CEO, employment, hire, leadership, management, Productivity, Uncategorized

No Webinar Fatigue Here!

Are you providing your organization, teams and people with training seminars?

If not, you are behind!

Why do you provide seminars, training and conferences for your staff or team?

The WHY we provide training is still the same!

It’s the HOW that has to change.

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Why do we do training and have conferences…

To learn. 

To fix issues. 

To collaborate.

To solve problems. 

To get new information. 

To communicate with others. 

Same answers 10 years ago, 5 years ago, 4 months ago, and today.  

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WHAT MUST CHANGE IS…
How we do training seminars and events!

I went out to dinner last week for the first time in almost 3 months.  I have to admit I was scared.  Afraid.  Concerned. Maybe just a bit anxious. “Come on,” I told myself, “it will be okay.  Don’t be scared.” 

Hmmmm.  No, that didn’t work… I was scared.  

It was a bit strange.

  • Reservations only.  
  • No waiting in the lobby.  
  • Servers with masks on. 
  • Empty tables between guests as a way to provide social distancing.
  • The menu was on our phones so we didn’t have to touch menus touched by others.
  • Everybody keeping an eye on everybody else – sizing each other up like we all had the plague. 
  • Not to mention most people looked scared to death.  From the fear of catching a deadly virus. 

This is the prevailing fear across the country if not the world.

Let’s cut to the chase!  This is the harsh reality.  

Nobody is going to be okay with sitting in a conference or meeting room with 100 coworkers or strangers for a half day or full day training for a long time. 

And 

If they are FORCED to sit in that room you’d have to ask yourself are they paying attention to the presentation or worried about being the latest victim of the pandemic. 

Book a conference room. Social distance them. 

Let’s think this through.  If you have just 30 people that need to attend a training seminar you’ll need a room that will hold 100-120 people to allow for social distancing. Do you have 100 attendees? You’ll need a room that will hold at least 300 people. In many locations, masks are required (or at least highly recommended) indoors. So now you need to book a room 3x as large as you would normally use and have your attendees sit in masks for 6 hours while they are participating in their training.

The solution is easy and simple.  

Don’t get them together in person. 

Don’t make them resent you for making them sit in a meeting room. Nope. 

Not in the same close confined space.  

But isn’t there another way?

Can’t we get together without being in the same physical space?

YES!! You CAN get together,

but in a VIRTUAL MEETING ROOM…  

If so, please respond to this post now!

Video

A few seconds of a 3 hour webinar training. Eric during a live webinar training for a client. What are some of the benefits of conducting your training in a virtual meeting room?

It is safe.

Free of contact with others.

No risk of catching something. Not just the current nastiness but the flu or a cold.  

No worry if we should shake hands, fist bump or (yuck) have to hug “that person” that always wants to hug you! 

Your team will be free to focus on the content and the presentation.

I have been conducting virtual training sessions for the last three months via Zoom, Adobe Connect, Go To Webinar and Microsoft Teams, or if there is another platform you wish to use, I will make myself available on that as well.

Aren’t familiar with these programs yet? I can also do a training session for you or your staff on how to utilize them.

Medical experts say this situation won’t be disappearing anytime soon, and will likely continue to be an issue for at least the next year and a half.  Meeting planners are telling people not to expect a fully functioning/back to normal return until at least first quarter 2021. Are you willing to wait that long to train your staff?

If everyone is doing their jobs remotely, shouldn’t they be doing their training remotely as well???

Is the cost of virtual training the same as a live seminar?

No!

Live seminars incur additional costs beyond the speaker fees, due to travel costs. With a virtual seminar, since I don’t have to travel to see you, you don’t have to pay those fees! If you were holding back on scheduling a live seminar before because you weren’t sure there was money in the budget, now is the time to schedule while you can receive a substantial discount.


Are you convinced you have to do virtual training?

If you ARE… reply to this post and we will set a time to talk about your next virtual training. And, for a limited time only,

You can experience all the bells and whistles of a virtual training…for FREE!


The delivery, PowerPoint presentation, polling, whiteboards for brainstorming, hand-raising, the chat function and features for questions and answers and collaboration with me and the other seminar participants. 

Be one of the first 25 to reply to this post and say ”Let’s go virtual!” and I will schedule a FREE 1-hour webinar exclusively with you and your team with the topic of your choice.

Once you respond to this post you will receive a topic list. Pick your topic. Choose your date and time. That’s it. My team will then create your PDF workbook for the training as well as a unique and secure link to the webinar to share with the attendees. It’s that simple.

If you are NOT… that’s okay too! If your staff feels ready to participate in live in-person training sessions, I would be happy to schedule a live event! Please email or text us and we will schedule your live event and I will be there in person.

All set!  Let’s go!  

What are you waiting for?

Email or text (702-805-4805) us and let’s go virtual (or live, if you prefer!)

I will see you at your training!


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Eric Herdman

Certified Webinar Instructor & Virtual Presenter

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Dominate Your Day, leadership, management, Productivity, Smartphone

Are you here reading this or somewhere else?

Mindfulness is not just a practice it’s the answer…

In many of my seminars and talks over the past 6 months I’ve found myself answering many of the questions on how to maximizing productivity in specific on how to do deep meaningful work with be mindful.

mind·ful·ness

> /ˈmīn(d)f(ə)lnəs/

> noun

> 1. the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.

> 2. a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

Mindfulness as an answer was tough for me initially. I’m normally the no-nonsense speaker. Remember my article on “The problems are multi layered and complex but the solutions are simple.” It’s in that article that I made the case for not over complicating the solutions to our problems and all solutions don’t have to be some magical mystical purple unicorn moment where you have a big a-ah!

I’ll make that case again here with mindfulness. First, it’s not woo woo stuff. Being present is real and very powerful.

The challenge of mindfulness in and around productivity is making yourself be present and take a hard look at what you’re doing or NOT doing. Ouch that hurt a bit didn’t it.

Where to begin…

Here are just some of the top mindfulness techniques:

There is more than one way to practice mindfulness, but the goal of any mindfulness technique is to achieve a state of alert, focused relaxation by deliberately paying attention to thoughts and sensations without judgment. This allows the mind to refocus on the present moment. All mindfulness techniques are a form of meditation.

-Basic mindfulness meditation – Sit quietly and focus on your natural breathing or on a word or “mantra” that you repeat silently. Allow thoughts to come and go without judgment and return to your focus on breath or mantra.

-Body sensations – Notice subtle body sensations such as an itch or tingling without judgment and let them pass. Notice each part of your body in succession from head to toe.

-Sensory – Notice sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and touches. Name them “sight,” “sound,” “smell,” “taste,” or “touch” without judgment and let them go.

-Emotions – Allow emotions to be present without judgment. Practice a steady and relaxed naming of emotions: “joy,” “anger,” “frustration.” Accept the presence of the emotions without judgment and let them go.

-Urge surfing – Cope with cravings (for addictive substances or behaviors) and allow them to pass. Notice how your body feels as the craving enters. Replace the wish for the craving to go away with the certain knowledge that it will subside.

How to deploy this in the real world?

-The next conversation you have don’t have your phone in your hand and pay attention to what’s being said.

-Ask the person checking you out at the store or the barista making your coffee “ how are you today?” And really wait for their answer. Don’t just wait for your turn to talk. Be quiet and just listen to what they are saying.

-Pick a time of the day, say while you are reading an article, reading the news site that you frequent or even watching a YouTube video and be totally present in that moment doing that one thing.

Try it out….


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For a comprehensive course on how to use these three highly available optimizing determiners – TIME. ENERGY. FOCUS. Can and will aid you in being more mindful.

Click here to check out my NEW eBook and Video Course. Use discount code “mit20” for 20% off the already low introductory price of $39.95.

Dominate Your Day, Productivity, Smartphone

Do not disturb doesn’t work. You might want to go to the next level.

Do not disturb doesn’t work. You might want to go to the next level.

The gloom and doom of our phones are destructive to our work, relationships and our mental health.

I’m sure you know it’s ruining your work by the constant notifications, the FOMO that you cannot control and the attention residue it causes.

As for our mental health. How is my smartphone hurting me in this area.

Check this out.

It Distorts Our Perception Of Reality…

How many times have you heard people mention things like this:

“The world is total $hit.”

“Did you see that horrible story on social media?”

“The world is coming to an end.”

“I cannot believe they are going on a vacation again!”

Our smartphones in combination with social media has the ability to distort the users perception. The reason for this is because the media is biased of course and whatever bleeds, leads.

Now, this is one of those aspects of where you have to decide does your phone and social media use you or do you use it? Unfortunately, most people let the use of this tool impact them in a negative way and are totally clueless on how destructive this actually is.

DND didn’t work.

I tried DND (do not disturb). That still let people and some notifications in. Then, I switched to airplane mode. Cutting off all communication in or out.

What a great feeling.

I turn it on-

-When I am speaking

-With clients

-Sleeping

-Working out

-When I’m working and need to focus

I can hear it now. I can’t do that.

Can’t means won’t.

You can… just flip it on and it’s done!

The problems with our phones and social media are complex I’ll give you that. However, the solution is easy, simple and fast.

Dominate Your Day, Productivity

What are your MIT’s for the day?

Grind. Hustle.

Sleep less.

Do more.

Constant sacrifice.

Just to get things done is total BS.

You need to make the executive decision to do and complete two (2) Most Important Tasks everyday. Yes! Just two. I know you have 714 tasks. Some of them a low level, low energy, low focus tasks like water the plants and refill the stapler. That’s busy crap work. Not meaningful work.

MIT’s move the needle on progress.

By deeming two tasks MIT’s they rise to the highest level of task work. Then you can tap into the best time, highest energy and laser like focus time you have available to get these MIT’s done!

Take some action NOW!

Try it out.

  1. Pick two task.
  2. Make the commitment that they are MIT’s
  3. Place them in your day where they WILL get completed. Use my Time. Energy. Focus. Chart to determine the highest and best use of your time, energy and focus.
  4. Make it happen!

For a comprehensive course on how to use these three highly available optimizing determiners – TIME. ENERGY. FOCUS.

Click here to check out my NEW eBook and Video Course. Use discount code “mit20” for 20% off the already low introductory price of $39.95.