Upcoming Comfort Talks

Upswell Chicago Nov'19

Upswell is run by Independent Sector and we're looking forward to Chicago! My session is focused on brain science for burnout prevention.


"Our brains are more overloaded than ever, and making societal change is harder than ever, too. Restorative breaks and stress management are crucial for preventing burnout in (what’s called) a VUCA environment. 


This talk is a new take on brain breaks and nervous system management for the Independent Sector community.


 Each participant will learn neuroscience, design their own brain-resiliency break, and practice nervous system management."

NTEN Balto March'20

Join us to learn TEAM-CARE not just self-care, with my co-presenters Culture Energized's Mo Abdullah & Tyecia Powell. 


"Want to learn skills to prevent burnout and most importantly, to build a better team? You can do both by fostering wellness talks and activities. We invite you to test the theory that building work cultures that support mental and emotional health means working more effectively together.


Participants will experience directly how talking about oppression and equity within the context of our common humanity (literally, we are all taking care of human bodies) allows us to quickly shed shame, embrace empathy and cultivate cultures of well-being."

NTEN Balto March'20

It's my semi-famous Take Five talk is hitting the bigtime, at NTEN 2020 in my hometown of Baltimore. 


"Dave Brubeck’s classic “Take Five” is literally and figuratively woven into this interactive presentation on how our brains can benefit from short breaks. This is a high-leverage practice of employee engagement and mental health, especially for folks with high-stress, world-changing jobs.


In this mini-training, we learn about brain hemispheres and do quick, interactive challenges with mindfulness, music and midline-crossing (juggling scarves if there’s time). Break BINGO is included."

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Bring a Comfort Talk to your favorite group or school!

$300.00
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Humans in all workplaces are under inordinate stress. How can workplaces build cultures of "team-care," not just self-care? What does equity look like in practice, to ensure the most impacted members of teams are getting the support they need? How can stressed-out workers build resilience and not burn out? Why is wellness a shortcut to trust? These are cutting-edge topics, relevant in any workplace.


Now you can "gift" a Comfort Consulting talk to your favorite school, nonprofit group, or even to your own office. We'll contact the recipient with the news that the talk has been paid for; they choose topic and schedule. 

Talks for (any) Teams

Team-Care, not Self-Care: Building resilience

Want to learn skills to prevent burnout and most importantly, to build a better team? You can do both by fostering wellness talks and activities. 


We invite you to test the theory that building work cultures that support mental and emotional health means working more effectively together.


Participants will experience how talking about oppression and equity within the context of our common humanity (literally, we are all taking care of human bodies) allows us to quickly shed shame, embrace empathy, build trust and cultivate cultures of well-being.

Take 5 : Brain Breaks

Dave Brubeck’s classic “Take Five” is literally and figuratively woven into this interactive presentation on how our brains can benefit from short breaks. This is a high-leverage practice of employee engagement and mental health, especially for folks with high-stress, world-changing jobs.

In this training (45 or 90 min), we learn about brain hemispheres and do quick, interactive challenges on mindfulness, music and midline-crossing. 

The presentation respects neurodiverse teams by catering to visual, aural AND kinesthetic learning styles for maximum retention. It includes handouts, near-constant activities and amusing visuals. 

Seven Social Stress Solutions

1. Learn the latest brain science related to stress and how we manage the "safe and social" state of our nervous systems. 

2. Fill out a Stress Scorecard to see how multiple layers of oppression affect your mental health. 

3. Practice seven tools (individually and in groups) that make us more productive, joyful and mentally-resilient.  


Whether this talk is delivered via webinar, teleconference or in-person, expect an hour of fast-moving neurology, chats/breakout groups, personalized prescriptions, and interactive tools to take back to your teams. 

How Talks Happen

"Everyone is burned out already; it's not even 2020 yet"

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All the Comfort Consulting talks are designed with neuroscience, storytelling, interaction and research data woven through.


Participants leave with a stronger understanding of brain science, plus self-designed personal solutions based on what works well for them, their workload, personality and preferences. 


These talk are also team-builders. 

They spark joy. And laughter. 


(See below for testimonials) 


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HOW / HOW LONG


Talks are best scheduled at lunchtime or during conferences/retreats. 


These topics work via webinar, multi-site teleconference or in-person workshop. 


We aim to use tech intelligently, in part to model how you can build culture even with remote teams. To save carbon (travel), sanity and time (most precious resources).


Talks last between 45-90 minutes. 

Customized versions available, of course.

 

More time = more interaction


More interaction = more team culture


"Take 5" and "7 Stress Solutions" Talk

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Great brown bag or staff meeting or keynote

<-- IN THIS PIC, SUSAN LEADS AN ACTIVITY DURING AN INTERACTIVE KEYNOTE WITH 300 PEOPLE IN 2018.

What You Get

Each participant leaves with a stronger understanding brain science, plus a self-designed personal break (and BINGO challenge) based on workload, personality and childhood play. The participants build connections through activities and sharing joyful memories. (This builds trust and empathy, which is essential for healthy workplace culture)

Comfort Expert

Susan is a 25-year nonprofit leader and organization developer, who created “Take Five” for the Pentagon (and added its companion talk "7 Stress Solutions") and keeps honing it at schools, hospitals, companies, and nonprofits across the world. 

Available via in-person workshop, multi-site teleconference, or webinar. 

Adaptable for keynote. Group size 20 - 999 is best. 

...unlike time, energy is renewable

"Although many of us can't increase the working hours in the day, we can measurably increase our energy. Physicists understand energy as the capacity to do work. Like time, energy is finite; but unlike time, it is renewable." - Tony Schwartz, CEO, The Energy Project

"Take Five" Testimonials

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"a reminder to breathe during these challenging times"

"Susan's presentation was super fun and a timely reminder to breathe during these challenging times. She delivered up the right mix of interaction, laughs, a-ha moments and brain science to make it a highly enjoyable brown bag lunch training."  

--Suzanne Ehlers, President & CEO, PAI 

"highlighted the type of breaks that help us most recharge"

"A fun and informative session, that provided not only science backed research, but connected that to the needs for breaks to prevent burnout, and highlighted the type of breaks that help us most recharge." --PA, Development & Finance Manager, national justice organization

"now, we keep juggling scarves in our break room"

“We all need breaks, especially ones that involve moving around and having a little fun. Susan got us started on the concept with Playworks’ recess program. And now, thanks to her talk, we keep juggling scarves in our break room to encourage employees to take a moment for play. What a fun, engaging session Susan provided! Can’t wait to have her back again.”  

-- Rachel Gaur, Sr. Manager, Facilities and Events, Promontory Interfinancial Network

"play is a powerful tool to combat burnout"

"As a resident physician, burnout is a huge problem and very difficult to combat given our crazy hours. Susan gave great insight and had a wonderfully interactive workshop. I think if everyone took a few minutes out of their day to relax and play, we would all be happier. It is a powerful tool to combat resident burnout." 

-- Dr. Ferrin Ruiz, coordinator of Med/Peds Residents Conference at UCLA 

"...but not a lot of humans being"

"I really enjoyed your talk “the new smoke break” at the CPA conference last week. Great information, great class interaction, and you are an excellent speaker. More people need to hear your message. A great quote I heard from a Buddhist monk “I see a lot of humans coming and going, but not a lot of humans being”. The ceaseless activity of modern life breeds disease of mind and body. Everyone needs to take time to smell the roses…before the roses wither up and die, or before they do. Keep up the great work and keep spreading the message. We need it now more than ever.  

p.s. I have mastered the thumb/index finger exercise by the way!" --B.M. (Johnstown, PA)

BOOK THE TALK

Susan can deliver Take Five as a 30- or 45-minute brown bag talk, 60- or 90-minute keynote, or 2-3-hour workshop. Longer versions have more activities and small group work. Appropriate for groups large or small. Contact info@nonprofitcomfort.com

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