About Elaine Lung

Elaine Lung

Hi, I’m Elaine – a #QuietLeader

I’d bet my bottom dollar that you’re here because…

…you want to
stand up and speak up confidently
to the people around you at home and at work,
right where you are.

But you also want to be seen as a leader who is

intelligent, confident, and well-spoken.

You know you need to shift how you’re showing up, and consistency is key but…

• You don’t know what you don’t know.

• You’ve read all the “speaking” books and blogs, but you still don’t have a concrete “how to”.

• You’re exhausted and you just want someone to tell you what to do and how to do it.

• You wish you had started earlier, when you were younger, both in age and in your career.

Well, let me tell you, it’s not too late.

And if any of this sounds like you, then you are definitely in the right place.

My name is Elaine Lung and I work with #QuietLeaders like you to get the concrete “how to” and start showing up, standing up and speaking up (at any age).

Here’s how I can help:
•    Consulting
•    Keynotes
•    Training

I’m gonna let you in on a little secret…

Professionals who stand up and speak up
have to make a certain mindset shift
BEFORE they get started.
It doesn’t matter how many books you read, how much advice you get from your friends, family or co-workers. It doesn’t matter how badly you wish things would change. The only way to start standing up and speaking up is to start with a mindset shift.

And then you get to work… with your concrete “how to.”

You gather up the pieces of the speaking puzzle that you want to implement and you put the puzzle together. You build on it each day with consistency and commitment. And then you stop stressing and start cruising through your personal and work life with JOY!
Here’s why I offer this coaching.
I was seventeen years old in my first speech contest and I expected the audience of 5 judges to respond like the usual audience, and laugh or at least smile at me. They always had in my public speaking class. I was confident that I’d do well, even though my introverted self was apprehensive about standing up and speaking in front of a group.

Instead, the judges started at me, expressionless, unmoving. Nothing I said or did made them change. That inner critic voice started talking to me: “They don’t like you. Why don’t you just give up?”

I couldn’t remember my next line and I gave up trying. As I walked out, one judge looked at me as if to say, “Next time, honey, don’t bother.”
I was crushed.
I felt defeated. Like everything I had worked for to be a confident articulate speaker had backfired. I did NOT sign up for this!

I wanted to look like the well-adjusted extroverted “cool kids” in my class. I wanted my face to not turn completely red in front of an audience when I was embarrassed. I wanted to be heard and respected when I used my voice to express my ideas and thoughts.

But most of all, I wanted to feel comfortable standing and speaking confidently in front of my peers.

What if you realize that you aren’t happy with the way you’re showing up?

In that moment, it didn’t feel good to me.

 “I can’t do this …” I thought. “I just don’t have what it takes.”
I almost gave up, thinking it was too late to change.
But if you know me, you know I keep trying and I don’t give up. I didn’t want to be stuck this way forever. But I didn’t know what to do to change.

So I was hiding in the back of the conference room at every engineering group meeting, and thinking that my work would speak loud enough to get me promoted. I was sadly mistaken. My boss called me in and said, “We’re looking for someone with leadership qualities.” I had to find another job.

Fortunately, I was comfortable enough interviewing one-on-one. And I was able to land a job at a new company with a Toastmasters club. “If I can stand up and speak like a leader, nothing will be holding me back!”

The next week I was in that Toastmasters club meeting, and was called on to answer an impromptu question in front of the entire group. It was my worst nightmare! And that’s when it happened.
I had the biggest “Aha” moment of my #QuietLeader life.
I turned to that inner critic voice, and said, “I know you’re there. I know what you’re going to say. Stay here. I’ve got to go up front and do something.” Then I walked confidently to the front of the room and answered that question. Whatever I said, the audience smiled and applauded. My people! I was home!

“Talking back to my inner critic is the way to manage it and bring it under my control.

And I have to tell every #QuietLeader on the planet!”

So I started working on my journey to confident speaking.

It took years of work at Toastmasters, taking improv classes, attending speaking seminars, and getting coached.

I’m happy to report that I’m finally in a place where I know how to stand up and speak up.

Each day I live doing the speaking and standing up that I never would have dreamed possible when I started. My own stress and anxiety are no longer about showing up and speaking up. I’m no longer hiding, I’m standing up and being seen, and I’m okay with it.
If I can do it, ANY professional can do it.

I want to empower you and show you that you CAN stand up and speak up, and that if you commit to taking the action, you can make a huge change in your life and the lives of the people around you.

It is totally possible! I know because I’m doing it, and it has changed my life. It takes commitment, real daily action and willingness to try things that might not work for you. You will make mistakes, and keep going anyway. It may not happen as fast as you want it to.

There will be obstacles to overcome, and the one thing I don’t want to stand in your way is not having a concrete “how to”.

Imagine being able to stand in front of a group and deliver a presentation that holds the audience in rapt attention.

Imagine being so excited to go to a networking event and thinking that it is fun, not a chore.

Imagine being able to stand up in front of a group of hundreds of people and think on your feet and be in the moment as you lead a question & answer session.

Imagine holding your own in front of a hostile audience, and coming out on top, looking and feeling confident in your performance.

If you want to build these skills into your life, then you’re in the right place.

Standing up and speaking up is HARD.
You can do this. I can help you.

Choose the option that best fits your situation
let’s get started.