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Steve Prentice        

Surviving and Thriving in Today's Workplace

A specialist in organization psychology and project management, Steve believes that biography speaks louder than theory, and he presents audiences with well-researched profiles of the great human-oriented successes and failures in the business world, both recent and classic, to help you refine your own personal and corporate strategies.

Steve is in high demand as a speaker, writer and expert on topics relating to humans in the digital age and speaks to companies and organizations across Canada and the U.S. The prestigious Meeting Professionals International MPI awarded him Platinum Status for consistently high ratings at the MPI Annual World Education Congress as well as National and Regional events. He is also regularly invited to speak at the annual conventions of the Human Resources Professionals Association, the HRPA, and is a member of the Canadian Society for Training and Development.

Steve is the author of two bestselling books: Cool Time: A Hands-on Plan for Managing Work and Balancing Time published by John Wiley and Sons in 2005, and Cool Down: Getting Further by Going Slower, published by John Wiley & Sons in February 2007.

He is also a regular guest on radio and TV across North America, where he is called upon to discuss issues of workplace productivity and stress.

Academically, Steve graduated from Concordia University in Montreal in 1989 with a B.A. in Communications Studies and was Valedictorian of the 1989 graduating year. Steve attended Law School in Toronto between 1989 and 1991 and was the official Rhodes Scholarship Candidate for York University for 1990. He returned to York University 10 years later and obtained a B.A degree in Psychology.


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The Cool Time Approach to Time Management

Things at work have changed a great deal over the last few years, but one thing hasn’t: people still don’t have the time to get anything done. In addition to email and smartphones, now there’s the cloud. There are passwords to memorize, change and then memorize again, and then there are all those videos of cats. Job descriptions have been modified to include the catch-all term “multitasking,” but thankfully, wireless devices have freed us up to struggle through our assignments and messages from wherever we are, 18 hours a day.

Can Time Management actually work? Yes it can, but it requires an approach that is completely different than what people expect. It’s about building relationships and understanding the power of influence. It’s about understanding that at the end of every problem there is a person, waiting for your response. The way in which you relate to each of the people in your life (including your boss) will determine how you can best manage your own time.

Cool Down: What the Slow Movement Can Teach Us About Productivity and Success

Before you check your wireless email for the fourth time this hour, ask yourself, is this helping you get further ahead?

In this presentation, time management and productivity expert Steve Prentice challenges our modern addiction to high-speed activity, especially email and event-to-event thinking. He suggests that people are getting locked inside a loop of surface-level urgencies, and are losing the ability to connect creatively with mentors, clients, even their managers. Working days are getting longer, and the separation between work and life is eroding. This, he calls, “death-in-harness.”

In an effort to find a better way, Steve takes a look at the growing Slow movement that is catching on in Japan and Europe, and asks whether it could possibly take root here, and indeed whether it even should. He takes the concept of “Slow” apart and rebuilds it, using terms, case studies and common sense segments that demonstrate clearly that to get further ahead faster, people do actually need to cool down.

Key Terms found in Cool Down:

Presenteeism: being at work even though sick or stressed Death-In-Harness: constantly treading the same path with no time for improvement The Silo Effect: the inability for people to connect and communicate creatively Ambient Momentum: the contagious speed of expectation Fear of the Loop: the pressure to stay in touch, even during vacations and after hours Event-to-Event Thinking: moving from activity to activity without factoring in prep time Parkinson’s Law: the Law that makes us think we can fit more into a day than is possible Blue Skying: the creative mental process that happens once the mind relaxes

BitCoin and the BlockChain in Non-Technical Terms

The currency of the new economy is changing, and it is becoming more virtual. New transaction options such as ApplePay and AndroidPay are now here. PayPal is being accepted in stores and restaurants; and increasingly, Bitcoin is emerging as an acceptable form of payment, on the retail and professional service level. Even more important than BitCoin itself is the engine behind it that makes it work, called the BlockChain. This technology has huge implications for any type of transaction that requires validation, such as contracts, mortgages, company ledgers, even diplomas and birth certificates, and thus has direct impact on the services offered by accounting firms and departments.

This workshop delivers four essential knowledge sets, delivered in clear, non-technical language. The goal of the session is for you to be able to explain these technologies with ease to your colleagues and clients and without having to memorize.

Topics include:

  1. Understanding digital payments such as ApplePay and AndroidPay

  2. Understanding BitCoin • What it is and how it works • How BitCoin differs from fiat currency • How BitCoin is mined (manufactured) • Using BitCoin and tracking its value • Answering your clients’ questions about BitCoin • Should your firm accept BitCoin as payment? • What does the IRS or CRA think about BitCoin

  3. Understanding the BlockChain • How it works/what it does • How BlockChain interacts with BitCoin • How BlockChain will impact other transactions and proof documents

  4. Context • Resources to keep pace with BitCoin/Blockchain development • What to prepare for as a accounting professional

Managing Your Career and Becoming Unemployment Proof

To survive and thrive in your career, you must think like a wolf. Ever alert for both opportunity and threat, neither complacent nor distracted.

And the only person you can truly rely on is you.

We have been through some hard, uncertain times. Many of us are still facing them. Never has it been more important to be self-sufficient: managing our own careers and destinies - actively, proactively. Because no-one else will.

Stay Sharp, innovative, and on your feet in an era of change and uncertainty.

Fifteen years in the making...this powerful, inspirational, book teaches you how to get ahead and stay ahead in a high-speed world full of opportunity but largely devoid of compassion. It’s time to stop working like a dog and start working like a wolf.

Since 1995, author and expert Steve Prentice has been teaching busy people how to manage time and projects, how to maintain a healthy work-life balance, how to network and to manage their employment safety net, and how to use technology to stay ahead, and most importantly how to keep the hunting instinct sharp to ensure that opportunity and self-sufficiency are always within reach. He has now made this knowledge available to ensure you receive optimum real-world knowledge as and when you need it.

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