• This month, we interviewed productivity expert, speaker, and author Marcey Rader. We enjoyed working with Marcey to edit her course content videos and produce her "quick tip" marketing videos.
    Brios Media: What made you decide to get into this business?
    Marcey Rader: My background is in both health and productivity. I have two degrees in Exercise Science, multiple nutrition and training certifications, am a Behavior Change Specialist and Productive Environment Specialist. In my career as a corporate trainer, I trained people on using new systems & technology. Health and productivity absolutely go together. It doesn't make sense for them not to. People want to be productive for different reasons. Some want to push themselves longer, harder, faster, better. There's a fine line between doing that in a healthy way and doing that to the detriment of your mind and body.
    I have a passion for helping people climb the corporate ladder without sacrificing their health. In the corporate world, I led such a high-intensity lifestyle that I triggered an auto-immune disease (Hashimoto's disease) that I will have for the rest of my life. Most people I work with privately have some kind of health issue that is stress-related or work-related.
    BM: Have you observed any work-related health issues that are not obvious?
    MR: I had Hashimoto's disease for four years before I recognized that I had it. The symptoms came on so gradually that it became my "normal." It's just like weight gain. You might think, "My pants are a little tight." With most health problems, symptoms don't develop overnight. For instance, anxiety and depression can build up to the point where after four or five months, you can't even leave the house. High blood pressure and high cholesterol are also issues we don't notice, because they rise gradually. In my case, it took two separate episodes of having to pull over in a car because I had forgotten where I was going. My brain fog became a cognitive disability.
    BM: You talk about a concept called the "personal line of genius." What do you consider to be your personal line of genius?
    MR: My personal line of genius is helping people to streamline, whether it's their daily habits/routines or their work style. I also love helping people incorporate healthy behaviors. I don't believe in "stock plans" when it comes to wellness habits like exercise and diet, or work systems such as CRM tools and your calendar. I find the right combination of health and productivity behaviors for each person.
    You mention in a couple of videos about "glute amnesia" from long periods of sitting. Are there any other common behaviors you have identified relating to posture that can affect overall health?
    Sitting in a slumped-over position decreases confidence and assertiveness. If you are talking to a prospect on the phone, you should be walking around, standing up straight, not slumped in a chair. Sitting tells our brain that it's leisure time; standing tells our brain that it's work time.
    BM: One of your videos mentioned that a walking meeting can affect the perception of authority. Do you find that behaviors like this can influence promotions and pay?
    Walking meetings can decrease real or perceived hierarchy. Walking side by side creates the perception of a level playing field. Walking meetings between four or less people increase creativity and collaboration. I do a lot of one on one's walking, and it's because I can really focus on that person. You can't multitask while walking.
    BM: Can you give one or two examples of what you feel makes meetings more productive?
    What people do quite often in the corporate world is defaulting to the 60-minute meeting. If you have meetings back to back, you're always going to be late. The reason you're late is that you're waiting for someone to get off the phone. My meetings are 50 or 25 minutes.
    Another key is to stop inviting so many people. For every meeting attendee over seven, the decision making decreases by 10%. There are a lot of reasons for that. People are less likely to volunteer to take something on, assuming that someone else will handle it. It's easier to multitask and not even pay attention. If there's only four of you, the chance of someone asking you a direct question is pretty high.
    Marcey offers four different online courses (Energy Escalators , Email Extinguisher, Task Mastery and Conquer the Calendar) as well as one-on-one coaching in the area of productivity and wellness. For more details, visit Workwellplaymore.com.
    This article was written by Dave Baldwin, Dave Baldwin is a business strategist with Baldwin Management Consultants. He helps businesses alleviate growing pains by implementing systems in the areas of sales, marketing and operations. He has a passion for helping introverts accomplish their professional goals. Contact Dave at dave@baldwinmanagementconsultants.com