Speaking Topics

Dr. Jim Taylor offers a variety of keynote addresses, lectures, and workshops for businesspeople, parents, educators, students, athletes, and coaches. His presentations are engaging, informative, practical, and interactive. Dr. Taylor customizes his presentations to the unique needs of each audience. He can create a presentation from any topic of interest to an organization. Some popular speaking topics are described below.


BUSINESSPEOPLE

Prime Leadership: Five Essential Roles of Great Leaders

This workshop explores the concept of Prime Leadership, which is defined as the ability to create, inspire, and direct a team to perform at its highest level, individually and collectively, under the most challenging conditions in pursuit of a meaningful goal. It involves five areas that are essential for being an effective leader. First, the notion of leader-as-person is introduced in which one’s humanity acts as the foundation for being a Prime Leader. Second, attendees will learn about leader-as-performer in which leaders must first be capable of performing at their highest level before they can lead others. Third, leader-as-team-builder explores how leaders create motivated, cohesive, and productive teams. Fourth, leader-as-decision-maker focuses on how leaders can make more effective decisions and solve the most complex problems. Fifth, leader-as-change-agent is examined in which Prime Leaders gain fresh insights into how change occurs in companies. This workshop will use a hybrid format that includes lecture, interaction, and exercises.

Prime Business: The Psychology of Spectacular Success

Dr. Taylor explores how to maximize individual performance in the business world. He presents his Prime Business model that describe the most important psychological influences on corporate performance. Topics include motivation, confidence, stress, focus, and emotion. This workshop provides you with a framework in which to explore and impact individual performance. The goal of this workshop is to equip you with the practical tools to enhance your own and your team’s individual performance, productivity, and profitability.

Raise the Bar!: How to Take Your Performance Culture to the Next Level

Your company’s performance culture (defined as the values, attitudes, and norms about acceptable levels of performance, productivity, and profitability) impacts your expectations and goals, and the commitment, energy, and effort directed towards them. This workshop will help you identify what your company’s performance culture is and whether it sets the bar high enough to meet the demands of today’s highly competitive global marketplace. Dr. Taylor will discuss how to raise the bar from “reasonable” to “unreasonable” growth. He will describe the obstacles to changing your company’s performance culture, as well as, the foundation and process for changing your performance culture. The goal of this workshop is to provide you with the insights and tools necessary to take your company’s performance culture to a new level.

Technology in Business: Tool or Weapon?

This workshop, based on Dr. Taylor’s extensive writing on the Psychology of Technology, considers the impact of new technology on the corporate world. It examines the love/hate relationship that business people have with their computers, smartphones, and 24/7 connectivity, and demonstrates how many of the most widely accepted practices associated with technology actually impede, rather than bolster, their efforts. Most importantly, Dr. Taylor offers businesspeople practical strategies they can use to ensure that they use this growing world of technology as a tool rather than a weapon in their efforts to maximize performance and achieve their goals.

What Does the E in CEO Stand For?: How Ego Can Make You Great and Good

Ego is an essential part of achieving success in both your personal and professional lives. But ego is a double-edged sword. When most people think of ego, they think of people like Donald Trump, but few people really understand what ego is and what causes some people to develop bad ego and others to develop good ego. Ego can either be a tool for positive leadership and relationships, team harmony and productivity or a weapon for negative leadership and relationships, discord, poor decision making, and destructive behavior. This workshop examines the complex world of ego: what it is, how it affects individuals and relationships, and how you can nurture good ego and minimize bad ego.

Decision Making in Action: The U.S. Military Academy Crew Conundrum

This interactive and thought-provoking workshop examines the importance and challenges of making sound business decisions. Dr. Taylor presents a decision-making conundrum published in the Harvard Business Review, in which the U. S. Military Academy crew coach is faced with the challenge of selecting his varsity crew for the National Championships near the end of a turbulent competitive season. During breakout sessions in the workshop, small groups of attendees examine the situation with which the coach was confronted, delve into the process of how the decision might be made, and what the optimal decision should be. The breakout groups then share their decisions with the entire group. Dr. Taylor then describes a decision-making model that considers the steps and obstacles to making good decisions. The workshop provides powerful takeaway for attendees on the assumptions they make and the process they go through in making decisions in their companies.

Creating Balance in an Imbalanced Life

This workshop focuses on how to meet the challenge of creating balance in the decidedly imbalanced world of business. Dr. Taylor shows how to create work/life balance with an in-depth discussion of ways to establish priorities, increase efficiency, and address work, personal, and family needs. This workshop provides business leaders with the inspiration, information, and tools they need to maintain balance in their professional and personal lives.

Change!: How to Inspire, Inform, and Transform

This workshop will consider what it takes to change. Everyone has some aspects of their lives that they are not happy with and want to change, yet few people try to change, much less ever actually make those changes. Additionally, companies often need to change to stay competitive in the global marketplace. Dr. Taylor delves into why people and companies want to change, what prevents them from changing, and how people and companies can engage the process that leads to meaningful and long-lasting change. Attendees will leave with the inspiration to change, the information to change, and the tools necessary to produce real change in themselves and their companies.


PARENTS

Raising Generation Tech: Prepare Your Children for a Media-Fueled World

Based on Dr. Taylor’s latest parenting book of the same title, this eye-opening workshop explores the powerful role that popular culture and technology plays in the development of children in the 21st century. Dr. Taylor first examines the popular culture to which children are exposed and the technology that they are now using that are shaping their lives, including movies, television, video games, the Internet, mobile phones, and texting. He then considers the specific ways, both healthy and unhealthy, that popular culture and technology influence children. Finally, Dr. Taylor explores seven areas that are impacted by popular culture and technology and offers practical insights and strategies for ensuring that this media-fueled world is used as a tool to foster positive development rather than as a weapon that hurts children’s development.

Your Children are Listening: Nine Messages They Need to Hear From You

Based on his third parenting book of the same time, this workshop focuses on the essential that early messages from parents has on children’s development. Dr. Taylor explores why messages are important, how messages are conveyed, and what “message blockers” prevent messages from parents from getting through to children. He will then describe nine messages that children absolutely must get to ensure that they develop into value-driven, happy, successful, contributing people. Dr. Taylor places special emphasis on practical strategies, such as catchphrases, rituals and routines, and activities, that parents can use to convey healthy messages to their children.

Positive Pushing: How to Raise a Successful and Happy Child

Based on his first parenting book, Dr. Taylor introduces parents to the use of positive pushing that is very different from the kind of pushing with which they may be familiar. He demonstrates how to push, when to push, and, importantly, when to back off. Dr. Taylor shows parents the Three Pillars of Successful Achievers: self-esteem, ownership, and emotional mastery, and their essential role in raising successful and happy children. In this workshop, Dr. Taylor presents “red flags” in both parents and children that help parents identify when they are pushing their children the wrong way (“Oh my gosh, that’s me!”). He offers practical advice on how to provide children with a positive, caring and motivating impetus to seek out success and happiness. Issues that are addressed include parental overinvestment in their children’s activities, expectations, perfectionism, defining success and failure, and emotional coaching. Parents will leave this workshop with new insights and practical tools they can use to encourage their children to achieve both success and happiness.

Perform!: Life Skills for High-Achieving Children

Drawing on his own life experiences and more than 30 years of consulting with high-performing children and adults, Dr. Taylor shows parents the importance of developing essential life skills in their children that will prepare them for the rigors of achievement, whether in school, sports, the performing arts, or any other avenue. This workshop focuses on five mental factors that most influence performance: motivation, confidence, stress, focus, and emotions. Dr. Taylor describes the essential role these factors play in both preparation and performance. He then describes simple and practical life skills that parents can teach their young achievers to strengthen these areas and how they can be incorporated directly into their preparations and performances for their achievement activities.

Money and Children: How Teaching Money Sense Now Pays Big Dividends in the Future

This workshop explores the importance of parents teaching their children financial literacy. Given the global economic challenges in recent years, the unhealthy messages about money and consumption communicated by popular culture,  as well as the spending habits of many Americans, it is incumbent on parents to give their children the values, attitudes and life skills they will need to use money wisely now and into adulthood. From responsibility and decision making to allowances, chores, and summer jobs, this workshop will inspire and inform parents to proactively teaching their children about the value and use of money.

Dos and Don’ts for Sports Parents

This practical workshop focuses on what parents should do and should not do in their involvement in their children’s sports participation. Dr. Taylor will focus on four areas for these dos and don’ts: yourself, other parents, coaches, and athletes. Attendees will gain “boots on the ground” insights and tools for ensuring that they play a supportive rather than interfering role in their children’s athletic lives. For parents whose children aren’t involved in sports, this workshop can be modified to focus on parents’ role in their children’s participation in school, the performing arts, or other achievement activities.


YOUNG PEOPLE

Who You Are and Who You Want to Be

This interactive workshop looks at essential issues that young people face as they move toward adulthood. Topics that are addressed include being definitions of success and failure, finding a passion, perfectionism, fear of failure, and responding to setbacks and frustration. Larger issues to be discussed include knowing your values, figuring out your life’s direction, and contributing to the world. This thought-provoking workshop challenges young people to think long and hard about who they are, who they want to become, and what they need to do to create the life they want to lead.

Life Skills for Successful Achievers

Drawing on his own life experiences and more than 25 years of consulting with high-level performers in sports, business, academia, and the performing arts, Dr. Taylor shows young achievers the importance of developing essential life skills that will prepare them for the rigors of achievement. This workshop focuses on five mental factors that most influence performance: motivation, confidence, stress, focus, and emotions. Dr. Taylor describes the essential role these factors play in both preparation and performance. He will then describe simple and practical life skills that young achievers can use to strengthen these areas, including goal setting, positive self-talk, progressive relaxation, and keywords, and how they can be incorporated directly into their preparations and preparations.

Resisting the Power of Popular Culture

Aimed at young people 3rd grade and up, this entertaining and interactive workshop helps children understand the unhealthy influence that popular culture has on them. Topics that are addressed include respect, responsibility, happiness, family, and compassion. Students are challenged to think about how popular culture affects them and are given tools to help them resist its influence.

Digital Natives: Surviving and Thriving in a Connected World

This enlightening workshop explores the powerful role that technology plays in young people’s lives. It describes the impact, both positive and negative, that digital life has on all aspects of their lives. Most importantly, Dr. Taylor encourages digital natives to think deeply and make deliberate choices about what technology young people use and how much they use it.

EDUCATORS

Positive Pushing: How to Educate a Successful and Happy Child

Based on his first parenting book, Dr. Taylor introduces educators to the use of positive pushing. He demonstrates how to push, when to push, and, importantly, when to back off. Dr. Taylor shows educators the Three Pillars of Successful Achievers: self-esteem, ownership, and emotional mastery, and their essential role in educate successful and happy children. In this workshop, Dr. Taylor presents “red flags” that educators can look for in both sutdents adn their parents that can help them identify when a problem might be arising. He offers practical advice on how to provide children with a positive, caring and motivating impetus to seek out success and happiness. Issues that are addressed include educator and parent overinvestment in children’s activities, expectations, perfectionism, defining success and failure, and emotional coaching. Educators will leave this workshop with new insights and practical tools they can use to encourage their students to achieve both success and happiness.

Educating Generation Tech: Prepare Your Students for a Media-Fueled World

The goal of this workshop is to educate attendees about the role of new technology and social media in the lives of young people. Over the last decade, new technology, for example, the Web, laptop computers, smartphones, email, and texting, has dramatically altered the landscape in which young people reside. Social media, such as mySpace, Facebook, and twitter, have changed the way young people communicate. Young people are now seemingly indistinguishable from this technology. Though many view this new technology as harmful, it is neither inherently good nor bad; it depends on how it is used that determines whether it is a constructive tool or a dangerous weapon. To maximize the positive influence that adults have on young people, it is incumbent on them to become versed in the new technology and social media so they can really understand how it impacts all aspects of their lives.


ATHLETES AND COACHES

Prime Sport: Triumph of the Athletic Mind

Drawing on his own elite athletic experience and more than 27 years of consulting with professional, Olympic, and junior-elite athletes, Dr. Taylor will show attendees the importance of mental preparation for sports performance, regardless of the age or ability level of the athlete or the sport being played. This workshop, based on his book, Prime Sport: Triumph of the Athlete Mind, will focus on five mental factors that most influence performance: motivation, confidence, intensity, focus, and emotions. Dr. Taylor will describe the essential role these factors play in both training and competition. He will then describe simple and practical mental skills that athletes can use to strengthen these areas, including goal setting, positive self-talk, progressive relaxation, and keywords, and how they can be incorporated directly into their practice sessions and competitive preparations.

Prime Mindset: The Ideal Attitude for Competitive Success 

This workshop explores the role that mindset plays as the precursor for competitive success. Dr. Taylor describes the attitudes that often lead to failure including perfectionism, fear of failure, and outcome focus. He then discusses the ideal mindset that will free athletes from fear, worry, and doubt and liberate them to pursue their diving and life goals with gusto.

Two Essential Mental Skills for Athletic Success

Though all world-class and professional athletes have different ways of preparing for training and competition, there are two mental skills that they all use: mental imagery and routines. This workshop will show athletes and coaches the power of these two techniques to ensure total preparation for training and competitions. Dr. Taylor will describe how to maximize the value of imagery and routines, and how to incorporate them into athletes’ training and competitive efforts.

Practice Makes Excellent

This workshop addresses the essential, yet often neglected, issue of quality practice. Many athletes believe that practice isn’t that important because it doesn’t count. Yet, practice is actually fundamentally important because whatever athletes do in practice is what they will do in competition. The goal of prime practice is to ingrain skills and habits that will help athletes achieve their goals. Dr. Taylor will introduce practical tools that athletes can use to improve the quality of their training including practice goals, practice purpose, focus, and intensity. He will also describe the Ten Laws of Prime Preparation that highlight the importance of quality practice. When athletes and coaches leave this workshop, they will have the ability to elevate the quality of their practice sessions and gain the most out of their practice efforts.

Prime Coaching: How Coaches Can Get the Most Out of Their Athletes

This interactive workshop addresses a wide range of psychological issues that can help coaches help their athletes to be better prepared for training and competition.  Topics to be explored include building a positive and motivated team culture, encouraging experimentation in mental states with athletes, understanding individual athlete’s psychological and emotional needs, and how to create focused and intense training sessions. Coaches will leave this workshop with practical insights and useful tools to assist their athletes in gaining the most of the practice efforts and being maximally prepared for competition.

Psychology of Injury Rehabilitation

This workshop, based on Dr. Taylor’s two books on sports injury, offers sports medicine professionals, such as orthopaedists, physical therapists, and athletic trainers, useful information and practical strategies to help their patients overcome the psychological obstacles. Dr. Taylor will discuss issues relevant to patients at every stage of the recovery process including goal setting, setbacks, pain, and return-to-sport.