Dr. Stress for conference organizers, incentive planners and event managers

An audience that’s laughing while learning. An event that’s illuminating yet light-hearted. The latest scientific findings presented in a serious yet humorous manner. And, lasting motivation to balance stress and lead happy, healthy lives in this crazy digital world. For all of this and more, book Dr. Stress for your next conference, incentive program or professional event.

Overview of lectures

Fireworks instead of burnout: How to survive your career

If you’re constantly asking a lot of yourself, striving to reach personal goals, or carrying an extra burden, you risk developing burnout through chronic stress activation. But we can prevent it. This lecture empowers you with important insights from the latest stress research, and teaches you effective power-ups to stay healthy, productive and happy – even in hard times!

Two insights from stress research:

  1. Relax: Stress is useful – whether it’s released through negative or positive emotions. Learn how to keep stress in balance.
  2. Know yourself: Feeling overworked and burned out are warning signs you should listen to. Get medically proven advice.

Five effective power-ups

  1. Revitalise: Move your body, do some gymnastics or power posing. It will instantly energise you.
  2. Relax: Mindfulness, relaxation and rest are the fastest, most effective energy sources.
  3. Reduce workload: With the Pareto principle and Dr. Stress you’ll get the most effective tools for quick stress relief. Also great for digital stress.
  4. Seek joy: Be kind to yourself because others need you. What makes you happy besides sugar, alcohol, shopping or doing something illegal? Find the answers here.
  5. Solve problems: One after another using professional problem solving tools. Find your inspiration here.

Strengthen resilience and enhance wellbeing – even under pressure

Many people worry about burnout these days. The cause is obvious: increasing workloads. The good news is that we have more influence on our health and wellbeing than we believe. You already have what it takes to prevent burnout: self-awareness, self-empathy, self-esteem and self-care. The magic word is “resilience”. Learn what it means, and how to empower your employees and yourself. This lecture shares the latest research about burnout, and helps you maximise your resilience.

Reduce digital stress and boost productivity – instantly!

Do you dream of focussed, productive work, and the pride of a job well done? We can make it a daily reality. When you understand how your brain really works, you’ll be able to use it in such a clever way that you’ll enjoy all the benefits of digital devices – in your work and private life – without experiencing the negatives. This lecture will teach you how to avoid distractions, improve concentration and boost motivation. Don’t surrender to digital stress. Be the master of your time, objectives, thoughts and emotions.

Two insights from neurological research:

  1. Digital stress: What is it and how does it impact the body, mind and emotions?
  2. Learning through repetition: Constant interruptions ruin concentration and creativity. Learn effective, immediate remedies.

Three powerful concentration boosters:

  1. Disciplined and focussed: Save time, use breaks effectively, and regain control of your schedule.
  2. Working skills: Basics for effective computer work.
  3. Getting practical: Quick fixes for any task. Relaxation, relief and recuperation – instantly!

Improve brain fitness at any age


Continuous learning may sound like a life sentence for some people. But for those worried about their mental capacity, memory or Alzheimer’s disease, it’s the best way to keep your brain fresh, happy, and boost its performance. The good news is that you are capable of learning at any stage of life – if you know how to do it. (Hint: It’s not about tedious brain jogging.) This lecture provides you with the latest insights from brain research, and transforms learning into a stimulating experience.


Two insights from brain research:

  1. The brain is like a muscle: The more you use it, the stronger it gets. Learn how to train your brain.
  2. Younger and older brains: Differences, similarities, and how these impact learning and stress.

Five tips for better, faster, easer learning – for life:

  1. Joy is the best teacher: How to empower the four stages of learning while having lots of fun.
  2. With a little help from my stress: Why excitement is productive for learning but stress peaks are harmful.
  3. Warm up, train and cool down: Personal training for successful learning.
  4. Brain doping without side effects: The best for your brain from the kitchen, drugstore and pharmacy – simple, cheap and legal. Special: Hands off sugar!
  5. Organisation is key: How to organise yourself to boost motivation, creativity and enthusiasm while learning.

New customer relations: More empathy and less stress in business


Tired of using predictable sales strategies to attract customers? Always feel bad about it? The latest neuroeconomics research confirms your intuition: deep down, we prefer cooperation and fairness in any personal contact. Acting against this basic instinct increases stress levels. Even worse: stressed individuals can be hurtful, hostile or withdrawn – without noticing it, and against their better judgement. That’s why stress balance is essential in retail and customer service. This lecture teaches you core strategies for effective stress management, and how to reach your goals amicably. The best part: you’ll also be successful, happy and healthy.


Two insights from stress and relationship research:

  1. We need each other: Human bonding has guaranteed our survival from the very beginning.
  2. Humanity and stress: We are compelled to care for each other. Otherwise, we’ll suffer from high stress levels, as well as physical and mental problems.

Four tips for better cooperation:

  1. Be friendly: Sociability is crucial for you and others. Get practical tips about strengthening relationships in your professional and personal life.
  2. Empathy: Learn how to understand others better, and how this can help you balance stress.
  3. Dompassion without burnout: Learn how to lead constructive discussions, and how to keep complicated people happy.
  4. New customer relations: Posing the right questions will boost your business and your health. Learn what to ask.

Hello sunshine, here I am again!


A life full of energy, high spirits, fresh inspiration and a healthy glow. Isn’t that what we all want? What do we get instead? Tossing and turning, wallowing in problems, disturbed by snores. Some have serious trouble sleeping. Others simply don’t manage to go to bed on time. We all know how the next day feels: foggy and stressful. The vicious cycle of sleep disorder continues. Let’s break the cycle together. This encouraging lecture will help you sleep the stress away and stay balanced throughout the day.

Two insights from sleep research:

  1. Life is beautiful - why sleep?: Examine the biological reasons for sleep, and the effects of severe sleep deprivation on the body and mind.
  2. What’s up? Learn about normal changes in sleep patterns, and why men and women shouldn’t share a bed sometimes.

Four tips for restful nights:

  1. See a doctor: Don’t hesitate! You can get better sleep if you take sleep disorders seriously and know the underlying reasons. Learn what is “normal” and when to watch out.
  2. Dream at the sleep lab: Friendly experts will carefully and quietly monitor you while you sleep. Or chose outpatient sleep screening.
  3. Get started today: There are many sleep remedies available. From self-help to professional counselling. From mattresses to oxygen masks. Nature also offers effective, harmless sleep medication. Simple changes are usually enough when done consistently.
  4. Find peace: Finish your day with positive rituals to balance your stress. Write down sorrows, joys and things you are grateful for. Then: sweet dreams!

Overview of seminars


Don’t confuse the analogue, biological character of your brain with the properties of digital devices. Our brains are not smartphones. They are infinitely smarter! We can’t just recharge them. Our natural competences – creativity, decision-making, and memory – follow their own rhythms. We have to consider this in order to keep them working perfectly.

Digital communication and long hours of work at the computer screen can cause numerous problems. Many employees suffer from lack of productivity, creativity, motivation and concentration. The first thing to do is to recognise the problems. Next: implement step-by-step solutions, including a carefully designed training programme to restore mental performance. This seminar provides practical help to reduce psychological strain and enhance mental health at work. It is a rich source of information for HR departments, and perfect for anyone striving for success while trying to stay sane in our digital world.

Latest insights form brain research and tips for staying healthy in a digital workplace:

  1. Digital stress: What is it and how does it impact the body, mind and emotions? Learn how to revitalize your mind.
  2. Learning through repetition: Constant interruptions ruin concentration and creativity. Learn effective, immediate remedies.

Five daily concentration boosters:

  1. Firm and focussed: Save time, use breaks effectively, and regain control of your schedule.
  2. Organisation techniques: Basics for productive and healthy computer work.
  3. Quick fixes: Practical relaxation techniques for any workplace. Start now for fast results.
  4. Take action: The most effective exercises for the eyes, neck, shoulders, back and hands.
  5. Healthy smart brain: What to eat, when to see the doctor, and how to legally boost your brain.

Two important rules for daily work:

  1. Older and younger employees: Differences and similarities. Tips and tools for successful cooperation.
  2. Mental stress: A healthy approach to working with digital devices.


Introductory lecture; group and partner work; relaxation exercises for hands, eyes, shoulders, back and body; desk-fitness exercises; mindfulness training; workflow self-assessment; checklists; tips and tools; discussions; future lab: How can we work more efficiently together?

Duration: 1 or 2 days


Our professional and personal lives are increasingly blending. We work in our private times and bring personal issues to work. How to juggle work and life? When you identify the different sources of stress and energy in your life, you can create the right balance between action and relaxation. The result: you’ll lead a more flexible and fulfilling life.


In this seminar, you’ll begin by analysing your desires, motivations, and current work-life balance. You’ll find out what you really need or want to achieve. Once you focus on your priorities, balance becomes easy: your energy will follow your thoughts. You’ll also learn the most effective techniques to achieve work-life balance. Plus: You’ll take home a new plan for your life and can’t wait to get started.

Two facts about work-life balance:

  1. Decide: What do you really need? What do you truly want? Finding the overlap is the basis for genuine happiness.
  2. Get closer: Human attachment and gratitude are the most powerful sources of energy. Make sure you get enough, especially in your private life, and you’ll be happier and more fulfilled than ever.

Four skills for a successful and happy life:

  1. Balance-check in all parts of life: Work, relationship, family, health, “me” time. How much of each do you have and need?
  2. Body tuning: A quick, practical and effective program that covers the key essentials for greater performance and vitality: sleep, movement, nutrition and personal care.
  3. Release pressure: The ultimate strategies for combatting perfectionism and guilty conscience.
  4. Get help: Don’t shy away from teamwork. Learn to reach your goals faster and easier with the help of experts.

Five tools for solving any problem:

  1. Problem finder: What’s the good side of bad things? Be honest and face your negative emotions. It’s the only way to catch imbalances.
  2. Problem analyser: It’s not always someone else’s fault. Accepting responsibility for your problems is the key to finding new solutions. An unusual but extremely effective exercise.
  3. Goal finder: Energy follows thoughts, so the most important step is to define your goal. Be prepared to surprise yourself!
  4. Obstacle explorer: Never go without plan B. What to do when your willpower, boss, or mother-in-law slows you down.
  5. Solution planner: Write your plan and get started. Don’t forget checkpoints.


Introductory lecture; group and partner work; relaxation exercises; desk-fitness exercises; mindfulness training; work-life balance self-assessment; checklists; tips and tools; discussions; implementation of goals in deep relaxation; checklists; individual coaching.

Duration: 1 or 2 days


Physical and psychosocial diseases, such as burnout and depression, are increasing in many corporate and governmental organizations. One of the main causes lies is excessive stress due to increasing work pressure and personal problems. Executives juggle dual responsibilities: for themselves and their employees.


What should you do if an employee seems exhausted, shows changes in performance, or withdrawal from others? Your spontaneous reaction may be to consider possible causes and try to help. You may be right. But you may also overburden yourself or other members of your team. In most cases, you won’t be able to sufficiently improve the situation, and will end up feeling helpless. Despite your good intentions, you may even delay the diagnosis of a physical or mental illness.

So what should you do? As an executive, you are not responsible for providing medical advice, coaching or solving private issues. But it is your duty to look after your employees. This means you’ll have to lead a conversation with the affected person and urge them to seek professional help. Such talks are challenging, and customary leadership tools are of little help. Thus, it is important to prepare yourself by learning the correct techniques and choice of words. You’ll also need reliable information about occupational laws and privacy protection. This seminar gives you the knowledge and support you need to effectively help your employees while protecting yourself from added pressure.

The latest news about psychosocial diseases and important recommendations for healthy leadership.


The biological foundation of our minds consists of living brain cells. If they fall ill, many forms of dysfunctions may occur, leading to a number of psychological symptoms. Although this can cause incomprehensible patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving, these are not feigned symptoms or illnesses. Unbalanced stress through chronic stress overload is today’s main trigger for psychological and mental diseases.

Recommendation 1: Give equal status and respect to people with psychological diseases as to those with physical disorders.

Recommendation 2: Educate staff about stress, burnout and psychological problems as well as opportunities for help and treatment.

Five guidelines for healthy leadership:

  1. Watch out: Learn the connections between stress and physical or psychological diseases. Be extremely alert to symptoms you or others may show.
  2. Be good to yourself: Only then can you be good to others. Learn 5 power-ups for boosting energy and preventing occupational overload. Plus: effective methods for quick relaxation at work.
  3. Sympathy and persistence: How to talk to people you are worried about as a boss or relative – without exhausting yourself or breaching occupational and privacy laws. Get personal training in leading this import and challenging conversation (with trainer feedback, without camera).
  4. Be a responsible leader: Learn how to use appreciation and effective organisation to reduce stress in your company.
  5. Get help if needed: Exemplary companies use professional coaching teams to help staff solve problems that may occur in their lives. Learn best practice examples.

Methods: Introductory lecture; group and partner work; relaxation exercises (mindfulness training, quick relaxation, progressive muscular relaxation (Jacobson), deep relaxation); desk-fitness exercises; leadership self-assessment test; checklists; tips and tools; discussions; employee conversation training (without camera!); trainer feedback.

Duration: 2 days

Ganz vielen lieben Dank für Ihr offenes Ohr, die guten Vorschläge und Tipps und natürlich das suuuper Seminar!!!
D. Merzbach, Bonner Akademie

Vielen Dank für Ihre individuelle, kompetente, authentische und sehr angenehme, sowie kurzweilige Seminarleitung!
Rainer Hoffmeister, Zurich Vertriebs GmbH