Helping Others Get Things Done

As a loyal reader, you already know that I have been using the ideas from David Allen’s Getting Things Done book for many years.  What you may not know is that I have also been helping many of my IBM co-workers discover GTD and get things done.

Like most knowledge workers, my friends and co-workers struggle with tremendous email volumes and balancing heavy workloads.  In my spare time, I developed a presentation that provides describes how I use Lotus Notes and GTD to become my productive.

Since 2006 I have delivered this presentation many times to very diverse audiences within IBM.  I’ve spoken to new employees as well as managers and executives.  I’ve explained my approach to software engineers, market intelligence researchers, consultants, and human resources specialists – just to mention a few.

Sometimes I’m able to speak in person.  However, most of the time, I deliver the presentation via webcast and audio conference because the audience is spread across North America.

I don’t have much time to actively seek out speaking engagements.  (Remember, this isn’t my real job.)  Instead, I usually receive a request to speak from an IBMer that I have never met.  They usually have heard of my presentation (or received a copy of the slides) via the internal “grape vine”.  I have received many of these “out of the (big) blue” requests – some from IBMers as far away as Moscow.

Last week, I delivered the presentation to my largest audience yet.   925 people registered for the webcast and 441 attended the live call.  In the post-event survey, 25% of the respondents rated my presentation as “Inspiring” (5 out of 5).  60% give me 4 out of 5.

I have always enjoyed public speaking – especially when I get to help people.  However, the biggest highlight is reading the personal “thank you” emails that land in my inbox after the presentation.

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