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"A life-changer."

"You made complex and important topics incredibly clear. It was great that I knew exactly what to do when I went home."

"After your workshop, I cleaned out my email inbox. Some of the messages were 3 years old!"

"Off-the-charts outstanding. Absolutely astonishing. Honest, respectful, encouraging and sincere. You had us all rapt."

(Organizer Testimonials at bottom of page.)

It is energizing and inspiring to be in a room with others who are also working to become more productive.

I teach productivity and time-management workshops for writers, artists, students, academics, entrepreneurs, and others. Participants leave my workshops with these benefits:

  • hillary-rettig-teachingA deep understanding of the mechanisms of productivity, and methods for boosting their work “tempo” so that they can immediately start producing more per hour.
  • Recognition of any barriers that might be holding them back, including perfectionism and ambivalence, plus concrete strategies they can use immediately to overcome them.
  • Specific techniques for starting projects, making it through their middles, finishing them, and sharing their work.

All culminating in a sense of liberated, joyful possibility, leading to renewed commitment and greatly increased productivity. (Many participants report post-workshop breakthroughs.)

Online workshops work very well, and attract an international audience. I have been teaching online for nearly a decade.

Workshop Description

The below is a generic description. Workshops are customized for each audience and organization.

Joyful Productivity
by Hillary Rettig, author of Productivity is Power and The 7 Secrets of the Prolific

Inspiration exists and is available to everyone at nearly any time. Underproductivity, procrastination, and blocks are solvable problems. The secret to achieving a state of near-perpetual inspiration (a.k.a., “flow”) is to switch from a scarcity to an abundance mindset, and also from a shame/blame mindset to one focused on problem-solving. In this fun and interactive workshop, we'll delve deep into the heart of underproductivity so you can see, once and for all, what forces are holding you back. Then we'll discuss solutions—lots of them—that you can start using to immediately boost your productivity and reduce stress.

Topics Covered:

  • The Truth About Procrastination
  • Breaking Free of Perfectionism
  • The Ultimate Nonperfectionist Work Method
  • Quantity is Quality, and Other Pro Tips
  • Illegitimi Non Carborundum, or How to Get Resilient

For more information, or to book a workshop, email me at

Organizer Testimonials

Hillary’s series of talks for our resellers were widely attended and very well received, and were designated a company-wide best practice. — Paul Bazley, Microsoft Corp., Redmond, WA

Our audience of successful entrepreneurs demands a high standard for our guest speakers, but Hillary’s talks more than met their expectations. — Brandon Mastrangelo, Interise (formerly InnerCity Entrepreneurs), Boston, MA

Your presentation was articulate, interesting, humorous and human, not to mention helpful. — Bonnie Dallinger, Institute for Social and Economic Development, Washington, DC

So many thanks for such a terrific talk. The group was really energized and inspired. Some talks are merely informative, but yours was many cuts above. —Alix Ginsburg, Ph.D., TE Networking, Newton, MA

Thank you for the splendid presentation...our audience was galvanized. — Nancy Rubin Stuart, Cape Cod Writers Center, Osterville, MA

The response from your presentation was overwhelmingly positive. — Becca Marcus, The Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership, New York, NY

You left raving fans in Pittsburgh! — Jennifer Morris, Pennsylvania Spring Arts Conference, Pittsburgh, PA

I received emails the next day saying, "Great!" "Great workshop!!!!" "Spot-on." — Cristina DiChiera, Rhode Island State Council for the Arts, Providence, RI

Thank you, Hillary, for your gentle wisdom and fierce knowledge -- we all remain inspired to make important and valuable changes in our lives. — Suzzanne Cromwell, Cultural Organization of Lowell (MA)

The Grub Street Writers community has benefited greatly from Hillary’s smart, organized, inspiring and valuable seminars. The common refrain in her evaluations is: ‘we want more!’ —Chris Castellani, Grub Street Writers, Boston, MA

Hillary’s dynamic, heartfelt workshops not only empowered and inspired our staff members, but provided them with insights and tools that they could use to empower and inspire others, including our clients. As such, Hillary’s workshops provide “double value.” —George Zeller, Jewish Vocational Service, Boston, MA

Boston Skillshare participants attended Hillary’s workshops in droves and left with strong tools to manage their lives. Participant feedback described Rettig’s workshops as “inspiring and practical,” “invaluable,” and a means to “truly examine my time management issues." — Bart Admonius, Organizer, Boston Skillshare, Boston, MA

Thank you for another great training. The skills you share are so universally needed. — Robbie Samuels, SoJust, Boston, MA

Hillary's message resonated with everyone. Afterwards, I was swamped with people asking, “We really needed this!” — Marisa Miller Wolfson, Fourth Universalist Society, New York, NY

Many of our Chicks told me they went home and put your words to work the very next morning as they sat down to write. —Tracey Palmer, Chicks Who Write, Norwell, MA

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