James Mapes

James Mapes

Speaker, performance coach, imagination expert, author: Quantum Leap Thinking
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MIND OVER BODY: Harness Vision to Create a Wellness Strategy

In James Mapes’ cutting-edge, interactive program, participants gain a clear understanding of how the brain works and the importance of communication to create positive expectations. They learn how to influence the subconscious with optimistic, affirmative suggestions, enabling them to look at their life and work with “new eyes.” They leave the program armed with practical strategies and valuable tools to control what can be controlled and let go of the rest.

The attendees will leave this thought-provoking and inspiring program having learned:

  • The mechanics of conscious and subconscious thinking, how the brain works and the importance of focus.

  • How to apply mental imagery to reduce anxiety and spark creativity.

  • How to create and communicate a clear, realistic, emotionally-charged vision to inspire wellness and create positive outcomes.

  • How to meditate in five minutes for mindfulness.

  • How to recognize and break through the fear that impedes creativity, motivation and healing.

  • How to “reframe” negative thinking to instill hope and confidence.

    In MIND OVER BODY, James integrates more than three decades of experience as a speaker on creativity and leadership, performance coach, medical facilitator for pre-surgery patients, and clinical hypnotist. He draws from the latest research in brain science as well as lessons learned from his own open-heart surgery. James projects amazing positive energy and is passionate about educating everyone about the elegance of the imagination and the incredible power of the human mind and spirit.

    IMAGINE THAT! Igniting Your Brain for Creativity and Peak Performance

    What is the springboard for achievement? How do you manage your thinking? Do you know how to focus your imagination? Do you have a “future vision?” In these challenging times, success literally depends on the importance of knowing the answers to these questions. As Einstein said: “Imagination is more important than knowledge. It is a preview of life’s coming attractions.”

    James Mapes, the leading authority on the psychology of “applied imagination” and creator of Quantum Leap Thinking™,” demonstrates how extreme success can be achieved by understanding and applying these concepts in your life. James skillfully stretches your perceptions to see new possibilities. He guides his audience to clearly recognize that the powerful mental pictures we all carry around definitely impact the opportunities we see and the choices we make.

    In this cutting-edge, practical, interactive and entertaining program, James captures and holds the audience’s attention with dynamic, compelling stories and demonstrations that leave no doubt – “you can achieve what you imagine.”

    The audience leaves this thought-provoking, fascinating and inspiring journey having learned:

  • How to apply their imagination to achieve extreme success.

  • How to craft a compelling, emotional, realistic and persuasive future vision.

  • How to recognize and break through “illusory” fears.

  • How to use core values to unlock motivation and propel action.

  • How to manage change for growth through visualization.

    TRUE LEADERSHIP: The Neuroscience of Effective Leaders

    What is a leader? The business world is awash with leadership philosophies, how-to books and training institutes that can leave even the savvy manager perplexed as exactly how to encourage employees to develop their own leadership style. It is important to push aside the clutter and get back to a fundamental understanding of why “true” leadership traits are essential for success. The adage “leaders are born, not made” is questionable, as it takes hard work to craft a leadership style that works for each individual. Have you assessed your leadership skills lately?

    In this provocative, challenging, lively and interactive presentation, renowned “evangelist of the imagination,” brain researcher, break-through thinking coach and best-selling author, James Mapes, incorporates his legendary humor and an array of audience exercises to reveal:

  • The five “culturally and morally neutral” traits of all successful leaders.

  • Why morality, a nice disposition and power do not necessarily make a great leader.

  • A guide to transform and enhance their personal leadership style.

  • How to craft an emotionally charged, clearly compelling and realistic future vision.
  • Why Book James Mapes?

  • His lively, interactive programs on wellness, creativity and leadership provide results-based strategies to take ‘quantum leaps’ in all areas of life. When you blend together a storyteller, an expert on the power of the imagination, and a clinical researcher of the mind, you have “The Mapes Experience.”
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    Speaker, expert on the psychology of “applied imagination,” for extreme success, peak performance coach, author: Quantum Leap Thinking: An Owner’s Guide to the Mind.

    James Mapes is the founder of Quantum Leap Thinking™, creator of The Transformational Coach™, expert on the psychology of “applied imagination,” best- selling author, highly acclaimed business speaker, consultant, seminar leader and personal excellence coach. For over 30 years, James has been an ardent student of human behavior and dedicated to helping individuals, teams and organizations identify and break through barriers to reach their goals and achieve success. He encourages people to be open to new ways of thinking, and his goal is to help everyone make the "quantum leap" toward more creative, productive and confident lives. For both businesses and individuals, his message promotes an innovative, powerful way of thinking and provides a new-found mastery over their imagination and perceptions so that, in his words, "the invisible becomes visible and the impossible becomes possible." The results have been nothing short of extraordinary, creating key breakthroughs in both organizational and personal excellence.

    James Mapes' success as a speaker and highly regarded authority on the imagination, creative thinking, communication, managing change, organizational problem-solving, successful teamwork, leadership and coaching is due to his early training as an actor and experience as a theatrical producer. In 1969, he graduated from California State University with a Master of Arts degree in theater and speech. He then worked in repertory theater, off-Broadway and directed two of his own theater companies, amassing dozens of television and movie credits. As a performer, he developed a unique stage presence with a special talent for connecting with his audience. Mapes' work has earned him appearances on CNN, The Today Show, Good Morning America and Fox Family Channel, among other media outlets.

    As a recognized business speaker and performance coach, James has spoken to hundreds of public and private companies in more than 70 countries. His clients include financial institutions, software companies, the military, the healthcare industry, financial institutions, training and development divisions of large corporations and major non-profit organizations. Companies, associations, universities and business schools including - IBM Corporate, U.S. Coast Guard, Lockheed Martin and The Princeton Center for Leadership Training - have quoted Mapes in training manuals and textbooks. James presented “Harnessing the Imagination” at the TEDx talk in Windham, NH in May 2015.

    James Mapes personal goal of living an exceptional life is reflected in both his business activities as well as his recreational pursuits, which range from scuba-diving, ballooning, racecar driving, Kempo Karate, and world travel, to an avid interest in reading. His three highly regarded books are Quantum Leap Thinking: An Owner's Guide to the Mind, The Workbook: The Magic of Quantum Leap Thinking and his newest book Imagine That! Igniting Your Brain for Creativity and Peak Performance. He has also produced a 2-CD program – Patient Pre-Op/Post-Op Healing Therapy.

    James Mapes presentations are personal, interactive and humorous. Above all, he creates results and makes a lasting difference in the energy level, commitment and productivity of each individual in his audience.

    In the 1970's, James became interested in the power of the subconscious mind. To better understand this intriguing area, he researched psychology, philosophy, neurology and eventually, hypnotherapy Neuro-Linguistic Programming. His expertise quickly earned him recognition as a clinical hypnotist, becoming highly effective in assisting clients in weight reduction, smoking cessation, the elimination of phobias and pain reduction for terminally ill cancer patients. As a skilled practitioner of regression techniques, he helped the New York City Police Department in "memory recovery" with both witnesses to, and victims of, crime and he has worked with professional athletes to help improve their performance in their sport.

    James Mapes has created an ongoing series of self-improvement audio recordings and writes a syndicated newspaper column for Hearst newspapers in Connecticut and The Arizona Reporter. James also enjoys presenting his one-man show, Journey Into the Imagination at performing arts centers and universities around the country. He appeared on Broadway in 2003 and presented A Whirlwind Tour of the Mind at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in Manhattan in 2007. When not touring, James and his wife divide their time between residences in Westport, Connecticut, and St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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    “James Mapes’ customer conference session IMAGINE THAT! was a huge success. James has a very engaging style and he focused on making sure that audience takes away something tangible out of his session. His high audience ratings reflected the impact he made.”
    --Majesco Mastek

    "James was at his best and the entire team just loved him. His contribution and impression on me personally was more than I ever expected. If James ever needs a recommendation, I would be happy to provide it."
    --Merisant Company

    “What an enjoyable luncheon program you provided. As promised, you delivered information, interaction, and humor. I would be glad to recommend you.”
    --Finance & Administration Roundtable

    “You have done it again, James. The presentation of ‘Imagine That!’ at the DMA Nonprofit Federation Conference was sensational! You communicated new and insightful information in an inspiring manner. It was the perfect combination of content and motivation. Your style, humor and audience engagement had everyone on the edge of their seats.”
    --Russ Reid

    “James’ ‘True Leadership’ keynote address at the 2011 Mercer Latin America HR Forum was excellent - both thought provoking and inspiring. It really made you think about how you can improve your own personal leadership style. James has a great delivery which is both informative and entertaining. He really engages with his audience!
    --Mercer Latin America

    “Everyone enjoyed James’ Keynote very much. It was thought provoking and engaging. Also, everyone appreciated spending time with him for cocktails and dinner.”
    --Clarity Software