Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author of Barking Up the Wrong Tree & Plays Well with Others
Wall Street Journal bestselling author and former Hollywood screenwriter Eric Barker uses research and compelling stories to challenge common myths about success and relationships, inspiring audiences with bold new insights on how to avoid burnout, collaborate better as teams, and be more productive. Read More >
The Power of Confidence
The Danger of Overconfidence
The Confidence Balance
Decoding Myths of Success
How Your Personality can Sabotage Your Success
Barking Up the Wrong Tree | Talks at Google
How do you build great teams? The answer probably isn’t what you think. Many say all it takes is assembling the best people for the job. However, research shows bad teams can actually make star performers perform worse. Bestselling author Eric Barker has looked at the science on teams in a range of arenas from corporate executives to Navy SEALs and found that it’s not merely the standard metrics that matter – it’s how team members feel about one another, how they communicate and the stories that tell that can make all the difference. Covering more than just generalities, Barker provides the science-backed answers to the tough questions: What do you do when you can’t get A players? What’s the secret to finding those diamonds in the rough that form the backbone of great groups? What’s the best size of a team? How do groups evaluate and increase trust? And when are teams not a good idea at all? These are the insights leaders need to create effective, efficient, resilient groups that can innovate in the toughest of environments.
Burnout has reached epidemic proportions. Turns out we have a fundamental misunderstanding of what burnout actually is. Far from simply being “overwork”, burnout is a perspective more akin to job-induced depression -- it’s actually the flip side of “grit.” Expanding on insights from his Wall Street Journal bestselling book, Eric Barker explains the three perspective shifts that can pull people back from the brink and deliver the relief that vacations don’t. With the correct attitude, employees don’t need to dial back, they can actually work long and hard and thrive in the process. In this essential talk, Barker delivers actionable insights on how to instill emotional intelligence and optimism to build and retain workers that get stronger under pressure.
In a fast-paced world, nothing is more important than the ability to be productive. But what’s the best way to manage multiple goals and projects? To cope with the onslaught of 24-7 email? How do you stay motivated during the crunch times? What’s the best way to leverage calendars, to-do lists, and technology so they’re a help and not a hindrance? And how do you do it all without feeling like a robot? Bestselling author Eric Barker pulls together the best insights to help workers develop a tailored system of habits that feels organic. Whether it’s coping with a fast-paced office or the unique challenges of work-from-home, there are proven strategies that can bring control to the chaos and deliver results that move the needle.
Influencing others is undeniably one of the most powerful skills in the workplace. Bestselling author Eric Barker reveals the strategies and techniques of professional therapists and hostage negotiators that address the specific challenges we face in workplace communication. How can you be persuasive without being manipulative? How do you lead when you’re not in charge? What does it take to balance assertiveness with empathy? How do get leverage in a negotiation when you don’t seem to have any? Through research insights and powerful stories Barker conveys the latest tools for getting what you need while building rapport and strengthening relationships.
“Eric was great. Once in a while the stars align with topics and speakers and it is spectacular. That was this year's event and Eric's talk. He is a very gracious and personable gentleman. My group loved him.”
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