Hal Runkel
Featured Keynote Programs

ScreamFree Parenting

Five Truths Every Parent Needs to Know

Every parent wants a more peaceful home. And a little respect & appreciation wouldn’t hurt, either. We also crave something deeper: We want to feel confident we’re doing a good job and feel capable to handle any parenting challenge. All of that is possible, even probable, when a parent decides to become ScreamFree. Moving beyond child-centered, technique-based approaches, the ScreamFree mindset compels us to focus on controlling ourselves, instead of our kids. By staying both calm and connected with our kids, we begin to operate less out of our deepest fears (which always backfires) and more out of our highest principles. With his laugh-out-loud, self-deprecating style Hal has delivered this, his landmark program based on his NYT Bestseller, to thousands throughout the US and around the world.

The Lifelong Marriage Mindset

Six Keys to Creating a Romance that Lasts

Building a lifelong romance is a universal dream, but the realities of marriage can make that dream so difficult to come true. What we need is a radical new Lifelong Marriage Mindset, focused on uncovering the common lies about marriage, and replacing those with the truths that simply make more sense. Combining timeless principles, the foremost clinical research, and a LOL-speaking style, Hal presents a vision for intimate relationships unlike most everything you’ve ever heard. Based on his remarkable book, ScreamFree Marriage, this Mindset is not built on “fighting fair,” or “meeting one another’s needs,” or “becoming more compatible.” None of these can truly help you grow as a person or improve your marriage. A Lifelong Marriage begins with focusing on individual self-respect, championing your own personal growth as the key to intimacy. That way, your marriage can actually be a celebration of the differences between you and your spouse, building a foundation for a romance that lasts.

Choose Your Own Adulthood

The Small Choices that Make a Big Difference

Respond More, React Less...Create More, Critique Less...Finish More, Start Less. These are some of the small but significant choices of successful adults, and these are the choices young people need to master. What started as a letter to his graduating daughter turned into NYT Bestselling Author Hal Runkel’s newest program for all adults, beginning with senior high school and college students all the way up to grandparents. Using humor, story-telling, and real-life scenarios, Hal leads teens, young adults (and their parents) out of the adolescent world of black-and-white reactivity, and into the adult world of sophisticated, effective decision-making.

Parenting in the Digital Age

Never before in human history have teens been this connected to each other, nor had access to this much information (and misinformation) about sex, violence and other of life’s dangers. This combination
is leading to enormous problems involving sexting, cyberbullying, and child pornography, to name a few. ScreamFree founderHal Runkel takes the latest research about brain chemistry, the latest rulings on public policy, and his own findings among teenagers to develop a clear path forward for parents, teachers, and teens themselves. Combining timeless principles with practical digital guidelines, Hal shows audiences that the digital world is not as scary as parents may fear, nor as innocent as teens may assume.

Launching Hope
Preparing our Teens for the Real World

Over the last 30 years, the rate of twenty-somethings moving back home has doubled. During the same time, teenagers have started experiencing more distress, and less success. These two problems stem from the same fatal flaw. In short, we started raising kids, and we stopped launching new, productive adults into the world. Expect to laugh and learn as Hal lays out a clear, calm path for how parents can lead their teenagers into a more productive future, and create a better relationship along the way.

The 7 Deadly Sins of the 21st Century

Immediacy. Consumerism. Multimediocrity. Sitting. These are but a few of the modern maladies of the human spirit. In the name of more speed, more stuff, and more comfort, we are killing ourselves to be happy. In this revolutionary look at contemporary life, Hal leads us to “confession,” helping us all to repent of our craziness and return to our deepest desires for peace, connection, and sustainability.

The ScreamFree Workplace

Creating a Culture of Adult Humans in a World of Reactive Lizards

When coworkers trust, respect, and even enjoy one another, their workplace not only becomes more peaceful, it becomes more productive. The ScreamFree Workplace is eye-opening, practical, and presented in a LOL, interactive environment, this workshop will help you transform your office into a place of calm cohesion and peaceful productivity. Whether you’re the newest member of the team just trying to fit in, or the senior leader charged with creating a cultural change, The ScreamFree Workplace will give you the tools and principles and inspiration you need to end division, manage conflict, and lead your office into a newfound harmony.

The Leader’s Pause
How to Respond More, React Less, and Increase Your Influence

The central question of leadership is this: How do leaders motivate their people to motivate themselves? How can leaders leverage their authority to create a system that heightens self-direction and engenders shared responsibility? In this engaging and entertaining presentation, Hal Runkel, the best-selling and award-winning author of ScreamFree Parenting, shows how leaders outside the home can effect powerful and substantial change by effectively managing themselves. ScreamFree Leadership shifts the focus to the main factor that matters, the leader’s own emotional reactivity. By learning to keep calm and connected, the ScreamFree leader learns to share both the power and the pressures of leadership, inviting others to discover their own investment in the organization’s success.

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