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Steve Haffner  

Decision Performance Specialist

Steve Haffner’s unique combination of backgrounds and experiences gives him a fresh perspective on decision performance - how to recognize and overcome the subconscious deceptions, mental shortcuts, and cognitive biases that influence our decision making.

He had a successful 30 year career as a corporate professional and executive. He created I.T. solutions as a programmer/analyst, systems engineer, business analyst and vice-president for a organizations such as EDS, Mercer and Humana.

In 2011 Steve launched his own speaking and performance business. As an entertainer he has presented mentalism programs for organizations including 3M, Amazon, and Edward Jones.

As a speaker, Steve presents to professionals in a wide variety of industries and disciplines, primarily speaking to business owners, managers, executives, and HR professionals.

Steve’s speaking programs draw from not only his own experience, but also research in the fields of psychology, neuroscience and behavioral economics and help professionals improve their skills in critical thinking, productivity, and creativity.

Steve’s unique value-add is his ability to combine humor, personal stories, and entertaining segments of psychological and visual illusion to highlight key topics, making his presentations not only educational, but entertainingly engaging as well.

Speech Topics


Confront the Lizard - Build trust and loyalty by outsmarting your erroneous cognitive impulses

Our success is determined by how well our decisions align with our goals and values. However, we are frequently thwarted by our inner “lizard brain” and its subconscious shortcuts, deceptions and biases that falsely impact our decision making.

In this engaging program, participants discover how to increase customer and employee trust and loyalty by improving their decision performance, ensuring consistency between their decisions and their brand.

Caution! Invisible Mind Blocks at WORK - Defeat subconscious negativity, deceptions and resistance in the workplace

Invisible mind blocks are the subconscious deceptions, shortcuts and reactive biases that negatively affect decision making. To create the most productive and positive workplace environment, we must recognize and overcome these counter-productive impulses.

From hiring processes to employee policies, workplace decisions can be the result of the primitive hidden influences of the reptilian brain, resulting in decisions that do not align with organizational goals and values. Recognizing these influences can pay dividends in productivity.

From A-ha to TA-DA! -Unleash your magical potential by unmasking your invisible self-deceptions

Each of us has amazing performance potential, but to reach it we must recognize and break through the self-deceptions that are barriers to our success.

In this motivational and entertaining program, learn from a former professional magician (a master of deception) how to achieve “Ta-da!” self-improvements by recognizing and overcoming the false beliefs and stories that can trick us into negativity, fear and settling for the status quo.

Indispensably Creative - Elevate your value by turning your unique creativity into your biggest professional asset

Creativity is an essential job skill for 21st century professionals. Unfortunately, most people fail to fully develop this important part of their professional toolkit.

No matter how uncreative you believe you are, expanding your creative capacity will make you a more valuable asset to your organization, improve your decision performance, and make work more fun. In this insightful and interactive program, audience members learn strategies for applying creative techniques to workplace challenges.

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