Jeff Havens How to Annoy Your Coworkers Article

Tips to Annoy Anyone You Work With

Oh, the little things. They shouldn’t matter as much as they do, right? After all, there’s war and famine and crushing poverty in various places around the world, which means that our tiny little problems shouldn’t bother us like they do. That’s what I keep telling myself, anyway.   But then someone decides to poke me,…

Jeff Havens How To Reason With Unreasonable People

How To Reason With Unreasonable People

One of the most difficult parts of having to work with other people is dealing with anyone who seemingly revels in refusing to consider anything you suggest before you’re even done suggesting it. You’ve got an idea you think might work, you make the mistake of getting excited about it, you then make the further…

Jeff Havens Business Transformations

4 Amazing Company Transformations Since Being Founded

Figuring out how to deal with change is one of the more difficult elements of professional life. I’ve spoken at close to 1,000 conferences at this point, and the vast majority of my clients want me to help prepare their attendees for upcoming changes or to help smooth the transition from a change that got…

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How Bad Managers Might Be Literally Killing Your Employees

If you’re even halfway interested in becoming a better leader, then I’m sure you’ve read dozens of books and articles and case studies about leadership.  You’ve probably seen a few statistics that have made you really stop and think about your own approach to management and leadership. But you’ve never seen a statistic like this…

3 Creative Ways to Grow Your Busines by Jeff Havens

3 Creative Ways To Grow Your Business

Welcome to almost spring! With any luck the snow is finally melting and turning your backyard into a slushy mudpile you won’t want to walk in for a month. The birds are returning to peck holes into the side of your home, your friendly neighborhood bears are coming out of hibernation, and any Southerners reading…

Work from Home Jeff Havens

How To Survive Working From Home When Other People Are Around

As you may already know, I do a lot of my work from home when I’m not traveling. (I used to do a lot of my work out of other people’s homes, but they eventually found out what I was doing and started calling the cops.) That is usually a beautiful thing, since my wife…

Networking Basics Matt Havens

2 Networking Basics for Work and Your Personal Life

Happy March everyone! I hope your 2017 is off to a great start! For me personally, the year is moving too fast. I had so many goals to start the year and frankly I’m feeling a little behind. I haven’t gotten more “organized,” I’m still rocking my extra Christmas weight, and I’ve made literally zero…

Innovation Keynote Speaker Jeff Havens Article

Where Do Great Ideas Come From?

I had an inspiration in the shower today. That happens fairly often, and not just because I’m a compulsive bather (I shower almost every day – my mom would be so proud!). I think it’s because the shower is one of the very few places in my life when I am not at all in…

Personal Development Little Things

The Enormity of Little Things

Hey everyone! For those of you who read my newsletter often, you’ll know that I usually begin with a whimsical paragraph filled with wonder and whimsy (I like the word whimsy, so I used it twice. Three times now.) This time, though, will be a bit different. I speak often about the importance of small…


Collaborative Space Etiquette Video Series :: BLOOPERS!

We have recently released our 4-part series on Collaborative Space Etiquette to the member section of Of course we messed up a few times and wanted to share some of the moments that made us laugh.  We hope you get a laugh and make sure sign up to get full access to all of…

How to introduce a keynote speaker

How to Make Your Keynote Speaker Introduction Memorable

Thanks very much, everyone. It is an honor for me to introduce our next guest. He has been a professor of Aerodynamics at California Polytechnic Institute for the past 17 years. He’s on the board of… And you’re already not paying attention.


Managing Change in 2017

Hello, and welcome to another stupid year! Or another amazing year – it’s really yet to be determined what kind of year it’s going to be. But it definitely promises to be an interesting year, for me at least, because I’m going to become a father. This is officially the last month of my life…


How To Convince Lazy People To Work Harder

If you’re at all like me, then you’ll remember group projects from high school with a mixture of frustration and more frustration. Your history teacher assigned four of you to present a report about the Civil War, and you stayed up late three nights in a row sewing a perfect replica of a Union general’s…

Jeff Havens Ode to Meeting Planners

Ode to Meeting Planners

This rhyme is for you, And please let’s be plain. You’re planning a conference So you must be insane. Perhaps you’re a newbie And if that is so Allow me to tell you What the rest of us know. You’ll visit the venue And be treated top notch They’ll ply you with sturgeon And single…

Jeff Havens Generational Keynote Speaker

Real-World Generational Questions

Hey everyone! I just delivered a webinar with BizLibrary to 750 people about generational issues in the workplace. It went pretty well, if the lack of death threats is any indication, and several people asked follow-up questions about specific issues they were facing at work. Since I thought some of you might be facing the…

Breakup with 2016

How to Break Up With 2016!

Hello, and welcome to the end of 2016! It feels a bit like a break-up. I mean, I know I’m never going to see 2016 again, but am I making the right decision? Should I really be leaving 2016 for 2017? I mean, I hardly even know 2017. What if she’s not as good for…


Giving Can Be Fun!

Yes, we’ve posted this video for the last couple of years, but it’s still fun and hopefully encourages everyone to get in the right spirit for the holiday season!

Jeff Havens Change Management Article

How to Survive a Company Merger

My wife works at a giant company which recently announced they were going to merge with another giant company in order to create an ever gianter company with a handful of baby subsidiary spinoff companies that will each also be giant companies all by themselves. From the outside, it looks to me like a not-so-subtle…

Jeff Havens Productivity Article

How to Accomplish More By Doing Less

Sweden. The very name conjures images of yodeling shepherd women and…wait, no that’s Germany. Ah yes, the majestic fjords of…hold on, that’s Norway. White sandy beaches sounds more Caribbean-y. What’s Sweden known for, anyway?

How to create an effective powerpoint presentation

How to Create an Effective Powerpoint Presentation

I’ve been a professional keynote speaker now for over a decade, which means I know what I’m saying when I tell you that nobody really wants to look at me while I’m talking. To be fair, it’s not just me – nobody really wants to look at anyone while they’re delivering a presentation, which is…