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Imagine living your life by your standards, not those of others. Success is how we define it. If you are tired of pursuing other people’s definition of success and happiness, let Laura Gassner Otting inspire you with her kick-in-the-ass motivational message encouraging you to break through the doubt and answer your personal calling to live a life of Limitless Possibility.
Laura tailors her keynotes based on your goals, but focuses on the following topics:
Many of us spend our lives pursuing a singular idea of success, one that was created for us by someone else. We give votes to those who shouldn’t even have voices and strive to go faster and faster even as we find ourselves falling further and further behind. We chase gold stars, we check all the boxes, we Lean In – and we still feel incomplete.
In this keynote, Laura Gassner Otting teaches you how to ignore the rules that created your limits, align your energies and your actions, and do work that really matters so that you can live your best life. Often described as “a kick in the ass surrounded by a warm hug,” Laura brings both tough love and wisdom and offers a no-holds-barred look at what it really takes to get out of your own way and earn your success today.
Aimed at entrepreneurs and misfits, idealists and dreamers, as well as anyone seeking to align who they are with what they do, this talk lights a fire within that catalyzes energy and excitement towards becoming the change agent needed to maximize impact.
The Limitless Leader: Engaging Your Full Workforce
Demographic shifts in the workforce have led to conversations about purpose and meaning that have heretofore never been had. Millennials, Gen-Xers, and Boomers alike are all demanding that their work matters more. And, yet, only one-third of the US workforce reports that they are actively engaged in their work.
Why? Because we are using an outdated scorecard which measures the value of a job – title, money, prestige, among others – without adding in the most important part of the equation: the employee.
We know that engaged workers are 22% more productive and profitable for their employers, but what recruits the employee doesn’t retain them.
In this talk, 20-year executive search veteran Laura Gassner Otting teaches leaders how to unlock their employees’ engagement to not only make them limitless but make their companies and their profits limitless too.
Contagious Confidence: Mastering Your Leadership Voice
Self-doubt and uncertainty consign great ideas to limbo, hindering your team from exploring the big opportunities that will differentiate your company and disrupt the marketplace. That changes now.
Through this interactive experience, Laura catalyzes the confidence of audience members, so that your up-and-coming talent can fully embody that aspirational state of leadership, and leave understanding what they need to do to activate that leader inside of themselves.
Together, they explore this mindset, the actions it inspires and how, together, they create a momentum of contagious confidence which can’t be reversed. Audience members leave with a physical manifestation of their own personalized roadmap directing them to find and own the very core of their leadership voice, and with the confidence to make that dream a reality.
The Key to Solving Big Problems: Stop Asking “How Can I Help?”
Do you feel called to serve? Have what it takes to solve the big problems? Each time we hear of a terrible situation, in our homes, our communities, our places of work, or the world at large, we ask ourselves, “How Can I Help?” As a result, we get in the way of actually helping.
In this talk, which first debuted on the TEDxCambridge stage and shared online thousands of times, Laura implores audiences to stop asking this question and to ask a better one, one that brings a fundamental shift in how we go about solving our most vexing of problems.
This presentation reframes the question and gets entrepreneurs, staff, donors, volunteers, and investors out of their own way, avoiding the martyrdom, the burnout, and the malaise that sets in overtime with entrepreneurs and founders so that we can finally solve the big problems that plague us all. (Spoiler alert! It also works with our little everyday problems, too!)
Wonderhell: Going All In on the Burden of Potential
“If it is to be, it is up to me.” The Burden of Potential attaches a weight as large as your ego to your shoulders, and demands that you carry it around and serve it at all times. It starts the moment you realize that you have an idea that has promise, and that could have greatness if you leaned into it as it demands. It’s wonderful, and it’s hell. It’s wonderhell. And, the bigger your ego, the bigger your wonderhell.
Wonderhell is a 60-minute inspirational punch-in-the-face motivating audiences to break through the doubt and indecision to tame and claim their own burden of potential, so that they can bravely and boldly take action towards their limitless success.
In It Together
Stop Asking “How Can I Help?”
Watch Laura’s TEDx talk
Laura was one of six featured speakers at TEDxCambridge in the fall of 2016. This premier event celebrates the remarkable innovation, creativity, and inspiration.
In her talk, Laura implored the audience of 2,600 to “Stop Asking ‘How Can I Help?’” and taught them, above all, how to ask a better question: one which empowers us all to finally fix the big problems we face by actually serving the solutions, and not just the problems of our own egos.
Interested in engaging Laura for your next event?
Want a no-nonsense speaker who can both charm and change your audience? Hire Laura. You can always count on her to deliver the hard truths of business, leadership, and success — all while keeping the audience engaged and entertained.
Laura is a dynamic, authoritative, expert in leadership and discipline. Best of all, as a speaker, she delivers pithy, memorable, funny, insightful, and USEFUL guidance and inspiration to impact the journey of those with whom she connects. She is generous with her time, and a collaborative partner in making an event all it can be. For Girl Starter LIVE, Laura delivered powerful advice to female entrepreneurs and leaders of all ages and followed up one on one with members of our audience. We were so fortunate to have her with us.
I have had the privilege of working with Laura. To think of some simple words to sum up her awesomeness is quite a challenge. She is dynamic, passionate, and inspires action in her audiences. Her passion to inspire positive change in others is ever present and she is a complete pro in all that she does. I highly recommend Laura for your next event.
Laura spoke for American Dream U at our event in Camp Zama, Japan. She shared the opportunities that the transitioning men and women of our Nation’s military have in the nonprofit world, therefore, helping the audience think outside the box when regarding transitioning back into the civilian workforce. We can’t wait to have her speak at another military installation in the future!
Laura was great! The talk was extremely interesting, engaging, and concrete. As the host of the event, I got a lot of positive feedback from the audience members after the session.
We had the pleasure of having Laura speak at our Nonprofit Symposium in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Leading up to the event, she and her team were easy to work with. This eliminated a lot of stress that goes into planning a conference. Laura brings years of experience, insight, and enthusiasm to her presentations. I would definitely recommend booking Laura if you’re looking for someone who is intelligent, fun to work with, dependable, and an all-around great presenter.