David Posen

David Posen

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Stress Mastery | Best Selling Author

Stress is a fact of life — but it doesn’t have to be a way of life.

Bestselling author, speaker, and physician, Dr. David Posen, is one of North America’s leading experts on stress mastery, work-life balance, workplace stress, resilience, and mastering change. His dynamic presentations have empowered thousands of people to take control of their lives and come out on top. Combining humour and practical analogies, Posen helps unlock the mysteries of stress and wellness.

Posen was a family physician for 17 years before devoting his time exclusively to stress management, lifestyle counseling, and psychotherapy. He is also the author of five bestselling books: Always Change a Losing Game (now in its fifth edition), Staying Afloat When Water Gets RoughThe Little Book of Stress Relief (translated into seven languages and now in its third edition), Is Work Killing You? (profiled in USA TodayWall Street Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, The Globe and Mail, and the Winnipeg Free Press), and Authenticity.

Posen has also written articles for Canadian Living and Reader’s Digest as well as several medical journals. He wrote a weekly column on stress and lifestyle management for the popular website, www.canoe.ca, appeared several times on TV and radio stations across Canada, and has been quoted in many leading US media outlets, including US News and World Report, People, Huffington Post, Men’s Fitness, Women’s Health, Redbook, and McCall’s.

As a keynote speaker, Posen has spoken to a wide variety of audiences including education, government, business, and other professional groups. His clients have included Warner Brothers, Verizon, American Express, Ontario Crown Attorneys Association, University of California, Allstate Insurance, Hydro One, State Farm, Rogers Communications, Pfizer, Kraft, Hilton Hotels, Microsoft, Tennessee Medical Foundation, Ernst & young, CIBC, IBM, Shoppers Drugmart, and many more. 

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STRESS MASTERY: You Have More Control than You Think.

Stress is a fact of life – but it doesn’t have to be a way of life. Many people use the word without actually understanding what is meant by it. In this clarifying and reassuring presentation, Dr. Posen demystifies the subject by explaining the fundamentals of stress theory without the jargon and then, most importantly, what to do about it. Filled with insights and “aha” moments, Doc Calm will make stress less intimidating and give you tips and techniques to master it.

Participants will learn:

  • What stress is, how to recognize it and where it comes from
  • The simple PPP formula for taming stress in your life
  • Time management tips to help you control your day
  • How the way you think affects the way you feel
  • How simple lifestyle changes can profoundly improve your energy and your mood

Taking Care of the Caregiver

People in the “helping professions” – nurses, doctors, the clergy, etc., – have always known that caregiving is draining, both physically and emotionally. But the same applies to people caring for elderly or ailing relatives or those with special needs. How can caregivers continue to give support if they’re not paying attention to their own needs?

Designed to benefit both professionals and non-professionals alike, Dr Posen’s presentation helps caregivers understand the importance of reducing stress, caring for personal needs and putting a little breathing room back into life.


  • How to monitor your physical and emotional energy.
  • How to pace yourself and know your limits.
  • Why time-outs are so important and how to find diversion.
  • How to avoid and deal with compassion fatigue.
  • How to make time for yourself without feeling guilty.

Round Pegs. Square Holes. The Stress of Trying to Be What You’re Not

Today’s world is full of big expectations. The pace is fast, there’s too much work and the pressures to perform are high. It’s no wonder people become disconnected from themselves and the normal rhythms of living.

Everywhere we look we see people who can’t understand why they are stressed: people with schedules they can’t handle; exhausted introverts trying to be more outgoing; high school students trying to learn at 8:00 in the morning when they’re half-asleep; people in careers they don’t like.

When individuals struggle to be what they’re not designed or inclined to be, the result is high stress, poor health, low performance and general unhappiness. They are round pegs trying to fit into square holes.

Join David for a look at….

  • Introversion and extraversion – where you fit on the spectrum.
  • Becoming more self-aware and getting to know yourself better.
  • Understanding the conflict between natural time and artificial time.
  • How sleep deprivation is so dangerous, yet so easy to fix.
  • How to live in sync with who you are.

Managing Stress in a Stressful Environment

Today’s workplace isn’t just dynamic, it’s demanding. Relentless deadlines, chaotic pace and high workloads are simply the norm. All together, they create a setting that’s stressful, difficult to manage and the perfect environment for burn-out.

No executive should miss this session with Doc Calm. He combines his knowledge and expertise as one of North America’s leading authorities on stress with the gentle humour that’s his alone to unearth, explore and reveal solutions that mean a healthier business existence for everyone.

Participants will learn:

  • How to work smart so you don’t have to work as hard.
  • How to master the Email Avalanche.
  • To understand how “Working Fresh” leverages your time.
  • Why attitude is everything and how to talk to yourself.
  • How to neutralize difficult peopl

Be Good to Yourself and the Bottom Line

In today’s dynamic work world, a staggering number of people choose to take care of business instead of taking care of themselves. Not only is it a bad personal decision, but in the end it’s just as destructive for the business.

The reality is that good health and self-care can not only co-exist with business success, but actually promote it. With a little persuasion and a touch of humour, Doc Calm will show you how to be good to yourself and improve the bottom line.

Learn To:

  • Discover five simple self-care strategies that leverage productivity.
  • Understand the relationship between stress and performance.
  • Discover a tool to monitor your stress and pace yourself.
  • Marvel at some paradoxical truths, including when Less is More.

Running on Empty. Manage Your Energy-Manage Your Stress

Bank accounts work on a simple premise: you have to put money in before you can take money out. Our bodies are exactly the same. How can you draw on energy to combat stress, if there’s nothing in the bank? This could be the most revealing time you’ll spend in years. Doc Calm explains how acute stress generates quick energy, yet chronic stress drains it. Using the players in the NHL as his examples, he demonstrates the link between increasing energy and reducing stress; and he does it all with rock-solid logic and a good dose of humour.

You’ll learn:

  • What a healthy stress cycle looks like and how to use it to pace yourself.
  • Why sleep is so crucial and how to get what you need.
  • How sugar and caffeine can actually drain you of energy.
  • Why exercise is an “energy factory.”
  • How to create a “flow state” for better psychic energy.

Treating Workplace Stress: A Doctor’s Prescription

As the pace of work continues to increase, the economy sputters and jobs are in short supply, organizations and the people who run them keep ramping up the stress levels on their employees. Some workers wear their stress like a badge of honour; others resign themselves to what they see as the “new normal” and accept the situation as “the way it is”.

The real truth is that workplaces are making people sick. Not enough people are talking about it, and when they do, no one is listening.

Join bestselling author and renowned speaker on stress, David Posen MD, for a revealing look at workplace stress – what’s causing it and what can cure it.


  • The scope and cost of workplace stress.
  • How the conspiracy of silence affects everyone.
  • The Big 3 causes of stress in the workplace.
  • Three myths about productivity.
  • Enlightened leadership and the power of permission.
  • Simple, yet powerful strategies to fix the problem.

This program was designed For Supervisors, Middle Managers, Corporate Executives

The Lifestyle Balancing Act

With all the demands made on us by work, family and friends, finding a comfortable work-life balance can seem like a utopian dream. Take heart. Throughout this fully enjoyable and lively session, Dr. Posen has a trunk full of strategies to achieve it.

David helps us to envision what a pleasing balance would look like and teaches us that our jobs are not our lives. It’s all about balance – balancing time, energy and the way we look at ourselves.


  • To take a snapshot of where you are now with regard to work-life balance.
  • The seven things that “tip us over” on the work-life balance scale.
  • To identify ways to work smarter and fresher to reduce overtime hours.
  • Seven ways to make time for leisure when there is no time for leisure.
  • To discover “the other you”.

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