I am a performance strategist and motivational speaker.
But I’m really in the business of reminding people why they’re so immensely valuable — to their companies, to their colleagues, and to the people they want to lead and inspire.
My talks and workshops range from 20-minute TEDx presentations to full-day experiences, but no matter the format, my mission remains the same:
To help you and your team experience more impact, results, and fulfillment at work.
Simple. Efficient. Effective. And driven by facts and analysis — not guesswork.
I speak in a variety of formats and venues — corporate retreats, breakout sessions, in-house workshops, and conferences focusing on leadership, personal branding, and career development. They are always interactive and filled with exercises that are part of the workshop or a take-away in a talk. I am also willing to customize a talk to cater to your team’s specific needs (You’ll find a sampling of my talks and workshops as a starting point below.)
Ready to plan a speaking engagement? Simply send me a note.
Past Speaking Engagements
Past Speaking Events: Tedx, Adobe, MTV, Talent Plus, HCL Technologies, Women’s International MBA, WPO/YPO, Community Round Table, The Lioness Group, Wharton Business School Radio, World Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, B.I.G – (Believe, Inspire, Grow), Savor the Success, Blogcast FM, WITC (Women in Telecommunications Summit), Andesa Services, Time Warner Cable.
“Laura radiates with energy and enthusiasm! Her confidence is contagious and her presence within a room is magnetizing. This stems from her personal discoveries and absolute ability to help others find their own personal “ah ha!” moments. The power of her special zone of genius exponentially expands as she guides people individually and in groups find their own unique zones of genius.” —Janice Dru, President of Inkwhy, Inc.
“Laura commanded the room when she spoke during the MBA Women International Conference in Boston this year. Her session was very well received and the attendees were highly engrossed in the Genius Leadership topic. It was a fresh and dynamic concept that resonated with everyone. She presented with ease and we gladly welcome her back to speak at other engagements.” —Vakassia J Niles, MBA Conference Committee Chair & NYC Professional Chapter President
“Laura Garnett’s presentation on the Zone of Genius is engaging and a breath of fresh air. Her goal of helping others find jobs that allow them to live and work in their Zone of Genius embraces identifying your natural talent and ultimately finding significance in your work every day.” —Kimberly Shirk, Corporate Communications, Talent Plus, Inc.
Sample Talks and Workshops
The Genius Habit: Making Any Job, The Job For You
Length: 1 hour
We each have a unique genius and reason for fulfillment—our Zone of Genius. When we bring what we do best to our job, we take good performance and turn it into exceptional performance. This talk walks participants through the Genius Habit. It includes discussions about key challenges that arise from managing your own performance as well as client stories that demonstrate how to overcome those challenges.
Participants will learn:
A new definition of genius and purpose and how it applies to performance.
How to improve business results and overall engagement.
How to use the Performance Tracker to build The Genius Habit.
How to add more value to the organization and improve one’s impact with co-workers.
Overview of the Genius Habit methodology and science.
A review of the 5 Performance Principles, including possible barriers and tips for overcoming them.
Overview of The Performance Tracker and how to incorporate it into your work-life.
The Genius Habit Workshop: Making Any Job, The Job For You
Length: 2+ hours
This workshop will dive deep into the Genius Habit and the Performance Tracker tool. Each stage of the process contains in-depth exercises to help participants begin and own the process of re-aligning their habits with work. In addition, to help educate the group as a whole, Laura will conduct interactive, live coaching sessions with volunteers to pin-point their Zones of Genius.
Participants will gain:
A new definition of genius and fulfillment and how it applies to their performance.
A practical guide for improving business results and overall fulfillment.
Progress (via the exercises) on initiating one’s Zone of Genius in his/her work.
A Performance Tracker to immediately achieve more insight into what is required to be engaged at work.
A practical guide for adding more value to the organization and improving one’s impact with co-workers.
An overview of the Genius Habit.
Review of the five Performance Principles.
Break-out group exercises.
Performance Tracker review and discussion.
Live coaching with volunteers on identifying their Zones of Genius.
Plan of action on how to begin using the Genius Habit at work and building the habit of managing one’s own engagement.
Day Rate Option
Length: 8-10 hours
Laura will spend the day on-site, pre-and post-speaking, and do follow-up sessions to support the participants’ integration of the material. This is highly customizable and can consist of the following:
Meeting with the executive team to share insights and thoughts on participants’ reception to the material.
Open office hours: participants can bring questions for private one-on-one time with Laura post workshop.
Meeting with executives to discuss key initiatives that can best support the participants in operating in their Zone of Genius and creating outstanding performance.
Variations on Talk or Workshop Structure: The workshop or talk can be customized based on the particular needs of the audience, length of time, and core strategy of the organizer. In addition, the exercises can be customized for the participant’s needs. Laura is more than willing to make suggestions on innovative formats to ensure participants get the most out of the material.