Doug Smith

Mental Performance, Trauma, Recovery and Overcoming Adversity Expert

Doug Smith, author of “The Trauma Code” & “Thriving in Transition”, is a thought leader on the impact of workplace induced emotional trauma. An accomplished keynote speaker & communicator, Smith presents a trauma management model he developed (System438) to address trauma and maximize human performance.

Doug Smith provides clients with both understanding of and messaging on, the impact of workplace culture on mental health and performance. His clients are able to use this understanding and messaging to the benefit of their employees and the performance of their organization.

An elite athlete at 18, Doug Smith was the 1st Round draft pick of the Los Angeles Kings and played 607 professional games before a broken neck and spinal cord injury ended his career. Smith understands the impacts of workplace culture, the process of trauma recovery and the rebuilding of personal performance because he has been there.

Through his life story, keynote presentations, literary work & workshops, Doug Smith assists individuals and teams on how mental health, resilience and productivity depend on one another.  Through his process of performance and recovery he teaches the right formula for become better leaders and to better manage the process of change. His presentations provide attendees with building blocks for mental performance by using scientific research for emotional and physical change, and how they work off one another.

Doug Smith speaks professionally to a global audience delivering a simple and profitable system for increasing mental performance & monitoring continuous improvement. Smith help organizations to do the right things and to do the right things in the right order to build and grow a strong foundation for success. Doug Smith also develops personalized performance curriculum for leaders, managers and their employees.


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After suffering a catastrophic, life-altering, injury while playing professional hockey, former NHLer Doug Smith decided right then and there, that if he survived the impact and physical injuries, he would do better emotionally as a human being. It was in that moment, laying on the ice, that the humble beginnings of System 438 sprang into action.

Doug’s incredible story will leave you, inspired, empowered and more aware. He will explain why and how the impact of emotional trauma combined with the “rate of change” is our ticking time bomb in the workplace today. He will show you how to disarm it. Why and how System 438 can enhance human performance through awareness Trauma can hurt our performance without us being aware it is happening to us.

4 – Awareness: The human species suffers from only 4 types of trauma. 3 types of trauma can be easily seen and felt. One type of trauma we are not well-equipped to see and feel. Doug will show you how to see and feel cumulative emotional trauma, so you can lead with confidence, support using empathy and achieve phenomenal outcomes.

3 – Assessment: What controls us? The subconscious brain controls more than 95% of human functioning. The subconscious brain has only 3 priorities. You will learn what these priorities are.

8 – Performance: Revealed through Doug’s story, you will learn the 8 behaviours and performance fueling actions which he used to feed the 3 priorities of his subconscious brain. Playing the lottery with your emotional performance and the performance of others is not a requirement. There is a systematic approach to better manage emotional state.

Let Doug be your guide to System 438.

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