Boosting Positivity: Positive Psychology strategies to bring out your best you (and the best in others)
Staff wellbeing is the critical factor driving productivity, work engagement, and turnover. A positive staff culture can be the difference between organisational flourishing or languishing. Unfortunately, research is consistently painting a picture emphasising disengaged, stressed staff who would leave if only they could find a better opportunity elsewhere.
Boosting Positivity: Positive Psychology Strategies to Bring out Your Best You shows that it doesn’t have to be this way. Using groundbreaking, empirically validated positive psychology techniques this presentation shows how easy it can be to create a workplace of productivity and meaningful contribution.
Attendees will discover:
How to identify and use their strengths
Often we don’t even know what our strengths are, let alone how to make the most of them. Gallup research confirms that when people use their strengths they become more productive, their well-being improves and they are happier overall. We’ll talk about the surprising science of strengths, identify some of your employees’ strengths and find ways these strengths can be used and practiced every day.
Making the switch from grumbling to gratitude
One of the most powerful predictors of workplace wellbeing (and positivity in life) is an attitude of gratitude. Participants will uncover the surprising aspects of their work lives that build gratitude and improve attitude. Hands-on practice and fun, interactive activities consolidate the key message that gratitude is a positivity booster, and the effects can be meaningful and long-term.
What is there to look forward to?
Hopelessness – believing things are bad and are going to stay bad – leads to helplessness. Helplessness leads to depression. One of the greatest antidotes to the downward spiral of pessimism, helplessness, and a sense that things at work (and in life) are hopeless is hopefulness. During this part of the presentation, Dr Coulson will explore the different strategies that we can call on to become more hopeful, and achieve our goals.
The purpose of work
In the last few years research has emphasized the importance of meaningful work (ie contributing to a purpose larger than self) as a central factor in success at work. To wrap up, we’ll explore ways employees can feel a greater sense of contribution and purpose in their workplace by simple shifts in how they relate to the work they are doing and why they are doing it.
- Discover their unique gifts, passions, and strengths and how to best use them to experience greater wellbeing at work and at home
- Create ways they can use their strengths daily to feel better about themselves and be more energised and productive at work and home.
- Create a vision that helps them see the world from a position of strength and empowerment and hence move their lives (and their work) in a positive direction
- Develop creative ways to be greater contributors in the workplace
- Have an enhanced sense of meaning and life purpose.
- The whole session is geared around boosting well being by exploring these principles.
Staff at all levels of any organisation, large or small, where improved productivity and contribution is a goal including:
- top line management
- frontline staff
- middle management and,
- members of teams.
Creating an emotionally intelligent classroom
Emotions matter more than we know. They affect memory, learning, and attention.They impact on motivation, the decisions we make, and even the grades we give.Emotions influence our relationships, and our physical and mental health. They shape our everyday effectiveness and can alter our lives.
But emotions are poorly misunderstood, especially at work, and particularly in the classroom. When emotions surface in staff or students, they are routinely ignored, or worse, shut down.
Research shows that learning to be emotionally intelligent can have an instant impact on behaviour, academic achievement, and wellbeing.The trick, it seems, is learning how to recognise and respond to emotions in ways that help, rather than hurt.
This presentation shares:
The theory and practice of being emotionally intelligent
Research shows that students learn better when they feel secure in their classroom relationships, and teachers who are emotionally intelligent can provide that security. We’ll step through the four key aspects of emotional intelligence, with plenty of time to learn the theory and practice the formula.
How emotional intelligence changes how we respond to bullies
It’s ironic that the typical way we respond to bullies is to become bullies ourselves. We systematically use our power to persistently and repeatedly treat them negatively – often to ‘teach them a lesson’, just like bullies! Studies are clearly demonstrating that this is neither effective, nor is it emotionally intelligent. Participants will discover emotionally intelligent ways to respond to bullying and other challenges in ways that work to really change behaviour.
How to manage a class without resorting to yelling, threats, and bribes.
The ‘old school’ classroom management style is no longer effective. Power no longer elicits the same compliance it once may have. Bribes and threats, rewards and punishments, only ‘work’ in the short-term (if at all). The real purpose of classroom discipline is to create a positive learning environment where students can engage with what is being taught.
This presentation will provide teachers with effective classroom discipline techniques including induction, perspective-taking, iterative questioning, and gentle reminders.
Teachers who participate in this presentation will be able to tap into why they became teachers – to encourage creativity, curiosity, and discovery in their students.
Through a renewed focus on creating a positive culture of connection in the classroom, teachers can anticipate:
- More classroom engagement from students
- Better relationships with students and other staff
- A more positive classroom environment
- Better classroom performance from students
- Better performance as a teacher
- Feeling more fulfilled in classroom practice
The Truth about Trust
Could your organisation function – or flourish – without trust? How would your relationships look if there was no trust in them? What would it mean if others could not trust you?
Trust is the critical and essential glue that allows us to interact with others, believing that the needs of the greater good will be placed ahead of self-serving, immediate, personal needs of individuals involved in interactions. It is, in short, the belief that others will act in our best interest.
But how well do we communicate trust in our organisations and relationships? Can the people around us: colleagues, clients, our families, trust us?
This presentation has been designed to help leaders:
- Understand what trust really is, and how it works
- Consider the scientific basis of trusting relationships
- Gain insight into the way that trust impacts on engagement, motivation, and wellbeing
- Develop skills to increase the quality of their relationships, thus building greater trust
- Discover the secret to real and lasting influence
- A clear overview and understanding of trust
- Immediately practical and applicable ways to build more trusting relationships
- Ideas for increasing influence among clients and colleagues, through deeper, authentic trust
- An interactive, fun, engaging presentation that both entertains and informs
The way we think determines how successful we are. This idea is not new. Success ‘gurus’ have made this claim for a century or more without really knowing how and why our thinking matters so much to our ultimate success. Now, new research gives us those critical details.
In this cutting edge presentation, Justin will introduce you to the way we can wire our brain for success – at school and in life. Based on his own clinical research, combined with ground-breaking psychological studies from researchers around the world, Justin will share the key elements that create a successful ‘growth’ mindset for students, teachers – even the principal.
The presentation will teach your school community to practice thinking, communicating, and behaving the way people with a growth mindset think, communicate, and behave.
- Students who use challenges to learn and master new information
- Students who enjoy the process of discovery, rather than just the reward of a high grade
- Students who are open to discussion and critique that leads to improvement
- An environment that promotes classroom discussion rather than classroom disruption
- Staff who are open to receiving feedback and apply this in their work
- Staff who believe that through their own effort they can influence their own success
- Greater cooperation between staff and students
- Greater interest among staff in learning, process, and mastery
It is also ideal for students in years 7-12.