“Startlingly Impressive”- Marcello Recommends: “Folding Time” by Productivity Expert, Neen James

How to achieve twice as much in half the time.”  Sounds pretty good right?  Almost sounds too good to be true, actually.

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 Best Wedding Reception, Ever!- Ask Peter Merry


Author, Peter Merry

Peter Merry recently completed a literary effort that’s sure to get him on Oprah’s couch in the near future during one of her famed “book club” segments.  The title says it all, The Best Wedding Reception , Ever!.

I  found it to be such a great source of ideas and concepts for brides planning their reception that I’ve given them all a copy.  Every catering manager that we work with was sent a copy of the book as well.  The response has been so overwhelmingly positive that it deserved special mention here on our blog.

This excerpt gives you a good idea of what to look forward to…

If you could only choose three words to describe your dream reception… WHAT 3 WORDS would you choose? If one of your top choices was…FUN …then this book was written just for you!


The Best Wedding Reception, Ever!

For years the bridal magazines, wedding planning books, and wedding focused television programs have explored every facet of wedding celebrations except for one…the FUN. Brides are being told to shop for “music” and then when their wedding reception begins, they suddenly realize that what they really needed was talented and appropriate entertainment.

In this ground breaking book, Peter Merry will shine a light on the subject of creating fun and entertaining wedding receptions.

You will learn how to find the right vendors who know how to deliver unforgettably entertaining receptions. You will discover how to map out an agenda that will flow smoothly while encouraging guest involvement. You will also explore ideas for creating memorable moments that can be personalized to fit your style and unique sensibilities so your celebration can truly be… “THE BEST WEDDING RECEPTION…EVER!TM

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