great State of Florida. (That title is still open, btw. Get your shit together Florida!). The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States starts as

My Country, ‘Tis of Thee2019-07-04T12:55:14-04:00

The Purpose Fallacy

"Do your job, make your money, and volunteer on the side," they advised. "Get your purpose outside of work," they counseled. Once we’ve gotten out of the passion trap, we muck about in the other long-held college career center trope, where one conflates consonance with purpose, having a higher calling, of doing service, of prioritizing

The Purpose Fallacy2019-07-04T12:58:08-04:00

What Did You Do for Fun Today?

“What Did You Do for Fun Today?” Ten years ago, I picked my son up from preschool and, per usual, asked him about his day.  Normally, a happy, chatty kid, he didn’t hesitate to regale me with tales of story time, snack time, painting time, pee-in-your pants time.  But then, suddenly, he stopped in his

What Did You Do for Fun Today?2019-07-04T12:55:28-04:00