Ron Sathoff's Speaker Tips

Written by Ron Sathoff

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There's an old story about a speaker who walked up torepparttar podium and said "SEX" in a loud voice. After a long pause, he continued, "Now that I have your attention, let's get on withrepparttar 102102 annual budget report." While this approach will probably wake an audience up, it does nothing to get them ready forrepparttar 102103 rest ofrepparttar 102104 speech. In fact, doing this kind of thing will probably turnrepparttar 102105 important part of your talk into one big letdown.

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Written by Dr. Donald E. Wetmore

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it" and "It gets done". 3. Manage Meetings A meeting is when two or more people get together to exchange common information. What could be simpler? Yet, it can one ofrepparttar biggest time wasters we must endure. Before a meeting ask, "Is it necessary?" and "Am I necessary?" Ifrepparttar 102101 answers to either are "no", consider not havingrepparttar 102102 meeting or excusing yourself from attending. Then prepare a written agenda forrepparttar 102103 meeting with times assigned for each item along with a starting time and ending time. Circulaterepparttar 102104 written agenda among those who will be attending. There is no sense in holding a meeting by ambush. Let people know in advance what is to be discussed. 4. Handle Paper It's easy to get buried today inrepparttar 102105 blizzard of paperwork around us. The average person receives around 150 communications each day via email, telephone, hard mail, memos, circulars, faxes, etc. A lot of time is wasted going throughrepparttar 102106 same pile of paper day after day and correcting mistakes when things slip throughrepparttar 102107 cracks. Try to handlerepparttar 102108 paper once and be done with it. If it is something that can be done in a minute or two, do it and be done. If it is notrepparttar 102109 best use of your time, delegate it. If it is going to take some time to complete, schedule ahead in your day calendar onrepparttar 102110 day you think you might get to it and then put it away. 5. Run a Time Log If you want to manage it, you have to measure it. A Time Log is a simple yet powerful tool to create a photo album sort of overview of how your time is actually being spent duringrepparttar 102111 day. Simply make an ongoing record of your time as you spend it. Recordrepparttar 102112 activity,repparttar 102113 time spent on it, and thenrepparttar 102114 rating using A, B, C, and D as described in #1 above. Some examples of how your time might be spent: Made telephone calls, 35 minutes, A; Answered emails, 48 minutes, B; Attended staff meeting, 55 minutes, C. Run this for a few days to get a good picture of how your time is being spent. Then analyzerepparttar 102115 information. Add up allrepparttar 102116 A, B, C, and D time. Most discover a lot of their time is being spent on C and D items that have little or no value. Finally, take action steps to reducerepparttar 102117 C and D items to give you more time forrepparttar 102118 really important things in your life.

Dr. Donald E. Wetmore, a full-time Professional Speaker, is one of the foremost experts on Time Management and the author of "Beat the Clock" and "Organizing Your Life". If you would like to receive a free copy of his humorous article, "You Just Might be a Workaholic", email your request now for "might" to:

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