Conversation is what drives Nashville-based author, speaker, and professional interviewer Lily Clayton Hansen. One of the basics in life is communication, and in a digital age, Lily believes this should be reprioritized. Oftentimes referred to as the “people whisperer,” she finds nuggets of wisdom people didn’t even know they had.
Whether on the stage or in the written form, Hansen is praised for her straight-shooting interview style, and ability to uncork her subjects upon arrival. Her curious nature and genuine interest affords her the ability to ask the hard questions—in the kindest way possible. She truly wants to get to know others for who they are, and level the playing field between widely recognized leaders and “regular” folks doing amazing work. She has been described as “an artist in all sense of the word”— it just so happens that Hansen’s favorite medium is the art of conversation.
- Hansen has conducted 1,000+ interviews
- Hansen has written professionally as a freelance writer for 13 years and written, produced, and published three books, including two about the city of Nashville and a third to commemorate the 50th anniversary of HCA Healthcare
- She has partnered with the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, Vanderbilt University, and the Nashville International Airport on yearlong installations and event series around her brand
- Hansen has received local, regional, and international press over the years including features in the Design Observer, People Magazine, The Tennesseean, Parade, and many more
- She has spoken at universities and organizations around the country about her interview series
Effective Conversation And Communication Workshop
While technology has made communication faster and easier, its content often lacks depth. In her 13 years as an interviewer and author, Lily Clayton Hansen has heard over and over how lonely and disconnected her subjects sometimes feel from their communities. Her idea? Taking knowledge from 1,000+ interviews with nearly every type of subject imaginable – from celebrities to CEOs to hourly, 9-5 workers – and teaching others the tips and tricks she uses to make subjects feel comfortable enough to open up. While people may think they are too busy to engage, Hansen has created a recipe in her three-part workshop to help others forge better relationships. These tips allow others to collaborate, listen effectively, empathize with their peers, and become better leaders. Hansen’s workshops are perfect for corporations, conferences, universities, and civic organizations.
Hansen begins with a lively presentation that explains her passion for conversation and how she went about interviewing people all over the globe. Woven into her narrative are concrete tools to help others better engage in their own conversations, especially with people they don’t know very well or who may be different from them. In part two, Hansen demonstrates her listening, question-asking, and empathy skills in a live interview during which she brings up two audience members. Finally, in part three Hansen will open the floor to participants for a Q&A session where they can ask questions pertaining to communication, listening, and connection.
If you would like to inquire about Lily Clayton Hansen speaking at your campus, upcoming conference or event, please contact Lily at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Lily Hansen is an intriguing and composed guest speaker. Her time spent with my students was put to great use—they loved hearing her speak about her own professional development and creative career.” Sara Wigal, Assistant Professor of Media Studies and Director of Publishing, Belmont University
“I have the privilege of calling Lily one of my dearest friends. The same qualities that make Lily an excellent friend make her an excellent interviewer and writer—she listens with all-consuming focus, reads between the lines, and asks questions that reflect these abilities. Lily isn’t afraid to push boundaries and elicit raw emotion, but she knows the delicate dance of when to pull back. As a result, Lily uncovers and communicates the truest version of her subjects.” Laura Lea Goldberg, Certified Holistic Chef & Writer
“As I am not a famous person by any means, being interviewed can be a bit awkward for me. I’m not accustomed to it. I am a somewhat shy dude but being interviewed by Lily made me feel as if we were just having a normal conversation, it was comfortable and inviting to say the least. If all interview scenarios were like this, then I would be fine being interviewed everyday.” Nathan Brown, Visual Artist + Creative Director
“THANK YOU!!! I had way more fun than I thought I would. I hope you hear that a lot! You are great to talk to and an amazing listener. Makes the person want to keep talking and telling you stories.” Karen Little, owner of Josephine
“Being a part of the “Word of Mouth” book was already a fantastic experience. Adding the “Sip it” conversations with Lily Hansen to the journey was special for sure. I really enjoyed the chat, and the audience’s interactions. The entire culture around this book and events are an honor to be a part of.” Ian White of Safe House Tattoos, Sip It! Series Guest
“Lily Hansen has tremendous insight in identifying linchpins of cultural evolution, and a remarkable ability to open them up and find out what makes them tick.” John Walker of Music City Roots, Sip It! Series Guest
“I loved being part of the Lily feedback loop: she wrote a book about conversations and then we had a conversation about the book! Creativity and passion and collaboration are 3 essential elements to doing anything worthwhile and Lily’s series abounds with insights into the why and how of folks who dream it and do it!” Todd Mayo of Music City Roots, Sip It! Series Guest
“Sitting before Hansen in an intimate classroom of 10, I am impressed by how calm, cool and collected Lily Hansen is, but also how passionate she is about her work. Her words of success left our class feeling motivated and inspired.” That’s what one of my Reviewing the Arts students at Columbia College had to say about Ms. Hansen, to which I can only add that I was also greatly impressed by the openness and honesty with which she related to the students in conveying how important it is to follow through on your ideas for success. In Ms. Hansen’s case, that has meant following her muse in carving out her own unique career path. We were all equally taken with her book, Word of Mouth: Nashville Conversations, which one student described as “the perfect motivator for the budding artistic entrepreneur.” Lloyd Sachs of Chicago’s Columbia University
“You know what I just realized? This interview is like going to therapy.” Matt Eddmenson, Cofounder of Imogene + Willie
“We’re going much deeper with you.” Carrie Eddmenson
“Lily Hansen isn’t simply familiar with the creative, artist life; she lives it through and through. As a writer and storyteller her work speaks to the artist’s impulse to explore, document, and reflect larger truths with their honed craft. As the curator and host of Word of Mouth Conversations, she is connecting dots that show artists, ARTrepreneurs, and communities a larger, more meaningful picture.” Stephanie Pruitt, Sip It! Series Guest