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Laura Stack

The Productivity Pro

Laura Stack is best known by her moniker “The Productivity Pro®”. Stack is an award-winning keynote speaker, bestselling author, and noted authority on employee and team productivity. She is the President & CEO of The Productivity Pro, Inc., a boutique consulting firm dedicated to helping leaders increase workplace performance in high-stress environments. Stack was the 2011-2012 President of the National Speakers Association.

Denver, Colorado, USA

Presentations

Attack of the Productivity Suckers! The Four Things That Suck the Productivity Right Out of You…and How to Fight Back!
You work hard. You know how to make lists and check things off. You really want to be productive. But everyone and everything else keeps ruining your plans! So many things keep us from doing what we know we should be doing, and we are so distracted, it’s difficult to concentrate on high-value activities. In this funny, high-energy program, Laura Stack aka The Productivity Pro®, reviews the four main things that suck the productivity right out of you! Using fun cartoons, videos, exercises, and anecdotes, you’ll discover your biggest productivity suckers and take away some practical tools to defend yourself.

What to Do When There’s Too Much to Do: Reduce Tasks, Increase Results, and Save 90 Minutes a Day
Everyone is so overwhelmed with demands today, it’s not uncommon for professionals to work 60 hours a week any more. You’ll learn how to scale back—reduce, reduce, reduce is Laura’s mantra. Laura shows how you to separate the productive wheat from the nonproductive chaff, hone in on high-value tasks, protect the time to do them, and focus on their execution. You’ll find dozens of ways to shrink your to-do list, calendar commitments, distractions, interruptions, information overload, inefficiencies, and energy expenditures. You’ll see how you can be more efficient, organized, and focused, so you can achieve maximum results in minimum time, get out of the office earlier, and get home to the people you love.

Doing the Right Things Right: How the Effective Leader Spends Time
Leaders are so overwhelmed trying to balance the day-to-day operational responsibilities of their jobs, as well as find time to work with their teams and think about strategic initiatives, they struggle with time management and life balance. This keynote, based on Laura’s book of the same title, identifies twelve practices that will enable leaders to be effective and efficient, grouped into three areas where leaders spend their time, called 3T Leadership: Strategic Thinking (Business), Teamwork (Employees), and Tactics (Self). For each practice, Stack offers advice from her 25 years in the trenches, working with thousands of leaders globally. You’ll receive scores of new ideas on how you, your team, and your organization can boost productivity.

Platform Plus

Workshop | What to Do When There’s Too Much to Do 

Look at your to-do list. It’s ridiculous. You can’t get all that done. If you want to do less and achieve more, Laura will show you how in this presentation. You’re never going to save time and increase efficiency by adding more to your bloated list. You need a comprehensive approach that will enable you to organize your life around the tasks that really matter and let go of the ones that doesn’t. Stack’s innovative, six-step Productivity Workflow Formula (PWF) allows you to spend less time and achieve greater results than you ever thought possible. By following her logical and intuitive process, you can wrestle your schedule into submission. Each step is demonstrated using Microsoft Outlook, so you know specifically what to do.

Workshop | Workflow Mastery: Organize Your Time, Tasks, and Inbox

This is the skillset that truly sets Laura Stack apart from all productivity experts. Workflow management requires a mastery of email handling, planning, scheduling, project, time, and task management, prioritization, and organization. Workflow is the “secret sauce” that separates ordinary performers from the extraordinary. Having these skills will set you apart from the rest, and your team will function at optimal levels with everyone using the same system.

Awards

2015
CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame

  • Laura Stack provided an outstanding service to our group with solid insights as to how we can become a more productive team. She is an expert in helping groups become more efficient in their everyday work life. Laura works closely with her clients to apply her area of expertise directly to a clients’ specific situation. She has a personable, high energy style that engages the audience throughout her program.

    - Channel Development Manager of MillerCoors
  • As a presenter, you are one of the best in the business. Your ability to use humor, personality, and maintain passion for excellence is absolutely phenomenal. Your mechanics of movement, eye contact, voice inflection, and gestures are second to none. I suspect that all rolls back to the passion you have for your chosen topic. The theory PWF as developed by you is sound, based on fact, and very relevant to the times we live rather than some overused, bizarre cliché like “You waste your time, you waste your life.” It was my high honor to meet you, and I look forward to seeing you again.

    - Professional Development Manager, KIEWIT Energy Group
  • Your visit with our staff was amazing. More than I could have hoped for and just the right energizer to get us on track. The systems you helped us work out will keep us on track and our productivity numbers increasing. The staff sees a way to do their jobs and still have time to really communicate with our clientele. Your positive approach empowered all of us to seek higher levels and accomplish more.

    - Senior Vice President; Investments, UBS Financial Services
  • Laura- You truly are incredible! You are the perfect speaker for any audience and the perfect person to partner with! You “get it”, so much more than an amazing presentation. You customized to our audience, used their buzz words and incorporated whatever I asked into the presentation. You have a great brand. Received terrific feedback from anyone I spoke to today. Thank you so much!

    - HR Director, ARAMARK
  • Laura provided my leadership team and I with a well-run and interactive session on productivity. Laura has a wonderful personality and the things she taught us were able to be put to use immediately. Our group has always been productive but Laura’s coaching made us better. She is a subject matter expert, has superb people skills and I would recommend her services to anyone.

    - Chief Security Officer, Microsoft Corporation
  • Laura Stack gave us several new ideas that we were able to implement immediately within our organization, including scheduling techniques, email management, and meeting protocols. I received emails from participants following her presentation, reporting the early wns they were having with her methods.

    - VP, Business Analysis, Chick-fil-A

Summary Profile

Funny, engaging, and full of real life strategies that work, Laura will change mindsets and attitudes so your team can maximize productivity, strengthen performance, and get the job done right. Her presentations help audiences improve output, increase speed in execution, and save time in the office. Laura is a high-energy, high-content speaker, who educates, entertains, and motivates professionals to deliver bottom-line results

For over 25 years, Laura Stack’s keynote speeches and seminars have helped associations and Fortune 1000 corporations improve output, increase speed in execution, and save time in the office. She is a high-energy, high-content speaker, who educates, entertains, and motivates professionals to deliver bottom-line results. Stack is a member of the prestigious CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame and has earned the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation. Laura Stack is the bestselling author of seven books published by Random House, Wiley, and Berrett-Koehler, including her newest, Doing the Right Things Right: How the Effective Executive Spends Time (Jan. 2016). Her books have been published in more than 20 foreign editions, and she is a featured columnist for the American Business Journal, LinkedIn, Time Management, and Productive magazines. Stack has produced more than 50 online training programs. On stage, Laura is a powerhouse of ideas, and more importantly, ACTION—just what you need to propel your team and organization to all new levels.