Ian Robertson

Ian Robertson

Clinical Psychologist, Neuroscientist, Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Trinity College Dublin, Co-Director Global Brain Health Institute, Author

why book ian?

  • Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Trinity College Dublin and Co-Director of the Global Brain Health Institute
  • Author of How Confidence Works: The new science of self-belief, empower you to reach heights you never thought possible
  • Renowned for insightful writings, making complex concepts accessible to a broad audience
Ian Robertson

Biography

As a highly accomplished clinical psychologist and neuroscientist, few areas of human behaviour are beyond the understanding or scrutiny of renowned professor and speaker, Ian Robertson.

Ian can help your company build courageous decision-making by a) learning to be more confident; b) harnessing the energy of stress; c) managing accountability/work relationships and d) finding emotional resilience in affirming values.

As a global expert on human behaviour, Ian’s research has shown that our brains evolved to cope with change and that we can harness this to create more flexible, change-enabled and ultimately more fulfilled individuals and organisations.

Ian is Professor Emeritus in Psychology at Trinity College Dublin and founding director of Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience. He is Founding Director of the Global Brain Health Institute, a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Member of Academia Europea. Ian is also Distinguished Professor at University of Texas at Dallas.

He is author of a series of widely-translated popular science books, most recently ‘How Confidence Works: the New Science of Self-Belief’

Ian Robertson

Ian’s research shows that your brain cannot easily pay attention to a single voice for more than 30 seconds. That’s why he makes every presentation personally relevant with his EEE system.

Experience: Create an experience in your own mind using your imagination
Explain: Explain what is going on in your brain, right down to the brain chemistry.
Exercise: Present a specific action for you to take in order to better deal with the challenge in question.

Ian has used this to wide acclaim with small corporate executive teams of major global corporations as well as with gatherings of many hundreds of people (for example, with the Navy Seal Foundation in San Diego).

Ian’s aim is that everyone leaves with several new skills that will make them more change-ready amidst dizzying global change.

Topics

Confidence

The Science Of Confidence

Discover the new science of self-belief, why some people learn how to grow their confidence while others don’t, and what you can do to tap into yours.

Why do some people struggle to rise above their inner critical voice, while others seem to exude waves of confidence no matter the circumstances? How essential is confidence, really, when it comes to boosting health, wealth, motivation and innovation?

In this fascinating session with leading neuroscientist and clinical psychologist Professor Ian Robertson, you will discover the science behind self-belief, and how you can apply it to your own life.

Through seminar as well as participative exercises, you will learn about the incredible effects of confidence on the brain and on the rest of the body, as it waxes and wanes – as well as how confidence differs from optimism or self-esteem. Crucially, you will be guided through exactly why – and how – confidence can be learned, and how to train your complex network of mental processes to reinforce your own.

Designed for anyone  interested in tapping into the fascinating neuroscience of confidence, this masterclass will leave you with a new catalogue of science-backed information, and a suite of skills that you can layer into your every day, immediately. Leave informed, intrigued, and ready to invigorate your life.

Confidence – How to Learn It

Discover the new science of self-belief, why some people learn how to grow their confidence while others don’t, and what you can do to tap into yours.

Why do some people struggle to rise above their inner critical voice, while others seem to exude waves of confidence no matter the circumstances? How essential is confidence, really, when it comes to boosting health, wealth, motivation and innovation?

In this fascinating session with leading neuroscientist and clinical psychologist Professor Ian Robertson, you will discover the science behind self-belief, and how you can apply it to your own life.

Through seminar as well as participative exercises, you will learn about the incredible effects of confidence on the brain and on the rest of the body, as it waxes and wanes – as well as how confidence differs from optimism or self-esteem. Crucially, you will be guided through exactly why – and how – confidence can be learned, and how to train your complex network of mental processes to reinforce your own.

Designed for anyone  interested in tapping into the fascinating neuroscience of confidence, this masterclass will leave you with a new catalogue of science-backed information, and a suite of skills that you can layer into your every day, immediately. Leave informed, intrigued, and ready to invigorate your life.

Confidence: Lose It Or Learn It

Confidence can empower you to reach heights you never thought possible. Equally, a lack of it can have a devastating effect on your future. Probing the latest science and neuroscience behind confidence, in this 90-minute masterclass, Ian tells you how confidence plays out in our minds, our brains and indeed our bodies. And shows you how you can learn it.

Ian explains where confidence comes from and how it spreads, with extraordinary economic and political consequences. And why it’s not necessarily something you are born with, but something that can be learned.

What you can expect to learn:

  • Confidence makes you physically stronger, emotionally more resilient, socially more persuasive and career-wise more successful.
  • Confidence is a set of habits of thought, action, emotion and attention that you can learn.  This workshop will show you how to do that.
  • Confidence depends on relationships with other people in your family, workplace and social life.  In this workshop, Ian explains how to build your confidence while navigating these relationships, particularly important when it comes to how the sexes interact.

Stress: A Form of Energy That Can Be Harnessed

Stress, excitement and anger are virtually indistinguishable to the brain until you put a label on them. They are all states of arousal to prepare for action, and the body doesn’t care whether that is running away, celebrating or fighting.  This is simply a form of energy that can be harnessed.

After this session you will leave feeling more able to do just that.

Tiger Woods: “The day I don’t feel nervous in a game, is the day I give up”

Innovation: How to Foster Creativity in Yourself and in Your Team

Innovation depends on how you use your attention. It also depends on quietening down certain parts of the brain that are inhibiting suppressed areas that are capable of quite surprising insights.

In this intriguing session, you will learn new ways of thinking to solve the problems that are nagging at you and to come with exciting new possibilities.

Other Topics Included

  • The Impostor Syndrome In Women: It’s Holding You Back
  • Stress: Managing It Can Make You Sharper

Ian Robertson

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.

Confidence: Lose it or Learn It

Confidence can empower you to reach heights you never thought possible. Equally, a lack of it can have a devastating effect on your future. Probing the latest science and neuroscience behind confidence, in this 90-minute masterclass, Professor Ian Robertson tells you how confidence plays out in our minds, our brains and indeed our bodies. And shows you how you can learn it.

The Science of Confidence

Discover the new science of self-belief, why some people learn how to grow their confidence while others don’t, and what you can do to tap into yours.

In this fascinating session, you will discover the science behind self-belief, and how you can apply it to your own life and you will learn about the incredible effects of confidence on the brain and on the rest of the body. Crucially, you will be guided through exactly why – and how – confidence can be learned, and how to train your complex network of mental processes to reinforce your own. Leave informed, intrigued, and ready to invigorate your life.

Resources

Books

The Winner Effect by Ian Robertson
Mind Sculpture by Ian Robertson
Stay Sharp by Ian Robertson
Opening The Mind's Eye by Ian Robertson
The Stress Test by Ian Robertson
How Confidence works by Ian robertson

testimonials

“As part of our internal learning and development program, Ian’s introductory session to the science of self-belief was fascinating and opened a great team discussion on tuning our minds to work with confidence.”

Una O’Sullivan, Microsoft Corporate External & Legal Affairs Europe

Ian has delivered a number of highly enlightening, collaborative and brilliantly received workshops for our community — energising all those along with his expertise, and lucid and actionable learning. Ian is able to distil complex concepts, boiling them down into brain-friendly takeaways and helping people to confidently relate them to their own specific contexts.

Nick Defty, Director, You Can Now

“Speaking at our global webinars to our Female Lead audience of over 7 million followers, Ian has been a galvanising and inspiring presenter, unpacking the critical role of confidence in female leadership and offering remarkably practical solutions.”

Edwina Dunn, Business leader & Data science entrepreneur, Founder of The Female Lead

“Ian is an exceptional tutor. He has worked with Guardian Masterclasses for the past few years, teaching about the science of confidence, and continues to deliver popular online classes. Ian delivers his classes with warmth and charisma and combines intellectual insight with real practical actions. I would highly recommend Ian as a speaker.”

A couple of comments from participants at his events:

“Professor Robertson was wonderful – he made us all feel individually included and acknowledged – no mean feat with 70 participants

Ian was brilliant – truly fascinating talk”

Brett Halsey, Programmer, Guardian Masterclasses, The Guardian Newspaper

“Ian presented virtually to our teams in early 2021 on the topic of Re-engineering your Brain. We had an overwhelming engagement and feedback on the talk which left attendees with takeaways they could use in their everyday. Primarily organised for our engineering teams, the audience included members from every part of our organisation.”

Kitty Shephard, Program Manager – Office of Innovation and Strategic Technologies