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Randy Dean

Teaches an advanced time management/personal organization system

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Fee Range: 0-4999
  • Author of recent Amazon.com e-mail bestseller “Taming the E-mail Beast” and popular monthly e-newsletter, “Timely Tips”
  • Producer of several successful online and webinar training programs on time, e-mail, and related technology management
  • Speaker/trainer for Fortune 500, Federal Government, Major University, and National/International association clients
  • Frequent guest/commentator/contributor on radio, TV, newspaper, magazine, and online news blogs on e-mail/info overload
  • One university client found the average attendee taking Randy’s courses saved 2+ hours per week after taking his course

Randall Dean, MBA, and author of the recent Amazon.com #1 E-mail Bestseller, Taming the E-mail Beast, has 25 years of experience using and teaching an advanced time management/personal organization system, including systems for effective e-mail management, office clutter reduction, optimizing your Outlook and/or Gmail/Google usage, and getting the most from affiliated smart phone and tablet devices. He has taught different versions of his time & e-mail management systems for many prominent organizations including Procter & Gamble, Michigan State University, University of California Berkeley, Westinghouse Electric Company, Volvo, The Global Business Travel Association, the Graduate Management Admissions Council, The University of Pittsburgh, Ohio State University, the Institute of Management Accountants, the National Association for Le.gal Career Professionals, the Michigan Association for Continuing Education & Training, and The Michigan, Indiana, Texas, and Iowa Societies of Association Executives for groups as small as five and as large as 550.

His speaking and training programs are consistently some of the highest-rated programs for the many conferences and clients he speaks for, including major conferences, Fortune 500 organizations, top universities, governmental agencies, and leading nonprofits — basically anyone struggling to better manage their time, e-mail, smart phone/tablet devices, Google productivity apps, and/or Microsoft Outlook. (And he makes these topics fun and engaging too!)

He has previously been interviewed by the Washington Times, Detroit News, The Globe and Mail, Business Week Online, and numerous other media outlets, including radio, television, newspaper, and blog sites. He is an active member of the National Speakers Association (NSA) and Michigan Society of Association Executives. See Randy’s demo video below — you can upsize when you hit “Play”.

Taming the E-mail Beast: Key Strategies for Your Managing E-mail Overload

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 featuring specific tips for Outlook and Gmail users, but applicable to ANY e-mail user. 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 processing system”. Learn how to get rid of all those “quick little” e-mails once and for all, prioritize your most important messages, and mitigate or even eliminate much of that annoying junk and spam. Finally feel on top of your e-mail and related activities, rather than feeling it is on top of you

Note that this course can be combined with Optimizing Your Outlook, Taming the E-mail Etiquette Beast, and/or Time Management in “The Cloud” Using Gmail/Google to make a solid half- to full-day training program.

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, MBA, 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, as well as a better way to start and manage your day so more time is devoted to your key projects, clients, and activities with less distraction.

Note that this course is a very popular conference/event breakout/keynote, typically of 60-90 minutes, but can be expanded into a half- or even full-day session, incorporating segments of Taming the E-mail Beast, Optimizing Your Outlook, and/or Time Management Using Gmail/Google.

From Distracted to Productive: Finding Your Productivity and Focus in a Hyper-Interrupted World

E-mail. Texts. Interruptions. Project Transitions. Office Clutter. Social and Other Media. Your Smart Phones and Tablets. Even Family and Friends. These common distractions make it almost impossible to get anything done. It 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 discipline, it is possible to find your focus, even in a hyper-distracted world.  We’ll share “game plan” ideas for getting and keeping your distractors under control, and finding critical “focused productivity” time every day, leading to both performance but also clarity of mind and purpose.

This program will cover the following:

  • The state of interruptions and distraction in today’s professional world
  • The two key ways e-mail distracts you (and solutions for managing that!)
  • More effectively dealing with unexpected interruptions and project transitions to maintain “traction” and reduce distraction
  • Reducing the e-distraction of smart phones, tablets, and apps
  • A few key office/info clutter strategies for better organization
  • “Game plan” techniques for better managing the start of your day and your work/information through the day for higher productivity, more focus, and less distraction
Optimizing Your Outlook: Time Management Tips & Tricks for Busy Outlook Users (Similar to Finding an Extra Hour, but specifically for Microsoft Outlook users.)

In this popular program on “getting the most from your Outlook” for MS Outlook Users, Randy goes deeper 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, getting more from time spent in meetings, 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. His goal is to help stressed out performers learn several new and immediately useful Outlook 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. Get more from all five of the key Outlook functions for greater productivity.

Time Management in “The Cloud” Using Gmail/Google: Managing Time, Projects, People, Ideas, and E-mail Using Gmail, Google Apps, & Google Chrome

For many years, Microsoft Outlook, LotusNotes, and other “server-based” productivity applications have been the industry leaders. But in the last few years, popular programs and services created by Google and based in “the cloud” have been emulating the capabilities of these productivity applications, now to the point where a professional could seriously consider “leaping to the cloud” to manage their projects, time, clients, customers, ideas, e-mail, and more. Existing users of Gmail/Google will find they can build a comprehensive system for time/work/e-mail management using tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Tasks, Google Contacts, Google Drive & Docs, and Google Chrome, as well as affiliated apps for their smart phone & tablet devices, and those not using these tools can use this program as a way to see if Gmail/Google can give them what they need to manage this info in their work and/or life. (And, if you are just using Gmail personally, you can see how these other applications might be able to help you better manage your personal information on your personal devices.)

Smart Phone Success and Terrific Tablets: Getting More Productivity (and Fun!) From Your Devices

You know which apps are fun, but what apps, services and functions will help you turn your Droid, IPhone/IPad, and/or Windows device into a productivity workhorse? In this session, we will 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 allow you to potentially 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.

Managing and Leading Great 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 all the time. 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. On the other hand, well-managed meetings are highly effective tools for keeping people and teams informed and productive, but they don’t happen by accident! Businesses need meetings that are effective, productive, and consistently create value for the organization. If you are a business that wants to plan and run more effective meetings using the least amount of valuable staff time and resources, this program provides you with the tools and strategies you need to plan, manage, lead, and follow through on effective meetings. And, this program has a few fun and interactive exercises, including a fun tutorial on how to run a better, more focused brainstorm session!

Taming the E-mail Etiquette Beast: Finding Sanity in Your Written E-mail Communications

Join Randy Dean, MBA, and author of the recent Amazon e-mail bestseller, Taming the E-mail Beast, as he expands beyond e-mail processing, productivity, and efficiency into the realm of e-mail etiquette. We will discuss how to make your emails get attention, actually get read, and then get acted upon. We will deconstruct a good e-mail, starting with smarter subject lines that get noticed and get opened. We will move into opening instructions that make the e-mail easy to understand and make action points, delegations, and deadlines clear and obvious. We’ll cover effective body copy that helps recipients fully understand the message. And, we’ll talk about effective closes that leave the recipient confident with next actions. AND YES, we’ll even discuss how grammar still matters (yes, it does!) We will also discuss multi-party e-mails and how to help make each person’s action items and deadlines clear, assisting with team coordination.

We will of course discuss several “problem” e-mail types — those lacking clear instructions, overusing CC’s, FYI’s, and “reply alls”, emails laden with complex or emotional content, “ping-pong” e-mails (you know — those e-mails that keep bouncing around between folks) and more. We will also talk about the right way to use e-mail for critical and/or urgent communications, and how to identify and re-use successful e-mail communications and templates to increase efficiency while simultaneously enhancing communications quality.

Virtual presentations available

Program #1: Virtual Meetings and Virtual Work: Getting More Productivity and Effectiveness from Both

Description:

In this new program reflecting our current times with the coronavirus outbreak, Randy Dean, MBA, The E-mail Sanity Expert®, will take his 16+ years of “working from a home office” and leading multiple client meetings and webinars virtually, and provide you with tips that can greatly help increase your productivity and effectiveness with both. We’ll discuss critical set up, equipment, software, tools, and apps that will make your work from home experience more productive and less distracting. We will also discuss critical tips for running and/or attending online virtual meetings so they can be more useful and effective. All in a quick 90 minute webinar program!

Program #2: Getting More Productivity and Effectiveness from Working “Virtual”

In this new program reflecting our current times with the coronavirus outbreak, Randy Dean, MBA, The E-mail Sanity Expert®, will take his 16+ years of “working from a home office” and leading multiple client meetings and webinars virtually, and provide you with tips that can greatly help increase your productivity and effectiveness in your new “work from home” environment. We’ll discuss critical set up, equipment, software, tools, and apps that will make your work from home experience more productive and less distracting. We will also discuss a few critical tips for your online virtual meetings so they can be more useful and effective. And, we’ll even share some tips for maintaining personal and work balance and wellbeing in this new environment.

Program #3: Managing & Leading Great Staff & Team Meetings (Including Tips for Better Virtual Meetings)

Join Randall Dean, Time & Tech Management Author & Speaker, Randall Dean Consulting & Training, LLC, for an informative session on managing & leading better staff and team meetings (including tips for virtual). With company 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 corporate “bottom line.” And, if you are the organizer or leader of meetings, you simply cannot afford to look unprofessional when you are “on stage” in a competitive or political environment. Use this program to better plan, lead, and follow through on your meetings and enhance team productivity, coordination, and cohesion. Learn proven strategies for better participation, cohesion, and buy in from your meeting participants, leading to higher productivity from your meeting time and efforts. And, we’ll even share tips for better virtual meetings, with additional content on tools like Zoom, GoToMeeting/Webinar, and Microsoft Teams.

Other programs also available in virtual format

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