Breakfast with Bob
I firmly believe that, if you really want to do something, you will find the time to do it — however busy you are.
Back in 2009, Business Spotlight produced a series of videos on meetings and socializing, with Bob Dignen, a director of the communication training organization York Associates.
In each of these videos, our regular Business Skills author provides tips and examples for improving your communication at work. You can find these popular videos here.
Following the success of these videos, we brainstormed ideas for further collaboration between Business Spotlight and York Associates.
Among the serious ideas we came up with was to produce a book based on a collection of Bob's business skills articles (see here). More recently, we have also published an ebook, which provides 100 tips for effective communication in the workplace.
But we also had some less serious ideas, one of which was to run a series of early-morning workshops on different aspects of business communication. The working title for the series was "Breakfast with Bob".
I was reminded of this idea yesterday when I indeed had breakfast with Bob. He was in Munich for a two-day visit. After much toing and froing, we had established that the only time slot that we both had free during this visit was at 7.00 in the morning.
As we met, blurry eyed, our initial greeting was identical: "Whose stupid idea was it to meet this early?" We agreed it was the other person's.
We then had a two-hour discussion about developments in the business English industry and the potential for innovative products — the subject of Bob's Business Skills article "Making it work" (and our cover story) in the latest issue of Business Spotlight.
It was a highly stimulating discussion and led to various new ideas, again some serious, some less so.
Finding the mutually suitable time slot was further proof of my view that time is there if you really want it to be. And time management is the topic of Bob's next Business Skills article, which will be published at the end of April. Don't miss it if you want to find out how to organize your time better.