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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 challe ...
 
More and more women are making an impact by starting businesses, running for office, and speaking up for what matters. Whether you want to craft a business presentation, a keynote, a workshop, or a TEDx talk, you’ll learn how to create compelling content, pitch conferences and organizations, and persuasively communicate your message to your audience. Listen in as Carol Cox, entrepreneur, and speaker, and TV Democratic political analyst, interviews and coaches purpose-driven women to shape th ...
 
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Have you attended presentations, whether in person or online, where you get frustrated or bored? Perhaps even the thought has crossed your mind to walk out of the session or to close the Zoom window? I know I’ve had those experiences as someone in the audience - and that’s definitely *not* something you want your audiences to experience when you’re…
 
Get behind the scenes on what we do at Speaking Your Brand to get, pitch for, and prep for speaking engagements. When I'm at a live event, whether it's a conference with speakers or a play with actors, I'm just as curious to know what goes on *back* stage as what's going on *on* stage. As such, we’ve started a NEW LinkedIn Live show called "Back St…
 
Team member interruptions can seriously hijack your day. Use these effective strategies to minimize them so you can get work done! stand-alone strategies that y can implement Challenge you to choose one and execute on it, put it into practice, tweak and adjusted it so it works then add another and another beneficial to you no matter where your team…
 
Sydney Cummings is a YouTube sensation with over 1.1 million subscribers, which she built organically over the past 3 years by uploading a new workout every day (talk about consistency!) Recently, Sydney gave a TEDx talk called “Resilience: How to Emerge from your Tragedies Stronger”, which was her first (!) experience with public speaking. Sydney …
 
“The more you speak, the more you understand yourself and your audience.” I love this quote from my guest Dr. Zoe Shaw. Zoe is a psychotherapist, coach, podcaster, and speaker, whom I have known for the past few years as I’ve seen her speaking career grow. You’ll get a lot out of our conversation! Zoe and I talk about: How her speaking career got s…
 
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…
 
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…
 
When you have a big goal or project you want to achieve, what do you do to keep yourself on track? For me, having external deadlines and public accountability is what gives me the motivation to complete the goal. This is what happened with our first Brave. Bold. Beyond. Live Virtual Summit. I set the date of October 15, 2020, announced it to our em…
 
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 Decisiv…
 
Hosting your own event can be incredibly valuable for you and your business. It can position you as an expert and authority in the topic of your event; it can expand your visibility to new audiences; and it can build your email list and bring in revenue. There are different types of events you can host: live vs. pre-recorded; one day vs. multiple d…
 
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…
 
I’ve always thought of “Speaking Your Brand” as not only how you communicate externally to audiences, whether it’s at conferences and events, on webinars, or on podcasts. It’s also how you communicate internally with your team members, your clients, and your vendors. How can you best share your vision and values with your team? I invited my friend …
 
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 no…
 
We talk quite a bit on this podcast about the value of creating frameworks. A framework is the repeatable process you use with your clients to help them achieve a particular outcome. We have our own Signature Talk Canvas® framework that we created and use when we work with our clients on their presentations. Your framework is your intellectual prop…
 
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 …
 
In this episode, we’re sharing the opening remarks from our recent Brave. Bold. Beyond. Live Virtual Summit. Listen in for not only the content but also the structure of our speeches. What elements do you notice? Our emcee Amber Hawley kicked off the event and then our lead speaking coach Diane Diaz opened with her speech on how as women we’ve stud…
 
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…
 
As we get closer to resuming in-person conferences and events later this year (yay!) plus with many groups still doing virtual events, this is a great time to research, identify, and reach out to organizers to get on their roster. What are ways you can do this? How do you know which types of speaking engagements are best for you? This episode is ma…
 
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 M…
 
My guest Natalie Legrand recently graduated from our Thought Leader Academy and is one of our panelists at our Brave. Bold. Beyond. Live Virtual Summit. I invited Natalie on to talk about: Her thought leadership project What it looks like to implement DEI as a small business owner Why you want to be a force for change and not just a force for good …
 
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 Impa…
 
What steps can you take to start building your thought leadership platform? What are strategies you can use to build an audience and grow your business, speaking, and visibility? This episode is a panel discussion from our Brave. Bold. Beyond. Live Virtual Summit that we held last October 2020. (Our next event is coming up very soon on April 1, 202…
 
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…
 
Last March 2020, as part of Women’s History Month, I released this episode and our challenge called #ChoosingWomensVoices. This content and challenge is just as relevant today, so this is an excellent opportunity to listen again or to listen for the first time. I’m taking this opportunity myself to audit the podcasts I listen to, the books I read, …
 
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 overdoin…
 
Have you ever felt like you have a deeper story and message to share with your audience? Perhaps you’re uncertain what it is because it’s hidden under surface content. Or perhaps you know what the deeper story is but you have some fears and doubts about being vulnerable and sharing it. We all have a deeper story and message - and our audiences can …
 
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 Supp…
 
Get ready for a value-packed and heartfelt episode with key takeaways you can use as you think about your thought leadership message and signature talk and putting yourself out there. This is a round table discussion with our speaking coaches who work with our clients in our Thought Leader Academy and with the speakers for our upcoming Brave. Bold.…
 
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…
 
How can you start developing your thought leadership message? In this episode, I walk you through: my V.O.I.C.E. model for thought leadership common fears that keep us as women from speaking up the rewards you get from speaking up 6 steps to position yourself as a thought leader Download our free Thought Leadership workbook that has the V.O.I.C.E. …
 
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…
 
Have you been asked to be an emcee for an event or thought about being one? An emcee (or MC, Master of Ceremonies) is the person who is the bridge and what I call the cohesive glue of the event. Being an emcee is harder than it looks! You’re a host, an entertainer, and a representative of the event’s brand. As the emcee, your goal is to make the pa…
 
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…
 
We all love TED talks, right? The best ones tell us something we haven’t thought of before and inspire us to take action. TED talks became so popular because they showcased Big Ideas that oftentimes came from or were influenced by the speaker’s own personal story or experience (plus they’re under 20 minutes!). In this episode, I’m joined by Tanya G…
 
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 Thoug…
 
What does it mean to have a Big Idea? Your Big Idea doesn’t need to be something that’s never been talked about before or something that new research you’ve done has uncovered for the first time (if yours does, that’s great!). I like to think of Big Ideas as ones that aren’t getting talked about in *your* circles, in your community or in your indus…
 
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…
 
Many of us guest on podcasts and it’s an excellent way to increase your visibility and expand to new audiences. Have you considered pitching yourself for traditional media, like TV, radio, and publications? You should! Joining me in this episode is Marie Fiebach, who is one of our speaking coaches for our Thought Leader Academy and for our Brave. B…
 
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 R…
 
If you’re an introvert, the thought of visibility, and maybe even the thought of public speaking, is one that you may be a little bit more hesitant to pursue. However, did you know that there are so many speakers from professional speakers all the way down to entrepreneurs, who do public speaking and consider themselves introverts? You do not need …
 
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…
 
It’s no question that 2020 definitely threw us for a loop. With many of our speaking engagements and events forced to convert to online presentations and webinars, I know that a lot of us are excited to get back to in-person speaking (hopefully sometime in the later half of 2021). My guest today is Mary Beth Simon, who is the founder of Niche Partn…
 
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 Ener…
 
Happy New Year! This is the 3rd year in a row I’ve done a trends episode for the start of the year. You’d think after what happened in 2020, I’d shy away from projecting trends, but the trends I talked about a year ago surprisingly held up pretty well. (I recap them in this episode.) What I mean by trends are not fads or cliches or gimmicks. Trends…
 
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 Yo…
 
I talk quite a bit on this podcast about signature talks - why you should have one and what goes into one. Your signature talk is your foundation for your brand message and story. It showcases who you are, what you do, who you do it for, and why it matters. We’ve worked with our clients for the past 5 years to help them create their signature talk,…
 
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 Cele…
 
How can we create a decision-making filter to determine which opportunities to say ‘yes’ to and which to say ‘no’ to? If you are newer in your business and/or with speaking, it can be very beneficial to say ‘yes’ to a lot of opportunities because it provides you with experience and with data for future decision making. Then, as we get further along…
 
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 u…
 
This episode is 2 conversations in one. I invited my guest and client Lesley Batson, founder of Rebel Rock Wealth, on to the podcast to help us with our financial review and planning as we end one year and start the next. Lesley shares with us the areas we need to review as individuals and as business owners. This ends up being the 2nd half of our …
 
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