Small Business Productivity Straight Talk | Strategy, Efficiency, Time Management, & Mindset

Small Business Productivity Straight Talk | Strategy, Efficiency, Time Management, & Mindset

If you’re a small business owner who wants to learn effective business strategies, improve time management, and elevate productivity to maximize profits, reduce stress, and make time for what matters most, this podcast is for you! Amber is a sought-after coach, trainer, speaker, writer and the creator of Leverage Lab®. Amber gives business owners the straight talk on what it takes to reduce stress, be productive, and grow your business. Tune in and subscribe to get the straight talk on what it takes to be productive and grow your business. In addition to dishing out her own favorite business strategies, time management techniques, and productivity tips, Amber interviews experts and business owners just like you about their top business strategies, their toughest challenges, and how they overcame them to take their business to new levels. No B.S., fluff, or over-used jargon. Amber is passionate, direct and sometimes a little sarcastic but always gives you actionable strategies to get results and succeed in business!

Episodes

January 30, 2023 35 min

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!

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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 Su...

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January 16, 2023 28 min

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 More!

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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...

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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-Steppin...

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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 ...

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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!

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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 Additiona...

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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 A...

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November 14, 2022 20 min

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 ...

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November 7, 2022 26 min

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!

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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

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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.      

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October 15, 2022 16 min

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 ...

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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 Exper...

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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 ...

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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...

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September 18, 2022 36 min

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!

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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 ...

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September 5, 2022 36 min

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!

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