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Areas of Expertise
- Stress Resilience
- Positive Psychology
- Thriving Under Pressure
- Mental Health and Wellness
- Student Success and Motivation
Sample Testimonial: Seeing her passion and uplifting energy was a great way to start the day. Dr. Dinardo’s speech was filled with not only her encouraging messages, but also practical advice for everyday living.
Most Requested Topics
Thriving Under Pressure
Why do some people crumble under pressure while others thrive 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 audience members how to cultivate their resilience and stress hardiness skills, and in doing so; learn how to thrive under pressure.
The Power of Positive Leadership
This workshop is designed to help participants better understand and apply the principles of positive psychology at work and in life. This workshop 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.
Motivating Yourself and Others
Motivating top performance will be explored in four parts: (1) harnessing the power of first impressions – why “blink” matters, (2) modeling 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 connection and rapport, and (4) capturing attention and maintaining focus using strength-based practices.
5 Ways to Embrace Change
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.
Reading People Using EQ Principles
In this interactive talk, participants will explore the four pillars of emotional intelligence (EQ) to reading and connecting with people in their everyday lives. Part 1 teaches participants how to consistently pay attention to their own emotions: (1) how they fluctuate, and (2) how they manage them. Part 2 demonstrates how 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 and bring out the best in them.
The Science of Happiness and Wellbeing
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 well-being and 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.
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