What topics does Lisa speak on?
Over a very successful career Lisa has spoken to many thousands of people, and touched their lives. Expect the unexpected, and the spontaneous response to the particular audience – but here’s a small list of popular, provocative topics that can be customized to your speaking engagement.
- Eight years and eight learning lessons. The journey towards creating ‘Who Am I Projects’, and what I wish I’d known at the start. This aligns with well-researched principles for achieving success and managing inevitable setbacks, and with all that Lisa’s twenty years as an executive coach tells her successful people do: the habits, beliefs, values and specific behaviours. This is not about trying to be someone else, but rather capitalizing on our inherent strengths to be the best (authentic) version of ourselves. This is about being an ongoing learner – adaptive, open-minded, motivated, resilient, persistent.
- This was not the plan!The journey towards becoming a successful entrepreneur (and accidently-single working mum). This is about managing our reality, making the best of opportunities, getting over the hurdles, and creating our own best life. This is about acknowledging that sometimes life knocks us down, that we can’t control everything, that we may need to curl up in the foetal position at times – but that we all have more in reserve than we think, and that adversity can bring its own rewards. We need to be kind to ourselves, however, ultimately, sink or swim – our choice!
- Resilience over happiness.Lisa talks about happiness as the outcome rather than the goal, and why it’s who we are when it’s hard that really counts. She questions: what is success for you anyway, and why is success so personal, and often elusive? What is happiness and how closely are the two aligned? Is contentment good enough sometimes? The audience will be challenged to think hard about their own version of success – what it looks and feels like, what it will take, what must change, and what is to be celebrated. With great humour, she will take the audience on a journey towards greater (health/wealth/happiness … each to insert their current priority).
- Who am I – what’s my story?This is our most important question: only by understanding who we really are and what we really want, can we know how to get to where we most want to go! (Our job is what we do, not who we are.) Lisa invites the audience to get really curious about themselves, become more self-aware, make better or different life choices, and change what isn’t working – all while celebrating our unique ‘self’. We are all a product of our genetics and all that our life has been; however that doesn’t mean we can’t write (and continually edit) our own life story, and develop our own ‘brand’ to serve us well in the workplace. Lisa may take participants through an (often hilarious) exercise to write their own ‘elevator pitch’ in one sentence.
- Walking your talk – living your values.Knowing your own best way forward requires that you get clear about what matters most to you, and that you align your life choices with what you most value. Lisa will take the audience through a light-hearted ‘life-audit’, using her own and others’ (humorous) stories to bring the exercise to life. Along with the laughter, people will be challenged to become more aware and deliberate in living and working in closer alignment with their values and goals. This talk gives those ‘ah-ha’ moments, where people see what they haven’t seen before, and leave the venue with excitement about creating the life they REALLY want, rather than the one they’ve accidently ended up with!
- When was the last time you thought something for the first time?It is said by some that we have around 60,000 thoughts per day, that around 95% of those thoughts are habitual, and that our consistent thoughts become our (sometimes limiting or faulty) beliefs. Your belief is only YOUR truth at this time, it may not be THE truth! If you always believe (and do) what you’ve always believed (and done), you’ll always get what you’ve always got! The audience is challenged on what they want (or need) to think and do ‘differently’? This is about getting yourself out of the way, and out of your comfort zone – to that place where the really exciting stuff happens.
- You are your most important project.Pay attention, be mindful, choose thoughtfully, act deliberately, honour yourself. No-one is coming – it’s up to you! (Skip the blame game, bust the excuses, stop procrastinating.) This is about inviting and encouraging people to take the time to do the work on themselves – to be the person they want to be, achieving the things that are most important, and living the life they want. We are all at the centre of our own world, and ultimately in charge of ourselves. We always have choices and a way forward. But we are often busy, on the treadmill of life and work, and not taking that quiet time to look inwards, take care of ourselves, and live the life we dream of. Be kind to you, but make it happen peeps!
- Why do I do what I do?No, not a psychological analysis of personality types, but rather a fun exercise in understanding human behavior – the foibles, frailties and fun of this diverse world. This is about understanding what drives our own, and other’s behavior? Lisa will share her own stories and ask, ‘What role do you take in drama, in conflict, in a team? Where does your ego lead you? What stresses you, and why? Are you getting the response you want, or the one you earned?’ Ultimately this is about adapting our own behavior to get better results in our relationships and interactions with others. (Emotional intelligence)
- Better experiences give better results.We are often dissatisfied with the way things go down! Lisa will entertain with her own stories of things gone wrong. We often think about changing what we ‘do’ to get a better result. Lisa thinks differently – of course she does! Lisa will encourage, cajole, even incite the audience to get to the genuine heart of things. Whatever ‘better’ results we need in life or at work, it’s people skills we need. Whether it’s managing change at work or your kids at home, when you want a better result, create a better experience for people. A better experience creates positive thinking, that positivity feels good; from there any actions you take are more likely to give you a better result. Simple! Start at the beginning, and get your happy on!