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mentalist: speaker and entertainer

mentalist: speaker and entertainer

mentalist: speaker and entertainer

Keynote and workshop programs

Executives and business owners

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

Creativity for professionals

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 / Performance

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


The Virtual Mind Reader Show
Captivating and interactive entertainment for discerning audiences

When you want your audience to just have fun, Steve's corporate entertainment programs are a great way to get that done. Steve's mentalism shows offer a uniquely compelling blend of intrigue, comedy and mind magic. From predicting what audience members will do next, influencing their actions, detecting lies and reading their minds, Steve ensures that your attendees will have a blast.

Your guests will love the audience participation factor and universal appeal of Steve's intelligent and clean performance, and they will surely be asking themselves "How did he do that?!" long after the show has ended.

Caution! Invisible Mind Blocks at WORK

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

Invisible mind blocks are the subconscious deceptions, shortcuts and reactive biases that negatively affect decision making. To create the most productive and positive workplace environment, we 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

Human Resources Professionals

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

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

Partial client list

Business Associations

Project Management Institute
Indiana IT Finance Department

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)

Human Resources and Office Management Associations

International Public Management Association for Human Resources

Association for Talent Development

Greater Cincinnati Human Resources Association

Medical Group Management Association

Education Associations

National Association of Federal Program Administrators (NAFEPA)

South Carolina Education and Business Summit

School Counselors Association (Ky)
South Eastern Special Education (Illinois)
Kentucky School Boards Association
Speech Hearing & Language Association

Family Resource and Youth Services Coalition Ky

Other Associations and events

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

Norton Healthcare Diversity and Inclusion Conference

Building Industry Association of Central Kentucky

Corporate Clients



Eli Lilly

Touchstone Merchandise Group

Group Travel Family - Select Traveler Conference

Meade County Bank

Ft. Knox Federal Credit Union

FBI - Louisville

Thorpe Interiors



E&I Engineering

Zeon Chemicals

Mac Machine and Metal Works