Beginner’s Pluck. Lara Cullen.

Posted by Sue Leonard on Tuesday 14th December 2021

As a child Lara wanted to be a psychologist or a TV presenter, but after university she gained a graduate position in HR with Corrs Brewers.

“It gave me an amazing foundation.”

After five years she moved on to fashion companies and was director in HR in London by her early thirties.

Then, yearning for change, Lara studied coaching.

            “And I applied for a year’s travel leave, and went to South-East Asia. I almost stayed!”

Arriving back in London, she began freelancing in coaching and training.

            “I set up a Life coaching company, and in 2019 rebranded as People Person. There’s more of a focus on business people.”

In lockdown, Lara wrote down the framework for her method of helping people – the People Person’s Way.

“My coach, Briony, said, ‘This is a book.’

Gaining a publisher in October 2020, Lara sent extracts to deadline throughout the writing process.

Who is Lara Cullen?

Date of birth: 1978 in Dublin. “But I lived in Spain for the first three years of my life”.

Education:  St David’s, Greystones. University College Cork, Social Sciences, for one year. Transferred to Glasgow Caledonian, Business with French and Spanish.

Home: North London.

Family: Mum and stepdad, Eilis and Andrew, brother, and stepsister.

The Day Job: Executive Coach and founder of The People Person.

In Another Life: “I’d love to have a life full of creativity.”

Favourite Writers: Elizabeth Gilbert; Brené Brown; Ryan Holiday; Sally Rooney. Madeline Miller.

Second Book: “I think there might be one.” 

Top Tip: Back yourself. “And be clear on why you are writing the book. Otherwise, your book can write you.”

Website:  Instagram: @­_ThePeoplePerson

The Debut: How to Be a People Person. SRA Books. €17.60. Kindle: €11.73.

Teaching people how to bring out the best in themselves, and others, this clear and concise guide is divided into sections based on Lara’s maxim, Be Kind, be Brave, be Brilliant. It weaves together psychology, neuroscience, wellbeing and leadership best practise in an easy to follow framework.

            “I hope the book shines a light on areas people might know but haven’t overly focused on. I hope it causes people to make changes for the better.”

The Verdict: Illustrated with people’s anecdotes, this excellent book promotes self-acceptance, inclusivity, and compassion.

Published in the Irish Examiner on 11th December.

© Sue J Leonard. 2021

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