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mentalist: speaker and entertainer

mentalist: speaker and entertainer

mentalist: speaker and entertainer

Keynote and workshop programs for

Human Resources professionals

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Human Resources is the heart and lifeblood of a successful business, but the challenges of the HR professional can be daunting and stressful.

How can an HR professional excel in the face of growing responsibilities and increasingly complex duties?

Steve Haffner's programs on decision performance can help. Whether it is a program tailored specifically for HR pros or one of his other motivational or educational programs, HR audiences enjoy his unique perspective and entertaining style of presentation.

Caution! Invisible Mind Blocks at WORK

How to defeat subconscious negativity, deceptions and resistance in the workplace


Invisible mind blocks are the hidden deceptions, mental shortcuts and cognitive biases that negatively affect decision making. To create the most productive and positive workplace environment, HR professionals must recognize and overcome these counter-productive impulses.

From hiring processes to employee policies, workplace decisions can be the result of the primitive hidden influences of the reptilian brain, resulting in decisions that do not align with organizational goals and values. Recognizing these influences  can pay dividends in productivity and employee retention.

Key Takeaways
- Improve your personal assessments, including hiring processes and performance evaluations
- Develop trust by overcoming impulsive negativity and suspicion that can prevent a positive work environment
- Discover how to encourage innovation by understanding “lizard brain” resistance to change
- Learn how collaboration can enhance your decision making skills

Read my interview with TalentCulture on confronting the "lizard brain" at work

Check out my guest blog post on  on improving personal assessments

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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

“Steve’s program was fascinating, enjoyable, engaging. We got to see something that wasn't a typical HR presentation - something that they can look internally and take away some good lessons and ways to look at their own internal biases.”

  - Ed Volk, Greater Cincinnati HR Association

“The audience was fascinated and enjoyed the interactive nature of Steve's presentation. Seeing is believing...WOW!”

    - Steve Burke, Regional Vice-President, Helms-Briscoe

Sample of Human Resources and office management clients

International Public Management Association for Human Resources

Association for Talent Development

Greater Cincinnati Human Resources Association

Medical Group Management Association


Optimum Solutions

Northeast Indiana Human Resources Association

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