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Thursday, April 19, 2018

When Humility is Invigorating - Opening Keynote

In light of outburst by athletes at one venue after another, I am reminded of a young man with humility: Returning home from a presentation at Wintergreen Resort in Virginia, my car blew a tire. The young auto parts staff person who sold me the tire, then walked around to behind the store where my car was parked and got all dirty and sweaty installing the tire. Afterward, he was embarrassed to accept my tip.

In this small town, on a cool August day, I knew then and there I had plenty for which to thankful.

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Is Your Audience Pooped? - Opening Keynote

Whether you plan meetings or speak at them, here's a long term development that you can't ignore:

Only 3% of professionals get eight hours of sleep every night of the working week. According to a Travelodge sleep study, company directors are the most sleep-deprived of all, with 8 per cent getting under four hours of rest per night. The typical audience today is exhausted.

Travelodge's survey included more than 5,200 individuals from 30 different careers to discover more about how work affects rest. Those in the travel industry, such as cabin crew and pilots, found it hardest to get to sleep: 86% struggled with sleepless nights. Teachers were the most likely to stay awake because they were worrying about their work (39%).

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Monday, April 02, 2018

About "Certified Meeting Professionals" - Opening Keynote

The Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) credential was developed to increase the professionalism of meeting professionals in any component or sector of the industry. The Professional Convention Management Association offers comprehensive information on the topic.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

No Exaggeration - Opening Keynote

Many speakers and authors make a variety of claims, some substantiated, some not. Even in the absence of intention to deceive, it’s easy for speakers and authors to fall into the trap of making exaggerated claims when seeking to attract new clients.

At the Breathing Space Institute, we do not make claims that we can’t document. At, when you click on “meeting planners,” for example, you will see hundreds of kudos letters, meeting fliers, long-distance learning fliers, and other rosters help illuminate Jeff Davidson’s credentials.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Tickler File - Opening Keynote

If you're overwhelmed by what crosses your desk, it's worth considering the benefits of having a file folder for each month of the year and a file folder for each day of the month. This idea, the "tickler file," system has been in practice for years.

Create a file for days 1-31 of the month, and place it at the front of one of your file drawers. Behind that, have a file for each month of the year. If it's the second day of the month, for example, but you receive something that you won't need to deal with until the 15th, then put it in the file for, say, the 13th to allow yourself some slack. If anything comes in that you don't need to handle now, put it in your tickler file. This yields some immediate benefits. It keeps your desk clear and eliminates a lot of worry about where things go.

As the days and months go by, you continually take files that were in front and put them in the back. Once you get this system in place, you'll find that many of the things you file may not need to be acted on later. The benefits of this system are immediate.

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Clearing Your Desk - Opening Keynote

To make your desk and office environment support you, invest in yourself. If you need them, room dividers and sound barriers are available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes and can improve upon any existing sound barriers.

Use the end of the day and slow periods to keep your desk orderly and better prepare yourself for high octane output when you're ready to get started again.

Every evening, after you've cleared your desk, acknowledge yourself for what you accomplished that day. Don't beat yourself up for what you didn't do. If you can do better, you will, maybe not at once, but soon enough.

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Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Can You Work From Home? - Opening Keynote

Beth Bravermann in her 2015 article "Work from home and still be a part of the office" writes:

"Love your commute-free workday away from the glare of fluorescent lights? Just don't get too comfortable. A recent study in the MIT Sloan Management Review found that bosses are more likely to attribute traits like 'responsible' and 'dependable' to in-office workers than those who work from home."

"If you're among the 13 million U.S. employees who work remotely at least once a week, try these moves to seem as present as those who appear in the office every day: Communicate constantly. Return calls as well as emails ASAP and make it easier for people to reach you by forwarding your office phone to a dedicated home-office line."

"When you have to be out, make sure colleagues know in advance, and put an automatic reply on your email that says when you'll be reachable again."

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