Work and life have changed a great deal over the last few years, but one thing hasn't: people still don't have the time to get it all done. In addition to email, texting and smartphones, now there's the cloud. There are passwords to memorize, change and then memorize again, and then there are all those videos of cats. Job descriptions include the catch-all term “multitasking,” and our wireless devices allow us to struggle through our assignments and messages from wherever we are, 18 or more hours a day.
Can Time Management actually work? Yes it can, but it requires an approach that is completely different than what people expect. It's not about using a new app or reading tedious self-help books (except mine - mine are good). It's about building relationships and understanding the power of influence. It's about understanding that at the end of every problem there is a person, waiting for your response. The way in which you relate to each of the people in your life (including your boss) will determine how you can best manage your time.
I am an expert in at-work productivity, and my expertise comes from a background in organizational psychology, combined with over 20 years of hands on consulting, advising, teaching and general busy-ness around technology and how to use it, both on an individual and a company-wide scale. I have authored two books on Time Management, and they have been accepted and used by hundreds of companies across North America. Seriously, it works.
But it's time to have some fun now.
In addition to solid, practical education, I have also been able to entertain my workshop audiences with humor, which always makes things work better. But all-day workshops are hard to sit through, and generally do not deliver full value. That is why I now offer a 90-minute keynote, in which I distill the essence of staying productive into ten easy takeaways, each of which will add more achievement to the day, and which together will create collaborative teams and successful departments. These ten takeaways are glued together by a collection of humorous anecdotes and informative stories, all road-tested and most of them original, guaranteed to give your team something to laugh at as they learn. How's that for a novel idea?
A Bit More about me as a Professional Speaker:
As a speaker, I exist to deliver practical knowledge to my audience, but I am also here to make you, the event planner, look good.
In addition to knowing my stuff, I am a consummate professional. I understand that when you as an event planner or company manager, make a choice to hire a speaker, you are taking a great risk. You stake your reputation on making a choice that everyone will remember.
Some speakers are dry and boring. Others are divas. Still others arrive unprepared, or worse, deliver a shrink-wrapped presentation without knowing anything about the customer or even what city they are in. Frankly, there are a great many bad speakers out there. So how would you know who to choose?
I can proudly say that I don't do any of these bad things. I know that a good speaker must be part-expert and part-entertainer, and that the presentation must leave the audience having learned something, and feeling good – about the topic, and about your decision to make the hire.
I was awarded Platinum Status for consistently high ratings by Meeting Professionals International (MPI), and when not delivering keynotes, I deliver guest lectures at a Toronto-area University, and work closely as a writer and project manager with some well=known blue-chip companies. I am a regular speaker Professional Associations in Accounting and Law andhave been for two decades. I have worked with executive leadership mentor groups, and I am a frequent guest on all types of media across North America.
My speeches deliver clear, practical solutions to the challenges of getting work done today, with a particular focus on productivity and the use of technology. I just like to include humor, because it makes learning so much easier.
I am often hired as an opening or closing act for conventions, retreats and professional development events, as well as breakfast and lunchtime keynotes. My combination of practical knowledge, extensive experience, storytelling, humor and pragmatism will give your staff or customers a great sense of learning, value, relief and enjoyment.
Learning skills and building teams doesn't have to be boring. Productivity and achievement are not out of reach. Let me show you how.