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Chapter Book Club | Meet the Author Charlie Gilkey | Start Finishing: How to Go from Idea to Done

  • 10/20/2020
  • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Virtual Event: via Zoom


  • ATD NYC Member in good standing.
  • Non-member of ATD NYC. You can have this event fee credited to your ATD NYC membership if you join within the next two weeks. Email to take advantage of this offer.

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NOTE: Member and non-member registration is open!

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Change the way you show up, how you plan, and how you respond when things get tough.

Start finishing the work that matters most to you... and finish strong!

Too often we look back at the end of the week and are frustrated that we didn’t make progress on our soul-deep dreams and goals that seem to remain eternally out of reach. Start Finishing by Charlie Gilkey presents a 9-step method for success — including identifying your genius, building a success pack of supporters, navigating multiple projects, and overcoming the challenges that come with doing the work that matters.

Event Description:

Join in on our very first NYC chapter book club event AND be a part of this interactive virtual event with the author!

Learn how productivity is actually more about mindset and momentum than calendar management. Read Start Finishing: How to Go from Idea to Done and participate in weekly discussions (details to come once you register) then join us on October 20th for an open conversation with the author, Charlie Gilkey, to learn how to get your best work done. Feel encouraged to bring questions about projects you’re struggling to start, finish, or gain momentum on.

Start Finishing is a Publishers Weekly Fall 2019 Top 10 Business and Economics Book, a Kirkus Reviews Top Indie Book, and the winner of the Eric Hoffer Grand Prize in 2020. The goal of this session is to enable you to apply the frameworks, methods and insights from the book so you can finish 2020 strong and set up your 2021 for success

What you will learn to do:

    • Build your success pack of supporters, guides, peers, and beneficiaries

    • Use the Five Project Rule to prioritize your daily schedule and be at peace with the work you choose not to do

    • Chunk, link, and sequence your ideas down to doable parts

    • Fly through drag points – how to deal with head trash, no-win scenarios, and other people’s priorities

    • Heatmap your schedule so you do the right work at the right time

    • Overcome cascades, logjams, and tarpits – the three ways projects routinely get stuck

    • Finish strong – celebrate, review, and ride the momentum to your next goal

    Recommended Reading Schedule:

    • Week of September 29: finish reading chapters 1, 2, and 3
    • Week of October 6: finish reading chapters 4, 5, and 6
    • Week of October 13:  finish reading chapters 7, 8, and 9
    • Week of October 20: finish the book and get ready for live Q&A with the author

    About the author:

    Charlie Gilkey is the founder of Productive Flourishing, a company that helps professional creatives, leaders, and changemakers take meaningful action on work that matters. He is internationally recognized as a thought leader on productivity, planning, strategy, and leadership for creative people.

    Charlie is the author of the award-winning, critically-acclaimed Start Finishing: How to Go from Idea to Done and The Small Business Lifecycle, and the co-host of the Productive Flourishing podcast.

    He has worked with hundreds of founders, leaders, and entrepreneurs to build businesses that work better - for them, their teams and their customers. He is the go-to strategic coach for thought leaders who want to amplify their business, grow their reach, and build thriving teams. His work is regularly featured in places like TIME,, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Lifehacker, and the Huffington Post. 

    Prior to starting Productive Flourishing more than a decade ago, Charlie worked as a Joint Force Military Logistics Coordinator while simultaneously pursuing a PhD in Philosophy. He lives with his wife, Angela, in Portland, Oregon.

    About Productive Flourishing:

    If you try to do it all, you’ll finish nothing.
    Productive Flourishing is a company that helps professional creatives, leaders, and changemakers take meaningful action on work that matters.It’s not about getting it all done, but rather getting the right things done. To let go of “doing it all” and instead start “doing your best work”. You can let go of the myth of work-life balance (because we all know that doesn’t exist), and instead, give time and focus to your work or business — while still prioritizing yourself, family, and community.

    Productive Flourishing offers the tools and support to help you ask yourself the hard questions, make the right choices, and come out the other side with a plan of purpose.

    Event Contact

    Maghan Haggerty, Book Club Administrator

    Adil Ibrahim, Vice President, Programs –

    ATD New York City chapter is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and the local chapter of the Association for Talent Development - the leading association of workplace learning and performance professionals in the world.

    Chapter Incentive Program (ChIP) code for store purchases: CH1026


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