Workshops + Speaking
We (Liz and Mollie) speak frequently at conferences and events, delivering keynotes and workshops and sitting for fireside chats and panels. We’ve spoken at companies and events ranging from SXSW, Viacom, LinkedIn, Google, WeWork, The Wing, Dropbox, Adobe, betaworks studios, Coinbase and The American Gas Association.
We’re best known for our hands-on interactive, actionable and entertaining workshops that incorporate the latest research on emotions and our relatable illustrations.
Some of our most requested speaking topics and workshops include (click here for more detailed descriptions):
How to build a culture of belonging
How introverts and extroverts can flourish at work
Understanding differences in work styles
Emotions at work: How women lead
How to create and lead the best team
10 ways to jumpstart your culture
How to communicate better in a digital world
And a whole lot more. Emotions touch every aspect of our lives at work -- if there’s something you don’t see above, reach out to us and let us know.
We would love to be part of your next event. Email us at email@example.com with your event description and needs and we’ll get right back to you! You can also reach out to us through Penguin Random House’s Speakers bureau by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Detailed Topic Descriptions
Here are more detailed descriptions of each workshop:
How to build a culture of belonging: What if you could bring yourself out of hiding and into the organization, even the parts of yourself that don’t seem to belong on surface level? Diversity is having a seat at the table, inclusion is having a voice, and belonging is having that voice be heard. We outline the actionable steps individuals and organizations can take to create a culture of belonging. We combine the latest research on the science of emotions with a paired activity that gets people on their feet.
How introverts and extroverts can flourish at work: Introverts and extroverts have different needs in the workplace. Extroverts tend to react to social interactions more quickly. But if you put an introvert in a noisy open office and he’ll quickly become overwhelmed. Introverts often try to mask their introverted qualities to fit in. In this talk, we help both introverts and extroverts understand, communicate, and optimize around their own and each others' tendencies.
Understanding differences in work styles: The best way to navigate potential conflict is to preemptively communicate work preferences and styles. In this session, participants learn how to understand how they, and others around them, work best. We share common communication and collaboration differences based on gender, age, race, cultural, and introversion/extraversion-level and share tips and tricks for better communicating across these differences. Participants write their own "user manuals" in order to communicate with with colleagues how best to work with them.
Emotions at work: how women lead: We all have emotions at work, but we don’t always know how to use them to our advantage. Success as a female leader depends on knowing how and when to express emotion. In this engaging workshop, we share how emotions affect our professional lives and equip female leaders with the tools to understand and navigate their emotions at work. As our jobs become more collaborative, complex, and stressful-- as well as increasingly tied to our identities-- effectively embracing emotion will only become more important. We share practical advice and a clear-sighted toolkit for navigating emotion at work as a female leader.
How to create and lead the best teams: When creating a great team at work, the “how” matters more than the “who.” The best teams have psychological safety, meaning that members feel they can suggest ideas, admit mistakes, and take risks without being embarrassed by the group. In this talk or workshop, we’ll show you how to build a team whose members feel safe throwing out ideas, taking risks, and asking questions. We’ll walk through the ways successful teams kickoff projects, onboard new team members, build trust, and deal with conflict. This workshop includes an activity where participants write their own user manual (a guide for how to work with you).
10 Ways to Jumpstart Your Culture: Every company has its own emotional culture. In this workshop, we share how to understand an organization’s emotion norms, including how they are created and spread. We share research and case studies on how you can encourage more compassion, gratitude, and healthy emotional expression within your organization, whether you’re an individual contributor or a leader. This workshop includes an activity where participants design and commit to new behaviors and rituals they’ll bring back to their organizations and teams.
How to communicate better in a digital world: "The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place,” writes playwright George Bernard Shaw. Effective communication depends on our ability to talk about emotions without getting emotional. We often react to each other based on assumptions we never bothered to look at more carefully. But the words people say are not always what they mean. In this talk, we look at how to talk to your co-workers about hard things, highlight major differences between groups that can lead to bungled conversations, how to deliver useful feedback that doesn’t sting, and walk through ways to avoid digital miscommunication.