Motivational Speaker and Professional Pothole Lighter Asks – What’s Your Title?

motivational-speaker-Linda-Larsen-potholeMy friend, colleague and the brilliantly funny motivational speaker, Kelly Swanson, wrote a fabulous blog post about her Journey to a Healthier Ever After. In it she shared something she is going through right now in terms of her health. It is extremely truthful, insightful and offers a clear vision of how to achieve any goal. And that vision is revealed…through HER experience as a person, a woman and a professional motivational speaker. I called her a Professional Experiencer.

And that got me to thinking about a term I have frequently used to describe what I do as a motivational speaker. I like to say that I am a Professional Pothole Lighter.  Let me explain.

Metaphorically, I see myself on a dark night walking single file on a narrow path through the woods. I envision a lot of people in front of me, and some behind me. There is a lighted lantern attached to my belt in the back, that hangs down below my butt and is swinging back and forth as I walk along. The PURPOSE of this lantern is to illuminate the path for the people behind me, so that if I fall into a pothole, they will see that and know where NOT to step. Hence the term, Professional Pothole Lighter.

If you could give yourself any title in life (personally or professionally), what would it be? What fun phrase would pretty much say it for you? I once saw a person's professional creditials after their name listed as Sally Smith, CEO (Chief Encouraging Officer).  

So go ahead! Give yourself a title! And while you're at it, why not give youself a raise. You've earned it.

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Motivational Speaker Linda Larsen, CSP has been described by meeting planners and audiences as "hysterically funny," and "riveting." Known for her ability to connect on an authentic and emotional level with audiences, her spontaneous sense of humor, and her engaging and powerful stories, Linda is passionate about sharing ideas to help people live their finest, best, and most productive lives. Her riveting and true story of being kidnapped and held hostage at gunpoint by an escaped convict, and the strategies she used to escape, will give people the tools THEY need to rise above any of life's toughest challenges, to communicate more effectively with THEIR difficult person, and to find creative solutions to THEIR problems. To book motivational speaker, Linda Larsen: 941-927-4700

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  1. I would like to be your fairy godmother – giving you the encouragement and the pen to rewrite your fairy tale so that you don't need me anymore.

  2. I'm the Small Change Cheerleader – believing that making even the tiniest change towards a healthy lifestyle – and it sticking – is the most effective way to greater health and happy!

  3. Great blog Linda…my title? I am a professional perspective changer.  I help change people's perspective so that they come from a place of appreciation and gratitude as opposed to entitlement and anger.  Oh yeah, and I'm head usher – ushering people to their front-row in life.  Kinda like a Pothole lighter!

  4. Marilyn Sherman, Motivational Speaker, Head Usher and Professional Perspective Changer! Love it!

  5. LOVE all your titles. I'll choose Truth Talker – someone who does her darndest to face and speak her own truth so she can gently tilt the mirror for others to see themselves more clearly. I'm certain my college-aged daughters would award me Overbearing Orator!

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