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Article in the Santa Barbara Independent: "Quieting the Limbic Lizard" by John Zant (opens in a new window) 


Great blog post by Coach Erin Carr about my presentation at the Healthy Running Conference here.

I frequently give presentations to schools, parenting groups, coaches, teams, and work groups.  My talks are fun, energetic, and based in the latest research.   Topics include:

  • Healthy youth sport participation

  • Specialization issues in youth sports

  • Boyhood and manhood

  • Values and performance at work

  • Peak performance under pressure


Upcoming Presentations

Past Presentations

Presentations About Youth Sports

Crystal Springs Uplands School Parent Group, Hillsborough, CA

Crystal Springs Uplands School Coaching Staff, Hillsborough, CA

La Entrada School, Menlo Park, CA

UCSB Human Resources Learn at Lunch

Menlo-Atherton High School, Menlo Park, CA

El Segundo School System, El Segundo, CA

Woodside High School, Woodside, CA

Crane Country Day School, Santa Barbara, CA

Prevail Conditioning, Santa Barbara, CA

Foothill Elementary School, Los Altos, CA

Sequoia High School, Redwood City, CA

California Association of Independent Schools, Oakland, CA

WBAL Athletic Directors, Menlo Park, CA

Presentations About Work and Life Fulfillment

Planet Labs, Inc., San Francisco, CA

UCEN Employees Group, University of California, Santa Barbara 

Santa Barbara Sunrise Rotary

Santa Barbara Rotary

Carpinteria Morning Rotary 

Carpinteria Rotary

Montecito Rotary

Presentations About Peak Athletic Performance

Healthy Running Conference: San Louis Obispo

FastForward Professional Triathlon Team, Santa Barbara, CA

UCSB Baseball, Santa Barbara, CA

Westmont Track and Field, Santa Barbara, CA

Team in Training, Santa Barbara, CA

UCSB Cycling, Santa Barbara, CA

UCSB Rugby, Santa Barbara, CA

Stanford Cycling, Stanford, CA

AltaVista Cycling Team, Palo Alto, CA

Solvang Triathlon Camps, Solvang, CA

Carmichael Training Systems, Santa Ynez, CA

Brawlin' Betties Roller Derby, Santa Barbara, CA

Rincon Tri Club, Ventura, CA

Hypercat Racing, Ventura, CA

GolfTec, Santa Barbara, CA

Transcend Racing, Thousand Oaks, CA

Santa Barbara Tri Club, Santa Barbara, CA

Santa Barbara Iron Team, Santa Barbara, CA

First Tee Golf Academy, Santa Barbara, CA

Big Sky Sport Psychology Group, Big Sky, MT

Presentations About Boys and Men

Santa Barbara Middle School, Santa Barbara, CA

Young Men's Service League, Redwood City, CA

Sequoia High School, Redwood City, CA

Woodside High School, Woodside, CA

Parenting Challenges Roundtable: Santa Barbara Middle School

Family Therapy Institute, Santa Barbara, CA

Hosford Clinic, UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA


With humor, wit, and compassion, Dr. Steve Smith's parent education presentations give parents what they need: straightforward, honest information about the realities of youth sports, backed up by cutting-edge research. With compelling stories from clients, youth, and professional athletes, Steve encourages parents to find the right balance between fun and competition--for kids at any age.

--Charlene Margot, Founder, The Parent Education Series