My fifteen minutes of fame revisits occasionally. The first one was the biggest. It was 1981 when I was the first woman to be named the SBA Small Business Man of the Year. The TV, the radio, the rapt attention was over the top. I was even followed for a week by a news reporter and camera for a feature on my life. Then-Governor Lamar Alexander hired me to represent him across Tennessee to build awareness through the media for a statewide small business conference. So for a while I thought this fanfare was normal and I was special until life intervened, as it invariably does. Then the fanfare became an occasional flourish.
But I got my feet wet early and learned that media interviews, at their best, are real conversations with the interviewer and actually fun and stimulating. (The video formats from those days are not only obsolete, they are ancient history so you won’t see them here.)
Since those heady early days, the buzz has come in spurts. When my book Transformational Speaking was published in 2009, my publisher did a great job setting me up for some tv appearances beginning in San Francisco. On the day I was to begin my book tour, I broke both my legs! That’s the kind of thing I mean when I say life intervenes. It took a while for my book to get legs when I didn’t have mine, and my interviews were mostly done over the phone.
Below are some recent interviews with links to a few of my favorites.
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Gail Larsen’s work has been described by Fast Company as “transforming your relationship to your voice via the deepest stirrings of your soul.” She takes what is often considered our greatest fear–public speaking–and helps us understand that fear is truly excitement without the breath. She delights in each person finding their own to speak from the truth of who they are and what they love to open hearts, inspire change, and move people to act.
Gail is the founder of Real Speaking® (www.realspeaking.com) and the award-winning author of Transformational Speaking: If You Want to Change the World, Tell a Better Story (Random House and Brilliance Audio). An SBA award-winning entrepreneur, her original approach to communication draws from her own journey as a previously reluctant speaker, her respect for indigenous wisdom, twenty-five years in the world of speaking, and wide experience in business and association management. She is a former EVP of the worldwide National Speakers Association and teaches annually at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. In 2014, she instigated the annual Holy Fools Day Extravaganza, an online event celebrating people who step outside convention to find their voices and become the radical charge artists their souls are calling them to be. Gail offers Transformational Speaking to a global audience through both her Online Academy and live immersions in Santa Fe, NM.
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WOMEN OF GREEN with Carolyn Parrs
“The Transformational Author Experience with Christine Kloser”
Conversation with Gail Larsen, author of Transformational Speaking
“Leading Conversations with Cheryl Esposito”
Gail Larsen – If You Want to Change the World …
“Heartland Security ~ World Puja Network”
Gail Larsen – Transformational Speaking: If You Want to Change the World, Tell a Better Story
Get Inspired! Project Interview with Toni Reese
The Coaching Show with Christopher McAuliffe, MCC
“Learn the Art of Transformational Speaking”
Learn The Art of Transformational Speaking on Beyond 50 Radio Show
These are all PDF files.
Fast Company, Review of Transformational Speaking, November 13, 2009
The Vancouver Observer “Obama Makes Killer Speeches, So Can You” March 19, 2008
The New Mexican “Business Profile” January 30, 2007
The Albuquerque Journal “Midlife Mentor” April 28, 2006
Corporate & Incentive Travel “Putting it All Together” May 2004
The New Mexican “Now You’re Talking” July 2, 2002
To contact Gail, email gail @ realspeaking.com, call 1-505-986-8650, or use our Contact form