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Overcoming Distractions The Podcast

Overcoming Distractions is a book written by David A Greenwood about entrepreneurs thriving with Adult ADHD. The Podcast is a show dedicated to helping anyone in business stay on track and grow their business without distractions. From small business owners, inventors, entrepreneurs and many more, you will hear from experts in the business world how to thrive, make better business decisions with less distractions. There is no complaining here, just street smart advice. Even if you don’t have ADHD, you’ll hear how entrepreneurs and others in business define success and get action items that you can implement in your business and life.
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Mar 22, 2019

What makes a great place to work? We are going to find out this week with our guest Mari Ryan. Mari is the founder and CEO of Advancing Wellness and the author of The Thriving Hive; How People-Centric Workplaces Ignite Engagement and Fuel Results.

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.

  • What makes a great place to work?
  • What are the items people should keep in mind when looking for a great place to work?
  • What contributes to a culture of well being?
  • Is work-life balance a fad, a real issue or something that many need and want?
  • Does the corporate world understand the importance of work-life balance?
  • Distractions- What should a person that could be prone to distractions look for in a workplace? Even in the interview.
  • And, how does a person with other gifts or abilities find the right work environment? What’s the best way to work with management, your boss? Etc…
  • Mari talks about her book and why she wrote it the way she did in story form.

Learn more about Mari Ryan and Advancing Wellness Here: http://www.advwellness.com/

Find Mari’s book here; https://www.amazon.com/Thriving-Hive-People-Centric-Workplaces-Engagement-ebook/dp/B07H3879LT/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1537111671&sr=8-1&keywords=the+thriving+hive

Mar 18, 2019

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.

Our conversation:

  • How Sarah worked on her own struggles with procrastination and overwhelm.
  • We talk about why procrastination is such a big issue with those in business
  • Sarah walks us through the four issues we struggle with when it comes to time management
  • Sarah’s three core philosophies when it comes to time management
  • Fives step to busting through our own procrastination and overwhelm.
  • The power of positive self-talk but understanding it is not the only solution

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

Jan 31, 2019

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:

  • How is ADHD different in adults than children. What are the more significant challenges in each?
  • As a young adult gets older, what types of challenges do you try to address?
  • Are there common issues that arise as a child enters adulthood? Opposition, defiance, or on the flipside, motivation and energy?
  • Does this time of change present anger, sadness, frustration? Etc…
  • How can a person be more self-aware?
  • How can those around them offer support?
  • Tools to be more focused.

You can find Brendan at www.ADHDEssentials.com

Jan 17, 2019

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?

Feb 13, 2018

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?

Jan 25, 2018

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

 

Jan 16, 2018

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/

Jan 4, 2018

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/ 

Dec 26, 2017

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;

 

https://www.adhdrewired.com/

Dec 17, 2017

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.

http://abigailwurf.com/

Dec 11, 2017

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.

http://passiontocareer.com/

Nov 28, 2017

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/

Nov 24, 2017
When it comes to managing your Adult ADHD, there are two very powerful ways to combat the bad traits of ADHD. One is a regular schedule of exercise and the other is a good night’s sleep. Sleep does so many good things to our brains. It repairs you brain from a long day, helps with executive function and allows us to focus better. Sleep is absolutely critical for those with ADHD or without ADHD. Find out on this podcast why sleep is so important to anyone trying to focus and increase productivity.
 
Our guest on this ADHD podcast is Jose Colon.
 
Jose Colon, M.D. MPH is a sleep specialist and founder of Paradise Sleep, an organization dedicated to sleep health education. He is a member of the Institute of Functional Medicine and incorporates lifestyle including movement, mindfulness, and nutrition programs with his patients. He is also an award winning author in books for sleep adults, children, and infant sleep.
 
You can find out more about his work at: http://paradisesleep.com/
Nov 3, 2017

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.

https://www.inconcertweb.com/

http://www.breakthrough-champion.com/

Oct 30, 2017

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.

Oct 24, 2017

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.

Nov 10, 2016

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/

Oct 12, 2016

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. 

Oct 3, 2016

Heather Havenwood is another high-energy entrepreneur that I interviewed for the book Overcoming Distractions-Thriving with Adult ADHD. Heather is now a sales and marketing coach, a leading authority on internet marketing and personal branding and a well-known podcaster.

Heather has a ton of energy and even more ideas on how to grow your business. Oh, and she has ADHD.

Check out our chat and learn more about Heather at: http://heatherhavenwood.com/

Sep 19, 2016

Dana Rayburn is a very successful ADHD Coach and is one of the first professionals I spoke to for the book Overcoming Distractions. Dana spent years as a professional organizer and then a transition to be an ADHD Coach.

In this episode, Dana talks about what it takes to develop a positive mindset when you have ADHD and how to remain determined when life doesn’t go so well.

You can find Dana Rayburn at: www.DanaRayburn.com

And the ADHD Success Club can be found at: http://danarayburn.com/adhd-success-club/

Sep 13, 2016

Ryan MCrae is the ADHD Nerd. In this episode of Overcoming Distractions, Ryan talks about how he works with individuals to create increased productivity. Not in a dry way but in a more direct and even fun way. Ryan is a big fan of the mind dump which he goes over and a bit of technology to help him stray organized.

A few links.

www.adhdnerd.com

Ever Note https://evernote.com

Sep 5, 2016

Master Chris Berlow is a sixth degree black belt in Taekwondo and a personal and business coach with Empowered Mastery Consultants. Chris talks about meditation, the martial arts and how we all have the ability to control our own thoughts. Find Chrsi at: https://www.empoweredmastery.com/ 

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