Taking the Stress Out of Leadership – Keynote
A keynote is a speech or presentation that establishes the main underlying theme of a conference or event, usually to a large audience and lasting approximately 45 minutes.
Much has been written about stress and a lot of that has been negative Press. In fact, stress can be a good thing as our bodies naturally respond well to increased pressure by motivating us to perform. The trick in life is determining how to stay positively thriving on it rather than negatively drowning in it. Some of the ways to learn that are about recognising that many of us are drawn to parenting but don’t realise the pressures involved or that our personalities can affect how easy we find this transition. Many of us are driven, focused and often highly motivated so we like control otherwise we can be severely frustrated and unhappy. Understanding this is a crucial first step. Then it is possible to recognise the natural up’s and down’s in body chemistry that occur as a result of experiencing a very demanding role and one in which we are often not in control. The session covers how to handle the ups and down’s and still stay motivated and happy.
As a keynote this session works best when conducted in an interactive way; involving discussion in pairs; the use of a cardiac monitoring kit with a volunteer from the audience as everyone else can observe and learn from it, and asking questions that they work together in pairs to solve.
- The audience will discuss a working definition of stress, understand why they might be attracted to stress in their careers, and recognise how to thrive on this rather than drown in it.
- A member of the audience will be wired to a cardiac monitoring kit that is simple to use on a laptop or PC that demonstrates how easy it is to control your own stress and maintain your effectiveness.
- Everyone will learn to determine the significance of their own symptoms of stress and learn simple techniques to manage them well.
- We will review the ‘chemistry of stress’ and look at the interplay between the chemicals produced in the brain and those produced in the body each of which contribute to how much stress we experience and how intensely it is felt. This in turn impacts on the symptoms we feel and the methods we choose to control or reduce the stress.
- They will learn ‘Top Tips’ – proven strategies that help immediately reduce stress in their lives and make a difference to how well they handle it in the future.
This takes approximately 40 to 50 minutes with 10 minutes for questions at the end if possible.
Each attendee will take away a handout on stress which covers the main points of the session and explains longer term strategies for stress. They can also access my site for CD downloads; a copy of my book available on e-book or Kindle, a questionnaire that assesses their symptoms and another that looks at their Stress Type. This identifies how they react under stress whether an Adrenalin junkie or withdrawing and preferring detail in their interactions, and enhances their knowledge so that they can moderate their natural reaction to stress in order to enhance their communication style.