Dr. James T. Reese ensures his keynote topics are tailored for your event.
Motivation is a key topic area of expertise Dr. James T. Reese covers in his keynote speaker presentations.
Dr. Reese is a trained expert on the topic of stress management, as well as having years of professional experience dealing with corporate stress and helping manage stressful situations in business and public sectors.
Dr. Reese delivers powerful and effective instruction on overcoming stress and indecision to rekindle motivation and passion for the job.
On the topic of traumatic stess, Dr. Reese has unique experience and credentials. First responders and law enforcement agencies have benefitted greatly from his guidance on managing the stress resulting from trauma.
Dr. Reese covers many leadership topic areas for corporate and non-profits as well as leaders in government organizations.
Dr. Reese addresses workplace and school violence topics, helping employers and school officials avoid episodes of violence and deal with violent outbreaks when they occur.
Dr. Reese has expert knowledge on criminal personality profiling topics as one of the original FBI criminal profilers with years of experience in the personality profiling field.

With Dr. James T. Reese as your speaker, every presentation is individualized. You are never restricted to a few well-worn talks on one or two topics. That's why organizations book him repeatedly, year after year—it's always a fresh experience!

Dr. Reese will work with your organization's leaders or event planners to make sure he understands your unique needs. He will then prepare his presentation to deliver the appropriate message with a profound impact on your conference attendees or event participants.

Blessed with incredible wit and communication skills, Jim Reese wraps the instructive and encouraging truths of his message in an irresistible package that has his audiences laughing, clapping, and nodding their heads in enthusiastic understanding.

Dr. Reese has the educational credentials and amazing lifetime experiences to equip him to speak with authority on a wide range of much-needed topics. He addresses the challenges facing today's corporate, law enforcement, and government leaders and employees. Take a look below at the examples of his range of topics, keeping in mind that these are only some of the elements he can use to create a keynote speech or other talk specifically for your group. (Click on a topic title for more information.)

Examples of Keynote and Seminar Topics


Coping with Change and Adversity

A presentation on this topic provides an examination of the uniqueness of stress experienced by those who serve and support others. Fewer people, less equipment, less support, lower budgets, and a demanding work environment create a theater in which we are asked to continue to act with dignity and surety and dedicate ourselves to the well-being of others. There are proven ways to address these issues, to move forward and create a sense of personal well-being while doing an outstanding job.

The Greatest Difficulty in Life: CHOICE

At no other time in our history has there been so much change in so little time. From computers to IPODS; from microwaves to lasers; technology is on the move. Change creates stress and the need to choose alternatives. Traumatic events such as responding to the problems of others can create even greater changes and subsequent stress. Change is constant and unrelenting on the demands it places on our abilities to cope. Simple guidelines can assist in coping.

Snowmen Fall from the Sky Unassembled

We live in prisons of our own fashioning. We have to eliminate these self-imposed limits. The power, which propels our future, is within us. The only limits are those of vision. Too often, we look for that power elsewhere. Many talented and motivated people simply stand by and wait for a break, that streak of luck, that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. In reality, each day is an opportunity. Realizing that most of us get "stuck" at some point in our lives, and realizing that life is full of crossroads, which blend opportunity and risk, we must act responsibly and make educated choices.

Worlds at War; Minds at Peace: Six Steps to Sanity

Letting the situation in the world dictate your happiness and contentment? From the economy to the horrors of the World Trade Center, if the affairs of the world dictate your attitudes, you are out of control. Some of the most meaningful decisions we make, and important actions we take, are surprisingly simple. This presentation allows you to see how you can actually do something to recapture control of your affairs, summon up the emotional strength you once had, and bring back the joy that is missing in your life.

Additional Motivation Topics

  • The Secrets to Motivating Others
  • Passing the Baton: Mentoring and Coaching
  • Burnout: the Self-inflicted Attitudinal Injury

Stress Management

Success Without Stress™

There are strategies and attitudes that will help us, both at home and on the job, to limit unnecessary stress while increasing our productivity and enjoyment. Learning to use stress to our advantage will separate us from the masses. Develop personal standards of excellence and stress management techniques to define and achieve success.

Seven Strategic Lessons About Life, Resiliency, and Coping with Stress©

Dr, Reese, together with Dr. George Everly, Jr., authored a book entitled Psychological Body Armor: Seven Strategic Lessons about life, Resiliency, and Coping for Emergency Response and Public Health Personnel (Chevron Publishing, 2007). This presentation, as in the book, goes beyond techniques of stress management and addresses the core values that set the stage for stress vulnerability as well as stress resistance and resiliency. From developing a moral compass by which to live to the importance of optimism and good friends, this is truly life-saving information.

Six Keys to Stress-Free Living™

Are you always taking chances or are you making choices? Do you let things happen or do you make them happen? Get excited about consciously choosing an "attitude of gratitude", an "attitude that increases your altitude." The 'high' associated with your attitude enables you to be excited about facing life's challenges. Together, these keys: challenge, choice, change, courage, control and commitment can greatly assist you in reducing the stress in your life.

Additional Stress Management Topics

  • Executive Stress
  • Law Enforcement Families: the Ultimate Backup©
  • Holistic Wellness: the Big Picture

Traumatic Stress

Traumatic Stress: Staying Bitter or Getting Better

Of the many challenges facing our personal, emotional well-being, the most formidable foe may well be our responses, and subsequent reactions, to critical incidents and the potential for traumatic stress. Those who assist others—chaplains, fire, police, rescue, mental health professionals, physicians, and more—continue to be an "at risk" population with regard to exposure to such incidents. Experts agree that even in cases in which apparent "normal" psychological adjustment has occurred, there is a high probability that there is or will be some degree of disequilibrium.

Interactive Training For Mentoring, Peer Relationships, and Counseling in the Police Culture

This training covers the following areas:

  • The importance of the past, present and future
  • Image armor: The effort to retain an appearance of ‘normalcy’ in the face of distress and/or adversity
  • Responsibility absorption behavior: The self-imposed need to accept the blame for what has occurred around them
  • Moving from anger to acceptance; don’t swallow the poison™
  • Peer support for self-help; benefits of therapy
  • Suicide: How we can save each other through education, understanding, and an appropriate, professional response
  • A primer in counseling skills and communication

Traumatic Stress and Mental Health Counseling

Recognizing the Phases of Disaster: Community and Individual Behaviors

Avoid the serious mistake of instituting the concepts and practices of "traditional" counseling rather than using the techniques of disaster mental health counseling during and following a major crisis. All disaster-related activities are divided into distinct time periods. Understanding the conceptual differences of disaster versus traditional mental health services can establish a better standard for immediate care of victims. One of the worst mistakes that can be made is not knowing the stages of disaster and continuing traditional assistance rather than integrating disaster-related mental health concepts.

Related Topic:

  • Get Ready for Another Day: Counselors as Vicarious Victims of Others' Tragedies

Additional Traumatic Stress Topics

  • Critical Incident Stress Management: Basic
  • Critical Incident Stress Management: Advanced
  • Peer Counseling: Let's Talk About It


Ethics-Based Leadership: Leading for a Change

Ethical behavior and personal integrity are essential components of successful leadership. The current status of world affairs places everyone whose profession is that of helping others on the front line. Too many leaders are concerning themselves with "harmony" rather than demanding "ethical behavior" and actions that reflect personal integrity from their employees.

Understanding the fundamentals of ethics-based leadership creates a stronger leader while also providing information that allows one to become a better follower. The greatest leaders in the world are, in actuality, servants to those who must follow them. It is virtually impossible to excel in a leadership role without recognizing leadership principles, and having good working definitions of the concepts of integrity, work ethic, power, authority, courage, and influence.

Leading the Field: Visions and Decisions

A vision expresses a desired future state that is better in some important way than what exists. It describes where you will be in the future and what it will be like. The primary function and role of a leader is to transform visions into actions. Visions without actions are dreams; actions without visions are nightmares. The key to successful leadership today is not power and authority, it is the kind of influence that was witnessed in Gandhi, Thomas Jefferson, The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, and other great leaders.

Ethics-based Leadership Training for New Supervisors

This training covers the following areas:

  • Familiarization with Major Leadership Theories
  • Ten Proven Traits of Effective Leaders
  • Why Decisions Fail
  • How to Avoid Poor Decisions
  • Leadership Actions that Cause Conflict
  • Seven Characteristics of Today's Leaders

Ethics-based Leadership Training for Experienced Supervisors

This training covers the following areas:

  • The Sources of Today's Leadership Problems and How to Avoid Them
  • Elements of Successful Crisis Leadership
  • Most Common Mistakes of Leaders During Crises
  • Improving Mentoring: Building More Leaders
  • Thirteen Fatal Errors Made by Leaders
  • Seven Strategic Lessons About Life, Resiliency, and Coping

Additional General Leadership Topics

  • Ten Proven Traits of Effective Leaders
  • Honor, Respect, and Service: The Formula for Success in Leadership Roles
  • Seven Challenges of Leadership
  • Enemies of Effective Leadership

Crisis Leadership

Responding To Terrorist Acts: Crisis Leadership And The Psychological Profiles Of Terrorism

Employees are being asked to work more diligently than ever; to accept additional tasks that will allow them to succeed; to be ever mindful of terrorism and related issues; to do more with less; and to support each other. Leaders and followers have similar responsibilities during a crisis event. In fact, leaders create more leaders, not followers. Learn the psychology of terrorism so that you can protect yourself from an attitude that lessens your ability to serve others. Each employee impacts upon the organization; everyone is a leader!

Related Topic:

  • The Terrorist Organizational Profile: Leaders, Cell Members, And Suicide Bombers


Violence in the Workplace

  • Violence in the Workplace: The "Standard of Care" for Policies and Procedures
  • Responding to Violence: Creating a Responsible Response
  • Suicide Among Public Servants: What Everyone Should Know

Violence in our Schools

  • Making Schools Safer: Predictors of Violence in Children
  • Educational Responses to Issues Surrounding Developmental Psychology: Violence and its Prevention in our Schools
  • Psychological Information to Assist in Counseling, Mentoring, Calming, and/or Restraining Adolescents
  • Perspectives on the Causes of Youth Violence: Just the Facts…and a Few Suggestions

Criminal Personality Profiling and Additional Topics

Criminal Personality Profiling

(Dr. Reese was a pioneer of profiling and an original FBI "Mind Hunter"—a term coined as the title of an article on the FBI's Psychological Profiling Team, published in the April 1983 edition of Psychology Today.)

  • Profiling: A Psychological Assessment of Crime
  • Profiling 101: The Primer Course of What Everyone Wants To Know About Profiling
  • Serial Killers: Their Thoughts and Motivations
  • The Psychopath: Who They Are, What They Do, and Why They Do It
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder: From Clinical Diagnosis to Criminal Evaluation and Crime Scene Analysis
  • Abnormal Psychology and the Law

Additional Topics

  • Communications for 911 Operators and Dispatchers: Defusing Techniques and Essential Telephone Etiquette for Getting Optimal Information
  • Additional Topics and Combinations of Topics are Available—Just Contact Dr. Reese!