I’ve been taking the stage for years. And now I’ve blended my stand-up routine with my Masters degree in psychology to create fun yet meaningful interactive talks for all ages. I go to schools, sororities, moms’ groups, parks, port-a-potties– wherever you’ll have me.
Here are some programs I can bring to you:
I love to visit schools or moms’ groups with You Made Me A Mother. We not only read together, we also have fun discussions where kids can let their voices be heard as they share their feelings about new babies, family, and of course… moms or their caretakers (grandmas get love too)! Kids get lots of attention, and adults come away with a smiley child.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
~ We read You Made Me a Mother together
~ We discuss what love means to kids
~ Kids get to talk about their pets (they love pets!)
~ We discuss a parent’s love and how big it is
~ Kids share what they love about their moms or caretakers
~ We do social experiments that get kids active and teach them that we’ve all got love inside no matter what
~ We talk about what it’s like to write a book and kids share what they’d like to write about
WHAT YOU GET:
~ Happy kids who feel special
~ Kids who feel grateful for their parents and family
~ Kids who feel heard and proud of themselves
~ Kids who are inspired to write
~ Kids who want to shower the world with love
talk #1 – THE ANSWER IS VULNERABILITY
When I am not writing, I am busy getting people talking about their deepest secrets.
See, I was pretty tired of feeling scared to talk about my father and suicide in public, so in 2010 I created a Hollywood stage show called Taboo Tales. It’s a storytelling show that gets taboos out in the open in front of a big crowd. Each show features 7 brave people willing to talk about their personal taboo stories. I have seen people who had never told a soul about their “shameful” pasts open up to total strangers about what it’s like to have cancer, get an STD, attempt suicide, be 40 and lonely, come from a family of hoarders, fight anorexia, sell stories to tabloids, and so much more.
Having coached newbies out on the stage and seen them feel relief from their newfound vulnerability, I created a talk that explores my personal story of letting go of the shame of my father’s suicide and how I learned that vulnerability is the key to better, more intimate relationships with others and the self. After useful tips on how to be more authentic and vulnerable in day-to-day life, we do an anonymous sharing of taboo secrets during which groups really get the idea that they are not alone.
“This was the most fun I’ve had at this conference.” – Carly, AEPi member at the South Eastern Panehellenic Conference
“I can’t believe someone can make me laugh so hard about something so tragic. And then get the whole room to open up. We are totally inviting Laurenne back.” – Andrea Shuff, CMO of LocalID
talk #2 – the truth in advertising
Part of the reason there is such a lack of vulnerability in society is that we are bombarded daily by perfect images in ALL movies and advertisements.
Whether we notice or we don’t, we’re often trying to live up to some ideal that doesn’t actually exist. You know how I know this? I’m a human, and I wrote ads and commercials for ten years. This second talk option offers up all the behind-the scenes traps advertisers set just so you can feel that your life is not quite living up to its full potential.
In this talk, I uncover tricks and give tips and dares to combat the negative feelings you might feel from these crazy ideals. After this talk, you’ll walk away feeling more aware, more hopeful, and so much better about letting your real self shine through. Perfect for high schools and colleges.
“I couldn’t believe some of the things Laurenne said. Shocking. My mouth will be open for a really long time tonight. ” – Lindsay in New Media 101 at Santa Monica College
“What affected me the most was the point Laurenne made about how we’re contributing to the whole thing. I’m never going to look at my social media again.” – Beth in New Media 101 at Santa Monica College
To book any kind of talk, write to me: laurenne (AT) laurennesala (DOT) com.