For more than 20 years, Randy Dean has been obsessed. Obsessed with a topic that impacts us all – time management and the effective use of time. He was so obsessed, he left a successful career as a professional marketer and manager to become a leading expert in the fields of time management, e-mail management, and personal organization, and to teach others how to be more organized and effective with their time, and how to lead a life of productive purpose.
Randy has been training people how to be more effective time and e-mail managers for more than 19 years, and has personally tested his time and e-mail management systems in major corporate, academic, and non-profit settings, as well as fast-paced for-profit companies. His systems work, and are based on strategies created by Randy himself and other thought-leaders in the field.
A member of the National Speakers Association, he has delivered entertaining and informative speaking and training programs for an impressive list of organizations, including Procter & Gamble, Westinghouse Corporation, Delphi Automotive, Volvo Machinery, Michigan, Indiana, and Iowa Societies of Association Executives, The Global Business Travel Association, The University of Chicago GSB, University of Michigan HRD, the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC), Ohio State University, the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC), the Dept. of Health and Human Services OIG, and the Defense Logistics Agency Europe (many are repeat clients.)
Prior to becoming a highly regarded speaker and trainer, his use of his time management system allowed him to be successful in several important professional positions, including Director of Full-Time MBA Admissions at Michigan State University, Market Research Supervisor for the Rx-to-OTC switch of Prilosec® at Procter & Gamble, and Subscriber Services Coordinator for ADVANCES: The Journal of Mind-Body Health at The Fetzer Institute.
Randy Dean is the author of two books – his latest, Taming the E-mail Beast, hit #1 in six categories on Amazon.com, and is related to his extremely popular conference and workshop programs on e-mail, Outlook, and office clutter management.
He has previously been interviewed by Business Week Online, The Detroit News, The Washington Times, The Globe and Mail and Business Direct Weekly; and is a frequent contributor for many magazines and blogs as well as guest on radio and TV programs. The top graduate of the MSU MBA Program in 1997, he is an active member of the American Society for Training and Development, National Speakers Association, and Michigan Society of Association Executives.
He is married with two children, and resides in East Lansing, Michigan. To book time management speaker Randy Dean call Executive Speakers Bureau 901-754-9404.
Taming the E-mail Beast Using MS Outlook and/or Gmail: Key Strategies for Managing Your E-mail Overload
(Randy's most popular program for several years running)
Every day, managers and professionals are getting buried under a continuing stream of both useful and useless e-mail. Without a system for getting “control of the beast”, professionals spend much of their work (and personal) time spinning wheels and feeling highly unsatisfied. If you would like to get control of your e-mail “beast”, you should attend this program. Learn a proven system for taming your e-mail account, with strategies for keeping your inbox efficient and under control by building and administering a personal "e-mail infrastructure". Reduce the mess in your inbox by having “natural” places for your e-mails to go. Learn how to get rid of all those “quick little” e-mails once and for all, as well as how to mitigate or even eliminate much of that annoying junk and spam. Learn several key technical tips for better managing your e-mail using market-leading software like MS Outlook and/or Gmail. Finally feel on top of your e-mail and related activities, rather than feeling it is on top of you.
From Distracted to Productive: Finding Your Productivity and Focus in an Increasingly Interrupted World
E-mail. Interruptions. Project Transitions. Office Clutter. Social and Other Media. Even Family and Friends. These six "distractors" sometimes make it almost impossible to get anything done. It sometimes seems like there is always SOMETHING getting in the way of what you really need to do. But with some forethought and effective strategies, as well as some personal discipline, it is more than possible to find your focus once again, even in a hyper-distracted world. As a matter of fact, those using these strategies will have a long-term competitive advantage -- both professionally and personally. In this new program by popular time & tech management speaker Randy Dean, we'll look at each of these key areas of distraction and define strategies for enhancing long-term focus, productivity, and performance. We'll share "game plan" ideas for getting and keeping your distractors under control, and finding critical "focused productivity" time each and every day, leading to both performance but also clarity of mind and purpose.
Smart Phone Success & Terrific Tablets: Getting More Productivity (and Fun!) From Your Smart Phone/Tablet Devices
(This has been Randy's second most-popular program on the conference/meeting circuit behind Taming the E-mail Beast for the last couple of years.)
You know which apps are fun, but what apps and functions will help you turn your Droid, IPhone/IPad, and/or Windows device into a productivity workhorse? In this session, we’ll discuss the apps and peripheral devices that help take your Smart Phone (and tablets) from “cool” to “critical” when it comes to productivity, time, project, people, and e-mail management as well as “remote” productivity. We'll even show you a new configuration of apps and services that could potentially show you how you could consider using these devices in lieu of more traditional laptop/desktop computers, and how these devices might actually be even more powerful from a productivity perspective right now. A highlight to this program is when the presenter, Randy Dean, opens up the floor to program participants to share their favorite apps, allowing people to gain knowledge from all program attendees. (See the video preview of this program at the bottom of this page.)
Finding an Extra Hour Every Day:Time Management Tips and Tricks for Busy Professionals
In this popular quick-hitting program on “finding an extra hour of productivity” every day, Randy Dean, the “Totally Obsessed” Time Management/E-mail Guy uses humor and high energy as he goes into many of the most common areas of productivity loss (and possible gain!) afflicting many busy professionals today: managing multiple projects, maintaining “traction” when dealing with tasks and interruptions, managing your e- mails more efficiently, clearing the clutter in your mind for better focus and attention, keeping staff on task, tracking “who owes you what” and getting that information on time, and better managing your calendar and contacts for better time and relationship management. His goal is to help stressed out performers learn several new and immediately useful strategies for finding a few minutes on tasks, activities, and actions you are already doing, leading to at least an extra hour of productivity every day.
Optimizing Your Outlook:Managing Your Time, Projects, People, Ideas, and (of course) E-mail Using Microsoft Outlook
(This has been Randy's second most popular program with his corporate/organizational training managers audience for inside training programs.)
In this popular program on “getting the most from your Outlook” as well as “Taming Your E-mail Beast” for MS Outlook Users, Randy Dean, author of the recent Amazon e-mail bestseller, Taming the E-mail Beast, shows how to expand your capabilities with the market-leading Microsoft Outlook e-mail and professional organization software. Randy delves into Outlook-specific strategies for many of the most common areas of productivity loss (and possible gain!) afflicting many busy professionals today: managing multiple projects & tasks; maintaining “traction” when dealing with tasks and interruptions; clearing the clutter in your mind for better focus; keeping staff on task; tracking “who owes you what” and getting that information on time; and better managing your calendar and contacts for better time and relationship management. Randy will also share several tips and strategies for better managing, organizing and prioritizing your e-mail activities, including converting e-mails into tasks, calendar items, and contacts automatically, saving time by sending “auto-emails”, cutting down on CC's, SPAM, and junk, and using “rules” to automate many of your e-mail processes.
His goal is to help stressed out performers learn several new and immediately useful Outlook strategies for finding a few minutes on e-mails, tasks, activities, and actions you are already doing, leading to at least an extra hour of productivity every day. Get more from all five of the key Outlook functions: Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, E-mail, and Notes; for greater productivity, sanity, efficiency, and work-life balance. (NOTE: This program is often combined with Taming the E-mail Beast to make a very solid, comprehensive program on mastering your MS Outlook -- a great combo for a 1/2 to full-day workshop!)
Time Management in "The Cloud" Using Google:Managing Your Time, Projects, People, Ideas, and E-mail Using Gmail and Other Google Productivity Tools
(This program has been growing in popularity as more organizations switch to Gmail/Google productivity tools for managing their e-mail, calendar, etc.)
Similar to Randy Dean's popular Finding an Extra Hour Every Day program and his Optimizing Your MS Outlook program, this program specifically shows how you can use Google's web-based, cloud-based professional productivity tools as a center point for a powerful productivity and time management system. Through the use of the Chrome browser and a couple key browser add-ons on your computer, and the right apps on your phone/tablet, you can set up your Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Contacts, Google Tasks, Google Drive, and Google Docs to know what you need to do and when you need to do it. Randy will show several Gmail tips for enhanced e-mail productivity, as well as how to not just use your browser to manage your day, but how this also automatically syncs with your phone and/or tablet for real-time, "anywhere" productivity. You'll see how you can manage your time, projects, tasks, people, and e-mail using this powerful suite of Google tools.
NEW! Productivity in "The Cloud": Harnessing the Power of The Cloud for Enhanced Personal and Professional Productivity
Everyone keeps talking about "the cloud". Many aren't even sure what it really is. But it is changing the way all of us do business. In this program, Randy Dean, MBA, discusses several popular cloud tools and services and how they can help to enhance both personal and organizational productivity. He talks about how people and firms are using the cloud, what they are storing and sharing on the cloud, and what are some of the key benefits of cloud computing. He'll also discuss cloud security and privacy. And then, he shares several real-world examples of the ways the cloud can enhance real-time productivity in an increasingly mobile world and workplace. And, in longer workshop sessions, he can even show how you can use cloud tools, apps, and services to better manage your time, e-mail, projects, people, ideas, and opportunities. If you are ready to start flying through the cloud, take this course today!
Managing and Leading Effective Staff & Team Meetings
With organizational resources tighter than ever, and staff and management busier than ever, frivolous meetings are simply not an option. Yet they continue to occur more often than ever. And too many unproductive, wasteful meetings create a major drag on staff morale and motivation, thus affecting productivity, turnover, and the “bottom line”. And, if you are the organizer or leader of unproductive meetings, it certainly doesn’t speak well for your personal management style, effectiveness, and/or competency – you simply cannot afford to look bad when you are “on stage” in a competitive or political environment. Randy Dean will share proven strategies for making sure your meetings are more productive, more focused, and more appreciated. Use your meetings to solve problems, address issues, and take advantage of opportunities -- let them be the powerful tool they can be for building your team and your business.
Ending the Office Clutter and Info Overload: Key Strategies for Managing Your Info Overload, “Stacks and Piles” and Other Clutter
If you would like to get control of “the beast” of information overload and all of your “stacks & piles”, you should attend this program. Learn how to reduce the mess on your desk by having “natural” places for all of your papers, project folders, items to read, etc., to go. Develop strategies and systems for effective and efficient management of your workstation. Learn how to get rid of all of the annoying “little stuff” and “clutter” once and for all, and then keep it under control for the ongoing future. We'll even discuss the possibilities and technology required to move toward a “paperless” workspace. Have a system for managing your info overload rather than letting it manage you!
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