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Productivity Straight Talk | Business Strategy, Time Management, & Productivity

English, Finance, 1 seasons, 311 episodes, 1 day 3 hours 7 minutes
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If you’re a business owner who wants to power up your productivity, maximize your profits, and make time for what matters most, this podcast is for you! Amber De La Garza, The Productivity Specialist gives you the straight talk on what it takes to be productive and grow your business. In addition to dishing out her own favorite productivity tips, tools, tech, and anecdotes, Amber interviews experts and business owners just like you about their top productivity techniques, productivity challenges, and how they overcame them to take their business to new levels. Amber is a sought-after coach, trainer, and speaker for business owners who are eager to excel in business. She is passionate, direct and sometimes a little sarcastic but always gives you the Productivity Straight Talk you need to succeed!
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306 | Cleaning The Slate For A Fresh Start

I dive into how taking time to gain clarity on what hasn’t been working in your business  this year and cleaning the slate of that baggage this month can help you start fresh in 2024.  What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ An Easy Way To Reclaim A Lot Of Time & Energy ✔ 3 Powerful Questions To Ask To Gain Clarity  ✔ What You Need To Leave In 2023 ✔ Ideas For How You Can Start Fresh in 2024 ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, click on https://AmberDeLaGarza.com/306   P.S. Want to discover what’s most holding you back in business and receive a personalized playlist to help you overcome those specific challenges? It only takes a few minutes to take the Next Level Business Owner Qui
04/12/202324 minutes 11 seconds
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305 | Task Management: Going Beyond Your Business

I dive into some of my favorite task management strategies I use in my business and discuss how they can easily be implemented into your personal life to reduce stress and accomplish more. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ 5 Fundamental Task Management Strategies For Your Personal Life  ✔ What Those Strategies Look Like In Your Business ✔ Easy-To-Implement Ideas For Streamlining Personal Tasks  ✔ The 4 D’s Of Task Management ✔ Quick Tips For Reducing The Stress Of Running Errands ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, click on https://AmberDeLaGarza.com/305   P.S. Want to discover what’s most holding you back in business and receive a personalized playlist to help you overcome those specific
21/11/202329 minutes 19 seconds
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304 | A Special Message From Amber

I’m going to share with you a big decision that I recently made in my business and why I made it to help you determine if you are in need of making a big decision. Why? So you can take action to make sure your business goals align with your personal goals in this season. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ My Goals For This Upcoming Season ✔ The Big Decision I Made In My Business ✔ The Impact I Expect That Decision Will Make ✔ What You Can Bet I’ll Still Be Doing ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, click on https://AmberDeLaGarza.com/304. P.S. Want to discover what’s most holding you back in business and receive a personalized playlist to help you overcome those specific challenges? It only takes a few minutes to take the Next Level Business Owner Quiz and get
06/11/20237 minutes 53 seconds
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303 | Mastering The Hiring Process With Jamie Van Cuyk

I sit down with the owner of Growing Your Team, Jamie Van Cuyk, to dive into some effective strategies to help you to grow your team by quickly attracting the right candidates and simplifying the hiring process! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ Biggest Hiring Challenge Business Owners Face (And What To Do About It) ✔ Why Business Owners Often Hesitate To Hire ✔ How Long It Takes To Find A Great Hire On Average ✔ What Types Of Open-Ended Questions You Should Ask Candidates ✔ When It Is & Is Not Okay To Compare Candidates ✔ Why Having Two Rounds Of Interviews Is So Important ✔ What Clients Are Looking For Right Now Outside Of Salary ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, click on https://AmberD
30/10/202351 minutes 8 seconds
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302 | Organizing Your Space For Optimal Productivity

I dive into strategies to organize your workspace effectively so you can significantly increase your efficiency and improve your productivity. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ What Disorganization Is Costing You ✔ The #1 Reason You’re Not Organized… Yet ✔ Positive Proof You Can Get Organized ✔ The Magical Power Of A Reset ✔ How Improved Organization Will Impact Your Productivity ✔ Where To Get Started ✔ My Framework To Create Organization ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, click on https://AmberDeLaGarza.com/302. P.S. Want to discover what’s most holding you back in business and receive a personalized playlist to help you overcome those specific challenges? It only take
22/10/202317 minutes 48 seconds
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301 | Unraveling The Secret To Building Confidence With Nicole Kalil

Do you want to learn how you can build confidence and harness it to be a more effective, successful business owner? Then tune into today’s episode of Productivity Straight Talk in which I sit down with author and leader strategist, Nicole Kalil, to take a deep dive into all things confidence. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ What Confidence Really Is And How To Build It ✔ What Having Confidence Helps You Achieve ✔ The Impact Of Not Trusting Yourself In Your Business ✔ 5 Confidence Builders & Derailers That Business Owners Can Utilize ✔ How Even Failure Can Effectively Build Confidence ✔ How To Know If You Have Imposter Syndrome ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, click on https:/
16/10/202355 minutes 49 seconds
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300 | An Open Letter To My Listeners

Well, we made it! 300 episodes of Productivity Straight Talk. Wow! It seems like only a few short months ago I was coming up with ideas for my very first episode. Yet here we are, six-and-a-half years later, producing our 300th episode. It’s been a great ride and I appreciate you being along for part of the journey! In this special 300th episode, I am going to share with you some thoughts from my heart - my version of an open letter to you, my listeners. I hope the episode inspires you to enjoy your entrepreneurial journey to the fullest, give yourself grace, ask for help when you need it, and understand that you’re doing something AWESOME -  something that many people only dream of! To access resources and links from this episode, click on https://AmberDeLaGarza.com/300. <strong id= "docs-internal-guid-e19d1c25-7fff
09/10/20239 minutes 2 seconds
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299 | A Look At Fractional COOs With Lauren Goldstein

I sit down with the founder and CEO of business consulting firm Golden Key Partnership, Lauren Goldstein, to dive into the world of fractional COOs and discuss what they can bring to the table of a business. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ The Role Of A Fractional COO ✔ The Benefits Of Having One ✔ How To Know If Your Business Is Ready To Hire A Fractional COO ✔ How Long You Should Keep Them On Your Team ✔ A Typical Day In The Life Of A CEO Who Has A Fractional COO ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, click on https://AmberDeLaGarza.com/299. P.S. Want to discover what’s most holding you back in business and receive a personalized playlist to help you overcome those speci
02/10/202346 minutes 33 seconds
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298 | No Systems? No Bueno

I dive into how you can get started creating systems in your business so you can gain more control, diminish overwhelm, and run a more efficient, profitable business. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ What A Business System Is ✔ The Results Of Not Having Effective Systems ✔ The Benefits Of Having Business Systems ✔ Where To Start Creating Systems ✔  The Key To Creating Systems ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, click on https://AmberDeLaGarza.com/298. P.S. Want to discover what’s most holding you back in business and receive a personalized playlist to help you overcome those specific challenges? It only takes a few minutes to take the Next Level B
25/09/202325 minutes 5 seconds
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297 | Dumping The Head Trash That's Killing Your Productivity With Renie Cavallari

I sit down with the My guest on today’s episode of Productivity Straight Talk, I sit down with the CEO and Founder of Powered by Aspire, Renie Cavallari. Renie is an expert at helping people defeat their head trash so it stops holding them back from reaching their potential in their business and life. Tune in and learn how to dump your head trash that’s killing your productivity and sabotaging your success! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ How Head Trash Affects Our Work And Business ✔ 3 Ways To Deal With It Effectively ✔ How To Make The Necessary Shift To The Other Side Of Your Brain ✔ The 5 Questions That Allow You To Start Your Day On The Connected Side Of Your Emotional Brain ✔ Advice For Self-Motivation And Improving Productivity ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, click on <a href=
18/09/202355 minutes 17 seconds
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296 | Back To The Basics Of Growing Your Business

In this episode of Productivity Straight Talk, I dive into numerous ways you can stay true to yourself and take your marketing and visibility back to the reliable basics, all so you can strategically nurture your past and current client relationships and continue building long-term success. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ The Most Important Marketing Principle To Remember ✔ Ways To Simplify Your Marketing & Visibility ✔ A Breakdown Of Common Relationship Builders ✔ Marketing Systems That Can Level Up Your Business ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, click on https://AmberDeLaGarza.com/296.   P.S. Want to discover what’s most holding you back in business and receive a personalized playlist to help you
11/09/202330 minutes 48 seconds
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295 | Planning For What’s Possible: A Client Case Study With Ellen Nystrom

I sit down for a indepth client case study interview with the owner of interior design firm Ellen Nystrom Design. Ellen and I take a look back at her successful planning for, execution of, and return from a two-month sabbatical. Like many of us, Ellen had been feeling burned out post-Covid and while stepping away from her business for two months seemed impossible at first glance, her prudent planning and support helped her make it possible and then, her reality.  What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ Ellen’s Fears She Dealt With Prior To And During The Sabbatical ✔ The Work She Did To Overcome Those Fears ✔ How I Played A Role As Her Business Coach ✔ How Ellen Defines Productivity Now Vs. Prior To Her Time Away From her Business ✔ Ways Taking Her Sabbatical Impacted Ellen And Her Business ✔ What She Learned About The Impossible <p di
04/09/202357 minutes 23 seconds
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294 | 6 Steps To Create & Maintain An Organized Digital File System

I dive into how you can create an organized digital file system and maintain it with ease so you can optimize the efficiency of you and your team! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ The Cost Of Keeping A Disorganized File System ✔ The Simple Steps To Create An Organized One ✔ How To Easily Maintain It ✔ Pro Tips For Long-Term Success Of  Your System ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, click on https://AmberDeLaGarza.com/294. P.S. If you want help managing your time, creating efficiency, making a new hire, reducing the stress and overwhelm of running a business, or making strategic decisions that will help you level up your
28/08/202335 minutes 38 seconds
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BONUS Invite: Calling All Design Professionals!

Calling all newbie and seasoned designers, builders, window treatment specialists! In this episode, I personally invite you to join myself, LuAnn Nigara, and many other top industry experts to LUANN NIGARA LIVE November 5-8, 2023 in Orlando, Florida…⁠ This is a 2 ½ day event that will give you the opportunity to work ON your business, get help solving challenges, and meet other design professionals who you can connect with.  This year LUANN NIGARA LIVE is going to be about Health and Wealth! A Well-Designed Business within a Well-Designed Life. I’ll be there too as a speaker helping you turn your conference "a-ha" moments into wins in your business by making your learning actionable so you can maximize your health and wealth. It’s going to be a spectacular event you won’t want to miss. But don’t just take it from me. Tune in to this episode to hear a message directly from LuAnn Nigara, the host of the even
24/08/20234 minutes 22 seconds
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293 | De-Escalating Conflicts The Fastest & Most Effective Way With Doug Noll

I sit down with highly experienced mediator Doug Noll to dive into his work as a highly experienced mediator who is passionate about using proven strategies to help people de-escalate conflicts and even more specifically, calm an angry person in 90 seconds. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ What Emotional Invalidation Is And How It’s Harmful ✔ The Toxic Lie We All Believed Was True ✔ What Emotional Competency Is And Why It Matters ✔ The 3 Basic Emotional Competencies Worth Learning ✔ The 7 Different Negative Emotions People Feel & How To Use Them To De-Escalate Conflicts To access resources and links from this episode, click on https://AmberDeLaGarza.com/293. P.S. If you want help managing your time, creating efficiency, making
21/08/202349 minutes 21 seconds
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292 | Are You Overcomplicating Your Business?

In this episode of Productivity Straight Talk, I dive into the tendency of many business owners to overcomplicate their businesses and discuss strategies to simplify your business so it is less overwhelming and more enjoyable. What You Will Discover: ✔ How You’re Sabotaging Yourself In The Name Of Efficiency ✔ How I Use The Insights Feedback Loop To Simplify My Business ✔ Important Questions To Ask Yourself ✔ How To Stop Overcomplicating Your Business ✔ So Much More! I hope you enjoy this week’s episode 292 | Are You Overcomplicating Your Business? Now let’s get to the straight talk! P.S. If you want help managing your time, creating efficiency, making a new hire, reducing the stress and overwhelm of running a business, or making strategic decisions that
16/08/202326 minutes 17 seconds
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290 | The 4 D's Of Prioritizing Your Tasks & Projects

I dive into a simple method to make your task list more manageable and prioritize the tasks and projects on it, so you can stay focused on the activities that will help you achieve your goals. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ Why There Is A Need For A Method To Manage Your Tasks & Projects ✔ The Beliefs That Are Clouding Your Decision Making ✔ What The 4 D's Of Prioritizing Your Tasks & Projects Are ✔ How To Apply Them To Your Task List ✔ What Results You’ll See When You Use Them Consistently ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, click on https://AmberDeLaGarza.com/290. P.S. If you want help managing your time, creating efficiency, making a new hire, reducing the stress and overwhelm of running a business, or ma
31/07/202318 minutes 50 seconds
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291 | From Maximalist To Minimalist: Choosing To Run A Cozy Small Business With Lydia Lee

I sit down with Work Reinvention Coach & Solopreneur Strategist at Screw The Cubicle, Lydia Lee, to dive into her entrepreneurial journey that started with building a large, successful business that wasn’t in alignment with her personal goals and ended with her strategically running a cozy small business she loves that enables her to chase the sun. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ Lydia’s Motivating Factor To Leave Corporate For Entrepreneurism ✔ Ways Her Business Grew Organically Instead Of Forcing It  ✔ How She Knew The First Business Model She Tried Wasn’t In Alignment ✔ Why She Eventually Settled On The Cozy Business Model She Did ✔ The Evident Power Of A Sabbatical ✔  The Importance Of Executing Check-In Points ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, click on <a href= "https://amberdela
31/07/202356 minutes 19 seconds
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289 | Using AI To Hire For The Skills Your Business Needs With Robyn Grable

I sit down with the Founder and CEO of Talents ASCEND, Robyn Grable, to dive into how AI is being used by businesses all over the world to successfully source, recruit, and hire quality talent. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ Why Task-Focused Job Descriptions Don’t Work ✔ Why Job Boards Are No Longer Cutting It ✔ Where To Find Quality Candidates If Not Indeed.com ✔ Ways AI Can Be Utilized In Hiring ✔ How Robyn’s AI For Hiring Business Works ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, click on https://AmberDeLaGarza.com/289. P.S. If you want help managing your time, creating efficiency, making a new hire, reducing the stress and
24/07/202347 minutes 57 seconds
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288 | Pomodoro Technique Not My Thing But It Might Be Yours

I dive into the much utilized Pomodoro Technique so you can decide if it would be an effective time management tool to use in your business. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ What The Pomodoro Technique Is ✔ Why It Can Be A Useful Time Management Tool ✔ The Benefits Of Blocking Your Time ✔ Why I Don’t Use The Pomodoro Technique Buy Maybe You Should ✔ What I Do Instead To Block My Time ✔ How To Apply The Pomodoro Technique To Your Your Workflow ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, click on https://AmberDeLaGarza.com/288. P.S. If you want help managing your time, creating efficiency, making a new hire, reducing the stress and overwhelm of running a business, or making strategic deci
17/07/202319 minutes 15 seconds
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287 | Writing A Book To Grow Your Business With Michael DeLon

I sit down with the President of Paperback Expert, Michael DeLon, to dive into the marketing strategy of writing a book to find new clients and grow your business and discuss ways to get the process started.  What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ How I Define Marketing & Visibility ✔ Who Should & Shouldn’t Write A Book ✔ Why Michael Sees Most Business Owners As Coffee Beans ✔ What Your #1 Asset In Your Business Is ✔ How To Leverage Writing A Book To Grow Your Business ✔ How Your Voice, Tone, & Message Gets Added In Michael’s Writing Process ✔ What Kind Of Marketing Time Commitment Gets Results ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, click on https://AmberDeLaGarza.com/287.
10/07/202338 minutes 56 seconds
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286 | Ask Amber: Should I Combine My Work And Personal Calendars?

I dive into the long, drawn-out answer to this specific question I get asked by my clients a lot: should I combine my work and personal calendars? The answer, of course, is a detailed one. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ The Benefits Of Combining Your Work And Personal Calendars ✔ What Would Make The Answer A No ✔ How To Create A Hybrid If You Want To Keep Them Separate ✔ What Would Make The Answer An Absolute Yes ✔ Pro Tips For Combining Your Calendars ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, click on https://AmberDeLaGarza.com/286. P.S. If you want help managing your time, creating efficiency, making a new hire, reducing the stress and overwhelm of running a business, or making
03/07/202317 minutes 44 seconds
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285 | Practicing Emotional Intelligence To Show Up Your Best With Joshua Freedman

I sit down with the CEO and Cofounder of Six Seconds Emotional Intelligence Network, Joshua Freedman, to dive into the practice of emotional intelligence and the impact it can have on your outcomes in business. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ What Emotional Intelligence Is  ✔ Why It’s Important To Practice It In Business ✔ How To Work Through Your Feelings And Show Up Your Best ✔ What Happens When You Ignore Your Feelings ✔ The Observer State That Can Transform Work Conflicts ✔ How To Be Compassionate But Still Advocate For The Business ✔ When It’s Necessary To Pause Vs. Press On ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, click on https://AmberDeLaGarza.com/2
26/06/202357 minutes
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284 | How To Get Unstuck

I dive into the topic of getting unstuck so you can get clarity on the root cause of why you’re stuck and start working toward a solution. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ What Being Stuck Is ✔ What That Can Look Like In Your Business ✔ What Being Stuck Leads To ✔ Why You’re Feeling Stuck ✔ 3 Steps For Taking Action To Get Unstuck ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, click on https://AmberDeLaGarza.com/284. P.S. If you want help managing your time, creating efficiency, making a new hire, reducing the stress and overwhelm of running a business, or making strategic decisions that will help you level up your business, I’d like to talk to you. Let's discuss how we
19/06/202319 minutes 3 seconds
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283 | Small Business Phoenix: A Client Case Study With Vita Vygovska PART 2 [Update]

I sit down for an update interview with my past client Vita Vygovska, the owner of window treatment company Vitalia, Inc., to discuss how she navigated a tragic event that heavily impacted her business, gain insight into where her business is now, and find out if she surpassed her $1 million revenue goal. The conversation is an honest, vulnerable one I wanted to highlight because it’s so inspirational and the message impactful for small business owners who choose to learn from it. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ How Vita Navigated The Unknowns After The Fire ✔ Ways Her Robust Project Management System Saved Her ✔ How She Managed Expectations Of Her Team ✔ The Must-Learn Lesson For All Business Owners ✔ What Vita’s Business Looks Like Today ✔ What She’s Focusing On For The Next Chapter Of Her Business ✔ So Much More
12/06/20231 hour 2 minutes
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282 | Onward To $1 Million With Vita Vygovska PART 1 [Replay]

I sit down with Vita Vygovska, the owner of window treatment company Vitalia, Inc. We take an in-depth look at how she went from being a corporate dropout to a successful small business owner on track to make $1 million in revenue. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ The Non-Negotiables For Business Owners ✔The Challenges Vita Faced Building Her Team ✔ How Business Owners Should Emulate Athletes ✔ The Mantra That Keeps Vita Learning And Productive ✔ Why She Embraces 50/50 Coaching Partnerships ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, click on https://AmberDeLaGarza.com/282. P.S. If you are anything like Vita, and know you need help with your: <p dir
05/06/202358 minutes 32 seconds
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281 | A Roadmap For Approaching Tough Conversations With David Wood

I sit down with life coach David Wood to dive into a healthy structure for approaching tough business conversations you want to avoid, so you can effect positive change, abolish resentment, reduce anxiety, and sleep better. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ Common Tough Business Conversations ✔ The 3-D Process That Can Alleviate Your Resistance To Them ✔ Why It’s Important To Name Your “Mouse” ✔ The Upsides To Having Tough Conversations ✔ Why Consent Is A Prerequisite For Having Them ✔ How Taking Risks Can Create Magic In Your Life ✔ Pro Tips For Starting Tough Conversations ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, click on https://AmberDeLaGarza.com/281. P.S. If you want help managing your time, creating efficiency, making a new hire, reducing the stress and
29/05/202343 minutes 39 seconds
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280 | Slowing Down To Speed Up

I dive into some great opportunities that can often be found during slower periods in your business so you can embrace them and benefit from taking action on those hidden opportunities. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ The Elephant In The Room ✔ What To Do When Business Is Slow ✔ A Beneficial Mindset Shift You Could Make ✔ Where You Should Be Focusing Your Time & Energy ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, click on https://AmberDeLaGarza.com/280. P.S. If you want help managing your time, creating efficiency, making a new hire, reducing the stress and overwhelm of running a business, or making strategic decisions that will help you level up your business, I’d like to talk to you. Let's discuss how we can partner together to help you get unstuck, reduce stress,
23/05/202328 minutes 18 seconds
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279 | Making Documenting Processes Non-Intimidating With Adrienne Bellehumeur

I sit down with the Owner of Risk Oversight and Bellehumeur Co., Adrienne Bellehumeur, to dive into six practical steps for navigating process documentation in a way that is effective and non-intimidating. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ The Problem With The Way Documentation Is Traditionally Taught ✔ How Much Documentation Should SBO’s Strive To Achieve ✔ How & Where To Get Started With Documentation ✔ What Dynamic Documentation Is And How To Utilize It ✔ Common Challenges Small Business Owners Have When Creating Documentation & Processes ✔ How To Overcome Those Challenges ✔  How To Use The Grid SYstem To Make Your Documentation More Appealing ✔ So Much More!   To access resources and links from this episode, click on <a href= "https://amberdelagarza.com/279-documenting-processes-
15/05/202353 minutes 17 seconds
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278 | The Magical Power Of A Re

I dive into the what, when, why, and how of doing a reset so you can get right back on track to achieving your goals after a misstep.  What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ What A Reset Is ✔ When You Should Do A One ✔ Culprits That Create A Need For A Reset ✔ 3 Steps To Doing A Reset ✔ The Most Important Aspect Of A Reset ✔ Common Opportunities For A Reset ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, click on https://amberdelagarza.com/278-magical-power-reset. P.S. If you want help managing your time, creating efficiency, making a new hire, reducing the stress and overwhelm of running a business, or making strategic decisions that will help you level up your business, I’d like to talk to you. Let's discuss how we can partner together to he
08/05/202333 minutes 17 seconds
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277 | From Project Management To Business Management: A Client Case Study With Anabeth McConnell

I sit down with Anabeth McConnell who is the owner of Inbound Design Partners. We dive into her entrepreneurial journey and pull back the curtain on the work she put in to transition from project manager to business owner who must project manage an entire business. What You’ll DiscoverIn This Episode: ✔ Why Anabeth’s Business Felt All-Consuming  ✔ The Strategically Made Shift She Made To Change That ✔ What Challenges She Faced Personally & Professionally Prior To Joining Leverage Lab® ✔ Her Experience Getting Coached Vs. Watching Others Get Coached ✔ What’s Next For Anabeth: The Pivot She’s Intent On Making ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, click on https://AmberDeLaGarza.com/277. <p d
01/05/202342 minutes 19 seconds
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276 | Do You Live To Work Or Work To Live?

I dive into how you can Increase your fulfillment beyond running a successful business by setting intentions for each season of your life and choosing to work to live instead of the other way around.  What You’ll Discover In This Episode:  ✔ The Results Of Constantly Going Full-Throttle In Your Business ✔ Why Identifying And Planning Your Seasons Is So Important ✔ What Your Seasons Might Reflect And Why That Matters ✔ How To Schedule For Different Seasons With Intentionality ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, click on AmberDeLaGarza.com/276 P.S. If you’re a small business owner who wants to run your business more efficiently, improve your time management, build and lead your team confidentVly, and make the right strategic decisions to lower your
24/04/202331 minutes 31 seconds
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275 | There's No Such Thing As Balance With Jennifer Szpigiel

I sit down with the owner and founder of Becoming Iconic®️, Jennifer Szpigiel, to dive into business owners’ quest to create work/life balance. We discuss if balance should even be the goal and if not, what to aim for instead in order to become the best, fullest version of yourself. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ Why Pursuing Balance Sets Business Owners Up To Fail ✔ What You Should Be Pursuing Instead ✔ The Shocking Truth About Your Capacity ✔ Why We Allow Ourselves To Live Out Of Alignment ✔ What Feeling Out Of Balance Can Reveal ✔ The Life-Changing Miracle Jen Experienced ✔ The Important Why Me? Lesson She Learned ✔ What It Means To Become Iconic ✔ Actionable Advice For Overcoming Guilt ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, click on <
17/04/20231 hour 25 seconds
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274 | Unnormalizing Your Normal

I dive into the strategy of taking a hard look at your business to recognize that you’ve normalized certain behaviors that aren’t normal at all. Once you identify the behaviors that don’t feel good in your business, you can begin to change the experience of running a business to one that is more joyful. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ Common Behaviors Business Owners Normalize ✔ Why Such Behaviors Are Like Death By 1000 Paper Cuts ✔ What You Can Do To Unnormalize Your Normal ✔ The Result Of Taking That Action ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, click on https://AmberDeLaGarza.com/274. P.S. If you want help managing your time, creating efficiency, making a new hire,
11/04/202346 minutes 30 seconds
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273 | 5 Practical Ways To Scale In Uncertain Times With Benjamin Friedman

I sit down with the Owner of Build Scale Grow, Benjamin Friedman, to dive into 5 practical ways to make scaling your business in uncertain times less daunting, less challenging, less lonely, and quite simply, more achievable! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ Action Steps To Grow Your Business ✔ Tips For Effectively Optimizing Those Steps ✔ Advice For Honing Your Priorities In Order To Make The Best Choices ✔ The 1 Reassuring Certainty You Can Always Count On ✔ Strategies For Planning When The Future Is Uncertain ✔ How Founders Can Benefit From A Fractional COO ✔ What Leaders Should Intentionally Move Away From ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, click on https://AmberDeLaG
03/04/202350 minutes 30 seconds
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272 | Stepping Up Your CEO Game: A Client Case Study With Tim Clothier PART 2 [Update

I sit down for an update interview with my long-term coaching client, Tim Clothier, CEO of Illusion Projects, to gain insight into the inner-workings of an entrepreneur who has greatly stepped up his CEO game and now owns a few successful businesses. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ How Tim Makes Time Blocking Work Even When His Roles Are Changing Fast ✔ The Project That Pulled Him Far Outside His Comfort Zone ✔ How Tim’s Team Is Structured So The Business Moves Forward In His Absence ✔ The Fundamental Business Strategies He Holds On To ✔ Why He Holds His CEO Day Sacred  ✔ What’s Up Next For Tim  ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, click on https://AmberDeLaGarza.com
27/03/20231 hour 4 minutes 49 seconds
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271 | Stepping Up Your CEO Game: A Client Case Study With Tim Clothier PART 1 [Replay]

I sit down with my long-term client and the CEO of Illusion Projects, Tim Clothier, to discuss how he’s been stepping up his CEO game during our years of working together. We cover his magic power of jumping back and forth between creative and CEO, what hadn’t been working in his business, what he had to release to see better results, and what he’s doing to stay on top of his game and run a successful international business. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ Why Your Time Blocks Need A Makeover ✔ The Secret To Preventing Your Passion From Getting Pushed To The Bottom Of The Pile ✔ How CEO Days Can Help You Flush Out Your Ideas ✔ The Principles That Could Benefit Your Hiring Process ✔ What Going To The “Business Gym” Can Do For You ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, click on <a href= "htt
20/03/202357 minutes 19 seconds
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270 | One Damn Thing

I dive into how doing just this one damn thing will make everything else in your business easier, help you stay in your focused zone for much longer, and increase your efficiency. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ What You’re Doing To Sabotage Your Focus ✔ How That’s Affecting Your Ability To Get Work Done ✔ The One Strategy You Can Implement Immediately To Combat It ✔ All The Do’s And Don’ts You Must Know To Get It Right & See Results ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, click on https://AmberDeLaGarza.com/270. P.S. If you want help managing your time, creating efficiency, making a new hire, reducing the stress and overwhelm of running a business, or making strategic decisions that will help you level up your business, I’d like to talk to you. Let's discu
13/03/202319 minutes 56 seconds
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269 | The F-Bomb You Need To Move On From With Erin Diehl

I sit down with Improv Edutainer, Failfluencer, and Professional Zoombie Erin Diehl to dive into how failing to process your failures can negatively impact your ability to show up for yourself and your team. Erin discusses how you can confront your failures, move on from them quicker, and heal your body in the process.  What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ What F-Bomb You Need To Move On From & Why ✔ The Mind-Body Connection Too Often Ignored ✔ How Dissociation Impacted Erin & Her Business ✔ How Erin Healed Her Mind Which Healed Her Body
06/03/202347 minutes 44 seconds
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268 | The #1 Scheduling Mistake Business Owners Make

I dive into the topic of scheduling white space on your calendar so you can minimize the chaos that ensues when you don’t. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ What Whitespace Is ✔ How It Affects Your Workday ✔ How To Schedule White Space Effectively ✔ What To Do When Your Day Doesn’t Go As Planned ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, click on https://AmberDeLaGarza.com/268. P.S. If you want help managing your time, creating efficiency, making a new hire, reducing the stress and overwhelm of running a business, or making strategic decisions that will help you level up your business, I’d like to talk to you. Let's discuss how we can partner together to he
27/02/202316 minutes 8 seconds
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267 | Changing The Game Of SOPs & Processes With Jennifer Smith

I sit down with the Cofounder and CEO of Scribe, Jennifer Smith, to dive into the world of SOPs and processes. We discuss how Scribe’s innovative software can automatically create SOPs, complete with screenshots, instructions, and clicks in just 56 seconds, thus making every business professional who uses it more efficient and their days run more smoothly.  What You Will Discover: ✔ Why It’s Important To Document Your Processes ✔ How Key Man Risk Comes Into Play ✔ How To Lower Your Resistance To Creating SOPs ✔ Best Practices For Rolling Out SOPs With Your Team <span style="fo
20/02/202343 minutes 26 seconds
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266 | Breaking Free From Imposter Syndrome With Melody Wilding

I sit down with best-selling author Melody Wilding to discuss imposter syndrome and the many ways to break free from it so you can find the confidence to lead and run your business effectively and live up to your full potential! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ What Imposter Syndrome Really Is ✔ The 5 Primary Ways It Shows Up ✔ The Ironic Thing About Imposter Syndrome ✔ How It Can Stop Your Productivity in Its Tracks ✔ Preventative Measures To Combat Imposter S
13/02/202345 minutes 57 seconds
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265 | I Got Operational Efficiency And You Can Too!

I go behind the scenes of my business to show you exactly how I’ve been creating operational efficiency so you can gain insights on how and where to create more operational efficiency in your business. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ What Operational Efficiency Is & Why It’s Important ✔ Where I Created Operational Efficiency In My Business ✔ Best Practices For Creating Operational Efficiency In Yours ✔ My Top Strategy For Preventing Unnecessary Fires ✔ So Much More! <span style="font-
06/02/202354 minutes 45 seconds
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264 | Got Operational Efficiency?

I dive into ways to create operational efficiency in the areas that will provide the biggest impact so you can increase profits and reduce the stress of running your business. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ What Operational Efficiency Is ✔ Where To Create It In Your Business ✔ The Link Between Operational Efficiency & Profitability ✔ The One Change That Will Have The Biggest Immediate Impact ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episo
30/01/202335 minutes 47 seconds
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263 | ADHD And Business Ownership: An Entrepreneurial Case Study With Diann Wingert

I sit down with Business Strategist, Coach, and Mentor, Diann Wingert, for an in-depth conversation about the intersection of ADHD and business ownership. We dive into Diann’s acceptance of her own diagnosis and how she effectively manages her ADHD daily so it doesn’t sabotage her success. What You’ll Discover In This Episode:c b  ✔ How ADHD Shows Up In Your Business ✔ Why Unmanaged ADHD Can Prevent Your Success ✔ Ways Diann Has Successfully Managed Her Traits ✔ What Time Blindness And Time Optimism Are ✔
23/01/202357 minutes 46 seconds
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262 | Flip The Script

In this episode of Productivity Straight Talk, I dive into areas of your business that can feel especially difficult and discuss a simple strategy to reduce the stress that often accompanies them: flipping the script.  What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ What Flipping The Script Really Means ✔ The Tangible Benefits Of Doing So ✔ How To Make Running Your Business More Enjoyable ✔ Simple Ways To Get Started ✔ So Much M
16/01/202328 minutes 2 seconds
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261 | Hiring: The Often Missed Skill Gap With Tatiyana Cure

I sit down with executive recruiter and talent acquisition leader Tatiyana Cure to dive into the skill set of hiring, a skill set which many small business owners lack but all small business owners need. Tatiyana shares numerous actionable hiring strategies that are easy to implement and quick to work. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ What Works To Attract The Right Candidate ✔ Where To Look For Them ✔ Why Clients Might Skip Over Your Job Posting ✔ How To Delegate Some Of Your Hiring Process Out ✔ E
09/01/202351 minutes 45 seconds
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260 | Shh! Listen To What Your Calendar Is Telling You…

I dive into the strategy of tracking your time and analyzing your calendar to help you identify where you can make small improvements in your time management to see major results. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ What Your Calendar Can Tell You If You’re Paying Attention ✔ Strategies For Time Tracking & Calendar Analyzing ✔ What Effective Time Management Tool Entrepreneurs Often Overlook ✔ Where You Might Be Miss-Stepping ✔ How Hofstadler’s Law Impacts Your Planning <span style="font-w
02/01/202328 minutes 56 seconds
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259 | Questioning Bill Gates’ Time Management Strategies

I dissect the time management strategies Bill Gates uses, uncover why they won’t work for your small business, and discuss what to do instead to manage your time more effectively. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ Bill Gates’ Time Management Strategies ✔ His Framework For Investing Your Time Equally ✔ What I Agree With And What I Don’t ✔ Why His Strategies Will Or Will Not Work For You ✔ My 4-Bucket Time Management Framework For Small Business Owners ✔</s
12/12/202234 minutes 54 seconds
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258 | 3 Gifts Every Small Business Owner Needs This Holiday Season

I dive into the three gifts you should give yourself this holiday season to reduce holiday stress, make running your business more manageable, and make your holidays a little more merry and bright: What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ Suggestions For Devising A Holiday Plan ✔ Why Some Traditions Are Meant To Be Broken ✔ Tips For Embracing The Unexpected ✔ Ways To Create The Balance You Desire ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, c
05/12/202226 minutes 50 seconds
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257 | Creating Freedom With Structure: A Client Case Study With Jessica Risko Smith

I sit down with Jessica, the owner of Jessica Risko Smith Interior Design, to pull back the curtains on her business and discuss what wasn’t working, how she’s managed to overcome those challenges, and how embracing structure has been surprisingly freeing and empowering! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ How Jessica Built Her Team & How It’s Serving Her ✔ What She Had A Hard Time Recognizing ✔ Why Jessica Sought Additional Support & How It’s Helping ✔ The Time Management Skills She Utilizes Consistently ✔ <span style= "font-weight:
28/11/202255 minutes 12 seconds
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256 | Emotional Resilience: A Calm Response To Adversity With Robin Hills

I sit down with the Director of Ei4Change, Business Psychologist and Emotional Intelligence Trainer, Robin Hills to dive into his world of emotional intelligence and emotional resilience. We discuss how business owners can remain calm, cool, and collected in the face of adversity (and thus make better business decisions) by developing their emotional resilience. What You’ll Discover In This Episode  ✔ What Emotional Resilience Is And Is Not ✔ The Importance Of Parking Tough Decisions ✔ How To Acknowledge Your Emotions Without Letting Them Rule
21/11/202244 minutes 36 seconds
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255 | Work/Life Balance: Is It Achievable?

I dive into the topic of work/life balance and discuss how getting clear on what you don’t want and do want to experience can lead you to take action and create the ideal balance for yourself that you desire. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ What Imbalance Looks And Feels Like ✔ Useful Visualization Techniques For Gaining Clarity ✔ 3 Specific Steps To Create More Balance In Your Life ✔ Why It’s So Important To Claim Balance For Yourself ✔ So Much More! T
14/11/202220 minutes 37 seconds
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254 | Make It A NO-vember To Remember

I dive into the idea that you should say no to anything that’s not serving you so you can free up your time and energy for the activities that do! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ Why Embracing Opportunities Can Be Detrimental To Your Pursuit Of Success ✔ How Overcommitting Outside Your Business Prevents You From Showing Up In It ✔ What Activities You Should Consider Saying No To ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, click on <span style="fo
07/11/202226 minutes 34 seconds
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253 | The Big Bad Habits Of Business Owners

In celebration of Halloween, I dive into the BIG BAD HABITS of business owners to help you identify which ones are the main villains in your business sabotaging your success so you can take action to transform them into habits that positively impact your business. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ What Bad Business Habits Are  ✔ Some Of The Most Common Ones Affecting Business Owners ✔ How Allowing Them Impacts Your Business ✔ What You Can Do About It ✔ Curated Episodes To Amplify Your Learning
31/10/202230 minutes 9 seconds
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252 | How To Work Effectively With Independent Contractors With Lacey Updegraff

I sit down with the Owner of Lacey & Co. Consulting, Lacey Updegraff, for an insightful discussion on the ins and outs and do’s and don’ts of working with independent contractors so you can learn how to work with them effectively and get the results you want.       To access resources and links from this episode, click on https://AmberDeLaGarza.com/252. P.S. Grab your spot in Leverage Lab® to get business coaching, training, and accountability to take your business and life from surviving to thriving => https://AmberDeLaGarza.com/LeverageLab</
24/10/20221 hour 9 minutes 9 seconds
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251 | Doubling Down On What's Working

I dive into an alternative strategy to focusing your time and efforts on what could work.  And that’s leveraging what’s working already! Doubling down on what’s already working is a simple but powerful goal achievement strategy that’s underutilized but could prove very beneficial. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ Ways You Might Be Sabotaging Your Goals ✔ The Simple But Powerful Questions You Should Be Asking Yourself ✔ What Actions Can Give You The Biggest Wins in Your Business ✔ How To Double Down On What’s Working And Get The Biggest ROI <span style="font-weight: 400;
15/10/202216 minutes 10 seconds
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250 | Evolving From Expert To Thought Leader With Carol Cox

I sit down with the founder and CEO of Speaking Your Brand, Carol Cox to dive into her expertise of helping entrepreneurs evolve from experts in their fields to thought leaders so they can deliver their message and stories in a way that's compelling to their audience and supports their business. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ What Thought Leadership Is ✔ How It Can Be Of Value To Your Business ✔ How To Escape The Expert Trap ✔ The 4 Layers Of Thought Leadership ✔ Common Resistance Business Owners
10/10/202246 minutes 23 seconds
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249 | 15 Actions To Lead Your Team Effectively

I’m going to discuss 15 actions to take to lead your team effectively so you can retain them and get the results you want! A few might sound familiar. Others might sound crazy (crazy awesome, that is!). Hopefully some will be total game changers for your business! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ What You Should Work On Building ✔ Who Should Solve Your Team Members’ Problems ✔ What You Need To Highlight ✔ What You Must Give Your Team Members Regularly ✔ So Much More! <span style="font-
03/10/202224 minutes 1 second
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248 | Sprinkling More Joy & Fun Into Your Workday With Mike Rucker

I sit down with the organizational psychologist, behavioral scientist, and charter member of the International Positive Psychology Association, Mike Rucker to dive into what it takes to stop chasing elusive happiness and instead, find joy and fun in the here and now whether you’re at work or off “the clock.” What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ Strategies To Find Pleasure In Your Life ✔ How Parkinson’s Law Plays A Part ✔ Ways To Make Mundane Activities Joy-Filled Through Bundling ✔ How To Execute Reframing & Reap Its Benefits ✔ <span s
26/09/202251 minutes 36 seconds
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247 | Identifying Your Next Hire

I dive into how you can find clarity on making your next hire so you can move easily and confidently through the hiring process when it’s time. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ When You Need To Hire ✔ Who Should Be Your Next Hire ✔ How Self-Limiting Beliefs Can Hold You Back ✔ The Insight You Can Take Away From Every Hire ✔ A Big Hiring No-No To Avoid ✔ So Much More! To
18/09/202236 minutes 11 seconds
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246 | What Story Is Your P&L Telling You? With Anne Gannon

I sit down with Certified Public Accountant Anne Gannon to dive into the valuable insights your P&L can provide in an effort to help you understand what yours is trying to tell you so you can make better, more profitable decisions in your business.  What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ What A Profit & Loss Statement (P&L) Is ✔ Where The Numbers Come From  ✔ How Often You SHould Look AT Your P&L ✔ The Revelations A P&L Can Provide ✔ The Important Number You Need To Know <span style="font-we
12/09/20221 hour 8 seconds
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245 | Lessons Learned From Slowing Down

I dive into how I spent my summer and discuss how my business and life were impacted when I made the intentional choice to slow down. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ The Belief I Had Around Slowing Down ✔ Why I Wanted To Give it A Try Anyway ✔ What I Had To Say No To So I Could Slow Down ✔ How Slowing Down Got Uncomfortable ✔ What I Got Out Of The Experiment ✔ So Much More! <span style="font-weight:
05/09/202236 minutes 35 seconds
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244 | The Accidental Business Owner

In this episode, I walk you through the brainstorming session I had with one of my team members which ended with us moving forward with a brand new podcast (Accidental Business Owner - go subscribe today!). I give you a behind-the-scenes look at my thought process throughout the session which forced me to talk through different scenarios, weigh outcomes, and make some pretty tough calls. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ How The Idea To Start A New Podcast Arose ✔ What Influenced My Decision To Move Forward ✔ How I Worked With My Team To Execute The Idea ✔ Why I’m Choosing To Use This Podcas
06/06/202224 minutes 26 seconds
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243 | Exploring The Effect Of Emotional Intelligence On Your Success With Alex Resnick

I sit down with the Founder & President of Evolve Leadership, Alex Resnick, to dive into his world of emotional intelligence. We discuss its correlation with success and how you can raise your EQ to the point it becomes a superpower that helps you improve your personal and professional life in every way. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ What Emotional Intelligence Is ✔ Ways A High EQ Helps You Show Up Your Best ✔ How To Make Shifts To Prioritize Your EQ ✔ Practice Skills You Can Utilize To Be More Effective ✔ <span style= "font-weight: 40
30/05/20221 hour 1 minute 46 seconds
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242 | The Big O You Don't Want

I dive into the three big O’s in your business that lead to overwhelm and discuss what you can do about them to keep them from robbing you of joy and productivity. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ The Big Unnecessary O’s In Your Business ✔ How To Recognize When You’re Suffering From Them ✔ What To Do About Them To Reduce Overwhelm ✔ Questions To Ask Yourself ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, click on <a href= "https://amber
23/05/202216 minutes 24 seconds
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241 | Normalizing Mental Health Conversations With Jessica Rodriguez

I sit down with my friend and owner of Freedom Driven Success, business strategist Jessica Rodriguez, to have an honest conversation about navigating the intersection between mental health and entrepreneurship. We discuss how we identified that we struggle with different aspects of mental health and what our journeys have looked like as we created businesses that support our healing. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ How Jessica Discovered She Created A Business That Felt Like A Prison ✔ My Challenge With Mental Health & How I Navigate It ✔ The Ridiculous Thing I Said At My First Therap
16/05/20221 hour 7 minutes 19 seconds
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240 | Firefighter: Whose Fires Are You Putting Out In Your Business?

I dive into the concept of firefighting in your business, get to the bottom of who is at fault for many of the fires taking up your time and energy, and offer solutions so you can stop being a part-time firefighter IN your business and get back to working ON your business. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ The Types Of Fires You’re Often Putting Out In Your Business ✔ Why & How They’re Are Happening ✔ Who Is At Fault For Many Of Them ✔ What You Can Do To Prevent Those Fires ✔ So Much More!
11/05/202231 minutes 51 seconds
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239 | Biohacking Your Way To Better Sleep & Less Brain Fog With Tanessa Shears

I sit down with Kinesiologist and Certified Sleep Science Coach, Tanessa Shears, to dive into the concept of biohacking your way to better sleep and less brain fog so you can show up with more energy, focus, and stamina in your business and life. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ What Brain Fog Is & How It Shows Up To Plague Your Business ✔ How To Combat Immense Brain Fog ✔ What BioHacking Is & How To Get Started ✔ What Vision You Need To Be Selling Yourself On ✔ The
02/05/202256 minutes 45 seconds
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238 | From Task List To Action List

I dive into a simple yet impactful strategy to turn your task list into an action list that is guaranteed to reduce stress, manage your time, and get shit done! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ Why Your Task List Is Failing You ✔ What You Can Do About It ✔ The Magic Of Verberizing Your Tasks ✔ My Capitalization Trick ✔ How Verberizing Can Impact Your Business & Life ✔ So Much More! <span style="font-weight:
25/04/202219 minutes 22 seconds
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237 | Thinking Deeply To Lead Your Team With Ron Price

I sit down with Ron Price, a business advisor, executive coach, speaker, and author who specializes in helping leaders enhance individual and organizational effectiveness, profitability, and growth. We dive into strategies for leading your team effectively and explore the concept of thinking deeply to ignite possibilities and get results.  What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ How To Become A Better Leader ✔ What Thinking Deeply Entails & How It’s Different For Everyone ✔ Why Thinking Deeply Is Important To Leadership ✔ The Single Idea That Changed Ron’s Leadership Journey Forever
18/04/202249 minutes 30 seconds
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236 | Gold Star For Execution, Not Your Great Idea

You may be a great visionary full of intelligent ideas but only you can choose to use your gifts to bring a great product or service into the world. Great ideas are worth nothing unless you execute on them. Stop robbing the world of your contributions by failing to execute. Gold stars are not given for intelligence or great ideas alone. In this episode of Productivity Straight Talk, I dive into the concept of executing and focus on the importance of moving your best ideas forward, step by step, all the way to the finish line. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ What Happens In Your Business And Life When You Don’t Execute ✔</
11/04/202226 minutes 48 seconds
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235 | Coachable & Actionable: A Client Case Study With Robyn Howard

I sit down for an entrepreneurial case study with my client Robyn Howard. We dive into Robyn’s journey as an entrepreneur that led her to want a productivity coach and walk through how her business, team, and personal life transformed since hiring one and choosing to work ON her business instead of IN her business. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ The Challenges Robyn Faced In Marketing & Sales ✔ How She Found Her CEO Voice Through Exploration ✔ The Hang-Ups She Had To Get Over For Her Team & Agency To Evolve ✔ How She Utilizes The Addition By Subtraction Method <span style="f
04/04/202245 minutes 18 seconds
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234 | Addressing The Fear Of Success & Failure

I dive into the fear of failure and the less common but still damaging fear of success that often plague business owners. I break down what such fears look and feel like in your business and how you can combat them, shift your beliefs, and fuel your actions to better align with your goals. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ How A Fear Of Success And Failure Sabotages Your Business ✔ Why You Might Be Experiencing Such Fears ✔ Strategies To Overcome Those Fears ✔ The Result Of Shifting Your Beliefs To Positive Ones ✔ <span style= "font
28/03/202236 minutes 1 second
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233 | Getting Unstuck + Rapidly Overcoming Obstacles & Head Trash With Erin Pheil

I sit down with the Founder of The MindFix Group, Erin Pheil, to discuss how many people are living life with one foot on the gas and the other foot on the brake, allowing uninvited head trash to control their actions and sabotage their progress. Erin lays out strategies to get unstuck and live a full, high-achieving life by eliminating such invisible roadblocks standing between you and success. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ Why Your Plate Really Feels So Full ✔ How To Keep Your Mental Lens From Crushing You ✔ What Determines Your Behavior & How To Change It From The Roots ✔ 3 Steps To M
21/03/202252 minutes 55 seconds
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232 | Red Flag Clients: Recognizing The Warning Signs

I dive into strategies to recognize red flags in both potential clients and current clients and lay out what to do about them to make sure you’re not sabotaging your business and personal life. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ Potential Client Red Flags To Watch Out For ✔ Current Client Red Flags Not To Ignore ✔ Why You’re Turning A Blind Eye To Red Flags ✔ The Repercussions Of Ignoring Them ✔ Strategies For Saying No To Red Flag Clients <span style="fo
14/03/202229 minutes 34 seconds
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231 | Building A Company Culture Of High Performers Who Never Want To Leave With Yuri Elkaim

I sit down with the founder and CEO of Healthpreneur®, Yuri Elkaim, to dive into how he built an amazing team of stars and seeds who support his vision and goals and discuss strategies you can use to do the same. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ Why Designing Your Company Culture Is So Important ✔ The Most Impactful Skill Sets To Look For In Potential Hires ✔ How Self-Awareness Shows Up In Your Business ✔ The Hard Lessons Yuri Learned During His Journey ✔ How He Put His High Quickstart Energy In Check</spa
07/03/202255 minutes 9 seconds
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230 | An In-depth Look At The Strategies I Use To Schedule My Time

I give you a behind-the-scenes tour of my personal, color-coded calendar as I divulge the detailed strategies I use to schedule my time that helps me keep my life in balance and my business running smoothly. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ My Underlying Scheduling Methodology ✔ Why I Schedule In Three-Month Increments ✔ The Crucial Time Block Preventing Me From Being A Bottleneck ✔ The Holding Days & Bonus Days Tricks I Use ✔ Inspiration From My Business Model That Might Work For You <span s
28/02/202244 minutes 14 seconds
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229 | Discovering Your Self Mastery With Rob Cressy

I sit down with Coach, Speaker, & Entrepreneur Rob Cressy to discuss how you can show up with the intention to live by design instead of by default and make everything you do a creation-of-you instead of a have-to-do, thus accomplishing self mastery which can only benefit your business and overall life. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ What Self Mastery Is & Why It’s A Huge Component Of Your Success ✔ The Drivers Of All Your Results ✔ What We Have The Power To Create & Cultivate ✔ How Energy Affects Your Self Mastery, Productivity, & Ultimately, Living Your Best Life <span sty
21/02/202242 minutes 10 seconds
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228 | Falling In Love With Your Business

I dive into strategies to fall back in love with your business because let’s be honest… just like a romantic relationship, your love for your business can fizzle out if you don’t put the work in. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ Why It’s Important To Love Your Business ✔ How To Create A Business You Want To Be In Every Day ✔ What You Should Be Focusing On Changing Up ✔ The Secret Sauce To Loving Your Business✔ So Much More! <span style="font-weigh
14/02/202226 minutes 26 seconds
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227 | The Secret Sauce Of Your Business With Shayla Boyd-Gill

I sit down with Luxe Your Business Mentor and creator of the LuxeSales System, Shayla Boyd-Gill, to dive into how you can truly sabotage your business if you fail to equip yourself with a CEO mindset and couple it with sound business strategy. We go on to discuss having radical faith in your ability to succeed to open up all sorts of possibilities and desired outcomes for your life and business.  What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ What A CEO Mindset Is  ✔ The Impact Your Mindset Has On Your Business ✔ 3 Limiting Myths CEOs Must Confront ✔ What Will Happen If You Believe In Yourself</sp
07/02/202251 minutes 10 seconds
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226 | Rinse & Repeat

I dive into the topic of habits, how they show up in your life and business, and go on to discuss how to identify whether the habits in your rinse & repeat routines are serving you well or sabotaging your success and what to do about it. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ Why It’s Necessary To Get Off Auto-Pilot ✔ The Best Way To Determine If Your Habits Are Serving Or Sabotaging You ✔ How To Easily Set A Better Tone For Your Day ✔ Slip-In Habits To Consider Adding To Your Routines ✔ How To Get Into The “Paradise Z
02/02/202222 minutes 14 seconds
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225 | If It’s Not A ‘Hell Yes!’, What Is It?

I dive into one of the biggest reason business owners are constantly overwhelmed - they’re simply taking on too many projects, meetings, partnerships, team members, and clients that aren’t a ‘hell yes,’ which forces them to spend too much time, energy, and money trying to make them work - and discuss what to do instead.  In this episode of Productivity Straight Talk, I dive into the issue of taking on too many projects, meetings, partnerships, team members, and clients that don’t align with your vision of success’ and talk about raising your standards by setting the bar at ‘hell yes’ for everything you choose to undertake. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ How To Raise Standards In Your Business And See Immediate Resul
24/01/202221 minutes 5 seconds
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224 | Breaking Free From Codependency, Perfectionism, & People Pleasing With Victoria Albina

I sit down with Certified Life Coach Victoria Albina to discuss how to stop codependent, perfectionist, and people-pleasing thought patterns from making you feel anxious and stuck and how to transform such thoughts to improve your relationships and your business. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ What Codependent Thinking & How It Shows Up In Your Business ✔ Ways To Break Free From Codependent, Perfectionist, & People-Pleasing Thoughts To Reclaim Joy ✔ How Expressive Journaling Can Help You Tap Into Feelings & Change Behaviors ✔ Simple Ways To Set Empowering Boundaries <
17/01/202255 minutes 41 seconds
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223 | How To Measure Your Marketing For Optimization With Chris Mercer

I sit down with the Co-Founder of MeasurementMarketing.io, Chris Mercer, to dive into the world of analytics and discuss how you can effectively measure your marketing to tune into exactly what your customers want.  What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ What Metrics You Should Be Measuring & Why ✔ Strategies For Arming Yourself With Analytics ✔ Why To Use Google Analytics Specifically ✔ The Most Important Step People Skip in Analyzing Data ✔ How To Have The Best Grasp Of Your Marketing Machinery <
10/01/202254 minutes 54 seconds
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Encore: What's Your Word Of The Year?

I provide strategies for creating, implementing, and abiding by a Word Of The Year so you can consistently take intentional action on your goal throughout the new year and beyond. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️Why You Need A Word Of The Year ✔️ What To Do Once You’ve Chosen It ✔️ Strategies For Getting The Most Out Of Your Word ✔️ Tips For Staying Laser Focused On It ✔️So Much More! I hope you enjoy my episode on your Word Of The Year and encourage you to strongly consider what word should represent your intention for the new year. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! Important Resources & Links From This Episode: Canva Etsy Eps. 071 | 6 Quick Tips For Meeting Your Internal Deadlines <
03/01/202223 minutes 15 seconds
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Business Planning Made Simple!

Planning your year is one of the most important activities you can do as a business owner because it helps you set the overall direction of your business and determine the actions you must take to achieve your goals. It can lso be a very difficult activity if you aren;t sure what you're doing! That's why I created the Business Blueprint Full-Day Workshop in which I help you plan your entire year in a day!  In this full-day virtual workshop, I will help you take the guess-work out of what next steps to take to plan your year and rid you of the overwhelm that often accompanies strategic business planning. You'll walk away with a full completed business plan that you just need to execute on. 📅 <a href= "https://amberdelagarza.com/businessbluepri
27/12/20214 minutes 46 seconds
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222 | That’s A Wrap! Sharing My 2021 Feedback Loop

I  walk you through how I recently used the insights feedback loop to figure out what I don’t want to do in my business in 2022, what I want to double-down on, and what I want to try. The insights feedback loop is a major component in my strategic business planning and I’m confident it could help you get unstuck and execute a solid business plan, too! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ What My Insights Feedback Loop Is ✔ Why It Works To Improve Your Business ✔ Strategies For Using The Insights Feedback Loop In Your Own Business ✔ What Didn’t Work, Did Work, & Could Work In My Business
20/12/202130 minutes 45 seconds
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221 | The Gift That Keeps On Giving

I dive into the reality that you can’t show up as your best and most productive self for your business if you can’t keep your eyes open and discuss what you can be doing instead to gift yourself more energy, less stress, and greater focus throughout the holiday season and the rest of the year! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ How You Sabotage Yourself Throughout Holiday Season  ✔ What You Should Be Pausing To Do Several Times A Day ✔ Ways To Gift Yourself Self-Care Throughout The Year ✔ Why You Should Not Be Treating Yourself & What To Do Instead <span style="font-weigh
13/12/202121 minutes 45 seconds
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220 | Cleaning The Slate For A Fresh Start

I dive into how taking time to gain clarity on what hasn’t been working in your business  this year and cleaning the slate of that baggage this month can help you start fresh in 2022.  What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ An Easy Way To Reclaim A Lot Of Time & Energy ✔ 3 Powerful Questions To Ask To Gain Clarity  ✔ What You Need To Leave In 2021 ✔ Ideas For How You Can Start Fresh in 2022 ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, click on</sp
06/12/202121 minutes 46 seconds
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219 | Real Talk: Money Mindset & Action Taking With Emily King

I sit down with wealth and abundance coach for entrepreneurial women, Emily King, to dive into how your money mindset blocks may be holding you back from building an amazing relationship with money, and what you can do about it to make lots of money, not feel guilty about it, and live your best life ever. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ Common Mindset Blocks Small Business Owners Experience ✔ The Question That Reveals What Your Money Blocks Are ✔ How The ‘I Can’t Afford This’ Objection Affects You ✔ How To Implement Emily’s No Cursing Rule
29/11/202149 minutes 6 seconds
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218 | Let's Talk About Business! 2nd Annual Friendsgiving Special

I sit down for a Zoom chat with my closest business owner friends to record our 2nd annual Friendsgiving episode. Join Amanda Berlin, Carol Cox, Hilary Hendershott, Jamie Lieberman, LuAnn Nigara, Jessica Rodriguez, Vita Vygovska, and me around the virtual Friendsgiving table as we indulge in a friendly conversation about all things business and different perspectives and experiences come into play.  What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ Lessons Learned From Challenges & Triumphs In Our Businesses ✔ How We Navigated Mindset Shifts ✔ Insights In Insurance, Accountability, & Delegating ✔ What We’re
22/11/202158 minutes 29 seconds
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217 | The Sky’s The Limit: A Client Case Study With Michael Costantino

I sit down for an entrepreneurial case study with the owner, president, and Principal Architect for Montebello Architecture & Design, Michael Costantino, to learn about his business, discuss the lessons he’s learned, and dive into the leadership strategies he used to crush all of his 2021 goals by February. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ The Challenges Experienced When He Grew His Team  ✔ How He Minimized Hiccups During Tremendous Growth ✔ What He Learned From Auditing His Team Members’ Time ✔ How He Overcame The Biggest Struggle He Faced As An Entrepreneur <span style="font-weight
15/11/202150 minutes 2 seconds
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216 | You’re Not Alone

I dive into the reasons so many entrepreneurs feel alone in their businesses despite being surrounded by a team and what they can do about it to minimize the overwhelm, reduce the loneliness, and get the support they need to run a thriving business. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ How I Know You’re Not Alone ✔ Ways To Get The Support You Need ✔ The Biggest Change You Need To Make In Your Business ✔ An Introduction To The S.TO.P. Leverage Formula ✔ <span style= "font-weight: 400;
08/11/202123 minutes 41 seconds
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215 | Time For A Tech Stack Detox

I dive into tips for auditing, purging, and filling gaps in your tech stack so it stops overwhelming you, you stop wasting hard-earned money on apps and programs you don’t need, and you’re able to run your business more efficiently and productively. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ The Benefits Of A Tech Stack Detox ✔ A Simple System That Will Set You Up For Success ✔ How Often You Should Audit Your Tech ✔ The Game-Changing Tech I Use In My Business ✔ So Much More! <span style="font-weight: 4
02/11/202132 minutes 28 seconds
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214 | A Powerful Vision For Your Business And Life

I dive into the importance of having a vision for your business and a vision for your personal life.  I also discuss everything you need to know about creating a vision board to effectively inspire you on your good days and stressed-to-the-max days, and keep you on track toward your goals! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ Ways Vision Boards Can Successfully Transform Into Your Reality ✔ How To Design  Your Vision Board To Work For You ✔ Where To Put Up Your Vision Board And Why ✔ Exactly What To Put On Your Vision Board <span style="font
27/10/202119 minutes 52 seconds
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213 | Enough With The Elevator Buttons!

I walk you through better ways of managing your projects and ideas so you can get unstuck, accomplish everything your business needs from you more efficiently, and achieve greater success. What You Will Discover: ✔ 3 Reasons You’re Taking On Too Many Projects ✔ What Ripples That Causes Throughout Your Business ✔ A Big Lie You Should Stop Telling Yourself ✔ Strategies To Take Your Projects To The Finish Line ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from thi
18/10/202133 minutes 55 seconds
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212 | Knowing Your Blind Spots: A Lesson In Effective Leadership With Corry Robertson

I sit down with a leading global expert on organizational culture, engagement, and retention, Corry Robertson, to dive into effective leadership strategies that deliver results, build strong corporate cultures, and make change work. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ The Intersection Between Self-Awareness And How We Show Up As Leaders ✔ How To Fill Your Trust Tank For More Effective Delegation ✔ Blind Spots Leaders Should Watch Out For ✔ Ways To Create Trust And Safety In The Work Environment ✔ Tips
11/10/202152 minutes 15 seconds
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211 | UPDATE: How My Business Survived In My Absence

If you’re a regular listener of Productivity Straight Talk, you might have noticed that no episodes have been published for a long time. I know from emails, direct messages, and reviews that many of you love listening to this podcast first thing on Monday mornings to start your week off on a productive high note. If you were disappointed by the lack of new episodes showing up in your feed, I’m very sorry and appreciate you tuning in today. I can assure you I am back in action and look forward to consistently bringing you the straight talk on business and productivity once again! ln today’s episode, I unpack what has been going on in my life over the past seven weeks that has kept me from publishing new podcasts, showing up for my business, and supporting my awesome clients. T
06/10/202132 minutes 34 seconds
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210 | Showing Up Unapologetically You: A Lesson In Visibility With Lauren Salaun

I sit down with PR and Marketing Consultant Lauren Salaun to discuss her journey from exhausted workaholic to successful entrepreneur that enabled her to fit her work into her life (instead of the other way around) while following her passion and presenting herself authentically. Lauren dives into business lessons she learned, energy tapping, pitching strategies, and all the ways your greatest visibility is found in showing up unapologetically YOU! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ The Inner Work Lauren Did To Rewrite Her Story ✔ The WakeUp Call That Made Her Jump All-In Into PR ✔ T
16/08/202158 minutes 11 seconds
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209 | Task Management: Going Beyond Your Business

I dive into some of my favorite task management strategies I use in my business and discuss how they can easily be implemented into your personal life to reduce stress and accomplish more. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ 5 Fundamental Task Management Strategies For Your Personal Life  ✔ What Those Strategies Look Like In Your Business ✔ Easy-To-Implement Ideas For Streamlining Personal Tasks  ✔ The 4 D’s Of Task Management ✔ Quick Tips For Reducing The Stress Of Running Errands <span
02/08/202126 minutes 54 seconds
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208 | All Or Nothing, Now Or Never

I dive into the common mentality among business owners all or nothing, now or never and flush out how as paradigm shift on that kind of thinking can greatly serve you and your business by helping you make progress in the gray area which stands between where you are now and where you want to be in relation to your goals. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ Ways All Or Nothing, Now Or Never Shows Up In Your Life ✔ How That Line Of Thinking Negatively Impacts Your Business ✔ What You Can Do To Prevent It From Limiting Your Growth ✔ <sp
13/07/202124 minutes 20 seconds
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207 | Creating A Functional Workspace That Lights You Up With Maria Viola

I sit down with Principal Maria Viola of Viola Interior Design, to dive into what elements you should consider when creating a workspace so that it is functional, professional, and inspiring, makes you more productive, and ultimately, lights you up! We cover everything from wall colors and scents to chairs and where to put your printer. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ The Steps To Creating A Productive And Inspiring Space ✔ Easy Ways To Enhance Your Workspace So You Respond Positively To It ✔ Which Wall Colors Are Trending And Which Are Distracting ✔ Why You Should Create A Vision B
28/06/202159 minutes 9 seconds
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206 | Seasons

I dive into the idea of honoring the season you’re in and encourage you to achieve greater balance and satisfaction by allowing your personal and business schedules to work together synergistically. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ How I’ve Decided To Honor The Season Of Life I’m In ✔ What You Can Do To Honor Yours ✔ How That Will Impact Your Life For The Better ✔ A Big Announcement I Want To Clue You In On ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links f
14/06/202124 minutes 6 seconds
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205 | 7 Rules To Minimize Team Member Interruptions

I dive into seven effective strategies to minimize team member interruptions so they don’t hijack your day and you can power through your work without constantly being disturbed.   What You’ll Discover In This Episode:  ✔ Effective Leadership Strategies That Reduce Interruptions ✔ The First Step To Defining Boundaries With Your Team ✔ Quick Tips To Establishing Clear Communication ✔ Feedback Methods That Help Curb Interruptions ✔ What You Can’t Expect From Your Team Members <span style="font-
31/05/202130 minutes 37 seconds
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204 | The Monster In The Closet

I dive into the topic of avoiding things in your business that seem too overwhelming, too uncomfortable, or too big, and the stories you tell yourself to rationalize avoiding them. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ What You’re Avoiding In Your Business And Why ✔ The Consequences Of Avoidance  ✔ An Easy Strategy To Get Unstuck And Stop Avoiding ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, click on https://AmberDeLaGarza.com/<span
17/05/202112 minutes 10 seconds
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203 | A Recipe For Hating Your Business

I dive into 11 ingredients you might be using in your recipe for business success when they’re actually harmful ingredients that leave you hating your business and resenting your decision to become an entrepreneur. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ Big Reasons You’re Feeling Frustrated, Overwhelmed, And Stressed Out ✔ What Ingredients Need To Be Thrown Out ✔ What Ingredients You Should Be Doubling Down On ✔ How You Can Start And Continue Loving Your Business ✔ Why Taking Your Work Home Is Keeping You
17/05/202130 minutes 3 seconds
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202 | Battling The Indecision Plaguing Your Productivity

I dive into the reasons indecisiveness is the most unproductive place to be in your business and how learning to make decisions quicker and more confidently can benefit you business immeasurably. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ What Indecision Looks Like In Your Business ✔ How It’s Affecting Your Productivity ✔ The Benefits Of Being Decisive ✔ Why We Delay Decision Making ✔ Tips For Becoming A More Decisive Person ✔ <span style= "font-weight: 400
10/05/202149 minutes
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201 | Always Be Ready To Hire

If you don’t take time to fully prepare for the inevitable loss of employees, you’ll be forced to make time for it down the line, possibly at the most inconvenient of times. Empower yourself and set your business up for success by doing the work now. In this episode of Productivity Straight Talk, I dive into ways you can take back the power in your business owner-employee relationship and I provide actions you can take so that you’ll always be ready to hire. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ What Being Ready To Hire Looks Like ✔ The Repercussions Of Not Being Ready ✔ Questions To Ask Yourself To Prepare For The Hiring Proce
03/05/202122 minutes 19 seconds
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200 | The Evolution Of Productivity Straight Talk

I invite you to journey back in time with me, all the way to my very first episode to see how Productivity Straight Talk has evolved over the past four years. You’ll find out what led me to attempt podcasting in the first place, its benefits, drawbacks, and how my favorite marketing platform has impacted my business from start to finish. This is not an episode meant to convince you to become a podcaster. Instead, it’s simply an intimate peak behind the curtains at what actions and decisions brought us together and brought us to today, the 200th episode of Productivity Straight Talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ Where I’ve Messed Up And Had Major Wins In My Entrepreneurial Journey <span
26/04/20211 hour 6 minutes 20 seconds
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199 | Tracking Metrics To Get Your Thumb On The Pulse Of Your Business With Layne Booth

I sit down with the CEO and Dashboard Expert of The Project Booth, Layne Booth, to dive into the world of metrics and discuss how tracking the right ones can empower small business owners to make better, more profitable decisions in their business.  What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ How Metrics Can Affect Your Business ✔ Why You Should Not Be Scared Of Your Numbers ✔ Which Important Numbers To Track Diligently ✔ How Often To Look At Your Numbers ✔ How To Get Sta
19/04/202154 minutes 52 seconds
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198 | I Should Have Known This...

I dive into the mindset behind the thought “I should have known this...” which I hear from my clients a lot and discuss what you can be doing instead to empower yourself to take action, fill the gaps in your knowledge and skill sets, and grow your business. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ How The Thought I Should Have Know This Affects Your Mindset ✔ How It Also Consequently Impacts Your Business ✔ The Phrase You Should Be Saying To Yourself Instead ✔ The Phrase You Should Be Saying To Yourself I
12/04/202118 minutes 16 seconds
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197 | Bad-Ass Business Systems: Exposing The Secret Behind Franchise Success Stories

I dive into the benefits of effective business systems, how they are the secret ingredient in every popular franchise’s recipe for success, and how you can make them yours, too! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ The True Engine Powering Every Successful Business ✔ How To Provide Clients With Consistent Experiences ✔ Why Business Systems Can Make Or Break Your Business ✔ How To Get Started With Business Systems ✔ So Much More To access resources and links from this episode, click on Show Notes. Grab your spot in Leverage Lab to get coaching, training, and accountability to take your business and life from surviving to thriving!
05/04/202123 minutes 30 seconds
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196 | Focus At Will: Boosting Productivity With Personalized Music With Will Henshall

I sit down with Will Henshall, founder of the science driven instrumental music streaming service Focus@Will, for an indepth look at how listening to music specifically designed for your brain type while working can help you stay focused and consistently show up at your best.   What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ How Different Types Of Music Impact Your Productivity ✔ The Link Between What You’re Listening To And Your Ability To Focus ✔ 3 Beneficial Things That Happen When You Find Your Flow State ✔ Quick Tips For Improving Your Focus <span style="font-weight: 400;"
29/03/202157 minutes 21 seconds
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195 | Difficult Conversations: Strategies For Navigating Everyone’s Kryptonite With Lara Currie

I sit down with speaker and author Lara Currie to discuss productive ways to deal with difficult people, have tough conversations, and navigate conflict in your business. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ Typical Conflicts That Occur In Business & Tips For Resolving Them ✔ The 4 Different Conflict Personality Types  ✔ How To Pull Yourself Back Once You’re Spiraling ✔ Specific Strategies For Preventing Miscommunication ✔ How To Properly Preframe An Agreement With
22/03/202148 minutes 49 seconds
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194 | Preventing Burnout By Prioritizing You With Errin Weisman, DO

I sit down with life coach and doctor of osteopathic medicine Errin Weisman to discuss how she came face to face with burnout, what she did about it, and how she’s helping people who are crispy around the edges start respecting their guardrails so they can prevent total burnout, heal, and live fulfilling business and personal lives without overdoing it. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ The Contributing Factors To Burnout ✔ Why You Need To Take Ownership Of Your Hustle-Burnout Mentality ✔ How Burnout Affects Your Mental Health ✔ The D’s, E’s, and F’s Of Burnout
15/03/202152 minutes 1 second
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193 | Flirting With The Concept That Support Is Sexy With Elayne Fluker

I sit down with author, podcast host, and founder of SiS.Academy, Elayne Fluker, to dive into her mission to help unapologetically ambitious women get over what she calls, “I Got It” Syndrome, embrace support, and know that having it all doesn't mean doing it all alone. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ The 3 Reasons We Push Back Against Support ✔ How To Overcome “I’ve Got It” Syndrome ✔ What It Means To Live Your Question ✔ How To Take Advantage Of HELP ✔ Eye-Opening Ways You Can Ask For Support</sp
08/03/202145 minutes 42 seconds
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192 | The Magic Connection Method With Brandon Fong

I sit down with entrepreneur Brandon Fong to dive into the Magic Connection Method which is the proven process he uses to help himself and others connect with the right WHOs in their life -- whether that be clients, strategic partnerships, or people, to help them along their journey to achieving success.  What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ What One Connection Can Do For You ✔ The 3 Steps To The Magic Connection Method ✔ Ways Your Email Hook Can Make You Look Like A Serial Killer ✔ The Power Of Creating An Irresistible Offer <span sty
01/03/202149 minutes 23 seconds
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191 | Leaning In To The Life Skills That Matter With Stephen Warley

I sit down with solopreneur business coach and the founder of LifeSkillsThatMatter.com, Stephen Warley, to dive into what life skills it takes to be a solopreneur and run a business successfully. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ Why Stephen Doesn't Recommend Business School ✔ How Work Is Changing As We Know It ✔ The Skill Sets Needed To Be A Solopreneur ✔ What Rewiring It Takes To Go From Employee To Entrepreneur ✔ Why You Should Lean Into Your Resistance To Certain Tasks <span style="
22/02/202131 minutes 9 seconds
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190 | Taking On Templates: Get It Right & Get More Done

I dive into mind-blowing ways you can build a better business by maximizing your efficiency and effectiveness with templates!  What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ What Templates Are And The Benefits Of Using Them ✔ Ways You Can Incorporate Templates Into Your Business ✔ Practical Tips For Using Templates To Reclaim Time & Energy ✔ A Breakdown Of My Favorite Autoresponder Email Template ✔ My Top 3 Tech Tools To Use For Templates ✔ <span style= "font-w
15/02/202134 minutes 16 seconds
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189 | Establishing Meaningful Connections Through Thought Leadership With Carol Cox

In this episode of Productivity Straight Talk, I sit down with the founder of Speaking Your Brand, Carol Cox, to dive into how leaning  into thought leadership can help you establish more meaningful relationships with the people you're trying to reach, be it your team of five or audience of 5,000. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ What A Thought Leader Is ✔ How Thought Leadership Will Help Your Business ✔ How Marketing & Visibility Ties Together With Thought Leadership ✔ Carol’s Breakdown  Of Her V.
08/02/202148 minutes 44 seconds
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188 | Getting The Help You Need: An Entrepreneurial Case Study With Janelle McNeal

I sit down for an entrepreneurial case study with the Owner and Director of True North Counseling & Development, Janelle McNeal. We dive into how Janelle runs her business staying true to her tagline, ‘Feeling better is just the beginning’ to ensure people thrive as a result of their experiences at True North and what you can do to get the help you need to succeed. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ How Janelle Got Into Counseling Women Entrepreneurs ✔ Her Boulders To Breadcrumbs Approach To Problems ✔ The Concept Of  Failing Forward ✔ Top Challenges High-Achieving Women Seek Help For<
01/02/20211 hour 11 minutes 46 seconds
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187 | 5 Musts To Delegate Effectively And Be Satisfied With The Results

I dive into five things you should be doing to delegate effectively and get the results you actually want from your team. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ My Current Team Structure And The Roles Each Person Plays ✔ What I’ve Learned Over Time From Leading My Team ✔ Effective Delegation Strategies That Foster Success ✔ A Checks And Balances Routine That Can Help Everyone Prioritize ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, click on<
25/01/202141 minutes 10 seconds
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186 | Slowing Down To Go Fast

I dive into four easy ways of slowing down in order to move faster and more effectively toward your goals, despite their outward appearance of being counterproductive. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ The Benefits Of Slowing Down Even When You Don’t Want To ✔ The First Thing To Go When Things Get Busy ✔ What Happens When You Invest In Others ✔ Why You Go Into Fire-Fighting Mode And How To Stop ✔ So Much More!   To access resources and links from t
18/01/202128 minutes 12 seconds
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185 | Creating Energy: An Exploration Of Ways To Show Up Your Best

I dive into how you can increase your ability to focus, power through your work, and show up your best in 2021 by prioritizing experimentations with creating energy! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ Why It's Important To Prioritize Creating Energy ✔ How You Can Create More Energy ✔ Things I Have In My Office To Create Energy ✔ My Latest Energy Experiment With Mind Blowing Results ✔ What Absolutely Did Not Work For Me ✔ <span style= "font-weight: 4
11/01/202150 minutes 30 seconds
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184 | Finding Your North Star: Gain Clarity On Your Vision For 2021

I dive into how you can equip yourself to tackle even your greatest challenges in 2021 by finding your North Star and letting it guide your business decisions, both large and small. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ What Your North Star Is ✔ Why Finding It Can Be A Game Changer ✔ The Impact Having A Clear Vision Has On Your Business ✔ Ways You Can Approach Goal Setting Differently ✔ How I Determined My North Star For 2021 ✔ <span style= "font-weigh
04/01/202121 minutes 48 seconds
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183 | A New Year, A New Microhabit

I dive into committing to one new microhabit that will help you enjoy the journey of being a business owner so you can be sustainable for the long haul  and that is celebrating your wins, both big and small. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ Why Focusing On Microhabits Is Important ✔ The Key To Success With Any Microhabit ✔ Why You’re Not Celebrating Your Wins But Should Be ✔ How Doing So Helps You Be More Productive ✔ Creative Way To Celebrate Your Wins ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, click on Show Notes. P.S. When you’re ready, here are four great ways to improve your time management and elevate your productivity: #1 Grab my FREE mini training Take Back Your Time! #2  Get instant on demand access to my <a href= "https:/
28/12/202022 minutes 33 seconds
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182 | 12 Unexpected Gifts Of 2020

I slide into the holiday spirit and unwrap many of the delightful and unexpected gifts of 2020, from trimming your financial fat to reuniting with the great outdoors. Sure, 2020 has been a shit show and I’m not trying to make light of the struggles and pain you’ve faced, but with the right mindset and attitude of gratitude, you can soar into 2021 using the gifts of 2020 as assets for you and your business. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ Why 2020 Wasn’t All Bad For Small Business Owners ✔ 12 Gifts 2020 Brought Us ✔ How We Can Turn Those Gifts Into Assets For 2021 ✔ What We Normalize
21/12/202025 minutes 41 seconds
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181 | It’s A Matter Of Respect

I share some specific stories of when I felt my time was disrespected and the actions I took to ensure my time was not disrespected by those same people again.  These sorts of experiences likely ring true for you also, so I hope my remedies will help you become a better steward of your own time by empowering you to clearly communicate your boundaries surrounding your most precious resource. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ How I Reclaimed 2+ Hours With A Two-Sentence Email ✔ Why I Sometimes Feel The Need To Reschedule Important Appointments ✔ How I Communicated My Boundaries To Vendors Who Weren’t Respecting My Time ✔ My Challenge For You ✔ So Much More!   To access resources and links from this episode, click on Show Notes. P.S. When you’re ready, here are four great ways to improve your time management and elevate your productivity:</
14/12/202017 minutes 33 seconds
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180 | Creating Win-Win Sales & Collaborations: An Entrepreneurial Case Study With LuAnn Nigara

I sit down with the co-owner of Window Works and host of A Well-Designed Business podcast, LuAnn Nigara, for an entrepreneurial case study. We take a deep dive into how she serves people by successfully connecting them with the people they truly need and drums up sales for her own business in the process. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ How LuAnn Created A Business She Could Step Away From ✔ How Her Background In Sports Taught Her To Be A Leader ✔ What Should Be At The Heart Of Every Sale ✔ How To Put Your Superpower On Steroids ✔ Why You Should Give Away Some Of Your Business ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, click on Show Notes. P.S. When you’re ready, here are four great ways to improve your time management and elevate your productivity: #1 Grab my FREE mini training <a href="https://amberdelagarz
07/12/202056 minutes 18 seconds
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179 | Hiring: Core Components Of An Exceptional Selection Process With Eileen Hahn

I sit down with leadership and hiring consultant, Eileen Hahn, to discuss her multifaceted selection process for hiring which she uses to help companies find and retain exceptional people with the right skillsets to fill the gaps in their businesses. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ Eileen’s Multifaceted Selection Process For Hiring Exceptional People ✔ Best And Worst Practices For Hiring ✔ The Real Reasons Behind High Turnover ✔ The Golden Questions You Should Ask In Every Interview ✔ Why Real-World Assessments Are A Must ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, click on Show Notes. P.S. When you’re ready, here are four great ways to improve your time management and elevate your productivity: #1 Grab my FREE mini training <a href="https://amberdelagarza.com/training/tbyt/
30/11/202056 minutes 3 seconds
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178 | Let's Talk Business! A Friendsgiving Special

I sit down around the virtual Thanksgiving table with some of my closest small business owner friends - Amanda Berlin, Carol Cox, Hilary Hendershot, Jamie Lieberman, Jaclyn Mellone, and Jessica Rodriguez, to talk all things business. This Friendsgiving special is jam-packed with hilarious anecdotes, shared lessons, valuable business advice, and a whole lot of love. I have so much gratitude for these relationships and the impact they’ve had on my business! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ How We’ve Navigated Our Mindset Challenges ✔ What We’ve Had To Let Go Of To Grow ✔ Our Most Embarrassing Moments In Business ✔ What We Do To Keep Our Business Day Fun ✔ The Greatest Character Traits We Bring To The Table ✔ What We’re Most Grateful For Closing Out 2020 ✔ Funny Stories About Me ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, click on S
23/11/20201 hour 26 minutes 53 seconds
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177 | 3 Steps To Making Business Boundaries Successful

I walk you through making your business boundaries successful by clearly identifying them, lovingly and clearly communicating them, and holding them so you can achieve your goals quicker while preserving your sanity. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ The Numerous Benefits Of Establishing Boundaries ✔ My 3-Step Framework To Making Business Boundaries Successful ✔ The Missteps Small Business Owners Make With Boundaries ✔ How To Know What You Need To Show Up Your Best ✔ Why Others Are Confused About Your Boundaries ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, click on Show Notes. P.S. When you’re ready, here are four great ways to improve your time management and elevate your productivity: #1 Grab my FREE mini training <a href="https://amberdelagarza.com/training/tbyt/" target="_b
16/11/202027 minutes 12 seconds
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176 | Smart Strategies To Stay On Top Of Your Business Finances With Danielle Hayden

I sit down with the co-owner of Kickstart Accounting, Inc, Danielle Hayden, to discuss how your business finances are telling an important story and you need to be paying attention so you can stay organized, make smart decisions, and maximize profits. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ What A P&L Is And Why You Should Befriend It ✔ The Repercussions Of Not Knowing Your Numbers ✔ The Importance Of Separating Your Business & Personal Accounts ✔ Where To Get Started Fixing Your Financial Mess ✔ Why You Need To Think Of Yourself As An Investor In Your Business ✔ The Financial Reports You Must Stay On Top Of ✔ So Much More!   To access resources and links from this episode, click on Show Notes. P.S. When you’re ready, here are four great ways to improve your time management and elevate your productivity: #1</strong
02/11/202053 minutes 42 seconds
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175 | Systemizing Chaos & Prioritizing Projects To Maximize Growth: An Entrepreneurial Case Study With Jason Long And Santiago Arroyo

I sit down with the owners of Tree Amigos Growers, organic farmers Jason Long and Santiago Arroyo, to get an inside look at how they are embracing adaptability and overcoming obstacles such as a love of chaos, conflicting projects, and a global pandemic to operate a thriving working organic farm. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ Their Journey From Roommates To Successful Business Partners ✔ How They Learned To Prioritize Their Big Projects & Dreams ✔ Ways They Changed Their Onboarding Process To Minimize Chaos ✔ How They Embrace The Path Of Least Resistance To Drive Their Profits </s
26/10/202049 minutes 53 seconds
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174 | Building Our Bond And Businesses Together With Amanda Berlin & Jamie Lieberman

I sit down with two members of my curated Trusted Advisory Council, Amanda Berlin and Jamie Lieberman, to discuss the importance of collaborations, alliances, and sisterhood, and the power they can bring when you choose to do life and business with the right people. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ Why I Choose To Do Life And Business With These Women ✔ How We Designed Our Mastermind To Greatly Benefit From It ✔ Why It’s Important To Develop Bonds That Are Both Personal And Professional ✔ Strategies For Building Sustainable Connections With Those People ✔ What Curating Your Own Trusted Advisory Council Could Look Like ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, click on Show Notes. P.S. When you’re ready, here are four great ways to improve your time
19/10/202037 minutes 4 seconds
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173 | Empowering Leadership: The Best Investment For Long-term Growth

I dive into the topic of embracing empowering leadership methods so you can learn how to reclaim time and mental bandwidth by effectively delegating tasks, activities, and projects, knowing they’ll be executed successfully by others. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ The First Thing You Need To Do After Making A New Hire ✔ My 5-Step Process Of Training, Coaching, And Onboarding ✔ Strategies For Empowering Your Employees To Deliver Results ✔ Who Should Teach Each New Process (It May Not Be You!) ✔ Why Slowing Down Is A Must-Make Investment ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, click on Show Notes. P.S. When you’re ready, here are four great ways to improve your time management and elevate your productivity: #1 Grab my FREE mini training <a href="https://amberdelagarza.com
12/10/202021 minutes 7 seconds
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172 | Get Passionate About Rediscovering Play With Jeff Harry

All work and no play makes for a low-energy, boring workday. I sit down with international play speaker, Jeff Harry, to discuss how infusing play into your workday can revitalize your spirit and add joy to running your business while also positively impacting your productivity. Win-win! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ How Play Can Boost Your Energy And Get You Into Your Flow ✔ Tips For Adding More Play Into Your Day Without Tossing Away Your Goals ✔ How You Can Increase Your Productivity By Integrating Play ✔ Ways To Effectively Savor Your Successes To Build Momentum ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, click on Show Notes. P.S. When you’re ready, here are four great ways to improve your time management and elevate your productivity: #1 Grab my FREE mini training <a href="ht
05/10/202046 minutes 55 seconds
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171 | ClickUp For Small Businesses: Your All-In-One Project & Task Management System

I dive in and review the popular app ClickUp - which I personally use to run my business - so you can get a grasp on its awesome features and determine if it’s an app you want to invest in to streamline your project and task management. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ Why I Jumped Ship From Outlook And Trello ✔ The Magic Of Views, Boards, And Features ✔ What Kind Of Businesses ClickUp Is Great For ✔ The Reasons ClickUp May Not Be For You ✔ Tips For Onboarding Any New Program Or App ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, click on Show Notes. P.S. Oh and whenever you’re ready, here are four great ways to improve your time management and elevate your productivity: <
29/09/202035 minutes 8 seconds
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170 | Working Hard But Not Building Wealth? You Need to Hear This! With Hilary Hendershott

I sit down with my dear friend and the Founder of Hendershott Wealth Management, Hilary Hendershott, to discuss how important it is to be paying yourself for all the hard work you do, not just reinvesting your profits back into your business. Otherwise, your sabotaging your personal net worth, your sanity, and the future of your business because guess what? If you’re not bringing home the bacon, you’re not going to want to keep feeding the pig! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ How To Know If You Have A Financially Dysfunctional Business ✔ Why You Should Focus On Consciously Designing Your Business ✔ The Limiting Beliefs Business Owners Have About Their Finances ✔ How To Make Your Earnings Go Further Toward Building Wealth ✔ What It Looks Like To Create Assets That Work For You ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, click on Show Notes
21/09/202052 minutes 12 seconds
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169 | Do You Deserve To Be Fired?

I dive into the topic of which character traits you look for when bringing someone new onto your team – character traits like dependable, drama-free, accountable, and self-disciplined. Then I offer up a big dose of tough love, asking you to examine if you consistently show up with those traits for your business or if you deserve to be fired instead. This episode could be a bit of a punch to your ego but it could also provide the diagnosis you need to start showing up the way your business and team need you to! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ What Character Traits To Look For When Hiring ✔ If You Exercise Those Traits Consistently ✔ The Answer To Whether Or Not You Should Be Fired ✔ How To Show Up Better In Your Business ✔ So Much More! And now, let’s get to the straight talk! To access resources and links from this episode, click on Show Note
14/09/202020 minutes 52 seconds
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168 | Honoring Your Body, Mind, & Soul To Be Productive With Courtney Townley

I sit down with certified nutrition coach and host of the Grace & Grit podcast, Courtney Townley. We discuss how your productivity improves when you take time to honor your body, mind, and soul (not just your business!), how a healthy business requires healthy leadership, and the fact that health is a PRACTICE of self-leadership. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ The Mind-Body-Soul-Business Connection ✔ Ways To Honor Your Mental And Physical Health ✔ The Benefits Of Chemical Balancing ✔ Why Your Metabolism Is Screwed And How To Fix It ✔ The 6 Elements Of Self-Leadership ✔ So Much More! Oh and whenever you’re ready, here are four great ways to improve your time management and elevate your productivity: #1 Grab my FREE mini training Take Back Your Time<a href= "https://amb
08/09/202058 minutes 2 seconds
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167 | Conquer Your Day Using The 5 Daily Planning Pavers

In addition to walking you through my 5 Daily Planning Pavers that will help you pave your way to a successful day every day, I discuss why your well-intentioned plans are not coming to fruition, what happens when you let your feelings dictate your day, and how I utilize mind sweeping and triggers to aid in my daily review. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ Why Planning Your Day Is Essential To Maximize Your Productivity ✔ Tips To Lay The Groundwork For A Productive Day ✔ An Effective Strategy To Capture Your Thoughts And Ideas ✔ How Much Time You Should Be Committing To Planning Your Day ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, click on Show Notes. P.S. Oh and whenever you’re ready, here are four great ways to improve your time management and elevate your productivity: #1 Grab my FREE min
31/08/202031 minutes 13 seconds
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166 | Adopting An And Mindset To Transform Your Business: A Client Case Study With LuAnn Nigara

I sit down with the Co-Owner of Window Works, LuAnn Nigara, for a very special episode in which I am the one being interviewed. We discuss what it is really like to be coached on productivity but not in the way you might think… We don’t talk about the features of coaching but instead, the raw process of confronting different challenges, navigating the breaking of long-held, self-limiting beliefs, and taking strategic action. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ The Self-Limiting Belief That Was Holding LuAnn Back In A Big Way ✔ How She Reclaimed Balance While Showing Up In Her Business ✔ The Fruitful Ways Adopting An And Mindset Changed Her Life ✔ Her #1 Lesson Learned Through Productivity Coaching ✔ So Much More!   To access resources and links from this episode, click on Show Notes. Oh and whenever you’re ready, here are four great ways to improve your ti
24/08/20201 hour 11 minutes 1 second
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165 | Stop Trying To Be Productive All Day!

I dive into the topic of time management and talk about how far too often, business owners aim to be productive all day even though that line of thinking is actually counterproductive to being productive. I go on to discuss what you should aim to do instead to maximize your days and streamline achieving your business goals. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ Why Aiming To Be Productive All Day Is Foolish ✔ Where You Should Be Spending Your Time In Your Business ✔ How To Make “I’m A Work In Progress” A Celebration, Not An Excuse ✔ What Tough Questions You Need To Ask Yourself ✔ So Much More! And now, let’s get to the straight talk! To access resources and links from this episode, click on Show Notes. P.S. Oh and whenever you’re ready, here are four great ways to improve your time management and elevate your productivity: #1<
17/08/202022 minutes 27 seconds
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164 | 10 Time Leaks You’ll Want To Eliminate

I dive into ten ways you might be letting time leak out of your days and therefore money leak out of your pockets. These may seem like simple things but they add up to big time wasters that dramatically affect your productivity. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ What Time Leaks Could Be Sabotaging Your Productivity ✔ Strategies To Best Plug Those Holes ✔ How Doing So Will Give You More Time In Your Business & Life ✔ Quick Tips To Keep Your Productivity On Point ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, click on Show Notes. P.S. Oh and whenever you’re ready, here are four great ways to improve your time management and elevate your productivity: #1 Grab my FREE mini training Take Back Your Time</em
11/08/202026 minutes 27 seconds
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163 | Devising A Plan To Hit The Ground Running Each Week: A Strategy Session With Christy Keating

I sit down with the founder and CEO of The Heartful Parent, Christy Keating, for a one-on-one strategy session in which we take a look behind the scenes at her business. We work through Christy’s challenges with planning her weeks that mainly exist because her business demands that her schedule from week to week will never be the same. We focus on several areas for improvement to walk Christy toward a solution, including finding time for high-value activities, batching, avoiding self-created fires, creating structure for the unschedulable, weekly reviews, and maximizing time. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ Strategies For Setting Boundaries In Alignment With Your Goals ✔How To Approach Your Tasks with A Plan ✔ The Built-In Accountability With External Deadlines ✔ How To Use Quick Wins To Create Momentum ✔ So Much More! And now, let’s get to the straight talk! Important Resources & Links From Thi
03/08/20201 hour 14 minutes 50 seconds
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162 | Onward To $1 Million: A Client Case Study With Vita Vygovska

I sit down with Vita Vygovska, the owner of window treatment company Vitalia, Inc. We take an in-depth look at how she went from being a corporate dropout to a successful small business owner on track to make $1 million in revenue. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ The Non-Negotiables For Business Owners ✔The Challenges Vita Faced Building Her Team ✔ How Business Owners Should Emulate Athletes ✔ The Mantra That Keeps Vita Learning And Productive ✔ Why She Embraces 50/50 Coaching Partnerships ✔ So Much More!   To access resources and links from this episode, click on Show Notes. Oh and whenever you’re ready, here are four great ways to improve your time management and elevate your productivity: #1 Grab my FREE mini training Take Back Your T
24/07/202058 minutes 19 seconds
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160 | Taking Your Goals From Good To Better To Best

In part two of my two-part series on goal achievement, I dive into how you can utilize good, better, and best goals to surpass what you thought was possible with achieving your goals. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ The Benefits Of Setting Good, Better, And Best Goals ✔ Tips For Staying On Track To Those Goals ✔ Why Specificity Matters So Much ✔ How This Strategy Has Impacted The Results Of My Goal Setting ✔ So Much More! And now, let’s get to the straight talk! Important Resources & Links From This Episode: Goal Achievement Workshop: Transform Your BIG Dreams Into BIG Realities To access resources and links from this episode, click on Show Notes. Oh and whenever you’re ready, here are four great ways to improve your time management and elevate your productiv
13/07/202015 minutes 29 seconds
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159 | Goal Deconstruction 101

In part one of my two-part series on goal achievement, I dive into the topic of breaking your big goals down into smaller, attainable milestones that you can actually wrap your mind around. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ How To Make Big Goals Less Intimidating ✔ A Simple Way To Increase The Odds Of Attaining Your Goals ✔ The #1 Goal That Should Trumps All Others ✔ Why Using Tracking Metrics Is Necessary To Achieve Your Goals ✔ So Much More! And now, let’s get to the straight talk! Important Resources & Links From This Episode: Goal Achievement Workshop: Transform Your BIG Dreams Into BIG Realities   To access resources and links from this episode, click on Show Notes. Oh and whenever you’re ready, here are four great ways to improve your time manageme
06/07/202020 minutes 24 seconds
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158 | How To Be A Better Boss To Your VAs So They Can Make The Magic Happen

I sit down with the Founder and CEO of the VA agency, The Launch Guild, Tasha Booth. We discuss strategies for getting on the same page and communicating effectively with your VAs so they can best support you and your business! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ How A VA Can Support You And Your Business ✔ Best Practices For Communicating With Your VA ✔ How You Being A Visionary Could Sabotage Your VA’s Work ✔ Why An Onboarding Packet Is Necessary To Set Your VA Up For Success ✔ So Much More! And now, let’s get to the straight talk!   To Access Resources And Links From This Episode, Click On Show Notes. Register for my Time Management Made Simple program. Schedule a Discovery Call to find out more about my <em
29/06/202033 minutes 35 seconds
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157 | Hiring: Might Need To Kiss A Lot Of Frogs To Find Your Prince

I dive into the topic of getting your mindset on board with continuing to look for your next hire even when it’s freakin’ hard so you can find your talented diamond in the rough who’s going to fill that empty role in a way that best supports you and your business. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ Recent Hiring Trends My Clients Are Dealing With ✔ Some Behind The Scenes Of My Hiring Difficulties And Wins ✔ Why You Should Be Slower To Hire And Quicker To Let Go ✔ What You Can Learn From Each Bad Hire ✔ Hiring Mindset Traps To Avoid ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, click on Show Notes. Oh and whenever you’re ready, here are four great ways to improve your time management and elevate your productivity: #1 Grab my FREE mini training <a href= "https://amberdelagarza.com/training/takeback
22/06/202029 minutes 57 seconds
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156 | Going Slow To Go Fast

I walk you through my emotional journey over the past few weeks that has stretched me as a leader and a human being and made me have hope that we can all come out of this season stronger and kinder to one another. It’s not a typical episode but it’s an episode my heart insisted I record. I hope you find some value in it. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ My Gut Reaction When The Intense Conversation Surrounding George Floyd’s Death Began ✔ Why Absolute Silence Wasn’t The Answer ✔ How I’m Choosing To Stand In Solidarity With The Black Community ✔ Who To Lean On When You’re Not Sure Of Next Steps ✔What Consuming Too Much Content Can Do To Your Thoughts ✔ Why It Makes Sense To Slow Down ✔ So Much More!
15/06/202021 minutes 45 seconds
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155 | From Victim To Victor Using Your Failures To Fuel Your Growth

I dive into how challenging it can be to jump back on the saddle after a fall but also why you should. I discuss how you can effectively use your past failures as a foundation for monumental growth when you choose to retackle those obstacles better equipped for success. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ How To Not Let Your Failures Get The Best Of You ✔ 4 Steps To Take Before Retackling Challenges you Stumbled Over ✔ Techniques To Switch From A Victim To A Victor Mindset ✔ Who You Should Lean On For Support After A Fall ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, click on Show Notes. Oh and whenever you’re ready, here are four great ways to improve your time management and elevate your productivity: #1 Grab my FREE mini training <a href= "https://amberdelagarza.com/t
25/05/202030 minutes 51 seconds
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154 | Ask Amber: Have Any Tips For Wrapping Up Conversations?

I dive into the topic of wrapping up conversations and meetings and discuss how if not done respectfully, wrapping up can seem abrupt or awkward. I go on to provide my favorite tips for wrapping up conversations effectively so both parties’ voices can be heard and time respected. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ My Go-To Solutions For Wrapping Up Conversations ✔ What Wrapping Up On Time Says About You ✔ Effective Uses Of “Can I Circle Back With You?” ✔ How To Set Boundaries In Group Chats ✔ So Much More! And now, let’s get to the straight talk! To access resources and links from this episode, click on Show Notes. #1 Grab my FREE mini training Take Back Your Time! #2  Get instan
18/05/202021 minutes 10 seconds
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153 | We Are Not Babysitters

I dive into the topic of creating accountability to discuss how having others hold you accountable will never work unless you are already practicing self-accountability. That’s because accountability starts and ends with you. Your spouse, coaches, friends, and kids are not babysitters. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ The Kind Of Accountability You Need ✔ How You’re Crossing The Line With Your Support ✔ What Accountability Should Start And End With ✔ Why You Should Care ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, click on Show Notes. Oh and whenever you’re ready, here are four great ways to improve your time management and elevate your productivity: #1 Grab my FREE mini training Take Back Your Time! <strong
11/05/202013 minutes 58 seconds
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152 | The Downside Of Optimism

I dive into how optimism is typically a positive trait but if you fail to reel it in when it comes to your business, being optimistic can outright sabotage your success. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ 4 Ways Business Owners Are Too Optimistic ✔ The Importance Of Being Realistic With What You Can Take On ✔ How To Stop Feeling Defeated At The End Of Each Day ✔ The Best Way To Budget Your Time ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, click on Show Notes. Oh and whenever you’re ready, here are four great ways to improve your time management and elevate your productivity: #1 Grab my FREE mini training Take Back Your Time! #2  Get instant on-demand access to my <a h
04/05/202011 minutes 50 seconds
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151 | Overcoming FOMO As A Business Owner

I dive into the topic of FOMO which most business owners suffer from occasionally, possibly even more so during this global pandemic. I discuss how I‘ve personally been dealing with FOMO in my house, what I decided to do about it, and how you can prevent FOMO from taking a hold of your mindset now and in the future. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ What FOMO Is And Why You’re Experiencing It ✔ Strategies To Prevent FOMO From Sabotaging You ✔ How To Stay The Course Even When It’s Hard ✔ Adjustments You Can Make To Accommodate Other Activities ✔ So Much More! To access resources and links from this episode, click on Show Notes. Oh and whenever you’re ready, here are four great ways to improve your time management and elevate your productivity: #1 Grab my FREE mini training <a href= "https://amberdelagarza.com/training/tak
28/04/202018 minutes 48 seconds
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150 | Contact Clean-Up: Drumming Up Business While Social Distancing

I dive deep into a) how to find, select, and execute on a contact relationship management (CRM) program if you don’t have one and b) how to clean up and fully utilize your CRM if you do. Why? So you can make your database profitable by drumming up business for you.  What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ The Benefits Of A Contact Management Database  ✔ How To Select The Best One For Your Business  ✔ Clean-Up Hacks You’ve Gotta Try  ✔ How To Drum Up Business During Your Contact Clean-Up  ✔ So Much More!  I hope you enjoy my episode on getting started with a CRM and cleaning up your contacts and encourage you to make that commitment today. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk!  And now, let’s get to the straight talk! Important Resources & Links From This Episode: Take Back Your Time Mini Training<
20/04/202041 minutes 38 seconds
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149 | How To Harness Momentum To Increase Productivity

I dive into the topic of strategically building upon small wins in your business so you can generate unstoppable momentum and keep progressing toward your goals with energy and focus. What You’ll Discover In Th is Episode: ✔ My Strategy To Build Big Momentum ✔ The Real Reason You’re Procrastinating ✔ How Newton’s First Law Applies To Productivity ✔ Why You Get Stuck And What To Do About It ✔ So Much More! And now, let’s get to the straight talk! To access resources and links from this episode, click on Show Notes. Grab my FREE Take Back Your Time Mini Training. Discover more ways we can work together.
13/04/202013 minutes 32 seconds
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148 | Tackling Your To-Do List: A Strategy Session With Amber Cortes

I sit down with interior designer Amber Cortes for a one-on-one strategy session. We work through Amber’s challenges with not letting her life spin out of control when there’s a ton of to-do’s on her task list. We focus on creating a more manageable master task list that makes prioritizing a breeze, life less overwhelming, and the big picture not seem so scary. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ Why Your Task List Is Making You Freeze Up ✔ Ways To Tweak Your Task List For Optimal Productivity ✔ How To Utilize White Space For Increased Flexibility ✔ The Importance Of Time Blocking, Deadlines, And Verbs ✔ So Much More! And now, let’s get to the straight talk! To Access Resources And Links From This Episode, Click On Show Notes. Grab my FREE Take Back Your Time mini-training Schedule
04/04/202057 minutes 46 seconds
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147 | Don’t Turn Off The Water Fountain With Amanda Berlin

I sit down with Amanda Berlin, a publicity strategist who helps entrepreneurs tell their story, write content, and raise visibility. We discuss how despite the global crisis we’re now facing, it’s hardly the time to retreat, stop showing up, and refrain from sharing your voice. Instead, you should double down on the marketing water fountain that ultimately leads to sales. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ What Makes A Powerful Message ✔ How A Shift In Messaging Can Make All The Difference ✔ An Overlooked, Important Message To Cultivate ✔ Amanda’s 3 Pillars For Visibility ✔ How To Get Unstuck If Your Messaging Isn’t Working ✔ So Much More! To Access Resources And Links From This Episode, Click On Show Notes. Register for my Time Management Made Simple program. Schedule a <a href= "h
30/03/202057 minutes 50 seconds
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146 | Mind Over Strategy

I dive into the topic of strengthening your mindset because let’s be honest… The world is in a super tough spot right now and no matter how great your business strategy is, it’s going to be hard to move forward if you don’t have a positive mindset. Your mindset is worth strengthening because it can be your most effective business tool in staying the course and coming out on top at the end of this. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ Why A Positive Mindset Trumps Sound Strategy ✔ Specific Ways You Can Strengthen Your Mindset ✔ What You Should Be Focusing On Right Now In Your Business ✔ An Introduction To Navigating These Uncharted Waters ✔ So Much More! And now, let’s get to the straight talk! Important Resources & Links From This Episode: Free Masterclass – PIVOT: Navigating These Uncharted Waters In Your Small Business   R
23/03/202026 minutes 53 seconds
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145 | PIVOT

I dive into the topic of navigating COVID-19 as small business owners so we can all make the tough decisions, embrace the necessary pivot, and move our lives and businesses forward during this time of uncertainty. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ Ways I’m Navigating COVID-19 In My Business ✔ How I’m Communicating With My Team ✔ Why You Should Be Leaning On Your Trusted Advisory Council ✔ How I Prepared My Family And Made Some Difficult Decisions ✔ Advice On Transforming Your Thoughts ✔ So Much More! And now, let’s get to the straight talk! Important Resources & Links From This Episode: FREE Mastermind: PIVOT: Navigating COVID-19 As Small Business Owner Register for my <a href= "https://theproductivityspecialist.com/Time
16/03/202022 minutes 55 seconds
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144 | From Side Hustle To Thriving Business: A Client Case Study With Jenny And Ben Slingerland

I sit down with wife and husband team Jenny and Ben Slingerland, the Owner & Principal Designer and Chief Operating Officer of Black Ink Interiors, a full-service interior design firm operating out of Scottsdale, Arizona. We take an in-depth look behind the scenes in their business and discuss everything from Jenny being a quick start, naturally having too many ideas and not enough focus or time to see them to fruition, to discovering ways to keep her ADD in check, and everything in between. The episode is full of nuggets of wisdom I have no doubt could be applied to your own business. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ Why Jenny Started The Business And Structured Her Team ✔ How The Pomodoro Method Keeps Her ADD In Check And Increases Her Productivity ✔ Ways Designating Lead Designers Helped Curb Her Perfectionism ✔ How She Uses Her “Daily 5” To Achieve Big Wins ✔ Jenny and Ben’s Biggest Ah-Ha’s And Breakt
02/03/202051 minutes 13 seconds
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143 | Rev Up Your Practice Of Recommitting

I dive into the powerful practice of recommitting to your goals when you fall off track (and we all do!), so you can get right back on and work toward achieving them. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ The Importance Of Recommitting ✔ A Great Way To Close The Productivity Gap ✔ How Negative Self-Talk Plays A Part ✔ The Greatest Gift You Can Give Yourself ✔ So Much More! And now, let’s get to the straight talk! Important Resources & Links From This Episode: Take Back Your Time Mini Training   To Access Resources And Links From This Episode, Click On Show Notes. Register for my Time Management Made Simple program. Schedule a <em
24/02/202011 minutes 16 seconds
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142 | Impactful Storytelling To Make Your Message Stick With Kindra Hall

I sit down for an entrepreneurial case study interview with the President and Chief Storytelling Officer at Steller Collective, Kindra Hall. Kindra pulls back the curtain on her life as a jet-setting public speaker, delivering her message about strategic storytelling, while leading a double life as wife, mom, and business owner. We talk about establishing balance, boundaries, and how she pushes herself to be more productive. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ Why Storytelling Is Important For Small Businesses ✔ The Advantage Small Businesses Have Over Big Brands ✔ Strategies Kindra Uses Get Her Highly Creative Work Done ✔ How Her Fitness Journey Impacts Her Productivity ✔ What High Mar/No Pants Means And Why It’s Important ✔ So Much More!   To Access Resources And Links From This Episode, Click On Show Notes. Register for my <a href= "https://theproduc
17/02/202053 minutes 25 seconds
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141 | Step One: Admit You're The Problem

I dive into a topic I’m passionate about and that’s taking ownership of whatever is holding you back from success. I talk about not judging yourself, but observing then empowering yourself to change your circumstances for the better, starting with admitting you’re the problem. Discover: ✔ Why Your Days Seem To Get Hijacked ✔ The Solution To Many Of Your Challenges In Business ✔ What Factors Influence Your Productivity ✔ Which App That Will Make You’re the Most Productive Show Notes: https://amberdelagarza.com/141
10/02/202032 minutes 17 seconds
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140 | BIG Goals · BIG Fear · BIG Action With Joy Hoover

I sit down with the Founder and CEO of the non-profit The Cupcake Girls, Joy Hoover. The Cupcake Girls provides confidential support to those involved in the sex industry, as well as those affected by domestic sex trafficking through holistic resources, case management, and after care. We discuss how Joy realized her calling to help change the world by building a business from the ground up that focuses on offering respect, providing resources, and building relationships, and how she executed on that dream. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ How Joy’s Fears Were Capping Her Growth ✔ The Bridge She Crossed To Become Scaleable ✔ The Biggest Mindset Roadblocks She’s Overcome ✔ How She Enrolls Others Into Her Dream ✔ So Much More!   To Access Resources And Links From This Episode, Click On Show Notes. Register for my <a href= "https://theproductivityspecialis
03/02/20201 hour 1 minute 41 seconds
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139 | Mind The Gap: Are You Equipped To Take The Next Step?

I dive into the topic of identifying what necessary skills and talents you may be lacking so you can make wise investments and hiring decisions that will propel you toward your goals. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ How To Determine What Gaps Exist In Your Business ✔ How To Prioritize Filling Them ✔ What Creates An Unnecessary Pause In Your Business ✔ The # 1 Rule To Closing Your Gaps ✔ So Much More! And now, let’s get to the straight talk!   To Access Resources And Links From This Episode, Click On Show Notes. Register for my Time Management Made Simple program. Schedule a Discovery Call to find out more about my 1:1 Peak Performance Coaching program.
27/01/202013 minutes 4 seconds
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138 | How To Stop Your Clients From Trampling Your Boundaries With Melissa Morris

In this episode, I sit down with Melissa Morris, a Business Operations Consultant who specializes in client processes, including client onboarding, management and offboarding. Melissa walks us through creating effective boundaries, communicating them in a way that ensures they’re understood and respected, and enforcing them. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ The Crucial Boundaries To Have With Your Clients ✔ How To Communicate Your Boundaries During Onboarding ✔ How To Stay High-Touch With A What’s On Deck Email ✔ Ways To Get Your Clients To Respect Your Boundaries ✔ So Much More! This was a great discussion with Melissa I hope you enjoy. Now let’s get to the straight talk! To Access Resources And Links From This Episode, Click On Show Notes. Register for my Time Management Made Simple</e
20/01/20201 hour 41 seconds
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137 | Keeping Your Business & Personal Goals Complementary

I dive into the topic of sabotaging yourself by creating goals that fail to align with each other and how you can work to create holistic goals that complement each other instead. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ Why Some Of Your Goals Are Drowning ✔ The Importance Of Having Holistic Goals ✔ How To Create Goals In Alignment With Each Other ✔ So Much More!   To Access Resources And Links From This Episode, Click On Show Notes. Register for my Time Management Made Simple program. Schedule a Discovery Call to find out more about my 1:1 Peak Performance Coaching program.
13/01/202013 minutes 34 seconds
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136 | Make This Your #1 Business Goal

I dive into the topic of topic of setting your sights on a financial goal above all else because in the end, success in business is measured by your ability to stay in business and you must have the profitability to do so. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ Why Profitability Should Be Your Ultimate Goal ✔ How Profitability Affects Your Impact ✔ The Book That Changed My Business’ Profitability ✔ Insight Into The Great Purge Of 2019 ✔ So Much More!   To Access Resources And Links From This Episode, Click On Show Notes. Register for my Time Management Made Simple program. Schedule a Discovery Call to find out more about my 1:1 Peak Performance Coaching program.
06/01/202018 minutes 19 seconds
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135 | 3 Presents To Gift Yourself This Holiday Season

I dive into the topic of why the holiday season can be so stressful both inside your business and out. I go on to discuss ways to create a holiday experience that feels lot less overwhelming and a lot more merry and bright. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ Suggestions For Devising A Holiday Plan ✔ Why Some Traditions Are Meant To Be Broken ✔ Tips For Embracing The Unexpected ✔ Ways To Create The Balance You Desire ✔ So Much More!   To Access Resources And Links From This Episode, Click On Show Notes. Register for my Time Management Made Simple program. Schedule a Discovery Call to find out more about my 1:1 Peak Performance Coaching program.
16/12/201927 minutes 31 seconds
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134 | Hardwired To Multitask

I dive into the topic of how most of us are hardwired to multitask and how our submission negatively affects our focus and productivity. I also discuss ways to stop multitasking in its tracks and execute the antidote. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ Why You’re Hardwired To Multitask ✔ The Damage It’s Causing In Your Business ✔ How To Recognize Your Triggers ✔ The Antidote To Multitasking ✔ So Much More! And now, let’s get to the straight talk! To Access Resources And Links From This Episode, Click On Show Notes. Register for my Time Management Made Simple program. Schedule a Discovery Call to find out more about my 1:1 Peak Performance Coaching program.
09/12/201920 minutes 26 seconds
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133 | Ask Amber: How Do I Get My Employee To Stop Interrupting Me?

I dive into the topic of managing employee interruptions effectively so you can stop getting hammered with questions throughout your day when totally inconvenient and reclaim time for the money-making activities you SHOULD be focusing on.  What You’ll Discover In This Episode:  <span
02/12/201914 minutes 24 seconds
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132 | Ask Amber: How Much Time Should I Spend On Training?

I dive into the topic of what you should be spending your time on in order to maximize profits and propel yourself toward achieving your business goals. I also focus upon on how much time and effort you should be putting into training and support. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ Where You Should Be Spending Your Time ✔ What Bucket Support Belongs In ✔ Why I Rely On Just In Time Learning ✔ How You Should Focus On Closing Your Gaps ✔ So Much More! To Access Resources And Links From This Episode, Click On Show Notes. Register for my Time Management Made Simple program. Schedule a Discovery Call to find out more about my 1:1 Peak Performance Coaching program.
25/11/201914 minutes 26 seconds
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131 | Make It A NO-vember To Remember

I explore the idea that you should say no to anything that’s not serving you so you can free up your time and energy for the activities that do! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔ Why Embracing Opportunities Can Be Detrimental To Your Pursuit Of Success ✔ How Overcommitting Outside Your Business Prevents You From Showing Up In It ✔ What Activities You Should Consider Saying No To ✔ So Much More! And now, let’s get to the straight talk! To Access Resources And Links From This Episode, Click On Show Notes. Register for my Time Management Made Simple program. Schedule a Discovery Call to find out more about my 1:1 Peak Performance Coaching program.
18/11/201924 minutes 49 seconds
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129 | Examining The Productivity-Comfort Connection

I take a look at the close relationship between your comfort and productivity and how your output is affected. I walk you through steps you can take with little effort to eliminate your discomfort while working so you can more easily get in your zone, stay focused, and be productive. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ How Discomfort Affects Your Productivity ✔️ Why The Issue Of Comfortability Is Two-Fold ✔️ What NASA Has To Say About the Productivity-Comfort Connection ✔️ Why You Don’t Want To Be Too Comfortable Either ✔️ So Much More! I hope you enjoy my episode on the productivity-comfort connection and encourage you to make moves to eliminate your discomfort while working this week. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! Show Notes Schedule Your Discovery Call</str
04/11/201920 minutes 45 seconds
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128 | ClickUp Unveiled: A Look At The One App That Replaces Them All With Zeb Evans

I sit down with the Founder and CEO of ClickUp, Zeb Evans. ClickUp is my preferred time management software and after tuning in to this week’s episode, it might be yours too. Zeb takes us through his journey of dropping out of college, entering the tech field not even knowing how to code, starting several software companies with over $100 million in revenue, and launching ClickUp because there was an internal need for it in one of his businesses, and scaling his new found baby. We dive into ClickUp’s functionalities, struggles, customer-focused mission, and where the program is headed. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️Where ClickUp Is Going In The Marketplace ✔️What Makes Their Project Management Software Unique ✔️What New Features They’re Doubling Down On ✔️My Favorite ClickUp Hack ✔️Why Zeb Chooses To Only Sleep 4 Hours A Night! ✔️So Much More! This was an awesome discussion with Zeb I hope you enjoy.
28/10/201953 minutes 59 seconds
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127 | TIME: Is It A 4-Letter Word?

I lead you on a path of examining your relationship with time so you can determine how you’re investing it, how that’s affecting your business, and how you can improve your relationship with time so you can invest it more wisely and see significant returns in your business in and life. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ How Effective Time Management Starts With Your Mindset ✔️ Why You Must View Every Minute As An Investment ✔️ How Your Relationship With Time Affects Your Ability To Manage It ✔️ The Affirmation I Say To Keep My Relationship Healthy ✔️ So Much More! I hope you enjoy my episode on assessing your relationship with time and encourage you to make necessary adjustments on how you invest it. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! Important Resources & Links From This Episode: Time Managem
21/10/201928 minutes 49 seconds
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126 | Boosting Productivity Through Transforming Workplace Conflicts With Glenn Meier, Esq.

In this episode, I sit down with lawyer and shareholder with the Nevada based law firm Holley, Driggs and the founder of the Center for Conscious Business Law, Glenn Meier. Glenn displays insight and perspective on how your business can transcend the sum of its parts by using tools to successfully navigate workplace conflict and having a great organizational structure. He offers tips on creating rules for conflict that will help everyone walk away from meetings feeling heard and not attacked. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ How To Manage The Inevitable Workplace Conflict Positively ✔️Ways Positive Conflict Harnesses The Wisdom Of Your Team And Empowers Them To Generate Innovative Thinking And Sustainable Solutions ✔️ How Artificial Harmony May Be Harming Your Business And Productivity ✔️Glenn’s 3-Part Framework For Transforming Workplace Conflict From A Negative Force That Drags The Business Down To A Positive Force That P
14/10/20191 hour 1 minute 36 seconds
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125 | How To Eliminate What’s Holding You Back

I discuss how your self-limiting thoughts are holding you back from success and suggest ways you can challenge your thinking and reframe it with questions so there will be nothing holding you back from making monumental moves in your business. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ How To Identify Self-Limiting Statements ✔️ Ways To Use Questions To Reframe Negative Affirmations ✔️ How To Transition From Problem Mode To Solution Mode ✔️ Tips For Becoming Solutions Focused Long-Term ✔️ So Much More! I hope you enjoy my episode on self-limiting beliefs holding you back and encourage you to make a shift in the way you see your obstacles. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! Important Resources & Links From This Episode: Leverage Lab Call Amber To Discuss Leverage Lab<
07/10/201917 minutes 38 seconds
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124 | Navigating Conversations With Your Partner About Your Business With Anna Osborn

I sit down with self-proclaimed master bitmoji maker and the owner of Life Unscripted Counseling, Anna Osborn. She dismantles some myths around therapy for entrepreneurs, gets to the bottom of why having conversations about your business with your partner can be so frustrating, and offers real advice for transforming those tough conversations into healthy, productive ones where you leave feel heard and supported. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️Tools For Conversating With Your Less-Than-Supportive Partner ✔️Strategies To Thrive In Business And Love ✔️How To “Hold Space” If Your Partner Doesn’t Support Your Dream ✔️Ways To Establishing Realistic Expectations With Your Partner ✔️Where To Find Secondary Support That Pours Into You ✔️So Much More! This was an awesome discussion with Anna Osborn I hope you enjoy. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk!   <a href="http://amberdelag
23/09/20191 hour 1 minute 47 seconds
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123 | Why You Should Be Fired Up About Productivity!

The goal of this super #straighttalk episode is for you to realize how productivity has such a bigger impact on your business and life than you could ever have imagined. I get to the bottom of why I am so incredibly fired up about productivity and why you should be, too! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ Why Being Productive Has Little To Do With Apps, Planners, And Task Lists ✔️ What One Choice Will Ultimately Make Or Break Your Business And Life ✔️ The Lie You’ve Been Told That’s Ruining Your Success ✔️ How My Approach To Productivity Is Different And Why You Should Care ✔️ Why The Key To More Freedom, More Money, And A Better Life Is Productivity ✔️ So Much More! I hope you enjoy my episode on why productivity really matters and encourage you to make the get fired up about it so you make some positive transformations in your business. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk!  
16/09/201930 minutes 22 seconds
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122 | Making Podcasting More Profitable With Danny Ozment

I sit down with Studio Design Consultant, Owner of Emerald City Productions, and my Podcast Producer, Danny Ozment. We discuss how to make podcasting a powerful marketing tool for your business, how you can use it to build trust with your listeners, and what podcasting has the ability to do for your business and bottom line. We also dish out numerous tips for getting the most of your podcast, making it profitable, and making production more efficient. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ Strategies To Save Time & Money Podcasting ✔️ The Holy Grail Of Growing A Business ✔️ A Sure-Fire Way To Maximize Your SEO ✔️ Danny’s And My Podcasting Processes ✔️ So Much More! This was an awesome discussion with Danny I hope you enjoy. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk!   Show Notes <a href="https://meetme.so/DiscoveryCall_Amber
09/09/201945 minutes
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121 | Productivity + Profitability: Why You Need Both To Succeed In Business

I unpack the relationship between productivity and profitability, introduce the three “buckets” you need to invest your time in in order to be profitable, and discuss the big problem with living in the “other bucket.”  I also divulge why the proverb “Time is money” is not exactly true, the effects of failing to protect your mindset, and ways I keep my business in check for profitability that if implemented, could have a huge impact on your business’ ability to make money. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️  My Unpacked Definition For Productivity ✔️  What Productivity Is NOT That May Surprise You ✔️  How Improved Productivity Drives Increased Profits ✔️  How To Identify 3 High-Priority, Highly Productive Activities You Should Consistently Be Focusing On ✔️ So Much More! I hope you enjoy my episode on profitability and encourage you to take the first step toward making your business more sustainable. Now l
02/09/201947 minutes 5 seconds
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120 | Sidestepping Distractions Dressed Up As Opportunities

I lay out how many great opportunities are really just distractions in disguise. I name the main ones to watch out for and address ways to stop falling prey to such distractions, so you can stay focused on what really matters. I also discuss what you should be doing with your ideas, which opportunities to go after full-throttle, the next step to take when you’re not getting anticipated traction, and the best ways to gracefully say no to time-wasting coffee dates. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ Common Distractions Dressed Up As “Opportunities” ✔️  How To Recognize The Difference ✔️  Tips For Managing People’s Expectations ✔️  How Your Ideas Are Holding Your Success Hostage ✔️ So Much More! I hope you enjoy my episode on distractions dressed up as opportunities and encourage you to be more discerning with the opportunities that pop up in your business. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight tal
26/08/201946 minutes 28 seconds
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119 | How A Rapid Fire Power Hour Can Get You Back On Track

I introduce a strategy I use every week like clockwork to clear my task list so I can have more focused time to invest in my highest value activities. I dive deep into how you can keep low-value tasks from inundating you and running your week, discuss the immediate, positive effects of completing your weekly Rapid Fire Power Hour, and walk through the three questions to ask to determine which tasks should be completed during your Power Hour. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ The Best Way To Knock Off Tiny Tasks And Gain Momentum In Your Work ✔️ How Repurposing Just One Hour A Week Can Diminish The Monday Blues ✔️ A Sure-Fire Strategy To Minimize Distractions So You Can Be Ready To Tackle Anything ✔️ So Much More! I hope you enjoy my episode on doing a Power Hour and encourage you to start scheduling your own on a weekly basis. Now let’s get to the straight talk!   <a href="http://amberdelagarza.co
19/08/201919 minutes 20 seconds
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117 | Contact Clean-Up: Making This Necessary Evil Profitable

I dive deep into a) how to find, select, and execute on a contact relationship management (CRM) program if you don’t have one and b) how to clean up and fully utilize your CRM if you do. Why? So you can make your database profitable by drumming up business for you. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ The Benefits Of A Contact Management Database ✔️ How To Select The Best One For Your Business ✔️ Clean-Up Hacks You’ve Gotta Try ✔️ How To Make Money Off Your Contact Clean-Up ✔️ So Much More! I hope you enjoy my episode on getting started with a CRM and cleaning up your contacts and encourage you to make that commitment today. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk!   Show Notes Schedule Your Discovery Call with me to find out how we can work together to
05/08/201939 minutes 20 seconds
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116 | Negotiating Done Right With Jamie Lieberman, Esq.

I sit down with Jamie Lieberman, the Owner & Founder of Hashtag Legal. A trailblazer of virtual law and having 15 years’ experience as a lawyer, Jamie knows a thing or two about negotiating. We discuss smart strategies to bring your A game to the negotiating table and walk away with what you wanted. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ What You Need To Do Before Any Negotiation       ✔️ How To Determine Your Walkaway Position ✔️ Jamie’s 70/30 Rule For Phone Negotiations & Why They’re A Must ✔️ What To Aim For If The Negotiation Doesn’t Work Out ✔️ So Much More! This was an awesome discussion with Jamie I hope you enjoy. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! Show Notes Schedule Your Discovery Call with me to find out how we can work together to accelerate yo
29/07/201955 minutes
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115 | Cultivating Self-Discipline One Choice At A Time

I explore the connection between the small choices you make and the results you see in your business. I go on to guide you through numerous ways to cultivate self-discipline so you can make all that time and labor you put into your business generate greater revenue. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ What Being Self-Disciplined Entails ✔️ How It Affects Your Productivity And Overall Success ✔️ Ways To Build Self-Discipline ✔️ When Zoning Out Is Okay ✔️ So Much More! I hope you enjoy my episode on cultivating self-discipline and encourage you to choose the path to success more often. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk!   Show Notes Schedule Your Discovery Call with me to find out how we can work together to accelerate your success.
22/07/201940 minutes 32 seconds
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114 | The Must Do’s And You’d Better Not’s Of Hiring A Virtual Assistant With Mary Baird-Wilcock

I sit down with Mary Baird-Wilcock who runs a team of virtual assistants from three countries as a division of her event management business. We discuss best practices for finding and hiring reliable and competent virtual assistants who will help up-level your business. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ What To Outsource To Your V.A.s ✔️ Why You Need To See Your V.A.s As Partners, Not Employees ✔️ 4 Places To Find Reliable, Smart V.A.s ✔️ The Grilled Cheese Method For Documenting Your Processes ✔️ So Much More! Show Notes   Schedule Your Discovery Call with me to find out how we can work together to accelerate your success.
15/07/201952 minutes 31 seconds
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113 | 5 Ways To K.I.S.S. That Improve Productivity

Too many entrepreneurs over-complicate, over-organize, and over-create in their business which creates overwhelm and decreases efficiency. I discuss a few ways you should keep it stupid simple so you can run your business with a clearer head, feel less overwhelmed, and be productive. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ Where You Might Be Stumbling When It Comes To Your Systems ✔️ Simple But Effective Ways To Improve Your Productivity ✔️ Tips For Organizing Your Files And Emails ✔️ How To Utilize My Teddy Bear Tool In Your Business ✔️ So Much More! I hope you enjoy my episode on keeping it stupid simple and encourage you to do exactly that with your systems, processes, habits, and routines. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! Show Notes Schedule Your Discovery Call</s
08/07/201920 minutes 42 seconds
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112 | Going Where The Money Is To Amplify Your Life With Brandi Mowles

I sit down with Facebook ad and Instagram strategist Brandi Mowles for an entrepreneurial case study in which we get a behind-the-scenes look at the innerworkings of her successful business. While only a year into being a business owner, Brandi is consistently having $10,000 months and helping her clients do the same. Her secret? Keeping her blinders on and going where the money is. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ How Brandi Niched Down And Found Her Sweet Spot ✔️ The Journey That Led Her To Consistent $10,000 Months ✔️ How Productizing Enabled Her To Scale Up ✔️ Tips For Deciding Where To Invest Your Time ✔️ The Importance Of Aligning Yourself With YOUR People ✔️ So Much More! This was an awesome discussion with Brandi I hope you enjoy. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! Show Notes <a href="https://meetme.so/
01/07/201953 minutes 5 seconds
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111 | A Midsummer Night's Decision

I encourage you to acknowledge we’re halfway through 2019 and you may not be on track to hit your goals this year. I lead you through the decision-making process of what to do next – whether that’s recommit to your goals, recreate your strategy, and refocus your efforts or reset your goals and create a strategy to attain them. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ The Goals You Should Doubledown On ✔️ The Goals You Should Put To Bed… At Least For Now ✔️ Tips For Approaching The Second Half Of The Year With The Right Mindset ✔️So Much More! I hope you enjoy my episode on making your mid-year decision and encourage you to evaluate which path you should choose moving forward. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk!   Show Notes Schedule Your Discovery Call with m
24/06/201934 minutes 13 seconds
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110 | Obsessed With Tweaking: When Is Good, Good Enough? A Strategy Session With Shelley Tappin

I sit down with real estate broker Shelley Tappin for a one-on-one strategy session. We work through Shelley’s tendency to continue tweaking and tweaking projects which stalls them from generating revenue and prevents her from marking tasks off her growing to-do list. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ The Downsides Of Tweaking ✔️ How To Know When Good, Is Good Enough ✔️ My Golden Rules For Tweaking ✔️ Tips For Succeeding At Time Blocking ✔️ The Power Of Moving Projects To The Finish Line ✔️ So Much More! This was an awesome discussion with Shelley Tappin I hope you enjoy. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! Show Notes Schedule Your Discovery Call with me to find out how we can work together to accelerate your success.
17/06/201950 minutes 12 seconds
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109 | Insider’s Access To Amber De La Garza: A Personal Interview

This episode is totally atypical as I step outside my comfort zone and move to the other side of the mic for an in-depth interview with my assistant Krystle. She asks personal questions about my upbringing, my college years, my family life, and strives to get to the bottom of who I really am. It’s an all access pass behind the curtains of my life and I was nervous! I was also really glad with how it turned out. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ What I Was Like Growing Up ✔️ The Worst Trouble I Ever Got In ✔️ The Moment I Knew My Hubby Was ‘The One’ ✔️ My Biggest Fear ✔️ What Makes Me Tick I hope you enjoy my personal interview episode and encourage you to open up to being vulnerable and putting yourself out there. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! Show Notes Sche
10/06/20191 hour 2 minutes 8 seconds
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108 | 5 Tricks To Make Your Task List Your B*tch

I walk you through five simple ways to master your task list so you can plow through your tasks with ease and efficiency, and prevent tasks from falling through the cracks. Put these tips to work and you’ll gain more control over your time, business growth, and life. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ Smart Ways To Dominate Your To-Do’s ✔️ The Benefits Of Going Digital With Your Task List ✔️ How To Use Capitalization To Make Your Task List More Effective ✔️ The Main Source Of Your Stress ✔️ So Much More! I hope you enjoy my episode on mastering your task list and encourage you to make your task list your b*tch today. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! Show Notes Schedule Your Discovery Call with me to find out how we can work together to accelerate you
03/06/201938 minutes 2 seconds
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107 | Escalate Your Sales With The Selling Staircase With Nikki Rausch

I sit down with my very own sales coach, Sales Maven Nikki Rausch. Nikki walks you through the structure of her Selling Staircase which you can use to easily, seamlessly, and naturally move your clients to the place where you exchange products or services for dollars (i.e., make sales!). What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ Strategies To Make Networking Events Profitable ✔️ The Unexpected Places To Plant Seeds For Your Business ✔️ Tips For Reading Buying Signals ✔️ The 30-Second Money-Making Conversation Starter ✔️ Best Practices To Close On Your Discovery Calls (right verbiage?) ✔️ The Platinum Rule For Sales ✔️ So Much More! This was an awesome discussion with Nikki I hope you enjoy. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk!   Show Notes Schedule Your
27/05/20191 hour 24 seconds
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106 | My Dirty Little Secret

I walk my biggest skeleton right out of my super organized, color-coordinated closet and reveal my dirty little secret. You’ll get the juicy, embarrassing details but also grasp the same valuable lessons I learned from revealing it and cleaning up the mess - without all the effort and power struggles I faced. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ My Embarrassing Secret Only 3 People Know About… Until Now ✔️ What I Learned From Letting Go Of My Ego And Power ✔️ Why Secrets Are Meant To Be Shared ✔️ Tips For Working With Your Team To Achieve Common Goals ✔️So Much More! I hope you enjoy my dirty little secret episode and encourage you to consider airing your laundry where it makes sense for you or your business. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! Show Notes <a href="https://meetme.so/Discove
20/05/201919 minutes 25 seconds
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105 | Instagram Alchemy: How To Turn Posts Into Profits With Stefanie Gass

I sit down with the host and creator of The Mompreneur Mastermind Show Podcast and Podcast Pro University, Stefanie Gass. A mastermind at Instagram, Stefanie walks us through her best tips and strategies for using the power platform to gain visibility and increase profits while setting smart boundaries. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ Tips For Navigating The Black Hole Of Social Media ✔️ Life-Changing Instagram Hacks ✔️ How To Prevent Instagram From Being Such A Time Sucker ✔️ Strategies For Staying At The Forefront Of People’s Minds Using Instagram Stories ✔️ Clever Ways To Automate Social Media ✔️ So Much More! This was an awesome discussion with Stefanie I hope you enjoy. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk!   Show Notes Schedule Your Discovery Ca
13/05/201951 minutes
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104 | Just Stop It Already! 15 Quick Ways To Amplify Your Success

I discuss how to quickly gain traction in your business, not by starting something, but by stopping certain activities that are hindering your success and will fail to serve your business over the long haul. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ How You’re Habitually Sabotaging Your Success ✔️ Why Doing Less Can Make You More Money ✔️ The Things You Should Stop Doing Immediately ✔️ How Just Do It! Works For Nike But Not For You ✔️So Much More! I hope you enjoy my episode on eliminating activities and encourage you to take a good, long look at what you could remove from your plate to make room for productive activities that serve your business well. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! Show Notes Schedule Your Discovery Call with me to find out how
06/05/201934 minutes 40 seconds
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103 | All You Need To Know About Writing A Book With Katie Cross

I sit down with the ghostwriter of my future book, Katie Cross. Katie owns a book-producing and ghost-writing boutique that specializes in thinking up creative solutions to driving your message home to your audience. She walks us through the exciting path of writing a book, from having an idea to production, and weighs on the myriad of factors that will influence your success. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ How To Know When You’re Ready To Write A Book ✔️ The Different Avenues For Writing And Publishing ✔️ What Publishers Look For To Back Your Book ✔️ What The Vetting Process Is Like ✔️ How Your Mindset And Marketing Skills Play A Factor In Your Success ✔️ So Much More! This was an awesome discussion with Katie I hope you enjoy. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! Show Notes <a href="https://meetme.so/Discover
29/04/201957 minutes
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101 | Cracking The Code To Optimize Yourself With Zack Arnold

I sit down with documentary director, Hollywood film & television editor, productivity nerd, and the creator of the Optimize Yourself program, Zack Arnold. We take a look at how he blended his knowledge of athletics and creative performance to build a business he’s crazy about and deep-dive into ways to optimize yourself and your business using productivity tools. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ Why You Should Strive For Work-Life Presence Over Balance ✔️ The Worst Thing You Can Do To Generate Ideas ✔️ Clever Ways To Problem Solve Differently ✔️ The 3 Things To Nail In Order To Accomplish Anything ✔️ How To Attain The Sweet Spot Of Staying Focused ✔️ Strategies To Pace Yourself And Your Energy ✔️ The Best Way To Reach Default Mode Where Your Creativity Is The Highest ✔️ So Much More! This was an awesome discussion with Zack I hope you enjoy. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight
15/04/201957 minutes 41 seconds
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100 | My Blooper Reel From 7 Years In Business

This an exciting episode because it’s my 100th episode of Productivity Straight Talk! To celebrate, I decided to do something different and take you on a journey through some of the silliest bloopers I’ve made in my business along my 7-year entrepreneurial journey. Don’t worry though, you’ll get more than just a good laugh. You’ll also get some inspiration and takeaways to help you recover quickly from your own business bloopers. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ Some Big And Small Mistakes I’ve Made Throughout My Entrepreneurial Journey ✔️ Why You Might Need To Worry About Me Stalking You ✔️ How I’m Kind Of A Train Wreck ✔️ What You Must Embrace To Succeed ✔️ Why Bloopers Aren’t Such A Bad Thing After All ✔️ So Much More! I hope you enjoy my business blooper 100th episode and encourage you accept that This too shall pass when you stumble in your own business. Now let’s jump right in an
08/04/20191 hour 4 minutes 26 seconds
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099 | From Paralyzed To Productive: A Strategy Session With Laura K. Cook

I sit down for an on-air strategy session with one of the Financial Advisors of Raymond James, Laura Cook, to tackle her challenges with productivity in the entrepreneurial space. We cover how Laura’s interactions with her clients could be systemized to decrease disruptions to her workflow while providing a superior level of client servicing and reclaim time for more productive activities. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ The Best Place To Start Creating Efficiency In Your Workflow ✔️ Ways To Plant The Seeds For Smooth Transitions ✔️ How Releasing Old Roles Can Set You Free ✔️ Strategies To Minimize The Times You’re Forced To Wing It ✔️ Tips For Leveling Up Your Client Servicing ✔️ So Much More! This was an awesome discussion with Laura I hope you enjoy. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk!   Show Notes <a
01/04/201952 minutes 56 seconds
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097 | Productivity Pit Stops: Smart Stops On Your Journey To The Top

I walk you through some pit stops you should consider making throughout the course of your work to kick your productivity up a notch and enable greater growth in your business. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ How Your Entrepreneurial Journey Is Like A Road Trip ✔️ 5 Productivity Pitstops You Could Benefit From Today ✔️ Simple Ways To Shave Minutes To Hours Off Every Day ✔️ App Suggestions To Help Keep Your Productivity On Point ✔️So Much More! I hope you enjoy my episode on productivity pit stops and encourage you to start stopping when needed so you can charge forward in your business. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk!   Show Notes Schedule Your Discovery Call with me to find out how we can work together to accelerate your success.
14/03/201930 minutes 46 seconds
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096 | What It Takes To Run A Well-Oiled Machine With Chanie Wilschanski

I sit down with the CEO of DiscoverED Consulting, Chanie Wilschanski, who helps school leaders build schools of excellence. We walk through Chanie’s well-oiled systems, processes, and routines that transform everyday chaos into teachable moments, growth, and revenue-generating opportunities. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ Best Practices For Integrating Your Business & Personal Life ✔️ What To Aim For In Your Work (And It’s Not Perfection!) ✔️ Where To Find The Biggest Catalyst For Your Growth ✔️ What You Must Be Keenly Aware Of When Hiring Out ✔️ What You Seriously Need To Load Up On Daily ✔️ So Much More! This was an awesome discussion with Chanie I hope you enjoy. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! Important Resources & Links From This Episode:   Show Notes <a href="https://me
11/03/201945 minutes 35 seconds
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095 | Taking On Your Task Mismanagement: A Strategy Session With Kayce Hodos

I sit down with therapist, Kayce Hodos, who specializes in providing support to moms adjusting to their crazy new life with baby. I guide Kayce through a Strategy Session to take her challenges with task mismanagement head on so she can live a less flustered life and run a more productive business. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️Insight Into Creating A Solid Task Management System ✔️How To Carve Out Purposeful Time In Your Schedule And Stick To It ✔️Why You Must Treat Your Task List Like Your Boss ✔️Best Practices For Using Notifications ✔️Tips To Maximize White Space ✔️So Much More! This was an awesome discussion with Kayce I hope you enjoy. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk!   Show Notes Schedule Your Discovery Call with me to find o
04/03/20191 hour 1 minute 8 seconds
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094 | Remote Teams: Would Your Business Thrive Or Barely Survive? With Wade Foster

I sit down with Wade Foster, the CEO and Co-Founder of Zapier, whose mission is to help everybody be more productive at work by connecting all the different tools you use. We deep-dive into Wade’s entrepreneurial journey in the tech space, from Zapier’s inception to employing 200 productive, remote workers. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️The Pros Of Having A Remote Virtual Team ✔️How To Get On The Same Page In Any Time Zone ✔️What You Need To Double-Down On To Thrive ✔️How To Know If Your Remote Employees Are Being Productive ✔️2 Out-The-Box Ways To Build Culture And A Stronger Bond Among Employees ✔️So Much More! This was an awesome discussion with Wade I hope you enjoy. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! Show Notes Schedule Your Discovery Call</stro
25/02/201939 minutes 40 seconds
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093 | Disorganization: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You With Erik De La Garza

I sit down with my eight-year-old son, Erik De La Garza, to discuss why he’s been having a hard time turning in his homework lately. We dissect his habits to get to the root cause of his issue and determine disorganization has been holding him back, but not in the way you think. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️Ways Disorganization Could Be Holding Your Back ✔️How Being Disorganized Comes Down To Your Habits ✔️What You Can Do To Determine The Root Cause Of Your Disorganization ✔️The Easiest Way To Get And Stay Organized ✔️So Much More! I hope you enjoy my episode on disorganization with Erik. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! Show Notes Schedule Your Discovery Call with me to find out how we can work together to accelerate your success.
18/02/201921 minutes 13 seconds
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092 | The Structure Residing In Every Well-Designed Business With LuAnn Nigara

I sit down with the Co-Owner of Window Works, LuAnn Nigara, who has been in business since 1982 and is thriving in the interior design space. We discuss the ways she infused structure, systems, and processes into her company which helped her scale to become a $2 million business. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ How Structure Fosters More Freedom ✔️ Ways To Create Structure In Your Business ✔️ The Question To Ask Yourself Before Making Any Big Decisions ✔️ What You Must Embrace When You’re Ready To Scale ✔️ The Surest Way To Find Clarity ✔️ So Much More! This was an awesome discussion with LuAnn Nigara I hope you enjoy. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! Show Notes Schedule Your Discovery Call with me to find ou
11/02/201943 minutes 10 seconds
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091 | Stepping Up Your CEO Game: A Client Case Study With Tim Clothier

I sit down with my long-term client and CEO of Illusion Projects, Tim Clothier, to discuss how he’s been stepping up his CEO game during our years of working together. We cover his magic power of jumping back and forth between creative and CEO, what hadn’t been working in his business, what he had to release to see better results, and what he’s doing now to stay on top of his game and run a successful international business. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ Why Your Time Blocks Need A Makeover ✔️ The Secret To Preventing Your Passion From Getting Pushed To The Bottom Of The Pile ✔️ How CEO Days Can Help You Flush Out Your Ideas ✔️ The Principles That Could Benefit Your Hiring Process ✔️ What Going To The “Business Gym” Can Do For You ✔️So Much More! This was an awesome discussion with Tim I hope you enjoy. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! <a href="http://amberdelagarza.com/09
04/02/20191 hour 49 seconds
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090 | Finding Freedom Through Embracing Structure With Libby Greiwe

I sit down with Financial Advisor Libby Greiwe who runs a 7-figure solo practice while working just 25 hours a week. We take a deep dive into the intricacies of running her business efficiently, with client experience as her guiding star, all while maintaining balance in her home life. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️The Efficiencies That Enabled Libby To Quadruple Her Income While Working MUCH Less ✔️How She Doubled Down On The Client Experience And Won ✔️Libby’s Step-By-Step Process For Niching Down ✔️A Look At Her Ideal Week And Why Yours Isn’t Working ✔️What To Do When Your Change Of Season Challenges The Status Quo Of Your Business ✔️The Delights Of Day-Dating ✔️So Much More! This was an awesome discussion with Libby I hope you enjoy. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! Important Resources & Links From This Episode: Go to <a href= "htt
28/01/201957 minutes 20 seconds
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088 | Focus Is Not The F-Word With Stefanie Krievins

I sit down with the owner of Problem Solvers School, Stefanie Krievins, who lives for coaching professional troublemakers and helping those recovering perfectionists and over-achievers show up with integrity and authenticity. We discuss how powerful focus can be in helping you achieve, well, just about anything. And as always, we dish out tips and strategies to improve yours. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ What A Professional Troublemaker Is And How To Know If You’re One ✔️ How To Batch Your Emotional Energy As Needed ✔️ Ways To Find Focus With Everything Going On In Your Head ✔️ Why You Need A Strategy Map ✔️ How Focus Can Get You Clear On Your KPIs ✔️So Much More! This was an awesome discussion with Stefanie I hope you enjoy. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! Important Resources & Links From This Episode: S
14/01/201942 minutes 32 seconds
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087 |10 Tips To Make Your Fresh Start Last

I offer some pointers on how to keep your fresh start ignited by the new year rolling through every month of the year, so you can keep the momentum going strong and accomplish your goals. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ The Surest Way To Derail Your Success ✔️ How To Most Easily Avoid Burnout ✔️ Why Your Next Hire Or Fire Could Determine Your Success ✔️Tips For Staying On A Growth Trajectory ✔️ Planning Strategies That Work ✔️ Ways To Stay Motivated ✔️ So Much More! I hope you enjoy my episode on making your fresh start last and encourage you to take the steps necessary to ensure your success throughout the year and beyond. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! Important Resources & Links From This Episode: Eps 007 | Tackling Your Goals With Tactical Precision <
07/01/201936 minutes 3 seconds
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085 | What’s Your Word Of The Year?

I provide strategies for creating, implementing, and abiding by a Word Of The Year so you can consistently take intentional action on your goal throughout the new year and beyond. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️Why You Need A Word Of The Year ✔️ What To Do Once You’ve Chosen It ✔️ Strategies For Getting The Most Out Of Your Word ✔️ Tips For Staying Laser Focused On It ✔️So Much More! I hope you enjoy my episode on your Word Of The Year and encourage you to strongly consider what word should represent your intention for the new year. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! Important Resources & Links From This Episode: Canva Etsy Eps. 071 | 6 Quick Tips For Meeting Your Internal Deadlines <
24/12/201823 minutes 15 seconds
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084 | Resisting The Temptation Of Being Busy In Favor Of Being Productive With Matt Sandrini

In this episode, I sit down with world traveler, minimalist, and founder of Time Zillionaire, Matt Sandrini, who teaches founders how to achieve more by doing less. We dive into the world of time management to share and discuss multiple strategies to refrain from being busy and start being productive. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️The 3 Major Reasons You’re Tempted To Be Busy ✔️Ways To Overcome Those Temptations And Be Productive ✔️How To Prevent Necessary Busywork From Taking Over Your Day ✔️Why Creating Boundaries Will Tame Your Inbox ✔️How Using A Blocker Can Help Break Time-Wasting Addictions ✔️The Word You MUST Be Comfortable Saying To Be Productive ✔️So Much More! This was an awesome discussion with Matt Sandrini I hope you enjoy. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! Important Resources & Links From This Episode: <a href= "https://www
17/12/201844 minutes 14 seconds
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083 | Giving In To Giving Up Control: A Coaching Session With Janelle Blakely

I sit down with the owner and principal designer of Blakely Interior Design and self-proclaimed workaholic, Janelle Blakely, who has established a reputation for creating beautiful, livable, residential interiors. During our one-on-one, on-air coaching session, we dive into Janelle’s world of running a profitable business while raising three kids and ultimately, trying to be everything to everyone and struggling to make that magic happen. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️Ways To Leverage Your Support Systems ✔️How The Gold Is In What’s Already Working ✔️The Importance Of Processes In Home Management ✔️The Solution To Being All Things To All People ✔️Triggers To Get Out Of Your Head So You Don’t Have To Scramble ✔️So Much More! This was an awesome discussion with Janelle I hope you enjoy. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! Important Resources & Links From This Epis
10/12/201854 minutes 31 seconds
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082 | Powerhouse Pairs: When Entrepreneurs Partner In Love And With Marla Mattenson And Julian Colker

In this episode, I sit down with entrepreneurial relationship and intimacy experts Marla Mattenson and Julian Colker who work with entrepreneurial couples to transform their negative habitual patterns. We discuss the ins and outs of partnering in love and business and how to work together to breed phenomenal results in both. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ The Winning Combination You Need To Be A Powerhouse Pair ✔️ How To Measure If Your Partner’s Passion For Entrepreneurship Measures Up ✔️ The Biggest Dangers Entrepreneur Couples Need To Watch Out For ✔️ Rules For Sharing Experiences That Will Uplift The Relationship ✔️ What Can Happen If Either The Business Or Love Stops Flourishing ✔️ The Biggest Obstacle In Every Human’s Life And How To Conquer It ✔️So Much More! This was an awesome discussion with Marla and Julian I hope you enjoy. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk
03/12/201849 minutes 11 seconds
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081 | Slaying The Day With A Schedule Shift: A Coaching Session With Danny Ozment

I sit down for an on-air coaching session with co-owner Emerald City Productions, Danny Ozment. Danny is a podcast producer and consultant, who helps other entrepreneurs drop masterfully engineered episodes each week, including my own. We dive into Danny’s daily schedule to determine where he needs to make a few shifts to create better blocks of time to complete needle-moving work. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ How Danny’s Schedule Enables Him To Cope With The Variability In His Client Work ✔️ Where His Road Blocks To Efficiency Reside And How He Can Address Them ✔️ How He Leverages Systems And People To Deliver Great Client Service ✔️ Strategies To Deal With The Scheduling Frustrations In His Business ✔️ Tips For Putting Out Fires Systematically ✔️ So Much More! This was an awesome discussion with Danny I hope you enjoy. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! Imp
26/11/201857 minutes 11 seconds
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080 | From 1:1 To 1:Many - Leveraging Your Time To Scale Up With Jessica Rodriguez

I sit down with business strategist Jessica Rodriguez who helps her clients escape the 1:1 / DFY reliant income roller coaster with scalable offers so they can amplify their impact and profit. We dive into how she leveraged her own time to totally rework her business model in order to service more people in the same amount of time. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ What Happened When Jessica Dropped A Major Bomb On Her Business ✔️ How To Diversify And Expand Your Income With Scalable Offers ✔️ Tips For Providing Great Service To Multiple Clients At The Same Time ✔️ Offers Ideas That Can Have You Making Money In Your Sleep ✔️ So Much More! This was an awesome discussion with Jessica I hope you enjoy. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! Important Resources & Links From This Episode: FreedomDrivenSuccess.com/Scaleu
19/11/201844 minutes 27 seconds
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079 | Nipping Avoidance In The Bud: A Coaching Session With Shannon Crow

I sit down with yoga consultant, trainer, and podcast host, Shannon Crow, for a special one-hour, on-air coaching session in which we confront her avoidance of accounting matters. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️Ways Avoidance Is Stymieing Your Success ✔️How Profitability Should Be Looked At From Both Sides ✔️Tips For Reconciling Receipts Productively ✔️How To Best Tackle Your Backlog ✔️Ways To Determine What’s Bogging You Down ✔️The Basics Of Implementing Mike Michalowicz’s Profit First Method ✔️What A Coaching Session With Me Looks Like ✔️So Much More! This was an awesome discussion with Shannon I hope you enjoy. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! Important Resources & Links From This Episode: Connected Yoga Teach Teacher Podcast <a href= "https://amberdelagarza.com/07
12/11/20181 hour 6 minutes 52 seconds
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078 | The Do’s And Don’ts Of Working With A Virtual Assistant With Trivinia Barber

In this episode, I sit down with Trivinia Barber, the founder of Priority VA, who matches elite level entrepreneurs with highly skilled virtual assistants. We discuss best practices for hiring and working with virtual assistants who can help accelerate your business. This was an awesome discussion with Trivinia I hope you enjoy. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️Do’s And Don’t For Making Your VA Hire ✔️The Key To Building A Lasting Relationship With Your VA ✔️How To Get The Most Out Of Your VA ✔️How To Pull The Trigger When Your VA Is Not Working Out ✔️So Much More! Important Resources & Links From This Episode: PriorityVA.com Ultimate Playbook for Email Delegation Loom.com <a href="htt
05/11/201842 minutes 7 seconds
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077 | Bookmarks: Unlocking The Hidden Time Savers In Your Browser

In this episode, I uncover some of the best but most underutilized features of webpage bookmarks, to help you power through your online work more efficiently. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️️ The Benefits Of Using Webpage Bookmarks ✔️  How To Best Utilize Them To Increase Efficiency ✔️  My Preferred Bookmark Structure ✔️  Pro Tips For Maximizing Bookmarks ✔️So Much More! I hope you enjoy my episode on webpage bookmarks and encourage you to use them in a way that increases your productivity. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! Important Resources & Links From This Episode: Facebook Community Create, View, & Edit Chrome Bookmarks
29/10/201821 minutes 5 seconds
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076 | Surrendering To Your Season With Katie Krimitsos

In this episode, I sit down with Biz Women Rock founder Katie Krimitsos who recently embraced her calling to guide women through meditations to help them live extraordinary lives. We discuss how surrendering to your season is always more productive than fighting it. This was an awesome discussion with Katie I hope you enjoy. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️Tips For Embracing The Season Of Business You’re In ✔️The Decision-Making Matrix To Help You Prioritize Your Ideas ✔️A Tool To Aid You In Figuring Out What You Really Want ✔️The Giant Myth Preventing You From Being Productive ✔️Why It’s Okay To Stand In The Silence ✔️How Katie Made More In 3 Months Than In Her Previous 3 Years In Business ✔️So Much More! Important Resources & Links From This Episode: BizWomenRock.com
22/10/201850 minutes 46 seconds
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075 | Putting The Pep In Your Entrepreneurial Step With Tami McVay

In this episode, I sit down with Business & Lifestyle Strategist, Tami McVay, who supports entrepreneurs personally, mentally, professionally, helping them live out her motto: Lead by Lifestyle. This was an awesome discussion with Tami I hope you enjoy. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️Tips To Shift Your Reality To The One You Want ✔️Ways To Ensure You Consistently Show Up As Your Best Self ✔️How To Not “Get Lost At Sea” In The Unlimited Sea Of Entrepreneurial Time ✔️The Benefits Of Intermittent Fasting On Your Productivity ✔️The Impact Your Hormones Have On Your Success ✔️So Much More! Important Resources & Links From This Episode: TamiMcVay.com Tami on Facebook 3 Surprising Tricks
15/10/201840 minutes 4 seconds
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074 | The Biggest Productivity Killer No One Talks About With Jaclyn Mellone

In this episode, I sit down with marketing and mindset coach, Jaclyn Mellone, who helps entrepreneurs become the go-to-gal in their space from the inside out. We discuss the power your mindset has over you. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️The Productivity-Crippling Mantra You’re Unintentionally Telling Yourself ✔️Ways To Shut Your Inner Mean Entrepreneur Up ✔️How To Rewrite Your Thoughts So They Lift You Up Instead Of Drag You Down ✔️The Dangers Of Imposter Syndrome ✔️One Of The Most Powerful Things You Can Do To Improve Your Productivity ✔️So Much More! This was an awesome discussion with Jaclyn I hope you enjoy. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! Important Resources & Links From This Episode: All Up In Your Lady Business Podcast Jaclyn O
08/10/201840 minutes 12 seconds
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073 | Creating Your 4th Quarter Strategic Plan To Finish The Year Off Strong

In this episode, I help you create a stellar fourth quarter strategic plan so you can charge forward with increased momentum toward your goals and set yourself up for a profitable new year. I hope you enjoy my episode on creating your fourth quarter strategic plan and encourage you to get started so you can finish your year off strong! Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ Why Having A Strong Fourth Quarter Is A Must ✔️ What’s Holding You Back From Charging Forward Later In The Year ✔️ Why Many Businesses Tank In The Fourth Quarter ✔️ What You Need To Consider In Creating Your 4th Quarter Strategic Plan ✔️ So Much More!
01/10/201819 minutes 48 seconds
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072 | How To Use The Power Of Momentum Instead Of Motivation With Kendra Hennessy

In this episode, I sit down with home management strategist Kendra Hennessy as she walks us through the parallels of running a home and a business, getting better systems in place so you can focus more on your family, and the actual job of a coach (it’s not to motivate you!) We also dive into what to do when you wake up lacking motivation, ways to build momentum in your work, and how leaning on motivation previously failed Kendra. This was an awesome discussion with Kendra I hope you enjoy. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️The Problems With Waiting For Motivation To Strike ✔️Why Momentum Trumps Motivation Every Time ✔️Tips For Getting Off The Hamster Wheel Of Half-Completing Projects ✔️ Ways You Can Lean On Momentum To Get Your Work Done ✔️So Much More! Important Resources & Links From This Episode: <a href= "http://moth
24/09/201845 minutes 20 seconds
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071 | 6 Quick Tips For Meeting Your Internal Deadlines

In this episode, I explain the deadly origin of deadlines, the consequences of consistently pushing back or missing them, and how to create external accountability for your internal deadlines. I also discuss ways your team and family can support you in meeting your deadlines, my recent mind shift about deadlines in my business, and a bonus tip that works wonders toward holding yourself accountable for your business success. I hope you enjoy my episode on tips for meeting your internal deadlines and encourage you to start holding them more sacred. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ The 2 Types Of Deadlines And How You Treat Them Differently ✔️ Why You Keep Putting Off Certain Deadlines ✔️ Ways To Infuse Accountability Into Your Deadlines ✔️ So Much More! Important Resources & Links From This Episode: <a href= "http://www.historyn
17/09/201820 minutes 23 seconds
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070 |Making Your Business Run Like Clockwork With Mike Michalowiczr

In this episode, I sit down with Mike Michalowicz whose book Profit First changed the way I see money in my business, how I look at profits, and how I pay myself. Mike talks about his new book Clockwork, his mission to serve underdog entrepreneurs, why he had to scrap three years of work and start over, and his goal of eradicating entrepreneurial poverty. We also dive into the common thread between all businesses that make them efficient, why you must pay yourself first, how your relationship with your business is similar to that of conjoined twins, and what will change in your business after implementing the Clockwork methodology. This was an awesome discussion with Mike I hope you enjoy. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️The Necessity Of Your Business Being Able To Run Itself In Your Absence ✔️How A Digital Disconnect May Be Just What Your Busi
10/09/201842 minutes 39 seconds
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069 | Sidestepping Distractions Dressed Up As Opportunities

In this episode, I lay out how many great opportunities are really just distractions in disguise. I name the main ones to watch out for and address ways to stop falling prey to such distractions, so you can stay focused on what really matters. I also discuss what you should be doing with your ideas, which opportunities to go after full-throttle, the next step to take when you’re not getting anticipated traction, and the best ways to gracefully say no to time-wasting coffee dates. I hope you enjoy my episode on distractions dressed up as opportunities and encourage you to be more discerning with the opportunities that pop up in your business. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ Common Distractions Dressed Up As “Opportunities” ✔️ How To Recognize The Difference ✔️ Tips For Managing People’s Expectations ✔️ How Your Ideas Are Holding Your Success Hostage
03/09/201843 minutes 29 seconds
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SPSS Bonus Eps #11 | Productivity + Profitability: Why You Need Both To Succeed In Business

In this episode, I unpack the relationship between productivity and profitability, introduce the three “buckets” you need to invest your time in in order to be profitable, and discuss the big problem with living in the “other bucket.”  I also divulge why the proverb “Time is money” is not exactly true, the effects of failing to protect your mindset, and ways I keep my business in check for profitability that if implemented, could have a huge impact on your business’ ability to make money. I hope you enjoy my episode on profitability and encourage you to take the first step toward making your business more sustainable. Now let’s get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: My Unpacked Definition For Productivity What Productivity Is NOT That May Surprise You How Improved Productivity Drives Increased Profits The 3 High-Priority, Highly Productive Activities You Should Consistently Be Focu
29/08/201842 minutes 22 seconds
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068 | Standing Up To Your Biggest Critic With Judi Moreo

In this episode, I sit down with international best-selling author and speaker Judi Moreo. Judi breaks down how being self-critical and allowing negative self-talk to take your thoughts captive will hold you back from where you want to go. She weighs in on the best ways to combat that negative self-talk and turn it into the kind of talk that will foster your success. We also talk about ways to recognize when you’re sabotaging yourself or your business, anchoring in daily affirmations to make them become solid beliefs, and how Judi’s self-limiting beliefs screwed her out of a trip to Europe. This was an awesome discussion with Judi I hope you enjoy. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ The Different Types Of Self-Sabotage That Are Limiting Your Success ✔️ Ways To Counteract Your Self-Sabotaging Behaviors ✔️ Tips For Creating Effective Daily Affirmations ✔️ What
27/08/201839 minutes 23 seconds
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SPSS Bonus Eps #10 | Top Time-Saving Tools I Use To Run My Business

In this episode, I take you on a tour through my toolbox and share my top time-saving tools I can’t live without. I discuss the key functions of each program, their unique features, ways to customize them to meet your unique needs, and discuss why I absolutely love using these particular tools in my business. I also talk about the solution to wanting to read more, the problem with Frankensteining your processes and tools, and the must-have program that can turn any small business owner into a self-sufficient graphic designer. I hope you enjoy my episode on time-saving tools and encourage you to pursue finding tools that could level up your business. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: My Toolbox Favorites My Business Can’t Function Without Handy Tips For Utilizing These Powerful Tools Solutions To Your Social Media Scheduling And File-Sharing Woes How
23/08/201842 minutes 43 seconds
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067 | 5 Things You’re Doing That Threaten Your Success

In this episode, I discuss some acts of self-sabotage you might be engaging in unknowingly. These activities not only negatively affect aspects of both your business and personal life, but they hinder your overall success as well. I also cover asking for help in the right places, setting yourself up to slay each day, what happens when you choose to follow someone else’s path, the most important thing you can do to prevent burnout, and the single, negative affirmation I strongly stand behind because it’s incredibly empowering. I hope you enjoy my episode on self-sabotage and encourage you to stop being the saboteur of your success today. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ Which Activities To Stop Doing Because They Threaten Your Success ✔️  The Most Important Activity You’ve Failed To Commit To ✔️  The Secret To Properly Managing Your Tasks ✔️ How Comparing Yo
20/08/201825 minutes 42 seconds
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SPSS Bonus Eps #9 | Pushing Past Your Breaking Point

In this episode, I dive into why it’s so important for entrepreneurs to take breaks even when you feel like you don’t have the time, how breaks actually increase your productivity, and ways you can fit breaks into your schedule. I also discuss the types of breaks that best serve your energy levels and divulge my top tips and creative techniques for taking productivity-increasing breaks. As a bonus, previous Productivity Straight Talk guest Mariah Secrest Comer chimes in to offer some actionable ideas for simple work breaks that can improve your health. I hope you’ll enjoy my episode on taking breaks and encourage you to start scheduling them into your routines. Now let’s get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: Why Daily Breaks Are An Absolute Necessity For Entrepreneurs Tips For Making Time For Breaks When You Just Don’t Have Time The Types Of Breaks That Relax You, Refuel You, Reen
16/08/201823 minutes 19 seconds
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066 | The Devil’s In The (Lack Of Systems) Details With Josh Fonger

In this episode, I sit down with business performance architect and co-founder of Work The System, Josh Fonger. Josh discusses investing in systems, how a mechanical shift can save you time and make you money, how to make documenting processes less overwhelming, and ways to build the freedom to chase shiny objects. We also talk about the amount of time you should spend working on your systems each week, your biological prime time, mindset shifts, process diagrams and outlines, and why “getting it” is so important. This was an awesome discussion with Josh I hope you enjoy. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ The Importance Of Getting Outside Yourself, Elevating, And Investing In Systems ✔️ Ways To Document Processes To Discover Flaws ✔️ How To Best Attack The Heavy Lifting In Your Business ✔️ Where An Entrepreneur Should Start Investing For The Biggest Return</
13/08/201840 minutes 57 seconds
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SPSS Bonus Eps #8 | The Art Of Multitasking: Friend or Foe?

In this episode, I reveal the truth about multitasking, introduce the concept of switchtasking, and offer suggestions to complete your workload with the utmost efficiency. I also talk about the effects of multitasking, the best way to power through your tasks effectively, and how to combat natural triggers that lead you off a productive path. I hope you enjoy my episode on multitasking and encourage you to examine your methods of maintaining efficiency to see if changes are needed. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: Whether Multitasking Is Your Best Friend Or Possibly Your Greatest Foe The Two Different Types Of Multitasking What You Should Do If Multiple Tasks Demand Your Attention The Effects of Alternating Back And Forth Between Tasks So Much More! Important Resources & Links From This Episode:
06/08/201818 minutes 23 seconds
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SPSS Bonus Eps #7 | 12 Time Maximizers To Capitalize On Your Most Precious Resource

In this episode, I introduce my top 12 time management strategies that can help you improve your productivity, increase your profits, and provide you with more time for the people and things you cherish most.  I discuss ways to best tackle incorporating these Time Maximizers into your work, how creating boundaries can help you improve your productivity, and what you absolutely must do every day to help you refresh and rest.  I hope you’ll enjoy my episode on Time Maximizers and encourage you to make the effort to incorporate them into your routines. Now let’s get to the straight talk!  What You’ll Discover In This Episode:  My 12 Time Maximizers To Increase Your Productivity  What You’re Doing That Could Be Sabotaging Your Productivity  How To Best Deal With Interruptions And Distractions  Quick Tips To Keep Your Productivity On Point  So Much More!  Important Resources & Lin
02/08/201831 minutes 8 seconds
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064 | The Biggest Cover-Up In Productivity History With Demir Bentley

In this episode, I sit down with the co-creator of Lifehack Bootcamp, Demir Bentley, as he walks us through how an illness forced him into systems, automation, and productivity which helped him go from working the 9 to 5 to working the 5 to 9. We discuss why you need all four pillars of the F.A.S.T. Time Management Model to excel in time mastery, why occasional acts of radical self-care is absolutely necessary, and why you need to lean into a scarcity mindset with your time. We also talk about how removing distractions will help you “fall” into focus, how your attitude acts as the operating system of your day, the concept of extreme ownership, and the zombie effect you may be suffering from. This was an awesome discussion with Demir I hope you enjoy. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ The F.A.S.T Time Management Model ✔️ Time Mastery Tricks And Tips ✔️ Our Unexpecte
30/07/201847 minutes 13 seconds
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SPSS Bonus Eps #6 | How Entrepreneurs Can Create Productive Routines

In this episode, I talk about the correlation between daily routines and experiencing productive, efficient, and organized days. I lay out my top tips for creating productive routines that align with your goals, maintaining focus, and achieving consistency and success with your routines. I also address the biggest challenge to having routines take hold, the rewarding habit that can make or break your following day, and the solution to failing routines that breed inconsistent results. I hope you enjoy my episode on routines and encourage you to make the effort to consistently incorporate productive routines into your schedule. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: The Art Of Bookending Your Day With 4 Meaningful Routines 3 Useful Tips For Engineering Routines Fostered For Success How To Find The Right Balance Of Structure To Flexibility Each Day So Much
25/07/201825 minutes 4 seconds
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063 | Live From My Summer Travels: How To Be Productive On The Road

In this episode, I divulge some of the hiccups I’ve been experiencing during my month on the road and how I coped with them in order to achieve balance and keep plugging away at my goals. I also offer my favorite strategies for staying productive in any zip code and provide tips on how to apply them. Finally, I weigh in on the important aspects of planning, expectations, boundaries, checklists, batching, and so much more! I hope you enjoy my episode on staying productive on the road and encourage you to try out my tips the next time you travel. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ My Top 7 Tips For Staying Productive On The Road ✔️ How Establishing Clear Expectations Can Make Or Break Your Trip ✔️ Why What You Do BEFORE Your Trip Determines Your Productivity ON It ✔️ How To Best Deal With Your Surprise Travel Companion ✔️ So Much More! Imp
23/07/201826 minutes 6 seconds
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SPSS Bonus Eps #5 | How A Rapid Fire Power Hour Can Get You Back On Track

In this episode, I introduce a strategy I use every week like clockwork to clear my task list so I can have more focused time to invest in my highest value activities. I dive deep into how you can keep low-value tasks from inundating you and running your week, discuss the immediate, positive effects of completing your weekly Rapid Fire Power Hour, and walk through the three questions to ask to determine which tasks should be completed during your Power Hour. I hope you enjoy my episode on Power Hours and encourage you to start scheduling your own on a weekly basis. Now let’s get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: The Best Way To Knock Off Tiny Tasks And Gain Momentum In Your Work How Repurposing Just One Hour A Week Can Diminish The Monday Blues A Sure Fire Strategy To Minimize Distractions So You Can Be Ready To Tackle Anything So Much More! Important Resourc
19/07/201817 minutes 26 seconds
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062 | Nailing Down Your ONE Thing With Geoff Woods

In this episode, I sit down with Geoff Woods, Vice President of The ONE Thing, one of highest-rated business books in the world. We dive into the meaning of the book, the limiting beliefs that almost held him back from his destiny, and the pain in his life that compelled him to take action and achieve his dream. We also talk about why you must get comfortable being uncomfortable, leveraging the different roles people serve in your life, and how I’ve set myself up for possible humiliation. Finally, Geoff turns the tables and coaches me through pinpointing my ONE Thing. This was an awesome discussion with Geoff I hope you enjoy. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ The #1 Reason People Fail To Live The ONE Thing Over Time ✔️ How The 5 People Closest To You Determine Your Future ✔️ Ways The Mentor-Mentee Experience Can Evolve And Should ✔️The Power In Bei
16/07/201853 minutes 36 seconds
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SPSS Bonus Eps #4 | Conquer Your Day Using The 5 Daily Planning Pavers

Planning your day does not have to be a huge, fully orchestrated, drawn out event. When done right, planning your day will save you hours of time and relieve loads of stress. In this episode, I walk you through the 5 Daily Planning Pavers that will help you pave your way to a successful day every day. I touch upon why your well-intentioned plans might not be coming to fruition, what happens when you let your day depend on your feelings, and how I utilize mind sweeping and triggers to aid in my daily review. I also clue you in to the advice you may have received from other productivity “experts” that are absolutely pointless and the secret to making your plans really stick. I go on to divulge what I keep at my fingertips throughout the day so I can swiftly tackle my daily review and the appropriate length of time you should commit to planning each day. I hope you’ll enjoy my episode on the 5 Daily Planning Pavers and encourage you to start planning each of your d
12/07/201832 minutes 47 seconds
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061 | An Insider's Look In My Toolbox: The Tech, Tools, & Tips I Use To Run My Business

In this episode, I give you a behind-the-scenes tour of my productivity toolbox so you can benefit from the awesome tech, tools, and tips I use to run my business. I also give you the straight talk on why apps don’t make you productive, discuss the important difference between efficiency, organization, and productivity, make suggestions on implementing new apps and programs, and offer tips to help you take advantage of some lesser known functions of my favorite tools. I hope you enjoy this episode about my toolbox and encourage you to implement apps that will increase your effectiveness in your business. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️Programs That Create Efficiency ✔️Apps That Aid Your Productivity ✔️Websites That Can Clone You (It’s a good thing!) ✔️ Chrome Extensions That Make Life Easier ✔️Tips To Use Them All Effectively ✔️So Much More!<
09/07/201849 minutes 42 seconds
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SPSS Bonus Eps #3 | How To Get Sh!t Done: Time Blocking Strategies That Work

In this episode, I introduce the seven steps to creating a time blocking success schedule along with my top eight tips to aid in its creation, discuss the foundational strategies to maximize productivity, and talk about why it’s important to go slow to go fast when it comes to productivity. I also revealed the secret to not double-book yourself, what you need to hold sacred in order to be successful with time blocking, and which activities you absolutely need to plan for because they tend to creep in and take over your entire day.  I hope you’ll enjoy my episode on time blocking and make the effort to execute on the steps it will take to have your own success schedule. Now let’s get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: What Time Blocking Is And Why It Works So Well To Improve Productivity Strategies For Planning And Scheduling Your Time Blocks How To Overcome Common Time Blocking Challenges</
05/07/201845 minutes 26 seconds
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060 | The Automation Advantage: Letting Robots Take Care Of The Rest So You Can Focus On Your Best With Zachary Sexton

In this app-heavy episode, I sit down with Zachary Sexton, a business productivity coach who specializes in helping entrepreneurs create simple systems to save time at work.  Zachary and I discuss how you can use automation as a powerful tool to gain leverage, how to automate routine processes using simple software, and why you can’t just keep doing things with brute force, the old-fashioned way. We also talk about Zachary’s favorite automation apps that save him time, money, and energy, the effectiveness of theme days and batching activities, and tips for using automatic scheduling, follow-up, and lead capture. This was an awesome discussion with Zack I hope you enjoy. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️The Benefits Of Automation ✔️Some Of The Must-Have Automation Apps ✔️How To Reclaim Time Using Templates ✔️My Hack For Effective Follow-Up ✔️So Much Mo
02/07/201841 minutes 43 seconds
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SPSS Bonus Eps #2 | Affirmations: Programming A Mindset Capable Of Success

In this episode, I share with you the power of affirmations and how they’re essential to reprograming your mind for success. I also share my own personal affirmations and elaborate more on why I have chosen those specific affirmations to reprogram my own negative self-talk. You will get to meet my son Erik as he shares with us his personal affirmations and how they have helped him in school and Jiu Jitsu. I hope you’ll enjoy my episode on affirmations and I encourage you to take action and create your own customized affirmations. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: The Power Affirmations Have Over Your Success The Link Between Your Thoughts And Your Results How To Create Transformative Affirmations Why It’s Necessary To Reprogram Your Negative Self-Talk So Much More! Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk!
28/06/201832 minutes 15 seconds
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SPSS Bonus Eps #1 | The Truth About Productivity: Common Myths Debunked

In this episode I introduce eight common misconceptions about productivity, discuss how believing in and abiding by those myths actually hinders your productivity, and talk about how real productivity can seriously grow your business. I also discuss how tweaking productivity strategies to work for you can help you maximize your success and answer the question What’s your favorite productivity app? I hope you’ll enjoy my episode on productivity myths and hope you start taking the necessary actions to make effective changes in your business today. Now let’s get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: The true meaning of productivity Why some of your behaviors are preventing you from being productive How following strict rules for productivity is often counterproductive How working against your natural tendencies keeps you from maximizing your productivity So much more!</
21/06/201817 minutes 23 seconds
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058 | From Victim To Victor: Methods To Manipulate Your Time To Work For You With Jeff Sanders

In this episode, I sit down with productivity author, speaker, and host of The 5 AM Miracle Podcast, Jeff Sanders, as he walks us through how practicing productivity by default forced him to transition from being a “last minute guy” to a productivity expert. He dives into his mental shift that made him look at his time, calendar, tasks and projects differently, how he reverse-engineered his schedule to accomplish more, and his strong opinion on our abundance of free time. We also talk about methods to take back control of your time, ways to take advantage of theme days, and how taking care of yourself will result in taking better care of your business and everything else in your life by default. This was an awesome discussion with Jeff I hope you enjoy. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ How To Go From Victim To Victor Of Your Time ✔️ Why You Have Way More Free Ti
18/06/201844 minutes 46 seconds
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057 | Finding The Right Support To Grow Your Business: Deciphering The World Of Courses, Trainings, Masterminds, Coaching, And Mentorship

In this episode, I decipher the different types of business support to help you gain clarity on the type of support that would best serve you and your business based on the stage of business you’re in, your current challenges, and your personality. I also deep dive into my personal journey of finding support, lay out the seven-step method I use to choose who I obtain support from, and discuss why the best support with the highest ROI in the world, may not be the right support for you. Finally, I mention an awesome opportunity to buy my business coach Todd Herman’s 90 Day Year online program IF it’s a good fit for you with the FREE added bonus of bi-weekly Execution Masterminds facilitated by me throughout the duration of the program. I hope you enjoy my episode on the different kinds of business support and encourage you to thoughtfully consider all your options, so you can choose the right support for where you’r
11/06/201852 minutes 44 seconds
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056 | Unveiling The Myth Of Multitasking With Dave Crenshaw

In this episode, I sit down with productive leadership author and speaker, Dave Crenshaw, as he walks us through his previous struggles with ADHD, productivity, organization, and time management. We go on to discuss the inherent problem with multitasking, how to tell if you’re suffering from Short Attention Span Syndrome, and the effect of multitasking on the amount of work you get done, the quality of your work, and your stress level. Dave also offers his best advice for content creation, explains why writer’s block is just an excuse, and reveals what you’re really admitting when you say you’re a good multitasker. This was an awesome discussion with Dave I hope you enjoy. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ The Great Paradox Of Multitasking ✔️ The Effects Of Multitasking On Your Relationships, Work, And Stress ✔️ How To Recognize When You’re Working In An Inefficien
04/06/201833 minutes 40 seconds
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055 | Exploiting Your Productivity Sweet Spot To Get The Most Out Of Every Day

In this episode, I introduce the concept of your productivity sweet spot and walk you through how to exploit its different components so you can consistently show up as your best, most productive self in your business and life. I also talk about time blocking techniques, working within the confines of your unique zone of genius, maintaining a degree of balance, and creating a schedule in alignment with your energy levels and natural tendencies. I hope you enjoy my episode on exploiting your productivity sweet spot and encourage you to start doing so today. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ What Components Factor In To Your Productivity Sweet Spot ✔️ Strategies To Show Up As The Best Version Of You In Business And Life ✔️ Ways To Stop Setting Yourself Up For Failure ✔️ How To Recognize The Energy Vampires In Your Life ✔️ So Much More! Im
28/05/201836 minutes 32 seconds
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054 | Automation Systems: Leveraging Your Greatest Ally With Tanya Conner-Green

In this episode, I sit down with Tanya Conner-Green of the How We Hustle Podcast as she walks us through her entrepreneurial journey and discovery of automation which drastically improved her production. We dive into the problem with perfectionism, why you should get the client before you design the system, dealing with money mindset issues, and how automation can help you set up your business for success down the road. We also discuss how your sales funnel should work, the automation system you absolutely must have, and why it’s important to engage even when you think it’s a bot. This was an awesome discussion with Tanya I hope you enjoy. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️How Automation Takes Away The Need To Hustle For Clients ✔️The Cheap Hire You Should Make Who Might Wind Up Your Best Employee ✔️The Automation System You Absolutely Must Have To Keep Mon
21/05/201852 minutes 59 seconds
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053 | The Fast Track To Achieving That Elusive Entrepreneurial Balance

In this episode, I discuss how to create and maintain entrepreneurial balance so you can lead a more well-rounded, fulfilling, and rewarding life plus rock your business. I offer two actionable strategies for achieving entrepreneurial balance, provide tips for ensuring certain aspects of your life don’t bleed into the rest of your activities, and uncover why saying yes is a must. I also weigh in on what you’re likely doing that’s anything but sustainable, how your plan for creating balance might not work, and why having a passion outside of your business is vitally important. I hope you enjoy my episode on entrepreneurial balance and encourage you to pursue creating and maintaining your unique vision of balance. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ My 7 Categories Of Entrepreneurial Balance ✔️ How To Identify And Achieve Your Ideal Balance ✔️ Ways To Carve Out Quality
14/05/201849 minutes 35 seconds
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052 | Taking A Stand For Your Health And Wellness With Dr. Valorie Davidson

In this episode I sit down with my doctor, Dr. Valorie Davidson of Progress Your Health, as she discusses the effects of adrenal fatigue on your life and business and becoming an advocate for your own health. She provides a glimpse into her world of functional medicine and reveals why her patients never face a wait time. We also dive into carrying the minutia of life, dealing with chronic stress, the different types of energy, and my perfect storm of stress and hormonal issues. This was an awesome discussion Dr. Davidson I hope you enjoy. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ Why You’re Feeling “Off” And Lacking In Energy ✔️ How To Stay Off The Cortisol-Glucose-Insulin Roller Coaster ✔️ The Impact Of Adrenal Fatigue On Your Sleep, Libido, And Energy ✔️ What Your Bloodwork Isn’t Telling You About Your Health ✔️ So Much More! Importa
07/05/201855 minutes 51 seconds
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051 | 5 Simple But Powerful Productivity Hacks For Entrepreneurs

In this episode, I share five productivity hacks for entrepreneurs that are easy to implement and deliver big results. I reveal a great way to clean your slate and start fresh every week, how to not let one-off tasks slow you down, and the best way to end each of your work days I also discuss how to simplify your workload and a guaranteed method of moving faster through emails, projects, tasks, marketing, and proposals. I hope you enjoy my episode on simple but powerful productivity hacks and encourage you to implement them soon so you can reap their benefits. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ 5 Easy Ways To Quickly Power Up Your Productivity ✔️  Some Great Methods To Increase Your Efficiency ✔️  My Pro Tip For Creating Templates ✔️  A Bonus Hack That Could Be A Game Changer For You ✔️ So Much More! Important Resources & Links From This
30/04/201823 minutes 52 seconds
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050 | Creating Efficiency In All The Right Places: A Coaching Session With Carol Cox

In this episode, I sit down with Carol Cox of Speaking Your Brand who quadrupled her income in the past year! Carol joins me for a special on-air, one-hour coaching session in which I instruct how to create more efficiency by investing her time differently. We tackle some of Carol’s productivity challenges including not having enough time to complete the multitude of tasks on her plate, battling decision fatigue, and having success with time blocking. We also dive into the topics of planning your day, batching, power hours, focus management, prioritizing, delegating, and my four “buckets.” ​​​​We also briefly discuss the topics of planning your day, batching, power hours, focus management, prioritizing, delegating, and my four “buckets.” During an actual live coaching session we would narrow our focus to just one or two of the client's biggest productivity challenges and dive deep into how to overcome them. This was an awesome coaching session with Carol I hope you enj
21/04/20181 hour 8 minutes 19 seconds
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049 | Procrastination: Productivity Medicine Or Poison?

In this episode, I weigh in on the hot topic of procrastination and why engaging in it may not always be a bad thing. I lay out the conditions in which procrastination would be beneficial and offer tips on how you could use procrastination to your advantage. I also admit to a giant mistake I made while preparing for a presentation that you could learn from and discuss creating a working style that stays true to who you are to obtain the best results. I hope you enjoy my episode on procrastination and encourage you to determine if and when you could use procrastination to your advantage. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ The 3 P’s That Could Make Procrastination Okay ✔️  A Huge Dark Side To Procrastination ✔️  The Quote That Equipped Me To Stay In Business ✔️  How Mental Construal Theory Affects Procrastination Systems ✔️ So Much More!
16/04/201814 minutes 58 seconds
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048 | Schedules: Unlocking The Key To Having It All With Katie Krimitsos

In this episode, I sit down with Katie Krimitsos, Founder of Biz Women Rock, as she walks us through her entrepreneurial journey and the purposeful scheduling that has led her to enjoy three-day work weeks running a phenomenal business. Katie discusses her passion for lifting women up, her low tolerance for unhappiness that launched her into entrepreneurship, and how she schedules the hell out of her life to ensure she can be fully present and achieve balance. We also talk about task batching according to energy levels, living and breathing calendars, the value of planning, and how you can utilize time blocks to reduce worry, stress, and guilt. This was an awesome discussion with Katie I hope you enjoy. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️The Freeing Power Of Schedules ✔️How Scheduling Can Help You Attain Balance And Happiness ✔️The Necessary Evolution Of Your Schedul
09/04/201841 minutes 53 seconds
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047 | Shutting Down Information Overload To Combat Content Obesity

In this episode, I introduce the concept of content obesity, provide strategies to analyze whether the content you’re consuming is really worth your time, and tell you how to break free from the chains of information overload holding you back from being productive. I cover the nutritional value of content selection, FOMO, the Forgetting Curve, course-aholism, shiny object syndrome, DIY versus delegating, multiple listens, and weigh in on what content you need to cut out to reduce stress, improve your productivity, and grow your business. I hope you enjoy my episode on combatting content obesity and encourage you to start cutting certain content out of your life today. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ The Harmful Side Effects Of Being Content Obese ✔️  What The Forgetting Curve Tells Us About Information Retention ✔️  Tips For Weeding Out Fruitless Content From Des
02/04/201824 minutes 11 seconds
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046 | Inside The Head Of A Results-Driven Project Manager With Natalie Gingrich

In this episode, I sit down with Project Manager Natalie Gingrich whose business journey really took off when she became a Chief Of Staff in a Fortune 150 company. Natalie gives insight into the project management side of small businesses including how to prioritize your objectives that piggyback off one another, the maximum number of projects you should have going at one time no matter how big or how small, and the unrealized truth about setting hard deadlines for projects. We also discuss Natalie’s controversial theory on multitasking, the importance of scheduling project milestones, and what you could do to alleviate stress and get back in the jam of what you love doing. This was an awesome discussion with Natalie I hope you enjoy. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ The 7 Objectives That Are Important To Every Business ✔️ When Multitasking With A Purpose Might Make Sens
26/03/201844 minutes 12 seconds
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045 | Lessons Learned From Building My Own Team

In this episode of Productivity Straight Talk, I walk you through the pivotal points of my hiring journey so you can obtain valuable insights to utilize when building your own team. I discuss numerous ways you can gain leverage in your business and at home, reveal an effective strategy to remove the stress of making a new hire, and explain the constraints you should put on yourself when contemplating hiring for another position or project. I also talk about the structure of my business including who does what, the triumphs and obstacles I faced with my hires, and what absolutely must be in my possession before making a new hire. I hope you enjoy my episode on hiring my own team and encourage you to put thoughtful consideration into your hiring strategy and every person you might hire. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ How Building My Own Team Enabled Me To Grow Bigger And Faster
19/03/201846 minutes 33 seconds
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044 | Stacking Talent To Build A Top-Performing Team With Shelli Warren

In this episode, I sit down with the Chief People Officer at BizChix, Shelli Warren, who has over 25 years of experience building and leading teams at Proctor & Gamble. Shelli walks us through developing a recruitment strategy to ensure you hire based on data instead of emotions, streamlining the hiring process, and performing best candidate selections for people joining the company. We also talk about how NOT leading your employees can help you attain flow freedom, how to overcome your rational fears of growing a team, recognizing the triggers for when it’s the right time to hire, and determining if and where candidates could be a good fit for your business. This was an awesome discussion with Shelli I hope you enjoy. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: The Factors You Should Build Into Your Hiring And Recruitment Strategies How To Writ
12/03/201850 minutes 16 seconds
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043 | The Greatest Factor Sabotaging Your Success

In this episode, I introduce the concept of self-sabotage and how YOU might be the greatest factor holding yourself back from achieving what you desire. I go on to explain the many different types of self-sabotage, the first step to preventing it, what to do when you realize your engaging in it, and how to ultimately stop doing it. I also weigh in taking risks, taking on a number of projects at once, perfectionism, self-negotiation, and thinking you’re God’s gift to the business world. I hope you enjoy my episode on self-sabotage and encourage you to break free from those self-imposed shackles holding you back from reaching your goals. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ The Biggest Challenge You Must Overcome To Be Productive ✔️  Ways To Know If You’re Engaging In Self-Sabotage ✔️ Simple Strategies To Get Out Of Your Own Way ✔️ How To Stop One Poor Decision F
05/03/201831 minutes 58 seconds
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042 | How To Be Productive When Life Throws You A Curveball With Betsy Furler

In this episode, I sit down with speech pathologist and owner of multiple businesses, Betsy Furler, as she walks us through how she overcame struggles with productivity and discusses her mission to make technology as impactful to other people’s lives as it has been to her own and user-friendly so people don’t get frustrated but instead utilize it to improve their lives. Betsy also talks about the two keys to being productive after an event makes getting work done seem impossible, ways she found to be wholly productive at work so she could be fully present with her family, how she successfully reset her mind and got back to business after Hurricane Harvey devastated her neighborhood, and what is better to have on your mobile device than all the latest and greatest productivity and time management apps. This was an awesome discussion with Betsy I hope you enjoy. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode:</st
26/02/201845 minutes 53 seconds
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041 | Dammit! I Can’t Get It All Done

In this episode, I discuss trying to get it all done, why you shouldn’t attempt to, and what you should do with your overloaded plate of tasks instead. I walk you through the 5 Ds to approach any task on your to-do list, ways to increase the efficiency of your business, and how assigning due dates can help you take massive, focused action toward your goals. I also offer tips for determining your high-value activities and prioritizing your projects against your tasks. I hope you enjoy my episode on trying to get it all done and encourage you to stop putting that unnecessary and harmful pressure on yourself. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ Why Your Beliefs Keep You Feeling Overwhelmed ✔️ The #1 Affirmation That Will Empower You To Be Productive ✔️ Why Your Approach To Projects May Be Counterproductive ✔️ The 5 D’s For Handling The Multitude Of Tasks On Your
19/02/201825 minutes 33 seconds
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040 | Uncovering The Motivation Myth With Jeff Haden

In this episode, I sit down with author, speaker, and contributing editor for Inc. Magazine, Jeff Haden, as he walks us through how a conversation with tennis star Venus Williams sparked him to write his book on motivation, the first step to take when you have zero motivation, and the link between accountability and motivation that can help you reach your goals. We also dive into what you should and should not be doing during “me time,” why you shouldn’t give up for lack of a lightning bolt, and the type of addiction that can be beneficial to your success. This was an awesome discussion with Jeff hope you enjoy. Now let’s get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: Why Motivation As We Know It Is A Myth What Separates People With Dreams From People Who Achieve Their Dreams How To Tap Into A Virtuous Cycle Of Motivation The Compound Effect Of An Extreme Productivity Day So Much
12/02/201840 minutes 29 seconds
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039 | Cut The Sh!t To Simplify Your Business And Life

In this episode, I introduce the concept of eliminating tasks and activities from your life to reclaim your time. I reveal the best way to figure out how much your time is worth, help you discover what you should eliminate, and explain three simple methods of effectively cutting your sh!t without suffering any repercussions. I also discuss simple ways to service your clients better, increase your efficiency, lighten your workload, leverage the talent of others, and increase your profits. I hope you enjoy my episode on eliminating and encourage you to start cutting your sh!t immediately. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: ✔️ How To Audit Your Schedule For Wasteful Recurring Activities ✔️The Tasks And Activities You Could Easily Eliminate ✔️Which Tasks You Could Delegate And How To Do So ✔️Places In Your Business Where Inefficiencies Could Be Hiding ✔️ So M
05/02/201833 minutes 53 seconds
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038 | Strategies To Activate Your Productivity Daily With Rachel Wenman

In this episode, I sit down with Rachel Wenman, Co-Founder and Vice President of Urban Seed Inc., a startup that is reinventing and repositioning not just the way we grow food, but the way we provide it from produce to packaging, across the world. Rachel discusses how to activate life flows that lay the groundwork for increased productivity, her typical day wearing many hats in a startup, and ways she effectively sets boundaries as it pertains to her time. We also talk about how feeling bogged down motivated Rachel to seek life flows activation, the morning routine she slowly cultivated over time that helps her prepare for each day, and how she utilizes intentionally programmed music to activate her motivation and energy and get in the zone. This was an awesome discussion with Rachel I hope you enjoy. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: Ways To Activate Your Productivi
29/01/201832 minutes 22 seconds
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037 | Setting Boundaries To Grow Your Business While Keeping Your Sanity

In this episode, I discuss how creating and consistently implementing business boundaries can help you reduce feeling overwhelmed and get you closer to the elusive work/life balance you crave along with so many other benefits. I also provide help on creating boundaries during the different seasons of your life, reveal who you should convey your boundaries to, explain the importance of theme days when it comes to creating effective boundaries, and offer proven methods for implementing boundaries. I hope you enjoy my episode on business boundaries and encourage you to start implementing the right ones for the current season in your life. Now let’s get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: The Numerous Benefits Of Establishing Boundaries The 5 Most Important Types Of Business Boundaries How To Relay Your Boundaries To New Clients And Employees/Contractors Ways To Enforce Your Boundaries
22/01/201839 minutes 10 seconds
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036 | Putting The Right People And Processes In Place With Josh Haynam

In this episode, I sit down with co-founder of Interact Quiz Builder, Josh Haynam, to discuss how putting the right people and processes into place in his company led to them helping over 40,000 brands create lead generation platforms in the form of quizzes, assessments, and giveaways. We talk about how the recession forced him into entrepreneurship and got him hooked on building things, a typical day as CEO over in-house, remote, and flexible employees, and what he refused to let go of that had him banging his head against the wall for two years. We also cover Josh’s stark realizations that allow him to get more done, developing processes to increase efficiency, and how he transitioned from being the doer to being the person creating the processes then delegating them. This was an awesome discussion with Josh I hope you enjoy. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: The P
15/01/201853 minutes 20 seconds
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035 | Productivity + Profitability: Why You Need Both To Succeed In Business

In this episode, I unpack the relationship between productivity and profitability, introduce the three “buckets” you need to invest your time in in order to be profitable, and discuss the big problem with living in the “other bucket.”  I also divulge why the proverb “Time is money” is not exactly true, the effects of failing to protect your mindset, and ways I keep my business in check for profitability that if implemented, could have a huge impact on your business’ ability to make money. I hope you enjoy my episode on profitability and encourage you to take the first step toward making your business more sustainable. Now let’s get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: My Unpacked Definition For Productivity What Productivity Is NOT That May Surprise You How Improved Productivity Drives Increased Profits The 3 High-Priority, Highly Productive Activities You Should Consistently Be Focu
08/01/201840 minutes 35 seconds
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034 | Why Your New Year’s Resolution Is Sure To Fail

In this episode, I delve into why your New Year’s resolution is destined to fail and address how you can fix it so you can beat the odds and achieve your resolution in 2018. I discuss the specific criteria a well-designed resolution should meet, why trying to accomplish your resolution on your own and your finances could be the biggest obstacles to its success, and why it’s so important to vocalize your resolution to others. I hope you enjoy my episode on New Year’s resolutions and encourage you to transform yours to one that is destined to succeed today. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: The Importance Of Creating New Year’s Resolutions 3 Reasons Your Resolution Is Sure To Fail (And How To Not Let It) The Secrets To Attaining Success With Your Resolution What Syndrome You May Be Suffering From That’s Holding You Back So Much More! </u
01/01/201826 minutes 18 seconds
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033 | The 12 Gifts Of Entrepreneurship

In this episode, I run through many of the awesome benefits of entrepreneurship so you can run your business with the ultimate confidence that no matter how hard it gets, you chose the right career path when you embarked on your entrepreneurial journey. I also discuss the many challenges of working a conventional job that you might have forgotten, tapping in to your unlimited potential in numerous areas, and how being an entrepreneur ultimately makes both you and your family members better people. I hope you enjoy my episode on entrepreneurial gifts and encourage you to focus on entrepreneurship’s endless benefits when you go through rough patches in your business. Now let’s get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: The 12 Entrepreneurial Gifts You Should Thank Yourself For How The Positives Of Running A Business Significantly Outweigh The Accompanying Stress Why Becoming An Entrepreneur Was T
26/12/201721 minutes 6 seconds
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032 | Creating Your Own Time Management Magic With Lee Cockerell

In this episode, I sit down with former Executive Vice President of Operations for the Walt Disney World® Resort, Lee Cockerell, as he walks us through his journey of being farm boy and college drop-out to becoming a leader of 40,000 cast members at Disney. Lee goes on to share his strong stance on time-blocking and routines, the tools he uses to stay organized, and why he is adept at technology but continues to use a paper planner. We also discuss the agreement Lee had in place that consistently kept him up to date on his people, processes, projects, and profits, the meaningful habit he learned during a time management seminar in 1980 that he still uses today, the number one problem business owners unknowingly have, and how his fear of failure sparks his curiosity and inspires him to learn every day. This was an awesome discussion with Lee I hope you enjoy. Now let’s get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: M
18/12/201741 minutes 15 seconds
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031 | How To Make The Holiday Season Or Any Sizable Work Project Less Stressful And Chaotic

In this episode, I lay out workable solutions to avoid unnecessary holiday stress so you can relax and enjoy the season with your loved ones. We discuss the likely root cause of your stress, creative ways to eliminate it, and strategies to refrain from putting unnecessary pressure on yourself which never fails to heighten stress and anxiety. I go on to talk about how my strategies to avoid holiday stress can also transfer to helping you minimize work project stress and chaos. I hope you enjoy my episode on holiday and work project stress and encourage you to take actions to reduce your stress. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: Two Tips You Can Implement To Make The Holiday Season Less Stressful How Changing Your Verbiage Can Greatly Decrease Holiday Chaos Why Some Of Your Holiday Traditions Could Fail But Don’t Have To So Much More! <s
11/12/201711 minutes 49 seconds
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030 | Productivity Hacks To Turn Entrepreneurs Into Sales Ninjas

In this episode, I sit down with business growth strategist Kelly Roach of Unstoppable Success Radio as she talks about why she quit her corporate job as a Sr. Vice President with a huge income to start her entrepreneurial journey. Kelly goes on to offer hacks to get on the fastest, most efficient path to making gigantic leaps in your business without compromising your quality, sanity, relationship, or bank account in the process. We also discuss why hiring untapped and untrained talent may be wise for your bottom line, the challenges of acquiring a support team who can become masters of their craft, and ways to easily attract the right clients without having to chase them down. This was an awesome discussion with Kelly I hope you enjoy. Now let’s get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: Tips To Catapult Your Sales With Just A Few Hours A Day How To Hire A Team That Will Be Capable Of Running
04/12/201739 minutes 56 seconds
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029 | Top Time-Saving Tools I Use To Run My Business

In this episode, I take you on a tour through my toolbox and share my top time-saving tools I can’t live without. I discuss the key functions of each program, their unique features, ways to customize them to meet your unique needs, and discuss why I absolutely love using these particular tools in my business. I also talk about the solution to wanting to read more, the problem with Frankensteining your processes and tools, and the must-have program that can turn any small business owner into a self-sufficient graphic designer. I hope you enjoy my episode on time-saving tools and encourage you to pursue finding tools that could level up your business. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: My Toolbox Favorites My Business Can’t Function Without Handy Tips For Utilizing These Powerful Tools Solutions To Your Social Media Scheduling And File-Sharing Woes How
27/11/201741 minutes 27 seconds
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028 | Productivity Amplified: Doing What It Takes To Put Butts In Seats The Smart Way with Jeff Civillico

In this episode, I sit down with successful entertainer and show producer Jeff Civillico as he walks us through his journey from doing shows for his parents in their kitchen to headlining on the Las Vegas Strip and offers insight into his creative thinking process and productive routines that enable his numerous skillsets, passions, and projects to functionally overlap. We also discuss how Jeff leveraged his network to found and manage the non-profit Win-Win Entertainment, the top three activities he does on a regular basis that move the needle, and how he creates balance between all of his task-oriented and relationship-oriented activities. This was an awesome discussion with Jeff I hope you enjoy. Now let’s get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: The Crazy Amount Of Work It Takes To Produce, Star In, And Market A Profitable Show Actionable Ways To Amplify Your Productivity How To Break Dow
20/11/201750 minutes 50 seconds
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027 | Pushing Past Your Breaking Point

In this episode, I dive into why it’s so important for entrepreneurs to take breaks even when you feel like you don’t have the time, how breaks actually increase your productivity, and ways you can fit breaks into your schedule. I also discuss the types of breaks that best serve your energy levels and divulge my top tips and creative techniques for taking productivity-increasing breaks. As a bonus, previous Productivity Straight Talk guest Mariah Secrest Comer chimes in to offer some actionable ideas for simple work breaks that can improve your health. I hope you’ll enjoy my episode on taking breaks and encourage you to start scheduling them into your routines. Now let’s get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: Why Daily Breaks Are An Absolute Necessity For Entrepreneurs Tips For Making Time For Breaks When You Just Don’t Have Time The Types Of Breaks That Relax You, Refuel You, Reen
13/11/201721 minutes 33 seconds
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026 | Why Fitness For Entrepreneurs Is Essential For Success Professionally + Personally with Mariah Secrest-Comer

In this episode, I sit down with Mariah Secrest-Comer, host of the Wellthy Boss Show and owner of the online wellness company. Mariah walks us through how she works to create healthy self-care and fitness practices for entrepreneurs just like you so you can have more energy for your ambitions. We also discuss how your level of activity directly affects your productivity, the best way to work new behaviors into your paradise zone of automated habits, the effect of surrounding yourself with healthy company, and how to overcome the limiting belief and myth that any time spent investing in yourself detracts from your work, business, or family. This was an awesome discussion with Mariah I hope you enjoy. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: Why Fitness Is So Important For Your Productivity, Business, And Life Mariah’s Top 3 Tips For Attaining Lasting Wellness <
06/11/201743 minutes 19 seconds
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025 | The Art Of Multitasking: Friend or Foe?

In this episode, I reveal the truth about multitasking, introduce the concept of switchtasking, and offer suggestions to complete your workload with the utmost efficiency. I also talk about the effects of multitasking, the best way to power through your tasks effectively, and how to combat natural triggers that lead you off a productive path. I hope you enjoy my episode on multitasking and encourage you to examine your methods of maintaining efficiency to see if changes are needed. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: Whether Multitasking Is Your Best Friend Or Possibly Your Greatest Foe The Two Different Types Of Multitasking What You Should Do If Multiple Tasks Demand Your Attention The Effects of Alternating Back And Forth Between Tasks So Much More! Important Resources & Links From This Episode:
30/10/201719 minutes 35 seconds
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024 | Transforming Your Mindset To Reach Your Full Business Potential with Holly Worton

In this episode, I sit down once again with author, podcast host, and business mindset alchemist Holly Worton. This time, however, we dive into the immense power your mindset can have over your results and discuss how to transform your mindset to start showing up in your business and the world the way you want to. We also talk about what working in flow should be like and a technique called Psych K that helps reprogram your self-conscious beliefs. Finally, Holly reveals how starting her coaching business was like pushing a boulder uphill, what was keeping her stuck, and how she pulled herself out of the mud. This was an awesome discussion with Holly I hope you’ll enjoy. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: The Signs Of Mindset Issues You Need To Watch Out For A Fast And Easy Way To Shift Your Self-Conscious Beliefs How Your Who Am I? Mindset Could Be H
23/10/201735 minutes 35 seconds
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023 | The Practice Of Guilt-Free Self-Care

In this episode, I venture a little outside the topic of productivity to talk about an essential activity entrepreneurs need to spend more time indulging in – self-care. I discuss what happens when you don’t take care of yourself consistently, the snowball effect that occurs when you do, and the smart investment that has a priceless ROI every time. I also lay out examples of self-care that could provide you the rejuvenation you need, how to recognize when you need to switch gears and indulge in radical self-care, and the type of self-care that is potentially harmful. I hope you enjoy my episode on self-care and encourage you to pursue a self-care routine. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: Why It’s Necessary To Indulge In Self-Care Even When It Doesn’t Seem Feasible The 2 Types Of Self-Care You Should Unselfishly Practice Ways You Can Ensure Your Self-Care Ne
16/10/201728 minutes 24 seconds
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022 | Time Management Techniques For Every Personality Type with Brianna Berner

In this episode, I sit down with Brianna Berner of Spiked Parenting as she unpacks the different 16 personality types, unfolds what we don’t know about how they influence our time management, and shares how she uses Myers Briggs as a tool in her business. Brianna also dissected my personality type and instructed how to use your personality strengths and weaknesses to obtain the results in time management you desire. This was an awesome discussion with Brianna I hope you’ll enjoy. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: A Breakdown Of The Four Different Personality Categories How Time Management Is Affected By Your Personality Type The Situations That Make Your Secondary Personality Type Take Over Where To Take The Test To Find Out Your Personality Type So Much More! Important Resources & Links From This Episode:
09/10/201736 minutes 58 seconds
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021 | Digital Task Lists: 9 Reasons You Need To Make the Switch

In this episode, I lay out the top features of digital task lists that make them the right choice for entrepreneurs, discuss how they can make you more effective and efficient, share useful tips for getting the most out of your digital task list, and divulge how using one can lead you to refocus your efforts on revenue generating activities. I also offer recommendations for productivity enhancing task management programs and encourage you to stay away from a popular one that is not worth your money. I hope you’ll enjoy my episode on digital task lists and encourage you to make the switch to digital, or start maximizing the capabilities of your digital task list. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: Why Digital Task Lists Are More Effective Than Paper Ones How You Can Easily Disallow Repetitive Tasks From Falling Off Your Radar (Again) Some Often Unknown Advanta
02/10/201722 minutes 20 seconds
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020 | Workcations: Disconnecting To Hypercharge Your Focus Powers with Holly Worton

In this episode, I sit down with author, podcast host, and business mindset alchemist Holly Worton as she walks us through how she went from being an Eco Hotel owner to a successful business coach. She discusses her initial struggle to figure out why her business wasn’t working at first, helping people achieve their goals and release energy blocks, and her favorite method to hyperfocus and get important work done: taking workcations. Holly further discusses what she does the day before workcations that enables her to clear her mind and prep to focus, the possible perks of using the same location each time, and the length of time workcations should last to not risk burnout. This was an awesome discussion with Holly I hope you’ll enjoy. Now let’s get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: What A Workcation Is And Why You Could Benefit From One How To Properly Prepare For A Workcation Ways To Atta
25/09/201731 minutes 13 seconds
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019 | 12 Time Maximizers To Capitalize On Your Most Precious Resource

In this episode, I introduce my top 12 time management strategies that can help you improve your productivity, increase your profits, and provide you with more time for the people and things you cherish most.  I discuss ways to best tackle incorporating these Time Maximizers into your work, how creating boundaries can help you improve your productivity, and what you absolutely must do every day to help you refresh and rest.  I hope you’ll enjoy my episode on Time Maximizers and encourage you to make the effort to incorporate them into your routines. Now let’s get to the straight talk!  What You’ll Discover In This Episode:  My 12 Time Maximizers To Increase Your Productivity  What You’re Doing That Could Be Sabotaging Your Productivity  How To Best Deal With Interruptions And Distractions  Quick Tips To Keep Your Productivity On Point  So Much More!  Important Resources & Lin
18/09/201729 minutes 26 seconds
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018 | 7 Simple Tips For A Stress-Free Return From Vacation Or A Conference

In this episode, I provide insight into how I juggled being gone from my office for two weeks. I lay out seven great strategies to keep traveling from significantly disrupting your schedule, workflow, and things at home, as well as causing you an abundance of undue stress. I also introduce seven podcasts I recently tuned in to that could offer you a wealth of incredible and relevant information, discuss the specific goals I set and attained at the Podcast Movement Conference, and divulge my investment that affords me a priceless return every time. I hope you enjoy my episode on ensuring a stress-free return from vacation or a conference and encourage you to implement a few of the tips I laid out. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: 7 Simple Tips To Minimize Stress Upon Returning From Traveling What You Should And Should Not Do The Day Before You Leave How To E
11/09/201725 minutes 8 seconds
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017 | How Entrepreneurs Can Create Productive Routines

In this episode, I talk about the correlation between daily routines and experiencing productive, efficient, and organized days. I lay out my top tips for creating productive routines that align with your goals, maintaining focus, and achieving consistency and success with your routines. I also address the biggest challenge to having routines take hold, the rewarding habit that can make or break your following day, and the solution to failing routines that breed inconsistent results. I hope you enjoy my episode on routines and encourage you to make the effort to consistently incorporate productive routines into your schedule. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: The Art Of Bookending Your Day With 4 Meaningful Routines 3 Useful Tips For Engineering Routines Fostered For Success How To Find The Right Balance Of Structure To Flexibility Each Day So Much
04/09/201724 minutes 33 seconds
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016 | Habit Stacking To Make Routines Stick with Steve Scott

In this episode, I sit down with content machine Steve Scott who has authored more than 70 books, including more than 20 on the topic of habits! Steve shares his concept of habit stacking, how he built a following writing about his interests, and how to overcome the initial resistance and procrastination all people have when they have a goal that seems too daunting to tackle on a regular basis. Steve walks us through the 13 steps for building successful habit stacking routines, talks about his favorite career habits that have helped him move mountains, and discusseshis worst habit and how he finally broke it. This was an awesome discussion with Steve I hope you’ll enjoy. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: Why More Than 75,000 People Embraced The Concept Of Habit Stacking How You Can Utilize Habit Stacking To Improve All Areas Of Your Life Ways Your Senses Can
28/08/201736 minutes 20 seconds
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015 | How A Rapid Fire Power Hour Can Get You Back On Track

In this episode, I introduce a strategy I use every week like clockwork to clear my task list so I can have more focused time to invest in my highest value activities. I dive deep into how you can keep low-value tasks from inundating you and running your week, discuss the immediate, positive effects of completing your weekly Rapid Fire Power Hour, and walk through the three questions to ask to determine which tasks should be completed during your Power Hour. I hope you enjoy my episode on Power Hours and encourage you to start scheduling your own on a weekly basis. Now let’s get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: The Best Way To Knock Off Tiny Tasks And Gain Momentum In Your Work How Repurposing Just One Hour A Week Can Diminish The Monday Blues A Sure Fire Strategy To Minimize Distractions So You Can Be Ready To Tackle Anything So Much More! Important Resourc
21/08/201717 minutes 1 second
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014 | The Secret To Giving Yourself More Hours Each Day with Danny Phee

In this episode, I sit down with Las Vegas REALTOR® Danny Phee as he walks us through how he leverages his time, shares his journey of hiring a virtual assistant, and discusses the lesson he learned from thinking he was the best person for every job. We also talked about his task delegation system that works, the top three tasks he’ll never outsource, and how you can create something that will benefit others for years to come. This was an awesome discussion with Danny I hope you’ll enjoy. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: How To Gain More Hours In Your Workday The Secret To Attracting Clients And Compelling Them To Do Business With You What You Can Do To “Get Over The River” Why The Genre You Categorize Your Business As Affects Your Ability To Grow It So Much More! Important Resources & Links From This Episode:</strong
14/08/201735 minutes 55 seconds
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012 | Planting The Seeds Of Tiny Habits® with Linda Fogg Phillips

In this episode, I sit down with my dear friend Linda Fogg Phillips as she walks us through her transition from consulting for Facebook to becoming the director of Tiny Habits Academy®, discusses her brother’s evidence-based, breakthrough method of creating habits without relying on willpower, and talks about exactly what you should attach to new habits to make them stick. We also discussed the steps to creating Tiny Habits®, the maximum length a habit should be, and the affirmation Linda starts every morning with to set herself up to be a victor instead of a victim. This was an awesome discussion with Linda I hope you’ll enjoy. Now let’s get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: The Tiny Habits® Method Of Habit Origination What Habits Have To Do With Molecular Biology How Creating The Right Habits Can Change Both Your Business And Personal Life Why Implement
31/07/201725 minutes 48 seconds
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011 | How To Get Sh!t Done: Time Blocking Strategies That Work

In this episode, I introduce the seven steps to creating a time blocking success schedule along with my top eight tips to aid in its creation, discuss the foundational strategies to maximize productivity, and talk about why it’s important to go slow to go fast when it comes to productivity. I also revealed the secret to not double-book yourself, what you need to hold sacred in order to be successful with time blocking, and which activities you absolutely need to plan for because they tend to creep in and take over your entire day.  I hope you’ll enjoy my episode on time blocking and make the effort to execute on the steps it will take to have your own success schedule. Now let’s get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: What Time Blocking Is And Why It Works So Well To Improve Productivity Strategies For Planning And Scheduling Your Time Blocks How To Overcome Common Time Blocking Challenges</
24/07/201743 minutes 40 seconds
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010 | Defeating Your Inability To Focus with Erik Fisher

In this episode, I sit down with Erik Fisher, host of the Beyond The To Do List podcast, as he walks us through the importance of focus, the habits he’s implemented to keep his focus and energy up, and the solution that kept him from occasionally crashing. We also talk about the productivity philosophy that keeps Erik feeling competent and confident, the lesson he learned from the most stressful period in his life, and the tool he uses to kill his fight or flight mechanism so he can maintain focus. I hope you’ll enjoy our interview on focus and hope you’ll decide to heed Erik’s great advice. To find out about and his hidden agenda to begin podcasting and more, let’s get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: Techniques To Maintain Focus On The Task At Hand What You’re Unknowingly Doing That Causes Your Inability To Focus How Your Circadian Rhythms Affect Your Work Old And New
17/07/201727 minutes 58 seconds
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009 | Affirmations: Programming A Mindset Capable Of Success

In this episode, I share with you the power of affirmations and how they’re essential to reprograming your mind for success. I also share my own personal affirmations and elaborate more on why I have chosen those specific affirmations to reprogram my own negative self-talk. You will get to meet my son Erik as he shares with us his personal affirmations and how they have helped him in school and Jiu Jitsu. I hope you’ll enjoy my episode on affirmations and I encourage you to take action and create your own customized affirmations. What You’ll Discover In This Episode: The Power Affirmations Have Over Your Success The Link Between Your Thoughts And Your Results How To Create Transformative Affirmations Why It’s Necessary To Reprogram Your Negative Self-Talk So Much More! Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk!
10/07/201730 minutes 28 seconds
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008 | The Truth About Time Management with Mr. Work Smarter

In this episode, I sit down with Denis Asamoah who is better known as Mr. Work Smarter. He is an international speaker on the topic of time management, a consultant, and a productivity coach who left the world of banking to embark on his entrepreneurial journey. Most recently, Mr. Work Smarter wrote his first book in only three weeks! We discuss how he used a learning difficulty as a catalyst to work smarter instead of letting it hold him back, why winning a contest and Instagram gave him the confidence to build his career, and how being a fan of learning insightful and valuable information sabotages his productivity. We also talk about the well-known time management strategies of getting up early, working from to-do lists, and strategic planning and how those strategies can actually prevent you from being productive. I know you’ll enjoy our interview on productivity myths and hope you’ll strive to only implement productivity tips, tools, and strategies that are true t
03/07/201730 minutes
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007 | Tackling Your Goals With Tactical Precision

In this episode, I introduce the relationship between strategic goals and tactical plans, discuss why you may be failing to reach your yearly goals, and instruct on how to create a bullet-proof plan for accomplishing your big goals so there is no way you can fail. I also talked about identifying what you should be focusing on each quarter, one of the most useful keys I’ve found to using a tactical plan, how I dealt with my latest bad day and turned it around for the better, and what tends to happen when you really put yourself out there. I hope you enjoy my episode on tactical plans and encourage you to take the initiative and create your own tactical plan. Now let’s get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: Why Tactical Precision Is Needed To Achieve Your BIG Goals How To Break Strategic Goals Down Into Action Items The Process of Simplifying Your Goals With A Plan Of Attack So Much
26/06/201720 minutes 16 seconds
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006 | Unselfishly Letting Go To Make Your Business Grow with Mike Rayburn

In this episode, keynote artist Mike Rayburn takes us on a walk through a day in his life and his entrepreneurial journey. We discuss how his performance and innovation-driven business turns a profit, how he utilizes a casita to increase his productivity, and the three things time management comes down to for Mike. We also talk about how majoring in minor things affects your business, Mike’s greatest personal challenge that he battles daily, and the tasks that give him the greatest payoff. I hope you’ll enjoy our interview on letting go and hope you’ll make the effort to let go a little more in your business. To find out the most important thing Mike ever learned and more, sit back, relax, and let’s get to the straight talk! You can’t make $100,000 a year doing $10 an hour tasks. ~ Mike Rayburn What You’ll Discover In This Episode: How Letting Go Can Help You Quintuple Your Income What Happens As Your Business
19/06/201730 minutes 29 seconds
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005 | Creating BIG Goals Worth Pursuing

In this episode, I expand upon the well-known SMART criteria for goal setting by introducing my SMART x2 method. It addresses some variances of the easy-to-remember acronym and incorporates my top 10 characteristics of great goals worth pursuing into the SMART acronym. I also discuss how to not overthink or overcomplicate your goals and instead, how you can easily simplify the process of goal setting. I hope you’ll enjoy my episode on creating goals and encourage you take the initiative to create your own BIG goals worth pursuing. Now let’s get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: The SMART2 Criteria For Creating Goals Why The Process Of Creating Goals Is So Powerful How Good Goals Don’t Have To Be Perfect Goals So Much More! Important Resources & Links From This Episode: ThePr
12/06/201717 minutes 38 seconds
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004 | A Clear Snappshot of Accountability with Nick Snapp

If your business is not where you want it to be, a solid process of accountability just might be the missing ingredient in your recipe for success. In this episode, I sit down with Productivity Strategist and podcast host of The “Make It Snappy” Productivity Show, Nick Snapp as he walks us through his entrepreneurial coaching journey, how he implements accountability in his business practices, and why he believes in productivity, but only if it’s rooted in purpose. We also talked about selling to the wrong people, validating your ideas, version 1.0s, leveraging your big why, and the value of an accountability partner. This was an awesome discussion with Nick I hope you’ll enjoy. Now let’s get to the straight talk! I believe in productivity, but ONLY if it's rooted in purpose. ~ Nick Snapp What You’ll Discover In This Episode: What A Solid Process Of Accountability Can Do For Your Business Why You Just
22/05/201734 minutes 14 seconds
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003 | Your BIG Why Not Just Another Stupid Exercise

In this episode, I introduce the idea of your BIG Why, discuss how having clarity is vital to your success, and talk about my own BIG Why which drives every business decision I make. I also weigh in on whether or not your BIG Why can be superficial, discuss the effects aggressively pursuing your BIG Why can have on your life, and go over the questions you should ask yourself to determine you BIG Why. I hope you’ll enjoy my episode on your BIG Why and hope you make the effort to figure out your own purpose behind your determination to succeed in business. Now let’s get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: Why It Is Important To Find Clarity On Your BIG Why How Your Big Why Anchors You To Your Goals Why Entrepreneurs Need To Be Visionaries, Not Just Executers If Your Big Why Can Change What Questions To Ask To Identify Your BIG Why So much more! <
22/05/201718 minutes 20 seconds
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002 | The Silent Profit Thief With Darren LaCroix, WCPS, AS, CSP

Are you being robbed of your time, money, and opportunities without even knowing it? Improving your productivity will bring you more peace, more enthusiasm, more momentum, and more money. In this episode, I sit down with World Champion of Public Speaking winner, speaking coach, and the brains behind the very successful Stage Time University, Darren LaCroix as he walks us through his entrepreneurial journey, the tactics he has used to keep himself on the fastest path to achieving his goals, and why it’s important to embrace organization. We also talked about an easy way to gain credibility in your industry, spending time on your highest value activities, and Darren’s daily routine that sets him up for success. This was an awesome discussion with Darren that I hope you’ll enjoy. Now so let’s get to the straight talk! "The most important tool is the one you use." ~ Darren LaCroix What You’ll Discover In This Episode:
22/05/201733 minutes 10 seconds
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001 | The Truth About Productivity: Common Myths Debunked

In this episode I introduce eight common misconceptions about productivity, discuss how believing in and abiding by those myths actually hinders your productivity, and talk about how real productivity can seriously grow your business. I also discuss how tweaking productivity strategies to work for you can help you maximize your success and answer the question What’s your favorite productivity app? I hope you’ll enjoy my episode on productivity myths and hope you start taking the necessary actions to make effective changes in your business today. Now let’s get to the straight talk! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: The true meaning of productivity Why some of your behaviors are preventing you from being productive How following strict rules for productivity is often counterproductive How working against your natural tendencies keeps you from maximizing your productivity So much more!</
22/05/201716 minutes 32 seconds
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000 | Introducing Productivity Straight Talk with Amber De La Garza

Welcome to Productivity Straight Talk! This is my first episode of many to come and I’m thrilled you are taking this journey with me. Saying podcasting is a passion project for me would be a huge understatement. I am beyond excited to get the word out about how productivity can help entrepreneurs take consistent, massive, focused action in their businesses. I hope you'll enjoy my introductory episode and make the effort to tune in weekly as I post more great episodes featuring strategies and tips to help you succeed as an entrepreneur. Now let’s get to the straight talk! Tune In! Productivity Straight Talk podcast’s 1st episode #000. Meet the host Amber De La Garza! What You’ll Discover In This Episode: More About Me, Your Host What You Can Expect From Productivity Straight Talk My Biggest Fear For Entrepreneurs Why I Started My Business Why My Podcast Will Help You Take Consiste
22/05/20177 minutes 2 seconds