Allison Graham

Allison Graham

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Toronto, Ontario

Health & Peak Performance | Life Balance | Mental and Emotional Wellness | Workplace Culture Expert

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Chris Voss Show

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Allison Graham, Speaker, Author Take Back Your Weekends
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Thoughts That Rock

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Allison Graham | When Opportunity Presents Itself, Talk Yourself In
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Thrive LouD with Lou Diamond

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Allison Graham - TAKE BACK YOUR WEEKENDS

ALLISON GRAHAM BIOGRAPHY

Allison Graham’s journey as a keynote speaker, consultant, and author has been profoundly shaped by both personal adversity and professional triumph. From her early days of low self-esteem and a career marked by instability, Allison found her calling in empowering others.

She began by conquering her own self-doubt and fear of networking, which led to numerous job offers from business leaders. Instead of accepting these offers, Allison Graham chose to share her networking strategies, launching a successful speaking and training career that has reached tens of thousands of professionals worldwide.

Her commitment to enhancing professional growth extends beyond networking. She has become a staunch advocate for integrating mental and emotional well-being into workplace productivity and resilience.

Her approach is deeply rooted in the reality that professional success should not come at the expense of health. This philosophy stems from her own challenges, including a critical turning point in 2009 when Allison faced severe post-surgical nerve pain and the suggestion from her neurologist to go on disability.

Refusing to end her career, Allison Graham embarked on a rigorous journey of personal growth, research, and framework development, which allowed her to continue thriving professionally despite her physical limitations.

Her pioneering work in stress reduction and resilience has led to the development of innovative strategies that focus on preventing stress rather than merely managing it. Allison’s methodologies encourage professionals to foster habits that enhance performance and well-being, leading to a more balanced and fulfilling life.

Allision Graham has shared these insights through her books, “From Business Cards to Business Relationships: Profitable Networking & Personal Branding Made Easy,” and “Married My Mom, Birthed a Dog: How to Be Resilient When Life Sucks.” Her upcoming book, “The Stress Illusion: Defy the Lies Making Life Harder Than It Needs to Be,” promises to further challenge conventional stress management advice.

Throughout her career, Allison Graham has garnered national and international media attention as a thought leader on the interconnectedness of work-life balance, wellness, and peak performance. She is a frequent guest on platforms such as CTV Your Morning, CP24 Breakfast, and Global News, where she discusses strategies for building resilience in the workplace. ”

Her efforts have not only reshaped how professionals approach stress and adversity but have also earned Allison the respect of clients and peers alike, making her a sought-after speaker and consultant for some of North America’s most respected brands and influential associations.

Today, Allison Graham continues to inspire and educate through her books, media appearances, coaching sessions, online courses, and keynote speeches. She shares innovative and creative frameworks with audiences, teaching the tools that kept her business thriving during her toughest times.

Through thought-provoking, high-impact keynotes, training, and coaching programs, Allison’s visionary approach inspires a culture of happier, more engaged, resilient leaders and employees.

Her ongoing commitment to refining her methodologies underscores the importance of viewing personal development as a continuous journey, not a destination, providing invaluable insights for anyone striving for both career success and overall well-being in complex and fast-paced environments.

Books

Take Back Your Weekends: Stress Less. Do More. Be Happier.
Take Back Your Weekends: Stress Less. Do More. Be Happier.
If the price of success is constantly feeling overwhelming stress, that’s too much! In this book for high-performers who love their work, but are frustrated by the hectic daily grind, Allison Graham shares her easy-to-apply frameworks so that you can optimize your workweek, get more focused work...
From Business Cards to Business Relationships: Personal Branding and Profitable Networking Made Easy
From Business Cards to Business Relationships: Personal Branding and Profitable Networking Made Easy
Supercharge your Life by tapping into the greatest resource – people! In this book, published by John Wiley and Sons Ltd., Allison Graham provides a systematic way to skyrocket your career by creating a powerful, profitable network and shows you how to build goodwill in your community and among...

Articles & Media

Tired of COVID-19? Here are 5 ways to overcome fatigue

CHCH

The pandemic has taken an emotional toll on a lot of people, leading to significant mental health risks. Allison Graham, author of Take Back Your Weekends: Stress Less. Do More. Be Happier, joined Bob Cowan on Morning Live to share five ways to overcome coping fatigue.
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The Ethical Use of AI as a Thought Leader

Choice Magazine

Whether you fear or embrace artificial intelligence (AI), its impact on your coaching practice cannot be denied. AI compels each of us to streamline our practice and differentiate ourselves from each other and from the online resources that are available to clients. My hope is that AI will inspire us to fully embrace our true essence so that we can serve clients in a way that can’t be replicated by a machine or anyone else.
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Here's how to stop working all the time and take back your weekend

The Financial Post

Last week, we talked about when and how to unplug. This week, whether you’re back at work with reluctance or relief, let’s talk weekends. Remember those? Two years of at-home offices, late and strange hours, and not being able to get out much have blurred weekdays and weekends into one stressful, round-the-clock grind. We asked Allison Graham, executive coach and author of Take Back Your Weekends: Stress Less, Do More, Be Happier, how to, well, do just that.
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How to make a graceful networking exit

The Globe and Mail

When I started my company, I had a breakfast meeting with a good friend who is a very successful businessman. I shared my plan for teaching people about business networking and everything the concept entailed.
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Breakfast Television

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FAST TIPS to Stop Stress NOW: Simple Changes that Work for BUSY people
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CTV Your Morning

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How to deal with the emotional toll of coping with the pandemic
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CTV News

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Dealing with Distraction in the Workplace
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Allison Graham Topic Presentations

The Stress Illusion: Defy the Lies That Make Life Harder Than It Needs To Be

  • Virtual PresentationKeynote PresentationWorkshop SessionHalf Day TrainingFull Day Training
  • In our fast-evolving business landscape, conventional stress management methods often fall short. The evidence is clear: mounting stress levels, rising burnout rates, and an alarming number of stress-induced absences are monopolizing headlines despite unprecedented access to techniques to foster well-being.

    Throughout this conference, as we immerse ourselves in new learning and networking, it can feel like a refreshing escape from the daily work pressures, but soon enough, you’ll be back to the grind. During this keynote, Allison Graham will address common misconceptions about the best ways to navigate stress and introduce practical approaches that focus not on managing stress, but on stopping the stress reaction in the first place so that there is less stress to manage.

    That will free capacity each day to focus on what’s important.

    This session is not merely informative; it offers a proactive approach to balancing work pressures with overall well-being. Gain a clearer understanding of stress and equip yourself with strategies that prioritize both performance and well-being.

    Allison will provide clear, actionable strategies that can be applied immediately, and will better prepare you to handle work-related challenges and to effectively integrate the insights gained from this conference. Additionally, you’ll be able to maintain and grow the professional relationships you establish throughout the conference.

    Takeaways:

    • Understand why delegating tasks, other productivity hacks, and healthy lifestyle choices are not complete answers to create breathing room in your days and discover a meaningful alternative.
    • Be able to leverage empowering stress, better ride the waves of survival stress and stop creating destructive, overwhelming stress.
    • Discover and easily be able to apply three simple techniques to neutralize destructive stress when it happens.

The Stress Illusion: Defy the Lies That Make Life Harder Than It Needs To Be

On the Brink of Burnout? Don’t Quit!

Leading Through Tough Times Without the Burnout

The Problem-solving Method: Build Resilience and Amplify Daily Capacity

Take the Stress Out of Networking To Optimize Human-to-human Connections

Testimonials

Allison Graham is a massive boost of fresh oxygen from the stage.

Richard Ruppell

CanSPEP
Fairmont Hotels and Resort

Allison’s keynotes offered inspiration and results that lasted long after her speech was done. For example, one of the many stories of impact included, after hearing Allison Graham speak, a leader on my team self-identified as being caught in the victim trap, recognized her tendency to complain too much, took responsibility for her negative contribution to team dynamics and committed to practicing Allison’s formula.

Sébastien Fauvel, MBA.

Hiring, Onboarding & Engagement
BMO Financial Group

Allison’s program is much more than a course in resiliency. It goes to the heart of leading and engaging team members and helping to unlock their potential in challenging times. Many of our leaders said it was some of the most practical and inspirational training they had experienced in years.

Don Ludlow

Regional Vice-President
RBC Commercial Markets

Allison Graham  was a breath of fresh air and a kick start after a long and strange, forced social hibernation. She helped our professional women’s group create an event that perfectly balanced education and inspiration! Allison is an engaging, authentic and insightful speaker. Everyone in the room was energized and motivated to implement her strategies and keep the momentum going long after the event. We all can’t wait to work with Allison Graham again!

Sabrina Lombardi

Partner
McKenzie Lake Lawyers LLP

Allison’s message was very well received and made an impact. It was topical and relevant to our management team. Her sessions continue to resonate with our team as they balance their personal well-being along with the daily client, team and office demands.

Chirag Shah, CPA, CA, MBA

Managing Partner
Southwestern Ontario | PwC

Allison Graham is a dynamic speaker who provides practical advice. Feedback from the Loyalty One / Air Miles Leadership event was extremely positive and associates put newfound skills to work! Allison Graham is the ultimate professional.

Debbie Baxter

Air Miles | Loyalty One

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