FULL! Focus in the Age of Distraction (new)

Presented by: 
Scott Orth
Friday, January 26, 2018 - 9:00am
Point Grey Campus
Liu Institute for Global Issues, Multipurpose Room
Focus Area: Resilience and Self-Management

Program Summary

One of the most common challenges in the workplace today is staying focused on the work at hand when constantly interrupted.  Ironically, the importance for focus has never been greater than it is today.  Or seemingly harder to achieve.  The technology we enjoy allows us unprecedented productivity through easy access to information, ideas and individuals.  It also has the undesired effect of overwhelming us with too much information and fracturing our focus.  We live in the age of distraction - where the steady and abundant input from multiple devices, programs, apps and social media connections, as well as the many work, family and social commitments all turn into a fog of distraction. 

What You Will Learn

  • Why we are so easily distracted and what’s going on inside our brain
  • To hone your focus and potentially get more quality work done in less time

How You Will Learn

  • Experiential practice of mindfulness techniques
  • Personal Reflection
  • Group discussion

About Your Facilitator

Scott is a mindfulness trainer and coach, who gives leaders and busy professionals the tools they need to thrive in a chaotic and distracting world.  He has studied mindfulness under the guidance of a local expert, Ray Williams, and brings 10 years of designing and delivering highly successful leadership development programs from his former corporate life.  Using a powerful mix of mindfulness tools, clear metaphors, powerful experiences and simple practices, he provides people with the tools they need to be more resilient, more focused and more productive in an age of distraction. 

He was previously the National Leader of HR for one of Canada’s largest employee-owned engineering and science consulting organizations.  Scott draws on his 27 years of corporate experience to connect the concepts of mindfulness with the world of corporate leaders and the analytical minds of busy managers and professionals.

He also walks the walk every day.  As a business owner and entrepreneur, he uses these skills to manage his focus, his resilience and his reactivity to the world on a daily basis. He has a 10-year old son, who while amazing on so many levels, deals with anxiety.  Anxiety that can express itself as highly emotional, oppositional and stubbornly defiant behaviour.  Mindfulness has become the most powerful tool he has as a parent in dealing with difficult parenting situations.

Scott has had the great fortune to work with the brilliant people at SAP, Urban Systems Ltd., Miller Titerle + Co. LLP, Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP, Singleton Urquart LLP, Habanero Consulting, Smythe LLP, Schneider Electric, EXP, BC Assessment, plus numerous entrepreneurs and sole practitioners.

About the "Train Your Brain" Series

“Train Your Brain” is a series of three sessions with Scott Orth. “Focus in the Age of Distraction”, "Developing an Open Mindset”, and “Managing Reactivity When Triggered”. These three sessions use theory, group discussion, and an introduction to mindfulness tools and techniques to address common concerns with productivity, focus, and interpersonal communications in the workplace.

Why Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is simply bringing present moment awareness to your inner and outer worlds with acceptance and non-judgment and being intentional with your response.  Mindfulness as a concept is both ages old and very prevalent in the world today.  I’ve come to see it as simply “fitness training for your brain”—it does for your brain what exercise does for your body—it makes your mind stronger and yet more flexible; allowing greater resiliency, agility and focus. A bonus is that mindfulness also leads to improved overall health and increased happiness.

Event Details

Focus in the Age of Distraction
Facilitated By Scott Orth
Friday January 26 2018
Session A: 9:00am-11:00am FULL
Session B: 12:00pm-2:00pm FULL

Point Grey Campus
Building: Liu Institute for Global Issues
Address:  6476 North West Marine Drive at West Mall [MAP]
Room: Multi-purpose room


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