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Interview with Antoni Lacinai

The dynamic and entertaining moderator and speaker Antoni Lacinai specializes in communication, motivation and job satisfaction. Antoni has also written several books on the topic and has spoken in front of many international clients. His keynotes are practical with lots of take-home tools and strategies. Read his interview and learn more about him and his speaking career.

How did you begin your speaking career?

Before I started my own company some thirteen years ago, I had plenty of opportunities to speak within my role about marketing and sales. But I actually started off my business as a speaker trainer and moderator. The speaking part was small in comparison. Then, more and more clients wanted me to speak about how to present, sell, lead etc. Now, it is what I do most of the year, followed by my moderator assignments and communication skills training.


What are 3 habits for success?

1. Know your Why and set goals that take you toward your purpose.

2. Surround yourself with great people and tools that help you develop yourself and your business, for the benefit of your clients.

3. Have fun. Otherwise; what’s the point?


Describe yourself in 3 words – why these words?

Passionate. Positive. Professional.
Passion is about energy. I believe I have a high level of energy, especially when I do things I love.
Positive is about both an optimistic outlook in life and relationships, but also about a determination and an inner compass of good values.
Professional is about understanding how to listen, prepare and deliver on a high standard, and always have my clients’ best interest first.


Who or what inspires you most?

Wise people, both those I know and consider my friends, as well as other ones I don’t know but admire. I also get a lot of energy from my wife and kids. I know it sounds like a cliché but great people make me a better person


Do you have a favourite experience from your speaking career?

There are so many. From a volume perspective, speaking to 1700 sales people in Lithuania was a pure joy. My TEDx was also a rush even though it was only about a 100 attendees in the audience. As a moderator, sharing the stage with Simon Sinek and Gary Kasparov in front of 5500 people was pretty cool.

Other fond memories is when people contact me and let me know why they liked what I said or did. If I can help only one person do something better after a speech, we both win.


What leadership qualities do you most admire and why?

It’s tough being a leader. You have to balance your passion and vision with an appetite  for results, relationships and quality. The ones who do make me impressed. Also, the leaders who know how to communicate with energy, empathy and clarity have my vote. Finally, the leaders who are not seduced by power and being assholes but instead understand the value of involving people, developing them and making them heroes as well; they have a gold star in my book.

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