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Megan Feldman Bettencourt


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

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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 Feldman Bettencourt: Topics


① THREE KEY HABITS OF GOOD FORGIVERS | ② BUILD A CULTURE OF UNITY | 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, 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 Build a Culture of Unity and Inspired Leadership to Guide Your Brand


appropriate for organizations who want a culture that fosters collaboration and inspired teamwork, while managing conflict effectively

Winston Churchill said, “We shape our houses, and then they shape us.” The same can be said for the cultures of our companies and institutions. They shape how we relate to others, what we do and the way others perceive us. And when it comes to fostering team members’ more collaborative tendencies, social science research provides a blueprint for building organizations that nurture the “better angles of our nature.” In this talk, Megan shares her reporting from around the world on the proven practices that prevent and diffuse conflict while fostering authentic collaboration and teamwork. From an urban Baltimore school to post-genocide Rwanda, she brings practical tools that any organization can use to diffuse conflict and fuel collaboration and inspired leadership around organizational goals.


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 & award-winning author of the acclaimed book, Triumph of the Heart: Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World, on using forgiveness to enhance health and wellness, productivity and profitability.

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 Build a Culture of Unity and Inspired Leadership to Guide Your Brand

appropriate for organizations who want a culture that fosters collaboration and inspired teamwork, while managing conflict effectively

Winston Churchill said, “We shape our houses, and then they shape us.” The same can be said for the cultures of our companies and institutions. They shape how we relate to others, what we do and the way others perceive us. And when it comes to fostering team members’ more collaborative tendencies, social science research provides a blueprint for building organizations that nurture the “better angles of our nature.” In this talk, Megan shares her reporting from around the world on the proven practices that prevent and diffuse conflict while fostering authentic collaboration and teamwork. From an urban Baltimore school to post-genocide Rwanda, she brings practical tools that any organization can use to diffuse conflict and fuel collaboration and inspired leadership around organizational goals.


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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