Phoenix Phiesta XXXV: “Great Minds Like A Think”
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The Call for Speakers is HERE.
The Neurology of Hypnosis - How relaxation and visualization work in the brain
3:00 PM to 3:50 PM Saturday, November 25th in Pinetop RmLearn the anatomy and power of relaxation states New brain research is now providing a understanding of the brain’s anatomy, neural chemistry and neuropath ways and how delta and theta consciousness states are a powerful in combating anxiety, depression, pain and physical conditions.
Master hypnotist, Cynthia Beck explores the latest science on the brain’s ability to heal and rewire itself and provide information unknown to the five senses. The workshop will establish a working definition of consciousness based on brain function, examine recent evidence of the military’s continued use of extra sensory perception and illustrate how participants can utilize brain wave states to create positive changes and focus.
A short demonstration of how hypnotherapy can completely alter moods, increase confidence and improve concentration will conclude the lecture. Participants are assured to leave enlightened, educated and relaxed.
Nukes, Risk, Global Abolition, Meditation
11:00 AM to 11:50 AM Saturday, November 25th in Pinetop RmLearn about the environmental, public health, and political risks of nuclear weaponry. What is the empirical evidence for and against deterrence theory? See the amount of income tax you pay to maintain the USA nuke arsenal. Is M.A.D. still a valid paradigm and what is S.A.D.? We will examine climate research corroborating M.A.D. and S.A.D. Consider the implications of 122 member nations of the U.N. voting in favor a banning nukes (while only 1 opposed the treaty) in July 2017. Investigate the fallacies of safe storage of fissile material; decontamination of failures, test sites, and meltdowns; and “green” electricity.
Explore the role of meditation in the transition to a nuke-free world. We will review the research re. meditation’s effect on empathy, compassion, and our social life. Which one of the 3 styles of meditation has been proven effective for these dependent variables?
Barbara is very active in the community -- she is a Judge for the Southwest Alliance for Excellence (www.swae.org), Treasurer of the National Hospice Regatta Alliance (www.hospiceregattas.org), Board Member for Foundation for Senior Living (www.FSL.org), and a graduate of Valley Leadership, Class 35. She was named one of the 2014 Top Ten Business Women of the Year by the American Business Women's Association (www.abwa.org).
Her interest in business body language has been longstanding. She developed her expertise through union negotiations, handling difficult personnel situations, facilitating hundreds of small and large meetings, coaching business leaders and teams and people watching every chance she gets.
Barbara's ability to provide a vibrant and engaging presentation on body language extends across industry segments -- everyone uses body language.
Her new book, Business Body Language: Your Visual Business Card, will be available in print in 2016.
11:00 AM to 11:50 AM Saturday, November 26 in Pinetop Rm
In the last 3 years he has become a world-renown speaker in the area of early-stage dementia detection and treatment. This has culminated in a Netflix documentary (Trailer) and corresponding book, entitled “This is Dementia?!”
Disrupting Dementia: Addressing Arizona's Largest Medical Problem Head On
10:00 AM to 10:50 AM Friday, November 24th in Payson RmThis presentation will focus on utilizing cognitive intervention mechanisms to mitigate Arizona's largest medical problem: dementia. Dr. DenBoer is a national and international speaker in the area of cognitive intervention for early stage dementia.
In 1998 he began performing another one-man play "The Gentleman Doc Holliday" which is based on the book "Doc Holliday: A Family Portrait" by Karen Holliday Tanner, who is the closest living relative of Doc Holliday", which the play is primarily, based on. Therefore, what you will hear in this play is truly the real story...
Wyatt is retired from the New Your Life Insurance Company where he worked as an agent for over 35 years. He is also a charter member of "The Arizona Gunfighters", a historical reenactment troupe and a member of Park Central Toastmasters since 1980. His athletic endeavors include the competition in two Hawaiian Iron man Triathlons, numerous marathons, 10k's and long distance swimming events including the "Escape from Alcatraz". Wyatt also serves on the Phoenix Downtown YMCA board of directors as well as coaches the Y's Master's swim program. In addition, he is the race director for the YMCA Half-Marathon, which is the oldest foot race in Arizona. Wyatt also actively volunteers at the Arizona Spinal Injury Association and Terry is teaching how to write and execute theater from a wheel chair.
He currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife Terry, two cats named Doc Holliday and Cowboy along with George the German Sheppard. More information may be found on his web site.
The Gentleman Doc Holliday
During the Banquet Saturday, November 25th in Phoenix BallroomThe Gentleman Doc Holliday was written by Terry Earp, she collaborated with Karen-Holliday Tanner who is the closest living relative of Doc Holliday and author of the book; Doc Holliday - "A Family Portrait" Which the play is primarily, based on. Therefore, what you will hear in this play is truly the real story.
This is the of the story of the West's most famous dentist and his journey from one who heals to one who kills. The setting is in a Denver Colorado jail cell, where Bat Masterson and Governor Frederick W. Pitkin have put Doc in protective custody for a few hours. This is after Doc and the Earp's have left Arizona for Colorado. Unfortunately, for Doc a few hours have turned into a few days. To say the least Doc is not very happy about this. Out of boredom and frustration, Doc begins bantering with the other prisoners. He is angry with the jailor, who is ignoring his needs. You the audience are the other prisoners.
Through out the play you will hear the story of the man who went from, as Doc likes to put it 'from one who heals to one who keals' (Kills).
Hypnotic Techniques and the Art of Persuasion and Influence
Time and Room TBDHypnosis is an art, a science, and a philosophy that has been in existence in many forms for centuries. Is it possible to control a person’s mind and get them to do what you want them to do? This presentation includes basic information about Hypnosis and Neuro-Linguistic Programming, along with some advanced techniques to improve anyone’s ability to persuade, motivate, and influence others, such as:
- How to create rapport
- How to read and display body language
- Direct and indirect suggestions
- How to train yourself to be persuasive
- How to train others
Hey, You Stole My Idea!! (Writing for Hollywood)
4:00 PM to 4:50 PM Friday, November 24 in Payson RmA compilation of stories from the screenwriting trenches of Hollywood. Join local writer/producer Joe Gruberman on a fun jaunt through Hollywood history. The movies you remember, and the ones you'll never see. When creative minds think alike, the results can be ground-breaking collaboration, but more often are just coincidence, subliminal suggestion and outright plagiarism. Why should Hollywood be any different?!
How to Crack the Devotion Code
2:00 PM to 2:50 PM Friday, November 24 in Pinetop RmWhat does it take to succeed in a post-transactional world? Matt Lehrman shares 5 meaningful strategies to transform mere customers or participants into vigorously engaged communities of support. If you’re not diligently pursuing your followers’ deep loyalty, someone else surely is.
Born and raised in the Chicago metropolitan area, Medansky graduated from the University of Arizona School of Law in 1991. He practiced family law in Phoenix, Arizona until 2004, when he took up the pen to create thriller/suspense novels set in Sin City otherwise known as Las Vegas.
A bestselling author, Medansky’s books are based on his experiences in Las Vegas, his legal background, and his interest in gangsters.
He lives in the Phoenix metropolitan area with his wife.
Thinking Oneself Thin
11:00 AM to 11:50 AM Friday, November 24th in Payson RmTo change lives by assisting others to successfully overcome the challenges of losing weight in a healthy manner, one pound at a time. The program will explore the mental, emotional, an psychological aspects of weight loss and the obstacles to surmount.
More Than Meets the Eye
10:00 AM to 10:50 AM Saturday, November 25 in Pinetop RmVisual perception is the process by which we use our eyes and brain to obtain information and experience the world around us. When we experience works of art, our eyes and mind automatically react, criticize, make meaning, and feel. Artists go through a similar process when creating their own works of art. By understanding the basic principles of perception, we can gain greater insight into our own encounters with those objects.
Everything changed when I got a draft notice in November of 1965. I signed up for a tour in the Navy, serving during the Viet Nam era out of ports in California, continuing in my electronics career as a Missile Fire Control Technician and serving on a nuclear-powered surface ship.
After nearly six years of the Navy I was eager to finally go to college. In 1976, I graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering from UC Irvine, and got my first design job at Ford Aerospace in Newport Beach, CA. In 1980 my wife and I grew tired of the crowding and high real estate prices of CA and moved back to New England. I did design engineering for a few years and then took a job with Motorola Semiconductor as an Applications Engineer. I got a Master's Degree in Engineering Management from Northeastern University and by 1988, transferred here to Phoenix where I have been ever since.
My career has spanned the roles of electronics technician, digital and analog circuit design engineer, semiconductor applications engineer, semiconductor technical marketing manager and director of strategy. Along the way I have done much technical writing and gave technical presentations and training around the world.
Retiring from Motorola in 2002, I had one more job at an electronics startup, before that company folded and the recession made it difficult to continue in engineering. However, I had one final "dream" job, working part-time in an Apple Store, helping people use my favorite products in the roles of a Sales Specialist, Trainer and Genius. I retired in 2009.
All along the way, I was interested in personal computing, getting my first computer in 1980. I was eager to be on the leading edge of what would become today's internet, using dial-up bulletin boards, Prodigy and CompuServe. I jumped at the chance to get on the internet with my own web site in 1996 and continue to maintain a presence HERE today. There I expose my primary interests: my family, genealogy and photography.
I took the Mensa test here in Phoenix in 1989, but let my membership lapse a few years later, being too busy with work and travel. After I retired, I reactivated my Mensa membership and attended one of the monthly Ahwatukee Mensa meetings. It was at that first meeting that I volunteered to take over the GPM web site and became Webmaster in October of 2011. I have served on the ExCom as Member at Large and participated in Communication, RG and Marketing Committees. Last year stepped up to be LocSec. I had also joined the Triple Nine Society, using the results of my Mensa qualifying test as evidence.
I have been accompanied on this journey by my wife, Lovina, for the past 49 years. She has been a Registered Nurse , but more recently worked in her second career as a behavioral health counselor after receiving a Master of Counseling degree from ASU. She has recently joined me in retirement. We have two sons, 37 and 47, whom have each provided us with two beautiful grandchildren and thankfully, they are all close-by here in Phoenix.
Casa Grande and the Corona Project
Time and Rm TBDScattered in a 16-mile square grid in the southern part of Casa Grand lies a collection of over 250 concrete markers, resembling a Maltese Cross, that were installed in the ground the Cold War 1960s. Although they were in plain sight, their purpose was not publicly disclosed as they were part of a top secret reconnaissance program run by a government agency whose very existence was not revealed until 1992. The whole story of this program reveals that the US was committed develop the technology necessary to learn everything about the location of ballistic missile launch sites, nuclear submarines and bombers capable of reaching us. Today we can just look at Google Earth.
My Adventures in Genealogy
Time and Rm TBDEveryone who looks into their family history has adventures in the process. Getting started whets an appetite that leads to brick walls followed by rewarding discoveries (or not) and a better understanding of who they are. Those discoveries have revealed to me that it is important to look in the right place, talk to the right people, and use the internet to its best advantage. These adventures are presented to help enable you to have similar success in finding your roots.
For the last decade, Silver has been a professional speaker, heading her own Management Consulting and Executive Coaching practice. Her specialty is working with professionals to increase their influence and their impact.
The Power of the Socratic Method to Win Friends & Influence People
3:00 PM to 3:50 PM Friday, November 24th in Pinetop RmFor centuries, humans have been educated to believe that having the right answers is the key to success. Conversely, we are told, “No one likes a know-it-all.” For Mensa members this creates a tug of war. For many, the primary path to positive attention was to parade your incredible intelligence and knowledge. Alas, when you did there was often an unpleasant backlash.
If you are interested in understanding how to more effectively interact either in your personal or business life (including at job interviews), this fun, informative program is for you. You will learn how to apply Socrates’ means of influencing through questions. Of course this also entails active listening (which is very different from waiting your turn to talk) and you will learn how to do that, as well.
If you’ve been told, “You’re too much of a lone ranger,” -or- “You dominate conversations,” come and learn how to turn that around.
Frank Sasso & Barbara Hoffmann
Sensei Barbara Hofmann is a 2nd degree Black Belt in Goju Shorei Karate and a Certified Instructor of Western Tai Chi. Ms. Hofmann was a school teacher for many years. She also traveled much of North America: every US state except Alaska, southeastern Canada, and various locations in Mexico. However, she always maintained her interest in martial arts. After moving to Arizona and finding Master Sasso, she studied karate and tai chi seriously, and received her first Black Belt the day before her 70th birthday.
Tai Chi History and Health Benefits
11:00 AM to 11:50 PM Saturday, November 25th in Pinetop RmWe will be presenting a short lecture on the history of tai chi and its health benefits.
Our Western tai chi is Master Sasso’s modern version of the traditional Eastern style, adapted to appeal more to Americans. We accompany the exercise with modern music known to Americans. However, the health benefits remain. We will demonstrate a pattern or two.
After introducing tai chi and its benefits, we invite the participants to join us performing tai chi, a gentle, low impact exercise
The Thunderdome Comes to Downtown Phoenix
11:00 AM to 11:50 AM Friday, November 24th in Pinetop RmPhoenix is hot, dull, deadly, bankrupt, and civicly defunct. A group called The Urban Phoenix Project aims to change all that by getting back to the basics of city and transportation planning.
Dr. Alex Vrenios
Amateur Radio Astronomy
4:00 PM to 4:50 PM Saturday, November 25th in Payson RmMy Radio Astronomy presentation is divided into three main sections: history, five amateur-level projects, and a treatise on radio frequency imaging, using both amateur and professional equipment. The presentation begins with a history of radio astronomy, from Jansky’s original discovery through its establishment as a scientific endeavor in its own right. Second, five observing projects, offered by the Astronomical League are presented, along with the equipment I built and assembled in order to complete them. Finally, the radio frequency imaging process is discussed in detail.
More to Come
11:00 AM to 11:50 PM Saturday, November 25th in Pinetop RmProgram Description
Like minds who like minds