Behind every achieved goal, there is a story about our personal growth or our creative or professional development. Each accomplishment is a manifestation of our experiences, challenges, and skills all coming together in a way that allowed progress to happen.
Mehrnaz is an expert on this process—a progress specialist. Her expertise comes from two sources: her dramatic lived experience and her deep dive into evidence-based research. Because of significant challenges in her own life, as a preteen Mehrnaz started deliberately and determinedly examining how progress occurs. And she has been applying the lessons she learned ever since, with great success. Once Mehrnaz was trained as a scientist (M.Sc.), she was able to delve into the research on what makes progress happen. And she started to share with others what she found out. Now Mehrnaz has dedicated herself to communicating the best information about how to achieve goals and overcome challenges, teaching others how to use that information to achieve their own personal and professional success, and inspiring people with her story. She is a completely unique voice as an educator and a public speaker.
As a public speaker, Mehrnaz’s key theme is “progress through small wins” and her range of topics is wide-ranging, including:
the keys to progress, goal-setting and goal achievement, entrepreneurship, growth mindset, women in business and leadership, fostering creativity, happiness factors, selective mutism, designing a balanced life, fulfilment at work and in life, achieving career success, career change, mitigating bias, providing effective feedback, cultures of continuous improvement, challenges encountered by LGBTQ+ people, the immigrant experience, encountering cultural and social obstacles, achieving academic success, lifelong learning, mastering learning skills, building resilience, overcoming challenges, drivers of motivation and productivity, habits and neuroplasticity, recharging through solitude, the power of self-awareness, poetry and writing as tools for self-awareness.
“In February 2018, our service club engaged Mehrnaz Bassiri to address sixty Grade 7 girls about how to prepare for the academic challenges of high school. We foolishly assumed that the girls would find it difficult to concentrate for any length of time on such a dry topic. We could not have been more wrong! From the minute she began, Mehrnaz captivated the girls’ attention with her simple yet sage advice. The girls were feverishly taking notes, despite re-assurances that they would receive an electronic copy of her presentation. Mehrnaz’s presentation is a must-see for students who are about to embark on further academic challenges.”Veronica LoatDirector Soroptimist International of North Shore
Mehrnaz brings a passion and professionalism that stands out. I had the privilege to work with Mehrnaz in preparation for a TEDx talk; it was evident early in our work that she is prepared and interested in ensuring audiences will have the best chance to grasp the 'idea'. Unlike other professional speakers who are convinced their talk is 'complete', Mehrnaz asked questions to receive honest, constructive feedback to ensure it aligned with the intent of the TEDx event. When you combine her practical way of presenting with a priority to ensure audiences are the priority, don't miss out on an opportunity to have Mehrnaz speak for you.Nathan O’HaraTEDxChilliwack Speaker Coach
“Mehrnaz is a warm and engaging speaker who is able to make complex theoretical subjects accessible and interesting for any learner. After observing her deliver a workshop on growth mindset and study skills, I was impressed by the way she distilled such complex information about neurobiology to a group of youth, who showed clear enjoyment of her talk and who asked many questions! She has such a broad range of knowledge that she was able to connect the topic of the day to the interests of the listener – she is a highly engaging and enjoyable speaker.”Amanda PullishyActing Supervisor, Youth Education Programs at YWCA
Mehrnaz Bassiri spoke at TEDxChilliwck 2018. The amount of effort she put into her talk was clear. She had rehearsed with our speaker coaches, and took suggestions to heart. On the day of our event, she was calm and professional, and her talk was clear and to the point. Numerous audience members shared with our Organizing Committee members how much they learned from her talk, and appreciated her ability to deliver it in a way they could understandMichael BergerTEDXCHILLIWACK ORGANIZING COMMITTEE