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January 21, 2015

Ask Chris: KRA Questions and Breaking Into Public Speaking

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KRA Questions and Public Speaking

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Chris is answering your questions today! In this episode, Chris covers personal finance, KRA’s and how to become a public speaker.

The Key Results Area sample pack is one of the most popular downloads on the site. If you haven’t checked it out, it’s a great free resource to help you get started with your KRA. Do you feel like you’re winning in your role? Does leadership think you’re winning in your role?

When it comes to your KRA, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Your KRA should outline the key areas that will make us, the company, win
  • The details aren’t the key result area and when you’re task saturated, you’re not winning
  • The more you add to your KRA, the less you can win

Chris also covers how to build a platform that enables you to share information and create a demand for public speaking. Bottom line, public speaking and sharing a message can’t be about you. It’s about what you can do or share to help other people.

For more information on public speaking, check out 5 Tips on Speaking Without Fear and his Public Speaking Tips Q&A video:

As always, we love hearing from you! If you’ve got a question for Chris, go to http://chrislocurto.com/askchris/ and you might be featured on the next episode!

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January 20, 2015

Is Your Root System Holding You Back?

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is your root system holding you back?

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Today I’m giving you 5 ways to identify whether or not your root system is holding you back. If you haven’t listened to the episode on Understanding Your Root System, you need this information. Listen to that podcast as soon as possible. When you dig deep into your root system, like we do in the LifePlan process, you will discover:

  • The list of lies you believe and how they hold you back
  • Things you don’t see that are in your root system
  • Things you deny in your root system
  • Things you recognize in your root system but avoid instead of address
  • Why feeling worthless, not good enough or like you don’t matter is a learned and trained behavior

The sooner you’re able to understand the “why” behind the “what,” the sooner you can change the way you move forward. You discover where your happiness comes from. You discover where your self-worth comes from. You’re able to put up healthy boundaries and change your life.

If any one of theses things is affecting you, you’ve got to work on it right now. The sooner you call the lies “lies,” the sooner you move on to a stronger and healthier you. Pull the junk out, eliminate it, and move on. This isn’t an easy or quick process but that’s why we’ve got LifePlan! If you’re interested in learning more about this process, check out chrislocurto.com/lifeplan.

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January 15, 2015

Procrastinate on Purpose with Rory Vaden

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Procrastinate on Purpose with Rory Vaden

 

 

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Rory Vaden, MBA CSP is Cofounder of Southwestern Consulting, a Self-Discipline Strategist and an Internationally Renowned Speaker. His first book Take the Stairs was a #1 Wall St Journal and #2 New York Times bestseller. His new book Procrastinate on Purpose is the first book ever to focus on the emotional side of productivity and it presents 5 methods to literally multiply your time. Listen to his weekly podcast and get free daily insights at: http://www.roryvadenblog.com

After learning about Procrastinate on Purpose you will:

  • Have clear methodologies for defining what your priorities really are in life and business
  • Feel more empowered to say “no” to the things that don’t matter so you can say “yes” to the things that do
  • Understand the way the most successful people in the world think differently about time
  • Employ solutions to give yourself more margin in life without compromising your results
  • Develop a sense of inner peace and control from embracing and implementing the 5 Permissions of The Focus Funnel™:
    • Eliminate: The Permission to Ignore
    • Automate: The Permission to Invest
    • Delegate: The Permission of Imperfect
    • Procrastinate: The Permission of Incomplete
    • Concentrate: The Permission to Protect

And if you’d like to win Rory’s book  – email Keith with this subject line: Procrastinate on Purpose and he’ll give you the details.

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January 14, 2015

Ask Chris: Are You Faking It?

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ARE YOU FAKING IT?

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In today’s episode of #AskChris, Trent has questions about understanding his DISC personality profile. He’s noticed that as his coworkers & customers get to know him, his adaptive style shows up less & his natural style is showing up more. He questions if the goal is to become more natural in all areas of his life. Great questions!

Your natural personality style is when you feel the most comfortable. It’s your home life, when you’re relaxed and just being yourself. When you get into your adaptive style, your work life or stress life, you adapt to the personality style in which you want people to receive you. The struggle comes as you get more comfortable with your coworkers or customers, they get to know the real you. Their expectations for who you’ve been can leave you feeling like you’re faking it. Don’t worry, you’re not.

In this podcast, I’ll dig into:

  • What a big spread between your natural and adaptive D, I, S, or C can mean
  • What happens when you force an area of your adaptive personality style
  • Why it’s so important to learn YOU as well as understand the people you’re working with and lean in their direction

If you haven’t taken the DISC or VALUES tests yet, make sure you do immediately! It’s the most powerful way to win in business and family situations. It will absolutely change the way you communicate and are communicated to.

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January 13, 2015

The Signs of Emotional Abuse

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The Signs of Emotional Abuse

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Whether you’re an entrepreneur, team member or leader, you’re not just working on the business side of running a company, managing projects, or leading a team. You’re doing life with the people you work with and you have a life that’s interacting with your business. Today we’re talking about emotional abuse and digging into what abuse actually is and how it effects your life.

Have you been emotionally abused? Are you the one doing it and not realizing it? In this episode I’m digging into:

  • The many signs of emotional abuse and how to recognize it
  • The purpose of emotional abuse and what it has in common with the abuser’s root system
  • Understanding the “why” and the lies of emotional abuse
  • Where your self-worth and self-confidence should come from

If you’ve felt this, been ridiculed or shamed, or humiliated, you’re not meant to live that kind of life. That is not what God wants for you. Go to chrislocurto.com/lifeplan, fill out your information, and we’ll get you help as soon as possible.

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January 8, 2015

Redefine Rich with Matt Ham

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Have you considered that being rich has far more to do with your heart than your wallet? Author Matt Ham joins us on the show to talk about redefining what “rich” is and how to have a rich life. Through borrowed wisdom and perspective, Matt dives into the RICH principles to create a deeper, more well-rounded life:

R – Recognize you’re broken

I – Invest in others

C – Choose gratitude

H – Humble yourself with confidence

Matt’s new book, Redefine Rich, addresses these principles through amazing stories of people daring to live richly. In this interview, we discuss:

  • How to look at your life with purpose and perspective
  • Having confidence in our gifts because they have been given to us by God
  • Living out what we’ve been given
  • How to move past force of habit thinking and be intentional
  • Why giving is always better than having

“Giving liberates the soul of the giver.” – Maya Angelou

We are made rich, in every way, to share our generosity with others and that is the purpose of richness. In the spirit of giving, Matt is giving away copies of his brand new book, Redefine Rich, to 10 lucky listeners. Go to iTunes and leave a review of the Chris LoCurto Show. Send an email referencing your review to keith@chrislocurto.com to be entered in the giveaway!

Also, it’s the LAST day to plug into Michael Hyatt’s goal setting program! Go, right now, do it. It’s the best program I’ve seen for goal setting. I endorse it fully!

Get started here: http://bestyearever.me/chrislocurto.

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January 7, 2015

Ask Chris: Intentional Living

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So many people have not been taught to be intentional or live intentionally. Intentional livings starts by saying, “I don’t want life to just happen to me anymore.” Instead of reacting and letting life happen one day at a time, it’s taking action and choosing to be intentional every day in your career, your marriage, with your children, with God, with your finances…and the list goes on. Intentional living is planning out the life you’re called to live and living it!

There’s no magic pill. There’s no trick. There’s no quick fix right now. It takes hard work.

Write your answers to these questions down, right now:

What’s the first thing that comes to mind that you want to be intentional about? What are the steps it’ll take to get there?

If you don’t have the answers, find someone who does! LifePlan is a great place to start.

In this podcast, Chris will discuss:

  • Being in the moment but being intentional about life
  • Changing your mindset
  • Having a vision, making a plan and setting goals along the way
  • Mapping out what it’s going to take today to make your goals happen
  • How to be successful by living intentionally

We got a lot of comments over the holidays from many of you about starting Michael Hyatts Best Year Ever and just loving it! Tomorrow is the last day to sign up and I absolutely recommend going through this information. It’s the best program I’ve seen for goal setting. I endorse it fully!

Go here to get started: http://bestyearever.me/chrislocurto.

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January 6, 2015

Your LifePlan Questions Answered

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LifePlan Questions Answered

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Welcome to 2015! I hope your year is already rocking and you’ve started living intentionally. Michael Hyatts “Best Year Ever” is still going on for the next few days. What are you waiting for? Get involved by going to http://bestyearever.me/chrislocurto.

Today, Joel is joining me on the podcast and we’re answering your questions on LifePlan. This process is all about discovering the “why.” Why you make decisions the way you’re making them. Why you’re doing what you’re doing now. Why you’re at where you’re at in life. Everyone that comes through has decided to change their life for the better.

In this episode, we’ll be answering:

  • How LifePlan works and what you can expect during the two-day process
  • How we discover your purpose in life and your career through LifePlan
  • What tangible things (documents, playbook, etc.) attendees leave with
  • If spouses can attend LifePlan together
  • How LifePlan will help you

Wether you’re dealing with some serious junk or you just feel stuck in your life, I absolutely believe this process will change your life. It changes the way you live your life.

If we didn’t answer your question today, there are two ways to get those questions answered. Either contact Joel by going to http://chrislocurto.com/lifeplan-sign-up/, or send a voicemail at http://chrislocurto.com/askchris/

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December 31, 2014

Top Moments of 2014

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The last day of the year!
Can you believe it? Are you ready for 2015? I know you are!
Today I wanted to get the team on the show to share their top podcast moments from 2014.
The good, the bad, and the awkward. #essentialoils #walgreens
The team and I talk about the highlights and touching moments that created a legendary 2014 for us.
It’s a long one and we cover a lot of ground – so let’s dive in.

AND a shout out to everyone who has left us a review on iTunes – YOU ROCK!

Today is the last day to leave a review for a free DISC Personality Profile.

So go to iTunes, leave a review, send an email to keith@chrislocurto.com, reference your review with your name and we’ll make sure you get your FREE Test.

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December 30, 2014

Can You Change Your Personality Style?

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Can you change your personality style?

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I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas – we sure did!
Now it’s time to plan for 2015. You’ve checked out Michael Hyatt’s goal setting program right? Hmm…go, right now, do it. It’s the best program I’ve seen for goal setting. I endorse it fully!
Go here to get started: http://bestyearever.me/chrislocurto.

So we have been getting a flood of calls on the  ChrisLoCurto.com/AskChris  page. Some are awesome. Some are creepy. Just kidding!
Thanks to everyone who took the time to leave a message. Stay tuned, we will get to all of them throughout the coming weeks.

Todays question is on changing your personality style. Can you really do it?

As an entrepreneur you have to wear a ton of hats. And as a solopreneur even more hats!
Sometimes you have to suck it up and do the hard work required to grow your business…even if it’s not “in your personality” to do it. #tufflove

This is a great one for all the entre’s in the audience.

Let me know in the comments how you have had to stretch your personality style for a season so you could grow your business, or grow yourself.

In todays podcast you will learn:

  • What happens when you try to change your personality style
  • If you can “really” ever change your personality style
  • How you prepare when you have to leave your personality comfort zone
  • Why 18 months is all the time you have
  • What happened when Chris didn’t follow his own advice when hiring

AND remember… for the month of December we are giving away a FREE DISC Personality Style Test to EVERYONE who leaves us an iTunes Review. EVERYONE!!!

So go to iTunes, leave a review, send an email to keith@chrislocurto.com, reference your review with your name and we’ll make sure you get your FREE Test.

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December 23, 2014

How To Lead When Your Hands Are Tied

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How to lead when your hands are tied

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We are getting a ton of questions!!!  Thanks to everyone who has gone over to ChrisLoCurto.com/AskChris and left us a message. We love it!

Todays question is a tuff one: How do you lead when your hands are tied.
This one’s all about leadership.
Our caller is in the public sector and doesn’t have the authority to necessarily give a raise or fire anyone. How do you lead?

I think you will get a few actionable take aways from her question.

I’d also love to know if you have any tips for handling this situation. Leave a comment below and let us know.

In todays podcast you will learn:

  • Chris’s definition of leadership
  • The importance of knowing your “why”
  • How to motivate your team
  • Using your “why” to motivate your team
  • The smart way to reprimand

AND for the month of December we are giving away a FREE DISC Personality Style Test to EVERYONE who leaves us an iTunes Review. EVERYONE!!!

So go to iTunes, leave a review, send an email to keith@chrislocurto.com, reference your review with your name and we’ll make sure you get your FREE Test.

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December 18, 2014

Ask Chris: Your First Hire

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Who do you hire first?


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I’ve got a special treat for you on today’s show… Mr. Barry White stops in the studio for a guest appearance. (You’ll get it in a minute)

But seriously, our Q&A shows have been such a hit that we are changing the name to “Ask Chris” and are making it even easier to “ask Chris” your questions about business and life.

Go to ChrisLoCurto.com/AskChris and leave your question and you just might make it on the show! And use #AskChris if you want to ask Chris a question on social.

Today’s question is on the topic of – who should you hire first when building your business.

More specifically, “does my personality style limit me to who I should hire first?”
Shout out to Randy for giving us today’s question.

In this episode you will learn:

  • How do you set up your business for success.
  • Can any personality style be an entrepreneur?
  • Why you should avoid partnerships.
  • Who do you hire first in your startup.
  • Do you hire by personality style?
  • Why you should start small.
  • Fixed expenses vs. Variable expenses
  • How to get a free DISC personality test.

AND for the month of December we are giving away a FREE DISC Personality Style Test to EVERYONE who leaves us an iTunes Review. EVERYONE!!!

So go to iTunes, leave a review, send an email to keith@chrislocurto.com, reference your review with your name and we’ll make sure you get your FREE Test.

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December 17, 2014

It’s All About Mindset

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On today’s show Joel Fortner talks about the importance of mindset when it comes to growing your business.

If you are just starting out on your entrepreneurial journey or you are a seasoned CEO this episode will inspire you to take a look in the mirror and recommit to staying on a growth trajectory.

On today’s show you will learn:

  • How to figure out how much to charge for your services
  • The importance of mindset in success
  • Fixed Mindset vs. Growth Mindset
  • Will your customers leave if you raise your prices
  • Why mindset is the key to achieving your goals
  • The crippling power of limiting beliefs
  • That you can not stay isolated on your journey

Also, be sure to download Joel’s marketing framework for growing your business the right way.
It’s all about Get – Serve – Keep!

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December 10, 2014

What To Do When You’re Overpaying a Team Member

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What To Do When You're Overpaying a Team Member

Today I’m answering a listener’s question about what to do when you’re overpaying a team member. As small business owners and entrepreneurs, we make mistakes. When those mistakes effect our team members, it’s very important to act with compassion and respect but “there is no ministry where there is no margin.” It’s a tough situation but you can treat an overpaid team member with dignity by giving them options that are fair and create a timetable for resolution.

In this episode you’ll learn:
  • The importance of a KRA & how to evaluate what winning looks like
  • How to honor your team members while honoring your business
  • How to give an overpaid team member options
  • Why it should always be a gut-wrenching decision to dock pay or let someone go

If you’ve got a question, click the microphone on the right side of this page and we’ll try to answer it on a future episode. Also, if you’re not using KRAs in your business, what are you waiting for? Check out these links and get started today:

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December 10, 2014

Part 2 – Your Best Year Ever with Michael Hyatt

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Your Best Year Ever Part 2 with Michael Hyatt

 

Michael Hyatt just released his all-new 5 Days To
Your Best Year Ever Coaching Program.

Last year alone over 3,000+ people went through
the program – and there are some amazing
stories of people experiencing incredible
transformations in their life.

We sat down for The Chris LoCurto Show to talk about how to have Your Best Year Ever.

In Part 2 of our interview you’ll learn:

  • How to set the stage for breakthrough.
  • On going public with your goals.
  • How to stay focused.
  • How many goals should you set?
  • Why people don’t set goals.
  • The fear of failure in goals setting.

Go listen and check out bestyearever.me/chrislocurto to make this YOUR BEST YEAR EVER!

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December 9, 2014

Your Best Year Ever with Michael Hyatt

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Michael Hyatt Best Year Ever

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 I’m sure you can think of someone who just seems to strike gold with whatever they touch – am I right?

You look at their success and think, “why them?”
I mean, you’re just as smart.  Just as talented.

So what sets them apart?

Well you’ll find out in today’s podcast with Michael Hyatt.

When you understand these qualities, you’ll also
understand what may be holding you back from
reaching your true potential.

You’ll learn:

  • Why now is the best time to get started with your goals.
  • How to avoid the New Years Resolution Curse
  • Why traditional goal setting doesn’t work.
  • How to set effective goals.
  • What to do when you get discouraged with your goals.
  • The Messy Middle with goal setting.
  • The correlation between goals and happiness.
  • What the Country Music Marathon has to do with goals.

Go listen and check out bestyearever.me/chrislocurto to make this YOUR BEST YEAR EVER!

 

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December 4, 2014

Do You Need An MBA To Be Successful? A Discussion on Education

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Do you need an mba to be successful?

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If you think getting your MBA is your ticket to good life…think again.
Having your MBA can be extremely valuable IF you know YOUR WHY.

On today’s show you will learn:

  • Do you need an MBA to get the “corner office”?
  • Why a mindset shift is crucial
  • Active vs. Passive Learning
  • When to hire an MBA
  • The only reason you should get your MBA
  • Is college a “must”?
  • Why you must teach yourself to continue to learn
  • The Importance of learning from experts
  • Self taught vs. MBA
  • What it takes to be successful

How has an MBA or some form of intentional learning helped you?
What are you doing now to grow?

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December 3, 2014

How to Fix Your Sales

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How to fix your sales process

Every person is in sales. Let me say it again, EVERY PERSON IS IN SALES.

I doubt there’s anyone reading this that isn’t selling in some capacity – we all have some aspect of sales in our lives and businesses.

On the show today I’m going to go through a process of questions that you should have in place to grow your sales. Are your sales struggling? Do you know how to increase it?
I’m about to give you a framework for reverse engineering your sales success.

You’ll learn:

  • How your product could be leading to poor sales.
  • How to price your product.
  • How your customers can help you fine tune your offer.
  • The real reason for marketing.
  • The importance of a sales pitch. Your reps do have an actual sales pitch right?
  • Why you need sales metrics.
  • The vital role of productivity for your sales reps

If todays podcast leaves you feeling overwhelmed or you do not see a clear path to sales growth, schedule a sale coaching call with Joel Fortner so you can fix this TODAY.
Trust me…he will make you look like a rock star!

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December 2, 2014

Q&A: Are You at a Career Crossroad?

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Are you at a crossroad in your career?

On today’s show I answer a question that came in from a listener regarding how to transition out a job and into entrepreneurship.

Are you feeling like God may have something bigger for you?
Are you afraid of making the leap?
If you’re getting the tug from God that it’s time to move on –  this episode is specifically for you.

If God is calling you to transition then He will make a way BUT it has to be on His timing.

Are you in a transition right now? Do you feel like God is leading you in another direction?
Let me know in the comments how can I help.

 

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November 25, 2014

What’s Your Why? [with Download]

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What's Your Why

1 Day ’til Thanksgiving!

Are you ready? If not…go listen to yesterday’s podcast on family conflict.
(and Download the Avoiding Conlfict Guide)

This holiday week is the perfect time to reset your focus. It’s a great time to ask if you’re living “your why.” 

I’ve got a screensaver on my computer that says “What’s Your Why?!”

It’s a daily reminder of why I started this company, why I do what I do, and my purpose in life. (You can download your own desktop wallpaper below)What's Your Why Screensaver

On the show today I want to challenge you to recommit to “your why”.

And if you haven’t determined it yet…start today!

 

 Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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