Productivity Straight Talk is exactly what it says it is
Amber De La Garza is The Productivity Specialist. Her podcast is called Productivity Straight Talk. And that’s exactly what you get on her show.
There isn’t an entrepreneur on the planet who wouldn’t benefit from better productivity.
I met Amber at Podcast Movement and she impressed me right away. She is a no-nonsense, focused, yet very friendly person.
You know how sometimes you meet someone and you can tell they’re going to be very successful?
Her show intro says:
“She is passionate, direct, and sometimes a little sarcastic, but always gives you what you need to succeed in business.”
Let’s get to it.
The show is entertaining, well produced, and it’s exactly what the title says it is: straight talk about productivity for entrepreneurs.
Although she’s only been doing the show for a few months, she’s already had some fantastic guests on the show, such as best-selling author Steve Scott.
And, her solo shows are also excellent. With over 15 years experience in real estate management, training, and coaching, Amber knows what she’s talking about. She has a passion to help overwhelmed entrepreneurs succeed.
So, there’s not much else I need to say. You know you need to be more productive. Amber can show you how.
No matter how good or positive a message is, there’s always someone who just sees the dark clouds.
Mindfulness is popular and catching on with a lot of people. It’s getting a lot of press.
I’ve been practicing it for several months and it’s done wonders for me. I’m much more productive and I’m enjoying simple life experiences more.
I’m sad to report I’m seeing bad press about the practice. Some writers feel it is being sold as a magic elixir that will solve all your problems overnight. Others feel is it somehow harmful or bad for you.
Mindfulness is really nothing more than being in the moment so you can truly experience the moment to its fullest.
Many of us have become more and more distracted in our lives. This prevents many of us from engaging in our relationships. Some of us try to get more done by multitasking, only to find we aren’t getting anything done.
How it helps me
Mindfulness made a huge difference in my life as soon as I started practicing it. This show is a good example.
My schedule is hectic. I don’t have much free time, but by being mindful I’m able to produce a daily podcast in addition to everything else.
Mindfulness didn’t fix all my life’s problems. I don’t see anyone suggesting this. But that doesn’t stop some writers from declaring it’s the new snake oil.
If you’re considering mindful practices, keep an open mind and try it.
Maybe the keeping an open mind part is challenging for some people – especially skeptics.
In any event, it is currently legal in all 50 states and in most countries. You’ve got nothing to lose except distractions and lots of wasted opportunities.
Have you tried practicing mindfulness? Has mindfulness helped you?
Later, while driving through town, which is Roanoke, TX, I came across the Roanoke Farmers Market. Rather than just drive by, I decided to park the car and check it out.
That’s how the whole mindfulness “being in the moment” thing works. You have to experience stuff.
It’s a tiny farmers market as farmers markets go. But it was a lot of fun to check out the goods and talk to the vendors.
Next, I walked across the street to the Brew Junkie Coffee House. I’ve always wanted to try French press coffee. I asked the barista for a recommendation and he did not disappoint. The coffee was outstanding.
From there, I went to Collected: Keller, a comic book store not too far away. You never know what you’ll discover in a comic book store. I ended up getting a free Sheena, Queen of the Jungle comic. They were free because one of their customers paid for all the issues so they could give them away.
My last stop was an office supply store. I need business cards to take with me to Podcast Movement next week. Things got a little bumpy there, but I’ll be able to pick up the cards tomorrow.
So, I completed my errands and tried a few new things – the farmers market, the French press coffee, and the Very Bad Wizards podcast.
And, I was mindful while running these errands.
But, the whole point of this exercise was to see if it would help me develop some good, creative ideas.
Well, did it work?
In a word: yup.
I had lots of great ideas. As a matter of fact, I had to make the stop for business cards because I came up with an idea I’m pretty excited about.
You’ll hear more about that later.
Okay, now you’ve heard about my creative ritual. Maybe it isn’t free, but it’s sure effective. Why not give it a try?
This is episode 90 of the Meditate with Mitch show, so I thought it was time for my “Entrepreneur Status Report”.
Mindfulness practices give me more focus. As a result, I’m a lot more productive. I have to be because I’m doing a LOT.
I’m a technical writer for a software company. We’ve got a new release coming out soon, so we’re very busy. And it can be intense. Meditation is a life-saver.
I’m up early and out of the house by 5:30. I get home around 6:30, so I don’t have a lot of time to work on my projects.
My podcast is a daily show and each show takes about an hour to create and upload.
That leaves me about 2 hours or so each evening to work on money-making tasks. Not a lot, so I have to stay motivated, organized, and focused.
Print on demand
I’m finishing up some Photoshop training so I can produce some decent designs to put on shirts and other merchandise. I finished a few designs and hope to start uploading them this weekend.
I’ll be selling shirts on Amazon and several other print on demand websites. I can’t wait to see how this goes.
This is something I did a few years ago. I made some decent money on Zazzle one Christmas season.
I’m making a little money (very little) putting an occasional Amazon affiliate link in my show notes. If you buy something using one of those links, it doesn’t cost you extra and I get a small commission.
To all of you who click and buy – thank you!
My physical products
I’m really excited about developing, manufacturing, and selling physical products that I design. However, I recently learned the product I really want to sell may require a two-year manufacturing lead time.
At first, I was pretty discouraged. Two years? That’s a long time to wait before I can sell my first product.
So, plan B is to develop related products I can sell in the meantime. And I’ve come up with some interesting ideas. And, I’m going to a trade show related to my product. I’m hoping to get other product ideas and make some good connections at the event.
When I’ve got some products to sell, I’ll let you know.
Gary uses content marketing to dominate his niche: girl’s fastpitch softball. His Fastpitch.tv videos have helped him grow his online store, SoftballJunk.com, into a wildly successful business. It has even grown to include a brick-and-mortar store.
He also uses content marketing to help promote his business in the home improvement space. Gary and his wife, Kathy, produce and host audio podcasts about two popular shows on HGTV: Fixer Upper and Home Town.
These two podcasts have done a lot to help promote Gary’s home decorating business – Leland’s Wallpaper.
Gary is constantly producing content. He produces so much content that it’s unlikely anyone is going to catch up with him in his niches.
Until recently, Gary relied on content marketing almost exclusively to promote his businesses. He recently started adding Facebook ads to his marketing mix.
My belief is that Gary’s intense focus on producing content, and learning new marketing techniques such as Facebook ads, has been the key to his success.
If you want to get a look at the content Gary is producing for all his business, check out his website at GaryLeland.com.
I should point out that Gary doesn’t meditate or consciously practice mindfulness, but I’ve never known anyone with his drive, focus, and work ethic.
You may not be able to match Gary’s prolific content output, but you can still improve your focus and productivity with meditation and mindfulness practice.
I hope Gary’s story will inspire you to go out there and create your own business empire.