"Dr. Elko has the unique ability to touch everyone he speaks with. Nobody walks away without picking up something that makes them a better person. If I had one choice for someone to work with my firm, I would pick Dr. Elko. He has the unique ability to help people become the kind of person they want to be."
Dr. Kevin Elko
Dr. Kevin Elko, Ph.D. is a nationally renowned sports psychologist, performance and career-enhancement consultant, author, and professional motivational speaker. With hundreds of standing ovations, Dr. Elko is one of the hottest inspirational presenters in the country today.
Kevin's appeal in the sports world translates directly to the corporate arena. Dr. Elko has consulted with and presented to hundreds of companies, including Travelers Insurance Company, the Young Presidents Organization, Smith Kline Beecham Consumer Brands, Abbott Diagnostics, Prudential Securities, Smith Barney, Merrill Lynch, Pioneer Investments and Tyson Foods. In 2005, Kevin was the highest-rated speaker at the Million Dollar Round Table, the conference for the insurance industry's highest achievers, with an audience of 6,000 attendees representing multiple insurance and financial services companies.
Kevin has been a performance coach for the University of Miami Football team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Dallas Cowboys, the New Orleans Saints, the Cleveland Browns, the Miami Dolphins, and the Philadelphia Eagles. Elko's presentations have a major impact on the performance objectives of these and other major sports organizations. And Elko uses his methods to help evaluate potential draft choices, bringing the team understanding about the player's integrity, morality, and sense of self- on and off the field- as well as the career-spanning toughness of each player.
Following September 11th, 2001, Kevin continued consulting with companies who were directly impacted by events in New York and Washington, D.C. Salomon Smith Barney, PaineWebber, Merrill were among the firms which turned to Kevin during that critical time to guide them through the uncertainty of the market- and their lives. At one point, Elko made 21 presentations in three days, including one in a PaineWebber office that overlooks ground zero. Working with companies directly impacted by September 11th, Kevin noticed that initially, brokers and others had the tendency to keep a stiff upper lip. But when emotions began to surface, they were preventing people from keeping their personal and professional focus. "Before you heal, you have to allow yourself to be wounded. People are starting to admit that they're wounded." Now, he says, "they can heal."
Seeing a need for a lasting, go-to guide for his audience, Kevin recently published Nerves of Steel. This compelling new book builds on Kevin's presentations. Featuring life-improving strategies, motivation enhancements, and forgiveness strategies, Nerves of Steel addresses life-changing concepts by explaining the step-by-step processes necessary to guide you through life.
Kevin also produced an audio series, How You Think: The Foundation for Health, Happiness and Success, which discusses the importance of positive thinking in all aspects of life, and the correlation between positive thinking and your health, happiness and success.
Born and raised in Brownsville, PA, Kevin Elko completed his Bachelors in Biology and Coaching Education at California University of Pennsylvania. He went on to West Virginia University where he completed a Masters in Counseling, a Masters in Sports Psychology, a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology, and a Doctorate in Education with a major emphasis in Sport and Counseling. Dr. Elko is also a Certified Addictions Counselor. He has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and a writer for drkoop.com.
Dr. Kevin Elko
Featured Keynote Programs
Nerves of Steel
A Powerful Life-Management Program
Dr. Elko's exciting flagship presentation addresses life-changing concepts by explaining the step-by-step processes necessary to guide you. Dr. Elko teaches you how to be mentally tough when times call for it, and how to stay focused on the things that are truly important. It features life-improving strategies, motivation enhancements, and forgiveness strategies.
In today’s culture, everyone is aware of the negative impact of stress, yet the challenges of the stressful environment remain. Today’s workplace, be it an athletic field, a business office, or our home, is more stressful than ever.
In his approach, Dr. Elko discusses the strategy necessary to develop Nerves of Steel, including:
* the importance of intrinsic motivation- and how to keep motivators front and center.
* how to focus using specific self-talk
* how to identify your internal Voice of Judgement (V.O.J.), and how to internally respond to it.
Is I.Q. alone responsible for an individual’s life success? One's ability to focus through adversity, be creative, and maintain motivation, can have a significant influence on one's success and satisfaction.
Why develop Nerves of Steel?
You will realize how to:
* Corral the subject of stress and guide yourself through the step-by-step process of focusing on the task at hand similar to how successful athletes focus on the contest at hand.
* Focus during tense situations: raising children, playing the stock market, or playing a pick-up basketball game.
* Develop mental skills to properly focus on goals in life.
* Motivate yourself to act on your goals.
What are the Steps to Building Nerves of Steel?
These steps are discussed in detail in Kevin Elko’s presentation.
1. Take Responsibility: the ultimate way to disarm anger and regain power.
2. Live Internally. Only you can control your actions and feelings.
3. Identify your "68". Find out what makes you tick, and stay focused on it.
4. Give away your "68". Once you know what you want, give it to others to receive even more!
5. Think about what you think about: you need to practice and program yourself.
6. Self Talk. In a "moment of truth", step back, reaffirm and coach yourself through it.
Practice: keep going back to #1 until you are a better you.
How to Swim Your Best Race in Choppy Waters
Are you looking for a way to keep your employees or team members focused and energized
during these very difficult times when almost everyone is working remotely?
Dr. Elko is announcing his new virtual speaking program entitled, How to Run Your Best Race in
Choppy Waters! This program will be delivered virtually on-line to all of your remote workers.
Change is the order of the day and it is this change that creates choppy water. It is necessary
today that one does more than survive the change but, because of the constant change and
turbulence, one must thrive through change. However, many times we become stuck in our
mental process to move through the acceptance of change and never thrive in changing times.
What is causing us to be stuck and not excel is the way we are talking to ourselves about the
events around us and by changing our inner dialogue we can change our outward results.
Next, this seminar teaches one to connect with others during these times which is the exact
opposite of what we usually do. One’s natural reaction during change is to run for cover and
simply wait for the change to be over with. But there is a much more effective way and that is
connection with others during these times. In fact, when one feels connected to, they are calm,
secure and not anxious but when there is no connection the exact opposite feelings are
Changing and challenging times are the best time to build one’s business to a stronger level and
realize your toughest times are your best times.
Finally, Dr. Elko will teach your team on how to position the conversation to create business and
seize the opportunity.
Connection - I See You As A Person
One of the best things you can do to improve yourself is to learn how to connect with people. Connection is simply defined as I see you as a person. The phrase used today to describe what is going on in society is extraverted loneliness, which means we are walking around in a crowded world yet people have never reported feeling more lonely and isolated. Connection is the answer to this dilemma - an intentional act to convey a message to our clients that they are seen as a person.
There is not enough education given to simple connection which is the reason why people go and eventually stay in relationships. It is also very important with teams and companies. In the absence of connection, fear usually rules. Fear is the great disabler, and it is more dangerous today because fear is so widespread.. With the present volatility of the financial markets, constant change is all fields, and the constant alarm message by the media, this is especially true in the corporate world. If the leader or the advisor can make each client feel valued and seen as an individual, all indication is there is not fear but confidence and strength. The biggest mistake is to treat clients and employees like commodities. Connection is learning to treat people like people and not numbers. You will be amazed at how it will change your level of success.
This workshop will help participants utilize tactics to connect to others. It teaches self-talk to help connect, listening skills (feel, felt, found) and the use of thank you.
I'm Strong If You're Strong
Leadership By Developing The Gifts of Your People and Shaping A Winning Culture
Structure drives function in every company, family, organization and team. As the leadership expert W. Edwards Deming has said, “Almost all problems an organization faces are systemic.” Therefore, it is crucial for the leader to shape the culture over and over in much the same way that an athlete shapes muscle.
In this seminar, the leader learns first how to address the emotions of the team and to excite the team with a vision and a personal connection. Then, by “keeping the main thing the main thing,” the leader learns how to maintain everyone’s focus on meaningful tasks. Finally, since there are keystone habits that act as fulcrums by which other good habits present themselves, the leader learns how to identify the keystone habits and to bring about a higher level of focus on them.
This entire process occurs because the leader creates a daily “go to” script, designing the words he or she speaks. Thus, the leader has developed organizational muscle and likewise created a winning culture.
Dr. Kevin Elko
"Dr. Elko taught both me and my team how to motivate ourselves for emotional balance so we didn't become too high or too low, but remained focused on the game situation."
"There has never been a better time for this message. Dr. Elko is fantastic!"
Dr. Elko's ability to connect through stories, logic and humor moves individuals to confront what's right in front of them. Having a clear picture is the first step to taking action. Truly, a master of communication!