Share

Career Warrior Podcast

Land your dream job. Become a better professional.

Our podcast is designed to help you land your dream job -- and help you be the best professional you can be in your careers. You will hear motivational advice from industry leaders, resume experts, and job seekers to hel... More
Latest Episode
2019-6-13

#47) Accomplish MORE | Stop Wasting Time & Start Saying No | Dan LeFave

Season 1, Ep. 47

Today, we are going to assist you on your journey to becoming a better professional and discuss how you can do more in less time. Because time is the most valuable resource you have. And us warriors are all about being smarter in the ways that we do things.


Perhaps you’re like me who is always saying the statement, I don’t have time. I don’t have time. And you’re using it as an excuse as to why you haven’t grown your business as much as you wish or gotten that promotion, or quit that job you hate to get something that’s more fulfilling.


Yes, time seems to be the ultimate constraint, even more than money in many of our cases. It’s one of my favorite topics, and this episode just excites me so much. 


I brought on Dan LeFave, a No Excuse prepare for success coach and mindset engineer. Since 2012, he’s helped professionals cut time in half to boost workplace productivity. He’s been featured in national publications including Business Magazine and Success Profiles Magazine.

[Chris quick plug to review Career Warrior Podcast and a shout out to a special reviewer]


Here's what we cover:

  • Why is it so hard in 2019 and beyond for us to spend our time wisely?
  • What’s the biggest mistake people make with their time?
  • What are the steps I need to take if I have a goal and I want to accomplish it in less time?
  • What are your best tips for how to say “no”? (Especially to the “yes” man or woman?)


Resources mentioned in the show:

2019-6-13

#47) Accomplish MORE | Stop Wasting Time & Start Saying No | Dan LeFave

Season 1, Ep. 47

Today, we are going to assist you on your journey to becoming a better professional and discuss how you can do more in less time. Because time is the most valuable resource you have. And us warriors are all about being smarter in the ways that we do things.


Perhaps you’re like me who is always saying the statement, I don’t have time. I don’t have time. And you’re using it as an excuse as to why you haven’t grown your business as much as you wish or gotten that promotion, or quit that job you hate to get something that’s more fulfilling.


Yes, time seems to be the ultimate constraint, even more than money in many of our cases. It’s one of my favorite topics, and this episode just excites me so much. 


I brought on Dan LeFave, a No Excuse prepare for success coach and mindset engineer. Since 2012, he’s helped professionals cut time in half to boost workplace productivity. He’s been featured in national publications including Business Magazine and Success Profiles Magazine.

[Chris quick plug to review Career Warrior Podcast and a shout out to a special reviewer]


Here's what we cover:

  • Why is it so hard in 2019 and beyond for us to spend our time wisely?
  • What’s the biggest mistake people make with their time?
  • What are the steps I need to take if I have a goal and I want to accomplish it in less time?
  • What are your best tips for how to say “no”? (Especially to the “yes” man or woman?)


Resources mentioned in the show:

2019-6-6

#46) Who Should I Connect With on LinkedIn? | Getting Those Numbers Up | Tom Powner of Career Thinker

Season 1, Ep. 46

Today, we are going to delve into one of the most frequently mentioned topics regarding LinkedIn: making those connections! It’s not enough just to have a strong profile; you need to make sure that you are gaining traction and visibility by virtue of the connections you make. And a slew of mini-questions arise when it comes to this main topic...


  • Who should I accept or reject requests from?
  • How many connections should I have?
  • How can I get my connections up in a meaningful way?


We are going to address all of these questions and so much more in this podcast episode.


I brought on Tom Powner, founder of Career Thinker. He is a LinkedIn strategist, resume writer, job search & interview coach, and recruiter for sales, marketing, and HR professionals. Tom is part of the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches. And perhaps most relevant -- I met Tom on LinkedIn. LinkedIn is such an important tool, and I’m hoping here today we can say something that will inspire you to a better career using this tool.


So let’s talk LinkedIn and bring you in on that journey during this conversation. And let’s make your life even more fulfilling with our 46th episode on the Career Warrior Podcast!


Here's what we cover regarding networking on LinkedIn:


  • Why is networking so important? Let’s talk about LinkedIn as a networking tool.
  • Why might size might matter for someone who’s getting out there and trying to further his or her career? Is there a right or wrong number of connections to have?
  • Why is it important that I don’t accept requests from everyone to get those numbers up?
  • Who should I be accepting requests from?
  • What are the top 3 ways to get my numbers up?


Resources mentioned in the podcast:


Connect with Tom Powner on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tompowner/

Check out Career Thinker, Tom's business, here: https://www.careerthinker.com/

2019-5-23

#44) Conquer Your Fears of Rejection in 30 Days | Alex Grodnik of Moving Up Podcast

Season 1, Ep. 44

Today, we’re going to punch fear in the mouth by discussing rejection therapy and what it can do for you. I know so many of us -- including myself -- limit our own potential by not going to what we want. Or worse, we don’t go for what we should be going after.


  • Maybe there is a job you want to go for, and it’s a stretch for you.
  • Maybe you believe it’s time for a promotion, but you’re scared to ask your boss.
  • Maybe your co-worker is the hottest thing on the planet and you’re afraid things are gonna get awkward real quick once they say no.


Well, dealing with rejection is a muscle, and today we’re taking you to the gym.


I brought on Alex Grodnik, a true Career Warrior, and we’re going to talk about the concept of rejection therapy. Alex is the Co-Founder of Payclub and the Founder of Grod Media, which hosts the Moving Up Podcast.


So let’s talk about rejection therapy because this can really take you up a notch in life!


Questions we address:


  • Who’s Alex Grodnik?
  • First of all: Why are so many people afraid of rejection?
  • What’s rejection therapy used for? Why is it so useful?
  • What’s the key outcome I should be moving toward?
  • Let’s talk about how we can practically use rejection therapy in our lives. How would I tell that listener to use rejection therapy as a tool in their job search -- or even to make them more of a warrior?
  • What are some other applications I can use this tool for?
  • Alex, if you could give one piece of advice to every job seeker on what they should do to be successful -- what would that be?


Resources from the show:

2019-5-16

#43) Quitting Your Job to Start Your Own Business: Worth It? | The Startup Life with Michael Testa

Season 1, Ep. 43

We are going to discuss entrepreneurship -- and specifically the idea of quitting your job to start your own business.


  • Maybe the idea of starting your own business excites you.
  • Maybe you’re about to make that leap of faith right now.
  • Maybe you’ve been in it for a while, and you’re not sure if you should keep going.


Today, we’re going to discuss some of the best considerations for anyone who wants to call this journey their own. We’re going to talk about what entrepreneurship is really like, who it’s wrong for, and if you stick around until the end...you’re going to hear some great stories, including some highs and lows in pursuing this journey for the last 5 years.


I brought on Michael Testa, a friend of mine who is similar to me in many ways. Michael quit his high-paying job to pursue his dream of starting his own business. His background previously included leading technology initiatives for various Fortune 500 companies. He now works alongside me at Capital Factory, the tech hub for entrepreneurs, where he’s been putting in hustle to launch Eat Cheap, which is building the biggest library of food and drink deals in the nation.


The Entrepreneur’s Journey: Here's what we cover:


  • Who is entrepreneurship right for and who is it wrong for?
  • What did you give up when you decide to start your own business? What do you feel like you get in return for choosing this path?
  • Let’s talk about what people will think about you when you choose this path.
  • Both Michael and I answer: what has been the highest high, and what has been the lowest low of our journey so far?
  • Work life balance : still relevant? If so, what’s that look like?


Resources mentioned in the show:

2019-5-9

#42) Communicating with Confidence | Jennifer Rock and Michael Voss Discuss Tone, Body Language, and Crutch Words

Season 1, Ep. 42

Today, we’re going to discuss the most underrated career advice ever -- and that’s communicating with confidence. So many of us are focusing on the words that we say in communication -- whether that be an interview, negotiation, or just an everyday conversation with your boss.


But what many of us forget is the way we deliver those words.


  • Does our body match what we are trying to say?
  • Do we appear unsure of what we are trying to say?
  • Do we appear confident?


We are going to cover it all with two amazing experts within the world of corporate communication.


With 45+ years of combined experience, Jennifer Rock and Michael Voss are the founders of Rock Dot Voss, a communications agency that helps companies and C-level executives to produce results.

  • Clients claim Jennifer Rock is: "Calm and organized even in absolute chaos." And previously, Jennifer led Employee Communications teams and programs at Best Buy.
  • Clients call Michael Voss: "Every exec's trusted collaborator,” and Michael also worked for Best Buy as Senior Director of Employee Communication.


Both Jennifer and Michael are authors of Operation Clusterpuck: A B.S. Incorporated Novel. The fiction tale includes workplace romances and corporate fiascos all in one, which we will discuss at the end of this podcast.


Here's what we cover:


Setting the Stage:

  • Let’s talk about where this advice is going to be applicable. Does this type of communication matter apply to 1-on-1 situations?
  • Why is body language so important?


Heart of the Content:

Some areas of nonverbal communication that we cover:

  • Tone of Voice
  • Body Language
  • Gestures
  • Eye Contact
  • Crutch Words


The format:

  • What is the biggest mistake that people are making in the area?
  • Contrast this with how people should be communicating.
  • Are there any techniques, exercises, or hacks that can get people improving in each area?


Resources from the podcast:

Get Operation Clusterpuck here: https://www.amazon.com/Operation-Clusterpuck-B-S-Incorporated-Novel/dp/1634891716

Find out more about Jennifer Rock and Michael Voss' work at RockDotVoss.com

2019-5-2

#41) Doing What You Want vs. What Society Expects | Cloud Nine Living with Jordan Gross

Season 1, Ep. 41

Check out Jordan Gross & Cloud Nine Living at https://www.journeytocloudnine.com/


Welcome to the 41st episode of the Let’s Eat, Grandma Career Warrior Podcast! We are going to talk about how to do what you want to do not what society expects you to do.


I are going to take you on an adventure today with my friend and author-expert, Jordan Gross:


  • He’s a best-selling author of the book, Getting COMFY: Your Morning Guide to Daily Happiness (which was the theme of our 17th podcast).
  • He’s founded 3 different startups and helped many professionals to improve their careers including employees at Google and Amazon.
  • And another amazing fact: he’s a TedX speaker.


Here’s the thing: here’s why I’m bringing Jordan on today. He’s coming out with a new book called The Journey to Cloud Nine: which is all about the protagonist’s journey about doing what you want to do --- not what society tells you to do. The book discusses what life could be when you choose your path -- not someone else’s expectation of your path.


Topic Material for this episode:


  • What is Cloud 9 Living?
  • Why do people choose to go the route of choosing career paths that are safe or pre-approved by society or family members?
  • How should we define success in our careers? (Contrast this with how most people define success in their careers).
  • Let’s talk about how we can avoid the pitfall of choosing career paths based on societal pressure.
  • Timing: When is the right time to pursue that Cloud 9 Moment?