Alan is a dynamic and engaging speaker with a talent for making serious topics playful, and turning play into serious impact.
Alan has a wealth of knowledge and experience working with families of Gifted Children. His friendly manner made his audience feel comfortable asking questions. We were grateful to have him share his message about the importance of combining IQ with persistence and resilience.
– Tanya Atherton. Head of Gifted and Talented. Sacred Heart College. Perth, Australia.
You were the best out of all the speakers in the whole conference… You look like you really enjoy it… I’d read the national report already, but you really brought it to life; I learnt some new things!
– Audience member at the 2016 National Conference on Giftedness
Sitting through eight hours of other speakers was worth it, just to hear you speak at the end of the day. Your way of presenting brilliance and high performance is fantastic!
– Audience member at the 2015 International Conference on Giftedness and Talent Development
Alan presents seminars and workshops at many state, national, and international conferences. He also runs programs for schools, including teacher professional development. Each topic can be delivered as a 2-hour stand-alone presentation, workshop (if appropriate), or a keynote address (60 minutes).
Please get in contact if you have an upcoming conference or workshop you’d like Alan to be a part of.
Alan delivering professional development to teachers at Perth Modern School, Australia, ahead of the 2017 school year.
11 January, 2019 Dushanbe International School (A Cambridge International School). Teacher professional development – The teacher coach + Active learning in the classroom. (Dushanbe, Tajikistan).
5 November, 2018 John Curtin College of the Arts. Parent seminar – You are not alone. (Perth, Australia). Alumni includes Bon Scott, Sam Worthington, Megan Gale, John O’Hara, and Professor Stephen Hopper.
20-25 August, 2018 2018 Asia Pacific Conference on Giftedness (APCG). “Inspiration, Motivation, and Creativity: Leading the Way to Giftedness”. (Bangkok, Thailand)
Invited speaker. Other speakers included Prof Bonnie Cramond, and Prof C. June Maker.
31 July-2 August, 2018 The Second International professional and scientific Conference “Giftedness, education, development”. Mensa International: Gifted families success stories in 2018 (presented in-person by Therese Moodie-Bloom). (Belgrade, Serbia)
5 May, 2018 Dara School (Australia’s first and only fully gifted school) – Student seminars. What would your life look like if you were ten times more confident? (Adelaide, Australia)
13-16 October, 2017 Asian Mensa Annual Gathering – Kids conference (Gold Coast, Australia)
Other speakers included Tammy Reid, Adrienne Alexander, and Michele Juratowich.
13 September, 2017 Dara School (Australia’s first and only fully gifted school) – Teacher professional development. Brightness in the classroom (Adelaide, Australia)
9 August, 2017 A specialist school – Teacher professional development. Brightness in the classroom (Australia)
20-23 July, 2017 The World Council for Gifted and Talented Children: Global Perspectives in Gifted Education (Sydney, Australia)
Other speakers included Professor Karen Rogers, Dr Dorothy Sisk, Mark Scott AO, and Professor Miraca Gross.
22 April, 2017 Who am I? (VIA Character strengths for families) Private workshop for Mensa WA children 7yo-17yo + parents (Perth, Australia)
16 December, 2016 Perth Modern School – Teacher professional development. Brightness in the classroom (Perth, Australia)
6-10 October, 2016 Australian Mensa Kids Conference: Great Southern Land (Hobart, Australia)
Other speakers included Ivan Zelich.
29 September-1 October, 2016 AAEGT National Gifted Conference, Sydney: Beyond the Boundaries in Gifted Education (Sydney, Australia)
Other speakers included Professor Miraca Gross, Professor Del Siegle, and Professor Paula Olszewski-Kubilius.
22-24 July, 2016 SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) GIFTED: Our Past and Our Future (Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, USA)
October, 2015 Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy with Chanel College, Gladstone High School, Toolooa State High School. (Queensland, AUS)
31 August, 2015 International Coach Federation Singapore (Singapore)
30 May, 2015 Mensa NSW (Sydney, AUS)
29 May, 2015 Gifted and Talented Teachers NSW (Sydney, AUS)
Other speakers included Adam Spencer.
25-28 June, 2015 International Positive Psychology Association World Congress (Florida, USA) [Note to North American readers: I was recently accepted to present at the IPPA (International Positive Psychology Association) Fourth World Congress in Florida, however due to other commitments I’ve had to decline presenting at this event.] Other speakers included Tal Ben-Shahar, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Barbara Fredrickson, and Martin Seligman.
19-21 March, 2015 International Conference on Giftedness and Talent Development (Brisbane, AUS)
Other speakers included Professor Miraca Gross, Professor Albert Ziegler, and Michele Juratowich.
12 March, 2015 Mensa Western Australia (Perth, AUS)
11 October, 2014 University of Western Australia (Perth, AUS)
23 November, 2013 Australian Mensa National Kids Conference (Perth, AUS)
Most-requested speaking topics
New keynotes for 2018-2019
Beyond 2020: gifted education An overview of the world’s most advanced gifted schools.
Intuition in high-ability children: unknown knowns An in-depth look at immediate cognition in gifted children.
The Teacher Coach. Workshop combining coaching elements from America.
Positive Education. Findings and practical application of the latest research.
Gifted & talented. Core concepts, including acceleration options in Australia.
Potential vs performance. How to guide students from capacity to performance.
Being vs doing. Self-care for teachers, includes work by Dr Greg Baer (“Real love”).
Superpowers. Key traits of high performers, what they need, and how they thrive.
Bright to brilliant. Internal brightness must be nurtured to shine brilliantly. An eye- opening talk for parents and teachers, and anyone who works with bright children.
Promoting passionate persistence. “Persistence matters twice as much as IQ”. By multiplying existing skill, talents, and knowledge, students are encouraged to thrive.
Confidence: More compelling than smarts. Building self-esteem at an early age is vital in allowing children to flourish. Hear theory and practice of this urgent trait.
For students and children
Lego Serious Play. Workshop-style presentation for small groups. Derived from a consulting process commissioned by Lego themselves, and created by Swiss Professors.