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Jean François Ménard

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Mental Performance Coach and Bestselling Author

Jean François Ménard is a highly sought-after expert in mental performance coaching. His clients are proven winners: Olympic gold medalists, Cirque du Soleil artists, Super Bowl and X Games champions, NHL superstars, surgeons, popstars, and corporate leaders. His speaking abilities are unparalleled. He attracts peoples’ attention with his captivating passion, noticeable authenticity and easy-to-use successful techniques. 

Keynote Speeches

Virtual Keynotes & Webinars
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Train Your Brain Like an Olympian

Olympic athletes need to deal with multiple distractions, manage their stress level and have robust self-confidence to deliver podium performances. Today’s corporate leaders need to do the same! Thriving at work and in life doesn’t need to happen by accident, there are teachable skills that can help you reach your potential. Let’s face it, being consistently great is easier said than done. The pressure to be on the mark is constantly present. Mental toughness is no longer simply an asset to perform at your best. It’s an absolute necessity. Find out what it takes to become a high performer at work and in life.

Key Takeaways: 

  • How to build an Olympic-inspired internal drive.
  • Performance techniques for high-pressure situations.
  • Mindsets for self-improvement.
Thriving in Uncertain Times
People with the right attitude are not only surviving in Covid times, they are thriving. Let’s face it; having an agile mindset and being open-minded to uncertainties have become necessary mental skills during this pandemic. The greatest minds know that if you change the way you look at things, the things you look at will change.  JF Menard knows all about it. His world-class clients deal with change all the time! Learn practical skills to enhance constructive perspectives and to build a solution-based mindset to deal with uncertainties and changes.
Key Takeaways:
  • Using an agile mindset in uncertain times
  • Maintaining focus within a distracted workplace.
  • Learning how to bounce back from setbacks.
  • Developing a robust self-confidence.
Add more S.E.N.S.E. in your life
It’s no secret anymore – those who have workdays that run at blazing speeds from tackling heavy workloads and living busy lifestyles are at risk of developing mental health issues. This keynote addresses this reality by offering practical, powerful and easy to use strategies to remain mentally healthy regardless how busy you are. J.F. Menard explains how talent and hard work is not enough to be your best: his superstar clients tap into their full potential from having S.E.N.S.E. (Sleep, Energy management, Nutrition, Stress management, Exercise) into their lives. Learn how you can add more SENSE into your life as well.    

Key Takeaways:
  • Learning how to be energetic all day
  • Using stress release techniques likes Olympians do 
  • Find out how to maximize rest and recovery
Developing a Winning Mindset

To become a champion, you must become a champion in your mind first. Easier said than done, right? The mind is made to think, so it’s normal to have an internal monologue that never stops. While some thoughts will be positive and constructive, others will be more negative and destructive. But be aware how you speak to yourself as your brain believes what it hears, not necessarily what’s true. What types of thoughts prevail in your mind? Are you able to control them? Are you good at giving yourself credit when you perform well or are you better at highlighting your mistakes?

Key Takeaways:

  • Finding out how to create a winning mindset
  • Learning practical skills to enhance constructive perspectives
  • Building a solution-based mindset
  • Discovering the power of enjoying what you do.
The Greatest Leaders Do Things DIFFERENTLY
The best leaders are lifelong learners. They embrace challenges and sharpen their skills purposefully. Over time, they find ways to evolve from being ordinary leaders to extraordinary leaders. We all know the best leaders are not born this way – they are made! These individuals are constantly followed by others and for good reason. They care about others, generate enthusiasm and support those who need it. The best leaders are masters of doing the small things right. Learn why great leaders act outside-the-box, have impact on others and find solutions in problematic situations.
Key Takeaways:
  • Strategies for dealing with energy vampires in your environment.
  • How to challenge the status quo and step out of the box.
  • Techniques to make your message stick.
Customized Presentations

Jean Francois also offers customized presentations on change management, optimizing energy levels, along with workshops on mental toughness, stress management and more. View a full list of his presentations here.

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Workshop | Train Your Brain
Where once these skills were reserved for Olympic and professional athletes, increasingly, workplace professionals who want to reach their own podium are enhancing these skills. Let’s face it, workplace environments have changed dramatically in recent years – higher demands and heavier workloads. Mental toughness is no longer simply an asset to perform at your best, it’s an absolute necessity. This experiential speech teaches the right mental skills to leave you energized, thinking clearly and making the right decisions – key components for getting a competitive advantage and ensuring team success!

Key Takeaways:

- Tools for building a robust self-belief. - How to bounce back positively from setbacks. - Calming strategies to use in the presence of pressure, stress and fear.

Audience reviews:

  • There was a lot of feedback about JF’s keynote. In fact, he probably got the most comments of all sessions. I haven’t found any negative ones, only positive. Just a few ones I saw: “Jean-François Ménard was so inspiring and definitely spoke to a mindset that everyone can apply in their own lives, both personal and professional - a very much appreciated session”; “I had not interacted in-person with many of my colleagues over the past 2.5 years. It was so satisfying to see them in person! The bookend speakers i.e. Shawn and Jean-François were PHENOMENAL!”; “La session l'Olympien au bureau a été excellent. Le conférencier a su capter l'attention durant toute la session et les exemples etaient très adaptés." and some more like that :). - Program Manager, Marketing, Financial Management Institute Of Canada (fmi*igf)
  • Jean-François was the hit of our conference!!! We did a short survey on our two half days of meetings and Jean-François has the highest score and the most remarks amongst the various activities and speakers. He was able to adapt his presentation perfectly to the audience of advisors and have a good blend and mix of athlete coaching vs business coaching. His message and various examples resonated with the team. From changing language for I to We or taking it one week at a time. In a period of difficult business markets on the mortgage side and market volatility on the investment side, he was able to give tips to both teams as well as optimism on how to perform in the future. Again, a big bravo to Jean-François! - Regional Vice President, Financial Planning, Investment and Retirement Planning, Quebec | Royal Bank of Canada

Speaker Biography

Jean François Ménard is widely recognized for his contributions to the field of performance psychology. While doing his PhD in Sports Psychology at the University of Ottawa, M. Ménard decided to run away with the circus, joining the world-famous entertainment company Cirque Du Soleil. In collaboration with a highly specialized multidisciplinary team, his mission was to coach circus artists the mental skills required to deal with pressure and perform at their best consistently, on demand, up to 450 times a year.
Five years later, he founded Kambio Performance, a company specialized in mental training and leadership coaching. He has since become one of the most sought-after mental performance specialists in the country, working with Canada’s top athletes such as Olympic gold medalists Scott Moir, Tessa Virtue, Mikael Kingsbury, Damian Warner, and Derek Drouin; Super Bowl champion Laurent Duvernay-Tardif; Xgames phenom Maxence Parrot. During the 2016/2018/2020 Olympic Games, his clients stepped on the podium eleven times: five golds, two silvers and four bronzes. His clients are also NHL superstars, surgeons, popstars, and corporate leaders. 
He is the bestselling author of ‘’Train Your Brain Like an Olympian’’, a radio personality, and an accomplished speaker who travels the globe to share his knowledge with top-performing organisations like NASA, Redbull, Western Union, FBI, Cisco, PepsiCo, SunLife Financial, Toronto BlueJays and Novartis.
M. Ménard’s speaking style is unique. His keynote speeches are always custom built according to your needs. His speeches educate, inspire and entertain small and large audiences of all disciplines on various topics related to performance psychology and leadership skills. The keynote speeches typically include innovative content, charismatic story-telling, thought-provoking video clips, and applied exercises. The ultimate goal is to offer in-depth educational experiences that is both experiential and interactive, where participants get to train practical and powerful skills that can be transferred easily in the workplace.  His train your brain approach provides practical strategies to help you pick up and keep any habit you’re trying to include in your life.