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I live for entertaining while challenging assumptions. I’m a data-driven author with deep expertise in behavioral science, obsessed with what makes people tick and looking underneath the hood of information. To inquire about my availability, just say hello.

The Value of Being Human: What Data and AI Can’t Replace

How can we build resilience in the age of technological advancements and increasing volatility? Why am I not worried that ChatGPT will replace me as a writer? Building resilience in the age of AI means leaning into the very things that make us human. Specifically, it means honing creativity, communication, and connection.

I’m debuting this presentation at the Financial Planning Association annual retreat in May.

Using Numbers to Nudge

What’s the best way to use numbers and data to inspire others to take action?

Starting with information design, behavioral economics, and neuroscience, the key points in this talk have been hammered home by years of consulting on data messaging. Read more here.

How to Be Perfect: The Self-Help Industrial Complex

We’re drowning in messages from thought leaders who claim to know exactly how to optimize ourselves—and they all have the data from psychology studies to prove it.

Why are we miserable when the answers seem so simple? Why are these life hacks more “hack” than “life-changing”? Part of it stems from the all-too-human hope for a quick fix. But we also need to look at the politics behind social science data: biased studies and privileged self-help authors.

I got a standing ovation as a closing keynote at the last-ever World Domination Summit, which you can see here.

Preparing for an Unknown Future: Lessons from Evolution

How can we prepare for an uncertain future? We don’t have to guess. Organizations and people have billions of years of data on which species thrive during extreme, unpredictable change. What can we learn from the species that thrive and go extinct during sudden, random shifts?

In this talk, I synthesize extensive research on how to successfully navigate rapid change, inspired by my first book, Can You Learn to Be Lucky?

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