Monthly Archive for February, 2011

3 Quick productivity tips

Productivity Tip #1

When traveling, test traveling at different times of the day to test and determine which one is MOST productive and efficient for you. Contrary to popular practice, taking an early flight (when you have the option not to) is not the most productive option – especially if you sleep on the flight. Also, you want to consider traffic to and from the airports and coordination considerations. I now travel more often at midday – avoiding traffic as well as getting things done prior to the flight, being wide awake and working on the flight and then picking up loose ends when I arrive at my destination. It’s all about “Perfect Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance.”

Productivity Tip #2

Upgrade your hotel room and/or pick a different hotel or apartment when traveling to familiar cities. You’d be amazed at how different each choice can be. I vary my hotel selections from trip to trip for variety as well as based on what I am doing. If I am meeting with several clients, I will rent a 2-bedroom suite or apartment so that I can have visitors in a comfortable environment. The point is TEST the options – sometimes an upgrade is less expensive than hiring a separate boardroom.

Productivity Tip #3

This one’s a personal favorite of mine, it’s been called time shifting – recording your favorite TV shows or sports and watching them without commercial interruptions (saving you time) when it’s convenient for you. With Tivo and Digital Video Recorders, there is no excuse not to do it. I simply will not watch live TV anymore. If it’s sports, I’ll start to watch it 15 to 30 minutes after it starts and “chase play” through the commercials. I simply cannot afford waste associated with commercials.

I am not the only one doing this – the entire world has embraced time shifting. All it takes is the foresight to plan ahead and make the commitment to stick with it. Trust me, once you start, you will never go back.

These productivity tips are important because we all have the same amount of time – 24 hours in our day. The difference between successful people and less successful people is their use and leverage of time.

The more productive you can be, the more time you gain to do what you really, really enjoy.

How NOT to speak in public

In my cornerstone event, Unleash The Speaker Within, I teach people the art and science of how to speak in public. This is the antithesis – How NOT to speak in public. That being said, this was an elected official in the United States – can you believe it?!?

Don’t be a dummy, learn how to speak in public

Are you tired of people manipulating you like a puppet? Putting words in your mouth just because they have the courage to stand up and speak?

Do you get intimated and tense up when you speak in front of a group sounding like a stiff dummy?

Isn’t it time you got over your fears of public speaking and regained your confidence?

Most people fear public speaking more than death itself, yet it’s not all that hard – you just need to know the tricks of the trade.

Watch this funny YouTube video I had recorded by a ventriloquist, just to make the point.

Don’t be a dummy – register now for the next Corporate Rockstar event.

One of the concepts I will be covering at the Become The Next Corporate Rockstar event is how you can create a persona that is persuasive and engaging.

Mine is “Exponential / Different / Fun” yet focused on producing RESULTS.

This YouTube video is an example of that persona. I came across someone who could do the video on the Internet. I ordered it, posted it up on YouTube and I am now blogging about it.

All with the intent of trying to get the message to you that you shouldn’t be or feel like a dummy just because you’re intimated or scared by public speaking.

The ability to present, persuade and influence is one of the most powerful skills you can develop – especially if you’re a professional or corporate executive.

The top jobs, promotions and pay rises are allocated to those who stand out and stand up. It might not seem fair, but it actually is.

Sitting in your seat, you can only provide or create the value that you can produce.

When you stand up in front of others, you can move mountains and that is MUCH MORE VALUABLE.

Don’t be dummy – register now and learn how you can Become The Next Corporate Rockstar

Got an accent?

You simply have to watch this video to realise that we all have an accent – the only question is which one?!?!