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mentalist: speaker and entertainer

mentalist: speaker and entertainer

mentalist: speaker and entertainer

Keynote and workshop programs for

Business owners, managers, and executives

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Maintaining a business or department requires great decision performance and integrity. You need to be sure your decisions and activities are moving you toward achieving your goals while also reflecting your values.

Steve Haffner's programs give audiences insight into how decisions can be subverted by subconscious impulses and what you can do to recognize these influences and keep your business on track with your goals, your vision and your brand.

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Confront the Lizard

Build trust and loyalty by outsmarting your erroneous cognitive impulses

Do you struggle to keep your decisions consistent with your brand? Do you and your team make judgment errors that you feel could have been avoided? Do your actions foster an environment of trust with your customers and staff?  


Our success is determined by how well our decisions align with our goals and values. However, we are frequently thwarted by our inner “lizard brain” and its subconscious shortcuts, impulses and biases that falsely influence our decision making.


In this program that is both compelling and educational, participants discover how to increase customer and employee trust and loyalty by improving their decision performance, ensuring consistency between their decisions and their brand.

Key Takeaways

- Learn the self-deceptions that thwart great decision making

- Discover why metacognition is essential to peak performance

- Learn how to adopt Personal Quality Assurance to decrease errors
- Adopt strategies for maintaining values-based decision making

Sample of businesses and trade association clients

Associated Equipment Distributors

Project Management Institute
National Association of Electrical Distributors

Greater Louisville Inc (Chamber of Commerce)

National Center for Spectator Sport Safety and Security

Ky Health Information Management Association

Association of Independent Welding Distributors

Ky Manufactured Housing Institute

Oracle Application Users Group

International Association of Venue Managers

Hardin County Chamber of Commerce

Bardstown Chamber of Commerce

Greater Louisville Inc (Chamber)



Eli Lilly

Touchstone Merchandise Group

Group Travel Family - Select Traveler Conference

Ft. Knox Federal Credit Union

E&I Engineering

Zeon Chemicals

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Indispensably Creative

Elevate your value by transforming your unique creativity into your biggest professional asset

Creativity is frequently cited as a must-have job skill for 21st century professionals. Unfortunately, most people fail to fully develop this important part of their professional toolkit.

In this insightful and interactive program, audience members learn strategies and methods for applying creative techniques to problem solving and how they handle their workplace challenges.

No matter how non-creative you believe you are, expanding your creative capacity will make you a more valuable asset to your organization, improve your decision performance, and make work more fun.

Key Takeaways

- Overcome the common myths and mind blocks about creativity
- Develop the mental habits and mindset that prepare your brain for creative thinking
- Learn Steve’s “wrack and rest” method for creative problem solving 
- Discover how to fuel your imagination with insights from other domains and apply them to your work. 

Motivation / Personal Improvement Keynote

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From A-ha to TA-DA!

Unleash your magical potential
by unmasking your invisible

Each of us has amazing performance potential, but to reach it we must recognize and break through the self-deceptions that are barriers to our success.

In this motivational and entertaining program, learn from a former professional magician (a master of deception) how to achieve “Ta-da!” self-improvements by recognizing and overcoming the false beliefs and stories that can trick us into negativity, fear and settling for the status quo. 


Key Takeaways

- Challenge what you believe about yourself and your own motivations.
- Learn when to trust - and when to question - your intuition.
- Learn to excel by overcoming the diabolical status quo bias
- Perform at your best by defeating irrational “lizard brain level” fear and negativity

"It was outstanding! Everybody in the audience not only enjoyed what he had to say but beneiftted by it as well. Great value-added presentation to end our day.  You always want to send your attendees off on a positive note, and this is exactly what Steve did."

 - Ron Evans, executive director, Independent Textile Rental Assoc.

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