Speaking

After years of researching how to best act despite life's inherent randomness, I'm excited to share and discuss these ideas with groups, classes, and organizations.

Speaking Topics

Being Lucky: a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Do you think you're lucky, punk? Cognitive biases are all irrational: some are key for mental health, happiness, and success. As long as it's done right, thinking of yourself as happy-go-lucky actually improves outcomes.

Thriving in Chaos: Lessons from Evolution

Organizations and people have billions of years of data to learn from when it comes to being able to prepare for the unknown. What can we learn from species that thrive in randomness? Do we copy rabbits or humans? Surviving requires a mix of qualities from both the fast and slow.

How to Get Chosen

How do we make decisions about other people? And, more importantly, how are other people judging and sizing us up? The science of social decision making may not be what you think it is.

Always Say Yes (Sometimes)

Life gets bigger the more you say yes—but this doesn't mean saying yes to everything. Life is short. Maximize time: be smart. Go where the luck is, and then buy all the lottery tickets you can.

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Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.

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