Speaking Topics Available

Here’s my 2019 speaker menu! Interested in scheduling one of these talks? Just drop me a note. Or, do you have an idea for a presentation and you’re looking for a speaker? Let’s talk. Together we can design it.

ARE EMAIL AND IPHONE RUNNING YOUR LIFE?​

Is your smartphone in charge of your life? Does email drive your day?

It’s hard to remember that email and the internet have only been dominant forces in our everyday lives for about 20 years, and that the iPhone is only 11 years old!

Social media, smartphones, and email now often drive our days. The impact for most people is less sleep, lower quality face-to-face interactions with friends and family, an ever-expanding work day, and LOWER productivity.

Want to get control of your devices, instead of letting them control you?

THE MULTITASKING MYTH: MAKING THE SHIFT TOGETHER

More and more people are recognizing, thanks to research and popular discussion, that the idea we can “multitask” is a myth.

But even for those who’ve recognized this reality, there’s a problem: multitasking is still an expectation in many workplaces, and it’s become a habit in day-to-day life.

We’ll review the research that has shown us what’s happening in our brains when we think we’re multitasking, and what the short-term and long-term effects are on our ability to focus.

We’ll then turn to an interactive discussion about how we can shift the culture of multitasking that has taken hold in our workplaces and our homes, so we can recover our ability to focus and interact with colleagues, and loved ones in meaningful ways.

The Millennial Wave: Key Recruitment & Retention Issues

Millennials now comprise more than 36% of the American workforce. By 2030 they (along with their up-and-coming Gen Z brothers and sisters) will be around 75% of the workforce, and older Millennials will occupy key leadership positions in both the public and private sectors.

Any company or organization that wants to thrive over the next 20 years must walk away from the many stereotypes you see in the popular media and come to understand on a much deeper level what this generational shift will mean.

In this presentation, we’ll dig deeper into what it means to be part of a “generation,” learn how to spot bad advice and pseudoscience on this important topic, and review some of the early research available on key factors in recruitment and retention of Millennial employees.

Stress Management: A Three-Level Approach

In our culture, the standard plan for dealing with stress is to “shake it off” with an after-work yoga session or an early morning run.

But this doesn’t work when the wave of stress coming at us every day is more like a tsunami. We need a better approach.

I’ll discuss how managing stress requires work on three different levels: preventionresilience, and healing.

We’ll explore the importance of emotional resilience and strong communities as shields against the impacts of stress, and a key technique for reducing the amount of stress flooding our minds and bodies.

From there, we can create mindfulness practices that work for us (it’s not just about meditating in lotus position!) so that we can truly reduce our stress.

Is privacy so 20th century?

Does it matter that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortéz made a rooftop dancing video in college? Should it? In the 21st century digital era, what does the very concept of “privacy” mean? And who gets to decide?

We’ve all discovered over the past couple of years that what we thought was private in our social media accounts simply isn’t. Not only are Facebook and other companies selling our data, there’s really no way to “scrub” our posts to erase your past – as politicians, job-seekers, and CEOs alike are discovering every day.

There’s also a generation gap around privacy – maybe a generation chasm. Across generations, we now have very different ideas of what the meaning of “privacy” is – with the expected clashes between Millennials and Gen Z and their older colleagues and employers.

Figuring out what privacy means in the digital era can be the difference between success and failure for employers, employees, and job seekers.

Coach Your Team!

There are three “coaching superpowers” you can learn and practice to improve your leadership and your team’s effectiveness (even if you’re not an ICF-trained coach).