Change Management Keynote Speaker
Are you looking for a keynote speaker specializing in resilience? In today’s constantly changing world, we’ve all come face-to-face with increasingly fast paced changes, technology disruptions, new ways of doing business, and unforeseen life circumstances. The recent global pandemic was another disruption on a long list of issues facing people in the 21st century.
With so much uncertainty and the velocity of change, cultivating a resilient company culture has never been more important. So, if it’s so important, what is it, and can it be taught?
Resilience is not a personality trait or genetic gift—it’s a set of learned skills, beliefs, and behaviors that we can all learn and cultivate.
What is Resilience?
Resilience is defined as the capacity to bounce back from adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress—such as family and relationship difficulties, major health issues, or job and financial worries. It’s the ability to cope with challenges and setbacks while maintaining a positive outlook and sense of humor.
While resilience often refers to bouncing back from setbacks, it’s possible to bounce back better than before. Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck explored this in her book, “Mindset,” referring to the term as post-traumatic growth. I’ve personally experienced this after going blind at 21-years-old while attending university.
Interestingly, I’m happier and more successful today, than when I could see. I’m a better person because of my blindness, and not in spite of it. I would be less successful if I could still see.
Today I know that blindness was a beautiful gift disguised in ugly wrapping paper. I believe all of us have gifts that aren’t always easy to look at. But once we learn how to reimagine our future and meaning, we can look at those gifts with a fresh set of eyes, which is why I’m now a keynote speaker with a passion for showing others how to be more resilient in the face of disruption.
How to Cultivate Resilience
Resilience is more than trying harder or not giving up. While both of those are byproducts of being more resilient, neither is particularly helpful in terms of advice. So, what can you do to get to the core of resilience?
1.Tell Yourself the Right Stories. The meaning we attach to events is far more significant than the facts of the situation. What is your story? What inner narrative do you hear about you in a given situation?
After going blind I could’ve chosen to tell myself a number of stories about my new reality. I could’ve told myself I went blind because I have incredibly bad luck, or, I could’ve told myself I went blind because I’m strong enough to overcome it, and help others with it.
Although both of those stories could be correct, the first story frames me up as a victim, while the other is a Jedi mind trick that transforms my disability into my strength. I went blind because I’m strong enough to deal with it, which also means I’m strong enough to deal with the curve balls that life throws at me.
If both stories can be true, why not tell yourself the best one? Because, at the end of the day, we’ll all become our stories.
2.Visualize Your Greatness. Sometimes we’re presented with unsavory circumstances. Although it’s hard at the time, if we cannot change something – it’s outside our sphere of influence – like my blindness, we have to reimagine how we can make it look good. I had to figure out how to make blind look good.
In the vast ocean of life, we’re bound to experience some rough waters, but the key is determining how we can stop fighting those waves, and start riding those waves.
3.Identify Facts and Stories. In a given situation, what are the facts and what are the stories you’re telling yourself about those facts? We cannot change the facts, but we can change the stories we tell ourselves about those facts. The meaning we attach to events is the most significant element.
4.What’s Inside Your Sphere of Influence? Certain things are outside our sphere of influence while others are not. The factors outside our control cannot be changed, so we need to paint a vision of how to make them look good. However, the elements inside our sphere of influence can be changed with enough effort and action.
5.Take Action. Good ideas without action are useless. To navigate change and thrive in the face of adversity, you’ll need actions, habits, and systems for incremental progress towards your vision of greatness. What steps will you take every day, week, month, to move you forward? How will you measure your progress?
Keynote Speaker: A Passion to Help
As a keynote speaker, I’m ready to help you and your organization thrive in change. Since discovering my True North while attending Harvard Business School under the leadership of Bill George, I’ve dedicated my life to helping people and organizations learn how to change and grow in the face of adversity. I’ve given keynote speeches all over the world covering topics such as resilience, change, leadership, facing fears, comfort zones, happiness, success, diversity, innovation, and accountability.
If you are looking for a keynote speaker who can help your team or organization learn how to thrive in the face of change, I’ve got the knowledge, experience, and ambition to help your organization deal with adversity more productively and embrace change as a wonderful part of life. My keynote programs focus on teaching resilience- a set of learned behaviors that anyone can develop.
If you’re interested in taking back control, making change work for you instead of against you, and cultivating a resilient mindset, skill set, and ability to reset, then fill in the Inquiry form below.
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What is a Great Keynote Speaker?
An uplifting keynote speaker doesn’t just inspire - they open hearts and minds to a new perspective, allowing them to color outside the lines and change their perspective. If you’re ready to shake up the status quo and inspire your audience to take action based on new learnings, look for a keynote speaker with powerful storytelling, entertaining delivery, and differentiated content. This ensures audience members hang on every word while being entertained and moved by an experience they’ll never forget. If this sounds like the kind of keynote speaker you’re interested in for your next event, read below to see how Chad E. Foster can help.
Chad E. Foster’s Keynote Programs
Impactful Storytelling. Powerful storytelling that creates unforgettable experiences while keeping your audience members engaged throughout the entire keynote program.
Entertaining Delivery. It’s as much about entertaining and engaging your audience as it is about educating them. What good is great content if noone is listening? Chad will elicit laughs, inspire with deep knowledge, and motivate attendees beyond the keynote program to take action.
Differentiated Content. Chad will demonstrate concepts, language, and methods that are simple and easy to apply. And, they can absolutely transform individuals to generate a quick positive culture shift within your company.
Accessible and Based on Experience and Science. Chad has spent years understanding the characteristics of human behavior that powered him forward in the face of overwhelming obstacles, which are simple and easy to apply – so anyone can start using them right away. Although the content aligns with the science of human behavior, It won’t feel like a science lesson because everything is explained in everyday terms and without the use of complicated technical jargon.
Chad’s keynote programs are motivating and informative, leaving his audiences wanting more. If you’re looking for an inspiring keynote speaker who can create a high-impact experience for your organization, contact Chad today.