Jeff Davidson (speaker)
|Occupation||Writer, public speaker, business management consultant|
|Education||Bachelor's degree in Business
Master of Business Administration
|Alma mater||University of Connecticut|
|Subjects||Business and personal management|
Jeff Davidson is an American author, public speaker, and business management consultant. He is the founder of The Breathing Space Institute (1995), based in Raleigh, North Carolina. He has written 65 books, focusing on business and personal management.
Jeff Davidson was born in Hartford, Connecticut. He attended the University of Connecticut, where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Business, and his MBA. Jeff is the son of the late educator Emanuel Davidson and his wife, Shirley Leader Davidson. His hobbies include travel, sports, and ethnic cuisine, as well as reading historical, political, scientific, and biographical series. His volunteer work includes stints with Public Television, Special Olympics of Northern Virginia, the Active Corps of Executives through the U.S. Small Business Administration, and Capital Area United Way.
"[Davidson] has written 65 books" that have been published in 19 different languages, including Chinese, Arabic, Russian, and Spanish. His books include Simpler Living, The 60 Second Innovator, and Breathing Space: Living and Working at a Comfortable Pace in a Sped Up World, described by Natasha Spring, editor of Communication World, as "offering help with managing information overload, both on an individual basis and in a workplace setting".
Jeff’s keynote book, Breathing Space, has been published in Japanese, Chinese, French, Polish, Czech, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Hebrew, and Italian. From April to November 2013, Jeff had 8 books published in Chinese, including Simpler Living, appearing as a 3-volume set, The 60 Second Innovator, The 60 Second Organizer, The 60 Second Self-Starter, the Ten Minute Guide to Time Management, and the Ten Minute Guide to Project Management. His Simpler Living book has sold 81,000+ copies in two editions, and his seven books in the Complete Idiot’s Guide series have collectively sold more than 400,000 copies.
Jeff has also written more than 3,850 magazine articles, in such diverse publications as Real Estate Today, Woman’s Day, Parent, IRS Digest, Sales and Marketing Management, Leaders, Ladies Home Journal, Amtrak’s All Aboard, Personal Selling, Public Management, Insurance Insight, Association News, Working Woman, Office System, The Practical Lawyer, ABA Banking Journal, California SAE, Redbook, and Pennsylvania CPA Journal. Jeff has also been interviewed or featured in 71 of the top 75 circulated newspapers in the United States, including USA Today, the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, and Wall Street Journal Career Employment Weekly.
During an interview conducted after the publication of Simpler Living, Davidson commented "The term 'information explosion', coined many years ago, no longer adequately describes what any of us face on a given day. There are no words that can capture the essence of how much information rains down upon each of us, all the time, with no end." Davidson has had 3,850 articles published and has written periodic columns for a variety of news sources, including Association News, The Practical Lawyer, The Real Estate Professional, Accounting Web, and The Organized Executive, of which he is an Advisory Board member. He has written several articles for North Carolina publications, most recently for The Chapel Hill News on internet addiction, in which he said "the key to using the internet effectively is to achieve a fine balance". In addition to his printed books and articles, Davidson has developed 24 iPhone apps and published several audios and e-books.
Forbes contributor Beth Greenfield said The Breathing Space Institute "aims to help overworked professionals reclaim their lives". Davidson holds the title of "The Work-Life Balance Expert" and additionally earned the title of a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) from the Institute of Management Consultants. Since 1988, he has studied how time and stress pressures are increasing for individuals.
Davidson's speeches have been included in "Vital Speeches of the Day" several times. These include: "Bombarded on All Sides," "Relaxing at High Speed,"  and "Managing the Pace with Grace." Jeff Davidson has traveled to 45 states in the U.S. and 44 countries around the world. He has navigated the highways and byways of some of the most scenic, as well as the most destitute, locations in the world. From the jungles of Borneo, to the teeming streets of Bombay, Jeff brings a well-heeled perspective to his role as convention and conference speaker, mega-author, and widely-popular columnist. Don Oldenberg, a syndicated writer with the Washington Post, called Jeff “a dynamo of business writing.” Dr. Warren Farrell, author of Why Men Are the Way They Are, says, “Jeff can tell it like it is, because he is like he tells it.”
Jeff has spoken to 816 groups across the U.S., as well as organizations in six foreign countries, on Work-Life Balance. From Fortune 500 companies, to government organizations, to associations, business organizations, healthcare facilities and educational institutes, some of his clients include Bank of America, Research Triangle Institute, Swissotel, Executone, U.S. Postal Service, Worthington Steel, Westinghouse, American Express, Lufthansa, National Association of Realtors, and American Congress of Healthcare Executives. Frequent clients include America Online, IBM, the IRS, Syngenta, Duke University, and Crystal Harmony. Jeff has spoken in nearly every state, and is looking forward to his first presentations in the states of Washington, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Mississippi, and Alabama.
In 1995, Jeff founded the Breathing Space Institute. The institute assists businesses and individuals by providing resources for time, stress, and life management through books, speeches, and seminars.
Jeff’s speaking topics focus on achieving work-life balance, efficient time and stress management, dealing with communication overload, managing priorities, and staying competitive in a career. He has been interviewed in the New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker Magazine, The News and Observer, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal Career Weekly.
He has written over 60 books including Breathing Space, Simpler Living, The 60 Second Self-Starter, and the 10 Minute Guide to Project Management. In 2008, he published The 60 Second Organizer (Adams Media) and The 60 Second Self-Starter: Sixty Solid techniques for Motivating Yourself at Work (Adams Media), followed in 2010 by Simpler Living (Skyhorse/Norton). In March 2010, Jeff launched a line of 24 iPhone apps featuring the principles he offers in his Breathing Space Institute presentations. He has also recorded several audiobooks.
He is the former president of the Carolina speakers Association and former national chair of the Public Relations committee of the Institute of Management Consultants USA. He is a five time state winner of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s “Media Advocate of the Year.”
- 1992 Marketing Your Consulting and Professional Services (Wiley second, hardcover, 236 pages) ISBN 978-0-471-13392-6
- 1992 The Domino Effect: How to Grow Your Business the Domino’s Pizza Way by Don Vlcek and Jeff Davidson (Business One, hardcover, 270 pages) ISBN 1-55623-602-6
- 1992 Cash Traps (Wiley, hardcover, simultaneous trade paper, 208 pages) ISBN 0-471-53624-5
- 1992 Your Bank: How to Get Better Service (Consumer Reports, trade paper, 146 pages) ISBN 9780890434024
- 1993 Power and Protocol for Getting to the Top (Lifetime Books second, trade paper, 255 pages) ISBN 0-944007-68-6
- 1993 Getting New Clients (Wiley second, hardcover, 281 pages) ISBN 0-471-55528-2
- 1994 Marketing on a Shoestring (Wiley second, hardcover, 263 pages) ISBN 0-471-31095-6
- 1995 Complete Idiot’s Guide to Managing Your Time (Alpha, trade paper, 224 pages) ISBN 0-02-861039-3
- 1996 Complete Idiot’s Guide to Managing Stress (Alpha, trade paper, 266 pages) ISBN 002-863995-2
- 1997 Marketing Your Consulting and Professional Services (Wiley third, hardcover, 268 pages) ISBN 978-0471133926
- 1998 Complete Idiot's Guide to Reaching Your Goals (Alpha/Penguin, trade paper, 340 pages) ISBN 0-02-862114-X
- 1999 Marketing Yourself and Your Career (Adams Media, trade paper, 226 pages) ISBN 1-58062-119-8
- 1999 Complete Idiot's Guide to Managing Stress (Alpha/Pearson 2nd, trade paper, 372 pages) ISBN 0-02862-955-8
- 2000 Ten Minute Guide to Managing Stress (Alpha/Penguin, trade paper, 168 pages) ISBN 002-863995-2
- 2000 Ten Minute Guide to Project Management (Alpha/Penguin, trade paper, 182 pages) ISBN 002-863966-9
- 2000 Ten Minute Guide to Managing Time (Alpha/Penguin, trade paper, 168 pages) ISBN 002-863886-7
- 2001 Complete Idiot's Guide to Managing Change (Alpha/Penguin, trade paper, 364 pages) ISBN 002-8642171
- 2001 Complete Idiot's Guide to Assertiveness (Alpha/Penguin, trade paper, 338 pages) ISBN 978-0028619644
- 2002 The Complete Guide to Public Speaking (Wiley/CreateSpace, trade paper, 352 pages) ISBN 0-471-23607-1
- 2002 Complete Idiot's Guide to Managing Your Time (Alpha/Penguin 3rd ed., trade paper, 326 pages) ISBN 0-02-861039-3
- 2002 101 Internet Marketing Secrets (Entrepreneur Books, trade paper, 216 pages) ISBN 1-891984-34-9
- 2004 The 60 Second Procrastinator (Adams Media, 142 pages) ISBN 1-58062-923-7
- 2006 Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Things Done (Alpha/Penguin, trade paper, 352 pages) ISBN 1-59-257421-1
- 2007 Breathing Space (CreateSpace, 200 pages) ISBN 0-942361-32-6
- 2008 The 60 Second Organizer, 2nd edition (Adams Media, 162 pages) ISBN 978-1598698442
- 2008 The 60 Second Self-Starter (Adams Media, 158 pages) ISBN 978-1598698435
- 2009 The 60 Second Innovator (Adams Media, 152 pages) ISBN 978-1605506593
- 2010 Simpler Living (Norton/Skyhorse, hardcover, 452 pages) ISBN 978-1602399761
- 2011 60 Second Solutions: Organization (D&C Publishing, trade paper, 158 pages) ISBN 978-1446300459
- 2011 60 Second Solutions: Motivation (D&C Publishing, trade paper, 162 pages) ISBN 978-1446300466
- 2014 Getting More Done Each Day (Smart Guide Publications, trade paper, 354 pages)
- 2014 Simpler Living (Norton/Skyhorse, oversized softcover, 452 pages)
- 2014 Winning Back Your Time Management (Smart Guide Publications, trade paper, 336 pages)
- 2014 Accomplishing Your Goals (Smart Guide Publications, trade paper, 342 pages)
- 2014 Dial it Down, Live it Up (Sourcebooks, Hardcover, 112 pages)
- 2015 Effective Public Speaking (Smart Guide Publications, trade paper, 328 pages)
- "Advisory Board | The Organized Executive Newsletter". Organizedexecutive.com. Retrieved 2013-07-05.
- "Keeping It Simple | UConn Today". Today.uconn.edu. Retrieved 2013-07-05.
- By Kaitlin Madden, CareerBuilder.com. "How to make peace with your workload". CNN.com. Retrieved 2013-07-05.
- "The Fielding Agency". The Fielding Agency. Retrieved 2013-07-05.
- "Communication World Bulletin: September 2005 Issue: Communication in the News: Q&A with Jeff Davidson, author". Iabc.com. Retrieved 2013-07-05.
- "Uncomplicating Your Life: An Interview with Jeff Davidson | Sanborn and Associates". Marksanborn.com. 2010-09-28. Retrieved 2013-07-05.
- 11:30 am. "Jeff Davidson". Association News. Retrieved 2013-07-05.
- "Periodical Issue". Ali Cle. Retrieved 2013-07-05.
- "Jeff Davidson-The Real Estate Professional". Therealestatepro.com. Retrieved 2013-07-05.
- "Jeff Davidson articles". Accountingweb.com. Retrieved 2013-07-05.
- Davidson, Jeff (2013-02-26). "Are you Internet addicted?". chapelhillnews.com. Retrieved 2013-07-05.
- "Vital Speeches of the Day". Connection.ebscohost. Retrieved 2013-06-18.
- "Breathing Space LinkedIn". Retrieved 19 October 2013.
- "Breathing Space: Work-Life Balance Solutions". Retrieved 28 January 2014.
- "Keynotes". Retrieved 19 October 2013.
- "Books List". Retrieved 19 October 2013.
- Davidson, Jeff (2001). Breathing Space. CreateSpace. ISBN 0-942361-32-6.
- Ask Rex Huppke: I Just Work Here April 29, 2012 (2012-04-29). "Work is nonstop interruptions, how to take control". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2013-07-05.
- Suddath, Claire (2012-08-31). "Reminder: You Don't Need to Work on Vacation". Businessweek. Retrieved 2013-07-05.