Allison Graham

Allison Graham

Toronto, Ontario
Peak Performance and Profitability WITH Mental & Emotional Well Being Expert - Consultant, Author
Allison Graham is a dedicated advocate for helping ambitious professionals enhance their performance, productivity, and profitability while prioritizing mental and emotional well-being. As a renowned keynote speaker, consultant, and author, she empowers individuals worldwide to reevaluate their approach to stress, emphasizing not just its management but its prevention. Allison Graham has authored several books, including 'Take Back Your Weekends: Stress Less, Do More, Be Happier' and 'From Business Cards to Business Relationships: Personal Branding and Profitable Networking Made Easy!' Her upcoming book, 'The Stress Illusion: Defy the Lies Making Life Harder Than It Needs to Be,' is already creating a buzz as a game-changer in the stress conversation. Her groundbreaking insights and innovative tools have earned her recognition in industry circles, where she has collaborated with esteemed North American brands and influential associations, as well as in the national and international media, with appearances on Global Television, CBC, Fast Company, CTV, and Breakfast Television, among others.
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Allison Graham has focused her career on transforming professionals’ approach to revenue generation for over a decade. She is fiercely committed to crafting and sharing resources that show ambitious professionals how to optimize performance, productivity, and profitability while still honouring mental and emotional health.

Combining lived experience, up to date research and the ability to understand the complexities and challenges that lead to stress and burnout for leaders and employees, her message is deeply rooted in the respect that the bottom-line responsibilities need to intersect with a fulfilled and engaged leadership team and workforce.

She has garnered the attention of national and international media outlets as a thought leader for the connection between work life balance, wellness and peak performance. You might recognize Allison Graham from her appearances on Global Television, CBC, Fast Company, CTV, and Breakfast Television, to name a few.

In 2009, Allison Graham faced a critical crossroads when her neurologist recommended, she go on disability due to post-surgical nerve pain. Fueled by the fear of career loss, she committed to pioneering stress-reduction techniques tailored to her unique challenges.

This crisis catalyzed a journey into comprehensive research and experimentation, leading her to innovative approaches for managing ongoing nerve pain without sacrificing her professional goals. Allison Graham navigated through substantial life challenges that have given her unique insights into the resilience, managing change and the mindset and behaviours that impact our health.

Challenging the conventional wisdom on stress management, Allison argues that the conventional approach is flawed. Despite societal awareness of increasing stress and burnout, traditional advice seems to be ineffective. Drawing from her 17 years of studying mainstream advice and her own experiences with burnout and chronic pain, she identifies what she terms as The Stress Illusion.

Her groundbreaking work urges professionals to minimize stress creation as a preventative approach to their work and personal lives. Her methodology allows clients to reclaim control over their lives, renew their passion for their work, and focus on what genuinely matters for themselves and their peers.

A dedicated researcher, Allison Graham has invested thousands of hours into reading, interviewing experts, and challenging prevailing personal development advice. She offers her refined strategies to those who are already on the self-improvement path but are seeking deeper, more meaningful conversations and solutions.

Allison Graham is the author of the influential book “From Business Cards to Business Relationships: Profitable Networking & Personal Branding Made Easy,” which has set the stage for her contributions to the fields of sales and networking. These insights laid the foundation for her second book, “Married My Mom, Birthed a Dog: How to Be Resilient When Life Sucks,” which provides actionable strategies for managing adversity without derailing one’s career.

Her forthcoming book, ‘The Stress Illusion: Defy the Lies Make Life Harder Than It Needs to Be is already being hailed as a game-changer in the conversation around stress.

Driven by client stories of burnout and stress, Allison is on a mission to simplify life’s complexities. Her approach is often described as ‘tough love wrapped in an empathetic hug.’ She has a knack for identifying behavioral patterns and helping individuals navigate their priorities with confidence.

Her ground-breaking insights and innovative techniques have connected her within industry circles as she worked with some of North America’s most respected brands and influential associations.

Allison Graham’s ongoing commitment to refining her methodologies highlights the importance of viewing personal development as a continuous journey, not a destination. Her seamless integration of professional acumen and personal resilience provides invaluable insights for anyone striving for both career success and overall well-being in complex and fast paced environments.




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Allison Graham Topic Presentations

the stress illusion - defy the lies that make life harder than it needs to be

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  • 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.


    • 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 (closing keynote option)

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  • Traditional stress management strategies are failing us. If they weren’t, we wouldn’t be witnessing escalating stress levels, skyrocketing burnout rates, and unprecedented stress-related leaves of absence.

    As this conference nears its conclusion, a sense of apprehension may be settling in as you contemplate returning to the demanding rhythms of your role at work. After basking in the camaraderie and enriching learning experience of these past few days, the grind of the day-to-day may seem overwhelming.

    In our closing keynote, Allison Graham will unveil three myths surrounding stress and present three fresh approaches to not just manage stress – but rather to stop creating so much of it in the first place. Be inspired as Allison redefines stress management and shares insights that you can put into practice instantly.

    Equipped with these transformative strategies, you’ll not only feel prepared to handle work-related stressors, but you’ll also have the bandwidth left to implement the exciting ideas you’ve collected during the conference. And yes, you’ll also find time to sustain and develop the valuable connections you’ve made here.

    This isn’t just a speech; it’s your springboard toward a less stressed, more balanced, and productive future. Don’t miss this chance to transform the illusion of stress into a reality of thriving and resilience.


    • 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.

on the brink of burnout? don’t quit!

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  • It’s possible to reignite your passion for your work or to help others to do the same even when you have too much to do, too little time and too few resources!

    Even when engulfed in the whirlwind of endless tasks, shrinking time, and scarce resources, it’s possible to rekindle your passion for work and life! As a professional in a high-pressure industry, your daily life is a balancing act on a tightrope.

    When your plate perpetually overflows, the urge to flee the relentless pace and take a breather can be overpowering. Yet, you know the work waits for no one – and you’re passionate about your role in the industry!

    If this resonates with you, remember that it is possible to do it all, without feeling like you’re suffocating on the stress of the daily grind of success. Don’t let destructive stress to chip away at your daily productivity, compromise your happiness, or threaten your emotional and mental well-being.

    In this immersive session, Allison will arm you with innovative strategies to recalibrate your perspective of the surrounding whirlwind. By doing so, not only will you amplify your productivity and bolster your organization’s bottom line, but you’ll also safeguard your most valuable asset – your well-being.

    It’s not about quitting when things get tough; it’s about learning to dance in the storm. Let Allison guide you in this transformative journey. The solution isn’t to escape the hustle; it’s to learn to master it.

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Why you don’t need to do less to feel better, but rather how to shift your relationship with stress and resilience to create mental and emotional space in your days.
    • A clear path to minimize destructive stress so the day’s activities do not steal so much of your available resources.
    • A strategy to address different challenges that arise each day in a way that gives you a sense of control even in times that are out of your control.

leading through tough times without the burnout - honoring the human experience while inspiring top performance from you and your team

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  • World events have had an unprecedented emotional toll on even the most accomplished individuals. This in turn has impacted team dynamics and left many leaders feeling responsible for propping up the mood of everyone else – while neglecting their own needs. People are tired of having to be resilient. I call the exhaustion from having to be resilient ‘Coping Fatigue.’

    While nothing can be done to fix the overall situation and intensity of challenges one faces, a fresh perspective and better problem-solving strategies and a fresh approach to micro-resilience can make the experience better.


    • Recognize how overwhelming stress is created and know how to stop it for you and your team.
    • Quickly identify different types of challenges and know how to deal with each so that each problem drains less of your available resources.
    • Strategies to create mental and emotional space in your days even when it feels like you’re pulled in a million directions.
    • The various ways people respond to challenges and how to inspire optimal resilience and problem-solving.

the problem-solving method: build resilience and amplify daily capacity - moving beyond solution-first thinking to solve problems better and faster!

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  • Each day we face a series of tasks, obstacles and adversities that need to be addressed. We’re often taught to focus on finding solutions, but after coaching and consulting for the last 17 years and being obsessed with personal development, Allison has seen how solution-first thinking can backfire when it comes to problems related to the human experience.

    When challenges arise, if they aren’t approached in an effective way, destructive stress and further complications can follow. Often people are left repeating the same unhealthy patterns of behaviour.  Using my problem-solving framework, participants will uncover a systematic way to approach daily challenges – whether they are related to their own personal development or operational issues at work. By solving problems more effectively, they will free their personal capacity to be more creative, innovative, and engaged in their work.


    • Why solution-first thinking often backfires and how to quickly find solutions that will stick.
    • Allison Graham’s Problem-Solving Framework and be able to apply it to your personal circumstances immediately to minimize the impact of challenges.
    • A common language to effectively identify and address different types of challenges.

take the stress out of networking to optimize human-to-human connections - creating profitable and meaningful human-to-human connections even when you're too busy to connect or loathe networking

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  • The greatest asset in your professional life is your network. Connecting and building meaningful professional relationships with people from various sectors and within your organization who have access to different resources and wisdom, can be a challenging obstacle.

    Overloaded task lists, heavy work demands, and comfort zones can mean that relationship development is reactive at best, and, at worst, non-existent. With the right tools, you can overcome this challenge in a fraction of the time it would take others.

    Allison Graham will reveal the insights that she learned when she overcame her fear of networking to build confidence. She learned exactly what the most connected people do to evolve and solidify profitable relationships that lead to opportunities, instead of just being busy. You will learn what others have done to inspire trust while moving a connection from being just known to a loyal professional relationship.


    • The building your network to bolster your career and making the choice to coast or soar.
    • The four motivations that create relationship momentum so that you can identify the easiest way to create meaningful connections with contacts.
    • The four moments in a relationship that will have the biggest influence on trust.
    • Simple tips to move beyond boring small talk to create deeper, more authentic interactions and more memorable conversations, even if you don’t love networking.
    • How to find the best opportunities to network in order to expand your professional circles and debunk the myth that you’re too busy to network effectively.


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

Richard Ruppell

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

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

Articles & Media

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


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.

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...

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...

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.

Breakfast Television


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

CTV Your Morning


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

CTV News


Dealing with Distraction in the Workplace


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...
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