Impressive Aussie- Marcello Recommends: Secrets of Super Productivity by Neen James

Secrets of Super-Productivity by Neen James

A few weeks ago I attended a private business conference in Indianapolis. It’s an annual gathering that’s kinda like a Dead Poet’s Society for special event entrepreneurs. One of the featured presenters at this multi-day event was  productivity expert, Neen James, from Australia.

Not only did she offer sage advice with regard to personal and professional efficiency, she totally owned a room that was filled with 40 alpha-male control freaks who can be very unforgiving if you don’t bring your A-game.

I can’t share specific details from that particular presentation, but I can at least refer you to her public book release, Secrets of Super-Productivity: How To Achieve Amazing Things In Your Work Life. Neen graciously sent me a signed copy in a  very impressive follow-up package after the conference.   It read like a modern version of How To Win Friends and Influence People.   James touches on everything from task prioritization, the importance of social surroundings, continuing education, financial fundamentals and general wellness tips.

Secrets of Super-Productivity would make a great gift for anyone you know who is old enough to read and who’ll eventually be on their own someday.   Like the ability to balance a check book and display simple social graces, I firmly believe that the gospel of Neen should be standard fodder for school curriculums everywhere. SOSP is also a great investment for the successful professional who likes or needs a little  reminder of what got them to the top and more importantly… how to stay there.

Here are a few excerpts to whet your appetite:

Neen James

“Stop trying to manage time and learn how to make time.

“…The other thing most people overlook is the need to schedule time before and after each meeting to prepare and complete follow-up activities… Jason and I had a ‘decompression session‘ after each day of educational content in order to digest what we learned, discuss implementation strategies and just to chat about anything else BUT business in order to avoid information-overload.

“Many people have a tendency to want to keep e-mails.  Set yourself some guidelines for what you want to keep and delete the rest once you have read or actioned them.” Jason @soundconnectdj recently tweeted:  ‘WOW.  Just hit 10,000 unread emails.‘    It’s good to be busy and in demand, but I think JJ needs a little Neen-inspired Delete Key session.

“Make an appointment with yourself for the first of January every year to reflect on the year that was and the year to come. My friends know that I’m usually on a plane to Costa Rica at the beginning of each New Year.  The reflection begins on take-off and evolves into a month of introspection and rejuvenation.  11 years ago I read that mandatory sabbaticals yield significant results for CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, it’s been a part of MMP’s annual playbook ever since.

Sleep is vital for renewing body and mind and yet we often forfeit sleep time so we can do other activities.”  ..  “The important thing is to discipline yourself to get a good night’s sleep and  rise early so that you can make the most of every day.”

“You will feel more in control of your life when your home is a retreat rather than an obstacle course or a constant reminder of things that need doing!  Spend some time spring-cleaning… remove the clutter, tidy problem areas, create storage solutions and eliminate the mess.”

Connect with Neen on Linkedin, Twitter, & Facebook or visit her online productivity store for additional resources & booking

*Editor’s note:  I still get choked up every time I see that scene from Dead Poets.  🙂

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6 Responses to “Impressive Aussie- Marcello Recommends: Secrets of Super Productivity by Neen James”
  1. Neen James says:

    Marcello – what an honor it was to serve your group and thank you for this amazing review. You know ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People’ is one of my all time fave books – so I was especially delighted with your comparison. You are one of a kind!

  2. Marcello says:

    Good evening Neen,

    So- you’ve got style and personality. You’ve got stage presence and like to ride Harleys.

    Even though you tweet a gazillion times a day you actually tweet great stuff like how to blog more efficiently…

    The only way I know you are human and not a machine is because of the way you pronounce ‘sheddule.’ 🙂

    Continued success!


  3. Neen James says:

    You are too funny! Every time I say the word schedule I am going to think of you! You are exceptional and the impact you have on the world will have ripple effects around the planet. I am so delighted we connected!

  4. Sean Big Daddy McKee says:

    Neen is a wonderful presenter!! She started the week off with a BANG!!! Keeping in touch with this ball of fire is a true joy to my week!, G’day GORGEOUS!!! What a GREAT way to start the day!! Her book is a constant reminder that I need to make more ME time!, Great Blog my friend!! Now back to my shhedule!!

  5. Marcello says:

    Thanks Neen! The feelings are mutual! Looking forward to the party next month. 🙂

    Hey Sean! Thank you my friend. I couldn’t agree more about Neen. Her relentlessly-effective connectedness is simply awesome. Celebrate Life and Live to Win. 🙂

  6. Neen James says:

    You guys are amazing!

    Marcello – as an Aussie I am not easily impressed (I guess that is part of our culture and fundamental values of equality) but you are incredibly impressive. I just received my gift last night and this weather is perfect to enjoy it – thank you so much. You are beyond first class at every opportunity.

    Sean – you are too much fun and your emails and FB posts bring a huge smile to my day.

    Gentlemen – both of you have a massive IMPACT on the world and I a delighted our paths have joined.

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