- With over 12 years of professional speaking experience, I frequently give speeches for various organizations, associations, conferences, and civic groups on effective decision-making, goal achievement, emotional and social intelligence, meaning and purpose, mental health and emotional well-being, and altruism. For my Speaker One Sheet, click on this link.
Caption: Dr. Gleb Tsipursky giving a speech on wise decision-making
- I also offer targeted training on various aspects of these topics for small groups.
Caption: Dr. Gleb Tsipursky providing training on emotional and social intelligence in a small group setting
Sample Presentation Topics
“Avoiding Disasters Through Science-Based Decision-Making”
- Have you ever regretted decisions that led you or your organization down the wrong path? Our brains make predictable errors that steer us toward disastrous decisions. This presentation illustrates some of these errors, and gives pragmatic science-based strategies for how to navigate around these errors and avoid disastrous decisions in the workplace.
“Helping Your Clients Succeed Through Emotional Intelligence”
- Isn’t it frustrating when you know what your client needs to do to succeed, but the client just won’t listen to you? Or perhaps your client does listen during your meeting, but then doesn’t do what you agreed on afterward? How do you address that problem? Too often, the problem stems from the client’s emotional landscape, which creates resistance obstructing the client’s success. This presentation uses recent research from psychology and cognitive neuroscience to help you convey your message effectively through emotionally intelligent communication to help your client both internalize and implement your suggestions successfully.
“Engaging Employees Through Creating a Meaningful Workplace”
- Your bottom line depends on your employees being as engaged and invested as possible. Research on companies with highly engaged employees shows the importance of creating a sense of a meaningful workplace to do so. This presentation shows the simple and cost-effective sense to creating a meaningful workplace to help maximize your bottom line.
“How To Reach Your Goals in the Workplace”
- Did you ever have the experience of knowing where you want to go, but not how to get there? Or how about trying to get to where you want to go, but missing your target, month after month? Recent research on goal achievement suggests some simple and effective strategies that you can take to reach your goals, as an individual or an organization.
“Using Research To Support Your Claims”
- Do you ever struggle to convince others to follow your suggestions? Wouldn’t it be great to say that science backs up what you have to say? Well, this presentation will teach you how to find out whether science does back up your ideas by showing you the steps needed to find research to support your claims.
“Leadership Success Through Research-Based Emotional Intelligence”
- While vital for leadership success, emotional intelligence has become a diluted and fuzzy concept. This presentation focuses on the actual research behind emotional intelligence and science-backed strategies for how leaders can use emotional management, empathy, and emotional contagion to achieve their workplace goals.
“Cultivating Socially Intelligent Organizations”
- Research shows that most of our decision-making and behavior is driven by emotions, yet most organizations act as though humans are rational creatures. Applying the research on social intelligence helps organizations make wise policies and communicate effectively to internal and external stakeholders to achieve organizational goals.
Sample Talk Videos
Make Wise Decisions by Seeing the Truth
Getting What You Want: Refining and Reaching Your Goals
Help Your Clients Succeed Through Emotional Intelligence
Doing the Most Good
Finding Purpose and Meaning: Intentional Living Workshop
Testimonials From Those Who Organized My Talks
Written feedback from Dan Sharpe, who serves as the Executive Vice President of The Columbus Foundation, on a training I provided on “Avoiding Nonprofit Disasters Through Decision-Making Science”
- Our community leaders benefited from Dr. Tsipursky’s expertise, presentation, and insights during a Columbus Foundation Nonprofit Forum. We collaborated to bring a “Science of Decision Making” presentation to the central Ohio nonprofit community. The content was delivered in a digestible way that covered high-level theory, while also providing tactics and tools that could be immediately implemented. The audience had very positive feedback, and I was pleased to be able to offer the content, and expertise to the sector.
Written feedback from Eleanor Meekins, MSA, CPC, CIR, ACIR, CSSR, CDR Program/Education Director Affiliate Member, on a training I provided to the International Coaches Federation Columbus Chapter on “Help Clients Avoid Disasters Through Science-Based Decision-Making”
- Gleb Tsipursky, Ph.D presented, “Help Clients Avoid Disasters Through Science-Based Decision-Making” to the ICF Columbus on 4/10/17. He presented fascinating information that surprised even the most experienced coaches. He gave us handouts with slides that were interesting and readable. His evaluations were excellent, and many said they would like to attend more of his training. I would recommend him for a speaking engagement without hesitation.
Video feedback from Jeff Dubin, a social worker, who organized my training on “Find Your Purpose Using Science,” on the quality of the speech
Testimonials From Those Who Attended My Talks
Written feedback from Teresa Trost, Executive Director of Community Shares of Mid Ohio, on a training I provided on “Avoiding Nonprofit Disasters Through Decision-Making Science”
- “I just wanted to say thank you for a great session. I will never approach decision making the same again. You gave me some wonderful insights on cognitive biases and how they influence our decisions. I plan to use your premortem process with my team, and our board. I am also eager to do more research on cognitive biases. Very interesting. Thank you again for valuable education that will support my work.”
- “The course gives realistic approaches to help employees find meaning and purpose in their lives. It has interesting information as well, and a different way of approaching morale. This is also very useful when dealing with the younger generations that are entering the workforce.”
Sample Presentation Descriptions
Avoiding Disasters Through Science-Based Decision-Making
No one wants to make decisions that lead to disasters. Yet when was the last time you regretted a decision at work – one that cost money and time, brought about unnecessary stress and conflict, hurt reputation and team morale? Perhaps you underestimated the time required for a project, or made a bad call on hiring an employee, or invested into a business collaboration that didn’t work out. Maybe you sat through a team decision-making process that you felt in your gut would lead to a bad outcome – but you didn’t know how to steer it in the right direction. Do you know what led you or your team to the decisions you now regret? Have you figured out how to avoid making such regrettable decisions and harmful outcomes in the future? Fortunately, you can learn how to minimize everyday mishaps and major disasters through applying decision-making science.
The core activity for current and future leaders at all levels is leveraging their resources, knowledge, reputation, and organizational authority into pursuing their organization’s goals. To do so, leaders need to navigate a strategic environment of uncertainty, ambiguity, and change to coordinate multiple stakeholders with somewhat competing interests and differing personalities and thinking styles. All this involves a host of challenging and difficult decisions that require finely tuned decision-making skills.
Yet very few of us reflect on and strive to improve the process by which we reach our decisions – what is known as “meta-decision making.” This is despite the fact that making decisions forms the basis for everything we do in our jobs and in life more broadly, making skills in this arena vital to our success. Even fewer get professional development in improving their decision-making, resulting in a cycle of regrettable decisions and bad outcomes. Fortunately, studies show that training in decision-making, especially ones that integrate both intuitive and analytical thinking into a synergistic whole, substantially improve the quality and effectiveness of decision-making in the workplace by individuals and teams. This presentation draws on research in decision-making and emotional and social intelligence as well as real-world case studies to help optimize the process of decision-making for leaders, teams, and organizations.
- How to gain awareness of and escape the cycle of making decisions you and your team later regret in your workplace, thus avoiding disasters, big and small
- How to identify a series of problematic thinking and feeling patterns – what scholars call cognitive biases – that cause us to make regrettable decisions
- How to take advantage of recent research in behavioral sciences to deal with cognitive biases in the workplace
- How to combine intuitive and analytical thinking to help you make the best possible decisions in an environment of uncertainty
- How to adapt this research to your needs through easy-to-use strategies for effective decision-making
- How to help yourself and your team implement these strategies thoroughly for optimal decision-making processes
- How to exert influence effectively on team decision-making from any role in the team, while helping maintain trust, engagement, and commitment among team members
- How to identify the competing interests of multiple stakeholders, especially in a context of uncertainty and transition, and coordinate them to achieving the organization’s goals
This presentation will thus help you make and implement wise decisions in all areas of your organization, to help you and your team avoid losing money, time, experiencing stress, and hurting your reputation and morale, thus minimizing the possibility of either small mishaps or major disasters.
Sample Agenda (for a 90-minute seminar, can be shortened to a TED-style 20 minute talk or expanded to a whole-day seminar as needed):
- 5 minutes to solicit recent major decisions that those in the room are considering and what challenges they think they might face in the decision-making process
- 30-minute mini-lecture on the science of decision-making and thinking errors to avoid, with case studies informed by the needs of audience members, including some integration of decisions that those in the audience brought up in the first 5 minutes
- 10-minute Q&A on the science of decision-making and how it applies to the decisions those in the room are considering
- 10-minute mini-lecture on the premortem exercise, a research-based strategy that helps address in advance ways that major decisions might go wrong
- 20-minute group activity where audiences members go through the premortem in groups, with each individual having an opportunity to share about an upcoming major decision and get feedback from group participants about things that might go wrong and how to avoid them
- 5-minute discussion of what the premortem exercise helped audience members realize about how to address the problems in their upcoming decisions
- 10-minute Q&A on the whole talk
- Our emotions are central to decision-making, but they may steer us into disasters in systematic, predictable, and avoidable ways
- We must learn our own problematic thinking and feeling patterns to avoid disasters through combining intuitive and analytical thinking
- Team decision-making is most effective for making the best decisions, but needs to use systematic decision-making to prevent disasters