Dr. David Posen

Dr. David Posen

Stress Mastery | Bestselling Author

Stress is a fact of life — but it doesn’t have to be a way of life. Bestselling author, speaker, and physician, Dr. David Posen, is one of North America’s leading experts on stress mastery, work-life balance, workplace stress, resilience, and mastering change. His dynamic presentations have empowered thousands of people to take control of their lives and come out on top. Combining humour and practical analogies, Posen helps unlock the mysteries of stress and wellness.

Posen was a family physician for 17 years before devoting his time exclusively to stress management, lifestyle counseling, and psychotherapy. He is also the author of five bestselling books: Always Change a Losing Game (now in its fifth edition), Staying Afloat When Water Gets Rough, The Little Book of Stress Relief (translated into seven languages and now in its third edition), Is Work Killing You? (profiled in USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, The Globe and Mail, and the Winnipeg Free Press), and Authenticity.

Posen has also written articles for Canadian Living and Reader’s Digest as well as several medical journals. He wrote a weekly column on stress and lifestyle management for the popular website, www.canoe.ca, appeared several times on TV and radio stations across Canada, and has been quoted in many leading US media outlets, including US News and World Report, People, Huffington Post, Men’s Fitness, Women’s Health, Redbook, and McCall’s.

As a keynote speaker, Posen has spoken to a wide variety of audiences including education, government, business, and other professional groups. His clients have included Warner Brothers, Verizon, American Express, Ontario Crown Attorneys Association, University of California, Allstate Insurance, Hydro One, State Farm, Rogers Communications, Pfizer, Kraft, Hilton Hotels, Microsoft, Tennessee Medical Foundation, Ernst & young, CIBC, IBM, Shoppers Drugmart, and many more.

Round Pegs. Square Holes. The Stress of Trying to Be What You’re Not

Suitable for Keynote or Seminar

Today’s world is full of big expectations. The pace is fast, there’s too much work and the pressures to perform are high. It’s no wonder people become disconnected from themselves and the normal rhythms of living.

Everywhere we look we see people who can’t understand why they are stressed: people with schedules they can’t handle; exhausted introverts trying to be more outgoing; high school students trying to learn at 8:00 in the morning when they’re half-asleep; people in careers they don’t like.

When individuals struggle to be what they’re not designed or inclined to be, the result is high stress, poor health, low performance and general unhappiness. They are round pegs trying to fit into square holes.

Join David for a look at….

  • Introversion and extraversion – where you fit on the spectrum.
  • Becoming more self-aware and getting to know yourself better.
  • Understanding the conflict between natural time and artificial time.
  • How sleep deprivation is so dangerous, yet so easy to fix.
  • How to live in sync with who you are.

Treating Workplace Stress: A Doctor’s Prescription

Suitable for Keynote or Seminar

As the pace of work continues to increase, the economy sputters and jobs are in short supply, organizations and the people who run them keep ramping up the stress levels on their employees. Some workers wear their stress like a badge of honour; others resign themselves to what they see as the “new normal” and accept the situation as “the way it is”.

The real truth is that workplaces are making people sick. Not enough people are talking about it, and when they do, no one is listening.

Join bestselling author and renowned speaker on stress, David Posen MD, for a revealing look at workplace stress – what’s causing it and what can cure it.


  • The scope and cost of workplace stress.
  • How the conspiracy of silence affects everyone.
  • The Big 3 causes of stress in the workplace.
  • Three myths about productivity.
  • Enlightened leadership and the power of permission.
  • Simple, yet powerful strategies to fix the problem.

This program was designed For Supervisors, Middle Managers, Corporate Executives

Stress Mastery

Suitable for Keynote or Seminar

Stress is a fact of life – but it doesn’t have to be a way of life. Many people use the word without actually understanding what it means. In this clarifying and reassuring presentation, Dr. Posen demystifies the subject by explaining the fundamentals of stress theory without the jargon and then, most importantly, what to do about it.   Filled with insights and “aha” moments, David will make stress less intimidating and give you tips and techniques to master it.


  • What stress is, how to recognize it and where it comes from.
  • The simple PPP formula for taming stress in your life.
  • Time management tips to help you control your day.
  • How the way you think affects the way you feel.
  • How simple lifestyle changes can profoundly improve your energy and your mood.

Be Good to Yourself AND the Bottom Line

Suitable for Keynote or Seminar

In today’s dynamic work world, a staggering number of people choose to take care of business instead of taking care of themselves. Not only is it a bad personal decision, but in the end it’s just as destructive for the business. The reality is that good health and self-care can not only co-exist with business success, but actually promote it. With a little persuasion and a touch of humour, David will show you how to be good to yourself and improve the bottom line.

Learn To…

  • Discover five simple self-care strategies that leverage productivity.
  • Understand the relationship between stress and performance.
  • Discover a tool to monitor your stress and pace yourself.
  • Marvel at some paradoxical truths, including when Less is More.

Running on Empty: Manage Your Energy, Manage Your Stress

Suitable for Keynote or Seminar

Bank accounts work on a simple premise: you have to put money in before you can take money out. Our bodies are exactly the same. How can you keep drawing on stress energy when there’s nothing in the bank?

This could be the most revealing time you’ll spend in years. David Posen M.D. explains how acute stress generates quick energy, yet chronic stress drains it. Using the players in the NHL as his examples, he demonstrates the link between increasing energy and reducing stress; and he does it all with rock-solid logic and a good dose of humour.

You’ll Learn:

  • What a healthy stress cycle looks like and how to use it to pace yourself.
  • Why sleep is so crucial and how to get what you need.
  • How sugar and caffeine can actually drain you of energy.
  • Why exercise is an “energy factory”.
  • How to create a “flow state” for better psychic energy.

Taking Care of the Caregiver

Suitable for Keynote or Seminar

People in the “helping professions” – nurses, doctors, the clergy, etc., – have always known that caregiving is draining, both physically and emotionally. But the same applies to people caring for elderly or ailing relatives or those with special needs. How can caregivers continue to give support if they’re not paying attention to their own needs?

Designed to benefit both professionals and non-professionals alike, Dr Posen’s presentation helps caregivers understand the importance of reducing stress, caring for personal needs and putting a little breathing room back into life.


  • How to monitor your physical and emotional energy.
  • How to pace yourself and know your limits.
  • Why time-outs are so important and how to find diversion.
  • How to avoid and deal with compassion fatigue.
  • How to make time for yourself without feeling guilty.

The Lifestyle Balancing Act

Suitable for Keynote or Seminar

With all the demands made on us by work, family and friends, finding a comfortable work-life balance can seem like a utopian dream. Take heart. Throughout this fully enjoyable and lively session, Dr. Posen has a trunk full of strategies to achieve it.

David helps us to envision what a pleasing balance would look like and teaches us that our jobs are not our lives. It’s all about balance – balancing time, energy and the way we look at ourselves.


  • To take a snapshot of where you are now with regard to work-life balance.
  • The seven things that “tip us over” on the work-life balance scale.
  • To identify ways to work smarter and fresher to reduce overtime hours.
  • Seven ways to make time for leisure when there is no time for leisure.
  • To discover “the other you”.

Get a Grip. You Have More Control Than You Think

Suitable for Keynote or Seminar

There are lots of things we don’t control: the weather, the economy, government policy and other people’s behaviour. But there are others we do command: the way we behave, how we think and the lifestyle choices we make.

The lesson? Take more control in those areas and good things will start to happen.

Join Dr David Posen for a thoroughly enjoyable yet informative session focused on enhancing your energy, building resilience and taking control of your life.


  • How to deal with overload.
  • How to change the way you feel by changing the way you think.
  • A simple visual tool for monitoring stress and pacing yourself.
  • Four simple lifestyle modifiers that will change your life.
  • How you can choose what stresses you.

Dealing with The Stress of Turbulent Times During COVID-19

We’re living through uniquely challenging times, both physically and psychologically. The two major factors affecting our mental health at times like these are fear and uncertainty. What they have in common is a feeling of loss of control. In addition, we’ve all been pushed out of our comfort zone, trying to adjust to the new normal and navigating decisions regarding our health and that of our families. In this virtual presentation, Dr. David Posen will share actionable strategies to reduce stress, improve work/life balance, and smartly approach daily life during a health crisis.

This virtual session includes a 45-minute presentation, plus Q&A. Length can be customized to meet audience needs.