How Not to Get Chased By a Bear | Ryan Foland | TEDxUNLV

Have you ever been chased by a bear? How about an imaginary bear? Your body’s instinct to stay alive is intended to be good for you, but sometimes it can cause trouble. Our brains work a delicate balance to keep us out of danger and free of disease. Understanding how your body reacts to stress is vital for people who lead busy and extreme lives. Being aware of the cogs and gears within your involuntary responses helps you live a happier and healthier life. Ryan Foland coaches leaders on the art of simplifying their words for greater impact. Holding degrees in economics, business, and the dramatic arts, Ryan Foland brings a dynamic perspective to business strategy. A writer, speaker, Toastmaster and emcee, Ryan’s communication theories have been featured in TechDayNews, Inc., Entrepreneur, and Huffington Post. Ryan works for the University of California, Irvine where he oversees communications for 27 divisions on campus. In addition his company InfluenceTree, helps people learn how to develop and grow their personal and business brands. Learn more at This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at