The Science of Resilience

The session will benefit individuals dealing with their own personal challenges in relation to changes in routine, challenges to their ‘norm’ and coping with their own personal uncertainties as well.  It has one eye focused upon the current situation and the challenges and issues that it brings. 

This session is open to all those currently working in any area of unscripted TV.

Study after study has shown that resilience is not just A, but THE key ingredient in achieving success - both individually and collectively.  Resilience is usually described as the ability to cope with challenges or overcome hurdles.  This is only a small part of this vital trait.  Resilience is a much wider quality that helps us to achieve goals, maintain motivation, willpower and more.  It also shapes our emotional state, which is key in driving our performance day-by-day.  It’s even proven to make us ‘happier’. 

The session will explore the fascinating topic of cognitive neuroscience to help understand the role of the brain, our mindset and cognition. It will then focus on the different tools and strategies that can be used  to apply this knowledge.  This is science telling us how to pragmatically build resilience and mental strength.


Simon Clarkson is a respected programme deliverer and accomplished keynote speaker, with extensive experience of working within the production industry; including the BBC, Fremantle and Endemol Shine. He also works across elite professional sport including with Olympians and F1 teams to Premiership Rugby and Premier League Football.  

Simon’s style is one of ‘pragmatic inspiration’, generating energy with the substance and understanding to back it up and sustain it.  Simon has delivered programmes on subjects from the Psychology of High Performance, Leadership, Change, Winning Teams and Cultures to Innovative Thinking, Sales and Negotiation.

This event is supported by the ScreenSkills Television Skills Fund which invests in training for the freelance television workforce thanks to contributions from the BBC, Channel 4, ITV and Channel 5.

It is part of a ScreenSkills programme to support freelancers to upskill and stay connected, helping keep the industry resilient in these difficult times. 

This session will take place online via Zoom. Click ‘apply for ticket’ and follow the instructions to apply for your place: you must login or register before you are able to complete your application.



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