Are you looking for a keynote talk that will leave you feeling positive about the future and excited to take action? Then a talk by Kirsti Gwynn, founder of Positive EQ, might be perfect for you.


My talks bring together a mix of storytelling, fascinating research, and practical application to inspire audiences to feel their best -- so they can do their best.

All talks range from 15 minutes to 1 hour. I am happy to create customised talks and workshops.

My ready-to-go talks are as follows:


The Power of Changing Perspective


The human brain focuses on the negative more than the positive. On top of this, we experience hedonic adaptation, whereby the brain becomes used to any good thing when we continue to experience it. So how can we stay happy? How can we continue to feel motivated at work and positive about life in general? In this talk, Kirsti provides 3 actionable ways to change perspective and feel happier, developed around the 3 key areas of happiness identified by psychological research. By the end of this talk, you will be more confident in your ability to achieve your goals at work, feel more motivated, meaningful, and purposeful, and be able to access more peace and joy in each moment.

The Emotional Intelligence Key


How you feel affects everything you do. When the brain's "protective system" is active - in the form of stress, self-doubt, and anxiety - we have reduced brain access to the very areas we need to make good decisions, problem-solve effectively, and plan ahead at work. In this talk, Kirsti shows how emotional intelligence is the key both to enjoying our lives more, and to doing our best work. You'll learn 3 practical strategies to reduce stress and unlock more motivation, self-discipline, and productivity at work.

Social Media and Self-Worth

Schools, sixth-form colleges, and universities only.

Numerous studies have indicated that social media can have a detrimental effect on mental health and self-esteem. Children and teenagers growing up in the digital age experience a world where they are constantly comparing themselves to one another and rating the value of themselves and their lives based on what they see online. In this talk, students will learn key strategies to maintain healthy self-worth even in the context of social media, as well as how they can create positive, practical boundaries around social media use.

"Kirsti's talk combined heart, passion, practical tools, experience and theoretical input in a way that was interactive, engaging and inspirational.

To quote Maya Angelou: "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel". Our counsellors at Lifeline are still talking about and implementing their learnings from Kirsti's presentation in both their personal and professional lives, and yearning for more.

Kirsti exuberates a gentle warmth and humbleness, as well as the ability to share and facilitate growth, and remind us of our resilience as human beings. Her training was a gem in our calendar and we hope to have the privilege of receiving her gifts in the future.

Lifeline, Jhb

"I thought your guidance through the modules was great and I enjoyed your obvious interest in all the subject matter. Everything we discussed was interesting and you imparted tools that help better ourselves, which is fantastic. I highly recommend the workshop. It was informative, personally and professionally. It helped foster stronger relationships within our team and gave us tools to be more productive, happy people and employees.

Lampost Photographic Agency [customised workshop]