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Ethan Kross

Stop overthinking and master introspection, and watch your success, productivity, and happiness soar.

Leading Expert on the Conscious Mind | Author of Chatter

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Ethan Kross | Leading Expert on the Conscious Mind | Author of Chatter
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Overthinking can fuel our anxieties and impair our ability to make decisions—but we can learn to harness our inner voice and turn it into our own personal motivational coach, becoming healthier, wiser, and more resilient in the process. Award-winning psychologist and author of the instant national bestseller Chatter, Ethan Kross shows how the conversations we have with ourselves can improve our lives in surprising ways: from our health and our job performance to our relationships and decision-making. His accessible, science-based talks reveal how we can harness the power of our minds to boost productivity and well-being in our personal lives and help us become better leaders to others.

“Ethan Kross is one part sage, one part mensch, and one part world class psychological scientist.”

— Angela Duckworth, author of #1 New York Times bestseller Grit

We have everything we need to stop overthinking, embrace introspection, and use our inner voice to motivate and propel us forward. Ethan Kross, award-winning psychology professor at the University of Michigan and director of the Emotion and Self Control Lab, says that we can change our lives by changing the conversations we have with ourselves. Drawing on his acclaimed book Chatter, he shows us how we can strengthen our emotional and mental fitness to find more meaning, satisfaction, and success in all areas of life. 

In his talks, Ethan provides us with practical, immediately actionable tools for distancing ourselves from negativity and harnessing our self-talk. Learning how to stop overthinking and harness our inner dialogues will also make us better, more resilient leaders. Ethan’s concrete strategies have proven to be an invaluable resource for CEOs, managers, and small business owners in any challenge or stressful situation. His science-based toolkit for avoiding overthinking help all kinds of leaders and employees to build wisdom and coach ourselves through every circumstance.

Brilliantly argued and deeply compelling, Chatter has received praise from many remarkable leaders in the field, including Angela Duckworth, the world’s preeminent expert on grit, and New York Times bestselling author Dan Pink, who declares, “Ethan Kross has written the definitive work on how to redirect our inner voices away from rumination and self-criticism and toward reflection and self-improvement.” It was one of Amazon’s best non-fiction books of 2021.

An award-winning professor at the University of Michigan and the Ross School of Business, Ethan is also the director of the Emotion & Self Control Laboratory, where he studies how people can control their emotions. Using an integrative approach to study these issues, Ethan draws on multiple disciplines within psychology, including social, personality, clinical, developmental, and neuroscience.

Ethan has participated in policy discussions at the White House and has been interviewed on CBS Evening News, Good Morning America, and NPR’s Morning Edition. His pioneering research has been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New England Journal of Medicine, and Science. He completed his BA at the University of Pennsylvania and his PhD at Columbia University.


“Great speaker! This is one of the BEST speaker sessions I have seen in a long time (in multiple conferences, TEDTalks), thank you so very much for bringing Dr. Kross to guide us with useful life tools that eventually flow into our work life & performance.”


“Ethan was amazing and he was an absolute dream to work with. He’s so down to earth and collaborative, you’d never guess he’s a superstar in real life.”


“Ethan's participation in our webinar was wonderful. I felt we could have gone on for much longer and the response has been extremely positive. Ethan's work and message are so important, and the way he delivers it is compelling and accessible.”


“I enjoyed the real-world application, tips, and examples, and specifically, how Ethan related the topic of "chatter" to professionals as well as individuals/self-help. Excellent!”


“Ethan was very clear and spoke to us in a language we could all understand.”


Speech Topics

26 Strategies to Stop Overthinking Practical Ways to Harness Our Self-Talk
 When we learn how to use our anxieties to our advantage, they become a powerful resource—one that helps us increase productivity and become intentional leaders. 

In this insightful and accessible talk, award-winning psychologist Ethan Kross gives us practical strategies to stop overthinking and start living. Drawing from his scientific research and his acclaimed book Chatter, he provides the tools needed to distance ourselves from negativity and turn our inner critic into our inner coach.

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution, but with twenty-six strategies to choose from, we’re sure to gain actionable takeaways that we can immediately use at work and in our personal lives. This insightful talk provides concrete strategies for individuals and organizations who want to be healthier, more resilient, and more successful. 
Chatter The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness It
The most important conversation we have each day isn’t with our boss, our spouse, or our friends: it’s the one we have with ourselves. When we’re facing a challenging task, our inner voice can motivate us and help us keep our focus. But more often than not, we come up against the nagging voice that tells us we can’t do it, or that people will laugh at us if we try. The million-dollar question, then, is how can we transform our self-saboteur, determined to undermine our success, into an internal life coach that will buoy us up and help us expand our potential?
Enter Ethan Kross. A world-class psychological scientist, Kross has written one of the most definitive guides to mastering self-talk in modern history. In Chatter, he uses a blend of cutting-edge science (from his own lab) and real-world case studies to help us harness the power of our inner voice. The tools are all around us—from the objects we surround ourselves with, to our relationships with other people, the physical spaces we inhabit, and the digital worlds we interact in. This talk is a lively exploration of how we can use those tools to make our inner voice work in our favour, and it answers some valuable questions along the way. For instance, why do we seem immune to toxic chatter when we attempt to provide other people with advice? What factors determine whether we receive—and provide—helpful or harmful social support? And how can we approach our decision-making differently, learning to control our emotions and reason wisely instead of acting on impulse? An expert story-teller, Kross brings his research to life in a way that is fascinating, accessible, and immediately applicable to our daily lives.