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Terry  Paulson

Terry Paulson

Author of They Shoot Managers...Don't They?


Dr. Terry Paulson is a licensed psychologist and leading authority on turning positive psychology research into practical insights that produce real-world results.  Author of the popular books, The Optimism Advantage, Leadership Truths One Story at a Time, Making Humor Work and They Shoot Managers Don't They?, his presentations help organizations, leaders, and teams make change work. Read More >

Paulson teaches audiences that challenges can become opportunities and obstacles can become steppingstones.  He combines humorous, inspirational anecdotes with human insight and knowledge, sharing real-life strategies and information-packed stories that highlight best practices you can use tomorrow. His tasteful humor and down-to-earth style have earned him a deserved reputation as one of the nation's best keynote speakers. Known for bringing knowledge, enthusiasm, and a refreshingly unique approach to every program, he has been called “the Will Rogers of management consultants” by Business Digest.

Since founding Paulson and Associates, Inc. Paulson has conducted practical and entertaining programs annually for companies and associations nationwide including Boeing, Boston Scientific, Starbucks, 3M, the American Payroll Association, the National Association of Realtors, the American Academy of Family Physicians and hundreds of hospitals and universities. He is a past president of the National Speakers Association, a Certified Speaking Professional, and has been inducted as a lifetime member of the CPAE Speakers Hall of Fame, along with Ronald Reagan, Colin Powell and Norman Vincent Peale – an honor given to only 156 speakers worldwide. Read Less ^

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Leaders Make Change Work

The change journey continues....! This powerful program provides today's leaders with practical tactics that make change work. You'll learn how to generate and sustain commitment to a compelling vision, develop an organization that is excited to learn, encourage early problem solving, motivate diverse teams, and focus resources to support your strategic business goals.

The Assertiveness Advantage: Dealing With Difficult Issues & Difficult People

In this age of cost-containment, competition and constant change, conflict is increased. Learn how to capitalize on disagreements and team diversity to produce winning results. By finding the assertive middle ground between doormat and steamroller, you can increase your influence batting average in dealing with the tough issues and your tough people! Explore how your actions help produce on-the-job enemies and how to use bridge-building strategies that trade polarization and revenge for trust and results.

The Optimism Advantage

Your task is to keep hope alive in this age of cynicism. Trade feelings of helplessness and frustration for flexible optimism, resourcefulness, and persistence in the face of adversity and constant change. This insightful program will help you and your team focus on "the optimism advantage" as you face ever-increasing personal and organizational challenges.

Principled Leadership in Action

Shape your organization's culture. This dynamic program explores how leaders spread cultural change by driving core values, asking strategic questions, and sharing best practices along with inspirational stories. You'll learn how to generate and sustain commitment to guiding principles and ensure that your team makes wise critical decisions in support of the organization's vision and values.

The Communication Edge: The Art of Listening, the Power of Speaking

There is no more valuable skill for leaders to develop than effective communication. Two of the most important competencies that can give you a communication edge are effective listening and public speaking. Learn how to listen so that others are comfortable talking; learn to speak so that people listen.

Winning Motivational Strategies

There's only one person who can motivate you...You! While many programs claim to be "motivational," this proven energizer is guaranteed to help you master specific motivation tactics that work on and off the job. You'll master self-talk strategies, understand self-feedback tools, and embrace self-change habits that will have a lasting impact well after the program is over.