Alice Boyes, PhD, was a clinical psychologist before turning to writing. Her first book, The Anxiety Toolkit, hit the WSJ Bestseller list. After several years as a popular writer for Psychology Today (where her articles have over 14 million reads) she started blogging for Harvard Business Review and found an incredible response. Her articles for Harvard Business Review average over 125K reads. The immense popularity of her posts on anxiety and self-sabotage reflects that these problems affect many individuals in the workplace, and employees have an unmet need for strategies to address the ways these issues impair their productivity and functioning. Alice is a native of New Zealand and currently resides in Las Vegas.
How Anxiety Can Hold People Back (and Strategies)
Anxiety is the most common mental health issue (it’s estimated that 31.3% of people will suffer from an anxiety disorder at some point during their lifetime), and “everyday” anxiety impacts many more people. Anxiety can hold people back in the workplace in various ways. It can lead to overthinking decisions, imposter syndrome, avoidance of leadership and responsibility, procrastination, fear of collaborating with smarter people , problem perfectionism, excessively weighting things that could go wrong, and wasted hours spent ruminating over small mistakes or interpersonal issues. This talk will teach practical strategies for recognizing and coping with anxiety in yourself or other people,, and how to revise common thinking errors associated with anxiety. Participants will also learn how to maximize the strengths associated with being careful, cautious, thoughtful and sensitive, and minimize the weaknesses that can be associated with this temperament.
How to Focus on What’s Important, Not Just What’s Urgent
The most important and innovative work we do often doesn’t feel as efficient or productive as less important but more familiar tasks (e.g., replying to emails or working with people we know). Important work often includes thinking about anxiety-provoking subjects (e.g., making a crisis management plan), or it involves contending with a sense of uncertainty (e.g., investing time in tasks that might pay off big or not at all or that we’ve never done before). This talk will teach strategies for identifying your most important tasks and getting them done. Based on this popular article.
Learn the Strengths and Weaknesses of Your Cognitive Style
Our extreme traits are often both our greatest strengths and our biggest weaknesses. For instance, strong tendencies towards perfectionism, persistence, being cautious or bold, thoughtfulness, or even a love of learning (which can be associated with low tolerance of boring but important work ) are typically both strengths and the person’s Archilles heel. This talk will teach participants how to harness the best aspects of their natural cognitive style and minimize the pitfalls it creates. This practical, down to earth seminar will focus firstly on participants getting to know themselves and, secondly, on developing a toolkit of strategies to hone their thinking habits and decision making. Participants will also learn how to recognize others' thinking styles so they can manage and collaborate effectively.
How to Manage Stress
Ineffective responses to stress frequently fall into two categories - avoidance coping and/or rumination. For instance, there’s a financial decision you need to handle but doing so triggers thinking about past mistakes (rumination), so you lose confidence and put it off. Or, last time you spoke to your boss their tone was bit flat and unenthusiastic, and find yourself endlessly mentally replaying the conversation wondering what that might mean. This talk will unpack the most common self-sabotaging responses people have to stress, and present alternative coping strategies that will help participants both feel better and be more productive. We’ll cover how to understand when habits are stress-generating (e.g., failing to plan or reinventing the wheel instead of creating a template or checklist), why this happens, and what to do about it.
The Healthy Mind Toolkit: Simple Strategies to Get Out of Your Own Way and Enjoy Your Life
An empowering guide to overcoming self-defeating behaviors.
The Anxiety Toolkit: Strategies for Fine-Tuning Your Mind and Moving Past Your Stuck Points
In The Anxiety Toolkit, Dr. Alice Boyes translates powerful, evidence-based tools used in therapy clinics into tips and tricks you can employ in everyday life.