Top 20 Topics

Our most popular topics

Some of our training topics are listed below. Those listed are the most common we present but are only a portion of our total topic areas.

In each session, the Top 20 Trainers will lead an audience through an interactive and high-energy presentation filled with personal stories and teaching tips on how to make Top 20 Training concepts come alive in your life and your classroom.


Living Above and Below the Line

Focuses on becoming aware of our thinking so we know when it is working in our best interest and when it is not working in our best interest.

Knowing How to See Things Differently: The Frame

Examines why we are getting the results we are getting out of life, the power of curiosity, our tendency to blame because we need to be right, and strategies for seeing things differently.

Learning from Mistakes and Moving Outside Our Comfort Zone

Identifies messages received, beliefs we’ve formed when we made a mistake, and effective ways of responding to our own mistakes and the mistakes of others.

Creating a Culture of Safety and Trust

Creating a Culture of Safety and Trust
Presents four components necessary for a highly effective culture: helping others succeed, communicating ‘You Matter,’ honoring the absent and owning problems.

Keeping Stupid in the Box: Eliminating Roadblocks for Success

Explores situations that cause feelings of ‘not good enough’ or ‘not smart enough’ and what we can do to minimize the negative impact these feelings have on learning and human development.

Engaging Disengaged Students

Examines the causes for student disengagement in school and how we can minimize their negative effect.

Sending Messages That Foster Potential Activating Beliefs

Sending Messages That Foster Potential Activating Beliefs
Examines the influence messages have on forming self-limiting beliefs, three laws of belief, and a process for reducing the negative impact of potential-limiting beliefs.

Focusing and Listening in the Zone

Identifies five levels of listening and techniques for being more focused and staying in the Zone.

Reducing Negativity: Eliminating Thought Circles and Tornadoes

Provides awareness and means for reducing negativity in our thinking and social conversations.

Resolving Conflict Heart-to-Heart

Presents a new way to see conflict, strategies for making conflict situations productive for all involved, and a process for preparing for effective conflict resolution.

Creating Safe Connections That Foster Student Engagement

Considers how classroom processes engage or disengage students and provides specific activities for enhancing engagement.

Leading from the Inside Out

Focuses on our individual mission, purpose and values, the conditions that get us off track, and how we can keep our main thing the main thing.

Additional Topics

More topics that can be covered in training seminars, as well as in Top 20 books include:

  • Stages of Potential and the 80/20 Rule
  • A New Formula for Success: S = IQ x EQ
  • Relevancy in School: Developing Star Qualities
  • Realizations: In the Moment and After the Fact
  • Roadblocks to Success: Boredom, Procrastination
  • Nonverbals: What We’re Saying When We’re Not Saying Anything
  • Classroom Processes: Affirmation and Conflict Circles
  • Becoming: Quest for True Self
  • Leadership: Creating Value for Others
  • Formats + Classroom Application


Pricing for training is determined by: length of presentation (keynote, half-day, full day, multiple days), travel expenses, and number of trainers. For more information, call 651-308-4876 or email us at

Our Mission

Top 20’s primary goal is to revolutionize education in America by helping students become more engaged in school and providing teachers with a new way of seeing themselves as relevant educators in the 21st century.

In addition, because it uses common language, easily understood concepts and practical tools for dealing with everyday situations and problems, Top 20 can have a profoundly positive effect on any organization, from business to government to healthcare, enhancing relationships and experiences for all.

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