Educate. Entertain. Inspire. That’s what I achieve when I speak to any audience. Inspiration is a powerful force, but it's fickle. Once it wears off, many audience members are left with little to move forward with, as I have experienced many times before. Each performance I give covers one or two powerful ideas that help teens and twentysomethings walk away with a lesson they can apply to their daily lives.
What do you speak about?
I am open to any suggestions you may have, but I have listed the ideas I feel most passionate about below.
Don't Follow Your Passion – the real story behind meaningful work | Main idea: “Follow your passion,” is misleading advice at best, and dangerous at worst. The map to finding meaningful work is much more nuanced, and understanding it is key to finding remarkable work. | Based on insights from the books So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport and Mindset by Carol Dweck.
Rise Above Adversity – transform adversity into an enjoyable challenge | Main idea: Challenges and adverse situations are a normal part of life. Psychology has revealed the tools needed to not just bounce back, but flourish after challenging situations. Seeking out and embracing those advantages is the key to unlocking post-traumatic growth. | Based on insights from the books Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt.
The Art of Relationships – mastering the art of two | Main ideas: Men and women have different needs and understanding those needs is crucial to lasting relationships. There are two kinds of love, passionate and companionate – without both, relationships cannot be sustained. The outward traits that we use to evaluate how much we'll like someone are bad predictors of relationship success. Focus instead on traits that matter, like values, personality, and goals. | Based on insights from the books His Needs, Her Needs by Willard Harley, The Defining Decade by Meg Jay, and The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt.