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The Sweet Spot:
How to Achieve More by Doing Less

Presenting the latest research on productivity and elite performance, Christine demonstrates a sweet paradox: by doing less we can actually accomplish more. Using surprising science and lively anecdotal evidence, she offers a game-changing plan for outsmarting stress and expanding the amount of time we have to get things done.

The New Adolescence:
Raising Happy and Successful Teens in an Age of Anxiety and Distraction

Teens today are suffering from an epidemic of anguish that cannot be ignored. Last year, nearly one-fifth seriously considered suicide. We’ve always known that teenagers can be moody, but that is not what is going on today. Today’s teenagers and preteens are growing up in an entirely new world, and understandably, many parents are paralyzed by problems that didn’t exist less than a decade ago.

The good news is that we do understand why this generation is different and why they are suffering, and this means that we understand what we can do to reverse the scary trends in mental illness.

The Secret to Happiness:
3 Surprising, Science-based Strategies

Americans might be obsessed with the pursuit of happiness, but increasingly they aren’t finding it. The suicide rate is up 33% since 1999, for example; that’s the highest it’s been since WWII. If you are wondering what is going on — and also how to thrive in the face of these depressing trends — this talk by Dr. Christine Carter, a sociologist at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, is for you.

How to be an Anxious and Miserable Manager:
Strategies You May Already be Using

This tongue-in-cheek talk is great for skeptical audiences who may need Dr. Carter’s happiness tips, but might feel like happiness is too soft or “light” of a topic to be relevant in their busy and important lives. A popular talk for business leaders who are looking to increase productivity, creativity, and job satisfaction among their team, this speech can also be geared to a general audience.

Unleashing Your Super Power:
Simple Tweaks to Dramatically Change Your Life

Research shows that 40% of what we do every day is done out of habit. Many people think that habits are hard to create, and they can be, especially if you don’t know the basic brain mechanics behind habit formation. Here’s the good news: We understand how we can best change our habits-and therefore our lives.

Are You an Emotionally Courageous Leader? Why it Matters

What makes some managers fear failure and hide their mistakes, while others embrace their blunders as opportunities to do better the next time? New social science and brain research shows us how we can live and work from our “sweet spot” — that place of both power and ease.

Dr. Carter will transform the way you think about vulnerability, stress, adversity and busyness. In this program she shares three simple practices for facing fear with courage while fostering resilience — all rooted in the latest scientific research. She’ll discuss:

A sought after speaker and sociologist at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, and the author of Raising Happiness and The Sweet Spot, Dr. Christine Carter’s talks have been called “transformative,” “life-changing” and “phenomenal.”

Dr. Christine Carter has spoken for companies and organizations such as:

“The feedback from the team was overwhelmingly positive, (which says a lot given the group leans towards the more cynical). The framework was perfect and folks felt like they had tangible ways to make improvements.”

Christine Kim, YouTube

“She was warm, funny, very knowledgeable, and practical.”

Elicia Newcom Gregory Director, Marketing Norton Healthcare

“To any entrepreneur, man or woman alike, Dr. Carter’s message should be an “aha” moment in our modern society. We’re simply not fulfilling our full potential. We’ve been raised to believe that people are only successful when they’re constantly making their most powerful effort. When in fact we should be searching for our effortless power – that elusive “thing” Dr. Carter so elegantly explains as our Sweet Spot.”

Joe Steuter, Vice President,
Marketing Communication, Carson Group, Excell, a national conference for growth-minded financial advisors

“I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed Dr. Carter’s presentation at the Toigo Foundation. It was great to hear the recent relevant research that she shared as well as her own personal experiences. Thank you for the work that you do — we can’t get enough advice about how to be happy and how to help others do the same.”

Toigo Foundation
S. Blake-Beard, Toigo Foundation

“Dr. Carter brought the house down, got a standing ovation, and made us HAPPY.
Beautiful evening.”

Climb Wyoming
Sara Flitner,
Board of Directors, CLIMB Wyoming

“Dr. Carter joined us for a senior leader program and enlightened the group with how to find their flow. She’s passionate, funny and real. Her personal stories allowed the group to develop connections to her, and realize similarities in themselves and each other. Everyone left inspired to make positive changes to their lives, and even better, with concrete tips about how to do so.” 

Shawna McDonald, Executive Development, Google

“Dr. Carter is a skillful speaker. Her stories are personal and filled with practical advice. She’s engaging, thoughtful and very persuasive.” 

Stacey Clark O’Hara, Juniper Networks

“What you can’t see [in our amazingly positive evaluation/survey results] are the wonderful conversations that continue to be generated throughout the Glenbard community — in our school buildings and our homes. Dr. Carter we are grateful for you!!”

Gilda Ross, Glenbard School District Student Ed Community Projects Coordinator

“We loved your speech and you were a total hit. You did a fabulous job! Your speech was fascinating and centrally important. It received universal praise. Thank you, thank you, and thank you!”

Thacher School
Michael Mulligan,
Head of The Thacher School, in response to a commencement speech

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PLEASE NOTE: While Dr. Carter occasionally reduces her fees for non-profit organizations and special book events, she is currently booked through 2019 for all such events. She is only able to consider full-fee events as this time.