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Sahar Yousef & Lucas Miller

Keynote Speaker

Cognitive Neuroscientists

“The way we work today is fundamentally opposed to how our brains and our bodies work best.” – Dr. Sahar Yousef & Lucas Miller

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Sahar Yousef & Lucas Miller'S SPEAKING FEE $25K - $40K

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Sahar Yousef & Lucas Miller'S SPEAKING FEE $25K - $40K

Dr. Sahar Yousef and Lucas Miller are both cognitive neuroscientists, as well as faculty at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. They teach one of the most popular MBA classes at Cal, called “Becoming Superhuman: The Science of Productivity and Performance”, and have been featured in Forbes, Wired, The Wall Street Journal, and Business Insider.

At Berkeley, Sahar and Lucas also co-run the Becoming Superhuman Lab, which conducts research on how to help busy leaders and their teams get their most important done, in less time, with less stress.

Since COVID began, Sahar and Lucas have given over 600 talks and keynotes to knowledge workers in 50+ countries, have advised executive teams at Google, Coinbase, and Visa, and have been invited to speak to the US Congress and Saudi Arabian government.

Known for their fast-paced, high-energy style and their science-backed practical tactics, this dynamic duo is consistently rated as the #1 session at events, particularly within the technology, financial services, and private equity industries.

Dr. Sahar Yousef is a cognitive neuroscientist and faculty at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. After spending over a decade doing Department of Defense research on neuroplasticity and how to improve memory, attention, and overall human performance in as little as 7 weeks, Sahar now researches and teaches busy leaders and their teams how to be more productive and effective at work. At Berkeley, Sahar runs the Becoming Superhuman Lab and teaches one of the most popular MBA classes, called “Becoming Superhuman: The Science of Productivity and Performance”. Sahar has become one of the world’s leading experts on cognitive training and is featured as a top scientist in the Headspace well-being app (used by over 2 million people every day). In 2021, Sahar produced a multi-part video series with John Legend on the science of music and its impact on our focus and emotions.

Lucas Miller is a human performance researcher as well as the youngest faculty at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. At Berkeley, Lucas co-runs the Becoming Superhuman Lab and teaches one of the most popular MBA classes, called “Becoming Superhuman: The Science of Productivity and Performance”. He is the author of a best-selling book on the science of learning and behavior change and is a regular contributor to media outlets such as Wired and The Wall Street Journal.

Outside of the academic world, Lucas co-runs Becoming Superhuman, a training and consulting firm which teaches busy professionals who think for a living how to get their most important work done, in less time, with less stress. Lucas specializes in physiology and performance psychology and uses his background as a competitive powerlifter to help knowledge workers increase their daily energy levels, manage stress effectively, and optimize their work and home routines.

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Sahar Yousef & Lucas Miller’s Speech Topics

  • Becoming Superhuman: The Science of Optimizing Productivity and Performance

    Key Learnings:

    • Leading research on the three biggest mistakes of productivity and performance and the scientific reasons WHY people commonly make those mistakes
    • How to increase your team’s productivity by 25% without increasing hours worked
    • Why daily progress is the single most important factor that drives productivity, creativity, and well-being
    • How to prioritize the most important and valuable tasks, even in the face of urgent demands, by using “Daily MIT Setting”


    *keynote only

  • The Science of Focus in the Age of Distraction

    Key Learnings:

    • Learn the leading research on notifications, context-switching, and mental clarity 
    • The multitasking myth and why those with certain digital hygiene practices are more prone to end-of-day exhaustion 
    • The ideal physical environment for productivity and the science of music as a focus tool 
    • Training on Focus Sprints®, a research-backed way of working that helps individuals get more done, in less time, with less energy expended



    *keynote or workshop

  • The Science of Energy Management: Understanding Your Unique Biological Chronotype

    Key Learnings:

    • Discover your biological chronotype and how to optimally schedule your day for peak productivity and effectiveness 
    • Gain an understanding of circadian rhythms, ultradian rhythms, and peak performance hours
    • The most effective breaks according to science and strategies for avoiding the afternoon dip 


    *keynote or workshop

  • Wellbeing Matters: How to Effectively Manage Stress and Prevent Burnout

    Key Learnings:

    • The science behind “video fatigue” and how to combat
    • Why burnout became officially classified as a disease in 2019 by the World Health Organization and what distinguishes burnout from excess stress or depression 
    • Leading indicators and a simple tool you can use to quickly assess your individual or team’s burnout risk 
    • How to reverse the slow damage burnout does to the brain and body 
    • Practical frameworks for beating burnout, including the 3M framework


    *keynote or workshop

  • The Science of Influence, Persuasion, and Executive Presence

    Key Learnings:

    • The neurobiological basis of trust and human connection and how to maximize psychological safety with direct reports
    • The factors that influence how, why, and when people say “yes”
    • How to reliably regulate yourself into an ideal brain-state to maximize executive presence and communicate effectively
    • Advanced techniques for in-situ brain-state and emotional regulation
    • The science of mirroring and how a leader’s emotions set the tone for the room
    • Strengthening your executive presence and how to “command a room” in person or over video
    • What changes when influencing remotely vs. in-person


    *keynote or workshop

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