Productivity is not overrated

Have you ever looked at the clock on a Sunday night and wondered “Was this a productive weekend?” Welcome to my Sunday. As I stare at my copy of Money Talks by Alan Weiss, I realize I didn’t finish the one thing this weekend that I had hoped to complete. So far, it’s turned out to be a fantastic book on professional speaking. Although I haven’t finished it yet, I can wholeheartedly recommend it for anyone thinking about pursuing a career as an expert who speaks professionally.

You may be wondering, “is that all you did…not read?” Well, no. I did manage to read some of the book (hence my recommendation). I also bought and installed a new printer, an Epson Artisan 800. This snazzy device does a lot, plus prints directly to printable CDs. Much more professional looking that that silly lightscribe. Anyway, I used my new printer to finish up 10 copies of my CD Panic to Power, featuring me along with three World Champions of Public Speaking. The CD has some excellent tips and techniques to make you a better speaker, and only costs $19.95. It will be available for order from my website by the end of the week, so stay tuned.

One of my more interesting goals for this week will actually happen at work. I’m putting together a 60-90 minute presentation on risk management for project managers at my company. I intend to be able to include it in a longer PM training plan for the future, but for now covering this one area in project management will be good for my company, and should lead to at least one good testamonial for my favorite human (me). I won’t bore you with the specific points about risk management, but it is one of the least understood aspects of project management, in my experience.

Beyond that, here’s a short accountability list for the week:
1. Finish Money Talks.
2. Get my Panic to Power CD on my website and ready to sell.
3. Contribute to my blog each day.
4. Work on some of my “Lt Gov Marketing” tasks for Toastmasters.
5. Submit three proposals to speak to other non-profit organizations.
6. Complete and post one 3-minute audio lesson on my website.
And do it all while feeding the family (keeping my job).

See, I did get some things done this weekend…

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