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Paul Krismer

Learn the HOW of resiliency and the POW of effective culture!

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Paul Krismer is an international speaker, trainer and recognized expert in the personal and organizational application of positive psychology. He is sought-after for his insights into workplace culture, and is often called upon to use his expertise in the areas of Wellness and Safety.

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Paul Krismer teaches the practical application of positive emotions to achieve corporate and personal excellence. At no time in our modern life has this message been more important. With economic, pandemic, and political issues creeping into every part of people’s already demanding lives, Paul provides the HOW of resiliency and the POW of effective culture!

He is recognized as one of the top ten most notable speakers by Ignite Magazine-The Magazine for Professional Meeting Planners. He is equally comfortable on a stage as he is delivering virtual content all around the world.

Paul is an employee engagement and workplace culture expert and a dynamic speaker/trainer. Playful and captivating storytelling complements his informative and entertaining presentations on the science of happiness as a strong predictor of success. At the same time, Paul is exceptionally practical, providing tools that audiences and entire workforces can immediately use.

Adding to this scientific foundation, Paul draws on real-world experience using the tools he shares. For more than 25 years, he implemented the lessons from positive psychology research while working in senior management roles—overseeing hundreds of employees, multi-million-dollar projects, and cheerfully growing future leaders. In addition, as a Certified Executive Coach, Paul has helped his clients discover hidden talents and attain greater life satisfaction.

Paul’s engaging delivery always leaves his audience wanting more. His feedback form ratings average 9.2 out of 10, and nearly all those who respond say they would like to have Paul return to the same event.

Additionally, Paul is the best-selling author of “Whole Person Happiness: How to be Well in Body, Mind and Spirit.” This book aims to give everyone access to Paul’s expertise. As a teacher of cutting-edge positive psychology, he is truly a “Happiness Expert.”

Paul is a proud member of the International Positive Psychology Association and the Global Speakers Federation.

Paul’s mission

A global pandemic, in addition to the pre-existing reality of demanding, hectic lives with plenty of day-to-day stress, has led to the Great Resignation. As a result, people worldwide are considering their options to get out of the traditional workplace.

Hiring and retaining talent is an emerging crisis for many workplaces. Presenteeism (showing up but not engaging effectively) is at an all-time high. Everywhere we see signs of a tired, depressed workforce.

Paul helps organizations provide an antidote — energizing their workforce through practical actions that not only win employee retention, but boost productivity, creativity, and profits.

Paul’s expertise

Paul is a teacher at heart. He can easily take his subjects deep into multi-day training. He regularly does keynotes varying in length from 20 minutes to 90 minutes. Paul loves to get participants digging deep and planning their own actions in breakouts and workshops.

Broadly speaking, Paul’s expertise is three-fold:

1. Applied positive psychology

2. Leadership

3. Workplace culture

There is overlap and synergy in all of Paul’s areas of expertise. A talk often combines different facets of each topic, based on the customization appropriate for specific client needs.

Leaders as Role Models: Stepping Beyond the Limitations of Management


This talk is suitable for people with subordinate direct reports and opinion-leaders who have influence on the corporate culture. It can be either a deeply thought-provoking keynote or a multi-hour interactive workshop.


Many leaders come to their roles as a function of their expertise in a specific subject matter, but leadership requires more than job-specific skills. Leadership is a way of being. This talk de-emphasizes what we individually know and instead asks us who we are.

Traditional employee engagement programs often buy the loyalty of employees’ bodies, but do not win their hearts and minds. In this workshop, learn direct interventions that change the way employees FEEL about their work and their workmates. Leverage positive psychology to bring creativity, productivity and joy into your workplace!

Men and women who influence the behaviour of staff can learn a mindset that shifts them from overseers of business processes to genuine leaders—seeing the big picture, articulating the direction, and embracing their team in a collaborative and committed mission. Transformative organizational change occurs when bosses are coaches who lead with emotional intelligence and profound personal integrity.

Content highlights

  • Thomas Crane’s leadership model
  • Differentiation between leadership and tasks found in a job description
  • Engaging Hollywood video content that drives the points home and inspires discussion
Mindfulness Everywhere: The Secret Weapon for Life and Business


This talk is suitable for any audience and is the highest energy and least boring talk on mindfulness that you’ll ever hear. In addition to being an inspiring keynote, this talk can be presented as a multi-hour, interactive workshop.


Why the heck is everyone talking about mindfulness these days? Mindfulness is the most researched of all positive psychology interventions. And the evidence is overwhelming clear: mindfulness is as foundational to good mental health as nutrition and exercise are to physical health.

This presentation takes the mystery out of mindfulness and calls on participants to take their mental and emotional well-being seriously. Participants learn how the mind physically changes as a result of regular mindfulness practice. Theory is grounded in practical application during the workshop.

With a foundation in science, taught with energy and humor, and served as a practical invitation, this workshop reveals what all the excitement is about. With over 25 years of personal experience in mindfulness practices, your facilitator has a rich understanding of how impactful this training can be.

Benefits of mindfulness

  • Improved emotional regulation
  • Increased resilience to stress
  • Faster mental processing
  • Improved interpersonal relationships
  • Greater focus
  • More cognitive flexibility
  • Boosted immune system
  • Reduced heart rate and lower blood pressure
Powerful Safety Cultures in the Mature Economy

Businesses are up against global pressures to compete, local realities of increasing social disengagement, and a 21st Century emerging economy, that is rapidly changing in character and form.

In today’s economy, most large workplaces have established, written safety programs. There generally is not a failure in knowing what to do. Instead breakdowns occur due to inattention, persistent, yet sometimes hidden emphasis on productivity over safety, and indifference to safe job procedures. These persistent problems can be resolved! It requires long- term commitment to positive safety cultures.

Get a blast of personal and corporate well-being in this inspirational introduction to the science of positive psychology. Learn about the research results that prove happiness leads to greater success. Come away with simple, applicable skills that will fuel your personal engagement and create positive contagion amongst the people you influence.

The field of positive psychology research has massively expanded our understanding of human potential. Most of this discovery has happened in the last 15 years. We now know that happiness is not a lucky outcome resulting from a fortunate upbringing. Rather, happiness generally results from skills that some people naturally pick up. Organizations that commit to culture change can reap the proven benefit of reduced injury rates and less disability.

If your company knows “what to do”, but too often finds staff and management fail to do it, you will come away with new insights about how to powerfully engage employees and create impactful, effective corporate culture.

Participants will learn 21st Century Leadership qualities:

  • how to win hearts and minds
  • alignment of vision and action
  • leading by example
  • drive attention to what matters
  • practical, immediate tools to put into action right away
Integrity: Being a Safety Superstar

Safety really can be “Job One”!

Many senior leaders, front-line supervisors, safety officers, and union representatives come to their roles because they are experts in their subject matter, but safety leadership requires much more than job-specific skills. This talk de-emphasizes what we individually know and instead asks us who we are.

Find out how corporate cultures are open to positive change. Leverage personal integrity to bring creativity, reduced disability and superior safety outcomes in your workplace.

Trust is an essential component to effective organization cultures. There is no single mechanism to create trust other than to behave with integrity. Words, slogans, images and procedures can never take the place of action. Pairing his information with clips from Hollywood films, Paul shows how people naturally adjust their actions and cooperate with others when they are in cultures of high integrity.

Men and women who influence the behaviour of staff will learn a mindset that shifts them from overseers of business processes to genuine role models—seeing the big picture, articulating the direction, and embracing their team in a collaborative and committed mission. Transformative organizational change occurs when workers walk the talk, operating with emotional intelligence and profound personal integrity.

This talk creates a lump in the throat as people question how they show up at work. The question that arises is “Am I bringing my best self?”

Combatting Inattention: Mindfulness Matters

Men and women—all of us—are busier than ever. We are constantly considering our to-do lists, our relationships, our future worries and our past challenges. Combine this constant mental chatter with the perils of routine, repetitive work tasks and you have a recipe for disaster. The best safety systems have little application if workers are distracted and unfocused as they do their work.

The secret weapon against distractions from safety is mindfulness. Mindfulness is as important for your brain as exercise and nutrition are for your body. To be mindful is to be fully present with what is actually happening in the moment. Do you have to sit cross-legged and learn to silently meditate? No! Everyone can learn shortcuts to being focused, on task and holding distracting thoughts and emotions at a distance.

Based on real mindfulness programs taught to the hardest, toughest industrial workers—logging crews on the wild west coast of British Columbia—this talk explains how mindfulness can be made a part of every safety program.

This presentation takes the mystery out of mindfulness. Grounded in science and served as a practical invitation, learn why there is so much excitement about mindfulness.

Not Heroic: Just Save Lives

Can you look to examples of companies with excellent programs on paper and persistently disastrous safety outcomes? This talk powerfully changes perspective on what a good program looks like. Safety compliance is alluringly attractive but falls well short of real safety culture.

This inspirational discussion moves safety culture from a theoretical goal to a case study of one company that did the work and made the transformation. No less than genuine cultural transformation is available. See the potential in your own workplace. Imagine a workplace where each staff member volunteers their hearts and minds, not merely the labour of their bodies.

Culture is found in the conversation: the basic human relationships that form the context in which work is done. This talk shows exactly how companies can move from good in theory to good in practice. Based on real life work, we see how culture can be practically changed. We learn step by step, a complete approach to changing the human-to-human dynamic in a workplace setting.

Funny, dramatic and, at the same time, do-able! Walk away with a whole new concept of what constitutes a culture of pervasive safety!

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