Selected Speaking Topics
These are simply “suggested” topics. Each and every keynote speech, workshop, parent or community talk will be customized for your organization. I am also happy to provide:
- Extensive conversations with organizers to arrive at talks or workshops that will best serve your organization.
- E-mails to a select group of potential attendees to establish an ongoing conversation about a variety of potential topics in more depth than afforded by the online survey.
- An anonymous, online survey for your potential attendees to assess their interest in specific topics as well as to assess their use of technology and attitudes about using specific technologies.
Understanding the Net Generation and Their Impact on Family, Education, and Business.
The Net Generation — those children, tweens, teens, and young adults born after 1979 — are very different from the two prior generations: Generation X (born 1965-1979) and Baby Boomers (1946-1964). Using interviews of more than 2,500 Net Geners and 1,000 parents and educators, this talk highlights differences in personal goals, work ethnic, family interactions, communication, and core values between the generations and provides a framework to help business managers, educators, and parents understand each other and help facilitate excellent communication and work performance in this younger, more cyber-savvy generation. The talk is down-to-earth and addresses these differences with humor and understanding.
Neuroscience 101: Understanding the Brain and How it Reacts to Media and Technology
This talk provides a down-to-earth approach to teaching you how our magnificent brain functions under the influence of technology and how to ensure that it does not get or stay overloaded. An overloaded brain is a brain that cannot process information well and this has serious ramifications for the family, education and the workplace. This talk will establish how this happens and what we can do to calm and reset our brains during the day (and night) in order to work and function more effectively in this high-tech world.
Avoiding an iDisorder
We are all over involved with with technology and it is not our fault. From the computer to the iPad; from the iPhone to Skype, we are all carrying a powerful computer in our pockets and our purses. This marvel can make us feel phantom pocket vibrations and induce a sort of obsession or compulsion to constantly check in with our virtual worlds. The bottom line is that many of us are showing signs and symptoms of psychological disorders including narcissism, OCD, ADHD, depression, addition and more and we have to understand why this happens and how to understand it and fix it before it envelopes us in a constant stream of ones and zeros and bits and bytes.
What are Our Children REALLY Doing in Cyberspace and How Can We Keep Them Safe?
This engaging talk provides a comprehensive look at how children are amazingly technologically adept and how they live much of their lives in cyberspace. To them the Internet is not something to use, it simply is. They have known no life without it. Their lives have been technologically laden since birth and for many parents and educators they are an enigma as they multitask their way through IM, text messaging, MySpace, music and more at the speed of light. Even the most technologically sophisticated parents and teachers must marvel at how facile the children are at multitasking and how effortless they seem to fly through screen after screen. The media has painted the children as easy prey for online sexual predators and computer addiction and research and interviews with thousands of them have shown that they are safe as long as we provide good parenting skills. This talk provides a clear, straightforward model of parenting called Proactive and Reactive Parenting: Using the TALK method to keep your children safe. Just as you taught your children to look both ways before they cross a street, we must teach them to look both ways in cyberspace. With my 30-plus years of child development expertise and research on the impact of technology, I have strong opinions about how cyberspace can be a good experience for children and how it can help them in many ways including socialization and self-esteem.
Proactive and Reactive Parenting Children in Cyberspace
Our children are spending more time using technology than sleeping or attending school. It is up to parents to provide for their safety and healthy growth in this increasingly online world. Using a model called TALK, this presentation uses years of research and interviews with thousands of children, tweens, teens, young adults, and parents to provide a straightforward program of parenting that will guarantee family harmony and safe “surfing.” Don’t be misled by the media’s moral panic about sexual predators and other evils lurking on the Internet. This talk will set the record straight and provide you with the tools to raise healthy and happy children who can grow and prosper in their online worlds.
The Impact of Media on Children: What YOU Can Do to Keep Your Children Safe
Children are fed a constant “media diet” which consumes upwards of the equivalent of a full-time job PLUS overtime each week. Television, the Internet, music, iPods, IM, text messaging, cell phones, video games, and many more technological tools impact your children and the family structure. This presentation focuses on what you can do to provide a safe environment for your children by proactively approaching each medium and providing a framework for successful parenting. You cannot and should not restrict media consumption. It simply won’t work. Our children are too savvy for that type of parenting. By following the steps provided in this talk, you will insure healthy and happy children and a family living in harmony rather than discord.
The Psychology of Technology
People deal with technology every day, all day. How they react depends on such things as their general reaction to technology, their learning style and their generation. In this talk, Dr. Rosen explores and exposes the influences that psychology has on the acceptance and use of technology. Paying particular attention to differences between the Silent Generation, Baby Boomers, Generation X and the upcoming Net Generation, Dr. Rosen explores how to talk to people with different outlooks on life. He also talks about how user support can be tailored to the psychology of the user. Two other topics make this a fascinating topic – Information Overload and Communication Excess. How does the psychology of technology help explain and assist in dealing with too much information and way too many ways to communicate? This is a topic that is highlighted in the media time after time. And it is not going away. Let Dr. Rosen show you how to manage technology by understanding what goes on inside of the user.
E-Life in the New Millennium: Promise or More TechnoStress?
This motivational talk will show how our lives have been altered because of technology and how instead of bringing us the promised leisure time, it has instead added an overload of TechnoStress. Nearly 2 decades of work as the worldwide expert on the “Psychology of Technology” has led Dr. Larry Rosen to his special view of what comes next for professionals. A psychologist, author, columnist, media spokesperson, international speaker and frequent guest on radio and television programs offers his expertise sprinkled with anecdotes about how other professionals are reacting to the new Techno-Communication Era to provide an entertaining and thought provoking keynote speech. Dr. Rosen, President of Byte Back, LLC and also the parent of a profoundly hearing impaired child, will show you how to stay human in our technological world and how to preserve your “human-ware” while getting the most from your hardware and software.
The Dawn of a New Communication Era: A Futurist Looks at the New Millennium
Dr. Larry Rosen, futurist, author, professor, national columnist and frequent media commentator has a unique view of how our lives have been changed forever by technology. Co-author of “TechnoStress: Coping With Technology @Work @Home @Play” and “The Mental Health Technology Bible”, Dr. Rosen is a down-to-earth speaker who has engaged audiences around the world with his view of the world. An expert in techno-communication, Dr. Rosen will regale you with humorous stories about communication snafus and help you see how to make technology work for you not against you.
Develop and Market TechnoStress-Free Technology
Peter McGrath of Newsweek, said it best as the closing commentary of a special issue on E-Life:
“In the end, though, addressing technostress is a commercial imperative. The industry has exhausted the supply of buyers willing to put up with complex and alienating products.”
From his knowledge of the human psyche and years of research on the “Psychology of Technology” with thousands of people in the USA and over 30 countries, Dr. Larry Rosen knows what technology will frustrate people and what will be TechnoStress-Free. In this dynamic presentation, watch as he shows you why one product’s sales are certain to flounder, while another product will sell, sell, sell.
Design Your Personal Emergency Techno-Crash Plan
It’s a fact of life: Technology has bugs. Somewhere, sometime, your technology is sure to fail. Will you be right in the middle of an important project? Will your project organizer crash when you need to know your schedule or an important phone call? Will your laptop battery die when you are only halfway to your destination? Dr. Larry Rosen has studied reactions to technology for nearly two decades and technology crashes consistently arise as the one of the top TechnoStressors. Follow his proven plan, create your own Personal Emergency Techno-Crash Plan and worry no more.
No More Information or Communication Overwhelm
The typical business person spends much of his or her time sifting through information and communications. With the World Wide Web doubling its information every three months and communications now bombarding us from all angles, it is no doubt that we are feeling buried under a pile of web sites, e-mail, faxes, voice mail messages, pages and cellular telephone calls. And this doesn’t even count the Priority Mailers, FedEx envelopes, UPS boxes and other urgent deliveries that scream OPEN ME NOW! . Technology can be very helpful unless you let it control your life. In this talk, Dr. Larry Rosen, a pioneer in the “Psychology of Technology,” helps you re-design your world to eliminate the overwhelm and stay in control.
Overcoming Multitasking Madness: Celebrate Your Humanity
Technology creates a multitasking world. It provides the ability to talk on the telephone, check your e-mail, edit a document and search for information, all at the same time. Humans can multitask, but the more we do, the less efficient we become. Are you having trouble with your memory or sleep? Those are just two of the effects of Multitasking Madness. Dr. Larry Rosen, an expert on staying sane in a overly complex world, shows you how to stay focused and feel fulfilled while reducing your body’s physiological and psychological overload.
Unwrapping Your Family’s Techno-Cocoons
The children are in their rooms, talking on the telephone, chatting on AOL (sometimes to the same people at the same time!), surfing the web or just playing games. Mom is involved in her own technology, as is Dad, either on the computer, using communication tools, and more. Our Nuclear Family has metamorphosed into a Techno-Cocoon. This talk shows you how easy enticing technology can be and how it can reduce family communication, diminish family togetherness and upset the family balance. Using tools and strategies created during 16 years of studying the effects of technology, Dr. Larry Rosen shows you the way to unwrap those cocoons and re-discover your family.