Susan Neustrom, Ed.D.

Life, Leadership Coach, Author, Speaker, Educator, Leading to Action

Free Motivational Speaker in Chicago

  • Where Are You Growing? Cultivating a Growth Mindset

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Self-Improvement

    Do you have a fixed mindset or a growth mindset? Your mindset determines your behavior and thoughts leading to your success, your performance and your impact on staff, co-workers, family, and friends. There are two mindsets, fixed and growth. If you have a fixed mindset you believe abilities and intelligence are determined early in life. Therefore, challenges and failure only serve to support your belief. In contrast, if you have a growth mindset you view challenges and obstacles as opportunities to develop skills and continue growing and learning. Most individuals exhibit a combination of a fixed and growth mindset but intentionally cultivating a growth mindset results in enhanced resilience, increased accomplishments and expanded potential. In an organization, a growth mindset leader creates a culture of innovation, risk-taking, teamwork, and trust enabling others to adopt a growth mindset. MORE >

    In this interactive session, Dr. Susan Neustrom explores how mindsets are formed and the dynamics and strategies involved in shifting mindset to optimize positive impact both personally and professionally. Using the theoretical framework of mindset, grit, and mental contrasting this session will engage participants in a new approach to decision-making, problem solving, teaching, and learning.
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  • The Three Most Powerful Actions of Value-driven Leaders

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Business

    Leadership is hard work because the need to be socially connected at all time is a necessity for leaders to influence, impact, and direct organizations, people, and change. Business challenges require fast, direct decisions, therefore, leaders are relentlessly communicating with multiple stakeholders through email, phone, and technology. Yet, the most powerful leaders understand the demands of being a leader and create a mental space to be alone with their thoughts emotions, and values. MORE >

    In this presentation, Dr. Susan Neustrom will demonstrate how solitude, silence, and reflection can actually enhance social interaction and increase authentic and ethical leadership behavior. She will provide strategies to create a personal sanctuary for leaders to renew, reevaluate, and reorient your moral compass for more effective, ethical decision making.
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  • Awaken: How to Motivate the Unmotivated

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Motivational

    Are you struggling with trying to motivate and inspire your team, employees, clients, or even yourself? Encouraging an unmotivated individual is a challenge and regardless of the reward, nothing seems to work. Based on years of experience working with challenging populations - jail inmates, the homeless, people living with developmental disabilities, Dr.Susan Neustrom teaches you how to motivate and inspire even the most unmotivated by sharing five new ideas for awakening, igniting, and maintaining self-motivation for long term success. MORE >

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  • Eliminate the Fear of Leaving Your Comfort Zone Post Pandemic

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Self-Improvement

    Change happened suddenly. You didn’t plan for major disruption. The pandemic turned your world upside down and thrust you right out of your comfort zone, big time. Nevertheless, over the past year you adapted to a different way of working, communicating, and interacting. Of course, now that a vaccine is here restrictions are being lifted, capacity is increasing, and in-person events are occurring. You are ready to get back to normal, whatever normal looks like now and in the future. Relief no doubt, but are you prepared to leave your comfort zone one more time? MORE >

    In this session, Dr. Susan Neustrom unravels the mystery of your personal space called the comfort zone, breaks down the fears that hold you captive even when you don’t know you’re being held captive, and offers strategies to eliminate fear enabling you to move out of your comfort zone and ready to soar to new heights post pandemic.
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