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The Optimism Workshop


The Centre for Optimism is predominantly about helping you find what makes you optimistic and how to be more infectiously optimistic.   

The Optimism Workshop is about helping find out what makes your team optimistic and helping your team to work out what makes them optimistic.

It will help you deliver positive leadership, better strategy, and stronger innovation and build a braver more resilient culture.

What does the Workshop Look Like?

Typically, the program is exuberant and led by our founder Victor Perton.  We guarantee people will leave singing or laughing.

  • Humourous engaging opening
  • Three things to remember;
  • What is optimism?
  • The Why of Optimism
    • Health
    • Relationships
    • Leadership
    • Strategy
    • Innovation
    • Resilience
  • Exploring the Optimism in the Room
  • Some Habits of an Optimist
    • Smile like an Optimist
    • Laugh like an Optimist
    • Greet like an Optimist
    • Reduce your bad "news" consumption
    • Gratitude Practices

The Optimism Workshop has run successfully in corporations, NGOs, Government Departments, universities, MBA courses, schools, leadership retreats, prisons,  NGOs, and meditation retreats. We have shared this joy with organisations like CSL, Amadeus, Epworth Health, Deakin University, Victoria University, Australia Post and, World Commerce and Contracting, Rotary, Probus and Dementia Australia.  The numbers have varied from a roundtable of ten to a conference session of 600.  

We are very experienced at delivering via online videoconferencing platforms with our preference being Zoom.

​Depending on the numbers and what you want, the workshop can take between 40 minutes and all day. 

Adding the "My Best Self" Exercise which takes around 15 minutes has been very popular in schools and chambers of commerce.

Meditation is popular too.  

Taking home "Optimism: The How and Why" in hardback, paperback or kindle has also proved to create an ongoing benefit.

So too our Gratitude Journal "The Optimist's Gratitude Journal: 100 days to share and develop your gratitude"



Everyone finds using our 5-minute survey on "What makes you Optimistic?" a really useful preparation.  We will prepare a report comparing the starting optimism in the room with our global research findings.

Many people enjoy preparing with the "Habits of an Optimist" animated course.  This is often a family affair,

What comes Next?  Continuing the infectious Optimism...

After the program, there's usually a natural or planned grouping of the optimists who continue to meet, develop activities and may become brand ambassadors internally and externally. 

Many become members and subscribers to The Centre for Optimism to get updates and a daily dose of optimism.

A useful activity before or after the workshop is to collect answers to the question "What makes you Optimistic?"  The expressions of optimism can be captured for continued inspiration in book form or for multimedia.

There's a micro-credential that is very popular in "The Habits of an Optimist" which features expert content in an amusing animated form.  It takes around an hour for a lifetime of optimism.

Follow Up Sessions on positive communications and media performance may be delivered by communications expert Robert Masters. 

We also have a new program called Beacons of Optimism where we work with you to identify and transform self and peer-identified optimists from your ecosystem into brand advocates. Capturing their stories of optimism into engaging case studies and co-creating a communications plan to spread and embed infectiously realistic optimism in your culture to the world. 

There are also optimism workshops for optimistic leadership, strategy and innovation.

We recommend every 3 months, executive and team meetings start with the question, "What makes you Optimistic?

We recommend a follow-up Workshop every 6-12 months.




The cost for the workshop is $2000 for corporations and government departments, $500 for small businesses, for schools and community groups and free for those who need it free.  (Plus Travel Expenses where applicable)

What comes next packages will be tailored according to your needs.

Some Feedback

"I attended your Optimists in Lockdown Workshop: Optimism the Why and How yesterday and I thought it was fabulous.  I had a meeting directly after your session and the person I spoke with said that I was glowing for that time of the day. I obviously shared that I had just finished the workshop and I loved every minute of it"

"Thank you for making me so optimistic tonight! I was suffering from US road trip fatigue, but who the hell has time to complain about that when there is so much to be optimistic about in this non-lockdown world"



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