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Speaker: Steve Prentice

Steve PrenticeA specialist in Organizational Psychology, Steve believes that biography speaks louder than theory, and he presents audiences with well-researched profiles of the great human-oriented successes and failures in the business world, both recent and classic, to help you refine your own corporate strategies.

Steve Prentice is a partner in The Bristall Group, which specializes in developing and affirming professional skills and continuous improvement practices for hard working people and the companies they work for.

Steve is also in high demand as a speaker and expert on topics relating to humans in the digital age and speaks to companies and organizations across Canada and the U.S. The prestigious Meeting Professionals International MPI awarded him Platinum Status for consistently high ratings at the MPI Annual World Education Congress as well as National and Regional events. He is also regularly invited to speak at the annual conventions of the Human Resources Professionals Association, the HRPA, and is a member of the Canadian Society for Training and Development CSTD.

Steve is the author of three books: Cool Time: A Hands-on Plan for Managing Work and Balancing Time, published by John Wiley and Sons in 2005, and Cool Down: Getting Further by Going Slower, published by John Wiley & Sons in February 2007. His third book, Work Like a Wolf was released as an eBook in 2011. More information on Work Like a Wolf is available here.

He is also a regular guest on radio and TV across North America, where he is called upon to discuss issues of workplace productivity and stress. Steve founded his company in 1994. It has four associates and a full-time researcher.

Academically, Steve graduated from Concordia University in Montreal in 1989 with a B.A. in Communications Studies and was Valedictorian of the 1989 graduating year. Steve attended Law School in Toronto between 1989 and 1991 and was the official Rhodes Scholarship Candidate for York University for 1990. He returned to York University 10 years later and obtained a B.A degree in Psychology.

In his spare time he is lead guitarist and singer for the charity rock band Absolutely Jack.


Topics: Communication and Technology; Teamwork and Leadership

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Top Speaking Topics

Effective Communication and Performance Skills in a Short Attention Span World

Thriving in the working world, both as individuals and as a team, requires more than mere dedication to the work at hand. In fact, it can be very easy to overlook the key elements that contribute towards increased sales, improved productivity and team dynamics. This presentation delivers a collection of practical tips and techniques, such as active listening, decision making, brainstorming, networking, and customer-service-oriented speaking - techniques that improve people's ability to connect and succeed with clients, prospects and colleagues.

Cool Down: Getting Further by Going Slower

Before you check your wireless email for the fourth time this hour, ask yourself, is this helping you get further ahead? This presentation challenges our modern addiction to high-speed activity, especially email and event-to-event thinking. Steve suggests that people are getting locked inside a loop of surface-level urgencies, and are losing the ability to connect creatively with mentors, clients, even their managers. Working days are getting longer, and the separation between work and life is eroding. Cool Down offers alternatives to high-speed distraction, which paradoxically allow tasks and projects to be completed faster and better. This is not a presentation that advocates moving away from productivity, but instead, it delivers sound techniques for enhancing it by combining the best of today's high-tech world with the best of human intellectual potential - both individually and team-wide.