Vera Jo Bustos, MA
Improve Student & Staff Outcomes Through Performance Psychology
- Mental Health
- School Culture
- Grade 6-12 Students
- College Students
- Educators & Staff
Fee Range: $3K-5KInvite Vera Jo
• 3X College All-American Player (Basketball)
• Former University Basketball Coach
• Mental Performance Coach
Vera Jo Bustos is a mental performance coach specializing in helping students, educators, and coaches improve their performance through the mental game.
She received her BA in Exercise Science, BA in Sports Psychology, and MA in Human Performance from Adams State University.
She has worked with professional athletes, coaches, veterans, surgeons, businesses, and business professionals. A highly sought-after speaker, she travels the country inspiring, motivating, and teaching the mental game to athletes, high-performers, teams, and coaches—of all ages, ability levels, and sports—at conferences, conventions, workshops, school assemblies, and 1-on-1 trainings.
Vera Jo worked as an assistant basketball coach at Western Colorado University for two years and spent five years on the coaching staff at The University of New Mexico. Since 2012, she has implemented her knowledge of performance psychology by training the athletes at WCU and UNM on the mental game.
Previously, Bustos had a celebrated basketball career at Adams State University (2007-11). A 3x College All-American, 2x All-Region First Team, 4x All-RMAC First Team, Player of the Year, and Freshman of the Year selection, Bustos helped lead ASU to two consecutive NCAA Tournament berths and made it to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen for the first time in school history. Her storied career led to a Hall of Fame induction in 2019—making ASU history once again—as one of the youngest inductees in school history at 30.
How powerful would our world be if we had students who were not afraid to take risks? Who were not afraid to try, not afraid to fail, not afraid to go after the dreams they hold within their hearts?
That’s where you come in as an educator—a superhero.
You’re not just their teacher. You’re often the person they need to believe in them so they can begin to believe in themselves, too.
The defining moments you create daily with your students become intricate pieces of their life—their success. More than being around someone successful, we all crave to be around someone who makes us feel special.
Those simple moments of touching a student’s heart often become the transformational key to unlocking the greatness within them.
This is not a motivational pep talk but a highly informational and inspirational keynote that leverages real-life enlightening and encouraging stories to inspire your audience to unleash their superpower.
No message will ever capture the hearts of teachers and educators like this powerful and engaging keynote.
- Lead and connect with every student.
- Communicate more effectively with all personality types.
- Bring out the highest potential in their students.
- Find inspiration to touch every student’s heart with the power of One Defining Moment.
Coaching the mental game is for coaches of all sports that will help them effectively understand the athlete’s mental makeup and develop appropriate coaching strategies to improve their cognitive approach to performance.
This keynote presentation will give you specific tips, techniques, and strategies to take your team to the next level through the mental game.
- Re-define adversity.
- Identify and understand the six sources of confidence.
- Perform under pressure – make it count when it counts the most.
- Develop a high-performance approach and consistent routines.
Through this dynamic and energetic presentation, Vera Jo shares vital ways to increase your confidence and create a better understanding of how to break the barriers of your confidence killers:
- Negative Thoughts
- Assumptions & Doubts
- Imposter Syndrome
- Limiting Beliefs
- Self-Perceived Weaknesses
The confidence blueprint covers the core of social-emotional learning skills in a thought-provoking and insightful approach to heighten self-awareness, increase confidence and self-esteem, and develop successful habits and routines.
In this powerful presentation, students will walk away with a mindset of confidence and a blueprint of what it takes to bring out the best version of themselves.
- Learn the six sources of confidence.
- Develop an understanding of how to become a master of your thoughts.
- Gain control of your emotions.
- Define specific ways to gain control of your thoughts and take responsibility for your actions—and your life.
“Enthusiastic and motivating. Her poise and confidence radiated from the stage to the audience.”Dean Gallegos, President NMSNA
“Vera Jo ignites a lost enthusiasm in her audience and leaves them with plenty of food for thought and actionable suggestions.”Anne Marie Madaras, UNM Health Sciences
“Her confident style can spear anyone forward—whether you are at work or play. She ignites the fire and spirit within us all.”Benjamin Maynes, CBO Building Officials Association