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Cara Brookins

Best-Selling Author Who Built a House with YouTube Tutorials

Biography

Cara Brookins is best known for being the mom who built her own house using YouTube tutorials. She’s also a professional speaker and the author of eight books, including her bestselling memoir Rise, How a House Built a Family, which tells the story of building her 3500 square foot house with the help of her four children by googling things like how to do foundation work, install plumbing, and run gas lines. Read More >

News of Cara's family story went viral in more than 75 countries and was viewed more than two billion times. Rise has now been optioned to become a major motion picture. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

TEDx: How to Build a Life Without Limits

Building a Home by Hand

Speech Topics

Building a Bigger Future

Change begins with awareness. And while we all hear the statistics of domestic violence, there is so much missing from a story that just spouts numbers. The surprising truth is that violence and manipulation don’t begin the way most people imagine. And the victims don’t always look or behave the way we expect—neither do the perpetrators. Read More >

It takes a radical move to change the way a person sees themselves and what they are capable of. This presentation provides strategies advocates can use to teach victims how to step into a bolder version of themselves to break the cycle of helpless behavior and prepare a future without limits.

This presentation is for anyone who has been through trauma, and all the people who interact with them. it’s a story of success, of taking a firm hold of your future no matter what messes are in your past. It’s a story of building a house, but also rebuilding a family. Read Less ^

Building Stronger Families

Parents spend a lot of time shielding their kids from the tough parts of life. And then they work into exhaustion in the late hours or while the kids are at school trying to recover from those difficult times. Years later you’ll find out they knew what was happening all along, and their biggest regret is that they weren’t able to help. Read More >

Whether your family is recovering from something traumatic or just leaving behind small lives, when you’re ready to reach for something bigger, you’d better do it together. Not only will it be easier with all those little hands helping out, the experiences of working together toward a common goal will forever strengthen your family ties. 

The most important thing you’ll ever give your kids is a sense of belonging and purpose. Talk about the tough things. Let them help work out the solution. And then invite them to roll up their sleeves and join in the action. Read Less ^

Build Outstanding Leaders: Leading from the Trenches

Leaders at every level will identify outdated methods and learn to create more dynamic and engaged teams by embracing a new leadership mindset. A detailed view from the trenches (muddy, house foundation trenches in this case) illustrates how subtle behavioral shifts will build an environment of comfortable interaction and communication with your team. Read More >

Businesses have gone through more rapid and profound changes in the past five years than ever before. Adjusting your leadership style to new paradigms is essential but can also be confusing. This presentation provides a fresh view of human interaction and goal setting to inspire bold changes.

Your leaders deal with high stakes decisions at every turn, and their success is only possible with a cohesive team. This keynote looks at how even the most unlikely teams can conquer unimaginable odds with a solid leadership plan will change the way you live and work.

Leaders at every level become more successful at guiding teams of varying ages, skills and temperaments with Cara’s subtle but vital behavioral shifts. She shares real life examples of leading from the trenches while building a 3500 square foot house with her kids by watching YouTube videos. Read Less ^

Build High Performance Teams: Collaborating for More Effective Solutions

If your team members are inching toward small goals using careful, proven methods, you’re stuck yards behind and you need a huge mindset shift to leap ahead. Let’s identify the things holding you back and adopt a new way of reaching your goals. Read More >

Dynamic teams can produce dramatically better results than individuals. But it’s easy to get frustrated if everyone is working out of sync. Improving team culture will reenergize and empower every member.

Building a house with her four kids—two boys and two girls—was an incredible lesson in team culture. The Brookins family were barely able to communicate when they began, but by the end they could practically read each other's minds. Discovering their weaknesses and highlighting their strengths pulled them through the toughest tasks.

Diverse skill sets can lead to an unstoppable team instead of a team that just stops. Cara helps get your members in sync to create supportive, effective teams who achieve impossibly big goals together. Using real life examples from the construction site with her kids, a team ranging from seventeen to two years old, Brookins challenges audiences to take advantage of the wide range of skills and temperaments of a diverse team. Read Less ^

Build Productive Habits: End Procrastination & Get More Done

Everyone’s schedules are overwhelmed with demands today. We work longer hours at the office and face higher demands at home. We’re always connected, always on, and in a constant state of having too much to do. Cara’s strategies for getting more done in less time will get you to the bottom of your must-do list and on to your love-to-do-it list. Read More >

Using real life examples from the construction site of the house she built with her kids, Cara shows her productivity methods in action. These methods work because they are based on professional studies on the way human minds pay attention.

Attack your to-do list with realistic productivity strategies based on the way real people focus their attention. Cara shows productivity methods in action by replacing the ineffective habits with those that really get you to the bottom of your to-do list. Learn to maintain your focus and motivation while reaching for complex goals and confidently reach even higher. These simple new strategies will change the way you live, giving you more time for the things you enjoy the most. Read Less ^

Domestic Violence Keynote: Building Bigger Futures

Change begins with awareness. And while we all hear the statistics of domestic violence, there is so much missing from a story that just spouts numbers. The surprising truth
is that violence and manipulation don’t begin the way most people imagine. And the victims don’t always look or behave the way we expect—neither do the perpetrators. Read More >

It takes a radical move to change the way a person sees themselves and what they are capable of. This presentation provides strategies advocates can use to teach victims how to step into a bolder version of themselves to break the cycle of helpless behavior and prepare a future without limits.

This presentation is for anyone who has been through trauma, and all the people who interact with them. it’s a story of success, of taking a firm hold of your future no matter what messes are in your past. It’s a story of building a house, but also rebuilding a family. Read Less ^

Books & Media

Books

Rise: How a House Built a Famil

Connect with Cara Brookins