Presentations & Workshops

Together we can create a session or series that will be useful to you and your staff.

Depending upon your needs, you might prefer a keynote, half-day presentation, a day-long workshop, or a multi-day workshop.  All sessions are based upon the principles of internal control psychology and highlight internal motivation, personal responsibility, and pursuing quality in our personal and professional lives.

To discuss and schedule, contact Bob Sullo at

Some popular workshops are described below.

Activating the Desire to Learn

Description: Activating the Desire to Learn is a full-day workshop for educators at all levels. You will be given a comprehensive overview of internal control psychology to equip you with a valid alternative to the familiar but flawed reward/punishment model. Participants will leave with strategies to create a need-satisfying classroom to inspire higher academic achievement. Activities will focus on building positive relationships, creating relevant lessons for students, and making sure that expectations are simultaneously challenging and realistic. Activating the Desire to Learn is an ideal introductory session.

Audience: All educators, regardless of grade level or role.

Note: Activating the Desire to Learn can be effectively presented to a large group, making it a cost effective choice for an entire school or district.


The Inspiring Teacher

Description: This session can be provided in a full-day or half-day format. The full-day session includes a comprehensive overview of internal control psychology. If your staff is already familiar with internal control psychology and you don’t believe a review would be productive, I can provide a half-day session. Topics include: identifying the qualities that inspire student learning and achievement; making a commitment to incorporate inspiring strategies into your repertoire; creating positive relationships with students, colleagues, and parents; conflict management; and time management.

Audience: Classroom teacher, all levels.


Inspiring Quality in Your School

Description: Everybody wants a quality school. What is your definition of a quality school? What would you see in such a setting? What would you hear? How would staff members interact? How would everyone contribute, moving in the same direction while retaining autonomy?  This workshop will help you create a shared vision of quality and identify plans to make your school even more successful.

Audience: Inspiring Quality in Your School is designed for a whole school or school/district leadership team.


Teach Them To Be Happy

Description: It’s never too early to teach young children about internal motivation, self-evaluation, and responsibility. Rather than resort to the typical reward/punishment model to “shape” children, this session will help you learn how to teach children in a way that fosters internal control and responsibility. Participants will learn how to help young children become better able to self-evaluate and monitor their own behavior.

Audience: Teach Them To Be Happy is for preschool and elementary school educators.


Managing to Inspire: Bringing Out the Best in Those You Supervise

Description: This session will help supervisors lead rather than boss. The traditional manager-employee relationship is based on coercion. While this may lead to minimal compliance, it never inspires those you supervise to do their best on a regular basis. If you are satisfied with employees who are looking forward to the next weekend and the next vacation, this workshop is not for you. If you want to cultivate a work environment that brings out the best in those you supervise, Managing to Inspire will give you the theory and tools to become a more effective manager.

Audience: Managing to Inspire is for anyone who supervises others in business or education. It is recommended for the entire management team of a business, school, district, or agency.


An Introduction to Brain-Based Learning

Description: To maximize their effectiveness, teachers need to know what research says about how we learn most easily and efficiently. An Introduction to Brain-Based Learning provides participants with a comprehensive overview of this exciting approach to teaching and learning. Topics include: paying attention & making meaning; memory; helping students be in the right state for learning; creating a brain-compatible learning environment; and more.

Audience: Classroom teachers, counselors, & administrators. All levels.


We Don’t Have Bullies Here!

Description: Bullying thrives in a culture that supports bullying. Bullying is virtually non-existent in a culture where students meet their needs in pro-social ways. In this session, participants will learn what motivates bullies, victims, and observers. Once we understand that bullying is “functional,” we can create a culture where students satisfy their needs without resorting to victimization.

Audience: This session is designed to create change on a building or systemic level, as well as on a personal level. The most effective session will include an entire school staff so that they will leave with a common understanding of the dynamics of bullying as well as a strategy to minimize bullying in their school.


Raising Your Kids to Be Happy & Responsible

Description: This hour and a half session is designed for parents/guardians. While everyone agrees that raising our children is our most important job, no one gives us any training and many parents are baffled by the behavior of their children. This session will give parents/guardians a quick overview of some essential aspects of internal control psychology so they can move beyond the carrot and stick approach to raising kids. At the end of this session, participants will have a better of idea of what motivates their kids and how to raise them to be happy and responsible decision-makers.

Audience: Parents, guardians, and other interested adults.

Note: I strongly encourage all schools/districts to include this session when having me present to the staff. Providing parents/guardians with a basic understanding of internal control psychology and easily implemented parenting tools promotes a collaborative relationship with them. Students thrive when the approach at school is supported by a similar approach at home.


Team Building: Creating a Shared Vision

Description: Effectiveness in schools and business is too often squandered because teams lack a shared vision of where they want to go and how to best achieve their goals. Until there is a shared vision, understanding of roles, and commitment to organizational success, your school or business will be less successful than it could be. In this full day or half-day session, you will begin to articulate your vision and make a specific commitment to enhance the performance of the school or business where you work.

Audience: Whole staff or leadership team of a school, business, or agency.


Counseling for Lasting Change: The Power of Internal Motivation

Description: This 2-day workshop is for school counselors, social workers, psychologists, and other mental health professionals who work with children and adolescents. At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to describe the difference between internal control psychology and the traditional reward/punishment paradigm; articulate why internal control psychology promotes lasting change; identify and describe the difference between counseling and managing; and counsel/manage with an emphasis on self-evaluation to promote responsibility and lasting change. Ample time will be provided for structured role-play, giving participants a chance to practice and receive feedback.


For those interested in pursuing certification in Choice Theory from William Glasser International, I offer the following training:

Basic Intensive Week

Basic Practicum

Advanced Intensive Week

Advanced Practicum


A final note….

Staff Development That Challenges the Status Quo

No matter how compelling a presenter and the content, teachers need time to process and apply concepts over time if staff development is to be optimally effective. If you agree, then I encourage you to schedule time for teachers to process, interact, argue, and share ideas after my presentation. Teachers need thoughtfully designed opportunities to discuss what is working and how they are implementing concepts in their classrooms.

What’s the best way to engage the staff in productive conversation? After my presentation, organize a book talk/study group. For example, if you arrange for me to present Activating the Desire to Learn, purchase the book for each staff member and organize book talks. When you purchase books in quantity, you can almost always get a substantial discount. I have prepared a free study guide for Activating the Desire to Learn so that facilitation of productive conversation is easy! (Click here to access the study guide online. Click here to access the study guide for The Motivated Student: Unlocking the Enthusiasm for Learning). As educators engage in thought-provoking dialogue, their learning deepens and staff development is more meaningful and effective.

An ideal time for a follow-up session is after the book talk/study groups have met 4-6 times over a span of several months. The best follow-up sessions are built upon the perceived needs, wants, and questions of the staff. Together we can create a follow-up session that will be relevant to teachers because they will have considerable input regarding the agenda.

While it is essential that all staff be knowledgeable about the principles of internal control psychology and how to create a need-satisfying classroom to inspire student achievement, not every staff member will want in-depth training. For those who do, I suggest  the Basic Intensive Training in Choice Theory. Offered in association with William Glasser International, this three or four day training is limited to sixteen participants, providing ample opportunity to practice and become comfortable with the language and application of internal control psychology.