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Be A Brighter Flashlight

I'm launching a new mini-series soon and it's truly changed the way I'm thinking about things these days. Where did it all begin? It started by building a "brighter flashlight"...

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2 High Point Restaurant

A Unique Approach to Teaching Life Skills 

Recently I had the honor of attending a private dinner party at the Prime Steak House located on the campus of High Point University in North Carolina. This institution, led by Dr. Nido Qubein, has every special touch you can imagine. From reserved parking spots with visitors’ names on a marquee to golf carts that help students get where they need to be. So, I expected to...
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Witness To A Dream Come True

Have you ever had a front-row seat to watch a friend’s dream come true? I did in mid-January of this year, and it was quite a moment.  My friend and professional speaking colleague, Kelly Swanson, has spent a lifetime as a storyteller. For years, she had a dream to create...
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The Impact of a Name

Every few years, I enjoy a visit to a cabin in Oregon, Ill. called the White Pines Family Cabins. This is a place away from the bustle of the work week and, even in the winter, offers a view that is wonderfully remote and relaxing. This year, I decided to...
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A Little Bling Goes a Long Way

Every now and then, I hear from people who attended my keynote presentations. My favorite email this month?  Laurie, we LOVED you Wednesday at our corporate event.  Everyone is still talking about you and your awesome lessons. Thank you!  Diane, Associate Manager Kind words never get old, do they? In...
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Three Secrets Successful Event Hosts Need to Know

One of the recent events I spoke at ended with a standing ovation, that’s how good the five-minute speech was on a hot summer day in August. No, it wasn’t the speech I gave. It was the closing address presented by a former student at Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 in...
Two Free Chapters: “Wrapped in Stillness” and “The 10¢ Decision”

Two Free Chapters: “Wrapped in Stillness” and “The 10¢ Decision”

Thank you for your interest in Wrapped in Stillness and The 10¢ Decision. As promised, please find your free chapters at the links below. Wrapped in Stillness The 10¢ Decision Looking for more? Get both books from Laurie's online store. Or explore virtual program options. Something else? Get in touch.
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Theme Living: Better Than a Resolution!

For a decade now, I've been living each year according to a theme. It's different from a resolution (which we never keep anyways), and I love how it sets the tone for the next 12 months of my life. Watch to hear what my Theme for 2019 is, and share...
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Ready to Laugh? My Conversation with Heather Land

Have you heard of Heather Land? Maybe not, and that's OK. Allow me to introduce you: she's a comedian who made a splash with YouTube videos that make me laugh out loud every time. Here's one of my favorites: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WX1BEmDJXk Isn't she hilarious? All her videos are short and sweet—and...
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A Winning Campaign – Meet Bob the Bridge

Earlier this month, the Upper Midwest Convention and Visitors Bureau (or UMCVB to its friends) held their annual Fall Conference. I was lucky enough to be the afternoon keynote speaker. As you probably know, one of my favorite parts of attending conferences like this is what I get to learn...