David Posen

David Posen

"Doc Calm", Expert on Stress, Author

David Posen

Dr. David Posen was a family physician for 17 years before devoting his time exclusively to stress management, lifestyle counseling and psychotherapy in 1985.

As both a keynote speaker and seminar presenter, David has spoken widely to education, government, business and professional groups across North America. His clients have included Warner Bros., University of Michigan, Chevron, Verizon, American Express, Ontario Crown Attorneys Association, University of California, Allstate Insurance, Hydro One, State Farm, Rogers Communications, Pfizer, Kraft, Hilton Hotels, US Foodservice, London Life, Dun & Bradstreet (D & B), Microsoft, University of Florida Athletic Association, BC Association of Broadcasters, Canadian Home Builders Association, McKinsey, Ernst & Young, City of Hamilton, CIBC, IBM, Mohawk College, Ontario Government Centre for Leadership, Citizenship & Immigration Canada, Shoppers Drug Mart and the Million Dollar Round Table. His areas of expertise include Stress Mastery, Work-Life Balance, Workplace Stress and Mastering Change.

David is the best-selling author of four books, ALWAYS CHANGE A LOSING GAME, STAYING AFLOAT WHEN THE WATER GETS ROUGH, THE LITTLE BOOK OF STRESS RELIEF (translated into seven languages and now in a new 3rd edition) and IS WORK KILLING YOU? which was profiled in USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, The Globe and Mail & Winnipeg Free Press. His fifth book, AUTHENTICITY, is due out in January, 2018. His magazine articles have appeared in Canadian Living and Readers Digest as well as several medical journals. He wrote a weekly column on stress and lifestyle management for a year on the popular website www.canoe.ca. David has appeared many times on TV and radio across Canada and has been quoted in many leading U.S. media outlets such as US News & World Report, People, Huffington Post, Men’s Fitness, Women’s Health, Redbook and McCall’s,

Married, with two adult children, David lives and works in Oakville, Ontario. In addition to his busy schedule of seeing patients, writing and public speaking, he is an avid reader, musician, baseball and tennis player. He played trombone in the Oakville Symphony Orchestra for nine years and now plays in the Oakville Wind Orchestra.

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  1. 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
  2. Always Change a Losing Game: New Ways to Improve Work Life Balance

    Much of our overload is self-generated. We try to do too much, get too little sleep, use caffeine as fuel and overtax our schedules. These are all “losing games” and as we all know from the realm of sports, you should “Always Change a Losing Game.” Join Doc Calm for an entertaining, yet enlightening session that will change the way you live. By taking a cue from the sports world, Dr Posen leads participants through a step-by-step process that will reveal new ways to improve work-life balance.

    Participants will learn:

    • What your work-life balance looks like now – and how you’d like it to be.
    • Five personality traits that lead to overload.
    • How belief systems keep us on the overload treadmill.
    • How to create a mind-set that leads to better balance.
    • How to increase productivity and still have time for leisure.
  3. Staying Afloat When the Waters Get Rough - Managing Change

    We’re living in a time of unprecedented change. The abilities to be resilient and adaptable aren’t just good traits – they’re survival skills! But how do we meet the challenge and exemplify survival of the fittest? Packed with action strategies, Dr. Posen’s presentation addresses the three questions that open the door to mastering change: What will increase your comfort with change? What would make change easier for you? What tools will you need to be resilient?

    Participants will learn:

    • The six ways to change your attitude about change.
    • To understand what adaptation energy is and how to generate it.
    • The 12 ingredients of Resilience and Change Mastery.
    • To understand the importance of balance and stability in times of change.
  4. The Beliefs That Run Our Lives. Participants with learn:
    • Exactly what beliefs are and how to identify them.
    • Why beliefs are so powerful and how they run our lives.
    • Doc Calm’s counter-intuitive challenges to many common beliefs.
    • How to question, challenge and modify your own beliefs.
  5. Humour in the Workplace: A Little Fun = Big Productivity

    Most people don’t think of work as a place to have some laughs, but if you and your company can create a little levity at work, you’ll be rewarded with less stress, more energy and increased productivity. Humour and play in the workplace aren’t just “nice to have” extras – they are major, value-added parts of a successful work environment. This could be the most lively and enjoyable keynote you’ve ever attended. Using an extensive set of interactive examples, Doc Calm engages his audience and shows us that humor is much more than telling jokes. You will experience the energizing benefits of playfulness as you laugh and learn at the same time.


    • The four principles of integrating humour into the workplace
    • Seven benefits of humour and play at work.
    • The relationship between humour and creativity
    • How playfulness can help bring people closer together.
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

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