Dr. Heather McKee

Europe’s Leading Lifestyle Behaviour Change Specialist, Expert on Habits

why book heather?

  • Leading lifestyle behaviour change specialist, possesses a decade of expertise in health behaviour change psychology, offering evidence-based alternatives to quick fixes
  • Her Sticky Habit Method focuses on helping people find joy in healthy habits, emphasising sustainability over short-term health fads
  • Author of the book ‘Reconnect: Experience the Life-Changing Benefits of Focusing Less on Screens and More on People’, offering practical guidance for a balanced digital life

Biography

Dr Heather McKee is Europe’s leading lifestyle behaviour change specialist and keynote speaker. Having studied health behaviour change psychology for 10 years, her mission is to offer a sustainable, evidence-based alternative to an industry saturated with quick fixes and health fads.

Globally she has worked with over 100+ companies in 15+ industries to create evidence-based wellness programs, deliver keynote talks, and help people find joy in their healthy habits through her Sticky Habit Method. Past clients include lululemon, booking.com, Starbucks, Rituals, Unilever, HSBC, and Sainsbury’s.

Dr McKee’s research has been published internationally in leading academic journals, as well as 300+ media articles and she has been featured in Vogue, Time magazine, and The Times and she is a regular contributor to the BBC.

Topics

Sticky Habits

The Science of Behaviour Change: How to Make your Healthy Habits Stick

How many of us know or have been told we need to eat more fruit and vegetables? Get more sleep? Manage our stress better? We know these changes will be good for us and we try them for a while but sooner or later we fall off track and it’s not too long before it starts to feel like we’re back at square one again!

In this introduction to the behavioural science of habit formation, we will discuss how to turn your well-meaning intentions into actions and make habits that finally last. We will cover:

  • The science behind the myths of healthy habit change that hold you back and the evidence-based ways to overcome them
  • How to move beyond relying on our unreliable willpower and instead build your skill power to take control of your healthy habits and start to create change immediately
  •  The research-backed but rarely shared secrets of what it takes to shake off the shackles of stress, burnout and fatigue and create healthy habits that stick

You will leave this session with greater awareness and understanding of your own habits and the steps you can take to harness your motivation and kickstart the changes that matter most to you.

How to Create Space for Wellbeing Where There Is None

We have all experienced a monumental shift in our place, roles, and purpose. Something unprecedented has happened in our lives, we are living in a time of flux and uncertainty. Now more than ever we need our routines, we need our habits to support us. However, now more than ever we feel we have less time, less energy, and less motivation to make positive change last.

In this session you will learn:

  • How damaging all-or-nothing thinking is to your long-term health and how to overcome it
  • How when you “Change your environment, you change your habits”.
  • Learn to identify and overcome environmental roadblocks like lack of motivation, failing willpower, and giving in to temptation
  • How to integrate habits that boost your physical and mental wellbeing throughout your busy working day
  • How to harness these principles to create supportive habits for times of uncertainty

If you’re finding that what you’ve been doing up until this point isn’t working for you, this talk will provide you with the rare opportunity to reflect and move forward with a key plan of action to protect and nurture your wellbeing

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Masterclasses

You may want to go deeper with your audience. Masterclasses can be tailored and developed to suit your audience needs, be it a 90-minute Masterclass, a half-day or full-day workshop or a full online or face-to-face programme. Please contact one of our expert team to discuss.

Happier Through Habit

What’s happiness got to do with sticking with our health, work, life goals?! Goals are meant to be hard; things are meant to be difficult in order for them to be worthwhile, right?! That’s not what the behavioural science shows.

As we navigate our way through 2023 and beyond its time to take a whole new perspective on what the habits of happiness can do for our lives.

In this workshop participants will learn:

  • The power of habits to increase health and happiness regardless of the level of uncertainty in the outside world
  • How to recognise, overcome and prevent periods of languishing
  • How creating habits of happiness is the opposite of toxic positivity
  • How to harness the power of habits to bring more happiness into our day to day lives and the knock-on effects it can have on our health, productivity and relationships.

By the end of this workshop, participants will have created their own happiness habit blueprint to help build resilience to change and create more joy in their lives regardless of what the world is throwing at us.

How to Use Your Time to Your Advantage

The Behavioural Science Behind How to Reclaim Our Time

Why do we run ourselves ragged trying to do it all?! Stay on top of the home, kids, work, etc. is a balancing act that we often feel we’re losing each and every day. Each morning we wake full of good intentions and then by late afternoon it’s all gone out the window and we’re working late to catch up, again. Were smart, capable, and successful so why can’t we get this right?

Join Dr Heather McKee behaviour change specialist for this reclaim your time workshop. In this session you will:

  • Learn more about prioritising your time, what gets in the way and how to manage it
  • Understand how to set up your environment to support you so you can save your precious headspace for the things that matter most to you
  • Develop the habits you need to start to reclaim your time

By the end of this masterclass participants will have a clear roadmap of the next steps they need to take to make the most of their time and harness it to support them.

The Importance of Compassion in a Challenging World

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” Carl Rodgers

Compassion can be seen as fluffy, or weak but the evidence shows that compassion is the exact opposite, it is courage embodied. The behavioural science research shows time and again that those who have more self-compassion are more likely achieve their work, health and life goals, do so quicker and get more enjoyment from the process too. For 2023, let’s build our compassion muscles to help us weather the storm.

In this workshop, participants will learn:

  • The science behind why compassion is known as the “first domino” and is a cornerstone habit to all that we do
  • External compassion – How to protect yourself from negative news, external influences and lingering uncertainty
  • Internal compassion – How critical self-talk can undermine personal productivity and happiness and what to do about it
  • How to engineer moments of joy and kindness into your day to not only support but fast-track your health and happiness goals

By the end of this workshop, participants will have created their own compassion habit blueprint to support them for 2023 and beyond.

testimonials

“The talk was fantastic. I was feeling so motivated, I went straight out after and had a run!”

Rachel Pearce, Global Health, Unilever

“She has made an incredible amount of impact on our work in a small amount of time, and we are so grateful for her.”

Sara Rice, R&D, lululemon

“Heather delivered the session in a clear, easy to digest way that gave everyone some tangible ways to make lasting habit changes.”

Nikki Kirbell, Manager at Unilever

“Thank you so much, Dr Heather for your keynote providing us with evidence-based ways to create habits that last. We received feedback from our colleagues, and they really enjoyed the workshop very much and felt like they could apply the skills straight away. Thank you so much for offering this to our people, they appreciated it a lot, especially during these challenging times!”

Daniela Carastoain, Allianz Europe

“Dr. McKee’s knowledge creates tools that will help us bring abstract concepts into tangible actions. Her warm and engaging personality created a very welcoming atmosphere in which to learn new concepts and strategies. We look forward to continued engagement with Dr. McKee to help us hone our skills and deepen our impact.”

Chris Kerr, Founder, Unovis Venture Capital

“Dr Heather presented in a very relaxed manner in a way I really felt I could relate with her. She supported me to take a completely different attitude to instilling new habits.”

Keynote Participant, Havas Media Group

“My health coach team came to a conference with Dr Heather speaking about habit change and we have really embraced the micro change philosophy with out clients. The outcomes have been so good and most people we work with can’t believe it works so well for them as it feels too easy and they think it should be more challenging when making lifestyle changes!”

Lisa Dean, Coaching lead at Thrive Tribe

“Working with Heather was a pleasure from start to finish. All of the attendees felt empowered and fully equipped to build on their healthy habits!”

Sally Florey, Growth Manager, Unmind

“It was my favourite session of all the wellbeing talks so far, the pace was just right. What I liked the most was taking some time during my work to reflect on my own value as a person and employee. The session came at the perfect time for me and has helped shape my week in such a positive way.”

Keynote Participant, TikTok

“I want to thank you Heather so much agreeing to be part of what was such a positive and uplifting afternoon. We are really grateful to you for delivering such an inspiring and motivational session, for sharing your knowledge and insight around behaviour change techniques and supporting the personal and professional development of our staff. The positive feedback we have received has been incredible! Thank you again Heather, you really were brilliant, and it was such a pleasure to meet you and learn from you.”

Emma Buxton, Primary Care, Community Services and Strategy Directorate NHS England and NHS Improvement

“When you work with Dr Heather McKee you know you are in the presence of a true professional. You cannot ignore the passion she has for her field of behaviour change, especially around healthy living.”

Edna Kissman, CEO – TWOM

“I just participated in Dr Heather’s keynote talk on habits. I participated in several sessions like that, including with Olympic athletes, but I don’t know – this talk seemed the most professional, she explained everything super well and I resonated with everything she said. Allianz Services Europe We recently had Dr. Heather McKee in to speak to a group about “Small changes, big results. How to create healthy habits that last” and I couldn’t recommend it enough. Heather was very informative and very interesting. Her interactive approach made the room feel very welcome and comfortable to ask questions. She is highly engaging with the room and her use of handouts in the room makes the process easy to work through. It is great to get some actual live practise in the room using the worksheet. Heather was very motivating and made the session very interesting for everyone. I would recommend her sessions as her steps to personal development are very thought provoking and easy to follow.”

Barbara Hoey, International Financial Services