Catherine Lawrence considers humour to be a natural instinct, and a critical pat of our lives today. Laughter, she says, is a tremendous coping mechanism to survive and thrive in stressful times.
After eight years as a corporate lawyer for John Labatt Limited, Catherine packed up her legal files and now she is surrounded by wacky toys and funny props in her home office. She helps people to harness their natural humour resources to impact their energy and enthusiasm for work and life. Catherine brings a sense of fun, professionalism and humour to her speeches and laughter workshops for both the corporate and not-for-profit sectors.
Put a microphone in her hand, give her an audience, and she’s off. Catherine's audiences include everyone from students to legal firms, corporations to associations. Catherine has spoken about laughter in a wide variety of fields, including business, wellness and education.
Want to help your business survive and thrive in stressful times? Laughter workshops tailored to your company's specific needs can improve leadership, team building and strategic planning. Catherine has received invitations from boardrooms across North America to give workshops on humour in the workplace.
In addition to being performance skills, laughter and humour are profound therapeutic tools. Catherine has spoken about the therapeutic benefits of laughter at hospitals and wellness resorts, including Canyon Ranch, and conducted wellness workshops and humour research for various businesses.
Laughter is an important, and often overlooked, tool in education. Deep belly laughter opens both hemispheres of the brain, resulting in better information retention and leading to those "ah-ha" moments. It is an important resource for teachers too, not only to enhance their teaching but for their own personal wellbeing.
The evaluations from our Carswell seminar are now in, and the response is excellent. Your program combined unstructured fun with focused learning. I would not hesitate to recommend your approach to any company seeking to encourage employees to think outside the box, or to take a new approach to the difficult competitive problems we face in business. Taking your work seriously and yourself lightly is a recipe for success.
- Ruth Epstein, LL.B. former Senior Director at Thomson Reuters
You bought humour to the event, many laughs to the guests, and you were brilliant at auctioning off all those bottoms! The work you put into making this happen is tremendous and greatly appreciated.
With your help we raised over $129, 000, which is $38, 000 over the event.
Thank you for your valued role!
- Deborah Cotton, Executive Director, Colorectal Cancer Screening Initiative Foundation
Catherine it was an absolute pleasure to work with you on our recent Leadership conference. You are very talented, energetic and need I say funny! We enjoyed having you as part of our team, and you really did feel like part of our team. We have received positive feedback on both your Survival of the Funniest Keynote speech over dinner as well as your participation in the business segment of our conference. You added a great deal of value and inspiration. Thank you for helping to make our conference a success.
- Jennifer Tory, former Regional President at Royal Bank of Canada