While reviewing the 2017 Program Evaluations, I read comments like: “Awesome choice for Jeff!!!”; “That fellow Friday morning was GREAT!!”; “Jeff was the best, please bring him back!” I could go on and on, but I think you get the point.
Your closing General Session presentation was one of the reasons the participants called this year’s Symposium, one of the best ever.
New York State Corrections and Youth Services Association
“Excellent presenter – please bring him back next year!”…”Funny, entertaining speaker, leaving me wanting to hear more.”…Funny, fun and informative!”
Appalachian Mountain Club Summit feedback
“We thoroughly enjoyed Jeff as our Keynote Speaker for the Alaska Recreation and Park Association. He brought energy, humor, and very relevant information; perfect for our association! I would recommend Jeff for any audience, any venue, any profession: people need to hear his message!””
Michael Bork, Conference Chair
2019 ARPA Annual Conference
I speak about digital balance, or what some call digital addiction, because I had my brain rewired by the Internet so that it now craves distraction.
Consequently, writing, something that once came easy for me, is now a struggle due to lack of focus and mental stamina.
If this could happen to me it could happen to anyone. Especially since I’m not what you would classify as a tech connoisseur:
I own an Apple 4 Smartphone.
I don’t have a Netflix or Hulu account.
I don’t play video games.
I’m not on Instagram.
I prefer spending my time outdoors skiing, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking and backpacking.
Yet, because I performed comedy at night I had my days free to freelance write. First, I began writing for magazines, mainly on the outdoors. And then expanded to writing for online websites. One in particular became the 37th most visited .org site in the world, requiring long hours on the screen writing, editing, maintaining links. And it was during this time that the Internet hijacked my brain so that it now craves distraction.
Consequently, I now cannot go more than 15 minutes when writing without feeling compelled to jump online to chase distraction.
And I’m not alone:
We now, on average, check our phones 150 times per day, or what equates to almost 10 times per waking hour.
We spend almost 2 hours per day checking social media. This equates to more than two days lost per month looking at peoples’ vacation and cat photos. Or the equivalent of forfeiting one weekend per month to mindless distraction.
The average human attention span is down to 8 seconds, representing a 4-second drop since 2000 when, not surprisingly, home computers became must-have items. (for context purposes goldfish have longer attention spans – 9 seconds – than us).
So this is why I talk about digital detox, to heighten awareness to how pervasive our electronic devices are becoming in our lives.
And it has nothing to do with tossing our electronic devices away. For I do not hesitate in hailing our phones and iPads and tablets as amazing. But the problem is they are too amazing. So much so they are controlling us instead of us controlling them.
My presentation helps individuals and organizations understand how our screen obsessions are distracting, stealing time, creating sedentary, two-dimensional lifestyles, preventing us from being our productive best, making us all reactive rather proactive, viewers rather than doers.
In addition my talk meshes my 23 years as a nationally touring stand-up comedian along with lessons learned from a life devoted to backcountry adventure to offer a timely presentation that is enlightening and entertaining with the ultimate intent of encouraging participants to live more intentionally by unplugging from their electronic devices and allowing themselves to reboot from their screens.
firstname.lastname@example.org or 303.229.0583.