"Andrew Bernstein's presentation was the highest-rated session of the entire conference."

- Fortune 100 Program Director

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Program Overview

Millions of people are emotionally exhausted right now, affecting their leadership ability, team dynamics, family life, health, happiness, and more.

Andrew Bernstein’s virtual presentation on “The Most Important Thing” can help. It teaches participants:

  • the most important thing for happiness during challenging times based on the world’s longest study of human development — and why it’s not simply money, family, or even love
  • the most important thing for team performance, also based on data — and why it’s not talent or execution
  • how the founder of the modern stress concept made a fundamental mistake — and where stress really comes from
  • a 7-step process called Active Insight™ that changes how you handle stress and disruption in your life, with no jargon, stigma, or “touchy-feeliness”

The content is interactive and lasts 60 mins.

Audiences Appreciate
"The Most Important Thing" Because It's:

  • Highly Relevant

    Attendees learn what matters most for happiness and team performance during one of the most disruptive times in modern history.

  • Backed by Data

    The content is grounded in hard data, not superficial trends, so even skeptics buy in and stay interested.

  • Transformational

    Participants are guided through a 7-step worksheet so they experience a real (and surprising) breakthrough during the session.

  • Funny

    The speaker used to write for the Muppets. Humor and a strong narrative flow keep things moving right along.

  • Shareable

    The topic is just as applicable to spouses, Next Gen, and clients as it is to active leaders, so if possible you can extend the impact to others.

  • Practical

    Leaders want takeaway value. People receive a practical toolkit they can use on Day 1 and apply for the rest of their lives, both personally and professionally.

Client Feedback

“An excellent introduction to resiliency. If practiced well, it can tremendously reduce the burden of stress at work and home.”

- Johnson & Johnson

“Useful, tangible ways of thinking differently, and real ways of solving differences. I feel much more wise at work already. Wishing I had done this when I began my career.”

- Citi

“Groundbreaking. This was the first time I’ve been given a logical, step-by-step process to get from the beginning point to the end point of changed awareness without being intimidating or too New Agey.”

- 21st Century Fox

“A clear, concise way to deal with challenges, with practical applications and immediate results.”

- Coca-Cola

“An enlightening experience that gave us a new tool to manage work/life responsibilities. It’s a great technique I would recommend to other organizations committed to helping their employees be more productive and balanced.”

- Patagonia

“This was by far the most useful, provocative, and fascinating seminar I have ever participated in. It’s not nonsense, it’s not a Band-Aid, it’s just smart, tangible, and something that can be implemented across the board.”

- Ogilvy

About Andrew Bernstein

Since 2007, Andrew Bernstein has taught regularly at Wharton Executive Education, where his programs have been audience favorites for thousands of leaders.

His clients include Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, UBS, Wells Fargo, Raymond James, GE, Google, and many others.

Andrew speaks from his own life experiences dealing with tragedy at a young age, helping audiences handle even big challenges with a light touch. (Fun fact: He was once a writer for the Muppets.)

Andrew is the author of The Myth of Stress, published by Simon & Schuster, and the founder of the Resilience Academy.

He lives in New York City with his wife and young children

Q&A with Andrew Bernstein

In my experience, there are five types of speakers:

  1. Celebrities
  2. Motivators
  3. Educators
  4. Entertainers
  5. Transformers

My content is partly motivational, educational, and entertaining, but it's mostly transformational. #5 is the least common type of speaker, because giving an audience a toolkit for change and not just a message of change (which is type #2) is rare. If people value actual transformation, this program delivers.

Almost every other presentation on stress takes as gospel the premise that stress comes from stressors, that life is inherently stress-producing, and that all we can do during periods of disruption is manage our stress. So they teach breathing, relaxation, exercise, being tough, etc.

I disagree with the original premise. I show audiences how the modern stress concept is rooted in the work of one scientist, how that scientist was fundamentally wrong, and how stress really works.

My session is not about managing stress. It's about changing the way you understand the relationship between challenges in life and your emotional reactions, and then giving you a better framework and tookit going forward.

Ultimately it's not about stress. It's about being a better partner, manager, father, or mother able to be honest, accountable, and balanced in the face of change.

I don't lead with this in my presentation, but my father and little sister died when I was a teenager, and I spent years seeking a way to deal with challenges more effectively in my own life, including three years working closely with self-help pioneer Byron Katie.

I ended up creating a process that distills transformational breakthroughs into 7 steps called Active Insight™, and I share that with audiences.

I've done this hundreds of times with thousands of people for more than 15 years, so my presentation is very polished, but it's not canned. Every time I speak, I'm excited to share it with people who are hearing this for the first time and who can start applying this to challenges in their own lives, at work, at school, and at home.

For several years, my primary audience has been Type A senior  leaders in financial services. Again and again, the people who brought me in have said they've never received such positive feedback, even from the people who typically complain. This has been the highest-rated session at many conferences with famous speakers. I can't make promises (somewhere there is an audience of sociopaths who lack empathy), but for normal humans who care about well-being and want a way out of chaos, if you're saying there are two outs and you need a home run, I will raise my hand to go in.

  • For-profit organizations: $10,000 per presentation
  • Multiple bookings: $7,500 per presentation
  • Not-for-profits: $5,000

All bookings can be bundled with books and/or online memberships to ResilienceAcademy.com depending on the audience.

It may also be possible to have the presentation sponsored by a third-party. Ask me about this if you're interested.

Normally, 60 mins with introduction, presentation, Q&A, and closing. It can be reduced to 45 mins or extended to 75 mins if desired.

Not at this time. All presentations are virtual.


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