I am all about helping people find the right tools for living playful, confident, organised lives; being more productive; and bringing work and life into harmony. My talks and workshops focus on actionable tools that are easy to implement and proven to work for real people.
- Find your flow (Available as a one-hour talk, or a four-hour workshop)
Do your best work, and have a great time doing it
Flow is what happens when you’re in the zone. You’re lost in a project, time slips by, and you’re killing it. When you’re in flow, you do your best work, and you’re productive without even trying. We look at the five elements of flow, and explore simple tools for crafting a more productive and enjoyable working week.
- Rock the routine (Available as a one-hour talk, or a four-hour workshop)
Harness habits to spend your energy where it really matters
The right habits, routines, and resolutions can reduce your mental load, freeing you to spend your energy where it really matters. We’ll look at using systems to do your thinking for you, and at how to harness habits to live a freer, better, more focused life. We’ll also explore proven ways to form habits that actually work. (That 21-days-to-form-a-habit thing? Yeah, there’s zero evidence for that.) You’ll leave feeling motivated and energised, ready to transform your day-to-day from humdrum to rocking-it.
- Stop procrastinating! (Available only as a one-hour talk, or a 90-minute seminar)
Find the time, get started, and get unstuck
So you have a project you would love to start, but you just can’t find a way to get cracking. Or maybe you did get started, but then got stuck! That report you need to write is fast approaching its deadline, the instrument you’d like to play is gathering dust, your half-finished craft projects languish in forgotten drawers. This fast-moving session will introduce you to a range of easy-to-implement tools that will help you get started and get unstuck.
- Tweak your week (Available as a one-hour talk, or a four-hour workshop)
Think like a productivity superstar, and still have a life
Let’s talk about how to: think like a personal assistant (manage your commitments with clear-headed confidence), think like a game developer (work quickly, flexibly, and iteratively), and think like a project manager (turn big projects and goals into concrete action plans). You’ll leave with a raft of productivity tools that are easy to put into practice, and a personal plan for changes you will make to become a productivity superstar. Go you good thing!
What people say
|Christina’s clear and concise advice left us all with some fresh ideas about how to manage our day-to-day. Christina was not only engaging and professional, but her content is grounded in demonstrated and reliable science, which is especially important to those in our field. I am already starting to implement the techniques she taught us into my week, but more importantly identifying were I am not being as productive as I possibly could be. I am very much looking forward to working with her again within our Centre.
–Kate Lowry, Chief Operating Officer, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers
Very new and exciting concepts to think about. They were explained clearly, simply, and logically.
Fantastically engaging and well-run. The research was well-cited, and I loved how you were able to critique it for us. I also enjoyed that you shared well-tried strategies, with a good combination of theory and personal stories.
This untangled some personal questions about my lack of productivity. Now I have some insight into improving productivity which I can apply directly to my tasks.
Christina was able to keep the whole group engaged fully the entire time of the session. I think it was the most participatory workshop I have attended.
|Christina’s teaching experience really comes through; she is knowledgeable, very clear when presenting information, and friendly. I now have a smooth running organisational system (actually more organised than my professional life).
How I roll
In my talks and workshops, interesting ideas meet concrete action. You will learn about the many ways that human brains are endlessly fascinating, but you will also leave with a personal-to-you plan for easy steps you can take starting today.
The tools that we look at are proven to work for real people by actual, top-notch* scientific research. (I am a fully-signed-up, die-hard believer in academic rigour.) But we won’t get deep into the science or use lots of jargon. Just straight-up, easy-to-grasp info that you can put into action straight away.
“OK, Christina,” I hear you say, “so your know your stuff. But what makes you the right person to talk to my group?”
I hear ya. Knowing your stuff doesn’t automatically make you a good teacher, right? So let me reassure you that I know how to talk about my stuff. I am skilled in breaking down big ideas, and have spent years teaching scientists how to talk about science like normal people.
Working with groups of 20 or fewer
I am also an expert in asking great questions. I ask the right questions to get a discussion going where everybody’s input is welcome and valued.** (And just to toot my own horn some more, I’m an award-winning practitioner and teacher of this facilitation style.)
This makes our time together interactive and collaborative. You’ll have opportunities to ask questions and discuss ideas. But I will never, ever single you out to answer a surprise question, or “volunteer” you to act something out up the front. (Though hey, you’re welcome to volunteer yourself!)***
So, summing up: An interactive workshop where your input will be valued. You’ll learn fascinating stuff about how your brain works, and walk out with a personal action plan.
That’s how I roll.
*That’s peer-reviewed, for all the scholars in the room.
**This is called the Socratic Method, or “Community of Inquiry”, for all the philosophers and educators in the room.
***Shout-out to all the theatre kids in the room. (I do love a good footnote.)
Have me come to you
Interested in having me speak to your group? Here’s the nitty gritty:
My workshops run for four hours (3.5 hours plus a 25-minute break). The ideal group size is 10–20 workshop participants – small enough for plenty of discussion, big enough for diverse viewpoints – but all workshops can be adapted for smaller or larger groups.
My talks run for 60 to 90 minutes depending on your needs, and can work for a group of any size.
Want to learn more?
I’m based on Melbourne, Australia. For events further afield, please get in touch to discuss logistics and pricing.
Interested? Get in touch!
If you’d like to discuss having me speak to your group, please complete the below form, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you prefer to speak over the phone, then please fill out the call-back form on my contact page.
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