Presentation Topics and Titles
I. Family and Parenting:
- New! The 8 Myths of Marriaging: Making Marriage a Verb and Replacing Myth with Truth. Marriage is the fundamental relationship of our lives, and its quality may be the most important factor in our happiness as well as in the well being and confidence of our children. In this powerful and interactive presentation, Richard and Linda explore 8 entrenched myths that get a lot of marriages in trouble and that create false expectations and wrong directions in our most important relationship. You will see yourself and your marriage reflected in some of these myths which the Eyres have observed in their 30 years of speaking to leaders in organizations from major corporations to political institutions to YPO and EO. Exploring equality vs. synergy, completion vs. individual quest, harmony vs. productive debate, a test drive vs. constant commitment, and more–the Eyres show that popular opinions and behaviors toward marriage actually reduce your chances of a healthy, happy relationship with your spouse. And then they replace the myths with truths that can save and improve your marriage.
- New! Relationships, Why they are more Important than Achievements. In public opinion polls, the question “What is the most important thing to you?” Family and Relationships get over 90% of the vote. Yet this is not usually reflected in how we prioritize our time and our mental energy. The Eyres believe that we work on Achievements more than on Relationships for the simple reason that we are better at “A’s” than at “R’s”…..and we get more credit and recognition for them. In this groundbreaking and highly entertaining presentation, Richard and Linda give us absolutely workable methodologies for improving our most important relationships. Terms like “Relationship goals” and “Self-Programing your half of key Relationships” will take on an almost magical meaning, and each attendee will receive the famous “gold book” of relationships and learn the use of “Stewardship Blanks,” “Serendipity Lines,” and “Synergicity Bands.” Neither you or your relationships will ever be the same!
- New! Rescuing your Child from the Entitlement Trap. The polar opposite of a sense of responsibility is a sense of entitlement! Kids who think they should have what they want, and have it now, and have it without working for it, are endemic in today’s society, and it is coming at the expense of their motivation, their education, their creativity, and ultimately their happiness. And children who are snared in the entitlement trap also cause a huge drain on the happiness of their parents! Based on the Eyres new book, The Entitlement Trap is set for release from Penguin next year, this new seminar lays out a new family system for teaching kids to work, to earn, to choose, and to own, and explains why the perception of earned ownership is the antidote to entitlement, and the prerequisite of responsibility. Parents of kids from 6 to 16 years of age learn how to help their children feel true ownership of 1. Their own Toys and Clothes, 2. Their own Bodies, 3. Their own Education and Grades. 4. Their own Choices, 5. Their own Goals, and 6. Their own Values.
- Giving Your Kids Ownership (so that they can become responsible, motivated, and wise). The Eyres dynamic and ground-breaking new presentation which shows parents how to give their kids real ownership of their things, their money, their
education and grades, their goals, and even their conflicts. A whole new way to look at the art of teaching responsibility. This lecture can make an immediate difference in your family…..and in your kids lives!
- Raising Responsible Kids. A presentation originally prepared under contract for the Young Presidents Organization, this topic includes a completely proactive approach to parenting involving family laws, family traditions, a family or household economy (a system for sharing responsibility in the home and shifting initiative and motivation to children), and a “value of the month” process.
- The Nature of Nurturing. Drawing from the Eyres newest book (The Book of Nurturing, McGraw Hill, 2003) This presentation uses nine symbols or metaphors from the world of nature to help parents and family remember and apply the basic principles of communication, consistency, and love within the home. The symbols create a new language of symbols that even small children can use and understand (ie: instead of saying “We need to communicate better” parents can say “Lets remember the Humpback Whales.”)
- Teaching Your Children Values. Based on their New York Times #1 Bestseller by the same name, this audience involving speech gives parents a powerful set of methods to teach basic values (honesty, self-reliance, respect, kindness, etc.) to children of all ages.
- Raising Children in Affluence. Here the Eyres show us how to use money as a vehicle to teach responsibility and motivation rather than allowing it to spoil our children and undermine their character. Presented to influential groups of parents and grandparents throughout the corporate and philanthropic world, the principles of this lecture have changed the very fabric of families.
- Teaching Children Joy. A presentation for the parents of small (pre school) children, this is the Eyres acclaimed approach to giving children the gift of enhanced happiness while they are young. The principles of this lecture have spawned “Joy Schools” which now involve over one hundred thousand parents and children throughout the world.
- Empty Nest Parenting. Actually, this lecture should be called Emptying Nest Parenting, because it is for parents who have had one or more of their children leave home for college or work. It deals with the interesting challenges of continuing to be a “consulting parent” after the management role is gone.
- Especially for Mothers. Linda Eyre’s presentation on the indescribable ups and downs of motherhood. Moms will laugh and cry together as Linda takes them on a review of all they have gone through, and all that is left to go through. Helpful hints along the way.
- Especially for Dads. Richard Eyre views fatherhood as the most challenging and the most important role any man can have. In this lecture, he shows how different fathering is from mothering and presents revolutionary and stimulating ideas for how dads can do it better.
II. Work/Family Balance and Lifestyle:
- New! Empty Nest Financial Parenting.As kids grow up and families mature, the incredible dilemma of wanting on the one hand to give our children everything and on the other hand to give them independence and initiative by not giving them too much faces nearly all parents, particularly those with some affluence. The stakes are high. Giving too much or giving it unwisely can destroy the very qualities we want so badly for our children to have. Estate planners and specialist attorneys are good at creating tax-saving and wealth preservation strategies, but are usually not so good at helping with a basic philosophy that balances our urge to be generous with our hope of building strong independent kids. In this presentation, the Eyres share some truly revolutionary ideas for not only finding this balance, but for making the generosity enhance the independence, and vice versa!
- Lifebalance. Based on Richard Eyre’s bestselling book by the same name, this presentation presents a whole new way of dayplanning and scheduling that creates a paradigm of balance and family priority rather than putting things ahead of people.
- Spiritual Serendipity. As a follow up to the book Lifebalance, and in response to the lively interest in his use of the word “serendipity” in that book, Richard wrote Spiritual Serendipity which continues to be a bestseller among planning and work-family balance advocates. This lecture explains the deeper meanings of serendipity and how individuals can cultivate the art of the unexpected.
- Programing Yourself Instead of Your Time. For those who want the advanced course on life planning and the proactive pursuit of creative living, this lecture gets into the use of key “trigger words” in the mind and the development of “right brain charts” to find more creative paths to the accomplishment of personal goals.
- The Three Deceivers: How Our Obsessions with Ownership, Control, and Independence are Ruining the Quality of our Lives. A discussion of the three most common self-help topics of all time, and how each of them is ultimately a lie. How to replace them with the true paradigms of Stewardship, Serendipity, and “Synergicity”.
- Sabbath. How to alter your attitude, your activity, and your mind set on Sundays to recharge your body, brain, and spirit and gain new energy, insight and creativity for the rest of the week. Based on Richard’s book “The Secret of the Sabbath.”
- Ask, The One Word Self Help Technique. How asking the right questions to the right people in the right way can open up new worlds of communication, insight, creativity, and opportunity. Based on Richard and Linda’s soon to be published book by the same name.
- Turning Old Cliches into New Maxims. A hilarious presentation on “what our mothers used to say to us” and how, in today’s faster and more opportunistic world, the old cliche’s work better when we turn them around. Based on Richard’s book “Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There.”
- The Ideal of Jesus. An insightful look at the individual character and personality qualities that made Jesus the most compelling and effective leader of all time. A series of insights into a transcending personality that is equally interesting for Christians and non-Christians alike. Based on Richard’s book “What Manner of Man.”
- Love More. We all know that love is the highest virtue of all, but how hard do we really work on it? This presentation explores the various applications of love in our everyday life and suggests surprising techniques to have, to feel, and to exhibit more love. More importantly, it looks at love as a verb and teaches us how to apply it more.
III. Diets and Appetites: The Spiritual Approach:
- Appetites 101. A fascinating exploration of human appetites, along with new perspectives for controlling and bridling them. The art of slowing time down, and the fundamental difference between animals and humans as it relates to the following or the controlling of appetites.
- Love More. A presentation on how love can be increased in life, including an expanded vision of the dimensions that love can cover and the applications of expanded love in family, in business, in re-creation, and in self-image.
IV. Politics and the Family.
- The Family is the Basic Unit of Society. A stimulating examination of the old cliché and some new looks at how literally true it is and how important it is to the way we view the larger units within our politics and our society.
- Education for the New Century. Why are our schools failing us today? What can parents do? This lecture is intended to wake up the educational establishment, but also to give parents the information and the tools they need to go to work on improving their local educational institutions even as they supplement their own children’s education in the meantime.