Career Advice They Haven't Heard 

 
I just wanted to send you a huge personal thank you for your talk. You have already shifted how I think and I honestly thought there was ‘nothing new under the sun,’ but you have such a different perspective and it is revolutionary.

— Online workshop attendee
 
 

My Speaking Style

     

    I help audiences remember who they are. 

    The most powerful thing you can give a person is a belonging -- a meaningful connection to self and something bigger.

    By helping them identify their sense of purpose, see a path for their future, and understand the nuances of meaningful work in the modern world, that's what I'll give your audience. 

    This former actor knows how to work a stage and rock a mic. You can expect career advice your audience has never heard (truly), personal stories, laughs, memorable metaphors, and insight on how to apply what they've learned. 

    Your audience will leave feeling grounded, capable, inspired, and with tools to create lasting change.

    If my schedule permits, I prefer to stay for the entire event or conference. As an audience member, I've always found it exciting to to see the speakers after the talk when there's no stage between us. Meet and greets, book signings, or chance encounters at lunch can be just as special and memorable as a keynote speech. I like to stick around and really be part of the community you've put so much effort into creating. 

     

    EXPERTISE

     

     

     

    In addition to my own career journey, six years of coaching & consulting with hundreds of clients pursuing more meaningful work enables me to speak in depth on several timely issues: 

    • Why you shouldn't follow your passion
    • What purpose is and isn't, and how it's different from passion
    • How to find a meaningful career
    • What the new paradigm of work looks like today
    • Practical steps to take when changing careers
    • Other topics related to meaningful work, career change, and entrepreneurship

     

    Survey Says...

     
    I had the pleasure of introducing a panel that Laura was on at the Texas Conference for Women, Re-inventing Your Career. Laura was fantastic. She gave the audience lots of simple, memorable tips and tools within the career development space. Her professional yet approachable style and ability to speak in very human truisms I found both unique and refreshing.  JEN OSTRICH | PCC COACH  

    I had the pleasure of introducing a panel that Laura was on at the Texas Conference for Women, Re-inventing Your Career. Laura was fantastic. She gave the audience lots of simple, memorable tips and tools within the career development space. Her professional yet approachable style and ability to speak in very human truisms I found both unique and refreshing. 

    JEN OSTRICH | PCC COACH

     

    Laura Simms was a wonderful guest speaker for my graduate-level class at University of California, Irvine. She shared her experience and expertise in an easy, warm-hearted, and business-focused manner.  Sassy and savvy, playful and purposeful—she brought a message of “you can do it!” and perhaps more importantly, “here's how.” CYNTHIA BASSHAM | PROFESSOR AT UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE  

    Laura Simms was a wonderful guest speaker for my graduate-level class at University of California, Irvine. She shared her experience and expertise in an easy, warm-hearted, and business-focused manner.  Sassy and savvy, playful and purposeful—she brought a message of “you can do it!” and perhaps more importantly, “here's how.”

    CYNTHIA BASSHAM | PROFESSOR AT UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE

     

    Laura Simms provided our students with several sessions of very practical, very positive advice about building a career. Better yet, Laura offered them excellent counsel about making a life after graduation, about building successful business and personal relationships that can sustain young graduates as they work themselves up. JAY ONEY | PROFESSOR AT FURMAN UNIVERSITY  

    Laura Simms provided our students with several sessions of very practical, very positive advice about building a career. Better yet, Laura offered them excellent counsel about making a life after graduation, about building successful business and personal relationships that can sustain young graduates as they work themselves up.

    JAY ONEY | PROFESSOR AT FURMAN UNIVERSITY

     

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    I've spoken for conferences, universities, panels, workshops, podcasts, and audiences large and small. I always tailor my talk for the needs of your audience.

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    Bio

     

    Laura Simms is an expert on meaningful work who challenges conventional wisdom by asking people to ditch their passions and start with purpose. 

    She’s the author of The Purpose Paradigm and creator of Your Career Homecoming, a celebrated career change program that helps people discover the meaningful work that’s right for them. Her work has been featured by The US News & World Report, Business Insider, and Psychology Today.

    Laura’s colorful career history includes a history degree, an MFA in acting, being a coaching school drop-out, getting fired from a dream project, quitting multiple jobs (including one after the first day), teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and a successful career as an actor where she worked on network television, performed in every state on the Eastern seaboard, received multiple callbacks from Cirque du Soleil, and shared a sound booth with Sandra Oh. 

    She lives in Atlanta with her husband and son, where she loves walking in the woods and trying to find the best whiskey cocktail in town. 


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    The Basics

     
    • I'm an expert on meaningful work. 
    • I advocate ditching your passions and starting with purpose. 
    • I used to be an actor and appeared on Criminal Minds, Leverage, and Castle. (More of my story here.)
    • My book is The Purpose Paradigm, and my career change program is Your Career Homecoming. 
    • I started my business in 2011. 
    • I live in Atlanta, GA. 

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    Laura Simms is an expert on meaningful work who challenges conventional wisdom by asking people to ditch their passions and start with purpose. She left her dream career to help people quit their dead-end jobs, find careers that feel like home, and start businesses that make a difference. 

     

    Interview Q's

     

    For interviews, I'm comfortable improvising and following the conversation where it goes. Occasionally, I'm asked what kind of questions I receive most often. Here's a sample: 

    • Tell us about your own journey to finding a meaningful career. 
    • Traditional advice for people looking to change careers is to follow their passions, but you focus on purpose with your clients. Why?
    • What differentiates passion and purpose?
    • What are some of the mistakes people make when going through a career transition and what should they do instead?
    • You have a book called The Purpose Paradigm. What is the "Purpose Paradigm"?
    • If someone wants a new career but they don’t know what they want to do, how can they start to figure that out?

     

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