Special thanks to Steven Parry for including me as a featured entrepreneur on his interview series, The Social DJ.
This clip features a few highlights from the episode.
Onwards and upwards!
The Celebrate Life Series continues with another special segment on social media guidance and technology tips for our discerning clientele and viewers who appreciate helpful advice that can make their lives better.
This episode features super-productivity expert and author of Folding Time, Neen James. She is an absolute master of efficiency, staying connected and knowing how to live life to the fullest.
Best wishes and continued success Ms. James!
How to Increase Engagement by Focusing on the Environment: Marcello Pedalino featured in Folding Time
MMP Entertainment and Event Production‘s Executive Director, Marcello Pedalino, was featured this month in the new book from productivity expert Neen James, Folding Time. “How To Achieve Twice As Much In Half The Time.”
Neen’s latest book is about “being accountable for our time, engaging our attention and leveraging our energy.” It provides tested systems and processes that can enable you to enjoy a better quality of life, grow your business, advance your career, enjoy deeper relationships, build your reputation, increase your personal profile, and have the pleasure of reconnecting with friends, colleagues and family members.”
Mrs. James asked Marcello to share his insights on How to Increase Engagement by Focusing on the Environment. The excerpt is below.
Bravo Marcello! - DH
Productivity is more than managing time. True Productivity is the combination of how you manage your time, focus your your attention and manage your energy. The most productive people I know do less, not more. (Yes, you read that right. ) They do more of the things that energize them.
Keeping the attention of others on a daily basis can be a challenge, so recently we interviewed people we admire to ask about the secrets of they effectively engage people.
One of the most successful leaders we interviewed was Marcello Pedalino. He believes in celebrating life and enjoying the journey through this world as much as possible; to work hard and play hard is his motto.
From the first moment you meet him you are aware of his undivided attention, genuine smile and exceptional conversational skills. I was fortunate enough to be part of an invitation-only retreat for top entertainers in the USA, where I met the most fascinating people. This group of award winning entertainers considers it their calling to provide experiences for people that they will treasure for a lifetime.
When asking Marcello how he engages people, he shared, “By smiling and being as polite as possible.” This seems obvious right? Then why don’t more leaders do this? He continued to share that if the situation demands more than just “good manners and genuine eye contact,” the next strategy is to gain control of the surroundings that directly affect people’s sensory system.
He shared that when his company provides the entertainment, production and hospitality for an event, they make sure that guests are comfortable throughout the celebration. Guests who are comfortable are in a good mood… if they are in a good mood, they are happy. Happy people are extremely receptive to taking verbal direction, getting involved and following your lead.
Smell, hearing, sight and temperature are all essential elements of comfort. When people smell tantalizing aromas, listen to the perfect song at the right volume, look at a well-groomed performer or event host in a beautifully decorated space, and their body is like Goldilocks’s porridge, they are extremely receptive to engagement from an effective conversationalist… especially one who knows how to adjust oratory delivery based on the demographics and personalities in the room.
Well, if you’re Neen James, or one of her clients, or one of the fortunate few whose company was wise enough to tap into her brilliance, you already know that efficiency and productivity are well within the realm of possibility.
Neen’s latest book is about “being accountable for our time, engaging our attention and leveraging our energy.” It provides tested systems and processes that can enable you to enjoy a better quality of life, grow your business, advance your career, enjoy deeper relationships, build your reputation, increase your personal profile, and have the pleasure of reconnecting with friends, colleagues and family members.
Neen, who I’m grateful to consider a friend, is what you’d call a “super-productive connector” and “thought leader.” She’s one part Tony Robbins, one part Emily Post, a spoonful of Grace Kelly and a dash of Oprah all wrapped up into one delectable dish of Aussie fabulous-ness. She consistently and generously connects like-minded individuals so they can create mutually beneficial opportunities and outcomes.
My mother used to cut out articles that she thought would help me in some way and then mail them over with nice little hand-written note or personally introduce me to influential acquaintances who she thought could be potential mentors. Neen possesses the same kindhearted forethought and has updated the process with today’s technology.
Folding Time offers nuggets to those who seek peace of mind and productivity while managing a busy schedule and personal responsibilities. Like the other books I’ve recommended here on the MMP blog, I thought you’d appreciate her timely affirmations and keen guidance as well.
Below are a few excerpts and concepts covered in Folding Time to whet your appetite;
“The most productive people I know do less, not more… but they do more of the things that matter to them. ”
“Be active, not busy.”
“Schedule activity, recovery and re-energy. Maximum capacity requires forward planning.”
“Learn how to say “no” nicely.”
“15 minutes is the true secret to productivity.”
6 minute theory- “If you invest 10% of every hour you will maximize the remaining 90% of that hour.”
“Concentrate on long-term goals and focus on short-term results.”
Not too many people can give you an hour anymore, “Host a tele-coffe or tele-cocktails.”
“Surround yourself with VIPs (Very Inspiring People) and eliminate VDPs (Very Draining People) from your life. VIPs can be friends, family members or business colleagues who are impressive to you, who inspire you to do better. Spending time with VIPs motivates and invigorates you and ultimately accelerates your productivity.”
Conscious Celebration theory: “We always have time to do what matters.”
“Make happiness and joy a priority.” – via Kim Woodsworth
“Workout when you wake up. Get it done early. No interruptions, no excuses- do it.”
“Associate your bed with sleep- Experts will tell you the only activities that belong in bed are sleep and sex. It’s not a good idea to use your bed to watch TV, listen to the radio or read excessively. Do not bring work to bed. ”
“Listen with your eyes.” - The invaluable lesson her neighbor, Donovan, taught her when he was only 5 years old.
“Once you have mastered time, you will understand how true it is that most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year- and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade. ” – via Tony Robbins
The Celebrate Life Series- Marcello Recommends: 10 Things You Can Do To Have A Better Day by Mike Walter
He’s been a featured guest on MMP’s Celebrate Life Series and a frequent contributor to our Sunshine Club; he’s an established business leader, consultant and performer in the DJ Entertainment industry- and now, he’s a twice- published author. Mike Walter, once again joins our recommended list of influential thought leaders who wrote a book for all of the aspiring souls out there who were wondering, “is this as good as it gets?”
With his latest release, 10 Things You Can Do To Have a Better Day, Mike joins the ranks of Neen James , Brene Brown, Danny Meyer, Kevin Hall, Gary Vaynerchuk and Tony Hsieh who took the time to eloquently share part of their life’s journey with others. For most of these extraordinary personalities, their best sellers were either published as a cathartic endeavor, a kindle-friendly way to pass on the sage guidance they were fortunate to receive over the years, or simply a personal commitment to paying it forward. I think the 10 Things handbook is an engaging trifecta.
Wanna lose weight? check. Find more energy? check. Enjoy a more satisfying relationship? check. Discover fulfillment? check. Take a vacation? check again. Do you wanna be more productive, be happier and smile more than you ever thought was possible????…. Like they told Joey in the old Prego commercial, It’s In There!
DISCLAIMER: your mileage and results may vary and you might not look as good or content as the guy on the left when you’re done. But, if you don’t at least feel a little better about your life’s potential, your future opportunities, or this limit-less world we live in after reading Mike’s pocketful of sunshine, you better check your pulse. Seriously.
Don’t just take my word for it. 10 Things has been getting rave reviews since its release a few months ago. Even if I didn’t have the honor and pleasure to call Mike a dear friend and colleague, I’d still be praising the positive vibes that his book is spreading across the globe.
In this episode of the Celebrate Life Interview Series, Mike dishes out some more great tips and suggestions for finding joy, planning a cool honeymoon, which sports teams to cheer for, and how to mentally prepare for a marathon.
He also gives a sneak peak into the upcoming sequel to Ten Things as well as a little tease of his father’s fascinating book which is due out shortly.
With wedding plans just months away, the MMP team would like to wish Mike and his beautiful fiance Kelly, who is also a Sunshine Club contributor, all the health, happiness and success that life has to offer.
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