This is a letter I’ve wanted to write to you, but never have gotten around to doing. Now that I’ve written it, I might not send it. I’m not very visible to you for most of the year; you only see me at the annual meeting and perhaps a couple of quarterly meetings. I’m a meeting professional with your trade association, working year-round to ensure that your time and monetary investment in being a member pays off for you.
How would your career and life be if you had the ability to tackle problems and challenges as they arise? What would it feel like to engage in conceptual thinking whenever you wanted or needed to? What if you had a sense of control and ease about each day? If all these components were a part of your life, you would be living in “real time.”
What would it be like if you could recharge yourself like a rechargeable battery? What if you could have that old zip and zest, or a twinkle in your eye when you came into work? What if you could have the stamina to put in a full workday but still leave with lots of energy?
If spring cleaning seems like too big a task for you, maybe it’s time to adopt some new strategies to the annual ritual.
As with any new form of presentation media, there are ways to stand out from the crowd, and here they are.
Not sure if you have your work-life balance all under control? Here are 8 signs that your work-life balance is looking good
Here are a few exercises you can do right where you are. They’ll help keep your energy even and your muscles relaxed.
Getting enough sleep is key to having enough energy to successfully get through your workday. Dream about that as you drift toward your weekend.
Just what you want to read first thing on a Monday morning: Studies show that most humans are most alert at 8 a.m.
We can do a better job if we “clear the mechanism.” We should resolve small issues that might otherwise, even in the most miniscule way, impair our performance.
True leisure — when you get to enjoy rewarding activities free from work and preoccupation with work — is vital.
Adroitly handling personal matters frees you up to be more effective on the job.
These websites enable you to access white noise at your convenience, while you work, relax or meditate.
Lacking a balance between responsibility and respite, “getting things done” can become an end-all. We begin to draw a link between executing the items on our “to do” lists and our feelings of self-worth.
It happens so often, I want to scream. Instead of giving me a list I can read and save, I’m sent scrolling through a variety of slow-loading pictures with captions.
If you feel intermittent satisfaction with where you are in life, you’re doing fine.
The encouraging word you have for your co-workers might yield extraordinary results. I can prove it.
Be more comfortable with your work and personal lives by keeping it simple, choosing wisely, trusting yourself and recognizing completions.
How much of the time is an assignment or task truly needed as soon as possible? Think about it …
As planners we have so much competing for our attention, it’s wise every now and then to step back and rethink our routines.
On many days, “change” seems to be the only constant in the life of a meeting professional.
How do you decide which speaker to hire and what to pay? Here’s a breakdown.
Email communications are ripe for misunderstandings. These tips should help you get the most out of your e-correspondence.
Don’t end up asking yourself huge quality-of-life questions: What’s life all about? Why am I here? Is that all there is?
I’m not a fan, but what captures my interest is her determination to offer a superior performance. Here are 10 lessons Taylor Swift can teach presenters.
The concerns in your work life might be annoying and relentless, but none are insurmountable.
What would you do again, or do differently, to be more effective? See how your answers match these.
December is busy for meeting planners, so any breathing space you can find is worth it. Some ideas.
When you handle the day’s biggest challenge as early as you can, the long-term odds of success are in your favor.
The most effective professionals control their time. Here’s how.
A memorable speech takes the audience on an emotional roller-coaster ride.
“I always find myself wishing for more time … ” You, too?
As summer gives way to fall, use this time to enhance your breathing space.
It’s a paradox. The more admirably you perform and the more others comes to rely on you, the more they expect.
Each site listed here can help you work smarter or better in some way, and is worth at least a brief visit.
See if this acronym helps you understand what goes into your particular brand of work-life balance.
Real achievers take control of their time. High achievers take control of their day.
Real achievers continually build self-confidence. High achievers are their own best cheerleaders.
Real organizers eliminate nonessential information. High achievers stay focused …
Real achievers take time to recharge. High achievers know when to relax …
Here’s one way to classify intrusions and impediments to our workdays. Do you have a favorite?
Look at some of the worst workaholics within your meeting planning community and start doing what they do. Read on!
Here’s another way to put your A-B-C’s to work for you.
Much of human behavior can be explained by the phrase “behavior that is rewarded is repeated.”
On which part of the spectrum do you fall? This list might open some eyes.
Achieving something in one small area helps give us more focus, energy and direction for what’s next.
A few weeks ago we talked about what was involved in trying to achieve a work-life balance. Today we get more specific.
New year, new events, new resolve. Everybody talks about work-life balance, right? But what does it really involve? Master these six components as a meeting planner, and you’ve got it made.
The benefits of a bona-fide midday meal break are something to keep in mind now, as the holidays make our lives more frenetic, and later, when many of us try to establish a healthier path for the new year.
Love it or hate it, email is part of your daily life. Last week we shared seven tips for taking control. Here are six more, collected over the years.
Make the tool work for you and not vice versa. You’ll get more work done and feel better about all of it.
“Manage me as if I’m one of the most important elements to staying in control and maintaining productivity, because I am.”
Being buried by information is frustrating but not inevitable. If you can spot industry trends, you can get a handle on it.
In evolutionary terms, we’re in the age of “over-information.” How do you cope? Get organized.
You have an opportunity to get meaner, leaner and more focused. Repeat as needed.
Take a look at the five components of living in real time and realize that each is within your grasp.
Smart speakers exchange crucial information with the meeting arranger as soon as they’ve been booked.
Aside from the things you normally do when planning a meeting, you can do more to make sure you’re getting the most out of every effort.
Speakers bureaus have been an effective way of identifying and retaining the right speakers for meetings since the time of Mark Twain. Yet some meeting planners aren’t sure how these bureaus work and have not tapped into the power of using them to find the right person for their engagement. Doing so, can save a ton […]
Whether you’re at work or at home, constantly trying to multitask ensures that you’ll miss your day.
One-on-one encounters don’t occur often enough between speakers and audience members.
Audiences come, and audiences go, from one conference or convention to the next. While there, they hear from one speaker after another. As months and years go by, how many of those speakers do you suppose leave a lasting impact? The answer: not many. You can be different. Just use these six key components to […]
Flexibility is key. Consider drive time and a backup plan.