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An ADHD Keynote Speaker who is inspiring and motivational! 

Across North America, at conferences and events, Rick Green has entertained and educated people about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

“An immensely successful comedian, producer and writer who seemed like he should have it all together, Rick Green could not understand why he constantly had trouble listening, paying attention and finishing projects.

It finally started to make sense to Rick when he was diagnosed as with adult ADHD.  Wanting to help others who are unaware that they are living with the same diagnosis, Rick created two groundbreaking documentaries: ADD & Loving It?! and ADD & Mastering It! as well as the award winning website TotallyADD.” – CAMH (Centre For Addiction & Mental Health)

Rick Green offers a range of live talks including keynote speeches, and workshops.

Rick Green’s Bio

Audiences Have Included:

  • The Ontario Paramedics Association
  • Cracking Up The Capital
  • Ontario Psychiatric Association
  • Schools and School Boards
  • Royal Mental Health Centre
  • The Learning Disabilities Association

Audiences Have Included:

  • International Conference on ADHD (CHADD & ADDA)
  • The Invictus Games
  • University of Washington
  • University of Waterloo
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Cornell College

Presentations can be tailored to your audience’s particular concerns or interests.  Rick has spoken to conferences for Epilepsy, Tourette, Learning Disabilities, and even Parole & Bail Supervisors!

Pricing varies, depending on the venue, audience, and which presentation you choose.

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Rick Green’s Presentations

Earning a Degree with ADHD


This presentation is designed for teachers, special education teachers, guidance counselors, clinicians, and anyone working with students who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Invisible Disabilities, Executive Function Disorders, or Learning Disabilities.

It’s also a powerful talk for students and parents, and can be tailored for students in high-school, college, or university.

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Creating Creativity: Finding Strengths in Invisible Disabilities:


Designed for Businesses; NGOs; Professional Associations; Students, Parents & Teachers, this presentation works well as a Keynote Address.

While this talk will empower anyone with an Invisible Disability, it will also empower any organization to maximize the productivity, natural strengths, and unique strengths of their members.  This includes financial institutions, corporations, public services, government, Not-For-Profits, manufacturers, unions, professional associations… any large organization that has a range of employees doing a variety of tasks.

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My Award Winning, Coast-to-Coast Mental Disorder


Ideal for Adults, Parents, Families, Teens, Partners – with ADHD or not.

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10 Myths Busted – 20 Tools That Work


Ideal for Families (ages 12 & up ), General public, Corporate, Adults, Students.

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Earning a Degree with ADHD


Comedian Rick Green shares his journey from a lonely, struggling student to award-winning advocate for everyone affected by this unique mindset.

Rick’s diagnosis in mid-life unleashes a tornado of emotions, launching him and his wife on an riotous roller coaster ride of calamities that becomes a crusade to change how the world sees ADHD.

Drawing upon the new paradigm of ‘Executive Function Disorders’, we see why ADHD sabotages the best efforts of students, adults, and educators.

Rick will talk about why a holistic, strength based approach, is crucial for students. And he’ll bust the bogus controversies that continue to haunt this Neurodevelopmental Disorder.

Drawing from interviews with 75 of the world’s top experts, as well as thousands of conversations with people of all ages, Rick offers a powerful and practical guide for students of all ages, parents, teachers, and school administrators.

The Core Take Aways:

  • Why the 18 symptoms traditionally used to diagnose ADHD are insufficient, missing key challenges of this disorder
  • Understanding ADHD as a difficulty with Executive Functions
  • A dozen common traits that impact schooling
  • Because ADHD is highly heritable, one or both parents may be struggling as well, which can double the challenges
  • 10 simple strategies for school, work, and around the house
  • 3 things to know about ADHD medication

Other topics can include:

  • The latest research on the causes, neurology, and genetics of ADHD
  • The evolving understanding of ADHD – from the 1700’s to now
  • The two main subtypes and gender differences
  • The overlap with other disorders (Depression, Anxiety, O.C.D., etc..)
  • How undiagnosed and untreated ADHD sabotages careers, families, and lives
  • Why ‘knowing’ is life changing – getting diagnosed is ‘Good News!’
  • 3 aspects of a proper diagnosis
  • 5 reasons for the ‘explosion in ADHD’
  • The emotional turmoil of getting diagnosed
  • The costs and benefits of ‘disclosing’
  • The top 5 challenges: Organizing Time and Stuff, Follow-Through, Restlessness, Long-Term Planning, and Sleep
  • Careers that work for folks with ADHD
  • The difference a Holistic, strength-based approach can make

Earning a Degree With ADHD can run from 55 to 90 minutes, followed by a Q&A session. 

At the Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario conference in August, 2017, the feedback from the 57 participants was unanimously positive. They rated the program as extremely valuable, easy to understand, and useful:

“Outstanding! Thank you for sharing”

“Excellent presentation with great real-world examples.”

“VERY engaging presenter and presentation. Loved his insight and delivery. Great messages – always beneficial to hear first-hand.”

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Creating Creativity: Finding Strengths in Invisible Disabilities:


Many people who have an Invisible Disability swear they are more creative. They firmly believe their ADHD, Dyslexia, or other ‘disorder’ makes them more intuitive, free-wheeling thinkers.

Is it true? What does the science say? Do Invisible Disabilities lead to more creativity?

What’s more, how do highly creative people produce brainstorm after another that leave most of us wondering, “Why didn’t I think of that?”

How are they able to turn blue-sky thinking into practical innovations? And is this a learnable skill? Can it be developed and honed?

Can we boost creativity in individuals and organizations? Can we access creativity in an ongoing way?

The answer is yes.

As comedy writer, producer, director and performer Rick Green demonstrates, creativity is a process, an attitude, and a muscle that can be improved and developed.

Participants will discover creativity is NOT a mysterious and magical gift possessed by a few avante-garde eccentrics, but a repeatable, scientifically-verified process.

This is great news because our world is changing in every way–seemingly every day. New challenges demand fresh solutions. What worked in the past is suddenly insufficient, obsolete, or even counter-productive.

We can feel big changes are coming, changes that demand creative solutions in business, government, education, industry, health care, the environment, and our pluralistic society.

Drawing upon his experience creating 700 episodes of radio and television, and scores of education programs, theatrical productions, books, articles, and cartoons, Rick will lead participants on several exercises where they will start to unleash their creativity alone, and with others.

These are practices that can be applied at work, at home, and in school.


  • Creativity can be applied to every area of life—from friendships to finances, at work or at play, around the house and at school
  • Creativity means being okay with uncertainty
  • 3 keys to creative collaboration: zero limits, much trust, and real freedom
  • Creativity is fragile: 5 crucial aspects of an environment that promotes creativity
  • Creativity starts with play. Playing with ideas, images, and words
  • 5 ways to harness lateral thinking and cross-disciplinary thinking
  • When is the time and place for creative thinking? When is the time edit, focus, and choose a specific solution?


  • 45 – 60 minutes
  • Ages 14 and up: Businesses; NGOs; Professional Associations; Students, Parents & Teachers,
  • Suggested Venues: Conference room, Theatre, Auditoriums
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My Award Winning, Coast-to-Coast Mental Disorder



Or 30 – 50 minute KEYNOTE ADDRESS

A lively and entertaining introduction to ADHD in adults and children.

Comedian Rick Green’s hilarious one-man show takes audiences through his childhood struggles, lonely adolescence, and a wild show-biz career that unexpectedly veers into the world of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

The tornado of emotions that erupts after being diagnosed at age 47 sends Rick and his wife on a roller-coaster ride of highs, lows, and unforeseen calamities that resolves into a crusade to transform how the world sees ADHD.

And then things really went crazy.

Key Messages:

  • Undiagnosed ADHD sabotages adults. Simply understanding how your mind works can be life changing. Knowledge is power.
  • Surviving the tornado of relief, regret, anger, sadness, and doubt that can derail your progress
  • Defeating the stigma, fear, confusion, and outright nonsense that people will throw at you.
  • The power of having a goal that is moving and inspiring.
  • The good news about ADHD. Things are changing for the better.
  • A dozen practices that work at home, at work, and at play.


  • 2 hours (Includes 15 min. intermission & 15 min. Q&A)
  • For Adults, Parents, Families, Teens, Partners – with ADHD or not
  • Suggested Venues: Theatre, Lecture Hall, or Auditorium
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“Okay, I know that ADHD is real.  I can see it is a sabotaging me. What can I do about it?”

Drawing upon the new paradigm for understanding ADHD as an issue with ‘Executive Functions’, this talk identifies the myriad ways this disorder sabotages people, and then offers practical, ADHD-Friendly strategies to manage, to master, and to avoid disaster.

While these strategies are particularly effective for people with ADHD, they can improve the productivity for anyone who has to manage their productivity, focus, follow-through, priorities, time, energy, and complex tasks. Also helpful for people who live with, work with, or parent, people with ADHD.

Filled with practical payoffs this solution-focused talk can be presented by Rick Green or Patrick McKenna.

The solutions and ideas can be tailored to different audiences: general public, families, college students, teachers & L.D. professionals, social workers, professional organizers, First Responders, and corporate clients.


  • 45 – 90 minutes
  • Ages 12 & up. Families, General public, Corporate, Adults, Students.
  • Suggested Venues: Conference Room, Theatre, Auditorium, Classroom, Lecture Hall
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About Our Speakers


After graduating with a BSC. in Physics, Rick Green created public programs for the Ontario Science Centre. In 1979 he became a full-time comedian, writing and performing in 700 episodes of television and radio.

Rick is the founder of the groundbreaking website TotallyADD.com, as well as the producer of two outstanding documentaries on adult ADHD: ADD & Loving It?! and ADD & Mastering It!

ADD & Loving It?! became a runaway hit on PBS earning critical acclaim, a New York Festivals award for Best Medical Documentary, and kudos from educators, coaches, doctors, and adults affected by Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD).

Since then, Rick and his wife Ava have interviewed 75 of the world’s leading ADHD experts, and produced 16 full-length videos on every aspect of ADHD, including an epic, 5 video series, ADD Medication: Straight Answers to Big Questions.

With a gift for blending information and humor, Rick is also well known for his television series History Bites; the alternative fiction literacy series Prisoners of Gravity; the long-running comedy series The Red Green Show; and for The Frantics comedy troupe.

A frequent public speaker and advocate for adults with ADHD, Rick has been honored as one of The University of Waterloo’s Top 50 Science Graduates, he has received the prestigious Order of Ontario, and recently he was proud to be appointed to The Order of Canada.


Actor Patrick McKenna may be best known for his fifteen years of television work portraying Red Green’s nerdy techno geek nephew Harold, – but it’s his work on the award winning Documentary “ADD and Loving it” that brings Patrick the most satisfaction.

It was during the filming of the documentary that McKenna was “officially” diagnosed with ADHD (verses the endless family and friends rants, name calling and law suits that inferred it). He then agreed to try a prescribed medication and some life style changes that might help propel his relationships, career and driving record into a more positive direction.

Since that time McKenna has been using his hilarious ADD experiences and perspective to tour Universities, conferences and PBS stations throughout North America touting and promoting the benefits of ADHD testing in children and adults.

As McKenna notes, “Its never too late to find out what makes you fantastic!