Category : Leadership

Episode 210 – Carolyn Strauss – Home Shopping / audio

home shoppingCarolyn Strauss (@CarolynStrauss on twitter) joins host Craig Price to discuss her experiences and what she learned partnering with the Home Shopping Network. While Craig has known Carolyn for a few years, he never asked her on because she was a bit too well known. Why would she come on his little old podcast?  When she offered to come on, Craig leapt at the chance. It wasn’t just because she is a world class designer and businesswoman with vast experience running a multimillion dollar apparel company. There was also the bonus of getting some serious street cred with the women in his life. Particularly his wife and both mother and mother-in-law!

The two chat about a wide variety of things including how she transitioned from model to designer, pitching products to HSN, dealing with live caller interactions, why value-per-minute is just as important in non-sales positions and a bunch more. A fun interview that peeks behind the scenes at the goings-ons of a shopping channel and how stunned Craig is by the power of these channels.

Carolyn can be found at her self titled website 


Episode 208 – 2016 Speakers Roundtable / audio

2016 Speakers Roundtable

Mary Kelly, Jason Kotecki, Jessica Pettitt and Thom Singer (@marykellyspeaks, @escapeadulthood, @jesspettitt and @thomsinger on Twitter) join host Craig Price for his 2016 Speakers Roundtable. Each year, Craig gathers the best minds in the speaking industry to sit down during the National Speakers Association’s annual convention (this year in hell…I mean Phoenix.) to discuss the state of the industry, what new things are happening, what issues are affecting the speaker population and whatever else may pop up. This year, Craig sat 4 talented past guests to discuss marketing and the resulting conversation covered so much more. They discussed capitalism, charity, tapping into your talents, differentiating yourself, referring other speakers and the hottest of topics…when during the podcast would Jessica swear. These panels are always the most requested episodes of Reality Check and this year is no exception.  Celebrate Craig’s birthday by enjoying a gift he gives to himself and to you…his annual speakers roundtable.

Mary Kelly was previously featured on episode 191 and can be found at her website

Jason Kotecki was a guest on episode 168 and you can learn more about him at

Thom Singer has been on the podcast numerous times and can be found at

Jessica Pettitt has also been on the podcast and previous roundtable discussions and can be found at

Special thanks to the National Speakers Association as well as MicroSearch for all their help in getting this episode made.


Episode 194 – Karin Hurt and David Dye – Winning Well / audio

Winning Well

Karin Hurt and David Dye (@letsgrowleaders and @daviddye on twitter) join host Craig Price to discuss their management book Winning Well.  Being a manager is tough enough but inevitably something will come up that will try and beat you down on the job. Be it disloyal employees, bosses with no ability to self-assess themselves or just folks who can’t give or take feedback well, something is always around the corner. With their new book Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results—Without Losing Your Soul Karin and David have your back. This well written book details how to deal with issues with actual action plans not just fluffy best case scenarios. Craig, David and Karin talk about trust, respect and how to treat people so they remain productive. Craig brings up Charlie Sheen, bad bosses and how to overcome a breach in trust from upper management so it doesn’t cause problems on the front line.

You can find Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results—Without Losing Your Soul at all your major book outlets (link goes to amazon so the podcast can make a few pennies) and you can find Karin at and David at

APP BONUS: Karin and David have donated a great 18 page Winning Well Toolkit PDF.


Episode 193 – Ty Bennett – Partnership is the New Leadership / audio


Ty Bennett (@TyBennett on twitter) joins host Craig Price to discuss his book Partnership is the New Leadership. Leadership is something many people want to have but often their style can be less effective than they want. Benevolent dictators and force of personality can only work with a few. How can leaders be more effective? By partnering with their employees, of course. Craig and Ty discuss how leadership with short term goals can reap quick rewards but have long-term side effects (few that are good), how commitment between employee and employer is a two-way street and how they both agree that motivation is overrated.

You can learn about Ty and his new book Partnership is the New Leadership at 

APP BONUS: Read the 1st chapter of Partnership is the New Leadership!


Episode 192 – Helene Segura – Inefficiency / audio


Helene Segura (@LivingOrderSA on twitter) joins host Craig Price to discuss inefficiency. “Who’s got time to listen to a podcast?” you may be asking yourself. If you just asked that, you may not be as efficient as you think! Helene calls in to discuss her new book “The Inefficiency Assassin: Time Management Tactics for Working Smarter, Not Longer” and explains to Craig that efficiency isn’t always getting as much done as possible. It’s often getting the right things done in the right order. They also talk about how to set priorities, getting your email under control, how Craig thinks being “busy” is the new martyrdom and much, much more. You need to make time and listen to this episode!

Helene be found at and her book is in bookstores everywhere.

APP BONUS: A special PDF of goodies just for Reality Check listeners!


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