Catherine Price

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  • Author of How to Break Up With Your Phone and The Power of Fun: How to Feel Alive Again
  • Award-Winning Journalist
  • Time Management Expert
  • Founder of ScreenLifeBalance.com



Hailed in The New York Times as "the Marie Kondo of brains," Catherine Price is an award-winning science journalist, speaker, and author of How to Break Up With Your Phone: The 30-Day Plan to Take Back Your Life (Ten Speed Press), among other books. Her newest book, The Power of Fun: How to Feel Alive Again (Dial Press) will be released in December 2021. As a speaker, consultant and workshop leader, Catherine helps individuals and organizations create healthier personal and professional relationships with their phones (and other devices), and establish best practices to encourage creativity, productivity and mental health. In other words, she helps people scroll less, live more, and have fun. 

How to Break Up With Your Phone has been published in 30 countries and featured in scores of high-profile media outlets around the world, including NPR, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, Time Magazine, Wired, Vox, Refinery29, BBC World News Service, and many others. A New York Times article about Catherine and her 30-day program titled " Do Not Disturb: How I Ditched My Phone and Unbroke My Brain,” went viral, receiving more than 2 million hits in less than a week. 

Catherine is also the creator and founder of Screen/Life Balance, which is dedicated to helping people learn how to scroll less and live more. Screen/Life Balance is part of Catherine’s continued mission to create evidence-backed resources to help people around the world design lives in which they control their technology, rather than the other way around—with the ultimate goal of increasing happiness, productivity, creativity, health and wellbeing. 

Catherine speaks, consults, and leads workshops on how individuals and corporations can set better boundaries with — and best practices for — their devices in order to maximize creativity and productivity, improve mental health and brain function, reduce burnout, spend more time doing the things that actually matter to them...and have more fun! Her engagements can be customized based on audience size and area of interest, but they are always compelling and actionable, chock-full of what Catherine calls "science-backed self-help."

 

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Catherine was such an engaging expert speaker for our recent Hyatt Virtual Wellbeing Retreat. Guided by our company purpose to care for people so they can be their best, it was important for us to team up with speakers who share our values – making Catherine a natural add to the program. Catherine’s session on digital detox and emotional wellbeing was incredibly insightful and well received by attendees.

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Catherine Price
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  • Anheuser Busch
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  • Yale University
  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Fortune Brainstorm Health
  • ISC(2)
  • TNW (The Next Web)
  • Colorado Community Health Network
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Workshop: How to Break Up With Your Phone, Achieve Screen/Life Balance and Have More Fun

Looking for an event that will both inspire attendees and offer them practical strategies that will reduce their stress and help them lead happier and healthier lives? Want to achieve better screen/life balance AND have more fun? Catherine Price, founder of Screen/Life Balance and author of How to B ...

Looking for an event that will both inspire attendees and offer them practical strategies that will reduce their stress and help them lead happier and healthier lives? Want to achieve better screen/life balance AND have more fun?

Catherine Price, founder of Screen/Life Balance and author of How to Break Up With Your Phone and The Power of Fun, offers a 2-part workshop specifically designed to help audiences spend less time staring at their screens and more time doing things they enjoy. This customizable workshop (which can be booked as two sessions or one longer session) is presented as an hour-long talk followed by an interactive follow-up session. This two-part format allows audiences to put Catherine's strategies into practice in real time, so that they can create—and solidify—healthier habits in a way not usually achieved in a regular talk format. She is open to combine this two-part series as a one-time, longer workshop.

To complement the talk, HWA can facilitate a bulk purchase of How to Break Up With Your Phone and/or The Power of Fun to be distributed to your employees not only as a memento of the event, but also as tools to hone these shared skills across your organization. Catherine, who specializes in what she refers to as "science-based self-help," also has numerous additional resources that can be offered to talk attendees to help them improve their screen/life balance and have more fun, including a discount for her online courses, a guide for a 3-day "phone breakup challenge" (a fun team-building activity!), a phone breakup conversation-starting kit, and a "Fun Toolkit" that's designed to help people build more fun into their lives. 

The Power of Fun: How to Feel Alive*

In this talk, Catherine breaks down the ideas from her newest book, The Power of Fun: How to Feel Alive Again (2021, The Dial Press) and reveals why, far from being frivolous, fun is an absolutely essential aspect of a productive, happy, and joyful life. She takes audiences through the definition of ...

In this talk, Catherine breaks down the ideas from her newest book, The Power of Fun: How to Feel Alive Again (2021, The Dial Press) and reveals why, far from being frivolous, fun is an absolutely essential aspect of a productive, happy, and joyful life. She takes audiences through the definition of what she calls "True Fun," explains why fun is so misunderstood (and what differentiates it from Fake Fun), and uses her background as a science journalist to make a compelling case for how fun can dramatically improve our mental, physical and emotional health—all while making us more creative, productive, resilient, mindful, and energetic. 

She then walks the audience through the process of figuring out their own personal "fun magnets," and introduces an acronym she created, called SPARK, that they can use to make more space in their schedules (and minds) and bring more fun into everyday life. Fun can feel like magic, but in reality, we all have the ability to attract more fun; we just need to be convinced that it's a priority and have someone show us how to do so, without making us feel even busier and more overwhelmed. With Catherine as their guide, audiences will leave the talk convinced that If we make fun a priority, we will be happier; we will be healthier, and we will feel more alive—and they'll have a practical plan for how to do so, starting today. 

To complement the talk, HWA can facilitate a bulk purchase of How to Break Up With Your Phone and/or The Power of Fun to be distributed to your employees not only as a memento of the event, but also as tools to hone these shared skills across your organization. Catherine, who specializes in what she refers to as "science-based self-help," also has numerous additional resources that can be offered to talk attendees to help them improve their screen/life balance and have more fun, including a discount for her online courses, a guide for a 3-day "phone breakup challenge" (a fun team-building activity!), a phone breakup conversation-starting kit, and a "Fun Toolkit" that's designed to help people build more fun into their lives.

*While this talk can be a standalone offering, it is also a natural follow-up to Catherine's presentation, "How to Break Up With Your Phone."

How To Break Up With Your Phone

Is your phone the first thing you reach for in the morning and the last thing you touch before bed? Do you frequently pick it up “just to check,” only to look up 45 minutes later wondering where the time has gone? Do you say you want to spend less time on your phone—but have no idea how to do so wit ...

Is your phone the first thing you reach for in the morning and the last thing you touch before bed? Do you frequently pick it up “just to check,” only to look up 45 minutes later wondering where the time has gone? Do you say you want to spend less time on your phone—but have no idea how to do so without giving it up completely? Research shows that the time we spend on our smartphones is changing our brains in ways that interfere with our sleep, self-esteem, relationships, memory, attention spans, creativity, productivity and problem-solving and decision-making skills. This has negative effects on both our personal and professional lives. In this talk, based on her book, How to Break Up With Your Phone, Catherine reveals the way in which our phones and devices are designed to addict us. She explains how the time we spend on our phones is affecting our creativity, productivity, and relationships, physical and mental health. She then provides practical, hands-on solutions and strategies to help break the addictive cycle and establish a healthy relationship with your phone. This talk—which can also be presented as a hands-on workshop— is relevant for a wide range of audiences and events, including business leaders, corporate events, education nights, students, and wellness experts. Note: Catherine is not “anti-tech.” The goal of the talk is to help people keep what they love about their phones and get rid of or minimize what they don’t.

To complement the talk, HWA can facilitate a bulk purchase of How to Break Up With Your Phone and/or The Power of Fun to be distributed to your employees not only as a memento of the event, but also as tools to hone these shared skills across your organization. Catherine, who specializes in what she refers to as "science-based self-help," also has numerous additional resources that can be offered to talk attendees to help them improve their screen/life balance and have more fun, including a discount for her online courses, a guide for a 3-day "phone breakup challenge" (a fun team-building activity!), a phone breakup conversation-starting kit, and a "Fun Toolkit" that's designed to help people build more fun into their lives.

Screen/Life Balance is the New Work/Life Balance

If you add up the hours you spend each day interacting with your phone, tablet, laptop, desktop or television, you may realize that you’re spending the majority of your waking life staring at a screen. Sure, much of this screen time is essential, even enjoyable. But there are a lot of other times wh ...

If you add up the hours you spend each day interacting with your phone, tablet, laptop, desktop or television, you may realize that you’re spending the majority of your waking life staring at a screen. Sure, much of this screen time is essential, even enjoyable. But there are a lot of other times when our screens reduce our productivity and distract us from things that are truly important to us—whether it’s our work, the people we love, or the activities that bring us meaning and joy. In this talk, suitable for a broad range of audiences, Catherine explains the concept of Screen/Life Balance a term that she coined to refer to the practice of creating a healthy, productive, happy balance between on-screen and off-screen life. She reveals why Screen/Life Balance is essential for our productivity, creativity, careers, relationships, happiness and long-term physical and mental health. She then gives customized suggestions for how to help the audience figure out—and achieve—a personalized and professional Screen/Life Balance.

To complement the talk, HWA can facilitate a bulk purchase of How to Break Up With Your Phone and/or The Power of Fun to be distributed to your employees not only as a memento of the event, but also as tools to hone these shared skills across your organization. Catherine, who specializes in what she refers to as "science-based self-help," also has numerous additional resources that can be offered to talk attendees to help them improve their screen/life balance and have more fun, including a discount for her online courses, a guide for a 3-day "phone breakup challenge" (a fun team-building activity!), a phone breakup conversation-starting kit, and a "Fun Toolkit" that's designed to help people build more fun into their lives.

“Vitamania”: The Strange and Surprising Story of Nutrition’s Most Powerful Word

Everyone is familiar with vitamins – many of us have taken them since we were children, after all, and marketers often use the presence of vitamins as proof of the nutritional quality of their products. But what, exactly, is a vitamin? Where did the word come from? Does the presence of vitamins mean ...

Everyone is familiar with vitamins – many of us have taken them since we were children, after all, and marketers often use the presence of vitamins as proof of the nutritional quality of their products. But what, exactly, is a vitamin? Where did the word come from? Does the presence of vitamins mean that something is healthy? And how has the word’s popularity affected our overall approach toward food? In this talk, which is suitable both for the public and for nutrition- and health-related professional conferences and educational settings, Price argues that, as both individuals and a society, we’ve been seduced by a word. She reveals the fascinating history of the word “vitamin,” including its surprisingly recent coinage (it was made up in 1911 by a Polish biochemist named Casimir Funk), its early use by food marketers, and the many ways it is used to manipulate our buying choices today. Along the way, she demonstrates how we’ve come to associate vitamins with near magical powers, and how, despite having no precise scientific definition, the word “vitamin” laid the foundations for our current detail-obsessed philosophy toward nutrition. She also reveals how “vitamin” has been brilliantly used by marketers and the supplement industry to come to stand in for the much larger category of dietary supplements – leading to a regulatory situation that both threatens the public’s health and defies common sense.

How to Talk So Your Patients Will Listen and Listen So Your Patients Will Talk

Medical professionals who deal with diabetes – whether they’re primary care doctors, endocrinologists, nutritionists, dieticians or certified diabetes educators – are all devoted to improving the lives of their patients. And yet there is often a profound disconnect between caregivers and their patie ...

Medical professionals who deal with diabetes – whether they’re primary care doctors, endocrinologists, nutritionists, dieticians or certified diabetes educators – are all devoted to improving the lives of their patients. And yet there is often a profound disconnect between caregivers and their patients, with the caregiver feeling as if the patient is ignoring his or her advice, and the patient feeling discouraged, frustrated and ashamed. In this talk, Catherine calls upon her background as a science journalist and her experience living with Type 1 diabetes (with which she was diagnosed in 2001) to explore why this happens—and how it can be stopped.

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<p>Catherine Price: How The Power of Fun Can Change Your Life</p>

Catherine Price: How The Power of Fun Can Change Your Life

When was the last time you felt exhilarated and lighthearted? When was the last time you were engaged, focused, connected, and completely present? When was the last time you felt fully alive? When was the last time that—in other words—you had fun? 

CATHERINE PRICE, author of How to Break Up with Your Phone and her most recent book, The Power of Fun, makes the case that True Fun—which she defines as the magical confluence of playfulness, connection, and flow—is absolutely essential for a well lived and joyful life. If you use True Fun as your compass, you will be happier and healthier. You will be more productive, less resentful, and less stressed. You will have more energy. You will find community and a sense of purpose. You will stop languishing and start flourishing. And best of all? You’ll enjoy the process. Price shares with audiences how our always-on, tech-addicted lifestyles have led us to obsess over intangible concepts such as happiness while obscuring the fact that real happiness lies in the everyday experience of fun. We often think of fun as indulgent, even immature and selfish. We claim to not have time for it, even as we find hours a day for what Price calls Fake Fun—bingeing on television, doomscrolling the news, or posting photos to social media, all in hopes of filling some of the emptiness we feel inside. 

Weaving together scientific research with personal experience, she reveals the surprising mental, physical, and cognitive benefits of fun, and offers a practical plan for how we can achieve better screen/life balance and attract more True Fun into our daily lives—without feeling overwhelmed. 

Groundbreaking, eye-opening, and packed with useful advice, Price’s talk on The Power of Fun won’t just change the way you think about fun. It will bring you back to life.  

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<p><span>Workshop: How to Break Up With Your Phone, Achieve Screen/Life Balance and Have More Fun</span></p>

Workshop: How to Break Up With Your Phone, Achieve Screen/Life Balance and Have More Fun

Looking for an event that will both inspire attendees and offer them practical strategies that will reduce their stress and help them lead happier and healthier lives? Want to achieve better screen/life balance AND have more fun?

CATHERINE PRICE, founder of Screen/Life Balance and author of How to Break Up With Your Phone and The Power of Fun, offers a 2-part workshop specifically designed to help audiences spend less time staring at their screens and more time doing things they enjoy. This customizable workshop (which can be booked as two sessions or one longer session) is presented as an hour-long talk followed by an interactive follow-up session. This two-part format allows audiences to put Catherine's strategies into practice in real time, so that they can create—and solidify—healthier habits in a way not usually achieved in a regular talk format.  

In her initial session, Price teaches audiences the concept of screen/life balance (a term that she coined) and why this balance is essential for our productivity, creativity, careers, relationships, happiness, and physical and mental health. 

In her follow-up session, Catherine gives customized, evidence-backed suggestions for how to put the information from her talk into action, so that audience members can achieve better personal and professional screen/life balance and have more fun. Price also explains how participants can channel their reclaimed time into activities that make them more creative, productive, resilient, mindful, and energetic, improve their mental, physical and emotional health, and make them feel more alive.

This two-part series is particularly great offering for clients looking to give a gift to their employees or customers that will actually make a difference in their lives.  Catherine is happy to customize it based on your needs. She is open to combine this two-part series as a one-time, longer workshop.

To complement the talk, HWA can facilitate a bulk purchase of How to Break Up With Your Phone and/or The Power of Fun to be distributed to your employees not only as a memento of the event, but also as tools to hone these shared skills across your organization. Catherine, who specializes in what she refers to as "science-based self-help," also has numerous additional resources that can be offered to talk attendees to help them improve their screen/life balance and have more fun, including a discount for her online courses, a guide for a 3-day "phone breakup challenge" (a fun team-building activity!), a phone breakup conversation-starting kit, and a "Fun Toolkit" that's designed to help people build more fun into their lives. 

<p>Speaker Spotlight: Catherine Price helps people scroll less, live more, and have fun</p>

Speaker Spotlight: Catherine Price helps people scroll less, live more, and have fun

Hailed in The New York Times as "the Marie Kondo of brains," CATHERINE PRICE is an award-winning science journalist, speaker, and author of How to Break Up With Your Phone: The 30-Day Plan to Take Back Your Life and The Power of Fun: How to Feel Alive Again. As a speaker, consultant and workshop leader, she helps individuals and organizations create healthier personal and professional relationships with their phones (and other devices), and establish best practices to encourage creativity, productivity and mental health. In other words, she helps people scroll less, live more, and have fun.

Her engagements can be customized based on audience size and area of interest, but they are always compelling and actionable, chock-full of what Catherine calls "science-backed self-help." Sought out to speak everywhere from SXSW to Fortune, Catherine receives out-of-this-world reviews, such as: "A very enlightening and thought-provoking discussion that may even prove to be life-changing." (San Francisco Giants); "Catherine’s talk has been one of the most well received we’ve ever had. Not only is she an engaging speaker, but she’s insightful, and will have you thinking about the concepts she touches on for months..." (Livongo Health)

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Hailed in The New York Times as "the Marie Kondo of brains," Catherine Price is an award-winning science journalist, speaker, and author of How to Break Up With Your Phone: The 30-Day Plan to Take Back Your Life (Ten Speed Press), among other books. Her newest book, The Power of Fun: How to Feel Alive Again (Dial Press) will be released in December 2021. As a speaker, consultant and workshop leader, she helps individuals and organizations create healthier personal and professional relationships with their phones (and other devices), and establish best practices to encourage creativity, productivity and mental health. In other words, she helps people scroll less, live more, and have fun. 

How to Break Up With Your Phone has been published in 30 countries and featured in scores of high-profile media outlets around the world, including NPR, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, Time Magazine, Wired, Vox, Refinery29, BBC World News Service, and many others. A New York Times article about Catherine and her 30-day program titled " Do Not Disturb: How I Ditched My Phone and Unbroke My Brain,” went viral, receiving more than 2 million hits in less than a week. The article remained at the #1 slot for most-popular, most-emailed and most-shared for more than four days and was the #27 most-read article published by the New York Times in all of 2019.

Catherine is also the creator and founder of Screen/Life Balance, which is dedicated to helping people learn how to scroll less and live more. Screen/Life Balance is part of Catherine’s continued mission to create evidence-backed resources to help people around the world design lives in which they control their technology, rather than the other way around—with the ultimate goal of increasing happiness, productivity, creativity, health and wellbeing. 

Catherine speaks, consults, and leads workshops on how individuals and corporations can set better boundaries with — and best practices for — their devices in order to maximize creativity and productivity, improve mental health and brain function, reduce burnout, spend more time doing the things that actually matter to them...and have more fun! Her engagements can be customized based on audience size and area of interest, but they are always compelling and actionable, chock-full of what Catherine calls "science-backed self-help."

To learn more about Catherine and her other books and journalistic work, please visit CatherinePrice.com.