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learn truly original and powerful advanced and fundamental ideas 


explore ideas with both a scientific mind and artistic heart


apply the ideas immediately to your goals

OPI Talks

Original and powerful ideas to help your team discover and do amazing things. 

The ideas I share come from my long scientific mind, artistic heart career as a scientist, designer, consultant, executive educator, and business professor, in which I have created and adapted numerous original and powerful ideas.

Each idea I share around story, design, creativity, communication, psychology, and organizations are all big, powerful, and far-reaching in their impact, such that no matter who you are, expert or novicethey can help you

  • learn original and powerful ideas and competencies 

  • explore ideas with both a scientific mind and artistic heart

  • apply the ideas immediately to your goals


Technique: Goal Boards

 In many of my talks, we write your goals on two boards such that the talk takes place in the literal middle of your goals

This makes sure the Original & Powerful Ideas   are always applied directly to your goals

“Troy has the superpower to turn science into tools.”

Brad Robertson

Partner, On Your Feet

Brilliant research.”

Adam Grant

Author, Professor, Wharton 

"The session was just plain fun and engaging."

Pamela Kelly-Dockter

Product Owner, Intel Women's Leadership

Past OPI Talks​

Selected OPIs

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[View short visual slide overviews of OPIs here]   

Story Ideas

How to tell the most powerful, persuasive, and entertaining story structure of all time to win hearts and lead to authentic change

How to communicating the value of anything in business, life, and science

How to tell a big story through multiple, complimentary narratives

Design Ideas

A model for breaking norms and making amazing things

How to better begin everything

A model for designing amazing experiences inspired by what makes a great Disney ride

A guide to designing for and leading people in our oscillating metamodern world

A flexible model for designing and deciding anything based on how different stages of a process require different mindsets

Creativity Ideas

A way of seeing all the different shades of an idea, inspired by how Vincent van Gogh could paint with every shade of blue

A scientific exploration of the two words most fundamental to creativity, communication, and collaboration

How to deeply define and powerfully apply big ideas, academic knowledge, and design techniqes 

The power of writing lyrics for innovation, discovery, and communication

Psychology Books

Why people deny solvable problems

A model for reaching new and resistant audiences through the act of welcoming

Why what we feel about ourselves matters so much to what we enjoy

A guide to the most fundamental human bias and how to overcome it

The foundations for complete relationships in life and work

Business & Organizations Books

How to find the value you already have but cannot see

How and why people with adjacent expertises should come together more often

The importance of everyday learning, sharing, and creating experiences for building innovative people and organizations

An exploration of how many of today's new challenges are difficult because we never mastered certain fundamentals

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