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Speaking topics are separated in areas of Critical Thinking, Communications, Fraud, Ethics and Data Science/Cybersecurity.

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Critical Thinking and Judgment

Metathinking: The New Critical Thinking

Metathinking is a game-changing approach to critical thinking for all decision makers. The Metathinking approach developed by Dr. Groves spurs a dynamic analysis of our own reasoning processes, exposing hidden factors that influence our thinking, boosting the quality of higher-order thinking and problem solving for individuals and teams.  The audience will be taught to recognize assumptions that corrupt their reasoning processes and methods that unveil subconscious associations that shape their interpretations.  The session will introduce new ways to interact with evolving cognitive technologies and artificial intelligence.  Attendees will leave the session with new abilities to tap cognitive networks that allow them to discover defining issues, solve complex problems and make decisions with clarity and confidence.   >>See full outline PDF here ->> Metathinking: The New Critical Thinking

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The New Psychology of Professional Skepticism

The complexity of the data environment has outgrown old and superficial approaches to professional skepticism.  In this session, Dr. Groves teaches a radically different and more effective method of skeptical judgment.  Attendees will experience fascinating demonstrations, interactive exercises, and learn about the invisible influences that impact professional judgment.  They will learn the importance of matching their judgment approach to situational characteristics, organizational culture and context.  The session will teach ways to adapt to changing situations and how to recognize hidden assumptions.  >>See full outline PDF here ->> The New Psychology of Professional Skepticism

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The Power of Mindset: It’s All in Your Head

The power to retool or reinvent during times of transformation starts with mindset. This talk teaches a powerful new method of understanding how our thinking really works and how to use the power of mindset to adapt and learn.  Audiences will learn the differences between a flexible and a fixed mindset and how seemingly small differences in mindset shape all of our interpretations, decisions and behaviors.  Attendees will learn new approaches that will help them see different perspectives and adapt in high stakes situations.  They will hear ways to use counterintuitive learning processes to succeed in fast-changing and uncertain environments.  >>See full outline PDF here ->> The Power of Mindset: It’s All in Your Head

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Unconscious Bias: The Science of Implicit Association

Unconscious associations are automatically and involuntarily spurred by people, situations and places around us.  These associations profoundly influence our beliefs and attitudes and shape our actions and behaviors.  Implicit associations ultimately affect how we interact with others, interpret evidence and make high stakes decisions.  This fascinating session uses the latest cognitive and behavioral research and utilizes live implicit association experiments with the audience to help attendees unveil hidden influences that impact their decisions and teaches them how to use these new insights to improve their thinking. >>See full outline PDF here ->> Unconscious Bias: The Science of Implicit Association

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Forensic Realities: Understanding the Limits of Scientific Evidence

Science does not always provide the straightforward answers we expect, and if not communicated properly, can confuse those needing to draw conclusions from the data. We frequently see experts in the same field interpret the same evidence in different ways, and what people believe can turn out to have less to do with the scientific evidence and more to do with individual interpretations and motivations. This session explores the science of belief, how people interpret evidence differently, critical thinking approaches to interpret complex evidence, and the most effective approaches to communicate such data. >>See full outline PDF here ->> Forensic Realities-Understanding the Limits of Scienctific Evidence

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Future Skills: Adapting and Interacting With Cognitive Technologies

Cognitive technologies including artificial intelligence, robotic process automation, natural language processing and speech recognition are transforming our professions. A deeper look reveals how this transformation creates a future full of opportunities for people who possess strong critical thinking and communication skills and know how to interact with evolving technologies. Artificial intelligence has different strengths and commits different types of errors than human decision makers. Understanding these differences allows us to leverage their complementary abilities, identify weaknesses, avoid errors, and achieve the highest order of professional judgment and decision-making power.***Features live demonstrations of cognitive technology*** >>See full outline PDF here ->>. Future Skills- Adapting and Interacting With Cognitive Technologies

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Deeper Insights: Seeing What Others Don’t

The increasingly complex environment in which we work requires different ways of thinking to uncover the hidden meaning within multiple, parallel interactions. Deep insight is the ability to discern the inner character of problems, see unlikely connections and recognize complex interactions. This means more than just adopting new procedures, it means letting go of old ones. Insight can be developed through the use of a unique cognitive skillset that we don’t traditionally teach, and very different from conventional logical frameworks. This session will teach methods of achieving insight that will improve learning, allow greater recognition of hidden patterns, transform your perspectives on skepticism and judgment, and dramatically improve clarity of complex information. >>See full outline PDF here ->> Deeper Insights Seeing What Others Dont

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Social Immune Systems: The Hidden Psychology of High-Stakes Organizational Decisions

Unspoken norms have far more influence on organizational culture than written codes, and organizational success has less to do with the knowledge, skills and abilities of its members than the complex patterns of communication within the system. These communication patterns aren’t fully understood through quantifiable methods alone and must be measured in different ways. This session will teach participants the methods they can use to assess organizational culture at a much deeper level and will introduce them to a revolutionary approach to understanding systems and organization-level thinking. >>See full outline PDF here ->> Social Immune Systems- The Hidden Psychology of High Stakes Organizational Decisions

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Brain Games for Experts: Cognitive Training for Critical Decision Makers

Expect the unexpected in this highly entertaining and educational session! Audience members will participate in live, interactive experiments that exploit subconscious thinking errors with shocking results. Participants will be stunned to find the extent to which their perceptions and decisions are affected by invisible errors and will learn cognitive exercises that can dramatically improve the effectiveness of their reasoning processes. >>See full outline PDF here ->> Brain Games for Experts Cognitive Training for Critical Decision Makers

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Assuming Responsibility: The Science of Great Leadership

Leaderships skills have never been more important, in all industries and at all levels, whether executive or front-line employee. Organizations succeed in meaningful ways when its individual members have ability to inspire action, build trust, solve complex problems, coordinate effective teams, and resolve contentious conflicts without damaging important relationships. This requires a deep understanding of human motivation, emotional intelligence, and nuances of cultural psychology. This session teaches a powerful model that allows attendees to build their own core leadership skills as well as the psychology of performance and motivation and the social psychology of organizational behavior. >>See full outline PDF here ->> Assuming Responsibility- The Science of Great Leadership

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Cognitive Training Workshop: Advanced Critical Thinking, Judgment and Problem-Solving

Learn to tap cognitive networks that allow you to discover defining issues, solve complex problems and make decisions with clarity and confidence. Drawing from research on critical thinking, logic, creativity, and insight, attendees will experience a deep dive into new thinking approaches directly relevant to their work. This innovative session features a progressive series of segments designed to expand on concepts throughout the workshop. Attendees will learn to drill down on specific challenges and recognize situational contexts that allow them to immediately employ the skills learned in their own work environment.
>>See full outline PDF here ->> Cognitive Training Workshop Advanced Critical Thinking Judgment Problem Solving

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Communication

Advanced Communication Skills Masterclass

This breakthrough workshop will teach communication skills crucial for leadership, relationship building, and high-stakes communications including the secrets of storytelling, the science of persuasion, and how to craft compelling messages that melt away resistance.  Learn to communicate in any setting with clarity and confidence.  Whether you want to command the stage, be a dynamic teambuilder, or have powerful one-on-one communication skills, this session will deliver.  Subjects will include public speaking, improv, negotiation, interviewing, and honing interpersonal skills.  A fantastic class for communicators of any skill level. >>See full outline PDF here ->> Advanced Communication Skills Masterclass

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The Secrets of Handling Crisis Communications

Whether protecting internal culture or external public reputation, successful crisis management requires careful upfront planning. The costliest effects from unexpected controversy usually comes as issues are tried in the court of public opinion, on social media and in the press. In many circumstances it will be necessary to craft an initial response before all facts are known, which could either save or doom your reputation. The public is sophisticated, and messaging perceived as unauthentic or merely strategic will do more harm than good. This session teaches you how to craft genuine, transparent communications, to take control of the evolving narrative and to establish and maintain coherent, unified messaging. >>See full outline PDF here ->> Secrets of Handling Crisis Communications

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The art of the interview (Informational)

Conversations that expose truths, clarify beliefs, and uncover the underlying nature of events are amongst the most crucial interactions we can have. These communications offer a fleeting opportunity to recognize themes as they unfold and to ask the best questions that glean valuable knowledge. Whether interviewing for investigation, as part of an exploration or information gathering process, or hiring for a critical role, the interpersonal style that you employ will make all the difference in your success. This session will teach attendees the nuances of an effective tone, how to ask questions that yield meaningful results, how to read important interpersonal cues, and how to adapt to different cultures or contexts. Attendees will leave the session armed with tools from the latest behavioral research to conduct successful information gathering interviews.
>>See full outline PDF here ->> The Art of the Interview

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The Art of the Interview (Audit/Investigative)

Conversations that expose truths, clarify beliefs, and uncover the underlying nature of events are amongst the most crucial interactions we can have. These communications offer a fleeting opportunity to recognize themes as they unfold and to ask the best questions that glean valuable knowledge. Whether interviewing for investigation, as part of an exploration or information gathering process, or hiring for a critical role, the interpersonal style that you employ will make all the difference in your success. This session will teach attendees the nuances of an effective tone, how to ask questions that yield meaningful results, how to read important interpersonal cues, and how to adapt to different cultures or contexts. Attendees will leave the session armed with tools from the latest behavioral research to conduct successful information gathering interviews.
>>See full outline PDF here ->> The Art of the Interview

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Social Immune Systems: The Hidden Psychology of High-Stakes Organizational Decisions

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When the Facts Aren’t Enough: The Art of Communicating Complex Information

The ability to illuminate truths and inspire action is an invaluable asset. It means painting a picture with information and articulating complex concepts with meaning, even to non-experts. This ability indicates that you not only have a deep understanding of your data, but a rich understanding of how people will interact with it in the real world. This skill requires the communicator to understand different perspectives, to “walk a mile” in the shoes of their audience. This interactive session takes a deep dive into the thinking perspectives and cognitive skills that help experts gain clarity in their messaging; gaining a more thorough understanding of their content and how others will perceive their message. >>See full outline PDF here ->> When the Facts Arent Enough The Art of Communicating Complex Information

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Connect! The Art and Science of Persuasive Communication

The ability to connect with people on a level that instills genuine trust and credibility and to communicate in ways that persuade and motivate has never been more important. Effective communication activates a physiological response in the listener (or reader) that drives belief and inspires action. Attendees will understand the science behind this type of communication and the art of delivering a powerful message with purpose and clarity. >>See full outline PDF here ->> Connect The Art and Science of Persuasive Communication

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Fraud

The New Psychology of Fraud

This story-based audience favorite and will disrupt everything you thought you knew about fraud, including which tools are effective for detection and deterrence.  Attendees will learn why many of our assumptions are flawed, why some of the most trusted investigative practices actually lead us off-course, and how auditors, investigators and others unwittingly assist fraud schemes.  The session will address topics such as behavioral profiling, psychological assessments and other commonly used industry tools.  Scientific research is combined with Toby’s first-hand accounts in this powerful talk that exposes myths and the dangers lurking in our assumptions related to this ever-growing threat. >>See full outline PDF here ->> The New Psychology of Fraud

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The Fog of (the fraud) War: A Weapons Upgrade for Detecting Fraud, Waste and Abuse

Recent research has challenged the validity of the investigative tools we currently use for the detection of fraud, waste and abuse as outdated and unreliable in the current, fast changing environment. Some of the weapons believed most effective may instead be counterproductive and lead us to miss the very cues they were designed to detect. This session will review the latest research that identifies weaknesses in our investigative weaponry and flaws in our deterrence armor and suggest new tools and methods to improve our effectiveness. >>See full outline PDF here ->> The Fog of (the fraud) War A Weapons Upgrade

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Ethics

Beyond the Code: Ethics in The New World of AI

Cognitive technologies have profoundly changed the way we mine data, conduct analyses and communicate information.  Technology has distanced us from the context of information, and from other people.  But proximity helps us recognize the ethical component of issues.  If ethics is driven by empathy and our connection with others, how can we achieve it in a world of algorithms and rules? Find out in this session. >>See full outline PDF here ->> Beyond the Code: Ethics in The New World of AI 

 

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Beyond the Code: Ethics In The Real World

This innovative and interactive presentation taps the fields of neuroscience, psychology and even biology to understand the point where science, emotion, and critical thinking interact. Instead of critiquing how our minds are supposed to work, we will delve inside the fascinating world of how our minds actually work when we face difficult dilemmas with competing goals. The audience will experience startling, interactive experiments that reveal how we miss the obvious and how our minds conjure up false perceptions out of thin air. We will review why outdated ethical models centered around rule-based codes have failed and what research indicates does improve individual and organizational ethical reasoning. >>See full outline PDF here ->> Beyond the Code Ethics in The Real World

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Beyond the Code: The Science of Ethics

This session delves into the fascinating neuroscience behind how our minds really work when we face conflicting motivations, when we focus on the letter versus the spirit, and the difficult dilemmas for which there is no obvious best answer. Attendees will explore real-life dilemmas and learn effective cognitive processes to deal with those dilemmas as revealed by the latest research in neuroscience. We will draw on organizational, cognitive science, psychobiology and even sports psychology to create an immersive experience and unveil the hidden ways our minds perceive and interpret problems. >>See full outline PDF here ->> Beyond the Code The Science of Ethics

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Data Science and Cybersecurity

Critical Skills: Essentials of Data Science and AI for Non-Data Scientists

This talk is an interactive and unintimidating exploration of the key points audiences need to learn about AI and data science.  We’ll take a practical, step by step walk through procedures that can be used to explore data, identify opportunities to use AI, and best methods of building predictive algorithms.  We will specifically identify analytical tools and statistical methods that are appropriate for a variety of needs and take a live hands-on tour of a statistical program, run analytical procedures and analyze the output, giving ample time for questions and interaction. We will review machine learning, data mining, natural language processing, and a brain-computer interface. This is a perfect session for those wanting to learn practical ways to apply data science and cognitive technologies in their work.  >>See full outline PDF here ->> Critical Skills: Essentials of Data Science and AI for Non-Data Scientists 

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Thinking Beyond Patterns: Finding Meaning in Your Data

New technologies and analytical methods detect myriad patterns in our data, but what do they really mean and what decisions can they help us make? Is the underlying data reliable?  Is it valid for the purpose you are using it? Cognitive technologies distance us from the context of our data, shrouding the meaning behind the patterns and how to apply the information for effective decision-making.  New thinking approaches are required to move beyond simple recognition of correlations to insight into why relationships exist. >>See full outline PDF here ->> Thinking Beyond Patterns: Finding Meaning in Your Data

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Future Skills: Adapting and Interacting With Cognitive Technologies

Cognitive technologies including artificial intelligence, robotic process automation, natural language processing and speech recognition are transforming our professions. A deeper look reveals how this transformation creates a future full of opportunities for people who possess strong critical thinking and communication skills and know how to interact with evolving technologies. Artificial intelligence has different strengths and commits different types of errors than human decision makers. Understanding these differences allows us to leverage their complementary abilities, identify weaknesses, avoid errors, and achieve the highest order of professional judgment and decision-making power.***Features live demonstrations of cognitive technology*** >>See full outline PDF here ->>. Future Skills- Adapting and Interacting With Cognitive Technologies

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CyberPsychology: Conquering Insider Threat

The greatest cybersecurity risks your organization faces are breaches due to accidental, negligent or malicious activities of an organizational insider. Together these represent the largest risk of financial loss and reputational damage to any organization. In this crucial session attendees (IT and non-IT experts) will learn how to develop an organizational approach to insider threats and how to implement proactive approaches to recognize evolving risks and weaknesses. Attendees will learn the important assets they can use to detect and thwart security risks. They will understand breach tactics, behavioral and data patterns that indicate risks, and the most effective weapons against insider threats in the ongoing cyberwar. >>See full outline PDF here ->> CyberPsychology Conquering Insider Threat

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When the Facts Aren’t Enough: The Art of Communicating Complex Information

The ability to illuminate truths and inspire action is an invaluable asset. It means painting a picture with information and articulating complex concepts with meaning, even to non-experts. This ability indicates that you not only have a deep understanding of your data, but a rich understanding of how people will interact with it in the real world. This skill requires the communicator to understand different perspectives, to “walk a mile” in the shoes of their audience. This interactive session takes a deep dive into the thinking perspectives and cognitive skills that help experts gain clarity in their messaging; gaining a more thorough understanding of their content and how others will perceive their message. >>See full outline PDF here ->> When the Facts Arent Enough The Art of Communicating Complex Information

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