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Bright to brilliant

Case studies for revealing brilliance and getting out of the way

For parents, teachers, and others who help reveal brilliance in bright children

Hosted by Australian Mensa

Presented by gifted coach, Alan D. Thompson (Life Architect)

(This is an extended version of a presentation Alan will be giving at the 2015 International Conference on Giftedness and Talent Development in Brisbane in March 2015)

This talk will focus on the practice of revealing brilliance in gifted children. Featuring case studies from clients in North America, Belarus, and right here in Australia (across a broad range of cultures), Alan will speak on effectiveness in education and parenting for gifted children, as well as new tools available for allowing bright kids to create something brilliant.

High capacity does not indicate high performance.

Psychologists can provide testing to determine high IQ (brightness). Teachers can provide standard education. How can we complement this to help reveal brilliance?

Learn how Life Architect serves some of the brightest minds on the planet. Gifted families—children of at least nine years old and their parents—and high achievers (of any age) experience practical results in creating extraordinary lives. From synaesthetes (children who map colours to concepts), to musical prodigies, to “ceiling-smashers”, clients experience life-changing shifts: increased self-awareness and self-confidence, improved school results, and new expression in communication.

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Alan D. Thompson is widely regarded as one of the world's foremost gifted coaches.

He specialises in working with high achievers and is an expert on brilliant performance in the arena of life.

Having spent over a decade as a sound designer to high performing celebrities, Alan was a part of the creative and technical teams behind the largest international events on the planet (Red Bull Air Race, Christmas at the Sydney Opera House, Taipei Dome). He has worked with many high performing young stars, including the Australian Billy Elliot, Nikki Webster, and the cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats in Asia.

His coaching practice, Life Architect, is based in Perth, Australia, helping clients to come alive by realising their capacity and aligning with their vision for their own lives. He is an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation, working and training extensively through Singapore, Hong Kong, USA, and China. He is also a gifted children’s coordinator for Australian Mensa.

Alan has published several works, including the books Best: A practical guide to living your best life and Welcome: Stories to wake up to.

Alan currently lives in Perth, Western Australia. 

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