Public Workshops

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Public workshop: Leave the Office Earlier®

Attend an immersive, interactive workshop, based on Laura Stack’s best-selling book, Leave the Office Earlier®! This full-day experience will be facilitated by Productivity Pro® certified trainer, Kathy Cooperman.

Long hours. Juggling family and work. Deadlines. High stress levels. Today’s professionals are feeling more overworked and overwhelmed than ever before. Yet you CAN get more done than you ever thought possible—and still get home to your real life sooner. Laura Stack, “The Productivity Pro”® shows you how.

Friday,May 10, 2013
8:30 AM TO 4:00 PM
Limited to 75 people

What will you learn?

Using the word “productive” itself as a foundation, Laura spells-out the ten factors that will help people leave the office earlier, with less stress, and more to show for it:

By the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  1. Preparation relates to goal setting, planning, and scheduling. The toughest part of setting goals is turning the lofty, long-term goals into actionable tasks you can work on today. Using your personal mission statement to guide you, create personal and professional long-term goals, break them down into short-term objectives and project plans, create monthly task lists, and then determine daily activities. You will only achieve your long-term objectives if you consistently focus on the correct daily priorities.
  2. Reduction relates to the obstacles that waste your time during the day, called “speed bumps.” Once you have determined what you want to achieve, many things can get in your way and ruin your best-laid plans. By eliminating these speed bumps, you create the space to accomplish important tasks. Speed bumps may include crisis, interruptions, overload, meetings, and improper delegation.
  3. Order relates to your level of organization and how well you control the paper, email, and other information into and out of your office. Order is your ability to find what you want, when you want it. Getting rid of clutter is more than just being efficient, more than being more productive on a daily basis, more than a way to lower stress. Being organized is a key way to find the time and the self-control to start achieving more of the things you want to do.
  4. Discipline relates to your ability to maintain consistent, productive behavior. Sure, everyone has an “off” day. If you are self-disciplined, however, you exhibit consistent focus in your day-to-day work, even if you don’t feel like it. It means taking advantage of your prime time, being flexible, not procrastinating, and distinguishing between high standards and unrealistic expectations.
  5. Unease relates to your stress levels. According to a recent study by the Xerox and Harris Interactive, most people in America work more than sixty hours a week, and over 33 percent work on weekends. The “faster, cheaper, do more with nothing” approach has created a workplace in which workers are always in high gear. This work style reduces productivity and increases stress. Problems with time commitments, chronic worrying, interpersonal conflicts, and demanding friendships are all things that can sap your energy. Once you identify the stress challenges in your life, you can identify possible ways to eliminate them.
  6. Concentration relates to your ability to focus on the task at hand. So many things compete for attention in the workplace that it’s often very difficult to stay on target. For example, daydreaming, re-reading the same paragraph over and over, and multi-tasking are big concentration culprits. It’s important to capture distracting thoughts, so you don’t forget them, but equally important not to let distractions dictate your day. So stop checking email as it comes in and schedule future appointments for drop-in visitors.
  7. Time Mastery relates to your skill at managing your activities. Without good time management, you can experience negative consequences such as missed deadlines, late nights, stress, crises, and overload. Positive self-management brings the rewards of recognition, results, free time, clarity, and focus. Creating document templates, using shortcuts, and consolidating calendars are important time skills. You must also know how to work with people with different time styles, eliminate bottlenecks, take advantage of down time, and save time in bits and pieces.
  8. Information Management relates to your technological savvy. Your ability to work productively with your computer, email, voicemail, the Internet, Blackberry, PDA, cell phone, and pager…the list goes on and on…is an increasingly important skill. Technology can undoubtedly improve your productivity, but it can make you less productive if you’re not careful. Use the latest technologies to your advantage, without letting technology take advantage of you. Get off mailing lists, use “filters” for your email, narrow your web searches, take the time to learn how to use your software correctly, and eliminate hardcopy faxes.
  9. Vitality relates to physiological factors and self-care habits that affect your ability to work productively. Recent studies have revealed that we have the potential to dramatically affect our productivity by paying closer attention to our health. We eat too much, drink too much, don’t exercise enough, work too much, and don’t sleep enough. Bottom line: When you feel good, you can accomplish more. Feel great in the office through simple exercises and stretches, adequate lighting, comfort, and noise reduction techniques.
  10. Equilibrium relates to your work and family balance. Proper balance is tough to achieve, because employees have a real commitment to their jobs and to their families. It’s important to allocate your time according to your values and the top priorities in your life. Once you’ve created a personal mission statement, you can assess if you’re spending your time in ways consistent with your values. Set boundaries, stop thinking about work, and enjoy your personal time. After all, we are working to live, not living to work.

Who should attend?

This public workshop is for professionals who want to achieve exceptional performance and productivity in all areas of their lives. It’s applicable to any level of employee in any kind of company or organization, including:

  • Staff and middle management level “office” and “staff” positions such as marketing, admins, IT, HR, PR, operations, purchasing, etc.
  • Leaders and managers in small or large corporations, including team leaders, first level supervisors, mid-level managers, and key executives, who want to provide coaching to their employees.
  • Entrepreneurs and business owners who need to spend a majority of their time on revenue-producing activities and reduce the administrative burden.
  • Salespeople, such as financial services, professional services, insurance, real estate, pharmaceutical, business owners.
  • Human Resource executives, who need assistance in the performance review process creating development plans for employees with low personal productivity and performance.


Your $299 investment includes:

      • Detailed reference workbook
      • Autographed copy of Leave the Office Earlier
      • A $100 per person discount is available for 3 or more from the same company. Use coupon code EARLY by April 11, 2013 to recieve $100 off your order.

Your Instructor

Kathy Cooperman, a Productivity Pro® Certified Trainer (see bio below), will be facilitating this course. The book and material was developed by Laura Stack, President & CEO of The Productivity Pro®, Inc. Laura is a bestselling author and keynote speaker, who has created performance-improvement programs for Fortune 500 corporations for over 20 years.


For you out-of-towners, the Denver Marriott South in Lone Tree has a workout room, full-service restaurant, great bar, concierge room with breakfast for Gold/Platinum level members, and a Starbucks! We have a terrific room rate of $84, so use the link above and book by April 11, 2013 to take advantage of the special rate.

Register Now!

Other Information:

Registration begins at 8:00 AM.
Starbucks coffee is provided.
Lunch is on your own. There is a restaurant at the Marriott and several close by.
Bring a light sweater.
Questions? Email [email protected] or call 303-471-7401. See you there!

Bring 3 or more colleagues from the same company and receive $100 off per participant! Use coupon code EARLY to receive $100 off your order.

About Kathy Pennell Cooperman

About Kathy Pennell CoopermanKathy Pennell Cooperman specializes in Leadership Development through coaching, consulting, and facilitation. Her passion is helping organizations accelerate excellence in their leaders. Kathy engages everyone to work together to achieve the business strategy, while applying the core principals of Positive Psychology.
Kathy has been consulting to organizations for over twenty years, specializing in the areas of Productivity Improvement, Leadership, Organization Development, and Talent Management. As an organizational consultant, Kathy’s focus is on helping her clients understand the behavior change process, plan an effective change strategy for themselves, and implement change successfully. Kathy has extensive experience working with organizations in executive coaching and leadership development, seminar/workshop design and facilitation, and creating and building high performance teams.
In her role as coach to senior leaders, Kathy has coached executives in a variety of industries across the U.S. and internationally. She coaches developing, emerging, and strategic leaders, with a distinct focus on helping align individual, team, and organizational goals. She works closely with individuals to help them take ownership for their success. She coaches from a “whole person” perspective—helping leaders clarify their personal commitment to their role and organization.