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Posts Tagged ‘Neil Strauss’

Quick Time Management Tips

Posted by Levine Communications Office on November 5, 2010

We recently received an email from six-time New York Times bestseller Neil Strauss containing some very valuable lessons. Since we found his email extremely helpful, we thought it would be beneficial to share some of these time management tips with all of you as well. Enjoy!

Neil Strauss

The books from which I picked up the following tips include “Getting Things Done” by David Allen; “First Things First” by Stephen Covey; and “No B.S. Time Management For Entrepreneurs” by Dan Kennedy.

1. Know what your time is worth. There’s an easy formula to calculate this: Take your earnings for the year. Divide that number by 1760. The resulting number is roughly what you make hourly in a work week. However, considering that statistically most people work for an average of one-third of a work hour, multiply that number by three. Now you know what your time is really worth. Treat it that way.

2. Make lists. For those of you who don’t keep running lists of the things you need to do, it’s time to start. Get to-do items off your mind and down on paper. Then prioritize them. One way to do so is to mark them as “A” tasks, which must get done right away; B tasks, which must get done that week; and less urgent C tasks, which simply need to get done sometime in the next six months.

3. Link what you do with your time to your longterm goals. With the Internet available as a constant distraction, most of us are constantly busy but not constantly productive. So always ask yourself: “Is what I’m doing right now bringing me any closer to my goals?”

4. Beware of people who suck up your time. Wean them off their dependence on you and teach them to respect your schedule. If they continue to call, text, or distract you, put them in their place politely. Explain, “I’m really busy, so I’m only dealing with things that are urgent do-or-die priorities. If what you need to talk to me about isn’t an emergency, let’s deal with it later in the week.” Handle your priorities first, not theirs. If your door is always open, people will always be walking through it.

5. Turn off the phone while you’re working and do not check your email, so that you aren’t constantly distracted. Most things can wait. Unless your work requires being available by phone and email all day, set yourself one or two specific windows of time during the day when you deal with emails, phone messages, texts, Facebook, and all the rest of the technological innovations that consume your time and energy.

6. Try to do something active and physical every day. Though it takes time, it improves focus, so you can use the time you do have more productively and feel better about yourself. In general, as we discussed in one of the first emails I sent you, the secret to happiness is living a balanced life.

7. In addition, a simple rule that most people have trouble following: Do the most important thing first, not the easiest thing to get it out of the way. There’s a book I haven’t read, but the title illustrates this point nicely: Never Check Email in the Morning.

You only live once and you never know when it’s going to end, so by making sure you get the most out of your time, you’ll also be making sure you get the most out of your life.

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LCO Takes the (Pie) Cake

Posted by Levine Communications Office on August 24, 2010

This past Sunday, August the 22nd, a book signing was held for The Man Behind The Nose: Assassins, Astronauts, Cannibals, and other Stupendous Tales (by Larry BOZO Harmon).The event was held at Book Soup in West Hollywood. Man Behind the Nose, tells of course, of Larry Bozo Harmon’s life. But the stories within are far from the expected anecdotes of pies in the face and size 83 AAA shoes. Behind the Nose is a catalog of unexpected, quirky stories showing you the never before seen side of your ol’ pal Bozo.

The signing allowed fans to come face-to-face with someone they had grown up with, and as any Bozo the Clown fan knows this was not your ordinary book signing…

The event rang in the 50th anniversary of Bozo the Clown, and brought out  The Man Behind the Nose co-author Thomas Scott McKenzie, Bozo’s widow Susan Harmon, and NY Times best-selling author and LCO client Neil Strauss. The signing welcomed all different kinds of Bozo fans, from adults to kids it was clear how much the world loves Bozo, and the event, like Man Behind the Nose, has a twist…A Bozo-inspired, laugh out loud, charity pie throwing contest!

Contestants in the pie throwing contest were judged on only the most important pie throwing techniques. From the creative to the dramatic, contestants showed their pie-flinging-flair:

The pie throwing contest benefited Bozo’s World Literacy Campaign.

For more information and to purchase The Man Behind The Nose: Assassins, Astronauts, Cannibals, and other Stupendous Tales please click here.

Check out these great photos of LCO staff and interns getting in on the pie throwing fun:


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The Man Behind The Nose

Posted by Levine Communications Office on August 10, 2010

Bozo the Clown is arguably the most famous clown in the world. The man behind the nose and outrageous makeup goes by the name of Larry Harmon. As famous as Larry BOZO Harmon may be for entertaining children, his silly antics, and comical appearance, you may not know as much as you think about this iconic character. For example, did you know that Bozo the Clown ran for president and that two assassination attempts were made on his life?

In his new book, written with Thomas Scott McKenzie, “The Man Behind the Nose: Assassins, Astronauts, Cannibals, and Other Stupendous Tales”, Larry Harmon shares things he would have never dared to tell when you were younger and allows us to fully understand the world of Bozo the Clown. “The Man Behind the Nose: Assassins, Astronauts, Cannibals, and Other Stupendous Tales” is published by the Igniter Literary Group and includes an introduction by Neil Strauss and Anthony Bozza.

“Sure, you know the giant shoes, the red bulbous nose, the big ruby smile, and the twin shocks of red yak-hair bursting from the sides of his head. And obviously you know the many clowns inspired by him, from Ronald McDonald to Krusty the Clown. So perhaps it’s time you learned about Bozo, and the man behind the nose. Because the wild, inspirational stories in this book are all true. As real as the nose on your face.”

I was headed for a white lab coat and stethoscope until a jazz singer in makeup pointed me in a direction that would lead to a red nose and wig.

I’m surrounded by laughter. If you’re with me you’ll notice giggling, chuckling, laughing, snickering, and cackling. Those sounds of joy are like music to me, symphonies of happiness.

Few things on this planet burn as quickly as heavily processed yak hair. And when that hair extends about nine inches from either side of your head and is curved upright, thus forming a bowl, that any stray spark or floating cinder can ignite it. One minute I’m joking around, the next I’m a human tiki torch.

Sometimes in like, certain doors open. And if you walk through them, things will never be the same.

For such a graceful man, famous for being so light on his feet, he sure made a lot of noise as he walked across the empty sound stage. Or maybe that was just my heart pounding.

I knew I wanted to leave my mark on this earth. Ultimately I decided that was best achieved by wearing size 83 triple-A red shoes. because people would never be able to forget the marks of those footprints. But it took a while to reach that conclusion.

To visit the official website for this publication, click HERE

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