Testimonials for Business Speaking, Storytelling and Strategic Communication™ Training:
“I was in a place of total frustration. I wanted my business to grow, but at that time I lacked the mindset to push my business forward. I did my research, prayed, and was led by the Holy Spirit to work with Laurece. It has been a joy. I have accomplished things in my business that I have only dreamed of. For instance, when I started, I only had one part time employee. Now, my business has grown to the point that I have 5 full time employees. My business revenue has increased exponentially; I have moved into a new (larger) office space; I have a dynamite team of employees; I was able to take my first vacation in over 10 years; I am now on vacation for one week out of every month. I am sure that the list will continue to grow.”
Katie Lawson, Esq., Durham, NC
Tax, Estate and Corporate Law
"Working with Laurece has allowed me to grow in areas of my business that needed to grow. I had been a solo entrepreneur for almost a year before I said yes to working with Laurece. I had no idea what I was doing and was literally firing blindly at each action towards growing my business and my team. I was unaware of the reasons I was stuck in my business and lacked the ability to own my business and the direction I wanted to take in my business. Laurece has taught me the importance of systems, strategies, and a work life balance that has been key to my success. She values self care while exploding growth and abundance. She has taught me the value of boundaries within my team, my own business practices, and balancing business and family. As a busy mom of 4 school aged girls, a work life balance is essential to peace and joy in both work and life. Laurece has given me amazing tools that are applicable and fruitful in honoring that balance above all else. I chose this line of work so that I could have more time with my family while earning a significant amount of income. Laurece has gifted me with the tools to do just that. She listens, encourages my passions and redirects my missteps in a way that is supportive and empowering. In the last 3 months I have DOUBLED my income in my business while working with Laurece. AMAZING. I know without a doubt her guidance and direction aided in our amazing growth and financial blessings. I always questioned the value of investing in a business coach as a new business owner. It has been one of the best investments I have made for my business/life balance. Working with Laurece has given me time freedom, financial increase, and empowered me to lead others within my organization. I would be more than happy to discuss my experience working with Laurece! It is a wonderful time each week that always adds value to my business."
Senior Ruby Ambassador
"‘Onward and upward’ is how I now feel about Abstract Art by Linda! Laurece’s very unique ideas and views of how to grow my business have resulted in a 300% increase in revenue. Additionally, the visibility of my artwork to the business world has increased dramatically.
Before working with Laurece, my artwork sales had really dwindled and I wasn’t gaining traction in internet sales or local sales. Then I started working with Laurece. She did more than guide me; she provided actionable recommendations that 1) allowed me to be solo exhibitor in a large business office, 2) which then allowed me to be more engaged with local businesses interested in artwork, 3) established me as a professional, successful, high-end artist among my peers.
Laurece has a set of pre-meeting exercises that helped me get in the creative mode for our meetings. I had never done anything like this before and was very pleasantly surprised how well it works. Meetings always started and ended on time which is important to me. She is a very upbeat, positive person so our discussions were always on reaching higher, celebrating wins, and most important in my situation, working on my mindset.
My most significant improvement has been in the area of mindset. I’m the first person that needs to recognize and acknowledge my high-value as an accomplished artist. This improvement then provides almost a springboard for two other significant improvements I’ve experienced: increased business and buyers paying higher prices for my art.
If anyone questions the value of your training, please have them call/email me. I’ll be happy to talk to them about it."
Saatchi Art – Original art and prints https://www.saatchiart.com/Linda.Bailey
Pixels / FineArtAmerica – Gifts https://lindabailey.pixels.com/
"I am so glad I met and worked with Laurece early in my journey as an entrepreneur! It was one of the wisest investments I could have made in myself and my business. Our coaching sessions helped me better understand and communicate my value as a service provider so that I felt empowered to charge higher rates and increase my income. Practicing the movement and voice exercises she shared significantly improved my confidence and networking skills. leading to meaningful relationship building for my business. I highly recommend Laurece's Easily Creative strategy consulting for your business!"
Martrisha Bradshaw, Owner & CEO
Mid-point in the training: "I believe I have made progress in all the challenge areas. Having these sessions has allowed me to reduce my filler words, slow down my pace, increase my breathing, and especially speak up in meetings internally and externally. I feel more confident in my ability to speak and to share my viewpoint. I also feel I am more clear with my words. I have learned to breathe well before joining a meeting to allow myself to reduce any stress I may feel. Overall, the exercises and practices have made me improve in all aspects. I feel less stress when I have calls.
I have been really enjoying the training. I feel like it has been a great learning experience for me. The individual sessions allow me to improve on myself and the group sessions allow me to learn from other people who are working on similar goals as me. The sessions are really helping me improve my skills and gain confidence speaking up.
Upon completion: (Salihah checked that she felt she’d made progress in the following areas: clear sentences with periods, eliminating filler words, releasing nervousness, speaking up in meetings, confidence, feeling more bold, willingness to talk, easy word flow, body language, self-expression, presentations, connecting with my listeners, speaking under pressure, communicating with superiors, remembering what you want to say, connecting with people from different cultures, self-kindness, clarity about work priorities, being myself, speaking my truth, expressing my ideas and my energy level.)
The training with Laurece was extremely beneficial. I have gained confidence throughout the sessions. The activities we did in each class can be carried over as I continue to grow in my skills. For example, doing breathing exercises before a big presentation. Also, she focused a lot on giving ourselves credit for the things we have been doing well and to continue to celebrate them. Laurece was wonderful and taught me a lot about myself and how to grow.
I believe I have grown in each of my problem areas. Overall, I am more comfortable speaking up internally and externally. I feel more confident about presenting my findings or sharing my ideas for projects. I am more comfortable talking to clients/taking the lead in various situations, such as thinking through writing a discussion guide and leading that internally. I also believe my words and sentences are clearer. I needed this course to gain confidence in being more vocal about my abilities.
This will benefit my career by allowing me to grow more in my role and take on more responsibilities. I will continue to be more comfortable with clients as I move towards working with them more. I will also continue to speak up more internally as well and dive towards more strategic work past my project manager tasks.
I think other Linkers who are at a transitioning point in their career can benefit. It can provide a boost of confidence when you are starting to deal more with clients and have a larger role in your projects. Especially Linkers who have a harder time with public speaking."
Salihah Siddiqui, Associate Project Manager,
The Link Group, Durham, NC
Mid-point in the training: "It has been great! Laurece has tactical solutions which really make me think deeply about myself and opportunities for improvement. She is encouraging and I have seen a difference in myself.
I've become more aware of myself when I speak and interact with others. This has helped me identify areas of opportunity and I'm excited to work on them.
Upon completion: (Elizabeth checked that she felt she’d made progress in the following areas: clear sentences with periods, eliminating filler words, releasing nervousness, speaking up in meetings, confidence, courage, feeling more bold, willingness to talk, easy word flow, breathing well when speaking, body language, telling stories, presentations, connecting with my listeners, speaking under pressure, mental focus and acuity, being myself, and my energy level.)
It has been great! I really enjoyed having both a one-on-one session and a group session each week. I've made progress with confidence and awareness of my speaking habits. I will continue to practice these skills and I believe they will help with my long-term career growth.
I think other Linkers will benefit from this training as well, especially Linkers who are beginning to transition into the lead role with more client communication responsibilities."
Elizabeth Breece, Research Manager,
The Link Group, Durham, NC
Mid-point in the training: "So far, it has been great! Laurece has been incredibly patient and understanding. Laurece is quick to listen to any areas I am wanting direct feedback on, and she offers tools I can practice throughout my day. The group sessions have been fun too, it allows Laurece to focus on key areas for each of us but allows us to collaborate on areas we each are working on.
The biggest impact I have had, has been the "rule of 3." It can sometimes be stressful to juggle each to-do for the day. Instead, I am trying to work towards 3 major things to complete each day, and if time allows focus on the other areas of growth.
I have also worked hard on my breathing. As a runner it is easy to "flip that switch" and manage my breathing well. I am now working to bring that into my everyday communication. Breathing allows me to respond and react in a collected and calm approach.
Working from home during COVID has made me very relaxed in terms of my posture. I don't even notice when I'm slouching most of the time! I am now working on managing posture, both in-person, and what my appearance is on camera. This has helped both my confidence and the responses/reception from clients.
Upon completion: (Spencer checked that he felt he’d made progress in the following areas: clear sentences with periods, releasing nervousness, confidence, willingness to talk, breathing well when speaking, body language, being understood, speaking under pressure, communicating with superiors, self-kindness, my energy level and communicating compassionately.)
Training with Laurece continued to be great, and it was always helpful! Laurece continued to push me in areas I was seeking improvement. She was also quick to give me resources and encouragement in my own self-kindness and grace. Releasing nervousness, focusing, and then speaking was something we regularly worked on, and I'm glad to say I am feeling more comfortable in these areas!
I was unsure how my progress would come full circle after the midterm evaluations, but I am happy to say I feel like I have a better understanding of how I can best share my voice here at TLG. I want to continue and work on my daily practices and stick to my 3 larger goals per day (avoiding becoming overwhelmed at points). I'm expecting the confidence in my voice and thoughtfulness before speaking will help me tremendously in areas where I am giving and receiving feedback throughout my projects. I am also hopeful these skills will translate to more client interactions longer-term.
Other Linkers would benefit from this training because it allows for purposeful self-reflection, and encouragement. The encouragement is key in areas of our project responsibilities and everyday interactions, and it may benefit others to practice these skills in an individual or group setting. Sometimes it is difficult to point out areas you want to continue to grow in, and this provided a third-party outlet to work on these skills!"
Spencer Amos, Associate Project Manager,
The Link Group, Durham, NC
Testimonials for Reach Your Ideal Clients - Develop Your Signature Talk™:
"I was in Laurece's Leading Your Business class for a year.
I had a long time business that was inconsistent - it would get very busy but then I'd have slow periods which always made me nervous as a self employed single woman. Laurece focuses on mindset work and self-care as a path to business success.
This class was about how to energetically shift things and it helped me to get clear on goals and my business filled to capacity in the next couple of months. Things flowed once I set my mind on allowing abundance instead of limiting it.
Every time I came to class I felt inspired and I was always grateful for this opportunity. I directly experienced the potency of what we were learning."
Owner of Stone & Spa Ayurvedic Healing Arts and Bodywork Trainings, Chapel Hill, NC
"After teaching for thirty eight years, I founded 2 DayesScienceTM, a science education company. Laurece has been my business coach during this process, consulting me in business knowledge, models, presentation skills and providing support. Her training as a scientist allows her to effectively evaluate my business ideas and opportunities to pitch my company. Her performance background stimulates my creativity as a business owner. Her coaching allows me to focus on my areas of strength so I can confidently work with venture capitalists
as I launch this new phase of my professional life."
Nina Morley Daye, Physicist, Hillsborough, N.C
"I decided to sign up for Reach Your Ideal Clients because I already gave talks but they weren't as effective as I'd like.
I wanted to have more impact and build my client base. Laurece asked me to set my R.O.I. for the course, to gain back my investment. She sent me information on how to focus on it and said she would support me. This was all before the course started. After ONE class session, and about a week of affirming what I wanted to bring in, I won a year long contract that more than pays for the course!
Laurece, I really feel like you are on my team and rooting for me. I never expected so much assistance from you! This is exactly what I needed and I am very grateful."
Heidi Hackney, Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, Hillsborough, N.C.
"Months after working with Laurece, I continue to use all the tools she taught me. I even use some of them with my own clients! I have one client who is looking for a job and his interview skills have improved since we started using the same techniques Laurece taught me to prepare for public speaking.
As a business coach, Laurece helped me develop my packages, pricing, gave me scripts for talking with prospects and closing that really work, assisted me in gaining clarity about what was most important, gave me methods for trigger resolution, and helped me develop a schedule that works for me. This schedule makes me unique, no other coaches work this way, and my clients LOVE it!"
"When I started working with Laurece I was uncomfortable networking and my talks were generating little response. I had individual training with Laurece to prepare for a speech for 600 people. Then I took Reach Your Ideal Clients, and I am working with her again in individual sessions.
Now I am comfortable networking; I know what to say and I am at ease. I am confident and effective when I give talks. I am clear how to best serve the audience and simply offer a business proposition which attracts clients. Laurece encouraged me to think bigger and motivated me to attract more than my R.O.I.
As a result of working with her and releasing my "natural genius," as she calls it, one of the attendees at the 600 person talk recently decided to invest a million dollars monthly
in design work with our firm! What a R.O.I.! Thank you Laurece."
Todd Moses, Director of Engineering, Imaginovation, LLC, https://www.imaginovation.net/ Raleigh, N.C.
"Before working with Laurece I was very unfamiliar with my confidence to deliver clear and concise content for my business; whether speaking to large groups, honing in on what my elevator speech is or simply attracting my ideal clients.
Laurece has helped me in many facets. I can see significant improvements in my abilities to feel secure and confident, I've learned several techniques from warm-ups exercises, visualization, and planning strategies to enhance the flow of my presentations. Learning to speak from the heart is one of the most valuable lessons any of us can learn.
Laurece is very energetic, sincere and full of surprises. I highly recommend working with Laurece. She's such a treasure. I have gained much love, wisdom, and knowledge, her process and guaranteed results."
Adryin Glynn, Design Professional, Adryin Glynn Designs
"Prior to working with Laurece, I had many challenges related to speaking with clients and prospective clients. My biggest concern was that I wasn’t able to present the best version of myself to the world. This concern was rooted deep inside of me and hindered me in business, social, and personal situations. Sometimes in situations where I needed to speak, I decided not to - for fear that my words would be misunderstood or not come out right.
While working with Laurece, I have been able to learn to present myself better. I have learned to tell my stories. The techniques and exercises Laurece taught me have helped me ‘unclog’ my story pipeline. They flow a lot easier now and I am able to present a better version of myself. These are useful tools in presenting the best version of myself to my clients, colleagues, family and friends. What good is a story if it remains untold?
The tools Laurece has given me have helped me a lot when it comes to my speaking. I can better interact with people now in all types of situations whether business or social.
My friends and people I am close to have mentioned that they have noticed a difference. My business partner specifically mentioned: “I have noticed that you are more at ease in groups of people. That you frequently speak more and that your delivery appears more genuine.” The good results I have experienced have given me more confidence and I am setting my sights higher than I did before I worked with Laurece.
Laurece has given me concrete goals to work toward that will continue to help me communicate. I am still not sure where this chapter of my story will take me, I know that the better speaking skills I now own will help me along the way."
Wake Forest, NC
"P. S. (after completing an individual coaching package) I have recently started doing Stand-up comedy. During our lessons you encouraged me to continue seeking opportunities to tell stories and this is the avenue that has drawn me in. I have performed in front of 150 plus twice now (once in Raleigh and once in Wichita KS.) My friends and associates ask me what in the world led me to trying comedy and I have told the story of taking your class many times. Thanks again!"