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Make Stress Your Superpower

Stress is inevitable.
Feeling powerless, overwhelmed, or pulled in a million directions while under constant pressure are not.

Offering solutions for you and your team to reframe stress and elevate daily resilience in order to breakdown silos, create harmony in the workplace and optimize performance.

What's draining your team's energy and enthusiam?

Let's face it. There is always too much to do and too few resources. This constant pressure that's typical in today's highly-stress culture can negatively impact even the most talented and committed leaders and employees.

Burnout is rising and it impacts performance...

Have you noticed that people are more educated than ever about mental health and emotional intelligence? Leaders care more about wellness than ever before - yet burnout rates, stress leaves, and workplace frustrations (some call it drama) are rising. Something is not working. 

When I burned out...

I blamed stress. I was frustrated. I wondered why traditional stress management techniques weren't helping. I was so focused on 'managing' my stress that I didn't realize my actions were unintentionally creating extra stress. My focus shifted to go deeper to remove barriers to optimial performance. 

The real answer to perform at our best during tough times...

The answer is complex, but my systems make each step easy. What's needed is faster problem-solving, increased objectivity, and more intentional compassion for the authentic human experience in a post pandemic working environment.

It's possible to inspire a harmonious workplace and optimize performance...

My clients consistently elevate their performance by reframing stress, de-escalating contentious situations, and practicing reverse resilience - which is my technique for removing repeating moments of angst that steal precious resources.

If this resonates - let's talk...

Whether you are looking for a keynote with one very powerful concept or a more in-depth training program, it starts with a conversation. Ask your favourite bureau rep to reserve a date in my calendar or send me an email to explore options.

"Allison Graham's model is simple, yet profound."

Dr. Chandlee Dickey, Chair/Chief

Department of Psychiatry
Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry

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“Allison Graham goes to the heart of leading and engaging team members to unlock their potential in challenging times.”

Don Ludlow, Regional Vice-President
RBC Commercial Markets

"Allison’s keynotes offered inspiration and results that lasted long after her speech was done.

For example, one of the many stories of impact included, after hearing Allison speak, a leader on my team self-identified as being caught in the victim trap, recognized her tendency to complain too much, took responsibility for her negative contribution to team dynamics and committed to practicing Allison’s formula."

Sébastien Fauvel, MBA,
Hiring, Onboarding & Engagement
BMO Financial Group

“Unique and engaging. Allison’s thought-provoking concepts will inspire your audience.”

Tammy Morrison, Chair
Convene Canada
Association of Healthcare Philanthropy

"Allison was a breath of fresh air and a kick start after a long and strange, forced social hibernation. She helped our professional women’s group create an event that perfectly balanced education and inspiration!

Allison is an engaging, authentic and insightful speaker. Everyone in the room was energized and motivated to implement her strategies and keep the momentum going long after the event. We all can’t wait to work with Allison again!"

Sabrina Lombardi, Partner
McKenzie Lake Lawyers LLP

"Through her story, Allison shared powerful messages that resonated with our audience.
She’s charismatic, authentic, funny, and has a very powerful message with a fresh perspective. She’s easy to work with and our audience loved her!
I would highly recommend hiring her for your next event."

Jocelyn Still
CIBC Private Banking

"Allison is a dynamic speaker who provides practical advice. Feedback from the Loyalty One / Air Miles Leadership event was extremely positive and associates put newfound skills to work!

Allison is the ultimate professional."

Debbie Baxter
Air Miles | Loyalty One

"Allison, I’ve been telling them for years, but you gave a 75-minute keynote and they finally get it. Six months later and they are still quoting you.”

Tom Jesty, Regional Vice-President
Scotiabank Commercial Bank

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A Little About me 

Service Offerings

Keynotes | Training Programs | Panel Facilitation
Online Courses | 1:1 or Group Coaching
Strategic Consulting on Workplace Resilience

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  • My Vibe

    My clients describe me as 'tough love wrapped in an empathetic hug.' I consider myself a pragmatic optimistic. On stage I'm conversational and love interaction and sharing ideas.

  • My Talent

    Seeing patterns in behaviour and creating easy systems to find solutions. Helping others simplify the complex challenges they face so they are happier, feel more fulfilled and reinvigorated as they achieve their goals.

  • My Greatest Reward

    Being a part of someone else's success story makes my heart sing. I love seeing clients break through self-limiting habits as they step into their full brilliance. 

  • My Burnout Story

    In 2009, I was told by my neurologist to go on disability because of my post-surgical nerve pain and other challenges that limited my ability to work. Fear drove me to find a better solution.

  • My Fave Audience

    I love working with people who love their work, but want more peace-of-mind. They are already doing the self-development work. They are open to fresh ideas that go beyond the typical advice they already know and are eager to implement solutions.

  • My Obsession

    Since 2009, I've been reading, researching, interviewing experts and medical professionals, and challenging the status quo of development advice. I've collected the best of the best and left the rest to create my own systems that I share with clients.

P.S. I'm Still Evolving

Every day I apply my concepts and other strategies that I've learned over the years. The old line: your mess is your message applies to me, too.

When my destructive stress rises, everything gets harder - my focus suffers, my vibe wains, and my neuropathic pain intensifies. Personal development is not a straight line. My family often reminds me to take my own advice - and I do...and it works.