In Trust podcast EP 08: Interview with Stacy Richards – The Real Skills Needed for Success

What are the real skills central to success, especially as a young person looking to grow and thrive in a time of quarantine?

In this episode, hosts Lisa Lambert and Rick Kitagawa speak with Stacy Richards, a recovering attorney, sales leader, mom of two college students, and coach for young people.

Whether you consider yourself a young person or not, Stacy’s wisdom and experience shine in our conversation as she details the power of mentors, putting action and execution over results, and the real skills that true leaders need if they want to be successful. 

Overview of Episode 08: The Real Skills Needed for Success with Stacy Richards

Talking Points

  • Stacy’s work to empower young people to embrace their uniqueness
  • The humility of being a parent and helping youth not get caught up in the rat race
  • The story behind the name of Stacy’s coaching business – Oyster Reef Coaching
  • The importance of being a real, fallible human in order to connect and build trust
  • The “real skills” that really help a person be successful, a good leader, and to be trusted
  • The skill of knowing that you can do things and how important it is to show up on the page
  • Making friends with the self-doubt in order to help propel you forward
  • Leveraging mentorship and the one characteristic that defines the most powerful leaders
  • How to grow your world and connections even in the times of pandemic
  • New, practical, real skill workshops for young people


“It’s important to be real and to be genuine in order to earn trust, and that’s everywhere.” Stacy Richards

“You have to be yourself so that others can be themselves and that engenders trust.” Stacy Richards

“In order to execute effectively, you need to have a team that trusts you, and you trust them as well to make sure all the moving parts to any project or initiative work.”  Stacy Richards

“Trust is elemental…it’s something that not only has to be talked about and examined but demonstrated every day.” Stacy Richards

“Even if in five years, for some reason, it’s gone away, I tried it. I gave it a go. And that in itself to me, I hope is a great lesson.”  Stacy Richards

“I still have that voice in my head. Don’t think it’s unique to being 22 or 23 or 27 – it is never going to go away. There’s a little bit of comfort in that when you get older in knowing that it’s just that friendly voice in my head that’s actually going to help me do better.”  Stacy Richards

“It’s okay if things don’t go as you planned them, but go ahead and start doing them. Have that trust in yourself- know that yes, you have made mistakes in the past, but they’re only going to help you.”  Stacy Richards

“The most powerful leaders that I can think of in any context that I’ve seen in action are the ones who have humility. And to really embody that you never want to be the smartest person in the room.”  Stacy Richards

“You have to speak up or you’re never going to have your ideas conveyed – you’re never going to get that opportunity. And that might be introducing yourself to somebody, reaching out through LinkedIn, or asking for an informational interview.”  Stacy Richards


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