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Do you ever get the feeling that you are not coming across the way you intend to? Ever felt that someone on your team, or a colleague or client has somehow gotten the wrong impression of you? You are not alone. It’s very easy to be misinterpreted, or to accidentally send the wrong signals. But all this can be avoided, once you understand how perception actually works. In this talk, you will learn…

– why other people almost never see us as we see ourselves
– about the unconscious biases and assumptions that perceivers almost always make
– about the three “lenses” of perception – Trust, Power, Ego – and how the influence what others see in you
– to choose the right language and behaviors to send the message you are actually trying to send

In this talk, Dr. Grant describes the mindsets individuals and organizations bring to the goals they pursue, and explains why we should avoid a “Be Good” mindset — one where we are constantly attempting to prove ourselves and outperform others. Instead, we should embrace a “Get Better” mindset — where we always perceive ourselves as having more to learn. When we embrace a Get Better mindset, we welcome risk and are less afraid of failure, both keys to personal and professional success.  You’ll learn:

  1. How to identify your own – and your organization’s- mindset
  2. How mindsets influence persistence, creativity, engagement, and performance.
  3. Strategies for changing your own mindset
    1. Strategies for creating a Get Better mindset culture, on your team or in your organization

In this talk, Dr. Grant describes the mindsets administrators, teachers and students bring to the goals they pursue, and explains why we should avoid a “Be Good” mindset — one where we are constantly attempting to prove ourselves and outperform others. Instead, we should embrace a “Get Better” mindset — where we always perceive ourselves as having more to learn. When we embrace a “Get Better” mindset, we welcome risk and are less afraid of failure, both keys to personal and professional success. You’ll learn:

• How to identify your own – and your students’ – mindset
• How mindsets influence persistence, creativity, engagement, and performance.
• Strategies for changing your own mindset
• Strategies for creating a “Get Better” mindset culture, in your district, school or classroom

In this talk based on Nine Things Successful People Do Differently, HBR’s all-time most popular article and now best-selling book, Heidi takes the audience on a step-by-step journey to successfully reach any goal and avoid the common pitfalls of execution. She’ll share simple strategies, based on scientific research and proven effective, for how to maximize commitment, resist distraction, make effective plans, seize opportunities to act, and persist in the face of setbacks or challenges.

All talks are available as a keynote, or in a half or full-day seminar. The seminar versions include practice identifying focus in an audience or product, techniques for changing your audience’s focus, and step-by-step exercises for creating motivational fit.

Whether you are trying to sell a product or service, or spread an idea, you will be far more effective if you tailor your pitch to your audience’s specific motivation.

In this talk, Heidi describes the critical differences in how people are motivated in order to show the different approaches to pursuing our goals. She highlights the use of focus in order to increase effectiveness in the workplace. Her talk details:

1. How to identify your dominant focus and/or your audience’s dominant focus

2. The strengths and weaknesses of each focus and how to use an employee’s focus to their advantage.

3. The most effective ways of collaborative work.

4. How to create motivational fit by providing incentives and feedback. Motivational fit, in turn, increases engagement, perceived value of the work, and productivity.

5. How to build teams with a focus balance that is critical for the success of any endeavor

Framing your pitch in ways that spur motivation will increase believability, persuasiveness and perceived value. People like what you’re selling, want it more, and will pay more for it – often much more – when you describe it with motivational fit.


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Biography

Motivational psychologist Dr. Heidi Grant has a goal: to help people and organizations achieve theirs. And with simple strategies rooted in scientific research, that’s exactly what she does, empowering organizational leaders with proven tools for maximizing commitment, resisting distraction, devising effective strategic plans, seizing opportunities to act, and persisting in the face of setbacks or challenges.

Outstanding organizations, like outstanding people, reach their goals because of what they do, not just who they are, according to Dr. Grant. An exhaustive study of achievement and motivation has led her to pinpoint the keys to mastering the art (and science) of execution — the nine things successful people do differently. They’re not rocket science, but they are proven to help people reach their goals by focusing less on past failures and more on what really matters: commitment, planning, effort, strategy, self-control and persistence.

A provocative speaker and master motivator, Dr. Grant offers practical and immediately actionable strategies that actually increase the chances of successfully meeting business and personal goals. By emphasizing things successful people do consistently and effectively, Grant shows organizations and their employees a clear path to accomplishing whatever they set out to do.

Heidi Grant is currently Associate Director of the Motivation Science Center at the Columbia Business School. Heidi is also an expert blogger for the Harvard Business Review, 99u, Fast Company, WSJ.com, Forbes, Huffington Post, and Psychology Today.  Her HBR webinars, articles, and blog posts on management and personal effectiveness are consistently among their most popular.

Heidi is the author of Focus: Use Different Ways of Seeing The World for Success and Influence, co written with E. Tory Higgins, has received rave reviews from Dan Pink, Robert Cialdini, Jim Kouzes, Dan Gilbert, Chip & Dan Heath, and many others.  She is also the author of the bestselling Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals and Nine Things Successful People Do Differently. Her latest book is No One Understands You and What to Do About It.

In addition to her work as author and co-editor of the highly-regarded academic book The Psychology of Goals (Guilford, 2009), she has authored papers in her field’s most prestigious journals, including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, European Journal of Social Psychology, and Judgment and Decision Making. She has received numerous grants from the National Science Foundation for her research on goals and achievement.

Dr. Grant is a member of the highly selective Society for Experimental Social Psychology. She received her PhD in social psychology from Columbia University.






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