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Megan Feldman Bettencourt


Inspirational speaker, journalist-turned marketer & award-winning author of the acclaimed book, Triumph of the Heart: Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World, on using forgiveness and compassion to enhance health, productivity and performance.

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Praise for Megan Feldman Bettencourt...

  • “Bravo to Megan Feldman Bettencourt for making the process of forgiveness more accessible, and thus the healing of the world more near.”

    –Marianne Williamson, NYT Bestselling author of A Return to Love and A Year of Miracles


  • “Megan shows the power of forgiveness on all levels & in different situations, from a break-up to genocide. By combining scientific research with stories that can make you laugh out loud and cry, she shows us that giving up resentment has a profound impact on the way we live.”

    –Emily Beliveau, TEDx attendee & marketing manager at Simple Energy


  • “Megan Feldman is that rare combination of relentless reporter & great storyteller. She begins with a funny admission of her own lifelong anger, then segues into an astonishing story about a heroic act of forgiveness...She teaches forgiveness as a skill that can change societies, institutions & the forgiven herself.”

    –Jay Heinrichs, NYT Bestselling author of Thank You for Arguing


  • “Megan has a depth & diversity of experience that is wonderfully engaging & stimulating. Megan is an inspiring author and speaker who would be an excellent guest in any setting where folks want to learn more about forgiveness.”

    –Loren Toussaint, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology, Luther College


Megan Feldman Bettencourt: Topics


① THREE KEY HABITS OF GOOD FORGIVERS | ② EMBRACE CHANGE AND THRIVE | ③ EARNING FORGIVENESS

① Use the Three Key Habits of Good Forgivers to Boost Personal and Organizational Health


appropriate for organizations interested in improving employee health outcomes and work performance, as well as fostering collaboration and minimizing conflict

You can have the sharpest business strategies in the world, but if your team members don’t get along and suffer from poor emotional and physical health, you’ll be hard-pressed to reach your goals. Research shows that people who are forgiving of others and themselves tend to be healthier and happier. They also perform better at work, provide valuable organizational leadership and are more highly rated by their relationship partners. As a longtime journalist who has reported from multiple countries, Megan draws on hard global science and moving stories from around the world to explain how to free yourself from toxic resentment and cultivate the power of compassion. Megan shares what she calls, The Three Key Habits of Good Forgivers: authenticity, healthy boundaries and inspired purpose. We can use them to recover from tragedy, disappointment and conflict, as well as to improve health and wellbeing, relationships and professional performance.


② Embrace Change and Thrive-- No Matter What


Your company eliminates your role in a restructuring. Your business partner quits. Your spouse leaves or your child moves half-way around the world. We all know change is the one constant in life, but how well do we cope with it, much less capitalize on it? Especially in today’s tech landscape, we have to be adaptable in order to thrive. As a longtime journalist and critically acclaimed author, Megan has studied the science of resilience and traveled the world interviewing people who have flourished in the face of some of life’s toughest changes. In this keynote, she shares four powerful strategies for turning challenging change into transformational opportunity. Learn how to cultivate resilience in any situation by using a unique personal mission, a fun daily game and a radical new narrative.


③ Earning Forgiveness through The Four Steps of Effective Apology


appropriate for organizations dealing with leadership crises, public relations problems, revelations of inappropriate behavior or a toxic, post-change environment.

We all screw up. Most of the time, the urge is to hide, ignore or deny the screw-up. But that just worsens the damage — to the people directly involved and to the entire organization. Even for those who do attempt to apologize and repair the damage, the road to redemption is pitted with potholes. In this talk, Megan explains how to apologize and take responsibility for a screw-up in a way that not only makes forgiveness more likely and avoids worsening the situation, but also paves the way for a new, brighter beginning.



Megan Feldman Bettencourt: Books


Triumph of the Heart: Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World

By examining the science and stories of interpersonal and inter-group forgiveness, Megan’s book explores how this age-old concept, when practiced in the right ways, can save lives and maybe even lead to a better world … ➡︎

Megan Feldman Bettencourt: Bio



      

Drawing on the research she collected for her award-winning, internationally acclaimed book, Triumph of the Heart: Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World, Megan Feldman Bettencourt helps individuals and organizations use forgiveness to recover from loss and disappointment, improve health and wellness, and enhance performance, collaboration and productivity.

She has reported from many countries, and her journalism has appeared in publications including The San Francisco Chronicle, Psychology Today, Salon, The Miami Herald, The Daily Beast, Glamour, Newsday, Southwest: The Magazine, 5280: The Denver Magazine, The Dallas Observer, LA Weekly and many others.

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MEGAN FELDMAN BETTENCOURT


Inspirational speaker, journalist-turned marketer & award-winning author of the acclaimed book, Triumph of the Heart: Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World, on using forgiveness and compassion to enhance health, productivity and performance.

SPEECH TOPICS

① Use the Three Key Habits of Good Forgivers to Boost Personal and Organizational Health

appropriate for organizations interested in improving employee health outcomes and work performance, as well as fostering collaboration and minimizing conflict

You can have the sharpest business strategies in the world, but if your team members don’t get along, fail to collaborate and suffer from poor emotional and physical health, you’ll be hard-pressed to reach your goals. Research shows that people who are forgiving of others and themselves tend to be healthier and happier. They also perform better at work, provide valuable organizational leadership and are more highly rated by their relationship partners. Megan draws on global science and moving stories to share practical ways to mitigate the corrosive impact of chronic anger. Megan shares what she calls, The Three Key Habits of Good Forgivers: authenticity, healthy boundaries and inspired purpose. We can use them to recover from tragedy, disappointment and conflict, as well as to improve health and wellbeing, relationships and professional performance.


② Embrace Change and Thrive-- No Matter What

Your company eliminates your role in a restructuring. Your business partner quits. Your spouse leaves or your child moves half-way around the world. We all know change is the one constant in life, but how well do we cope with it, much less capitalize on it? Especially in today’s tech landscape, we have to be adaptable in order to thrive. As a longtime journalist and critically acclaimed author, Megan has studied the science of resilience and traveled the world interviewing people who have flourished in the face of some of life’s toughest changes. In this keynote, she shares four powerful strategies for turning challenging change into transformational opportunity. Learn how to cultivate resilience in any situation by using a unique personal mission, a fun daily game and a radical new narrative.


③ Earning Forgiveness through The Four Steps of Effective Apology

appropriate for organizations dealing with leadership crises, public relations problems, revelations of inappropriate behavior or a toxic, post-change environment.

We all screw up. Most of the time, the urge is to hide, ignore or deny the screw-up. But that just worsens the damage — to the people directly involved and to the entire organization. Even for those who do attempt to apologize and repair the damage, the road to redemption is pitted with potholes. In this talk, Megan explains how to apologize and take responsibility for a screw-up in a way that not only makes forgiveness more likely and avoids worsening the situation, but also paves the way for a new, brighter beginning.


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BIO


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Drawing on the research she collected for her award-winning, internationally acclaimed book, Triumph of the Heart: Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World, Megan Feldman Bettencourt helps individuals and organizations use forgiveness to recover from loss and disappointment, improve health and wellness, and enhance performance, collaboration and productivity.

She has reported from many countries, and her journalism has appeared in publications including The San Francisco Chronicle, Psychology Today, Salon, The Miami Herald, The Daily Beast, Glamour, Newsday, Southwest: The Magazine, 5280: The Denver Magazine, The Dallas Observer, LA Weekly and many others.

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