Wearing the same shirts doesn't make a team. -Buchholz and Roth
I'm an energetic, funny, inspirational speaker. I've created numerous research-informed, highly-engaging keynotes and workshops, in education, business, and community organizations. I deliver useful learning and lasting rejuvenation.
I've shared big ideas from positive psychology with a variety of audiences, including teachers and other professionals (e.g., in law enforcement, in social services). For example:
The Joy of Teaching. Teaching should be good for our soul, but sometimes the job takes more than it gives. Learning should be a joyful adventure, but sometimes learners experience more anxiety and reluctance than courage and discovery. In this interactive adventure we'll explore happiness and creativity, and how to have more of both. I'll share promising strategies for rediscovering our happiness as teachers, and how to help learners of any age find their bliss.
Better Diversity Training
I've helped different professionals approach inclusive excellence with more understanding and comfort, including managers and other professionals (e.g., in retail). For example:
A Little Extra vs. This Again. Many factors influence a customer's loyalty. They are more likely to continue patronizing a business that gives a little extra. In contrast, a customer's loyalty is hurt when they experience discrimination. There can be a toxic, demoralizing sense of, "Oh, this again." In this workshop, we'll explore strategies to comfortably and confidently engage with diverse customers. There are no quick-fixes or magic bullets. But there are research-supported approaches that work better.
Safe Zone & Beyond. Safe Zone is fundamentally about helping everyone feel welcome and be successful, including people with LGBTQ+ identities. The philosophy and practices can go farther. In this workshop, we'll explore relevant terms and issues through non-threatening activities like case studies. With better understanding and strategies, we can better include differences like race/ethnicity, religion, mental health, neurodiversity, and socioeconomic status.
I've enjoyed unpacking what's happening in media and technology--both good and bad--for teachers, librarians, parents, families, and more. I especially excel at helping non-gamers understand what I call "the Gamer Mindset." For example:
Firing Up the Minecraft Generation. New media and technology change how young people play, communicate, create, and grow. Yet the fundamentals of good teaching haven't changed. This lively presentation will feature some hot toys, tools, and trends, while connecting back to timeless cool ideas in motivation and learning.
Other Past Topics & Possible Topics
CC Attribution 2021 | Kym Buchanan
Photos of Kym by Eva Donohoo
CC 2018 | Kym Buchanan
Photos of Kym by Eva Donohoo