Scott Herbst, Ph.D.

Scott Herbst, Ph.D.

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The Science of Being Human

An expert in the science of being human, Scott's message moves and inspires his audiences, leaving them with insights that are immediately applicable.

Fee Range: $2,500 - $5,000
Travels from Chicago, IL

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Scott Herbst, Ph.D.
Dr. Scott Herbst, Herbst - Motivational Speaker

SixFlex Training & Consulting

The Science of Being Human

An expert in the science of being human, Scott's message moves and inspires his audiences, leaving them with insights that are immediately applicable.

Fee Range: $2,500 - $5,000
Travels from Chicago, IL

Scott Herbst, Ph.D. - Motivational Speaker

Scott Herbst, Ph.D.

SixFlex Training & Consulting

The Science of Being Human

An expert in the science of being human, Scott's message moves and inspires his audiences, leaving them with insights that are immediately applicable.

Fee Range: $2,500 - $5,000
Travels from: Chicago, IL

For more information about booking Scott Herbst, Ph.D.,
Visit http://www.speakermatch.com/profile/ScottHerbst/
Or call SpeakerMatch at 1-866-372-8768.

Biography

I'm Scott Herbst, Ph.D (though I usually don't mention "Ph.D." when I'm meeting someone).  I'm an entrepreneur, speaker, author, scientist, and - prpobably most importantly - a human being.   In my field, I'm recognized an expert in the science of being human, though I'm always a little surprised by the recognition.  I'm told I have a message that's insightful, inspiring, and fun.  In speaking (and in life), I strive to be authentic, and communicating from there, I relate well with audiences and leave them with insights into their own lives and behavior, with more freedom to lead fulfilling lives.   

I grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago and had a happy childhood.  I played sports, had a lot of friends in the neighborhood, was a boy-scout, and did well in school.  I wasn't always happy, though.  I tended to worry a lot, and often without good reason.  I remember being in second grade and worrying that my teacher would be absent and we would have a mean sub.  I'm probably still that way to some degree.  I'm sure when I'm 70 the things I worried about when I was 40 will seem silly to me.  

I got a degree in Engligh Literature from North Central College with the intention of teaching high school English.  It wasn't until my final semester that I discovered I didn't like teaching high school English.  After graduating, I took a job that I thought would tide me over until I figured out what was next for me.  I took that job in part because they offered a Master's degree program in something called behavior analysis, which they told me was a type of psychology.  Earning an advanced degree while I sorted out my future sounded pretty good, even if it wasn't something I was particularly interested in.  As it turns out, I wasn't just interested in behavior science, I was passionate about it.  While in the MA program, I began applying to doctoral programs, and accepted a spot at the University of Nevada - Reno.  Attending school there was one of the most enriching, rewarding experiences of my life.  I got to learn from and work with some of the most brilliant minds in psychology, and found a love for applying what I was learning to organizational systems and human performance.  

I also learned (and maybe discovered is the right word - it felt like a discovery) the power of human language.  I saw for myself how the things I say about the world shape my view of the world, and that my view then shapes my actions.  When I experienced this (and it was experiential) my entire view of life altered and action followed.  Before this discovery, I was struggling with my research and considering settling for the Master's and then dropping out.  The future looked dark, the way the future looks when one is about to abandon a dream.  What I discovered, specifically, that at some point in grade school I had gotten caught without the answers, and had told myself that I would never let that happen again.  I held onto that rule with a death grip, but had finally found myself in a place where I could never have all the answers.  Seeing that the world wasn't actually built in a way that not knowing it all wouldn't kill me, I had a new freedom.  

And I graduated.  Before doing that, however, I also got active in local and national politics, took up stand-up comedy, and trained to lead transformational programs.  I also started a charitable organization called Psych United.  We raised money for undergraduate scholarships and, when Katrina hit, flood relief.  

After graduating, I took a position at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  While there, I conducted research in language and thinking, continued to design and deliver transformational programs,and helped build the state association for Behavior Analysts.  I also took on leadership within the Insitution and one of my proudest accomplishments was transforming the culture of the faculty governing body, and successfully leading an initiative to re-tool our governing structures to keep up with the high growth and nationalization of the school.

I left the Chicago School in 2015 to start SixFlex.  The name comes from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, which uses the hexaflex as a model for the human condition and a tool for personal grwoth.  

I present at local, national and international conferences.  I'm known for taking high level principles and making them relatable and understandable.  And the audience and I have a lot of fun together.    

Lastly, one thing I'm clear on is that I make a difference with a lot of differnent people - with organizations, families, and in communities - and every moment presents an opportunity to make a difference.  I'm happiest when I'm making that difference.  And, I'm still not always happy.  

 

 

 

Find out more about Scott Herbst, Ph.D. at http://www.sixflextraining.com.

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