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Decoding the Neurobiology of Peak-Performance in a Digital World

Work in alignment with your brain and biology.

Dr Kristy Goodwin is one of Australia’s leading digital wellbeing and performance experts (and mum who also deals with her kids’ techno-tantrums!)

She’s a researcher, author, speaker and media commentator who provides science-backed solutions to optimise wellbeing and productivity in a digital world. Kristy draws on cutting-edge neuroscience and research to explain the profound impacts technology has on our performance and health, without prescribing digital detoxes and going #laptopless.

Kristy worked as an educator before becoming an academic and speaker. She’s worked with clients including Apple, Westfield, Bank of Queensland, Macquarie Bank, Foxtel, the National Broadband Network, JP Morgan, McDonalds, NSW Department of Education and Optus. She’s spoken at national and international conferences, schools, workplaces and medical conferences throughout Australia.

Kristy’s on a mission to empower people to foster healthy and realistic digital behaviours that support peak performance and wellbeing.

Talking Points

Thriving Digitally

Decode the neurobiology of peak performance in a digital age.

We’re spending more time than tethered to technology- for both work and leisure. It’s imperative that we foster healthy and sustainable digital behaviours to ensure that our physical health and mental wellbeing are supported in a digital world that’s constantly vying for our attention.

In this presentation, Kristy equips attendees with science-backed solutions so they can thrive online.

Dr Kristy will explore:
Assess their DIGITAL WELLBEING according to the FOUR PILLARS OF DIGITAL WELLBEING to identify areas for improvement;
Apply the FOUR PILLARS of DIGITAL WELLBEING to their work and personal lives;
Explore a range of MICRO-HABITS they can implement to protect their PHYSICAL HEALTH and MENTAL WELLBEING - their sleep, vision, hearing and musculoskeletal health and;
Consider a variety of MICRO-HABITS they can utilise to ensure their PRODUCTIVITY is supported, not stifled through their DIGITAL BEHAVIOURS.

Dr Kristy will share some of the common digital dilemmas facing high-performers in the digitalised workplace and arm delegates with a range of micro-habits so they can support their mental wellbeing, physical health and productivity in a digital landscape.

Flourishing Remotely

Neuro-Productivity Principles to Optimise Your Workday

Working remotely poses potential pitfalls if we’re not working in alignment with our brain and biology- digital burnout, constant digital distractions and an ‘always on’ culture can put a dent in productivity and derail employees’ wellbeing.

In the Flourishing Remotely presentation Dr Kristy helps employees thrive whilst working remotely. She shares brain- based strategies to ensure their productivity is optimised and wellbeing prioritised while working at home during a pandemic.

Dr Kristy will explore:
A four-step system to PLAN their WORKDAY as they work from home, or in a hybrid approach;
Key BIOLOGICAL MARKERS to maximise their FOCUS and OUTPUT at prime times of the day;
How to BUILD A FORTRESS AROUND their FOCUS to minimise unnecessary DIGITAL DISTRACTIONS; and Recognise the importance of DIGITAL DISCONNECTION for peak- performance.

Delegates will be armed with a menu of micro-habits so they can work remotely without sacrificing their productivity, mental wellbeing and/or physical health. Help your employees to thrive online at home and reduce the impact of digital fatigue.

Digital Wellbeing

Borders & behaviours that support peak performance in a digital age.

There’s no denying that we’re tethered to technology, for our professional and personal lives. This is having a profound impact on our physical health and mental wellbeing.

This presentation equips participants with science-backed solutions they can embed to optimise their performance in the digital landscape, without having to revert to a #digitaldetox, or ignoring your inbox.

Dr Kristy will explore:
Why we feel digitally overwhelmed and suffering from ‘infobesity’ from pings, alerts and notifications (our brains and bodies aren’t biologically wired for information onslaught);
Why it’s challenging to FOCUS in the digital world, that’s constantly vying for our attention;
The impact of our constantly- connected lives on our MENTAL WELLBEING and micro- habits we can embed to protect it;
The consequences of being tethered to technology on our PHYSICAL HEALTH (sleep, vision, hearing and musculoskeletal health);
A menu of (brain-based) micro-habits that can be embedded into our professional and personal lives to support our MENTAL WELLBEING and PHYSICAL HEALTH.

Delegates will be armed with a range of simple, brain-based solutions and a menu of micro-habits so they can work online without sacrificing their mental wellbeing or physical health.

Fortify your Focus

Stop Digital Distractions Denting Your Productivity.

As knowledge workers, the technologies that are integral for our work, have also been designed to hijack and hold our attention. We’re now living in an attention economy. To achieve peak performance in the digital landscape, the most critical skill we can cultivate is focus. Focus amongst the alerts and notifications and pings and dings that put a dent in our productivity.

This presentation has been designed to help employees and executives better understand the impact of digital distractions on their productivity and wellbeing. Attendees will develop a repertoire of strategies and micro-habits they can easily apply to their workday and personal lives to ensure their digital behaviours support peak performance.

// Why ATTENTION MANAGEMENT is the super skill of the 21st Century;
// The three reasons why TECHNOLOGY HIJACKS their attention;
// The significant ways that DIGITAL DISTRACTIONS dent their PRODUCTIVITY & WELLBEING;
// How to map their WORKDAY to their CHRONOTYPE to maximise their PRODUCTIVITY; and
// A range of strategies and micro-habits to OPTIMISE their FOCUS.

Participants will be armed with a menu of strategies and micro-habits they can use to turbocharger their productivity and wellbeing. This can be a stand-alone keynote or part of a half or full-day program. I’ll share simple solutions to some of the common tech troubles facing high-performers in the digitalised workplace.

Digitally Disconnected

The science behind rest and recharging in an always-on digital world.

This presentation explains the biological constraints of the human brain and body, operating in a constantly connected, busy digital world. Organisations, teams and individuals looking to achieve peak performance in a digital environment must work and recover in ways that are congruent with your biological needs. We simply cannot outperform our biology.

// Why unplugged, disconnected time is vital for our physical health, mental wellbeing
and creativity;
// Why leaders and organisations need to stop using ‘busy’ as a proxy for productivity
and what to focus on instead;
// What neuroscience tells us are the 6 principles for effective rest and recovery based;
// The three types of breaks that every high-performer needs to schedule in their calendar (before Zoom meetings).

This presentation can be delivered as a stand-alone virtual masterclass, as part of a series of masterclasses, or an an in-person workshop in your workplace, offsite or conference.

Kids, Teens & Screens

Realistic strategies to help parents navigate the online world with their ‘screenagers’.

Dr Kristy will help confused and concerned parents feel confident about how they can best support their children’s and teens’ physical health, mental wellbeing and learning online, without proposing ‘digital amputation’, banning the gaming console or iPad.

Kristy will explore:
// Why children and teens are susceptible to POTENTIAL PITFALLS ONLINE given their BRAIN DEVELOPMENT;
// Why the online world is APPEALING to children and adolescents (there’s science to explain their digital infatuation and ‘techno-tantrums’);
// A simple & realistic formula to determine healthy SCREENTIME limits for children and teens;
// The 5 VITAL DIGITAL BOUNDARIES parents must establish to ensure their children and teens develop healthy digital behaviours;
// The current RISKS facing kids and teens in the online world and SIMPLE SOLUTIONS to mitigate these; and

AUDIENCE- Parents and carers of K-12 students
DURATION- 1.5-2 hours (webinar 1.5 hours, on-stage 2 hours)

For Schools: Teaching the iGen

Decoding and demystifying today’s 'screenagers’

Dr Kristy Goodwin draws on the latest research to inform educators and health professionals about how today’s learners’ digital immersion is shaping their childhood and adolescence. Dr Kristy explains the health, learning and developmental implications of plugged-in childhoods and adolescence and equips delegates with essential information and practical strategies to accommodate the iGen’s needs.

Kristy will explore:
// The displacement effect- HOW MUCH time are students really spending online;
// How students’ attention spans are changing because of DIGITAL DISTRACTIONS (and what teachers can do to help students better manage their focus in the distracting digital world);
// How students’ LEARNING PREFERENCES are changing because of their increased time ONLINE and what educators can do to accommodate these changes in the classroom;
// The impact of digitalised childhoods and adolescence on students’ PHYSICAL HEALTH (sleep, sedentary behaviours, musculoskeletal health, hearing and vision);
// The potential impact of plugged-in childhoods and adolescence on students’ MENTAL WELLBEING; and
// Simple, science-backed solutions that teachers and health professionals can implement to optimise students’ learning, health and wellbeing (without suggesting that technology is toxic or should be banned).

AUDIENCE- Teachers & health professionals working with 4-17-year-olds
DURATION- 1-2 hours (delivered as a keynote or workshop)

For Schools: Taming Digital Distractions

Help students to tame their tech habits so they’re not a slave to the screen.

Many educators and professionals working with students have reported a decline in students’ attention spans. In this practical keynote or professional learning workshop Dr Kristy outlines why attention management is THE most critical 21st Century learning skill.

Kristy will explore:
// How students’ attention spans are being hijacked by technology and the impact on their LEARNING, PHYSICAL HEALTH and MENTAL WELLBEING.
// The concept of ATTENTION SPANS and why this will be the superskill of the 21st Century;
// The MYTH OF MULTITASKING and why the brain requires MONOTASKING instead (sharing simple experiments to conduct with students to highlight this point);
// The three board reasons why students are vulnerable to DIGITAL DISTRACTIONS; and
// Practical strategies to implement in the classroom to help students manage their attention (and subsequently improve learning outcomes and mental health benefits).

AUDIENCE- Teachers & health professionals working with 10-17-year-olds
DURATION- 1-2 hours (delivered as a keynote or workshop)

Beat Digital Burnout

Research suggests that 60% of knowledge workers have experienced burnout during the pandemic. This is a threat to not only employees’ physical and mental health and performance, but poses significant financial costs and retention risks to organisations too. One of the chief contributing factors to burnout is unsustainable and unhealthy digital habits.

There’s no denying that our digital load has increased exponentially as we’ve shifted to remote and hybrid work. Our digital practices are leading to digital burnout.

Knowledge workers and teams, thrust into remote work arrangements have found themselves using technology in ways that are elevating our stress (‘techno-stress’). Whilst we’re biologically designed to cope with stress, we’re not designed with constant stressors and with incomplete stress cycles which our digital, always-on culture cultivates.

This keynote arms delegates with science-backed solutions to counteract the always-on, distracted digital culture that has led to many knowledge workers experiencing digital burnout. Delegates will understand how our digital habits are fuelling our stress, why rest is vital for our performance and the micro-habits that employees can embed into their workdays and the digital cultures that can counteract digital burnout.

As the inaugural members of the world’s first truly digital workforce, we’re creating the future of work together. We are defining norms, habits, and best practices in the digital context. This presents an enormous opportunity for knowledge workers: rather than defaulting to assumptions grounded in conventional wisdom and outdated, industralised work practices, let’s use this moment to let science guide us.

Participants will explore:
- How an increased digital load is adding to the micro-stressors in their life (and leading to digital burnout)
- How some of our common tech habits are eroding the biological buffers that once protected us from stress;
- Why your brain and body needs peak-performance pit-stops and the 3M framework to beat burnout;
- Science-backed solutions to ensure their ‘new ways of working’ are congruent with how their brains and bodies work best online;
- Micro-habits to ensure that we structure our workdays to suit our neurobiological needs; and
- Our neurobiological needs dictate why rest and recovery is essential in a digital world for ideation, performance and wellbeing.

Participants will complete an anonymous Digital Burnout Barometer Assessment before the session to enable Dr Kristy to tailor the keynote and/or masterclass to your organisation’s specific needs and to give your delegates powerful insights

Masterclass: The Thriving Workplace Series

Dr Goodwin developed a series of four masterclasses that can be delivered as standalone sessions, or as part a series of masterclasses, to meet the evolving needs of employees as they transition to hybrid work. Use the shift to hybrid work as an opportunity to create ways of working that are congruent with how people’s brains and bodies are biologically designed.
Kristy kept the audience engaged the entire time. Her information is backed by data and research, and she is able to give practical, day to day tips to help navigate parenting in this digital age. Reserve Bank of Australia

Thank you for sharing your insights and science in such a simple to understand and realistic manner. A fabulous presenter who is thoroughly engaging.” JP Morgan "Dr Kristy delivered an engaging and entertaining keynote about the costs of digital distractions. It was an extremely well received session.

Ernst & Young

Kristy was engaging and the content was informative. Dr Kristy is a wealth of knowledge which was incredibly valuable for our staff.

Macquarie Bank

There is a huge buzz around the great conversations you led and we are quite sure that these are going to lead to deeper reflections around the effective use of technology.


Our executive team were feeding back they were having trouble switching off. Kristy delivered a series of five sessions that were highly practical, not just theory and all seem to have taken a couple of things that they can immediately use to be happier and more productive with their work-life balance. Kristy packages the science in a way that it is easy to adopt in our everyday lives, her energy kept everyone engaged.

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