Keynote Presentations

Do you struggle to keep your decisions consistent with your brand? Do you and your team make judgment errors that you feel could have been avoided? Do your actions foster an environment of trust with your customers and staff?

Our success is determined by how well our decisions align with our goals and values. However, we are frequently thwarted by our inner "lizard brain" and its subconscious shortcuts, impulses and biases that falsely influence our decision making.

In this compelling and educational program, participants discover how to increase customer and employee trust and loyalty by improving their decision performance, ensuring consistency between their decisions and their brand.

Key Takeaways

  • Learn the self-deceptions that thwart great decision making
  • Discover why metacognition is essential to peak performance and positive relationships
  • Adopt strategies for maintaining values-based decision making

Creativity is frequently cited as a must-have job skill for 21st century professionals. Unfortunately, most people fail to fully develop this important part of their professional toolkit.

In this insightful and interactive program, audience members learn strategies and methods for applying creative techniques to problem solving and how they handle their workplace challenges.

No matter how non-creative you believe you are, expanding your creative capacity will make you more valuable to your organization, improve your decision performance and make work more fun.

Key Takeaways

  • Overcome the common myths and mind blocks about creativity
  • Develop the mental habits and mindset that prepare your brain for creative thinking
  • Learn Steve’s "wrack and rest" method for creative problem solving
  • Discover how to fuel your imagination with insights from other domains and apply them to your work.

Each of us has amazing performance potential, but to reach it we must recognize and break through the self-deceptions that are barriers to our success.

In this motivational and entertaining program, learn from a former professional magician (a master of deception) how to achieve "Ta-da!" self-improvements by recognizing and overcoming the false beliefs and stories that can trick us into negativity, fear and settling for the status quo.

Key Takeaways

  • Challenge what you believe about yourself and your own motivations.
  • Learn when to trust - and when to question - your intuition.
  • Learn to excel by overcoming the diabolical status quo bias
  • Perform at your best by defeating irrational "lizard brain level" fear and negativity


Steve Haffner

Meet Steve Haffner

Steve Haffner helps professionals and leaders understand their cognitive errors and self-deceptions so they can elevate their performance and become indispensable. By transforming their thinking, audiences can ensure their decisions are better aligned with their goals and values.

During his professional career Steve has successfully reinvented himself from a systems developer, business analyst and vice-president to a corporate entertainer and mentalist, to a professional speaker and decision performance specialist.

Steve connects the experiences and skills he acquired from each domain to create compelling programs on self-improvement. Adding insights from the latest studies in psychology and behavioral science, he provides professionals with new perspectives on creativity, peak performance and productivity.

By combining his diverse skills, entertaining creativity and analytical thinking, Steve gives his audiences an experience that is not only educational, but fresh, engaging, and uniquely Steve.


"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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