How to manage a crisis in your business.
There is one distraction that takes on a life of its own sometimes and it is a crisis in a business. Having a public relations crisis can not only distract you, it can stop you dead in your tracks if not handled properly.
You may say, this will never happen to me. But guess what, you would be wrong. It can happen to anyone in business. And in this world of social media, it is very different than when the only way to get news out was TV, radio and newspapers. News travels faster than at any time in our history.
We talk with Judy Rakowsky of Liberty Square Group in Boston about how to prepare, handle and mitigate the effects of a business crisis. Judy is the Senior Vice President of the firm and works with many organizations in managing and planning for a crisis.
Our discussion includes:
Find out more about Judy and Liberty Square Group at: https://libertysquaregroup.com/
Advancing Wellness is a workplace wellness consultancy based just outside of Boston. Mari and her team help build cultures of wellbeing in organizations.
We talk about what makes a company a great place to work and how an organization can build that culture of wellbeing so everyone can thrive. Even those of us who are prone to distractions.
Some of our conversation points include.
Learn more about Mari Ryan and Advancing Wellness Here: http://www.advwellness.com/
This week we have a great chat with Sarah Reiff-Hekking, Ph.D, and Founder of True Focus Coaching, Inc. based just outside of Boston. Sarah works with professionals at all levels to help them overcome procrastination and overwhelm and prioritize all the important tasks in their life.
If you are professional in the business world then you have no doubt experienced, overwhelm, distractions and have even procrastinated on various tasks. Sarah walks us through how to overcome various distractions in our business life and gives us actionable tips on how to be more productive.
Sarah runs coaching programs as well as time management boot camps. Learn more about Sarah Reiff-Hekking here; https://www.truefocuscoaching.com/
Find Sarah’s eBook, 5 Steps to Bust Through Procrastination & Overwhelm at www.Truefocustips.com
In this episode we talk about kindness and we touch upon the related item of respect. We discuss why kindness matters in life, your business world and more importantly, kindness to yourself.
This week’s guest is Tara Cousineau, PhD and author of the book The Kindness Cure; How the Science of Compassion Can Heal Your Heart and Your World. Tara is a clinical psychologist a meditation teacher and is connected with Harvard University.
In her book she talks about the many subjects related to kindness including, stress, compassion, emotions and gratitude.
On the podcast we discuss
You can find out more about Tara and her work at: https://www.taracousineau.com/
Her book The Kindness Cure can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/Kindness-Cure-Science-Compassion-Heart/dp/1626259690/
The Ted talk she refers to in our discussion with Rick Hanson can be found here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpuDyGgIeh0
The practice of marketing and public relations in a business has fundamentally changed in the past decade. When social media came into our landscape and began to take shape, it changed the way we did business on a number of levels. Those in business were left scrambling to make the best use of these new platforms. And that continues today as the rules keep changing.
In this podcast, we chat with Louis Gudema, author of the book, Bullseye Marketing. Louis helps us understanding the marketing trends in 2019 and beyond. We talk about how public relations and marketing has changed, what has stayed the same and how those in business can continue to create valuable and effective marketing and PR plans without letting is distract us into frustration.
Some points we discuss are:
And we have Louis Gudema’s top tips for getting an organization of any size on the right track in their marketing and PR?
You can find out more about Louis Gudema at: http://revenueassociates.biz/
And find the book Bullseye Marketing here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/173220361X
When the message in your business is complicated, it causes many distractions as well as many other barriers to running a successful and growing company. From the front line, speaking with your potential customers all the way to the top to understand why your company does what it does, a lack of clarity and simplicity can make it difficult to convey what you do and why you do it.
This episode we chat with Stephen Melanson of Melanson Consulting based just outside of Boston. Stephen’s firm specializes in verbal branding and simplicity. He helps companies of all sizes get clear on a simple but effective message to help drive sales and revenue and provide a framework for that business. And in the end, help to differentiate your business from others in the market.
Here are some of our discussion points and takeaways;
You can find out more about Melanson Consulting here:
This week we chat with the high-energy Master Paul Melella. Paul is a 6th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and runs a very successful martial arts business in New York. Paul is also a partner in the firm Empowered Mastery where he coaches high-performing individuals to take their career and business to new levels.
Paul talks about what is needed to gain and maintain some mental toughness in the business world. There are so many ups and downs as well as emotions when it comes to being in business or being in a career that has high demands. Paul walks us through what it takes to navigate the rough waters of business.
Some of the things we discuss are:
You can find out more about Paul and Empowered Mastery at: www.EmpoweredMastery.com
What happens when the distracted child or youth becomes an adult? All kinds of things. And it’s the topic of many discussions of those who have children working their way through school and beyond. Between emotions, changing interests, demands from school and others, those who may be prone to distractions, including people with ADHD can struggle at first before they find their way.
With the proper strategies in place, routines and some self-awareness, a young adult with ADHD can thrive, become a responsible happy adult and make great things happen in their life.
Our guest this week is Brendan Mahan of ADHD Essentials. Brendan is an ADHD coach in Massachusetts and works with children, young adults, adults with ADHD and entire families.
Some of the topic we cover include:
You can find Brendan at www.ADHDEssentials.com
This week on Overcoming Distractions the Podcast, we tackle one of the most misunderstood topics in the world of getting things accomplished. Procrastination. What you will learn quickly from our guest is that procrastination is not a time management issue. It is an emotional regulation issue. Does procrastination cause us to lose time? Yes, but at its core, it is not a time management issue.
Our guest is Dr. Timothy Pychyl Associate Professor of Psychology at Carleton University and the author of Solving the Procrastination Puzzle. Dr. Pychyl has been studying and researching procrastination for over 20 years and is the leading authority on procrastination.
If you have ever procrastinated this will be a fascinating podcast on procrastination that will have you engaged from beginning to end.
Here’s is what we cover:
The real definition of procrastination.
What procrastination is not.
Do “experts” out there that have procrastination wrong?
How do we break the cycle of procrastination?
Tips for those who are habitual procrastinators.
ADHD and procrastination.
Assuring people, they are not alone…
Find out more about Dr. Pychyl’s work at: http://www.procrastination.ca/
Everyone wants to set goals at the beginning of the year. And most of us do set some type of goals. But many of us also come away dissatisfied with our results or we just find ourselves not sticking to the plan. Maybe we try to set huge goals that end up being unrealistic or our goals are so big and broad that we don’t know how to take the next step.
This episode of Overcoming Distractions the Podcast we bring back Chris Berlow of Empowered Mastery. Chris will walk us through a number of items to help us set and archive our goals that we have set out to execute. And if you are prone to distractions, like many of us, he will offer smart suggestions for setting goals and staying on track. From our daily goals we set out to get done to long term goals.
This is not just another boring podcast on goal setting. This is real world and actionable advice.
Other topics we cover include:
Why do people hate goal setting?
Is a new year the best time to set goals?
Small goals or big goals?
How to stay on track when easily distracted?
What is an easy system for goal setting?
There are lessons we learn in school and there are those lessons, skills and habits we acquire out of school. For those who learn in a different manner, those that can be distracted and others that just love to use their time to leverage the right side of their brain, this is the episode for you.
Not every valuable lesson for the business world is taught in the classroom. In fact, it much the opposite. Real skills are acquired and built away from the classroom, where we can focus our attention on what makes us happy, what drives us and what ultimately gives us work that is satisfying.
In this episode we interview Nicolas Cole. Cole as he goes by with his friends is a regular writer for Inc Magazine, a top writer on the platform Quora, and runs Digital Press, https://www.digitalpress.com/ , a content marketing agency that helps founders, CEO’s and other top executives with personal branding.
Cole wrote the article 9 Valuable Lessons I learned in the Real World featured on Inc Magazine and that’s why he’s on this episode of Overcoming Distractions the Podcast.
This article and of course this podcast episode is a huge wakeup call to those who want reassurance that what they have learned by being and working in the real word is just as, if not more important than what they learned in school.
Being in debt is one of the biggest distractions anyone can have. Not having the money to pay our bills can be both stressful and take our mind off important matters in our life and business. Avoiding our financial obligations can be an enormous distraction and one that won’t go away any time soon.
When we think of distractions, we think of not getting our work done, but money is a major distraction if not handled properly in our lives. It can take over almost all your thoughts and energy because for many of us, our lives revolve around having enough money.
On this episode, we interview Jeff DiMatteo, one of the owners of collection agency American Profit Recovery. Jeff goes through why people get into debt, the stress involved and then he gets into how to work with a debt collector. He gives some great advice for removing the stress of being in debt out of your life.
Other items he goes over include:
Reasons people get into debt.
Why is being in debt a major distraction for someone?
The process of working with a collector.
Why it is important to communicate with your creditors.
What resources are there to help those in debt?
We have so many distractions in business and in life. From our own minds trying to take over every minute to the external distractions that invade our lives at every minute of the day. And then we enter clutter and disorganization into our business and that’s when things can get frustrating.
In this episode of Overcoming Distractions, the Podcast, we talk with Dana Rayburn, an ADHD coach and former professional organizer. Dana still works with business professionals to help them be more productive as well as get organized in the office and at home.
Some of the items we discuss about getting organized are:
Why is clutter and disorganization so distracting?
What can disorganization do to your job performance or your business? And, what does it do to your life?
How do you get started on organizing your professional world? Without getting frustrated.
How do you get organized electronically? Such as computer files, banking records, etc…Other non-paper items…
What should people ultimately strive for in getting organized?
To learn more about Dana Rayburn, her coaching, ADHD Success Club, Clutter Free with ADHD, and other offerings, check out her website at: www.DanaRayburn.com
On this episode we walk you through an extensive lesson on how to use LinkedIn for a job search and how to use LinkedIn for a business. Why are we talking about LinkedIn? Because any type of social media can be a distraction so learning how to use it and be productive can be an asset in job hunting and to promote your business.
This week we have Donna Serdula who is the founder of Vision Board Media and LinkedIn-Makeover.com. If you want to build a better LinkedIn profile, there is no one better than Donna Serdula.
Donna talks about
Why LinkedIn for the job seeker?
Why LinkedIn for the entrepreneur?
Overview of a great LinkedIn profile
The importance of a great title
How to connect with someone on LinkedIn
The dos and don’ts of LinkedIn
A few hidden secrets of LinkedIn
You can contact Donna and her team at https://www.linkedin-makeover.com/
In this issue of Overcoming Distractions the Podcast, we talk with Dan Galloway, motivational speaker and former job recruiter. Dan also offers career coaching based off his 20 plus years of experience in hiring and training.
In this podcast, we talk about what you need to do to get the job you want. Topics we discuss are the dos and don’ts of interviewing, resume writing and cover letters as well as how to follow up on a job interview.
We also chat about soft skills such as humor, communication skills and the ability to focus during a job interview. Dan tells us what he wanted to see during his years as a job recruiter and the things that made him cautious about moving forward when hiring a job candidate.
Whether you have ADHD or not, you’ll find quite a bit of value from Dan’s advice on how to get that next job.
Find Dan at: https://www.dangalloway.com/
The word accountability can sometimes come off as a negative word or concept. But leveraged properly, accountability can be a powerful way to achieve more in life and in business. However, accountability techniques need to be implemented in the proper way to ensure success.
Many of us have heard about accountability groups or accountability partners/buddies and on this ADHD podcast, we talk with Eric Tivers who runs many accountability groups for those with ADHD.
Eric is a LCSW, an ADHD coach and hosts the very popular podcast ADHD rewired.
Eric and I have a great discussion about many facets of accountability.
Some of the topics we discuss are:
What is accountability?
Why does accountability work?
Is accountability a difficult concept for some? And what is the resistance?
For those in business, why is this important?
Are there different kinds of accountability?
How do you get a business professional comfortable with being accountable. To others and themselves?
If someone is new to coaching or having an accountability partner, what is the best way to get started, get used to having someone there?
Where do people fall down?
To find out more about Eric, his podcast and his coaching programs visit him at his website;
How to set goals when you have ADHD.
It’s that time of the year when many of us try to set goals for ourselves. Whether we are goalsetting for our business or for our personal lives, this seems to be the time of year when we try to usher in many improvements for ourselves.
If you are easily distracted, have ADHD or just have a difficult time setting realistic goals that you can meet, this is the podcast episode for you. In this episode, I talk with Abigail Wurf, an ADHD Coach based in Washington DC.
Abigail works with adults, those in business, executives and entrepreneurs to help them achieve more success and enjoyment in life. And she also holds a number of workshops and trainings for those with ADHD.
This podcast may have come out in December but the content is relevant all year long if you are serious about setting goals and making forward progress.
Some of the topics we discuss on this podcast include:
What are typical goals that people try to set in business as well as personal?
Do you find there are ADHD -specific goals?
How should adults with ADHD start the process of setting goals for the New Year?
What frustrates people the most about this process?
What is realistic when it comes to goalsetting?
You can learn more about Abigail Wurf here.
We all want and need to love what we do for a career but when you have ADHD, it’s almost a requirement that you absolutely love what you do for work. Jobs or careers that don’t offer us the opportunity to dig into our passions usually end up being short-lived.
In this episode of Overcoming Distractions the Podcast, I talk with Shell Mendelson, a career coach that specializes in working with adults who have ADHD and need or want to find or change their career. She talks about why it’s important to find a career that you can fall in love with, what makes a good career for those adults with ADHD, why some with ADHD jump from one job to the next and much more about how to manage your career with ADHD.
Other questions I asked her include;
What are some of the reasons those with ADHD begin to dislike their work or profession?
What are the signs those with ADHD need to look out for if their career is turning out to not be a good fit?
What is the worst adults with ADHD can do when they decide they don’t want to do that line of work anymore?
How do you start the process of finding a new career?
How do you really find out your passion?
Where does ADHD and career intersect?
How do you know if you made the right or wrong choice?
You can find out more about Shell Mendelson on her website.
What happens when you’re the person in charge and you are prone to distractions? Many entrepreneurs as well as those with leadership positions can be easily distracted when it comes to leading an organization. And distractions don’t just come in the form of not getting your own work and tasks completed. Distractions can lead to an entire organization getting off track.
When you are running an organization of any size, you are going to have both internal and external distractions. There will be days when you have trouble with focus and there will be other days when distractions just lead the day.
In this podcast I talk with Dave Turano, founder of JCE Consulting, just outside of Boston. Dave works with organization to help foster better communication, build trust among teams and foster better leadership within an organization.
What distracts leaders and entrepreneurs?
What are the hazards of a distracted leader? How does this affect their business?
What is the ball that gets dropped most often?
What can leaders and entrepreneurs do to communicate better with their team?
How can a distracted leader or entrepreneur do to get their own tasks completed while leading a team?
You can find Dave at: http://www.jcegrp.com/
Marketing and public relations has changed drastically over the past decade. From traditional marketing to updating your website, blogging, creating other forms of content and posting to social media. All these tasks take time and resources. And many times in a business, they can take a back seat.
How do we get it all done?
Our guest on this podcast is Matt Ward...Matt is the President and CEO of inConcert Web Solutions and the founder of Breakthrough Champion...In 2002 Matt began working with business owners through his website agency to improve their bottom line, helping them gain more traction on the internet.
He’s the author of Making Your Website Effective, a book you can find on Amazon and owner of multiple businesses as well as an international keynote speaker…Matt and his companies have received numerous awards, including: 40 Under 40, Chamber Small Business Owner of the Year, Top Web Firm seven Years in a Row and Better Business Bureau Torch Award Finalist.
Matt talks to Dave on this podcast about what it takes to keep your website current, as well as your social media timely and engaging.
How to find Matt.
Chris Berlow is back on Overcoming Distractions. Chris, the author of three books including You Have Infinite Power as well as Mindful Mediation For Busy Lives comes back to discuss the concept of the Worthy Ideal. What is a Worthy Ideal?
Chris believes that everyone should have this in their lives. It is a message to ourselves that guides our direction. It tells us who we are, why we do what we do and our general purpose. Do you know why you are here on this earth and what drives you? Chris walks us through how to identify what makes us get up in the morning and our reason for doing what we do in life. Are you on a mission in life? Are you here to help others? Let Chris help you sort all that out.
This week we chat with Kathleen Goneau who coaches entrepreneurs and others in business. As the owner of GRB Coaching based just outside of Boston and a certified business coach, she works side by side with business professionals to help maximize their productivity. As she puts it, she helps people who just can’t seem to get things done, both in business and in their home life.
We talk about the number one thing that most business professionals need to tackle-getting stuff done! Kathleen gives us a number of great tips and strategies for getting not only more done, but the important tasks in our business accomplished. Everything from planning out your days, managing by calendar and journaling, she has some great productivity tips.
Spencer Shulem is the Founder of WeDo, an Ap that helps anyone with productivity. Spencer was developing aps and programing computers at the age of 13, if not earlier. He’s now a successful entrepreneur growing a successful technology company. In our video blog, we talk about how he grew up thinking a little faster than other kids and what it takes to stay on task whether you have ADHD or not. He also introduces us to WeDo. You can find out more about WeDo at: https://wedo.com/
Let’s talk about how important goal setting is and having a routine; a couple of the cornerstones of being successful in business and in life. Greg McDaniel is a very successful real estate professional based in California. Growing up with ADHD and Dyslexia, he struggled through school. Today Greg runs a very successful reals estate business, he is the head trainer for his firm and he produces a weekly podcast and video podcast on how to be successful in the real estate business.