David Posen

Stress, Work-Life Balance and Change Management Expert

As a best selling author and one of the top-rated Stress and Change Management speakers in the market today, David delivers the sage advice of an MD, packaged with the wit and wisdom only a motivational speaker can offer. He takes direct aim at the bane of the beleaguered twenty-first century citizen: stress, burn-out, non-stop change and the elusive balance between work and life.

With a list of self-help best sellers and a successful counselling practice he continues to maintain, David Posen ranks as one of today’s foremost authorities on stress management. Multi-talented David Posen, MD has been a successful international keynote speaker, author and seminar leader for more than three decades. As an authority on stress management, he delights audiences across North America with an interactive approach that never fails to captivate, motivate, entertain and inspire. His work with corporate clients has positioned him as a speaker of choice for executive workshops and VIP retreats throughout Canada and the U.S.

David’s extensive list of presentation topics gives meeting planners and speaker’s bureaus the opportunity to find a keynote or seminar that’s exactly suited to their needs. His meaningful, yet often humorous, content touches on many of the issues affecting us in today’s ever-changing world.

Put stress, work-life balance, change management and burn-out under the microscope at your next conference. David’s lively, inspirational and interactive style is not only entertaining and motivational, but packed with content, humour and plenty of worthwhile tips.

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Suitable for Keynote or Seminar

Bank accounts work on a simple premise: you have to put money in before you can take money out. Our bodies are exactly the same. How can you keep drawing on stress energy when there’s nothing in the bank?

This could be the most revealing time you’ll spend in years. David Posen M.D. explains how acute stress generates quick energy, yet chronic stress drains it. Using the players in the NHL as his examples, he demonstrates the link between increasing energy and reducing stress; and he does it all with rock-solid logic and a good dose of humour.

You’ll Learn:
What a healthy stress cycle looks like and how to use it to pace yourself.
Why sleep is so crucial and how to get what you need.
How sugar and caffeine can actually drain you of energy.
Why exercise is an “energy factory".
How to create a “flow state” for better psychic energy.

Suitable for Keynote or Seminar

People in the “helping professions” – nurses, doctors, the clergy, etc., - have always known that caregiving is draining, both physically and emotionally. But the same applies to people caring for elderly or ailing relatives or those with special needs. How can caregivers continue to give support if they’re not paying attention to their own needs?

Designed to benefit both professionals and non-professionals alike, Dr Posen’s presentation helps caregivers understand the importance of reducing stress, caring for personal needs and putting a little breathing room back into life.

How to monitor your physical and emotional energy.
How to pace yourself and know your limits.
Why time-outs are so important and how to find diversion.
How to avoid and deal with compassion fatigue.
How to make time for yourself without feeling guilty.

Suitable for Keynote or Seminar

With all the demands made on us by work, family and friends, finding a comfortable work-life balance can seem like a utopian dream. Take heart. Throughout this fully enjoyable and lively session, Dr. Posen has a trunk full of strategies to achieve it.

David helps us to envision what a pleasing balance would look like and teaches us that our jobs are not our lives. It’s all about balance – balancing time, energy and the way we look at ourselves.

To take a snapshot of where you are now with regard to work-life balance.
The seven things that “tip us over” on the work-life balance scale.
To identify ways to work smarter and fresher to reduce overtime hours.
Seven ways to make time for leisure when there is no time for leisure.
To discover “the other you”.

Suitable for Keynote or Seminar

There are lots of things we don’t control: the weather, the economy, government policy and other people’s behaviour. But there are others we do command: the way we behave, how we think and the lifestyle choices we make.
The lesson? Take more control in those areas and good things will start to happen.

Join Dr David Posen for a thoroughly enjoyable yet informative session focused on enhancing your energy, building resilience and taking control of your life.

How to deal with overload.
How to change the way you feel by changing the way you think.
A simple visual tool for monitoring stress and pacing yourself.
Four simple lifestyle modifiers that will change your life.
How you can choose what stresses you.

Today’s world is full of big expectations. The pace is fast, there’s too much work and the pressures to perform are high. It’s no wonder people become disconnected from themselves and the normal rhythms of living.

Everywhere we look we see people who can’t understand why they are stressed: people with schedules they can’t handle; exhausted introverts trying to be more outgoing; high school students trying to learn at 8:00 in the morning when they’re half-asleep; people in careers they don’t like.

When individuals struggle to be what they’re not designed or inclined to be, the result is high stress, poor health, low performance and general unhappiness. They are round pegs trying to fit into square holes.

Join David for a look at....

  • Introversion and extraversion - where you fit on the spectrum.

  • Becoming more self-aware and getting to know yourself better.

  • Understanding the conflict between natural time and artificial time.

  • How sleep deprivation is so dangerous, yet so easy to fix.

  • How to live in sync with who you are.

As the pace of work continues to increase, the economy sputters and jobs are in short supply, organizations and the people who run them keep ramping up the stress levels on their employees. Some workers wear their stress like a badge of honour; others resign themselves to what they see as the “new normal” and accept the situation as “the way it is”.

The real truth is that workplaces are making people sick. Not enough people are talking about it, and when they do, no one is listening.

Join best selling author and renowned speaker on stress, David Posen MD, for a revealing look at workplace stress - what’s causing it and what can cure it.


  • The scope and cost of workplace stress.

  • How the conspiracy of silence affects everyone.

  • The Big 3 causes of stress in the workplace.

  • Three myths about productivity.

  • Enlightened leadership and the power of permission.

  • Simple, yet powerful strategies to fix the problem.

Stress is a fact of life – but it doesn’t have to be a way of life. Many people use the word without actually understanding what it means. In this clarifying and reassuring presentation, Dr. Posen demystifies the subject by explaining the fundamentals of stress theory without the jargon and then, most importantly, what to do about it.   Filled with insights and “aha” moments, David will make stress less intimidating and give you tips and techniques to master it.


  • What stress is, how to recognize it and where it comes from.

  • The simple PPP formula for taming stress in your life.

  • Time management tips to help you control your day.

  • How the way you think affects the way you feel.

  • How simple lifestyle changes can profoundly improve your energy and your mood.

In today’s dynamic work world, a staggering number of people choose to take care of business instead of taking care of themselves. Not only is it a bad personal decision, but in the end it’s just as destructive for the business. The reality is that good health and self-care can not only co-exist with business success, but actually promote it. With a little persuasion and a touch of humour, David will show you how to be good to yourself and improve the bottom line.

Learn To:

  • Discover five simple self-care strategies that leverage productivity.

  • Understand the relationship between stress and performance.

  • Discover a tool to monitor your stress and pace yourself.

  • Marvel at some paradoxical truths, including when Less is More.

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Using a holistic approach that combines elements of physiology, psychology and philosophy, Authenticity teaches readers to identify, acknowledge, and accept their true selves in order to make better, more informed, and realistic life choices. Drawing on real-life examples from his experience in stress management, Dr. Posen has identified five common problem areas that can lead to anxiety and unhappiness: personality traits, time and speed, sleep deprivation, values conflicts, and neglected passions. For each of these areas, the solution is surprisingly clear we must learn to live in a way that is authentic to our unique selves; we must live in harmony with who we genuinely are.


Dr. David Posen, a leading expert on stress mastery, gives us the definitive guide to treating — and eliminating — excessive stress in the workplace. Here he identifies the three biggest problems that contribute to burnout and low productivity: Volume, Velocity, and Abuse. Using revealing anecdotes and real- life case studies, he describes the physiological effects of stress, and illustrates how economic uncertainty, technology, and corporate culture have made the workplace more toxic than ever. Most importantly, he offers practical solutions and easy techniques to cope with workplace stress, and outlines what we can do collectively to maintain a healthy, productive atmosphere. Witty, engaging, and accessible, Is Work Killing You? touches on everything from meetings to tweeting, fake work to face time, the overworked to the underemployed, and more. With this book, Dr. Posen gives us the tools to stop harming our most valuable resource — ourselves.


Now in its 26th year of publication, the bestselling Always Change a Losing Game 5th edition has been updated and expand and full of useful advice on how to make changes in your life. Whether you’re dealing with compulsive eating, addiction, struggling with kids, or stuck in an unhappy relationship or a dead‐end job, Dr. Posen provides practical guidelines that will help you make positive changes in your life. He does this by showing you how to take control of your life and transform the way you think, the way you behave and the lifestyle choices you make. If what you’re doing and how you’re living are not producing the results you want, then you are playing a losing game. If you want things to get better, then you’ve got to change that losing game. This book is your key to success.

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