The Psychology of Self-Motivation

Scott Geller is Alumni Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech and Director of the Center for Applied Behavior Systems in the Department of Psychology. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the World Academy of Productivity and Quality. He has written numerous articles and books, including When No One’s Watching: Living and Leading Self-motivation. Scott will examine how we can become self-motivated in “The Psychology of Self-Motivation.”

The Power of Words

By following a simple example, you can see the power of words and how important it is to use them carefully and correctly.

The Common Structure of the Greatest Communicators

Why are some presentations spellbinding and some not? Well, this is the question Nancy Duarte takes on as she shares with the audience the secret of an excellent presentation. In this fascinating talk Nancy Duarte explains the model that she developed for designing transformative presentations. She explains the essential qualities of an excellent presentation by analyzing the speeches of Martin Luther King and Steve Jobs. She reminds us that the only way to spread important ideas is to make sure that one is communicating his or her ideas effectively using strong presentation skills.

Teaching Methods for Inspiring the Students of the Future

Collaboration. Communication. Critical thinking. Creativity. – Should be present in all classrooms. Joe Ruhl received his bachelors and masters degrees at Purdue University and he has been sharing the joys of biology with kids for 37 years. He presently teaches Biology, Genetics, and Science Research courses at Jefferson High School in Lafayette, Indiana. Joe and his wife Gail have two children and two grandchildren. The National Association of Biology Teachers named Joe Ruhl the Outstanding Biology Teacher of Indiana in 1987. In 1988 he was awarded a Golden Apple Teaching Award by the Lafayette, Indiana Chamber of Commerce. In 1989 he was honored at the White House as Indiana’s recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching. In 1996 he received the Purdue University College of Science Distinguished Alumnus Award for Excellence in K-12 Science Teaching. In 2004 he was awarded the Purdue College of Education’s Crystal Apple Teaching Award. And in 2012 he was honored with the Shell National Science Teaching Award. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.
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Reading Minds through Body Language

Can you read someone’s mind by looking at them? Almost. Lynne Franklin teaches you how to connect with 3 types of people by understanding how their bodies communicate. After a boy threatened to kill her with a machete, Lynne Franklin decided to learn everything she could about persuasion. She became a neuroscience nerd, studying how the brain works and how to build rapport with people. She has since worked with organizations to use persuasive communication to increase their performance, productivity, and profit, and published a book about her personal research called Getting Others to Do What You Want. In addition to her marketing and consulting work, Lynne is a member of the National Speakers Association and President-elect of its Illinois chapter. After a boy threatened to kill her with a machete, Lynne Franklin decided to learn everything she could about persuasion. She became a neuroscience nerd, studying how the brain works and how to build rapport with people. She has since worked with organizations to use persuasive communication to increase their performance, productivity, and profit, and published a book about her personal research called Getting Others to Do What You Want.

How to Speak so that People Want to Listen

Have you ever felt like you’re talking, but nobody is listening? Here’s Julian Treasure to help you fix that. As the sound expert demonstrates some useful vocal exercises and shares tips on how to speak with empathy, he offers his vision for a sonorous world of listening and understanding.

How to Achieve Your Most Ambitious Goals

How you define Stephen Duneier depends on how you came to know him. Some define him as an expert institutional investor, while others know him as a large scale installation artist, avid outdoorsman, professor, decision strategist, coach, business leader, mindfulness extremist, author, speaker, daredevil or Guinness world record holder. In his talk, Stephen explains that what truly defines him aren’t titles, but an approach to decision making that transformed him from someone who struggled with simple tasks to a guy who is continuously achieving even his most ambitious dreams. For thirty years, he has applied cognitive science to investing, business and life. The result has been the turnaround of numerous institutional businesses, career best returns for managers who have adopted his methods, the development of a $1.25 billion dollar hedge fund and a rapidly shrinking bucket list. Mr. Duneier teaches graduate courses on Decision Analysis in UCSB’s College of Engineering. His book, AlphaBrain is due for release in early 2017 from Wiley & Sons. Through Bija Advisors, he helps business leaders improve performance by applying proven, proprietary decision-making methods to their own processes. His artwork has been featured around the world and is represented by the Sullivan Goss Gallery. As Commissioner of the League of Professional Educators, Duneier is using cognitive science to alter the landscape of American education. He is the former Head of Currency Option Trading at Bank of America and Emerging Markets at AIG International.

Getting stuck in the negatives …

… (and how to get unstuck)

Alison Ledgerwood joined the Department of Psychology at UC Davis in 2008 after completing her PhD in social psychology at New York University. She is interested in understanding how people think, and how they can think better. Her research, which is funded by the National Science Foundation, investigates how certain ways of thinking about an issue tend to stick in people’s heads. Her classes on social psychology focus on understanding the way people think and behave in social situations, and how to harness that knowledge to potentially improve the social world in which we all live.

Body Language

Allan Pease is an Honorary Professor of Psychology at ULIM International University, who researches and studies selling relationships and human communication. He teaches simple, field-tested skills and techniques that get results. And he delivers his message in a humorous way, which motivates people to want to use. Allan’s own experience and record in the field of selling, motivating and training is equalled by few others. He is a born achiever, starting his career at the age of 10. Globally known as “Mr Body Language”, his programs are used by businesses and governments to teach powerful relationship skills. His messages are relevant to any area of life that involves winning people over and getting them to like you, co-operate, follow you or say ‘yes’.

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Billions in Change Official Film 2015

The world is facing some huge problems. There’s a lot of talk about how to solve them. But talk doesn’t reduce pollution, or grow food, or heal the sick. That takes doing. This film is the story about a group of doers, the elegantly simple inventions they have made to change the lives of billions of people, and the unconventional billionaire spearheading the project.

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Awareness

Different definitions and meanings of awareness

Number of People: any, best not more than 15

Time: 1 hr

Place/Space: indoor, classroom

Equipment:

  • Flip chart, beamer, post-its … according to your presentation method

Link to desription (doc): Awareness

Trust Lift

Let yourself be carried by others! Let yourself be carried away!

Number of People: any in groups of (at best) 7 or 9 people

Time: 0.25 hrs

Place/Space: indoor, outdoor, 4–5 m² per group

Equipment:

  • none

Link to desription (doc): Trust Lift

Washing Machine

The Washing machine is a group dynamics game which aims at the players’ senses and at strengthening the trust within the group.

Number of People: 10–20

Time: 0.25–0.5 hrs depending on group size

Place/Space: best outdoors, 10–20 m²

Equipment:

  • none

Link to desription (doc): Washing Machine

Walk to Earth

Walk to Earth is literally a grounding exercise, using the sense of touch to connect body, mind and earth.

Number of People: any

Time: 0.5 hrs

Place/Space: outdoor, open space according to group size

Equipment:

  • none

Link to desription (doc): Walk to Earth

Keeper of the Keys

Keeper of the Keys involves strategy, collaboration, and the use of multiple senses to solve a collective challenge. This strategy creates opportunities to generate dialogue about individual and collective group strategy and to practice engaging more of the five senses.

Number of People: 8–25

Time: 0,5 hrs

Place/Space: any, enough for a circle

Equipment:

  • keys
  • chair (optional)

Link to desription (doc): Keeper of the Keys

Karaoke/Sing-Along

Karaoke/Sing-Along

Multiple variations of karaoke/sing-along games with or without equipment needed and different duration of the activities.

1. Name That Tune
2. Rewrite the Song
3. Song Lyric Musical Chairs
4. Rock Star Sing Off
5. Misheard Lyrics
6. Karaoke Roulette
7. Blind Auditions

Number of People: 5–15

Time: 0.25–1.5 hrs

Place/Space: Indoor, as little as possible

Equipment (depending on the chosen game):

  • Computer (optional)
  • Internet (optional)
  • Speakers (optional)
  • Paper, pens, bowl (optional)

Link to desriptions (doc): Karaoke/Sing-Along

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