I am pictured below with Rory Vaden, whose two best-sellers I delivered at the First Friday Book Synopsis in Dallas.
I met Vaden today at the monthly meeting of the National Speakers Association of North Texas, of which I was the chapter president in 2002.
The books, Take the Stairs, and Procrastinate on Purpose, are examples of his philosophy of service. He stated today that his goal is to provide 10 times value versus the purchase price. That applies to his books, keynotes, consulting, presentations, coaching, and the rest of his services.
If you missed reading his books, which I encourage you to purchase, you can hear the original synopses at 15MinuteBusinessBooks.com.
I think you will agree that these are high quality works, written from the heart, and filled with practical information that will help you.
I won’t spoil the presentation next week at the First Friday Book Synopsis in Dallas, but if you attend, you will certainly find Rory Vaden‘s approach to time management very different from every traditional approach you have ever seen.
His premise is different, yet realistic. We all have the same amount of time. His idea is to ignore methods and tools you have heard about for years. These include prioritizing daily tasks, segmenting parts of your day into specific focused activities, and so forth. Rather, his focus is on understanding and coming to grips with the emotions that get in our way and preventing us from maximizing our time. To Vaden, time is not something you spend, but something you invest.
You will remember his previous blockbuster best-seller, Take the Stairs. Over time, Vaden has become one of the most popular and influential speakers and authors of our time.
As an award-winning entrepreneur and business leader, Rory Co-Founded Southwestern Consulting™, a multi-million dollar global consulting practice that helps clients in more than 14 countries drive educated decisions with relevant data. He’s also the Founder of The Center for the Study of Self-Discipline (CSSD). Rory is the world’s leader on defining the psychology around modern day procrastination, called Priority Dilution™ – in fact, he coined the term. He speaks and consults on how to say no to the things that don’t matter, and yes to the things that do. His client list includes companies and groups such as: Cargill, The Million Dollar Roundtable, P&G, True Value, YPO, Wells Fargo Advisors, Land O’Lakes, Novartis, and hundreds more. His insights have recently been featured on/in: Fox News, CNN, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Inc, Fortune, and the New York Times. He is a regular contributor for American Express Open Forum, Huffington Post, and The Tennessean and his articles and insights average more than 4 million views every day.
For more, you need to attend the presentation on Friday. You will hear all about the five permissions.
I can promise you it will be a very different approach to managing time, from someone who is very different himself.
I will see you then!
Recently, a sharp entrepreneur told me that she consistently hears that the First Friday Book Synopsis is one of the top 5 networking events in the Dallas area. I believe this is true, and you can sense it whenever you walk into the room at one of our monthly sessions. The quality of the people, the content of the book synopsis presentations, the great food, the respect for the clock… What more could you ask for?
We begin at 7:00 am, and you can always walk out between 8:05-8:07. And you leave with two handouts, genuinely comprehensive takeaways with key quotes and the most useful transferable principles from the two books chosen for the morning.
And we’ve been providing these sessions every month for over 14 years.
For May 4, we have selected two books that you will find very useful. I am presenting my synopsis of Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer. It is a terrific book! I read a lot of business books that have very good information, but some books are also written by exceptional writers. This is one of those books. (So is my June selection, The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg). Jonah Lehrer, the author of Imagine, tells a story with such thorough detail. And he tells stories in such a way that we see the insights just leap out in moments of “discovery.” He is a really good writer. (Click here to read the review of Imagine by our blogging colleague, Bob Morris).
Karl Krayer will present his synopsis of Take the Stairs: 7 Steps to Achieving True Success. It is a book dealing with self-discipline. So, if you have mastered self-discipline, you can skip this presentation. (I suspect that you still have some work to do in that category – I sure do).
We meet at the wonderful Park City Club in Dallas, near the corner of Northwest Highway and the Dallas North Tollway, at 7:00 am – the first Friday of every month. Come join us for the May 4 First Friday Book Synopsis. You will be glad you did.
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