Laura Day is a NY Times best-selling author (How to Rule the World from Your Couch) and "intuitionist" who has worked with top corporations and celebs all over (think ~$10k per client!). If you've been dying to figure out how to predict next season's fashion trends? Read on!
IHH: When you began your consulting business, did you ever intend to write books? How did How to Rule the World from Your Couch come about?
LD: I had no intention of starting a consulting business, although I always wanted to write books. Some early tests on my ability were televised 30 years ago, and I had an instant following (which at the time freaked me out!). Of course, at the time I was looking for a direction for my life, so it found me, as opposed to my finding it (as is so often the case in life). In How to Rule the World from Your Couch, I really give away my secrets so that anyone can use, teach and consult as an intuitive and get the same kind of accurate information as me.
IHH: You say you're an introvert. How do your techniques on intuition help you overcome this trait, or do they? Can you still be a true introvert and truly succeed in life?
LD: Intuition allows you to make strong and intimate contact even at a distance. You can have a whole conversation with someone you have never even met and they will hear you and respond! Introverts and intuition go very well together, and the people we connect with intuitively come and drag us out! An introvert has the natural inclination to be the “fly on the wall” and not the one in the thick of things. This gives us “I’s” a natural advantage in perspective and detachment. However, the extroverts make amazing healers, movers and shakers. Working together...we make soup!
IHH: Is it possible to predict next season's fashion trends, or is there even a way to use fashion to feel good about yourself?
LD: I have worked for fashion companies predicting trends, but you can just as easily place what you want to create to seed a trend. It is good to balance prediction with each of our abilities to change the future. When you [practice] this book as a team, family, group or company you really create a lot of power to be the one who chooses - as opposed to predicting someone else's choice.
I think a fun and sneaky way of using intuition is to use precognition (telling the future) to find one item that is going to be hot in a year and start using it now! Do that a lot and people will notice and come to you for advice - that can end up a career.
IHH: You've worked with stars from Jennifer Aniston to Demi Moore and Nicole Kidman. Do you feel like you've played a part in these women reaching success in their lives and careers?
LD: I never name clients. However, going back to fashion, I do get some really good hand-me- downs. To be honest, I can’t help but experience the future when I sit with someone, so all of my friends are subjected to my intuition whether they want it or not. TMI is an expression I learned early. You named three of the kindest, most supportive women I know. I hope that I have given as much to them as they have to me!
The three lovely women you mentioned didn’t have perfect lives and weren’t born celebs. It wasn’t a coin toss. They used their intuition to find what they had to offer that was useful to the world and because of that became successful. I did the same. My hope is that wherever your readers are in their lives right now, they use these same tools to get where they want to go, with the people and love around them that makes it worth the trip.
P.S. Chat directly with Laura on Twitter now - follow her at lauradayintuit. - xoxo