Productivity Straight Talk - Time Management, Productivity and Business Growth Tips

Productivity Straight Talk - Time Management, Productivity and Business Growth Tips

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!... Show More

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October 19, 2020 37 min

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 Imp...

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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 De...

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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...

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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 ...

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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 fee...

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September 14, 2020 20 min

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 di...

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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...

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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

✔ Ti...

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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 Y...

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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 ...

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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...

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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 ti...

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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 Lea...

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I dive into one of my favorite time-saving apps - LastPass for small business owners. I started using it when I took a stand that I never wanted to waste time looking for passwords in an Excel spreadsheet again and I’ve never looked back. I discuss why LastPass has worked for me and how it could help save you 11 hours a year while preventing security breaches.

What You’ll Discover In This Episode:

✔ The Amount Of Time You Spend Loo...

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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!

A...

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July 6, 2020 20 min

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 Goa...

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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 Onboardin...

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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 S...

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June 15, 2020 21 min

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...

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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

✔ Techniqu...

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