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
“Great job! Jeff’s presentation at our two employee orientations was entertaining and enlightening.”
Holiday Valley Ski Resort
“Jeff was a hit with the group and everyone truly appreciated his message. I would recommend him again in a heart-beat.”
Steve Skinner, IT Manager, Novelis
We now check our phones, on average, 150 times a day.
We spend almost 2 hours per day checking social media. Over a lifetime that equates to 5 years and 4 months looking at cat photos.
The average human attention span is down to 8 seconds, representing a 4-second drop since 2000 when, not surprisingly, cell phones became human accessories (for context purposes goldfish have longer attention spans – 9 seconds – than us).
My one-of-a-kind presentation encourages seizing the day over seizing our phones and iPads, helping individuals and organizations understand how our screen obsessions are distracting, stealing time, creating sedentary, two-dimensional lifestyles devoid of life-enhancing experiences. Instead of doing, we’re all viewing.
My alarm bell clanged when I began experiencing difficulty meeting writing deadlines, a problem never experienced in the past. It wasn’t until I read an article in the Atlantic Monthly, “Is Google Making Us Stupid”, that touched on published authors who could no longer write because they no longer possessed attention spans to focus, that I realized I was suffering the same fate, feeling an incessant urge to check e-mails, news headlines and social media every 15 minutes or less.
I mesh my struggles with screen distractions with my 23 years as a nationally touring stand-up comedian along with lessons learned from a life devoted to backcountry adventure to offer a unique presentation that is motivating, inspiring, and entertaining with the ultimate intent of encouraging participants to live more intentionally by unplugging from their electronic devices, getting outside, and pursuing experiences rather than likes.
Imagine, if you will, Dead Poets Society meets National Geographic with a heathy dose of Comedy Central.
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