Free talk #4 – keynote to social service providers

I had a fabulous time presenting to the all-staff meeting of the KCHC (Kingston Community Health Centres) – a great organization that is widely diverse and provides great good to the Kingston community.

The keynote was an overall review of the field of positive psychology. In less than an hour, I touched on where positive psychology came from, what is PERMA , various positive activities and research under each of the five PERMA pillars, and an overall conclusion on how to get more flourishing and well-being into your life. Yes, it was a speedy delivery.

The audience was, I felt, receptive and interested. I presented some research data that are counter-intuitive and the audience seemed to appreciate it. Given that the audience was very diverse (medical professionals, social services workers, receptionists, custodians, managers, front-line employees, and so on), a high-level overview was the chosen approach. In this way, it was like planting a number of seeds and offering a number of small insights, such that each person could take what was personally and/or professionally appropriate. I also left a stack of business cards and encouraged people to follow up.

Although this is only talk #4 of my “51 free talks”, it continues to be an interesting experiment. I have booked about 15 other talks so far, all before June 2013 (which is my self-imposed deadline for completing the talks). The variety of organizations is astounding, and I am learning a lot about what different people manage and deal with in their workplaces. Phenomenal insight for me, and I hope some interesting insights for others in what I have to offer.

Talk #5 is coming up in a few days and I’m really looking forward to it, because it involves working with fantastically supportive and generous people at a solidly innovative and forward-looking organization. More to come!

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For the details about my 51 free talks and to book one, please visit my original post. Talks can be presented in person or via webinar. Please share this with any communities or organizations that you think could benefit from more positivity. Thanks for your interest!



Lisa Sansom

Lisa Sansom has her MBA from the Rotman School of Management, and over two decades of experience in teaching and training. Her years of work in the organizational development field have included projects on change management, employee engagement, leadership development, team coaching and employer of choice strategies.

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