My friend Debra Levitt recently interviewed me for her podcast show: Bridging Gaps-The Business Podcast. She is good at this. She got me talking about things I don’t usually share. Before I knew it, 80 minutes flew past and I shared a ton of stuff. She decided not to edit anything out. You will see a time stamp of the main points Debra highlighted on her podcast site below.

Debra’s consultancy business has increasingly been focused on supporting podcasters. She bridges the gap between you and your potential listeners and works with you to get your podcast concept defined and launched as quickly as possible. She provides a podcast concierge service allowing you to pick and mix what areas you want managed for you once your podcast is up and running. She shares her enthusiasm in all things podcast while supporting people in their own podcasting journey. It is a perfect mix of her love of technology, planning and talking!

Here are Debra’s notes on the show:

Richard is known as ‘Mr Productivity’ by many of his clients. He is the owner of Attitude Solutions, a specialist training business focused on enabling people to measurably improve the way they manage their critical results and competing priorities within high volume, high velocity workloads.

Richard talks about his journey from Chartered Insurer to Mr. Productivity and how focusing on 3 words:

Training. Motivation. Overseas.

took him to Kenya and a change from the normal trajectory of a Chartered Insurer. He and his wife decided to return to the UK and this led to another change in direction for Richard. This time he need an extra 5 words to set his path:

Defining Purpose. Deciding Strategy. Defending Priorities. Delivering Results.

His advice throughout and the emphasis on realising who you are and the critical element of sales resonates with me.

Show Notes:

Amongst other things, we talk about:

  • 01:40: Managing stupid workloads
  • 02:28: His promise of pain (somewhat surprising:-)
  • 04:46: The need to position change properly to avoid our natural instinct to figure out how to avoid it
  • 06:10: The importance of the human element being front & centre
  • 07:58: Looking for tools last rather than first
  • 13:12: What drives his clients his clients to him and the differences between a larger client and an SME
  • 21:33: Taking destiny into his own hands by investing in his personal development
  • 47:42: The realities of running your own business
  • 53:35: The importance of self-belief and resilience
  • 56:35: What a man on a ski gondola in Whistler has to do with Richard’s success
  • 1:04:10: The Institute of Directors
  • 1:08:25: Work Life Integration
  • 1:14:10: Scuba diving Mt Kilimanjaro
  • 1:17:13: Great advice on starting a business