My Story

Many people ask how and why I became a Life Coach. I think it is very important to know what motivates a person you are about to hire; with that in mind, I have prepared answers to some frequently asked questions to inform you about my passion and purpose, and to complement My Story below. If there is anything else you would like know, please contact me. I look forward to getting to know you better.

Click here to read An Interview with Lisa L. Payne.


Lisa L. Payne is a coach, speaker and author whose mission is to help her clients move through life transitions with grace and confidence so they can create a life that excites them.

In her mid-thirties, Lisa took a leap of faith and set out to recreate her own life. An extroverted over-achiever and chronic list-maker for as long as she can remember, Lisa found that checking goals off her list did not result in success as she defined it. In fact, she was so busy on the “Treadmill of Life” that she had completely lost her sense of self. She made a commitment to a journey of self-discovery that continues to strengthen her each day. Her personal vision of success is crystal clear; her confidence in her ability to live in possibility is unwavering.

Along her journey, Lisa has been challenged with chronic pain, divorce, relocation, illness, job loss, and financial hardship; she has also been rewarded with incredible abundance. In her personal life, Lisa currently enjoys fulfilling relationships with her friends, parents, children, and ex-husband. She has created a home that is full of laughter and love, and continually strives to maintain a solid balance to honour all of her personal values.

At 44, Lisa is busy as a life coach, workshop facilitator and keynote speaker, and she has released her first book, “What If They Knew? Secrets of an Impressive Woman”. The anthology, “Freeing Godiva: A Woman’s Journey of Self-Empowerment” from Insight Publishing features Lisa as one of 11 contributors. In it, she shares her personal story of challenge and inspiration – a story of perseverance and unwavering faith that has brought her great happiness.

True to her commitment to personal growth and development, Lisa has invested in her own education over the years, holding a Masters degree in Employment Relations as well as a Bachelor of Business Administration. She has always had a passion for human resource management and believes the development of the employee as a whole is critical to the success of any organization. Lisa gets great satisfaction working with teams to channel the contribution of all members toward a collective vision of success.

As President of Connections for Success Inc., she provides motivational services to her clients who include the RCMP, University of New Brunswick, the Province of Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and the International Association of Administrative Professionals. In 2012, she served as the President of the Newfoundland & Labrador Association of Professional Speakers. Currently, she is an active member of the St. John’s Board of Trade, the Mount Pearl-Paradise Chamber of Commerce and the Newfoundland & Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs. Lisa also sits on the executive of the St. John’s Positive Thinkers Club.

With almost 20 years experience in the financial services industry, Lisa’s stories resonate with entrepreneurs, sales teams, call centre agents, administrative staff, and managers alike. Her youthful energy and natural ability to connect with her audience makes her a favorite presenter for organizations such as 4H, Allied Youth, and Katimavik. For many years Lisa has been an active volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters and Junior Achievement where she teaches our youth how to define and execute their dreams for a better future.

Born and raised in Gander, Newfoundland & Labrador, Lisa is pleased to be settled in her home province with its rich heritage and rugged natural beauty. She is surrounded by an amazing community that supports her vision of success. This year, 2014 has brought great abundance into all areas of Lisa life, leaving her fulfilled personally and professionally. Living her dream  has included getting engaged to her high school crush and blending two families which include four teenagers, a tabby cat, a beta fish, and a bearded dragon.