Keynote Presentations

Having excellent decision making skills, including the ability to overcome subconscious lizard brain influences, is vital to effective leadership. This unique program teaches attendees to how to recognize and challenge their own subconscious impulses and preferences.

Key Takeaways

  • How to remove the subconscious barriers to growth and innovation
  • How to focus on and achieve long-term goals over short-term results
  • How to promote and build trust with your team to improve relationships and employee engagement

Creating and maintaining an effective office or work environment requires decision making that aligns with your organization’s goals and reflects its values. This intriguing program explores the natural unconscious tendencies that can subvert a positive and productive workplace.

Key Takeaways

  • How to improve assessments, including hiring processes and performance evaluations
  • Overcoming the negativity and suspicion that is a natural tendency in the face of uncertainty
  • How to be more productive by understanding the source of “lizard brain” resistance

We each have the potential to be amazing, but often fall short and beat ourselves up in the process. In this motivational and entertaining program, learn from a former professional magician how to discover your amazing hidden talents so you can live your values and become the best possible version of you.

Key Takeaways

  • How to discover your core values and the impulses that hinder values-based decisions
  • How to use failure as an opportunity for growth rather than self-criticism
  • How to reach your mental performance potential

Psychological illusion, mind magic, or mentalism - whatever you call it, Steve’s amazing demonstrations of mental mysteries are a great way to cap off a dinner, banquet or awards ceremony. This fun, funny, and amazing stage show is very interactive as audience members participate in intriguing segments that explore:

  • subliminal influence
  • lie detection
  • clairvoyance
  • virtual mind reading


Steve Haffner

Meet Steve Haffner

Steve enjoyed a 30 year career in the corporate IT world as a programmer, systems engineer, manager, business analyst and vice president. Working for companies such as EDS, Mercer, and Humana, Steve was not only a successful tech professional and manager, but he learned firsthand how managers can undermine their own success through poor decision making and leadership skills. In addition, Steve’s work in developing quality assurance programs has informed his insights into personal performance improvement.

As a speaker, Steve’s programs focus on performance improvement through understanding and overcoming the subconscious influences that our reptilian brain has on our decision making and behavior. By combining his corporate and leadership experience with his entertainment skills and knowledge of psychology and behavioral science, Steve creates thought provoking programs that educate and entertain.

Steve received his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Western Kentucky University in 1984. He lives with his wife and two amazing daughters in Louisville, KY, but travels worldwide to share his message. He believes that the ability to control our “lizard brain” shortcuts, biases, and impulses is the key to a fulfilling and successful career and life.

Steve can also perform close-up entertainment during a cocktail hour or hospitality event.


“It was an engaging and interesting presentation. Something you don’t think about – how your subconscious mind controls your day-to- day thinking including in the workplace. The HR professionals were really engaged. They liked that it was a different type of presentation than they are normally used to, and they can apply the information in several different ways. We loved having him and he was a great part of our conference.”

-Robbie Perkins, President IPMA-HR, Kentucky Chapter

“Steve did an amazing job. We laughed, we were in awe, and we loved that he brought illusion and neuroscience together to show us how we can overcome mind blocks, and we can apply that information to our clients as well.”

- Janice Smith, President, Kentucky Speech-Language and Hearing Association

“Steve did an absolutely fantastic job entertaining our group, getting us to delve deeper into our thoughts, and decision making, there were quite a few laughs. Everyone left feeling mesmerized by Steve’s ability to get deep into our minds and think about our own thoughts. His content and presentation were excellent.”

-John Bodle, IT Finance Dept, Bloomington Indiana

“It was wonderful! Steve really related how the brain can be tricked into making certain decisions in a certain way. I was impressed how he built from one model to the next and the next, and it made sense how he related it to real world decisions and evaluations. It was excellent – I was really impressed with it.”

-Roger Buskill, Association for Talent Development - Kentuckiana Chapter

“It was extremely entertaining, it was funny, but more importantly it uncovered some things we didn’t know about ourselves and how we think about many things that are in everyday life and how we’ll think about them differently. I highly recommend it. It was a great presentation and very educational.”

-Andrew Backen, Executive Vice President, Touchstone Merchandise Groupr

“Steve’s keynote was very informative but entertaining at the same time. It kept the audience well engaged while teaching them to overcome their invisible mind blocks …and different ways to think about how they think about things.”

-Laura Cole, Director of Program Development, Kentucky School Boards Association

“Steve’s program was an awesome session! It made me think, it was fun, it was engaging. I still haven’t figured out how he did everything, but he did tell us a lot about our lizard brains.”

-Marchal Hudson, Project Management institute, Central Indiana

“It was incredible – mind blowing! It woke us back up after lunch. We don’t even know where to go from here! We want him to come back - we wanted him to keep talking!”

-Sonia Huff, Kentucky School Counselors Association

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