Episode #387

Achieving Your Purpose [Student Highlight]

With Darwin Li

Sharing in the excitement of our student’s success is such a privilege for our team at the Speaker Lab. Our Director of Student Success, Maryalice Goldsmith, is taking the mic for our Student Highlight series so you can hear more about our students’ experiences and what they want you to know about growing your speaking business.

A near-death experience eventually led Darwin Li to find his place on the speaking stage. He knew there was something he had to give others – insights and hard lessons from failure – that might help them face what flashed before his eyes in an unimaginable situation.

On a mission to discover the very best in himself and change the lives of others, Darwin has a unique ability to touch his audience through stories of reflection and impact. While his personal experience is one of great intensity, he shares his realization of how coaching itself can be life-changing and help draw out the strength and depth in your purpose.

Darwin Li eventually found The Speaker Lab and never looked back. During his conversation with Maryalice, he shares his realization about how TSL gave him “permission” to think differently while still inspiring his audience with a message of leadership. He has completed several programs at The Speaker Lab, and is sharing his experience and commitment to investing in his speaking journey.  The resilience and determination that surround Darwin’s conversation with Maryalice will meet every speaker in any season.


  • Do you have to experience trauma to share a deep message?
  • How to understand your purpose through everyday choices
  • Why you need to exercise your mindset
  • What it looks like to reflect on a “would be” life
  • Identifying your ending and different ways to get there
  • Why there’s no shame in needing help
  • How to seize the opportunity and make the next move
  • And much more!
About Darwin Li

Darwin Li is a certified leadership and career coach who has been managing teams for many years in the professional world as well as in sports. Darwin was a competitive paddler and became a National Champion in 2006 in his chosen sport of dragon boat. He transitioned into coaching and has coached many teams and clubs and was privileged to coach a World Championship team. Darwin is also a coach, speaker and trainer with the John Maxwell team. Finally, he hosts a podcast which explores his belief that exceptional individuals have traits, habits or behaviors that have contributed to their success.

Want to know exactly what to say to finally land paid speaking gigs?

We’ll send you the exact three emails you can send to conference planners and event organizers that Grant Baldwin (our founder) used to book over $2M in speaking gigs. 

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