Plan meetings that promote action

When people plan big meetings and corporate events they usually (hopefully) have an objective.

They want to motivate people toward a strategic goal. They want to team-build. They want to educate and energize people. Generally speaking, the people planning meetings want attendees to leave the event ready to DO something.

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Fundamentals of Energy Management

  1. Values: know what matters most, and ask yourself if you have the energy to live the way you want to live.
  2. Nutrition: eat healthy meals and snacks to support your day, and know when treats help and when they hurt.
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Portions: Size Matters

When it comes to meal portions, size really does matter.

There is a certain amount of food that your body needs, and can efficiently use, at any given meal. And you need to know what that is to be able perform at your peak.

Both undereating (skipping meals) and overeating plays havoc with your body’s blood sugar. When you don’t eat enough, you throw your body into survival mode and it starts storing energy (and fat) to protect your organs. If you overeat, your body tries to rescue itself with insulin production. The extra glucose (blood sugars from all types of food) that pulses through your system will not only get stored as fat, but it can make you tired, grumpy, and slow to connect the dots. Continue reading…

HPI Article: Why portion size matters

With their permission, I’m re-publishing a Human Performance Institute article on portion size for those of you who wanted to read a little more on the topic.

Why Portion Size Matters

Overeating can do more harm to engagement than you may realize. Much attention is given to the physical consequences of overeating such as excess body fat storage, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and an increased risk of disease.  Continue reading…

Energy on the road

Frequently when I travel to give Energy Management keynotes, people say to me, “Yeah this is great,  and I do it at home, but how do you do it when you travel?”

The strategy I use, and what I recommend, is to ramp up your routines and be extra diligent.

Working in new environments has its perks, but travel stresses your system more than you might think. The hours in airports, or on the highway, the unfamiliar surroundings, people and demands, the reliance on restaurant food, when you are on the road you can’t help but lose control over certain aspects of your life.  So it’s up to you do the best you can with what you’ve got and give your system a fighting chance. Continue reading…


The Gods of coffee must be smiling on me. This month I have speaking engagements in two of the world’s great coffee cities –  Seattle and Paris! (And the topic is Energy Management!)

The aroma, the complex flavors, the perfect crema, the art of the pour, the very first sip – coffee drinking is an ancient ritual. There are so many reasons to appreciate coffee – but energy management isn’t one of them.

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Snack Attack

Forget what Mom said about snacking between meals. A mid morning snack, and an afternoon snack, can keep you energized throughout your day.

Aim to eat every 3-4 hours. Regular snacking on healthy foods keeps your blood sugar stable, and improves your metabolism, energy level, brain function and mood.

The Human Performance Institute recommends choosing snacks based on your body’s glucose/insulin response. Continue reading…