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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Speak Slowly: Live Longer! - Opening Keynote

Here's an insight for the new year: Taking your time to speak lowers blood pressure.

"Talking fast, that classic Type-A personality trait, may put you at greater risk for heart disease," according to a study in the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.

Health-care researchers measured the blood pressures and heart rates of 111 cardiac patients as the subjects read the U. S. Constitution rapidly for two minutes, then slowly for two minutes. The rapid reading triggered a rise in the subjects' blood pressures and heart rates, two heart-disease risk factors.

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Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Is Anyone Paying Attention? - Opening Keynote

An illuminating article from 2014 in the Atlantic offers a startling account about what occurs on the other end of your conference calls. Here is an excerpt:

"A new survey from Intercall, the largest international conference call company, finds that when I occasionally zone out on conference calls, I'm participating in a national pastime, not unlike baseball. More than 60 percent of Intercall's respondents admitted to doing other work or sending an email while on a conference call. More than half the people on the line are eating (hopefully on mute). Just under half are in the bathroom (hopefully on mute!). One in five are shopping. One in 11 are exercising. Six percent are taking another call."

By implication, the issue likely extends to webinars as well. What this means for each of us is that we need to be highly compelling if not riveting to capture and hold the attention of the people on the other end of the line. Nothing less will do.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Sitting is Dangerous! - Opening Keynote

New Year's goal: sit less!

"Scientists have found intriguing evidence that one major reason so many people are overweight these days may be as close as the seat of their pants. Literally," reported Lee Dye nearly 10 years ago, for ABC News. "According to the researchers, most of us sit too much."

"In most cases, exercise alone, according to a team of scientists at the University of Missouri, isn't enough to take off those added pounds. The problem, they say, is that all the stuff we've heard the last few years about weight control left one key factor out of the equation. When we sit, the researchers found, the enzymes that are responsible for burning fat just shut down."


Jeff's take: I knew it! I've always felt energetic standing in front of audience. I even switched to a stand up desk in January 2006. Anthropologically speaking how could it be any other way?

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Monday, December 05, 2016

Make Your Goals Known - Opening Keynote

An article in Mens’ Health has confirmed the power of announcing your goals. Usain Bolt, the world record-holder in the 100 and 200 meter dashes, had a basic dream that remained "the same as it was when he won his first junior world title in the 200 meter at 15."

“Saying I wanted to be great, putting it in the minds of my countrymen as well as in my own mind, forced me to work to attain it,” Bolt says. “My career did not always go smoothly. Especially at first; I had many injuries. I might have settled for much less if I hadn’t had that big goal.”

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Do You Fear Public Speaking? - Opening Keynote

It has been said that speaking before a group is the number one fear of adults – a proposition which has been widely misinterpreted. The number one social fear of adult is speaking before groups.

Given the choice of speaking before a group or trying to scale a 500-foot vertical sheet of solid rock, being operated on for a brain tumor, or being held-up at gunpoint, most adults find speaking before a group to be far less frightening.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Offer them Doubles! - Opening Keynote

When distributing handout material for attendees, offer a second copy to everyone and, in a short note, invite them to share the information with someone who could benefit from it. Tell attendees that if the other party contacts me to run a program for them as a result of receiving my handouts, I will provide the original attendee with a gift of a coaching session or products. This generates new business contacts.

FYI, my other blogs:

* for the time-pressured: www.BreathingSpaceBlog.com

* for the oft-interrupted: www.interruptionmanagement.com

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Monday, November 07, 2016

Author Allen Klein: Great Books - Opening Keynote

Undoubtedly you’ll find something here to lighten your load as the end of the year beckons:
* WorkLaughs
* TeacherLaughs
* ParentLaughs

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