Part of being organized is doing things that won’t have value

The Breakers at sunset in Palm Beach, Florida
Late afternoon arrival allowed an hour of exploration before room service dinner


The Breakers oceanfront pool
The ocean is only a few feet away


Ocean front meeting room at The Breakers
Yes, the ocean is visible from where I’ll be speaking from


Ocean front meeting room at The Breakers
No, seriously, the Atlantic Ocean is right there


jeff noel profesional speaker with beach front view
An ‘i was really there shot’ (because seriously, there’s never been a view from the stage like this is 14 years)


At 10am, the curtains will need to be drawn shut or the screens will be washed out.

Part of being organized is doing things that won’t have value until a future date – in this case last night for this morning. Going into today fully prepared. No surprises. No doubt.

Would have been so much easier to order an early room service dinner and chill in the room last night. And worry about logistics and vibe this morning.

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Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. Jeff,

    It never hit me until I read this. I have presented several times at some incredibly beautiful locations – ocean fronts, snow-covered mountain tops, beaches, high above a city skyline, etc. But all of those conferences and meetings were in conference rooms – no windows…sanitized from the beauty.

    That is just an incredible shot from the stage to see the ocean at eye level as you present. One of the other added features of doing things the night before instead of the next morning is that you don’t have to rush around the next morning and miss that beautiful backdrop of the ocean! πŸ™‚

    Have a great day!


  2. Jeff, seriously you are one of the most fortunate people I know — what an incredibly interesting life you have organized for yourself! Thank you for sharing your adventures!

  3. Natalie, if you knew from where I came, you would probably rephrase your statement to, seriously you are one of the hardest working, most focused and disciplined people I know. πŸ™‚

    A boss once wrote a review that went: No one reaches higher, cares more, thinks deeper, or works harder than Jeff Noel.

    Most cherished work accolade ever.

    Am on my knees hoping God says something similar.

  4. God will probably say, “My son, Jeff? Oh yes, he knows that *I love him* with a love that never dies, never changes, never fades. That’s good enough for me.”

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