How to NOT be Productive

podcast Jun 21, 2019

Suppose you don't want to be productive...for whatever reason. Well, you're in luck. In this satirical video, I give 5 strategies that assist in taking your productivity not to the next level...but to a lower level.

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9 Factors That Increase Productivity

productivity Jun 20, 2019

Everyone wants to be more productive. At least, that’s what many people I’ve come across say. 

Do they really?

And assuming the answer to that last question is yes, then do they know how?

In this article, I share nine factors that will increase your productivity almost immediately. All you have to do is implement them. 

Let’s get to it.

Factor #1

The quality and quantity of sleep. Experts recommend 7-9 hours of sleep every night. I highly recommend Arianna Huffington’s book, The Sleep Revolution. It will rock your world. People who get enough quality sleep are more productive than those who do not.

Factor #2

Be sure you are doing WHAT you love to do WHERE you love to do it. If you love what you do but you hate the long commute, your boss, your co-workers, the paint on the walls, whatever…you’ll never be the most productive version of yourself.

Note: the WHERE may involve going out on your own.

Factor #3


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The Power of Mastermind Groups - Ronan Leonard

podcast Jun 19, 2019

Most experts make the mistake of picking just one mode to deliver their expertise through. The secret to becoming a niche leader and having more revenue, is to diversify how you deliver what you do.

Ronan teaches niche business owners and subject matter experts how to leverage their intellectual property into additional revenue models and increase their industry profile all through the innovative concept of virtual Masterminds.

Ronan loves seeing the benefits that Mastermind groups have on both the instructors and participants and has helped 100’s of business owners increase authority, revenue and expertise.

On this episode with Ronan Leonard:

  • What a Mastermind is
  • Different types of Masterminds
  • How to find or create your own Mastermind
  • Mistakes people make when starting their own Mastermind

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5 Ways to Break Through Mindset Distractions

productivity Jun 18, 2019

Distractions are everywhere.

Social media.


Text/instant messaging.


Entertainment (television, video games, etc.)

Life (traffic, construction, dogs barking...the list goes on).

Distractions also come in many different flavors.

But a distraction you might not have thought about is the topic of this article: you or your mindset.

Yes, you could be getting in your own way of getting things done. Of being productive.

Here are FIVE ways your mindset is hampering your productivity and what to do about each.

Distraction #1: NEGATIVITY

Negativity is everywhere these days.

Complaining. Anger. Hatred.

The fact is: negativity affects your productivity more than you realize.

What to do

Intentionally begin to be more positive. Think positive thoughts, speak positive or edifying words to others and yourself.

Smile! It's difficult to be negative and smile.

Avoid being around negative people as much as you can.

Don't read negative stuff online or get involved in stuff that makes you...

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Growing an Audience and Understanding the Market - Tara Hunt

podcast Jun 17, 2019

Tara Hunt, CEO of Truly, has over 20 years experience in market research and strategy on both the client and agency side. She wrote one of the first books on how the social web is changing business, was named one of 2013's Entrepreneurial Women to Watch by Entrepreneur Magazine and one of the Most Influential Women in Technology in Fast Company. She has built an engaged and enthusiastic business audience online of over 345,000 followers, including a significant number of thought leaders. Tara combines a data-centric with a human-centric approach to building an audience, leaning heavily on insights into consumer patterns and behaviors while keeping an eye on online trends and changing expectations.

On this episode with Tara Hunt:

  • Clients versus agencies
  • Growing your audience
  • Understanding your audience is about the data
  • Apple Music, Spotify and Pandora


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5 Ways to Set Yourself Up for Daily Success

productivity Jun 16, 2019

If you want to be a more productive version of yourself, it's important that you intentionally set yourself up to be so.

Here are FIVE BIG ideas for doing that.


How much sleep are you getting every night?

Experts recommend 7-9 hours. Yes, in a row!

If you want your mind to be completely blown, I highly recommend Arianna Huffington's book, The Sleep Revolution.

I know you might think you can get by on less than the recommended 7 to 9 hours sleep but the experts are saying that's not true. Your body works very hard when you're sleeping.

Setting yourself up for success starts before you even go to bed. What do I mean by that?

What does your bedtime routine look like?

Everybody talks about a morning routine but what's your bedtime routine? Do you even have one? How do you transition from your day to going to sleep?

Arianna Huffington recommends cutting off screen time at least 60 minutes before you go to bed (read a print book or a magazine), making your room cool and...

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7 Ways to Control Email

productivity Jun 15, 2019


Love it or hate it.

But there's no doubt that it is a fact of life.

It's estimated that 80% of the US population will use email by 2022.

Despite the growth of text messaging, Facebook messenger, WhatsApp and many other options - including in app messaging like LinkedIn and Instagram (to name two), email is still very popular and used every day but millions of people around the world.

However, email can be a blessing and a curse.

It can help you achieve your goals or be a time suck for you.

I want to help you control email instead of letting it control you.

Here are seven ways to do that:

  1. Disable notifications. If you need to be alerted for email messages from certain people, see if your email client has a VIP feature and if you can enable notifications for these recipients only.
  2. Intentionally schedule time on your calendar for checking email and only check it during this time. Unless your job is to be in email all day, every day (which I doubt), compartmentalize when you...
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5 Ways to Set Yourself Up for Daily Success

podcast Jun 14, 2019

Having a productivity successful day doesn't happen by accident. It's done on purpose. With full intention. In this video, I discuss the five things you need to consider:

  • Sleep - are you getting enough?
  • Morning routine - what does yours look like?
  • What are you consuming (food, drink and information)?
  • How's your attitude?
  • Do you have a plan?


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How to Deal with “Got 5 Minutes?”

productivity Jun 13, 2019

Has this ever happened to you?

You’re sitting at your desk, working away. Perhaps you are “in the zone”. You are getting so much accomplished you are rockin’ it!

Suddenly there is a knock on your door (or door frame or window).

You look up, make eye contact with them and say “hey!” (Oops! You just encouraged the start of a dialogue! Drats!)

“Hey, uh, got 5 minutes?”, they ask.

You sigh the moment the words leave their mouth knowing that you have left the zone and have no idea when you will be able to return.

What do you do?

Throw something at them? Probably not a good idea.

Ignore them? Too late. You already acknowledge them.


Let’s be honest, when someone asks you if you 5 minutes, it’s rarely ever 5 minutes. I would say never but I don’t want to paint myself into a corner.

Here’s what to do

If you truly don’t have 5 minutes, tell them so. Don’t skirt the issue. Answer the question...

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Disney Customer Service in Your Business - Vance Morris

podcast Jun 12, 2019

Vance Morris is a Walt Disney World Resort Management Alumni, having spent 10 years as an leader in the Resorts. Not only does he own a bricks-n-mortar business, he runs the only Disney Service & Direct Response Marketing business on the planet. Here he coaches companies to create Disney Style Service Systems and then monetize them through direct response marketing.


On this episode with Vance Morris:

  • Why you need to create a grand opening feeling every day
  • The power of the telephone for improved customer service
  • Simple things you can do that your competition is not


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