All Posts by Amber De La Garza

My Blooper Reel From 7 Years In Business

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No entrepreneurial journey is free of missteps. Even those who make it to the top swiftly can tell you tales of bad decisions, costly errors, and embarrassing moments in their business. I prefer to call these growing pains bloopers and I’ve had my fair share of them. Now, I haven’t had any Three Stooges-type bloopers where I tripped up the stairs in front of a large audience or slipped on a banana peel walking to the podium, but I’ve done a number of silly things along my entrepreneurial journey. And when I was living out some of those bloopers, it seemed the world was crashing in on me. There were even times I cried hysterically. In my rearview mirror, though, those giant bloopers just look like tiny speed bumps along my road to success. I am able to look back and laugh at them – at every single one of them. I’ve discovered that bloopers create character and they force you to grow.

Enjoy your journey through my blooper reel from seven years in business!

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146 | Mind Over Strategy

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I dive into the topic of strengthening your mindset because let’s be honest… The world is in a super tough spot right now and no matter how great your business strategy is, it’s going to be hard to move forward if you don’t have a positive mindset. Your mindset is worth strengthening because it can be your most effective business tool in staying the course and coming out on top at the end of this.

What You'll Discover In This Episode:

  • Why A Positive Mindset Trumps Sound Strategy
  • Specific Ways You Can Strengthen Your Mindset
  • What You Should Be Focusing On Right Now In Your Business
  • An Introduction To Navigating These Uncharted Waters
  • So Much More!

And now, let’s get to the straight talk!

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145 | Pivot

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I dive into the topic of navigating COVID-19 as small business owners so we can all make the tough decisions, embrace the necessary pivot, and move our lives and businesses forward during this time of uncertainty.

What You'll Discover In This Episode:

  • Ways I’m Navigating COVID-19 In My Business
  • How I’m Communicating With My Team
  • Why You Should Be Leaning On Your Trusted Advisory Council
  • How I Prepared My Family And Made Some Difficult Decisions
  • Advice On Transforming Your Thoughts
  • So Much More!

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Bookmarks: Unlocking The Hidden Time Savers In Your Browser

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My guess is you use webpage bookmarks to some degree. After all, they’re shortcuts to your favorite and most utilized webpages so... why not? And who doesn’t love shortcuts? Bookmarks are easy to use and their benefits are great. They save you time, remember what you fail to, keep you organized, and they’re ultimately safer than typing in websites.

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144 | Entrepreneurial Case Study: Jenny And Ben Slingerland

I sit down with wife and husband team Jenny and Ben Slingerland, the Owner & Principal Designer and Chief Operating Officer of Black Ink Interiors, a full-service interior design firm operating out of Scottsdale, Arizona. We take an in-depth look behind the scenes in their business and discuss everything from Jenny being a quick start, naturally having too many ideas and not enough focus or time to see them to fruition, to discovering ways to keep her ADD in check, and everything in between. The episode is full of nuggets of wisdom I have no doubt could be applied to your own business.

What You'll Discover In This Episode:

  • Why Jenny Started The Business And Structured Her Team
  • How The Pomodoro Method Keeps Her ADD In Check And Increases Her Productivity
  • Ways Designating Lead Designers Helped Curb Her Perfectionism
  • How She Uses Her “Daily 5” To Achieve Big Wins
  • Jenny and Ben’s Biggest Ah-Ha’s And Breakthroughs
  • So Much More!

This was a great discussion with Jenny and Ben I hope you enjoy. Now let's get to the straight talk!

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About The Guests:

Jenny is the Owner and Principal Designer of Black Ink Interiors, a luxury residential design firm based in Scottsdale, AZ. She is an award-winning designer, and she has appeared on Houzz TV and in local Arizona publications. She and her team service clients in Arizona and throughout the United States.
Ben left the corporate world to join Jenny at Black Ink Interiors in 2018. As Chief Operating Officer, he oversees the back-end operations so that Jenny and the design team can focus primarily on the client facing activities. Ben has over 15 years of business experience across multiple industries and disciplines including real estate development, procurement, human resources and operations.]

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143 | Rev Up Your Practice Of Recommitting

I dive into the powerful practice of recommitting to your goals when you fall off track (and we all do!), so you can get right back on and work toward achieving them.

What You'll Discover In This Episode:

  • The Importance Of Recommitting
  • A Great Way To Close The Productivity Gap
  • How Negative Self-Talk Plays A Part
  • The Greatest Gift You Can Give Yourself
  • So Much More!

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142 | Impactful Storytelling To Make Your Message Stick With Kindra Hall

I sit down for an entrepreneurial case study interview with the President and Chief Storytelling Officer at Steller Collective, Kindra Hall. Kindra pulls back the curtain on her life as a jet-setting keynote speaker, delivering her message about strategic storytelling, while leading a double life as wife, mom, and business owner. We talk about establishing balance, boundaries, and how she pushes herself to be more productive.

What You'll Discover In This Episode:

  • Why Storytelling Is Important For Small Businesses
  • The Advantage Small Businesses Have Over Big Brands
  • Strategies Kindra Uses Get Her Highly Creative Work Done
  • How Her Fitness Journey Impacts Her Productivity
  • What High Mar/No Pants Means And Why It’s Important
  • So Much More!

This was a great discussion with Kindra I hope you'll enjoy. Now let's get to the straight talk!

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About The Guest:

Kindra Hall is President and Chief Storytelling Officer at Steller Collective, a consulting firm focused on the strategic application of storytelling to today’s communication challenges. Kindra is one of the most sought-after keynote speakers trusted by global brands to deliver presentations and trainings that inspire teams and individuals to better communicate the value of their company, their products and their individuality through strategic storytelling.

Kindra is a former Director of Marketing and VP of Sales. She is a contributing editor to SUCCESS Magazine and was guest faculty at the Harvard Medical School. Her book, Stories that Stick: How Storytelling can Captivate Customers, Influence Audiences and Transform Your Business debuted at #2 on the Wall Street Journal Bestseller List and Forbes said it “may be the most valuable business book you read." Kindra’s message spans all industries and her clients include Facebook, Hilton Hotels, Tyson Foods, Target and Berkshire Hathaway and many others.

What began as a storytelling assignment in 5th grade, grew into a passion for not only telling stories, but a mastery for teaching others the methods and science of storytelling so they can better tell their own.

She was a National Champion storyteller (yes, they have those), a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Storytelling Network and has her master’s degree in communications where she conducted original research studying the role of storytelling in defining and revealing organizational culture.

Regardless of the industry, Kindra has become a conference favorite for her clients. The blend of inspiration and education in her keynotes mean that audiences leave feeling excited and equipped to finally put their stories to work in a tangible way. Kindra lives in Manhattan with her husband, young son and daughter. When she is not traveling around the world speaking, Kindra can usually be found at spin class or in Central Park with her family

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141 | Step One: Admit You’re The Problem

I dive into a topic I am so passionate about and that’s taking ownership of whatever is holding you back from success. I talk about not judging yourself, but observing then empowering yourself to change your circumstances for the better. And it all starts with admitting YOU are the problem.

What You'll Discover In This Episode:

  • Why Your Days Seem To Get Hijacked
  • The Solution To Many Of Your Challenges In Business
  • What Factors Influence Your Productivity
  • Which App That Will Make You’re the Most Productive
  • So Much More!

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My Ultimate System To Whip Your Bottom Line Into Shape

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Another tax season came and went but boy, did it send entrepreneurs everywhere scrambling! Like many, you probably blocked out hours upon hours to get caught up on 12 months of bookkeeping. It took you tons of hours to tax prep because you had to piece things together, find missing receipts and invoices, and strain to remember why you bought certain items so you could expense them correctly.

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140 | BIG Goals · BIG Fear · BIG Action With Joy Hoover

I sit down with the Founder and CEO of the non-profit The Cupcake Girls, Joy Hoover. The Cupcake Girls provides confidential support to those involved in the sex industry, as well as those affected by domestic sex trafficking through holistic resources, case management, and after care. We discuss how Joy realized her calling to help change the world by building a business from the ground up that focuses on offering respect, providing resources, and building relationships, and how she executed on that dream.

What You'll Discover In This Episode:

  • How Joy’s Fears Were Capping Her Growth
  • The Bridge She Crossed To Become Scalable
  • The Biggest Mindset Roadblocks She’s Overcome
  • How She Enrolls Others Into Her Dream
  • So Much More!

And now, let’s get to the straight talk!

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About The Guest:

As Founder and CEO of The Cupcake Girls, partner to her husband of 14 years, and mama to two fierce little ladies, Joy’s goal is to empower others through her personal journey of social entrepreneurship. Joy and her family have had the privilege of sharing space, respect, resources, and relationships with folks working in the adult industry and those who have been sex trafficked for nearly 10 years. They are honored to stand in solidarity and link arms with this important and valuable community.

As an experienced public speaker and voice for the organization, Joy has been featured in TEDxWomen, The LA Times, VICE, Huffington Post, Fox News, and The Leadership Journal. She speaks from personal experiences of healing, growing an organization, and showing up each day with courage, humility, and a deep love for marginalized communities.

Joy’s core belief is that every human has inherent dignity and is worthy of respect. She considers herself a “human who gives a shi*t” and her goal is to activate others to give a sh*t too.]

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