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June/July 2015

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14 | Ignitemag.ca | June | July 2015 Who: You might know Dr. Mike Evans from his blockbuster YouTube video 23½ Hours, which married engaging graphics and his down-to-earth fact-based delivery to answer the question: "What is the single best thing we can do for our health?" A similar take on several other health issues followed on Evans' YouTube channel. While he's entertaining, Evans has the credentials to back him up: he's a family doctor; a staff physician at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto; an associate professor of family medicine and public health at the University of Toronto and the director of the Health Design Lab at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael's. What: Thought-provoking and funny, Evans offers a fresh, accessible perspec- tive on medical issues, all supported by reliable science. Attendees will leave his presentation inspired to take a proactive role in their health—and armed with the strategies to do so. speakers.ca good to know Take our latest poll and see up-to-the- minute results at ignitemag.ca Poll Results from ignitemag.ca Dr. Mike Evans Straight talk about the most buzz-worthy speakers SPEAK EASY: by Laura Bickle 50% 38% 13% Key to leaving a good impression Only occasionally eective or necessary A waste of money Giving gift bags at events is: ' """"""" the planners' bookshelf Time Shift Unlike other books on productivity, Two Awesome Hours does not focus on squeezing more hours into the day. Instead, author Josh Davis, the director of research at the NeuroLeadership Institute in New York City, focuses on optimizing the quality of the time you do have. "What I've learned from working with highly productive and happy people, and from my study of neuroscience and psychology, is that to be truly productive, our best bet may just be to ditch efficiency and create, instead, the conditions for two awesome hours of effectiveness each day," writes Davis. He sheds light on what we all know, but try to ignore: We cannot reasonably expect to be playing our A-game 24/7. He advocates, instead, recogniz- ing when we are most mentally alert and institut- ing strategies to optimize that time. We were especially intrigued by Davis' Decision Point concept: taking advantage of those moments when a task ends or is interrupted to consciously, deliberately assess what to tackle next. Davis also explores the latest research on how food, exercise and office design affect productiv- ity. Think you don't have time for a walk? He says you'll actually get more done afterward if you go for that stroll. Price: $31.99, available at most book retailers. by Laura Bickle

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