Episode 218 – Chris Price – Assessments

Chris Price (@ChrisPriceCDP on twitter) joins host Craig Price (no relation) to discuss assessments. We’ve probably seen or taken a few assessments in our work lives (turns out I am such a Samantha) but are we using assessments properly? Chris talks about how a properly used assessment can help make more informed hiring decisions, create …

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Episode 208 – 2016 Speakers Roundtable

Mary Kelly, Jason Kotecki, Jessica Pettitt and Thom Singer (@marykellyspeaks, @kimandjason, @jesspettitt and @thomsinger on Twitter) join host Craig Price for his 2016 Speakers Roundtable. Each year, Craig gathers the best minds in the speaking industry to sit down during the National Speakers Association’s annual convention (this year in hell…I mean Phoenix.) to discuss the state of the industry, what new things are happening, what issues are affecting the speaker population and whatever else may pop up. This year, Craig sat 4 talented past guests to discuss marketing and the resulting conversation covered so much more. They discussed capitalism, charity, tapping into your talents, differentiating yourself, referring other speakers and the hottest of topics…when during the podcast would Jessica swear. These panels are always the most requested episodes of Reality Check and this year is no exception.  Celebrate Craig’s birthday by enjoying a gift he gives to himself and to you…his annual speakers roundtable.

Mary Kelly was previously featured on episode 191 and can be found at her website http://productiveleaders.com

Jason Kotecki was a guest on episode 168 and you can learn more about him at http://escapeadulthood.com

Thom Singer has been on the podcast numerous times and can be found at http://ThomSinger.com

Jessica Pettitt has also been on the podcast and previous roundtable discussions and can be found at http://goodenoughnow.com

Special thanks to the National Speakers Association as well as MicroSearch for all their help in getting this episode made.

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Episode 205 – Michael Domitrz – Can I Kiss You?

Michael Domitrz (@DateSafeProject on twitter) returns for more awkward conversation with host Craig Price about his new book “Can I Kiss You?” Ask anyone, even Craig himself, and they will say Craig isn’t the smoothest talker in the world. When you add sex into the conversation, Craig can get even more flustered. All the professional speaker gloss and polish falls away and never has is awkwardness been more on display than this episode. Thankfully, Mike Domitrz is a friend as well as an expert on consensual sex. He deftly helps Craig navigate through the conversation that touches upon (with permission of course) consensual sex among married partners, archaic social rules that no longer apply yet still are, how parents can educate their kids and so much more that it makes Craig almost break out in hives. It is an important conversation that everyone needs to have which is why Craig is proud to be able to sit with Michael once again and discuss the topics that are often not talked about but should.

You can get Michael’s new book “Can I Kiss You?: A Thought-provoking Look at Relationships, Intimacy, and Sexual Assault” at Amazon.com as well as learn more at CanIKissYou.Com.

APP BONUS: Read “The 7 Biggest Mistakes Caring Parents Make when Talking to Their Teens about Sex” as well as the first chapter of “Can I Kiss You?”. Download the free podcast app today!

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Episode 202 – Janice Levenhagen-Seeley – ChickTech

Janice Levenhagen-Seeley (@ChickTechOrg on twitter) joins host Craig Price to discuss her non-profit ChickTech.  What is ChickTech? It is a nonprofit dedicated to retaining women in the technology workforce and increasing the number of women and girls pursuing technology-based careers. Craig and Janice discuss how their programs not only develop the skills women need in tech but also a sense of accomplishment and self-confidence. They also discuss the realities of the “Good Ol’ Boys” network, unconscious bias in the workplace and how you can find a local chapter or create one of your own. They also talk about using culture training and assessments to identify issues many organization may not even realize exist.

For more information on how you can participate or donate, go to http://chicktech.org 

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Episode 197 – Cary Gordon – Social Media Marketing

Cary Gordon (@comicpalooza on twitter) joins host Craig Price to discuss social media marketing for Comicpalooza.  As part of the Comicpalooza Podcast Partnership Program, Craig invited Cary, comic con’s Social Media Coordinator, to sit down and talk how he and his team work their social media magic for Texas’ largest pop culture event.  The two discuss how far in advance the planning begins (hint: the day after the last one!) which platforms work best for interacting with attendees, how they prep announcements of big guests and more.

You can also listen to Cary’s 2 podcasts: Metal Geeks and MSRcast. Both can be found at http://metalgeeks.net

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Episode 194 – Karin Hurt and David Dye – Winning Well

Karin Hurt and David Dye (@letsgrowleaders and @daviddye on twitter) join host Craig Price to discuss their management book Winning Well.  Being a manager is tough enough but inevitably something will come up that will try and beat you down on the job. Be it disloyal employees, bosses with no ability to self-assess themselves or just folks who can’t give or take feedback well, something is always around the corner. With their new book Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results—Without Losing Your Soul Karin and David have your back. This well written book details how to deal with issues with actual action plans not just fluffy best case scenarios. Craig, David and Karin talk about trust, respect and how to treat people so they remain productive. Craig brings up Charlie Sheen, bad bosses and how to overcome a breach in trust from upper management so it doesn’t cause problems on the front line.

You can find Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results—Without Losing Your Soul at all your major book outlets (link goes to amazon so the podcast can make a few pennies) and you can find Karin at http://letsgrowleaders.com/ and David at http://trailblazeinc.com/

APP BONUS: Karin and David have donated a great 18 page Winning Well Toolkit PDF.

 

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Episode 193 – Ty Bennett – Partnership is the New Leadership

Ty Bennett (@TyBennett on twitter) joins host Craig Price to discuss his book Partnership is the New Leadership. Leadership is something many people want to have but often their style can be less effective than they want. Benevolent dictators and force of personality can only work with a few. How can leaders be more effective? By partnering with their employees, of course. Craig and Ty discuss how leadership with short term goals can reap quick rewards but have long-term side effects (few that are good), how commitment between employee and employer is a two-way street and how they both agree that motivation is overrated.

You can learn about Ty and his new book Partnership is the New Leadership at http://leadershipinc.com 

APP BONUS: Read the 1st chapter of Partnership is the New Leadership!

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Episode 192 – Helene Segura – Inefficiency

Helene Segura (@LivingOrderSA on twitter) joins host Craig Price to discuss inefficiency. “Who’s got time to listen to a podcast?” you may be asking yourself. If you just asked that, you may not be as efficient as you think! Helene calls in to discuss her new book “The Inefficiency Assassin: Time Management Tactics for Working Smarter, Not Longer” and explains to Craig that efficiency isn’t always getting as much done as possible. It’s often getting the right things done in the right order. They also talk about how to set priorities, getting your email under control, how Craig thinks being “busy” is the new martyrdom and much, much more. You need to make time and listen to this episode!

Helene be found at http://theInefficiencyAssassin.com and her book is in bookstores everywhere.

APP BONUS: A special PDF of goodies just for Reality Check listeners!

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Episode 183 – Ben Neiburger – Elder Care

Ben Neiburger (@GenerationLaw on twitter) returns to discuss his book on elder care with host Craig Price. The country is getting older and at some point every person is going to need to discuss what to do when they get too old to take care of themselves. It’s not an easy subject to talk about and worse to go through. Thankfully, Ben has written a book “Brighter Skies: Your Blueprint for Navigating Elder Care” to help us plan ahead. It’s important we have set plan well ahead of time to avoid the emotional and financial burden of poor decisions.  Ben and Craig discuss how to allow people to face the end with dignity, avoiding family conflict, the legality of care giving and why communication is so important.

You can learn more about Ben at his firm’s website http://GenerationLaw.com.

APP BONUS: You can read “Brighter Skies” in its entirety for free!

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Episode 182 – Scott Cooksey – Connection

Scott Cooksey (@ideacharger on twitter) sits down with host Craig Price to discuss connection. Connection means different things for different people. For some, making and keeping connections is a natural thing. For others, it takes effort and energy to connect and engage on a regular basis. When Craig sits down with Scott, the two talk about how a disaster forced Scott to reach out to his clients and establish a connection, how listening is the key to building connections and why Craig is so bad at maintaining long-term connections with clients. They also get into why Craig feels LinkedIn requests from strangers are just ways for people to spam his connections.

You can learn more about Scott at his website http://ideacharger.com and listen to his podcast The Success Charger Podcast with Scott Cooksey where Craig recorded an episode on negativity.

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