EP 101: How to communicate with different brains in a remote workplace

Communicating in a remote workplace is much different then how you communicate with coworkers and others in person. We have all found this out since COVID-19 struck us. This podcast is going to go through how we can improve our communications when we have different brains, as well as communicating with other different brains.

Back on the podcast is Grant Crowell the author of Grantasms- Twisted Creative Words for Cool People.

Grant CrowellGrant also serves as a trainer for various individuals and organizations and helps to train those with a neurodiverse background.

Grant and Dave discuss the fact that communication has changed and suffered in this new remote world we are living and working in. Grant talks about some of the biggest struggles with online communication and specifically for those with ADHD or other different brains.

Grant discusses the differences between face-to-face meetings and online meetings as well as the challenges that both have presented us this past year.

Grant talks about some of his strategies for better communication and he talks about how two different brains, example two people with ADHD can communicate more effectively with each other.

Grant offers his tips for better communication including coming to commonality with others, the power of listening, the power of follow ups, mimicking communication styles and making sure you do not assume anything especially when it comes to communicating online. He also discusses the power of a communication audit in an organization.

Find Grant’s book here: https://www.amazon.com/GRANTASMS-Creative-twisted-words-people-ebook/dp/B07ZY9JDPP

EP 100: What productivity really means when you have ADHD

We are continuing to learn the lessons from the year 2020 in order to have a much more productive 2021. Many of us have lost track of time, had to adjust our routines because of COVID-19 and have found out what it really means to be productive.

In this episode, we are going to discuss what productivity really means to an individual and will focus in on how to identify the productivity strategies that work for you. We have back Dr. Sarah Reiff-Hekking of True Focus Coaching. She is a time management and productivity guru and has been on Overcoming Distractions before with her expert advice and tips.

We start by discussing some of the lessons that many of us may have learned about productivity as a result of the year 2020. And Sarah asks the question, what went well? A question we should all be asking ourselves. Focusing on the negative aspects and what we did not get done, does not help us at all. How did you move the ball forward this past year?

Sarah Reiff-HekkingSarah and Dave also discuss that there is not one bulletproof productivity technique. Everyone is different and you need to experiment with different strategies to find out how you can be most productive and manage your time officially. Experimenting is the answer to finding this out for yourself.

Sarah discusses other aspects of productivity such as having a good relationship with your calendar in your to-do list. She discusses the importance of building tools for productivity and finding simple tools to help you get more done with the time that you have.

And Dr. Sarah discusses what productivity is. When you get to do what is important to you, when you can be effective been getting things done, and how you could achieve your own goals with increased productivity.

She ends by asking you one important question. What is one meaningful thing you have done this week?

If you are struggling with productivity after this past year and you want to figure out how to take the lessons from what COVID-19 has forced us to do and turn those into positives for 2021, you need to listen to what Dr. Sarah has to say in this podcast.

You can find Dr. Sarah Reiff-Hekking at True Focus Coaching; www.TrueFocusCoaching.com

Ep 99: Hey you with ADHD-Have more fun this year

If you went through the year 2020 then you probably experienced a lot of ups and downs. All of us ADHD or not experienced a lot of emotions and the year was quite a rollercoaster. Because of that, many of us probably did not have as much fun as we wanted to in our lives.

Dr. Kirsten Milliken is back on the podcast to discuss ways to have more fun in 2021. And boy do we need fun after the year we’ve had. Kirsten is a big advocate of using fun and play to manage your ADHD and to help you thrive in life and in business.

Kirsten MillikenKirsten is also the co-founder of World of ADHD. The project profiles many successful individuals that just happened to have ADHD. Anyone with ADHD can submit their art, writing, music, and other creative projects to show the positive aspects of having ADHD. Kirsten gives us an update on this important project.

Of course, having a discussion about fun, would not be fun without some laughs and there are plenty of laughs between Kirsten and Dave in this discussion.

Kirsten discusses is why play and fun are so important to the ADHD brain. Having fun keeps us motivated in other areas and activates that all-important dopamine that we need to get through the day. She gives us examples of how we can stay motivated and how we can actually play better.

Kirsten wraps up with her tips for incorporating fun into our lives and staying connected even in a pandemic like we have been experiencing. That includes incorporating fun in smaller environments in ways we can still meet new people.

Have you found something new and fun this year? Maybe it was cooking, a new form of exercise or you found a new TV show to binge-watch. Whatever it is, make sure you have fun this year.

Find World of ADHD here: https://www.worldofadhd.com/

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EP 98: The power of self-discipline-Part 2

Self-discipline is the foundation of achieving what we want in life and becoming the person we were meant to be. Without self-discipline, we will never know the life we could have achieved and the goals we could have accomplished. That is why this discussion is so important.

This is part two of our discussion on the power of self-discipline for those with ADHD and others. You do not have to have ADHD to walk away with a ton of value from this podcast.

Dave continues his discussion with Giovanni Dienstmann, A meditation and self-discipline teacher and coach.

GiovanniWhile many with a distracted brain may be challenged when it comes to self-discipline, Giovanni addresses those individuals right at the beginning about any skepticism they may have. He does so by talking about his younger years when he did not feel so peaceful or disciplined. By looking at his own upbringing, Giovanni feels confident that his advice can help just about anybody become centered and disciplined in life.

Dave and Giovanni spend time on the concept of willpower. And Giovanni specifically addresses willpower for those who may have an impulsive nature. That would include those with ADHD.

Giovanni talks about how optimism goes hand in hand with willpower and he offers his tips for being more optimistic about the process.

He also breaks down the concept of awareness both internal and external awareness. Giovanni feels this is a big part of becoming more self-disciplined in life. He discusses meditation, journaling and integration as parts of the awareness journey.

Giovanni ends the discussion with small steps people can take to begin the journey of more self-discipline in their lives including the PAW Method, Pause, Awareness and Willpower.

If you are looking for a methodical and well thought out approach to getting more out of life and finding the discipline you need to achieve your goals, this is a great discussion.

Find Giovanni at his website and learn more about the programs he offers.



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EP 97: How to get out of your own way when you have ADHD

We’re not going to sugarcoat anything in this podcast episode. Many with and without ADHD tend to get in their own way when it comes to progress in life and creating the life and business that you want for yourself. So the topic of this podcast is how to get out of your own way.

The guest is Nancy Colier. Nancy is a psychotherapist, a past guest on Overcoming Distractions, and the author of a book by this same title. How to Get Out of Your Own Way.

Many never really live the life or achieve the goals they want because of limiting beliefs, negative mindset, and telling ourselves do we are not worth the goals that we’re trying to achieve or a successful life. We tell ourselves some things and after time we believe it whether it is negative or positive.

Nancy ColierAnd that by definition is being in our own way. And Nancy is going to walk us through how to tear down that internal brick wall in front of us.

Nancy and Dave discuss what it actually means to be in your own way as well as how this actually happens in our personal lives and in our business. They discussed the many things that limited beliefs and an improper mindset can prevent us from doing in our lives.

Nancy talks about how negative internal thoughts, chasing perfection and self-doubt can limit our ability to live the life we want and to actually enjoy that life.

The two talk about how you need to be present in the moment and how to get into the “now,” they discuss how elite athletes get into the zone and how successful people block out what does not work for them.

This is part one of a 2-part series on this topic so stay tuned for Nancy’s next appearance here.

Learn more about Nancy Colier on her website and find more books written by her; http://nancycolier.com/


EP 96: ADHD and radical self-acceptance Part 2

This is part two of our discussion about radical self-acceptance with ADHD coach Diann Wingert.

Diann and Dave continue their discussion about why it is so important to get comfortable with yourself and accept your strengths and weaknesses. Doing so is a very powerful way to thrive in life and in business.

Diann talks about the negative biases of the brain and how that affects accepting who we are. She also talks about knowing what your triggers are so that you can minimize limiting beliefs and mindsets.

Diann WingertShe also talks about how to embrace ourselves, moving towards a positive attitude, and how our emotions can control our behaviors.

Diann gives her road map to getting on that path of radical self-acceptance.

She talks about how to begin the process of creating a positive mindset. Diann also talks about the fact that there are people in our lives that are going to like us and not and that is all right. She said it is OK to stand out and be different and to share our gifts with others.

Diann also talks about how important it is to do things we are good at in our personal lives and in our careers.

She discusses how we must laugh at ourselves to begin to accept ourselves, we need to release resentment and self-pity and we need to forgive ourselves often.

Find Diann Wingert and her podcast on her website: https://www.diannwingertcoaching.com/

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EP 95: A Journey of Self Discipline Part 1

This podcast is dedicated to the journey of self-discipline. At times to be clear, it may be a tough discussion, we get in your face a little bit, and we show you what’s possible when you can implement some self-discipline into your life.

We have back Giovanni Deinstmann, a mindfulness and discipline coach based in Sydney Australia. Giovanni works with all types of people including those of us with a distracted mind.

Giovanni We have a frank discussion about how to implement self-discipline strategies into our daily lives. We talk about how long-term goals should take precedence over our short-term urges and instant gratification. We recognize that this is one of the biggest battles for many with adult ADHD and in fact we also recognize that it can be an hourly battle to reduce our short-term urges.

We discuss why the distracted mind is challenged with self-discipline and some of the strategies to slowly get on the path of disciplining your life so you can thrive.

We address how many with ADHD can run out of steam or energy during the day and how we can factor that into practicing self discipline for the long term.

Giovanni also discusses is what some may think is a radical approach to hitting the reset button with his monk week. He describes it as a dopamine detox, staying away from bad dopamine such as social media in other instant cravings.

This is part one of a two part podcast series with Giovanni on self-discipline.

Learn more about how to work with Giovanni here: https://liveanddare.com/

EP 94: Radical Self-Acceptance with Adult ADHD Part 1

We begin a two-part series on the subject of ADHD and self-acceptance. In fact, we bring it to another level on this podcast by calling it radical self-acceptance.

Adults with ADHD can truly thrive in life and in business with the proper mindset. And this podcast episode hits adult ADHD head-on and hard to uncover why some of us cannot get out of our own way.

Dave has a very frank and open discussion with ADHD coach Diann Wingert. Diann is a former psychotherapist turned ADHD coach for busy women and executives. While she does work with women; her advice will help anyone as you will see in this podcast.

Diann Wingert Diane talks about what thriving with adult ADHD really means. Dave and Diane discussed negative talk that inside comparison with ourselves and they touch on how to love and respect ourselves. They discuss at length how adults with ADHD are not broken and how we can reduce the stigma within ourselves about our adult ADHD.

Diann defines radical self-acceptance and what that means for us as we try and thrive in life and business.

This is a very upfront discussion about the truths and realities of thriving with adult ADHD. Diann prides herself on taking a no BS approach to living an enriched life with ADHD.

But let’s make it clear, we both know many struggle as adults and children when it comes to ADHD. We recognize that and we hope that a blunt discussion about how many people have thrived with ADHD can bring about greater awareness and help people accept themselves including their strengths and their weaknesses.

This is part one of a two-part series with ADHD coach Diann Wingert.

Fine out more about Diann here: https://www.diannwingertcoaching.com/

EP 93: ADHD, self-awareness and daily life

ADHD coach Jeff Copper is back to discuss the topic of being more self-aware when you have ADHD.

One of the most powerful tools and strategies when it comes to thriving with ADHD is the concept of being more self-aware. That involves knowing what we are good at, what we struggle with as well as our relationship with time, our executive functions and other behaviors that come along with having ADHD.

Dave and Jeff however start out their conversation discussing the current landscape when it comes to COVID 19 and adult ADHD. They briefly discuss what entrepreneurs and executives have been struggling with and some of the ways Jeff has coached those busy professionals to get a better handle on business and life during the pandemic.

Jeff Copper Jeff points out one particularly important factor at the beginning of the discussion. And that is many of us are looking to affirm that many things about us are true. We do not often look for things that make us uncomfortable and part of self-awareness is just that. It is looking inward to uncover the challenges we experienced.

Jeff gives listeners what we would call his preflight checklist for maintaining self-awareness throughout the day. That includes asking yourself about what you are currently doing and if it is serving you well.

When you say yes to something and make a commitment, ask yourself what you are saying no to and decide if it is worth it.

Another part of self-awareness is understanding procrastination. Jeff recommends that when you get in this situation pause, take a step back and ask yourself what is hard about taking the next step. Also ask yourself what you feel is unclear about the situation or the task at hand. Having clarity is an essential part of moving on tasks and productivity.

Find Jeff Copper from DIG Coaching here: www.digcoaching.com

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EP 92: Productivity is not a one size fits all strategy

Productivity strategies need to work for you and what works for others may not be an effective strategy for your own productivity. We can learn techniques, try new tactics and listen to others about what worked for them. But when it comes down to it, you need to experiment with various strategies and get comfortable with the Productivity Tools that help you.

On this podcast, Dave has a discussion with Jandra Sutton who is an author, columnist for various publications as well as an entrepreneur. It was her article in Entrepreneur Magazine that caught the attention of Dave as she discussed the topic of finding productivity strategies that work for the individual. She talked in her article about what Dave has been talking about for a long time. The fact that not every productivity strategy works seamlessly for everyone.

Jandra Sutton Jandra was diagnosed with ADHD around the age of 30. She talks about some of the instances leading up to that diagnosis including work her career struggles that she faced as well as challenges around productivity.

Dave and Jandra discuss how women with ADHD can be diagnosed much later in life as an adult and she talks about whether she feels the system including education failed her.

With discussion then takes a turn into productivity strategies. Many are looking for a quick fix, magic wand or even a silver bullet. They want quick answers on what will work for a whole host of ADHD struggles including productivity. The discussion centers around the fact that everyone has their own favorite and effective productivity techniques.

No one can tell you what will be 100% effective when it comes to time management, productivity or any other challenge you are facing. You can learn techniques, but the only way it will be effective is if you decide it will be.

For example. Jandra says that for a time she used the Pomodoro technique but now it is ineffective for her. Dave on the other hand likes the Pomodoro technique and credits finishing his book in seven weeks to that productivity and time management strategy.

As with many conversations on the podcast Jandra is also a busy and successful entrepreneur that just happens to have ADHD. She talks about her strategies for being a successful entrepreneur staying focused, being patient, and trying to enjoy the ride.

Find Jandra Sutton here; http://jandralee.com


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