L aura's passion for boosting confidence in others arises from her own personal struggle. As a young going girl going into junior high school, she stood out from the rest of her classmates. She was tall, lanky and sported severe eczema, which caused her to be an easy target for bullies. This constant barrage of everyday bullying silenced Laura’s voice and her destiny to be an influential leader.
Laura’s positive turning point happened in the most unlikely place – Las Vegas, in a karaoke booth where she was deemed a singing sensation! It was this positive affirmation that helped her regain her voice and confidence to speak up and be heard. Laura continued to hone her presentation and communication skills during her professional journey as a successful table games dealer, real estate professional, IT technician and entrepreneur. Her success in Toastmasters and her church’s children ministry were all results of this progress she earned through hard efforts. Ultimately, Laura launched Connor Speaks.
Inspired by her personal struggles and journey to success, Laura is highly passionate about building confidence in other people. She aims to help people develop their public speaking and presentation skills to become dynamic speakers. Laura, the Dynamic Speaker Maker, believes that she can best help technical professionals gain the confidence to speak confidently and influentially to both technical and non-technical audiences. Laura has set out to destroy the myth that technical professionals can’t speak engagingly.
When she’s not speaking or working with clients, Laura enjoys watching Columbo, listening to reggae music, and going on road trip adventures with her husband and two sons.