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Professional speaker: Brain and Relationship

Trisha brings her unique experience and knowledge as a war correspondent and hostage negotiator to a model of transformative conflict resolution.

Dodging the Bullet
acknowledges that conflict is a normal part of life but it’s how we deal with it that makes the difference.

This workshop gives survival tips, for workplace conflict, strategies for pre-empting conflict and looks at how the brain influences our perception and thinking when we’re in a highly aroused physiological state.

Trisha introduces a model from her PhD research that helps us to de-escalate emotion, restructure thinking and re-frame perceptions during conflict.

Trisha trained in Conflict Resolution, Negotiation Skills and Mediation at CDR Associates in Boulder, Colerado, USA.

Resilience Workshop

brain stress

Research has shown that under stress our biology transforms us into different people. We rely on old habits and ways of
thinking, which are memory based and bound usually from when we are children.

The brain constitutes 3% of our body weight, takes up 17% of our energy regurgitating 90% of the thoughts we had yesterday.  We’re not good at updating the data base as we are more comfortable repeating patterns of behaviour that we
are familiar with.

Drawing on the latest neuroscience research into stress Trisha looks at how prolonged stress in the workplace can affect our
risk-taking and damage our health.

Prolonged stress burns off brain cells, raises our heart rate and blood pressure, causes angina, impairs memory, ages us twice as fast as normal, increases anxiety and a negative outlook and affects our sex drive.  The corrosive cocktail of chemicals that are released when we are stress are highly addict which sets up a psychological response that becomes a normal part of how we respond to challenges.

In this workshop you’ll learn how to build resiliency around developing mental toughness, seeing challenges as opportunities, and redeveloping our attitudes and beliefs so they serve rather than limit us.

Neuroscience of Leadership: 

This workshop looks at the breakthroughs in brain research, including Trisha’s own post-doctoratora studies, explain how to make
organisational transform succeed.

This workshop includes:

The Power of Relationship
Change is Pain and what parts of the brain stop us changing
Behaviourism doesn’t work - change based on incentive and threat rarely works in the long-term. A bottom-up not top-down approach is needed
Expectation shapes reality - the brain doesn’t recognise the difference between imagination and reality
Focus is power - paying attention produces physical and chemical changes in the brain
The power of the AHA moment and how we can create it
How to engage people from a brain perspective - Trisha’s PhD research

Occupational Stress

Mental Stress claims made for work pressure are the most expensive form of workers compensation claims in Australia. It cost NSW work cover in excess of $91.6 million in 2010.

This workshop looks at the causes of  Psychological Injury and the risks associated within the working environment
Key drivers of claims
How to identify signs ’n' symptoms in your team members 
What causes stress
Phases and stages of stress
Effective and ineffective coping strategies
Managing stressed employees

Time Management and the Brain

Managing yourself - conquering digital distraction
Neuroscience of procrastination
Multi-tasking - the brain is built to uni-task but we can trick the brain
What is your time preference?
Scheduling - identify how much time you waste
Delegate don’t dump to create time


Read about Dr Trisha in the Financial Review article (5/09/12 pg 41) entitled "Tapping executive brainwaves" here