Laura Connor

Here's My Story

My passion for boosting confidence in others came as a result of my own personal struggles. As a young girl in junior high school, I stood out from the rest of my classmates. I was tall, lanky and had a bad case of eczema all over my face. I’m not sure if it was one of these things or something else that caused me to be an easy target for bullies, but I was. The constant barrage of everyday taunting and ridicule from some of my classmates silenced my voice and almost derailed my destiny to help others.

The positive turning point in my life happened in the most unlikely place – Las Vegas, in a two-by-three foot karaoke booth.  It was there that I was first deemed to be a “singing” sensation! I use the term singing very lightly, because earplugs are very helpful for my audiences whenever I take the stage!

It was the positive responses and reactions from my karaoke “fans” that helped me regain my voice and confidence to speak up and be heard. I continued to improve my presentation and communication skills during my varied professional journey as a blackjack dealer, real estate professional, IT technician and entrepreneur. My success in Toastmasters and volunteer work at my church, were all results of this progress I earned through perseverance and hard work. Ultimately, I launched Connor Speaks so that I could help others become confident public speakers and have since expanded my offerings to include marketing strategy and consulting services. 

Because of my personal struggles on this long journey to success, I’m eager to share what I’ve learned and experienced with others. I aim to help business owners, entrepreneurs and service professionals execute strategic, customer-centric marketing plans to build their business or their brand.

In my spare time, when I’m not speaking or working with clients, I enjoy watching classic television shows (Columbo and Flip Wilson are two of my favorites!), listening to reggae music, and eating gourmet chocolate.

A Bit More About Me…

  • Creator of the Dynamic Speaker Intensive Seminar
  • Creator of the Presentation Skills Igniter and the Fast Start to Speak Up coaching programs
  • Host of the Connor Speaks & Mingles monthly Networking Event in Markham
  • 2018-19 Area 22 Director in District 86 for Toastmasters International
  • Youth Leadership Program Facilitator for the Centre for Leadership & Innovation.
  • Co-founder of the Junior Power Speaker program, an advanced public speaking program for kids ages 10-14


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