Earl Lam­bert

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Earl Lam­bert, one of two in­spir­ing key­note speak­ers at this year’s Vi­sion Quest Con­fer­ence & Trade Show, pre­sented on the topic ‘From Vi­sion to Re­al­ity’.

Lam­bert is a sea­soned life coach known for his dy­namic pre­sen­ta­tion style that of­ten in­cludes mu­sic, magic, hip hop and is al­ways in­fused with wit and hu­mour. His in­spi­ra­tional sto­ry­telling has taken him all over Canada. SAY Mag­a­zine found out more about Lam­bert’s back­ground and his ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing with young peo­ple.

“It’s im­por­tant to help peo­ple to rec­og­nize the good qual­i­ties in them­selves. Once they ac­knowl­edge that they have a foun­da­tion to build from, it can re­ally shift their think­ing and their at­ti­tude.”

Lam­bert is Cree/Métis from Pa­paschase First Na­tion, Al­berta (where Ed­mon­ton is now), on his mother’s side and from Fort Ver­mil­ion, Al­berta (a Métis set­tle­ment), on his father’s side. Lam­bert has worked for many di­verse or­ga­ni­za­tions as a Life Coach, fa­cil­i­ta­tor, col­lege in­struc­tor and Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor for a First Na­tions not-for-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion. While all of th­ese ex­pe­ri­ences were ful­fill­ing, his most re­ward­ing work has been as a mo­ti­va­tional speaker and life coach work­ing with youth, el­ders, com­mu­nity mem­bers and MCing at events all across Canada.

Raised in a sin­gle-fam­ily home at the level of poverty he en­dured his fair share of ad­ver­sity, which he at­tributes to the multi-gen­er­a­tional cy­cle of de­struc­tion cre­ated as a re­sult of col­o­niza­tion. He spent much of his child­hood in and out of foster care and as a youth in cor­rec­tional fa­cil­i­ties. “I was that kid at one time – in and out of detention cen­tres. I got into trou­ble and tried to im­press the wrong crowd. I was try­ing to be cool and stand out. Any at­ten­tion was good at­ten­tion for me,” says Lam­bert.

“When I shifted my fo­cus to get­ting at­ten­tion in a bet­ter way - through ed­u­ca­tion, sports and just be­ing a funny guy - I got the pos­i­tive at­ten­tion and ac­knowl­edge­ment I al­ways wanted. I started to be­lieve in my­self more and more. I re­al­ized how chan­nelling my en­ergy and my gifts in a good way achieved bet­ter long-last­ing out­comes. That’s when the magic started hap­pen­ing in life.”

In his up­lift­ing pre­sen­ta­tions, Lam­bert of­fers re­al­is­tic life so­lu­tions and through in­spir­ing sto­ries he demon­strates how the choices he made helped him achieve the life he has now. When speaking to youth he ex­plains two types of lead­ers that one can choose to be. “You are all lead­ers…” ex­plains Lam­bert. “But re­mem­ber, you can lead peo­ple in a good way or you can mis­lead them in a bad way.”

When asked how he knows if he’s had an im­pact on a youth, or some­one at­tend­ing his sem­i­nars, Lam­bert said, “You know you’ve caught their at­ten­tion when no one is look­ing at their cell phone in a crowd of 400+ peo­ple,” smiles Lam­bert. “I know how to con­nect. I keep ev­ery­thing very real and down to earth. I’ve been where they are and I’ve walked in their shoes.” Find out more at www.ear­l­lam­bert.com.

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