Connect for Keeps: Attract, Keep, and Build Thriving Talent, Teams, and Organizations
People don’t leave companies, they leave management (and really bad jokes). The tools in this keynote, clinically proven through various therapeutic modalities and self-compassion research, will teach you how to make others feel understood, connected, and valued – which is exactly what a leader must be able to do. Layer on truly memorable mind-reading moments and a few solid “Dad Jokes,” and this keynote will be something you’ll never forget.
Learn how to stop employees from “clocking out” when they clock in.
Learn three easy tools that build lasting relationships.
Inspire teams to “exceed expectations.”
Build empathy muscles for effective leadership in a diverse workforce.
Laughy tears, because it doesn’t hurt (it actually really helps!)
About Sean Bott
Spending much of his early life growing up in Saudi Arabia, Sean developed a scorching sense of humor. He began his journey into the delicious art of magic at the tender age of 12 by learning and then performing hypnosis, psychology, and stagecraft at his local library. One quirky magic shop, a degree or two, and more than three pounds later, he can now say he’s been blowing minds, making people gasp and laugh, all while eating curly fries, for 15+ years. Sprinkle on some pit stops at Second City in Chicago to keep his funny skills on point and you’re left with a one-of-a-kind mind reading experience.
As you can imagine, all that heat combined with some childhood trauma, a birth Mom still at large (maybe the rain forest?), and two really weird stepmoms, has given him some anxiety. He has studied cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and self-compassion, feeding his interest in the world of clinical mental health counseling. As that journey continues, Sean combines that knowledge, personal experience, and mind-reading, to show us how to create warm connection with other humans quickly and authentically.
Whether building deeper relationships as a leader, working with clients, onboarding new employees, or retaining great talent, the tools he provides, creates spaces of belonging faster and easier than ever before. When Sean engages with your people, from start to finish, his focus is on understanding their pain points and working together towards your desired outcome.
Working with over 1,500 associations, corporations, and universities worldwide including companies like Dell, Google, and Disney, Sean has brought curated content, mind-blowing moments, and bucketfuls of laughs (not chicken) to thousands.
“Through my study of empathy, psychology, mentalism, and comedy, I provide positive skills and awareness for others to create connection and belonging. I draw on best practices in cognitive behavioral therapy, self-compassion research, and social psychology to create an applicable, cohesive tool-set that is actionable, and implementable."
At home, Sean is owned by two cats, two kids, and a spouse. He’ll walk on a treadmill—sometimes—and he eats hot soup in the summer.