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From Distracted to Productive: Finding Your Focus in Today's Increasingly Interrupted World
E-mail. Texts. Interruptions. Project Transitions. Office Clutter. Social and Other Media. Even Family and Friends. These seven "distractors" sometimes make it almost impossible to get anything done. It sometimes seems like there is always SOMETHING getting in the way of what you really need to do. But with some forethought and effective strategies, as well as some personal discipline, it is more than possible to find your focus once again, even in a hyper-distracted world. As a matter of fact, those using these strategies will have a long-term competitive advantage -- both professionally and personally. In this new program by popular time & tech management speaker Randy Dean, we'll look at each of these key areas of distraction and define strategies for enhancing long-term focus, productivity, and performance. We'll share "game plan" ideas for getting and keeping your distractors under control, and finding critical "focused productivity" time each and every day, leading to not only performance but also clarity of mind and purpose.
Taming the E-mail Beast: Key Strategies for Managing the Mess of E-mail Overload
Every day, managers and professionals are getting buried under a continuing stream of both useful and useless e-mail. Without a system for getting “control of the beast”, professionals spend much of their work (and personal) time spinning wheels and feeling highly unsatisfied. If you would like to get control of your e-mail “beast”, you should attend this program. Learn a proven system for taming your e-mail account, with strategies for keeping your inbox efficient and under control by building and administering a personal "e-mail infrastructure". Reduce the mess in your inbox by having “natural” places for your e-mails to go. Learn how to get rid of all those “quick little” e-mails once and for all, as well as how to mitigate or even eliminate much of that annoying junk and spam. Finally feel on top of your e-mail and related activities, rather than feeling it is on top of you.
Finding an Extra Hour Every Day: Time Management Tips and Tricks for Busy Professionals
In this popular program on “finding an extra hour of productivity” every day, Randy Dean, the “Totally Obsessed” Time Management/E-mail Guy uses humor and high energy as he goes into many of the most common areas of productivity loss (and possible gain!) afflicting many busy professionals today: managing multiple projects, maintaining “traction” when dealing with tasks and interruptions, managing your e-mails more efficiently, clearing the clutter in your mind for better focus and attention, keeping staff on task, tracking “who owes you what” and getting that information on time, and better managing your calendar and contacts for better time and relationship management. His goal is to help stressed out performers learn several new and immediately useful strategies for finding a few minutes on tasks, activities, and actions you are already doing, leading to at least an extra hour of productivity every day.
Optimizing Your Outlook: Time Management Tips & Tricks for Busy Outlook Users (Similar to Finding an Extra Hour, but specifically for Outlook users.)
In this popular program on “getting the most from your Outlook” for MS Outlook Users, Randy goes deeper into many of the most common areas of productivity loss (and possible gain!) afflicting many busy professionals today: managing multiple projects, maintaining “traction” when dealing with tasks and interruptions, getting more from time spent in meetings, clearing the clutter in your mind for better focus, keeping staff on task, tracking “who owes you what” and getting that information on time, and better managing your calendar and contacts for better time and relationship management. His goal is to help stressed out performers learn several new and immediately useful Outlook strategies for finding a few minutes on tasks, activities, and actions you are already doing, leading to at least an extra hour of productivity every day. Get more from all five of the key Outlook functions for greater productivity.
Smart Phone Success & Terrific Tablets: Getting More Productivity (and Fun!) from Your SmartPhone and Tablet Devices
You know which apps are fun, but what apps and functions will help you turn your Droid, IPhone/IPad, and/or BlackBerry into a productivity workhorse? In this session, we’ll discuss the apps and peripheral devices that help take your Smart Phone (and tablets) from “cool” to “critical” when it comes to productivity, time, project, people, and e-mail management as well as “remote” productivity. A highlight to this program is when the presenter, Randy Dean, opens up the floor to program participants to share their favorite apps, allowing people to gain knowledge from all program attendees.
Time Management in “The Cloud”: Managing Time, Projects, People, Ideas, and E-mail Using Google Apps
For many years, Microsoft Outlook, LotusNotes, and other "server-based" productivity applications have been the industry leaders. But in the last 2-3 years, popular programs and services based in "the cloud" have been emulating the capabilities of these productivity applications, now to the point where a professional could seriously consider "leaping to the cloud". The benefits of leaping to the cloud: 1) much lower costs; 2) capability to work on any tech platform (PC, Mac, IPad, IPod, BlackBerry, Droid, etc.) ANYWHERE you have Internet access. But can you honestly use these "cloud-based" apps for professional business & productivity activities? The answer: YES -- this session will show you how!
Ending the Office Clutter: Key Strategies for Managing Info Overload, Office Clutter, and “Stacks & Piles”
If you would like to get control of “the beast” of information overload and all of your “stacks & piles”, you should attend this program. Learn how to reduce the mess on your desk by having “natural” places for all of your papers, project folders, items to read, etc., to go. Develop strategies and systems for effective and efficient management of your workstation. Learn how to get rid of all of the annoying “little stuff” and “clutter” once and for all, and then keep it under control for the ongoing future. We'll even discuss the possibilities and technology required to move toward a “paperless” workspace. Have a system for managing your info overload rather than letting it manage you!
Randall Dean, MBA, popularly known as “The E-mail Sanity Expert” TM, and author of the recent Amazon.com #1 E-mail Bestseller, Taming the E-mail Beast, has 25 years of experience using and teaching an advanced time management/personal organization system, including systems for effective e-mail management, office clutter reduction, optimizing your Outlook and/or Gmail/Google usage, and getting the most from affiliated smart phone and tablet devices. He has taught different versions of his time & e-mail management systems for many prominent organizations including Procter & Gamble, Michigan State University, University of California Berkeley, Westinghouse Electric Company, Volvo, The Global Business Travel Association, Best Buy, The University of Pittsburgh, Ohio State University, the Institute of Management Accountants, the National Association for Legal Career Professionals, the National Tour Association, and The Michigan, Indiana, Texas, and Iowa Societies of Association Executives for groups as small as five and as large as 550.
His speaking and training programs are consistently some of the highest-rated programs for the many conferences and clients he speaks for, including major conferences, Fortune 500 organizations, top universities, governmental agencies, and leading nonprofits -- basically anyone struggling to better manage their time, e-mail, smart phone/tablet devices, Google productivity apps, and/or Microsoft Outlook. (And he makes these topics fun and engaging too!)
He has previously been interviewed by the Washington Times, Detroit News, The Globe and Mail, Business Week Online, and numerous other media outlets, including radio, television, newspaper, and blog sites. He is an active member of the National Speakers Association (NSA) and Michigan Society of Association Executives.