Speaking Topics

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1. Thriving Under Pressure

Why do some students crumble under pressure while others flourish in reaction to stress? What explains the difference between these two groups of individuals?  Stress hardiness is a key factor in resilience – the ability to remain healthy and strong during challenging times. Hardy individuals transform stressful events into opportunities for growth by taking direct action in response to stress and trauma. This presentation will show students how to cultivate their resilience and stress hardiness skills, and in doing so; learn how to thrive under pressure.

2. Emotional Intelligence and Success

Emotional intelligence (EQ) is essential for student motivation and success. The first step in raising EQ is to consistently pay attention to your own motivations and emotions: (1) how they fluctuate, and (2) how you manage them. The next step is to become increasingly aware and responsive to the intrinsic motives and behaviours of others. Self-awareness combined with social awareness results in a discerning ability to read people, anticipate their needs, and motivate them to do their very best! In this interactive talk, participants will work closely with Dr. Andrea Dinardo to better understand and apply the four principles of emotional intelligence (EQ) to reading and connecting with people in their everyday lives.

3.      Optimism Boot Camp

Optimism Boot Camp is designed to help participants better understand and apply the principles of positive psychology in school and life. This positive psychology talk includes a 3-step plan for boosting optimism and success, including (a) building confidence in one’s talents and abilities, (b) creating positive expectations for future events, and (c) techniques for transforming adversity into opportunity.

4.      Peak Performance Motivation

Being a college student can be both exhilarating and overwhelming. My intention for this talk is to provide students with the tools necessary to spend more time in the summit of academic success than in the valleys. Part 1 of this talk will include techniques for creating a personal vision for student success. Participants will use “Why?” exercises to tap into inner motivations, inspirations, and goals. Part 2 will delve into the “How?” of student triumph. In this segment, participants will explore concrete techniques for matching academic challenges to individual abilities through self-awareness, open communication, and focused feedback.

5.      Is Happiness a Choice?

What explains the difference between people who remain upbeat and positive despite the chaos that surrounds them while others are utterly miserable even in good times? Are happy people just lucky people who were born happy?  Are unhappy people born miserable? This presentation explores happiness from three unique perspectives, including: (1) the developmental origins of happiness, (2) how individual differences in personality affect happiness, and (3) the paradoxical relationship between traumatic life experiences and happiness.

6.      How to Embrace Change

Have you ever wondered why some people embrace change while others fight it every step of the way? This presentation will explore the psychology and science of transformational change in five stages, including: (1) the challenge and excitement of new experiences, (2) the conscious choice we make to either embrace or resist change, (3) the long-term commitment required to make change fulfilling and personally meaningful, (4) the assessment of what is within vs. outside our control in the change process, and (5) the acceptance that true change takes place – one moment at a time.

7.      Be the Motivation

Students attend to 7% of what professors say and 93% of what professors do. Thus, it is not surprising that educators who are passionate about what they teach inspire students to higher levels of motivation. Accordingly, modeling passion, enthusiasm, and intrinsic interest in the subjects we teach is a powerful technique for engaging and motivating students. Is it possible to model motivation in the classroom? Can a teacher’s passion and enthusiasm be defined or measured or taught? This workshop will explore the research in educational psychology supporting the motivational effects of teacher enthusiasm in the college classroom. Modeling motivation will be explored in four parts: (1) harnessing the power of first impressions – why “blink” matters in the classroom, (2) modeling teacher passion and enthusiasm, including: movement, gestures, facial expressions, humour, positive emotion, voice modulation, and eye contact, (3) igniting curiosity and “a need to know more” through student connection and rapport, and    (4) capturing student attention and maintaining interest using strength-based, positive learning practices.

8.      Additional speaking topics available including topics regularly posted on Dr. Andrea Dinardo’s blog.

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